Friday, January 15, 2010

RIP Fred Krone

Fred "Crunch" Krone, 1931 – Jan. 12, 2010, noted Hollywood stuntman and actor in predominately western genre, has died in Santa Paula, Calif. after a long battle with cancer.

Fred Krone, or “Crunch” as he was called began appearing in westerns and doing stunt work as far back as the 1950s and he must have been good at it because his IMDB listing is quite extensive. In particular, Fred Krone had been around long enough to have worked in the early days of Steve McQueen’s career. Krone doubled for McQueen in 1960/61 on the TV series “Wanted: Dead or Alive” among others.

In a 2008 interview by Brett Johnson, Krone talked about working with McQueen on “Wanted” stating "I got along with him…A lot of people didn't. He could be moody, a pain in the ass — like most actors." In later years, Krone would see a much more mellow McQueen in Santa Paula. "He was a completely different person then," Krone said.

Fred Krone appeared in numerous television series and in film. Often uncredited, he none-the-less was honored by his peers and was a lifetime member of the Stuntmen’s Association of Motion Pictures.

Born 1931, U.S.A.
Died: 1/12/2010, Santa Paula, California, U.S.A.

Fred Krone's westerns – actor, stuntman
The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (TV) – 1952 (lumberjack)
The Range Rider (TV) – 1953 [actor, stunts]
Hondo – 1953 [stunts]
Buffalo Bill Jr. (TV) – 1955, 1956 (Henchey)
Reprisal! - 1956 (barfly)
The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV) – 1957 (Orville)
Sky King (TV) – 1956, 1958 (Jeff, Al Meadows)
Man from God's Country – 1958 (cowboy)
Boots and Saddles (TV) – 1957, 1958 [actor]
Badman's Country – 1958 [actor]
Apache Territory – 1958 (Styles)
The Texan (TV) – 1958 (Frede Bray)
The Rifleman (TV) – 1959 (brawler)
Yancy Derringer (TV) – 1959 [actor]
Johnny Ringo (TV) – 1960 [actor]
Zane Grey Theater (TV) – 1960 [actor]
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV) – 1960 [actor]
Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV) – 1960 [actor]
Maverick (TV) – 1961 [actor]
The Firebrand – 1962 (Dickens)
Young Guns of Texas – 1962 (Pike)
Apache Rifles – 1964 [stunts]
Convict Stage – 1965 (Dixon)
Young Fury – 1965 (Hellion henchman)
War Party – 1965 (Indian)
Fort Courageous – 1965 (soldier)
Arizona Raiders – 1965 (Matt Edwards) [stunts]
The Rare Breed – 1966 [stunts]
Laredo (TV) – 1967 [actor]
40 Guns to Apache Pass – 1967 [stunt coordinator]
The High Chaparral (TV) – 1969 (Ike Simes)
The Great Bank Robbery – 1969 (cowboy) [stunts]
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean – 1972 (outlaw)

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