|Birth: ||Mar. 6, 1931|
|Death: ||Oct. 25, 2013|
Los Angeles County
Motion Picture Director, Stuntman. He will be best remembered for his directing of the Burt Reynolds' vehicles "Smokey and the Bandit" (1977), "Hooper" (1978) and "Cannonball Run" (1981). He dropped out of school after the 8th grade and worked as a tree trimmer, prior to his service as a paratrooper with the United States Army during the Korean War. He landed a job as a billboard model for Viceroy Cigarettes and went from there onto Hollywood. He became one of the busiest stuntmen within the industry, in addition to finding minor acting parts on numerous TV series. Beginning with the series "Have Gun- Will Travel", as Richard Boone's stunt double, Needham worked in a wide range of TV programs and films. Among the many motion pictures he contributed to include the John Wayne film "The Undefeated" (1969). During the 1970s, he turned to directing initially as a second unit director on the picture "White Lightning" (1973). The film marked his lengthy association with Burt Reynolds. From 1981-1989, he entered 250 races as an owner in the NASCAR premiere series, the Sprint Cup; winning nine races from 1982-1985 with Harry Gant. Stan Barrett, Morgan Shepherd and Rick Mast also drove cars under his ownership. (bio by: C.S.)
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: C.S.
Record added: Oct 25, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 119289862
|Photos may be scaled.|
Click on image for full size.
Do you have a photo to add? Click here
Had such a blast at the Olde English Inn in Atlanta with you during the filming of Cannonball Run. We drank till 3 Am and failed at picking up the Mom and daughter pair in the bar. Oh well, Dom Deluise had a good time with us till he got too drunk. Will ...(Read more)|
Added: Apr. 23, 2014
florida boy 64
Added: Apr. 18, 2014
happy birthday in heaven and rest in peace. you were a great actor stuntman and loved all your works. you are remembered|
Added: Mar. 6, 2014
|There are 63 more notes not showing...|
Click here to view all notes...