The legendary stuntman who doubled for Steve McQueen for the actor’s entire career and also stunt doubled for Paul Newman, Jack Nicholson, and even Debbie Reynolds has died at the age of 85.
If you remember Debbie Reynolds jumping off a train into a cactus in “How The West Was Won,” that was Loren Janes.
Janes worked in more than 500 films and thousands of television shows; doing stunt work for virtually every major star of his era including Kirk Douglas, Charles Bronson, Yul Brenner and Frank Sinatra.
He also co-founded the Stuntmen’s Association of Motion Pictures and Television in 1961 and in 2001 received that Association’s lifetime achievement award for work in Westerns.
Janes had been suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease at the time of his death.