Thursday, August 19, 2010

RIP Kenny Endoso

Kenneth Endoso

Born in Hilo, Hawaii July 22, 1940.

After courageously battling cancer more than 6 years, Kenny peacefully passed on to his eternal life August 10, 2010 surrounded by his loving family.

Kenny had an amazing life. He grew up in a small town on the Big Island of Hawaii and went on to become an award winning stuntman in Hollywood. He appeared in hundreds of action packed movies & tv shows, including F Troop, Hawaii 5-0, Magnum P.I., Airwolf, Kung Fu, Spider Man & so many others. Features include Twilight Zone, Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Collateral, Big Trouble in Little China, Diamonds Are Forever, Blues Brothers, The Stuntman, Enemy of the State, Déjà vu, and most recently Green Hornet. Always portraying the "bad guy" but in truth a gentle giant.

He took pride in coaching his son's baseball teams & Indian Princess/Charity League activities with his daughter. He loved classic cars & owned many during the years; his favorite a red '67 Camarillo. Sometimes known as The Big Kahuna, Kenny had a fun loving sense of humor and genuine understanding and acceptance of different cultures. As a proud member of Stunts Unlimited, DGA and owner of Stuntman Productions, he was always willing to help young stunt players perfect their craft. He was fortunate to travel around the world on location and family holidays, savoring so many incredible life experiences, among his favorites golfing at Pebble Beach, Oakland Hills and his beloved Lakeside Golf Course.

Kenny will be forever missed by Laureen, his wife & sweetheart of 44 years, children, Kathy, Carlisa & Michael (Nicolle), grandchildren, Nick, Kristin, JJ & baby Lilah, sisters Pearl & Shirley, brother George, Mum-in-law Joan, numerous nieces & nephews, plus an incredible network of loving family members and friends who have encouraged his spirit & courage through his journey.

A Celebration of Kenny's Life will be held Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 at 12:30 pm
Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, Church of the Hills

ENDOSO, Kenny (Kenneth Gordon Endoso)
Born: 7/22/1940, Hilo, Hawaii
Died: 8/10/2010, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Kenny Endoso's westerns - actor, stuntman:
Daniel Boone (TV) - 1968 (Tuscola, Black Fox)
The Great Bank Robbery - 1969 (Chinese landryman), [stuntman]
Kung Fu (TV) - 1973 (henchman)
Blazing Saddles - 1974 (Mexican) [stuntman]
Gone With the West - 1975 (Mimmo's man)
The Electric Horseman - 1979 [stuntman]
Windwalker - 1981 [stuntman]

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