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2ND UNIT DIRECTOR/STUNT COORDINATOR

AMPAS     DGA     SAG     AFTRA


H.R. – STUNT COORDINATOR – Lifetime Television; Hilton Smith, Producer

RAKE – STUNT COORDINATOR – 20th Century Fox; Fox Television Series

KING AND MAXWELL – STUNT COORDINATOR/2ND UNIT DIRECTOR TNT Pilot; CBS

NECESSARY ROUGHNESS – STUNT COORDINATOR – USA Network, Kelly Manners, Prod.

COMMON LAW – STUNT COORDINATOR – USA Network; Jon Turteltaub, Prod.

TORCHWOOD – STUNT COORDINATOR/2ND UNIT DIRECTOR – STARZ Network Series

CRIMINAL MINDS SUSPECT BEHAVIOR – STUNT COORDINATOR — CBS Television Series

MEMPHIS BLUES – STUNT COORDINATOR – Pilot and Series; Warner Bros. TV

PLEADING GUILTY – STUNT COORDINATOR – TV Pilot; Fox TV; Jon Avnet, Director

BUNKER HILL – STUNT COORDINATOR – TV Pilot; Millenium Films; Jon Avnet, Director

RIGHTEOUS KILL – STUNT COORDINATOR – Millenium Films; Jon Avnet, Director

60 MINUTE MAN – STUNT COORDINATOR – Touchstone TV Pilot; Jon Avnet, Director

88 MINUTES – STUNT COORDINATOR 2nd Unit -Millenium Films; Jon Avnet, Director

40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN – STUNT COORDINATOR -Universal Studios; Judd Apatow, Director

CONVICTION – STUNT COORDINATOR – Warner Bros. Pilot – Jon Avnet, Director

MURDER BOOK – STUNT COORDINATOR – Fox TV Pilot; Antoine Fuqua, Director

SKELETON KEY – STUNT COORDINATOR – Universal Studios; Iain Softley, Director

MEDICAL INVESTIGATION – STUNT COORDINATOR – NBC Series/Paramount Pictures

HAWAII – 2nd UNIT DIRECTOR/STUNT COORDINATOR – NBC TV Series

HOMELAND SECURITY – STUNT COORDINATOR – NBC TV Series

THE BIG BOUNCE – STUNT COORDINATOR – Warner Bros.; George Armitige, Director

SUSPECT ZERO – 2nd UNIT DIRECTOR/STUNT COORDINATOR -Paramount

THE HUNTED – STUNT COORDINATOR Paramount Pictures; William Friedkin, Director

LAUREL CANYON – STUNT COORDINATOR – Miramax; Lisa Cholodenko, Director

BOOMTOWN – STUNT COORDINATOR – NBC Pilot

VANILLA SKY – 2nd UNIT DIRECTOR/STUNT COORDINATOR-Paramount; Cameron Crowe

HEARTBREAKERS – STUNT COORDINATOR – MGM Prods., Inc.; David Merkin, Director

COYOTE UGLY- STUNT COORDINATOR – Walt Disney, Jerry Bruckheimer Prods.

IN CROWD – 2nd UNIT DIRECTOR – Morgan Creek Prods., Warner Bros.

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT – STUNT COORDINATOR – Paramount; William Friedkin, Director

MAN ON THE MOON – STUNT COORDINATOR – Universal Films; Milos Forman, Director

SNAKE EYES – STUNT COORDINATOR – Paramount Pictures; Brian De Palma, Director

MEET JOE BLACK – STUNT COORDINATOR – Universal Pictures; Martin Brest, Director

FROST – 2nd UNIT DIRECTOR/STUNT COORDINATOR – Warner Bros.; Troy Miller, Director

RED CORNER – STUNT COORDINATOR – MGM; Jon Avnet, Director

THE JACKAL – 2nd UNIT DIRECTOR – Universal Pictures; Michael Caton-Jones, Director

FORD “ACTION HERO” COMMERCIALS – DIRECTOR Ford Motor Co.; Dailey & Ass.

