02-02 Happy birthday to the late David Sharpe, Born: February 2, 1910 and passed away on March 30, 1980.
Dave Sharpe was an American actor and stunt performer.
He was called the “Crown Prince of Daredevils” and ranks alongside Yakima Canutt as one of Hollywood’s all-time greatest stuntmen. He appeared in more than 5,000 films, over six decades, although most were uncredited appearances.
Sharpe won the US National Tumbling Championship in 1925 and 1926. He began his film career as a child actor in the 1920s. Eventually he became the “Ramrod” (Stunt co-ordinator) for Republic Pictures from 1939 until mid-1942 when America entered World War II.
He was a stuntman on Star Trek: The Original Series, where he first appeared as a Enterprise security crewman in the episode “Day of the Dove”, and later stunt doubling for James Daly in the episode “Requiem for Methuselah”.
He is also one of only two Star Trek actors who appeared in the 1953 production War of the Worlds (the other being Charles Stewart). Sharpe played a looter in that film.
Sharpe has performed stunts in more than 4,500 films, beginning with 1922’s Robin Hood and concluding with 1978’s Heaven Can Wait. His other motion picture stunt credits include Stagecoach (1939), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), Singin’ in the Rain (1952), Touch of Evil (1958), The Poseidon Adventure (1972), and Blazing Saddles (1974).
Sharpe was inducted into the Stuntman’s Hall of Fame in 1980. He died in 1980 of Lou Gehrig’s disease. Tony Curtis gave the eulogy at his funeral.
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