Clint Eastwood Mourns The Loss Of Longtime Friend & Stunt Double
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Clint Eastwood, 91, is a Hollywood legend with an impressive filmography of successful films. Of course, while audiences watched the actor’s miraculous stunts onscreen, viewers were sometimes watching Eastwood’s trusted stuntman.
Eastwood’s longtime friend and stunt double, Wayne “Buddy” Van Horn, passed away on May 11, 2021, at 92. Van Horn spent over 60 years working in TV, film, and theatre. During his time in the film industry, Van Horn worked as a stuntman, stunt coordinator, and actor. Van Horn also directed several Eastwood films, including Any Which Way You Can and The Dead Pool.
From stunt double to film director, Van Horn worked with Eastwood in over 30 films. The two began their relationship in 1967 and developed a deep bond. Following news of Van Horn’s passing, Eastwood opened up about his longtime friend in an interview with Variety. He stated:
“Buddy has saved my life throughout the years. He took all my hits. I will miss our talks as he always made me laugh. He was a true friend.”
Clint Eastwood remembers his longtime stunt double Buddy Van Horn: “Buddy has saved my life throughout the years. He took all my hits. I will miss our talks as he always made me laugh. He was a true friend.” https://t.co/GDZgqWN2Fz pic.twitter.com/IpYPjoqblb
— Variety (@Variety) June 1, 2021
Van Horn has left behind an outstanding Hollywood legacy. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.