Remembering Victor Paul, born January 15, 1927 and passed away on September 13, 2011.
Victor Paul was a former stuntman and stunt coordinator who worked as stunt double for Dan Kern, performing his fencing stunts, in the Star Trek: The Next Generation first season episode “We’ll Always Have Paris” in 1988. Twenty years prior, he appeared as a Klingon crewman in the Star Trek: The Original Series third season episode “Day of the Dove”. Paul also portrayed Picard’s fencing opponent in a deleted scene of The Next Generation second season episode “The Measure Of A Man”.
Born as Philip Paul Romano, Paul is the father of stuntmen John Phillip and Philip Romano and is probably best known for his work on the 1960s television series Batman. He worked as stunt coordinator on 120 episodes between 1966 and 1968 and was also the stunt double for actor Burt Ward who portrayed Robin along with Batman’s stunt double and “Day of the Dove” co-performer Hubie Kerns, Sr., father of another Trek stuntman Hubie Kerns, Jr.. He also doubled for Ward in the 1966 television movie Batman.
Specialized in performing sword fights and fencing stunts he can be seen various times in movies and television series doubling actors in these scenes.
He also worked as fencing coach/ sword fight coach in numerous projects such as the television drama My Wicked, Wicked Ways… The Legend of Errol Flynn (1985), the comedy The Whoopee Boys (1986), the fantasy comedy Stay Tuned (1992), and the comedy Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993). Paul is a Lifetime member of the Stuntmen’s Association of Motion Pictures.
Paul started his work in the film and stunt business in the late 1940s with featured appearances in the drama Scene of the Crime (1949), the war drama Battleground (1949), the crime drama Gambling House (1950), the romance Mask of the Avenger (1951), and the adventure Blackbeard, the Pirate (1952). Prior to his work on Batman, Paul also worked on the adventure Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) and on the adventure The Buccaneer (1958).
Further stunt work includes the television series Cimarron Strip (1968) and Mission: Impossible (1968-1970), the thriller Dirty Harry (1971), the James Bond movie Diamonds Are Forever (1971), the adventure The Poseidon (1972), the science fiction film Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) and its sequel Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973), the thriller The Towering Inferno (1974), the comedy The Last of the Cowboys (1977), the comedy The Prisoner of Zenda (1979), the horror film The Island (1980), the music comedy The Blues Brothers (1980), the music drama Flashdance (1983), the comedy Bachelor Party (1984), the comedy sequel Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985), the adventure The Goonies (1985), the action thriller Die Hard (1988) and its sequel Die Hard 2 (1990), the comedy Skin Deep (1989), the action films Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) and The Last Boy Scout (1991), the comedy Loaded Weapon 1 (1993), the fantasy film Casper (1995), the science fiction comedy Mars Attacks! (1996), the science fiction drama Armageddon (1998), and the superhero comedy Mystery Men (1999).
As stunt coordinator Paul created and coordinated the stunts for the crime drama The One Man Jury (1978), the comedy Zorro, the Gay Blade (1981), the romance Racing with the Moon (1984), the comedy The Wild Life (1984), the science fiction comedy Project X (1987), the television series Tales from the Crypt (1990), the drama Don Juan DeMarco (1994), and the television science fiction film Target Earth (1998, with Tim Sitarz). His last known stunt work was in the action thriller Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000) and in the crime drama 15 Minutes (2001).
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