MONEY TALKS – 2nd UNIT DIRECTOR/STUNT COORDINATOR – New Line; Brett Ratner

GROSSE POINTE BLANK – STUNT COORDINATOR – Disney; George Armitige, Director

THE ARRIVAL – STUNT COORDINATOR – LIVE Entertainment; David Twohy, Director

MULHOLLAND FALLS – STUNT COORDINATOR – MGM Pictures; Lee Tamahori, Director

JADE – STUNT COORDINATOR – Paramount Pictures; William Friedkin, Director

THE SCARLET LETTER – 2nd  UNIT DIRECTOR  - Cinergi Productions; Roland Joffe, Dir.

TERMINAL VELOCITY – 2nd UNIT DIRECTOR/STUNT COORDINATOR – Deran Sarafian, Dir.

BEETHOVEN  -  STUNT COORDINATOR  - Ivan Reitman Productions; Brian Levant, Director

GODFATHER III  -  STUNT COORDINATOR – Paramount; Francis Ford Coppola, Director

THE HUNTED  - 2nd  UNIT DIRECTOR / STUNT COORDINATOR  - Universal/John Davis Ent.

SCHOOL TIES – 2nd UNIT DIRECTOR/STUNT COORDINATOR – Paramount

GUNMEN-2nd UNIT DIRECTOR/STUNT COORDINATOR – 20th Cent. Fox; Deran Sarafian, Dir.

HARD TO KILL – STUNT COORDINATOR – Warner Bros.; Bruce Malmuth, Director

TUCKER – 2nd UNIT DIR./STUNT COORDINATOR – Lucasfilm; Francis Ford Coppola, Dir.

JENNIFER EIGHT – STUNT COORDINATOR – Paramount Pictures; Bruce Robinson, Director

TO LIVE & DIE IN L.A. – 2nd UNIT DIR./STUNT COORDINATOR – William Friedkin, Director

MANNEQUIN  -  2nd  UNIT DIRECTOR / STUNT COORDINATOR

BALLAD OF LITTLE JO  -  STUNT COORDINATOR

 DUTCH  -  STUNT COORDINATOR  - 20th Century Fox/John Hughes

GLEAMING THE CUBE – 2nd UNIT DIR./STUNT COORDINATOR – Gladden/Turman-Foster

MIAMI BLUES  -  STUNT COORDINATOR   Orion Pictures; George Armitige, Director

GARDENS OF STONE   –  STUNT COORDINATOR  - Francis Ford Coppola, Director

THE OUTSIDERS – STUNT COORDINATOR  Zoetrope Studios; Francis Ford Coppola, Dir.

RUMBLEFISH  - STUNT COORDINATOR     Zoetrope Studios; Francis Ford Coppola, Director

THE WRAITH  - 2nd  UNIT DIRECTOR / STUNT COORDINATOR   John Kemeny, Director

THE GUARDIAN  -  STUNT COORDINATOR   William Friedkin, Director

8 MILLION WAYS TO DIE –  STUNT COORDINATOR   Hal Ashby, Director

NOWHERE TO HIDE  -  2nd  UNIT DIRECTOR / STUNT COORDINATOR

THE RIGHT STUFF  -  STUNT COORDINATOR

THE CHASE  -  STUNT COORDINATOR    Adam Rifkin, Director

PENTATHLON  - 2nd UNIT DIRECTOR / STUNT COORDINATOR

THE ZOO GANG  -  2nd UNIT DIRECTOR / STUNT COORDINATOR

LOOKIN’ TO GET OUT  -  STUNT COORDINATOR   Hal Ashby, Director

FIRST BLOOD  - STUNT COORDINATOR   Opening Sequence

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND – STUNT COORDINATOR – Stephen Spielberg

