Loren Janes - Stuntman
Special Widescreen Weekend Guest 2012
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Written by: Tom March,
Calgary Alberta, Canada||Date:
in October, 2008, I came across the Lone Pine Film Festival purely by
accident while driving through central California. And, there it was, in the
”How Lone Pine Won The West Tour” with Stuntman Loren Janes.
Stuntman and Film Raconteur, Loren Janes shows you his personal film clips
of his work on the epic Hollywood film
"How the West Was Won". Hear
Loren tell of those days and the locations where his historic stunts were
After purchasing a ticket and attending his presentation in Lone Pine, I
thought “He should do this at Bradford”. Well, the opportunity finally
presented itself and Loren accepted an invitation from the NMM. He will be
traveling to Bradford with Dave Strohmaier, Randy Gitsch and me as a very
special guest and will be on stage doing his home movie presentation at
Widescreen Weekend “Cinerama
60”. He is looking forward to meeting and greeting all the many fans of
Cinerama and 70mm who are attending the Festival this year and he is
especially looking forward to seeing Bradford’s vintage Technicolor print of
“West” on the giant louvered Cinerama screen.
Loren has amassed many accomplishments over his illustrious career. Here are
some snippets from his
web site biography:
Loren Janes was born October 1, 1931 and started to look for challenge and
adventure early in life. Between the ages of 10 and 17, he hiked the
220-mile length of the John Muir trail four times on his own. In high school
and college, he competed in swimming, diving, water polo, and gymnastics,
winning numerous titles and awards. He is a bow hunter, scuba diver, surfer,
mountain climber, and certified ski instructor.
In 1954, Loren became a professional movie and television stuntman and stunt
coordinator, making his debut in movies with an eighty-foot dive off a cliff
on Catalina Island in an Esther Williams movie. In the following years, he
worked with practically every major director, producer, and star in the
industry, including doubling for Steve McQueen through his entire 23-year
career, and Jack Nicholson, Kirk Douglas, Paul Newman, Michael Douglas,
Charles Bronson, Robert Wagner, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Yul Brynner, and
Frank Sinatra. He has appeared in more than 500 movies and in over 2,200
Loren feels fortunate that in his long career he has never been seriously
injured. In fact, he has never broken a bone. He gives credit for this to
his coaches for teaching him discipline and focus, his acrobatic background,
staying in good shape, never smoking, drinking, or using drugs, and his
faith in God.
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“How Lone Pine Won the West”
Film Locations Tour
Scanning Cinerama Films
Remembering Richard Greenhalgh
May 29, 1948 – September 5, 2011
and Tom on the site where "How the West Was Won" was filmed. Image by Tom March|
• In 1961, he co-founded the Stuntmen's Association of Motion Pictures and
Television, the original Stuntmen's organization.
• In 1992, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Screen Actors
Guild (SAG), and was the National Chairman of the SAG Stunt and Safety
• In August 2001, Loren received the coveted lifetime achievement award, the
Golden Boot (the Oscar for Westerns).
• In April 2003, he received the “Gallery of Legends Award” from the World
• In November 2003, he received the “Silver Spur Award” in recognition for
outstanding achievement in entertainment and Western films.
• In March 2004, Loren’s name was given a place in the “Walk of Western
Stars” in Santa Clarita, California.
• In May 2010 he was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award for Stunts” by
the Taurus World Stunt Awards in Hollywood, California.
• In 1956, he became the first civilian to enter the United States Olympic
trials in the modern pentathlon, a grueling Summer Olympic event that
combines five sports: riding, fencing, shooting, swimming, and running. He
competed a second time in 1964.
• He is a member and past president (1991) of the exclusive Adventurer’s
Club of Los Angeles and the Explorers Club of New York. His extensive
travels and explorations have taken him around the world. He is a biologist,
plant and animal ecologist, musician, school teacher, movieographer,
speaker, and film lecturer.
Loren Janes worked on these large format films
• Hello, Dolly!|
• Paint Your Wagon (70mm
Blow Up List 1969)
• Ice Station Zebra
• The Dirty Dozen (70mm
Blow Up List 1967)
Camelot (70mm Blow Up List
• The Sand Pebbles (70mm
Blow Up List 1966)
"The Greatest Story Ever Told"
• Cheyenne Autumn
"It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad
"How the West Was Won"
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