Stuntman Hal Needham dies at 82

PTI| Updated: Oct 26, 2013, 15:10 PM IST

Los Angeles: Hal Needham, legendary stuntman who directed `Smokey and the Bandit` and `Cannonball Run`, has died.

Needham, 82, was suffering from cancer prior to his death on October 25, reported Ace Showbiz.

Action star Arnold Schwarzenegger took to micro-blogging site Twitter to mourn the death of Needham.

"Hal Needham was a great stunt coordinator, director, and an icon. I`m still grateful he took a chance with me in `The Villain`. I`ll miss him," he posted.

Needham was born in Memphis on March 6, 1931. In his early career in 1950s, Needham was a body double for Richard Boone on TV series `Have Gun, Will Travel` for five years. He later worked in movies such as `How the West Was Won`, "Little Big Man`, `Blazing Saddles`, `Chinatown` among others.

He also received a Governors Award from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in 2012.