George Sawaya

George Sawaya made a bang in Hollywood--quite literally, as a stuntman for nearly 30 years. Risking life and limb for some of the best-remembered films of the 1960s and '70s, he stood in for Warren Beatty in the ... Read more »
Born: 08/14/1923

Filmography

Actor (19)

Repo Man 1984 (Movie)

1st Repo Victim (Actor)

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid 1982 (Movie)

Hood (Actor)

The Best of Friends 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen 1980 (Movie)

Elevator Sequence (Actor)

The Concorde - Airport '79 1979 (Movie)

Girard (Actor)

FM 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Red Badge of Courage 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Devil's Rain 1974 (Movie)

Steve Preston (Actor)

Star Trek 1966 - 1969 (Tv Show)

Actor

Panic in the City 1968 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sol Madrid 1968 (Movie)

Third Dietrich (Actor)

Batman: The Movie 1966 (Movie)

Quetch (Actor)

The Money Trap 1965 (Movie)

Angelo (Actor)

The Lollipop Cover 1964 (Movie)

Fighter (Actor)

Diary of a Madman 1962 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Black Sleep 1956 (Movie)

K 6 (Actor)

The Prodigal 1955 (Movie)

Kavak (Actor)

Beggarman, Thief (TV Show)

Actor

Moon of the Wolf (TV Show)

Actor
Physical Effects (7)

Repo Man 1984 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Blade Runner 1982 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Bustin' Loose 1981 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)

Cheech & Chong's Next Movie 1980 (Movie)

(Stunts)

The Concorde - Airport '79 1979 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)

The Concorde - Airport '79 1979 (Movie)

(Stunts)

I Wanna Hold Your Hand 1978 (Movie)

stunt driver (Stunts)

Biography

George Sawaya made a bang in Hollywood--quite literally, as a stuntman for nearly 30 years. Risking life and limb for some of the best-remembered films of the 1960s and '70s, he stood in for Warren Beatty in the provocative 1967 crime classic "Bonnie and Clyde" and dodged bullets in the gritty Clint Eastwood thriller "Dirty Harry." Sawaya went on to work with the likes of comic genius Mel Brooks on his Western satire, "Blazing Saddles," and with innovative director Robert Zemeckis on his first feature-length effort, "I Wanna Hold Your Hand." In the '80s, Sawaya scored some of his highest-profile work yet. He performed stunts on both John Carpenter's post-apocalyptic actioner, "Escape from New York," and meticulous English filmmaker Ridley Scott's existential sci-fi masterpiece, "Blade Runner." A talented actor as well, Sawaya appeared in scores of movies and television shows over his 30-year tenure in Tinseltown, including the campy '60s take on comic book hero "Batman" and two episodes of the sci-fi cult classic "Star Trek." Other standout roles included Jack the Ripper on the serialized spy spoof "Get Smart" and an uncredited but often-seen guard on the more straight-faced espionage show "Mission: Impossible." Among his last roles was one opposite Steve Martin in the noir parody "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid."

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