Death of Buddy Van Horn, stuntman and director friend of Clint Eastwood

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Corentin Palanchini

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He likes the superb landscapes (Ford), the dirty faces and the soundtracks of Morricone (Leone), the indomitable heroes (Hawks), the rebels (Sollima), the loners (Eastwood), the delusions (The Mysteries of the West) , the Civil War (The Good Lord Bird, Glory) and the legacy of it all (Yellowstone).

American actor-stuntman and director Buddy Van Horn has died at the age of 92. Liner and close friend of Clint Eastwood, he had worked with him on more than 30 feature films, including as stunt coordinator.

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Stuntman Buddy Van Horn began his career in 1950 in the B-series western I Killed Geronimo, and in 1957, becomes the understudy of Guy Williams on the famous Zorro series produced by Disney.

Meanwhile, he meets Clint Eastwood on the set of Madame de Coventry (1955), in which the latter has a small role. However, it was not until A Sheriff in New York in 1968 that their collaboration materialized, and thereafter, they never left each other.

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Van Horn became a stuntman and then stunt coordinator for most of Eastwood’s films, whether he was an actor, director, or both. From 1968 to 2011 (up to J. Edgar included), the two men worked hand in hand on more than 30 films.

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Buddy Van Horn in awkward position for his role in “The Man of the High Plains” by Clint Eastwood (1973)

Logically, when Van Horn tries his hand at directing, he chooses his favorite actor to take on the main roles. It will first be Ca va banging (1980), then Inspector Harry is the last target and Pink Cadillac (1988), all three worn by Eastwood.

In addition to this flourishing collaboration, Buddy Van Horn had worked on film flagships, including Spartacus, Voyage au bout de l’Enfer or La Porte du paradis. He was 92 years old.

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