BOUND FOR GLORY  - 2nd  UNIT DIRECTOR / STUNT COORDINATOR   Hal Ashby, Director

HAROLD AND MAUDE  - STUNT COORDINATOR    Hal Ashby, Director

THE HAND  - STUNT COORDINATOR   Oliver Stone, Director

KING OF THE MOUNTAIN  - 2nd  UNIT DIRECTOR / STUNT COORDINATOR

HOT LEAD & COLD FEET  - 2nd  UNIT DIRECTOR / STUNT COORDINATOR

CORVETTE SUMMER   – 2nd  UNIT DIRECTOR / STUNT COORDINATOR

WHITE LINE FEVER   – 2nd  UNIT DIRECTOR / STUNT COORDINATOR

SEARCH AND DESTROY  - 2nd  UNIT DIRECTOR / STUNT COORDINATOR

ODD ANGRY SHOT  - 2nd  UNIT DIRECTOR / STUNT COORDINATOR

NO MERCY MAN  - 2nd  UNIT DIRECTOR / STUNT COORDINATOR

SPECIALIZING IN ALL AREAS OF ACTION COORDINATION/DIRECTION INCLUDING: CARS, MOTORCYCLES, FIGHTS, FIRE, WATER, HORSE WORK, HIGH FALLS, AERIAL, EXPLOSIONS, WIRE WORK, BOATS, MILITARY/WAR CONFRONTATIONS, ACTOR TRAINING, SPORTING EVENTS, NATURAL/UNNATURAL DISASTERS, RACES AND CHASES


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One of the entertainment industry’s busiest stunt professionals, Buddy Joe Hooker began as a young child actor on the successful television series RIN TIN TIN. Under the stage name, Buddy Hart, his young acting career continued in shows such as GUNSMOKE, FATHER KNOWS BEST and TWILIGHT ZONE. Buddy Joe also starred in the award winning family feature that his stunt performer father, Hugh Hooker, produced called THE LITTLEST HOBO. That role led to a part on LEAVE IT TO BEAVER as one of Wally Cleaver’s best friends, Chester. He appeared in 12 episodes.

Although his father encouraged him to stay with acting, Buddy Joe knew that action was in his blood and pursued the stunt profession in such classic movies as Rock Hudson’s TOBRUK and Shirley MacLaine’s SWEET CHARITY. Throughout the years, his reputation as an all around stuntman led to his regular employment as Disney’s premiere stunt coordinator for 8 years.

Buddy Joe’s reputation as the go-to coordinator for car chases grew with movies such as TO LIE AND DIE IN L.A. and JADE. His extensive resume as a coordinator spans all genres and includes numerous classics: HAROLD AND MAUDE, THE OUTSIDERS, GODFATHER III, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, MEET JOE BLACK, and 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN. Among the long list of famed directors with whom Buddy Joe has worked are his Academy Award winning mentors — Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola. William Friedkin and Hal Ashby.

In the 1977 iconic film about the stunt business, HOOPER, Buddy Joe broke industry records with a rocket powered car jump and many other stunts doubling Jan Michael Vincent’s character Ski. As the stunt double for Sylvester Stallone on the renowned high fall through the trees off the cliff in FIRST BLOOD, Buddy Joe made history yet again.

His career continued with record-breaking stunts such as the first motorcycle jump over a helicopter as it landed and, then, rolling a truck 17 times down a sand embankment in the 1971 action feature CLAY PIGEON.

Today, Buddy Joe’s schedule remains busy as a stunt coordinator and 2nd unit director. With 8 different “cannonrolls” in recent years on features such as Quentin Tarantino’s DEATHPROOF as well as the Emmy award-winning television show DEXTER, Buddy Joe continues to perform the type of extreme car stunts that are defining moments in action sequences.

In recognition of his contribution to the film industry, the prestigious Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences inducted Buddy Joe into its exclusive membership during very first year it began a limited initiation of motion picture stunt coordinators. An original member of the elite organization of stuntmen, STUNTS UNLIMITED, Buddy Joe has served 5 terms as President. In his rare moments of downtime, Buddy Joe enjoys spending time in his art studio creating unique pieces of artwork in all mediums including oil paints, watercolors, mixed media, pencils, ink and fabrications.

A devoted family man, Buddy Joe Hooker enjoys working alongside his wife, Gayle, a fellow stunt-performer, and is most proud of his twin sons, Houston and Kanan Hooker, who began their own prolific career as stuntmen at 6 years old on the film SPY KIDS and now attend Chapman University Dodge College of Film in California.


 
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