David Sharpe

David Sharpe

stunts, actor, additional crew

David Sharpe was born on Feb 02, 1910 in USA. David Sharpe's big-screen debut came with Robin Hood directed by Allan Dwan in 1922, strarring Young Boy in Tree who Falls (uncredited). David Sharpe is known for Blazing Saddles directed by Mel Brooks, Cleavon Little stars as Bart and Gene Wilder as Jim. The upcoming new movie David Sharpe plays is Buck Rogers which will be released on Dec 11, 1979.

He made his first appearance before the camera at the age of 14 in Douglas Fairbanks's Robin des Bois (1922) Young Dave became the National A.A.U. tumbling champion in 1925 and 1926. Still in his teens, he began taking bit parts in films. His big break came in Masked Emotions (1929). It led him to a series of Hal Roach comedies. In 1933 Ajax Pictures signed him as one of the leads in its "Young Friends" series. In the 1930s he played a variety of roles in many B westerns. He was one of the three leads, with with Charles Quigley and Bruce Bennett, in the Republic Pictures serial Les trois diables rouges (1939). While at Republic he met stuntman Yakima Canutt and began doing stunt work. Dave doubled for almost every western lead at Republic and also some of the ladies. In 1942 Monogram Pictures signed him as one of the leads in its Range Busters western series. Dave appeared in three of them: Texas to Bataan (1942), Trail Riders (1942) and Haunted Ranch (1943). Dave joined the US Army Air Corps and and rose to the rank of captain. After his discharge he returned to Hollywood and confined his career mainly to stunt work and second-unit directing. He doubled Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Tony Curtis in all of their action films. He didn't restrict his stunt work to just films, though; he also doubled the leads in such TV series as Sur la piste du crime (1965), Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1951) and many others. He was also seen as the old lady in the wheelchair on The Red Skelton Show (1951). Dave was inducted into the Stuntman's Hall of Fame in 1970, and in 1978 contracted ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

  • Birthday

    Feb 02, 1910
  • Place of Birth

    St. Louis, Missouri, USA

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