Yakima Canutt

Actor, 2nd unit director, Director
A five-time world champion rodeo rider from 1917 to 1923 and legendary Hollywood stuntman who became an important second unit director, Canutt also acted (usually as a villain) in many of the Western and action films ... Read more »
Born: 11/29/1895 in Colfax, Washington, USA

Filmography

Actor (65)

Blue Steel 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

High on the Range 1984 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Far Horizons 1955 (Movie)

(Actor)

In Old Oklahoma 1942 (Movie)

Brawler (Actor)

Dark Command 1939 (Movie)

Townsman on Balcony (Actor)

Gone With the Wind 1939 (Movie)

Renegade (Actor)

Stagecoach 1939 (Movie)

Cavalry scout (Actor)

Wyoming Outlaw 1938 (Movie)

(Actor)

King of the Pecos 1935 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Lonely Trail 1935 (Movie)

Bull Horrell (Actor)

The Oregon Trail 1935 (Movie)

Tom Richards (Actor)

Winds of the Wasteland 1935 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lawless Range 1934 (Movie)

Joe Burns (Actor)

Paradise Canyon 1934 (Movie)

(Actor)

Texas Terror 1934 (Movie)

stunts (Actor)

The Dawn Rider 1934 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Lawless Frontier 1934 (Movie)

(Actor)

Westward Ho 1934 (Movie)

(Actor)

'Neath the Arizona Skies 1933 (Movie)

(Actor)

Randy Rides Alone 1933 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Lucky Texan 1933 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Man From Utah 1933 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Star Packer 1933 (Movie)

(Actor)

West of the Divide 1933 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sagebrush Trail 1932 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Telegraph Trail 1932 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Shadow of the Eagle 1931 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Outlaw Breaker 1925 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bad Man of Deadwood (Movie)

(Actor)

Bar L Ranch (Movie)

Steve (Actor)

Branded a Coward (Movie)

Cat (Actor)

Calling Philo Vance (Movie)

Sailor (Actor)

Canyon Hawks (Movie)

(Actor)

Circle of Death (Movie)

Yak (Actor)

Come On, Cowboys (Movie)

(Actor)

Dante's Inferno (Movie)

Stokers on the Paradise (Actor)

Firebrand Jordan (Movie)

Red Carson (Actor)

For Whom the Bell Tolls (Movie)

Young Calvery Man (Actor)

Heart of the Rockies (Movie)

Enoch (Actor)

Hit the Saddle (Movie)

Buck (Actor)

King of the Cowboys (Movie)

(Actor)

Law and Lawless (Movie)

(Actor)

Nevada City (Movie)

(Actor)

Pioneers of the West (Movie)

Nolan (Actor)

Prairie Pioneers (Movie)

Morrison (Actor)

Range Defenders (Movie)

Hodge (Actor)

Riders of the Dawn (Movie)

(Actor)

Riders of the Rockies (Movie)

Sgt. Beef (Actor)

Riders of the Whistling Skull (Movie)

Otah (Actor)

Roarin' Lead (Movie)

Canary (Actor)

Rocky Mountain (Movie)

Ryan (Actor)

Rough Riding Ranger (Movie)

(Actor)

Scarlet River (Movie)

Yak (Actor)

Song of Texas (Movie)

(Actor)

The Carson City Kid (Movie)

(Actor)

The Cheyenne Kid (Movie)

(Actor)

The Devil Horse (Movie)

Dave Garson (Actor)

The Ranger and the Lady (Movie)

McNair (Actor)

The Showdown (Movie)

Davis (Actor)

Trouble in Texas (Movie)

Squint (Actor)

Two Fisted Justice (Movie)

Perkins (Actor)

Under Texas Skies (Movie)

Talbot (Actor)

Via Pony Express (Movie)

(Actor)

White Thunder (Movie)

Buck (Actor)

Wildcat Trooper (Movie)

The Raven (Actor)
Director (21)

Breakheart Pass 1974 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)

A Man Called Horse 1970 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)

Rio Lobo 1970 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)

Song of Norway 1969 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)

Where Eagles Dare 1968 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)

The Flim-Flam Man 1967 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)

Khartoum 1966 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)

Cat Ballou 1964 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)

The Fall of the Roman Empire 1963 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)

How the West Was Won 1962 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)

El Cid 1961 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)

The Swiss Family Robinson 1960 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)

Ben-Hur 1959 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)

Old Yeller 1957 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)

Helen of Troy 1956 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)

Knights of the Round Table 1953 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)

Mogambo 1953 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)

Angel and the Badman 1947 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)

Dark Command 1939 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)

My Pal Trigger (Movie)

(Director)

San Fernando Valley (Movie)

(Director)
Physical Effects (5)

Breakheart Pass 1974 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)

Where Eagles Dare 1968 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)

El Cid 1961 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)

The Swiss Family Robinson 1960 (Movie)

stunt staging (Stunts)

The Light That Failed (Movie)

(Stunts)
Writer (1)

The Cheyenne Kid (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Other (4)

Equus 1977 (Movie)

technical consultant(horses) (Consultant)

Spartacus 1960 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

In Old Oklahoma 1942 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Stagecoach 1939 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Biography

A five-time world champion rodeo rider from 1917 to 1923 and legendary Hollywood stuntman who became an important second unit director, Canutt also acted (usually as a villain) in many of the Western and action films for which he did the stunt work and served as a double for such stars as John Wayne, Clark Gable and Gene Autry. In the 1930s he also worked as a second unit director of action sequences most notably on "Stagecoach" (1939), the chariot race in "Ben Hur" (1959) and "Spartacus" (1960). In the mid-1940s he also directed four B Westerns. Canutt earned a special Oscar in 1966 for "achievements as a stuntman and for developing safety devices to protect stuntmen everywhere."

Relationships

Joe Canutt

Son

Tap Canutt

Son

Minnie Rice

Wife
married from 1931 until his death

Kitty Wilks

Wife
married in 1916 divorced in 1919

Milestones

1944

Directed first feature, "Sheriff of Cimarron"

1940

Broke both ankles during a stunt, ending his active career as stuntman

1939

Became second unit director on action films

1924

Film debut, "Romance and Rustlers"; became a cowboy film star

1912

Performed in Wild West show

Returned to stunt work with advent of sound

Bonus Trivia

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His name came from from his rodeo contest days when a newspaper caption identified him as the "Cowboy From Yakima".

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