Before Hal Needham became a Hollywood stuntman he did some billboard promotional work for a well known cigarette manufacturer and he was also a paratrooper in the U.S. army where he served in Korea. Once he started as a stuntman there was no holding him back, he regularly was stunt double for Burt Reynolds and Clint Walker and by the end of the 1960's he was the top earning stuntman in Hollywood. In his career he broke 56 bones including his back as well as losing a few teeth, he was a pioneer of introducing safety measures and techniques to stunts like airbags and formalizing the shotmaker camera car. He also wrote the screenplay and later directed the box office hit Smokey and the Bandit starring his long time friend Burt Reynolds. He directed 10 movies in all including the box office successes of Hooper and The Cannonball Run. From some of the bravest men come some of the finest one liners to remember, so here is my compilation of six of the best Hal Needham quotes.
- Mini Bio
- Name: Hal Brett Needham
- Born: 6th March 1931, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
- Died: 25th October 2013, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
- Inspiration: Chuck Roberson (John Waynes stunt double)
- Occupation: Stuntman, actor, screenwriter and movie director
- Famous for: Writing the screenplay for Smokey and the Bandit which he later directed
- Trivia: Enlisted for military service in the army for the Korean war
"Screw the dialogue, let's wreck some cars"
"I was beginning to think I had let my alligator mouth overload my jaybird ass"
"I learned a lot of things from those big, big directors. And a lot of it was what I didn't want to do"
"The first movie I worked was called "The Spirit of St. Louis." It was the story of Charles Lindberg's life"
"I broke my back twice and 56 bones and knocked out a few teeth"
"He certainly has tried to keep me from breaking my neck in all the years I've been doubling him"