Stuntmen, stand-ins and stooges III

27 Jun

jock mahoney

Dear fellow Flynn fans,

Jock Mahony was the go- to- fallguy for any leap of faith. He made a name for himself within the stunt community and a top 1000 $ by jumping down a staircase from a standing position in “The Adventures of Don Juan”.

Born in Chicago of 1919 Jacques O’Mahoney excelled at swimming, basketball, and football at the University of Iowa. During World War II he was a Marine flight instructor. After the war, he moved to Los Angeles and worked as a horse breeder. He soon was doubling Charles Starrett in the Durango Kid westerns. Jock also doubled Gregory Peck, Randolph Scott and Rod Cameron. One of a few incedibly talented stuntmen he later became a TV star alongside Gene Autry.

If not for Lex Barker, he even would have succeeded Errol`s prime mate Johnny Weismüller as Tarzan. At age 44 he did just that and starred in two jungle features of the noble Ape Man in Thailand and India.

While pitching himself to Hollywood studios with this daring flying stunt from above, he needed a catcher to either save him or to pick up the pieces.  That (no small) feat was handled brilliantly by Paul Baxley





— shangheinz


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And still Jock was injured doing that stunt. But as well as being a stunt man extraordinaire, Jock was being groomed for stardom and starred in a few westerns in the late fifties before starring in the “Yancy Derringer” TV series. He also trained young Sean Flynn while Sean was in Hollywood, before Sean left for Spain to star in his first feature, “The Son of Captain Blood”! He was married to Margaret Field and was the stepfather of Sally Field.–A. R.

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Thanks, A.R. Very cool connection.

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12 steps in one quick jump. Not bad, hopheinz. They could have saved those big bucks, though. All they had to do was replace Paul Baxley with a beautiful starlet, of whom I’m very sure there would have been many applicants for the job.

Sometimes Jocko lept upwards, also in spectacular form:

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He sure was great. Nuntheless, his daughter-in-law Sally appears to have been supremely more gifted:

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