Friday, August 26, 2011

RIP Tom Hennesy

Actor, stuntman Tom Hennesy who played the Gill Man on land in "Revenge of the Creature" (1955) passed way on May 23, 2011.
Thomas Daniel Hennesy began working in movies as an extra in the early 1940s, when he was a student at USC. Hennesy was on the 1943 and 1944 Trojan football and played in the Rose Bowl both years. He later became a stunt man, doubling action stars like Randolph Scott, Rod Cameron, Rock Hudson and Jeff Chandler. He also worked as a general secondary and elementary schoolteacher in many Hollywood film and TV studios; his students included Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Tim Considine, Molly Bee, Paul Anka, Tommy Rettig and Annette Funicello. Tom also worked as a policeman and a game warden. Later he ran his family’s oil production company until it was sold in 1991.

HENNESY, Tom (Thomas Daniel Hennesy)
Born: 8/4/1925, Los Angeles, California , U.S.A.
Died: 5/23/2011, Malibu, California, U.S.A.

Tom Hennesy's westerns - actor, stuntman, stuntdouble:
The Road to Denver - 1955 [stunts]
Cheyenne (TV) - 1955 [stunt double for Clint Walker]
The Further Adventures of Spin and Marty (TV) - 1956 (North Fork counselor)
26 Men (TV) - 1958 (Jeff Conley)
The Horse Soldiers - 1959 [stunts]
The Alamo - 1960 (Bull) [stunts]
North To Alaska - 1960 (outlaw) [stunts]
The Commancheros - 1961 (Gordo) [stunts]
Gunsmoke (TV) - 1962 (Art)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - 1962 [stunts]
Have Gun - Will Travel (TV) - 1962 (Clyde Moss)
McLintock! - 1963 [stunts]
Stagecoach - 1966 [stunts]
The War Wagon - 1967 [stunts]
Big Jake - 1971 (Mr. Sweet)

1 comment:

  1. Hi,my name is Jim and my mom was related to Tom"tommy"Hennesy,they were cousins.Their last name was"Hennes"He was my Grandpa's brother's son.I never got to meet him and was told he played one of my favorite creatures"from the Black lagoon"and in some John Wayne movies.Rest in peace"Tommy"