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Net Worth:
$2 Million
Mar 6, 1931 - Oct 25, 2013 (82 years old)
Screenwriter, Actor, Film director, Stunt Performer, Inventor
United States of America
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Hal Needham was an American stuntman and director who had a net worth of $2 million at the time of his death in 2013. With a career spanning several decades, Needham was responsible for some of the most thrilling action sequences in film, and his directorial efforts, notably "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Cannonball Run," became enduring classics.

Brad Pitt's character in Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" was loosely based on Hal's relationship with Burt Reynolds.

Hal Needham served as s a paratrooper during the Korean War and then became a model and actor. He trained to work as a stuntman, with famed stuntman and choreographer, Chuck Roberson, who was John Wayne's long time stuntman. He first gained notice working as Richard Boone's stunt double on "Have Gun, Will Travel". He served as a stuntman to a wide range of major stars on multiple projects throughout the 60s. He became the regular stunt double for both Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds, and then began directing action sequences, and then second units. He launched his own production company, Stunts Unlimited, in the early 70s, and the company scored a hit right away when it produced a film Hal Needham wrote, called "Smokey and the Bandit". He received the Governors Award in 2012 and passed away in 2013.

Early Life and Stunt Career

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Needham served as a paratrooper during the Korean War before embarking on his career in Hollywood. He started in the industry as a stuntman, quickly earning a reputation for his daring and innovative stunts. Needham worked on high-profile films such as "How the West Was Won" and "Little Big Man," demonstrating a knack for thrilling physical performances.

Innovations in Stunt Work

Needham's contributions to cinema extended beyond his on-screen performances. He introduced several innovative techniques and devices that revolutionized the field of stunt work. Among his inventions was the Shotmaker Elite camera car and crane, which became industry standards for capturing dynamic action sequences.

Transition to Directing

In the mid-1970s, Needham made the leap from stunts to directing, beginning with "Smokey and the Bandit," which starred his close friend Burt Reynolds. The film was a commercial success and spawned several sequels. Needham continued his directing career with other action-comedy hits, including "Hooper" and "The Cannonball Run," further cementing his reputation as a master of action cinema.

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Later Life and Legacy

Needham continued to direct films and work in television into the 1980s and 1990s. In 2012, he was awarded an honorary Academy Award for his innovative contributions to the field of stunt performance and for his pioneering work in improving stunt safety measures.

Hal Needham passed away on October 25, 2013. His legacy lives on in the action-packed, stunt-heavy films that continue to thrill audiences today. As both a stuntman and a director, Needham brought a unique understanding of physical performance to his work, making him one of the most influential figures in the field of action cinema.

Philanthropy and Awards

Needham's contributions to cinema were recognized with numerous awards and honors. In addition to his honorary Oscar, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Taurus World Stunt Awards. Needham was also a philanthropist, establishing the Hal Needham Life Enhancement Award to support stunt performers dealing with physical injuries or financial hardships.

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