‘The Great Escape’ stuntman Bud Ekins dies at 77

November 14th, 2007 - 2:00 am ICT by admin  
The renowned off-road racer and stuntman died of natural causes at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles on Oct 6, family spokesman Paul Bloch said.

Ekins was stunt double for friend and movie star Steve McQueen in the film’s jump scene, leaping one barbed wire barrier before crashing into barbed wire for the second.

The late stuntman was also one of the first American riders to compete in the world motocross championship, and was a gold medal winner in the International Six Days Trial.

In the 1968 movie Bullitt, Ekins drove the Mustang that went airborne as it bounced over San Francisco’s steep hills during a chase.

Ekins had a stunt career that lasted for 30 years, and appeared in dozens of movies, including Diamonds Are Forever, Earthquake and The Blues Brothers.

Ekins is survived by two daughters, two granddaughters, a sister and a brother. (ANI)

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