Monday, February 8, 2010

RIP Bob Hoy

Western movie and television legend Robert F. "Bobby" Hoy, who appeared in many western productions died Monday January 8, 2010 after a six-month battle with cancer. He was 82. Days before, Hoy was honored with the prestigious Golden Boot award by the Motion Picture & Television Fund, commemorating his contribution to the genre of Western television and movies in all three award categories -- acting, stunt work and directing. Bob Fuller, representing the Golden Boot committee, presented the 2010 award to Hoy January 28th in the penthouse suite at Northridge Hospital. It marked the first time the Golden Boot was given to an honoree in the hospital.
In his 55-year career as an actor, Hoy played a wide variety of movie and television roles ranging from cowboys to spies. He was best-known for his role as ranch hand Joe Butler on "The High Chaparral," a TV western that aired four seasons from 1967 to 1971. His acting roles in more than 67 films included "Bite the Bullet," "The Outlaw Josey Wales," The "Legend of the Lone Ranger," "The Gambler II," "Nevada Smith," "Bronco Billy," "The Enforcer" and "The Great Race." On the small screen, Hoy appeared in more than 75 TV programs in addition to "The High Chapparal," including "Wanted: Dead or Alive," "Walker: Texas Ranger," "JAG," "Dallas" (recurring role), "The Wild, Wild West," "Magnum P.I." (five episodes), "The Young Riders" and "Zorro."
Behind the camera, Hoy was second unit director and stunt coordinator in Spain for the TV series "The New Zorro" and on the pilot of "The Three Musketeers."
In more than 100 appearances as stuntman, Hoy doubled for stars such as Tony Curtis, Charles Bronson, Audie Murphy, Tyrone Power, David Janssen, Telly Savalas and Jay Silverheels, among many others.
Hoy performed stunts for "The Lone Ranger," "The Defiant Ones," "Spartacus," "River of No Return," "Revenge of the Creature" and many more films and TV shows.
"Bobby was one of the rare stuntmen who also became an actor," Kiva Hoy said Monday. "He was more and more in demand as an actor as his (stunt) career progressed. People started calling him for roles, not just stunts. He was very much the reluctant actor, along the lines of (Academy Award-winner) Richard Farnsworth."
Hoy and Williams were founding members of The Stuntman's Association of Motion Pictures in 1961. The organization awarded Hoy its Lifetime Achievement award in August 2009, in recognition for his "extraordinary achievements and dedication to excellence."
Hoy was also a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences, the Directors Guild of America, AFTRA and the Screen Actors Guild.

HOY, Robert Francis
Born: 4/3/1927, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 2/8/2010, Northridge, California, U.S.A.

Robert Hoy's westerns – stunts, stunt coordinator, actor:

Ambush – 1950 (trooper)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1952
The Lawless Breed – 1953 (Gyp)
The Man from the Alamo – 1953 (soldier)
Wings of the Hawk – 1953 [stunts]
War Arrow – 1953 [stunts]
Border River – 1954 (Sgt. Johnson) [stunts]
Taza, Son of Cochise – 1954 (Lobo)
Saskatchewan (1954) [stunts]
River of No Return – 1954 [stunts]
Four Guns to the Border – 1954 (Smitty) [stunts]
Drum Beat – 1954 [stunts]
Destry – 1954 [stunts]
Raw Edge – 1956 (Five Crows)
Walk the Proud Land – 1956 [stunts]
Gun for a Coward – 1957 (Danny)
Have Gun – Will Travel (TV) – 1958 (carpenter)
Texas John Slaughter (TV) – 1958, 1959 (Ranger)
Zane Grey Theater (TV) – 1958, 1959, 1960 (Red Murdock, Jud Moore, Sam, Deputy)
Elfego Baca (TV) – 1959 (Sam Carter)
U.S. Marshal (TV) – 1959 (man)
Law of the Plainsman (TV) – 1960 (September Smith)
Johnny Ringo (TV) – 1960 (Joe Bowser) [stunts]
Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV) – 1960 (James)
Bat Masterson (TV) – 1960, 1961 (barkeep, Hyde Pierce)
The Rifleman (TV) – 1960, 1963 (Lester Boyle, Leroy Dabbs, Wade's man)
The Tall Man (TV) – 1961 (Fidel)
Bonanza (TV) – 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965 1967, 1971 (townsman, Jeb, Chuck Miller,
Klawson, Jake Denton, Little Cowboy, Phil, Yancy)
Laramie (TV) – 1963 (Fels) [stunts]
Shenandoah – 1965 [stunts]
Branded (TV) – 1965 (Cody Vance, Grimes)
Laredo (TV) – 1965, 1967 (Donovan, Willie McCord)
Nevada Smith – 1966 [stunts]
The Iron Horse (TV) – 1966 [stunts]
The Virginian (TV) – 1966 (Pete)
Shane (TV) – 1966 (Billy Cain)
The Guns of Will Sonnett (TV) – 1967, 1969 (Macey, Jo Jo) [stunts]
5 Card Stud – 1968 (Deputy Marshal Otis)
The Outcasts (TV) – 1968 (Diaz)
The Over-the-Hill Gang (TV) – 1969 (Frank Mace)
The High Chaparral (TV) – 1970-1971 (Joe Butler)
Hec Ramsey (TV) – 1972 (poker cheat)
Kung Fu (TV) – 1972, 1973 (Curry McCoy, Norris)
A Man for Hanging (TV) – 1973
The Cowboys (TV) – 1974 (Idaho Sims)
Barbary Coast (TV) – 1975 Sgt. Hatch)
Bite the Bullet – 1975 (Lee Christie)
The Master Gunfighter – 1975 [stunts]
The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox – 1976 (Ingersall)
The Outlaw Josey Wales – 1976 (Texas Ranger) [stunts]
The Quest (TV) – 1976 (Dundee)
Little House on the Prairie (TV) 1975, 1976, 1982 (Ben Slick, fireman, Morgan)
Desperate Women (TV) – 1978
Bronco Billy – 1980 (cowboy at bar) [stunts]
The Legend of the Lone Ranger – 1981 (Perlmutter)
Father Murphy (TV) – 1982 (Turner)
Kenny Rogers as The Gambler: The Adventure Continues (TV) - 1983 (Juno)
North and South (TV) – 1985 [stunts] (fighting man at station)
Houston: The Legend of Texas (TV) – 1986 (Col. Burleson)
Desperado (TV) – 1987 (half breed)
Bonanza: The Next Generation (TV) – 1988 (Feathers)
The Young Riders (TV) – 1989, 1991 (Flynt)
Zorro (TV) – 1991[stunt coordinator]
Wa;lker, Texas Ranger (TV) – 1995 (Judge Radford)

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