The Captains and the Kings depart
The Passing of Hollywood Stuntman
Loren Janes (October 1, 1931 – June 24,
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Written by: Mark Lyndon, London
Janes at the Pictureville cinema in 2012. Picture by Thomas Hauerslev
“I was a stuntman for 50 years, appeared in over 500 movies and over 2,200
television shows, and never broke a bone,”
Steve McQueen, Frank Sinatra Jack
Nicholson, Jack Lemmon, Michael Douglas, Paul Newman, Charles Bronson, Robert
Wagner, Tony Curtis, Yul Brynner, and of course Debbie Reynolds; he doubled and
worked with them all.
For those of us who have been lucky to attend the legendary
Wide Screen Weekend
through its golden years, one of the most memorable, moving and magical moments
was the standing ovation given by delegates to a true Hollywood legend -
Janes. Coming at the precise moment of one of the most exciting and original
stunts in the history of cinema *), the audience rose as one to pay tribute to
pure cinematic genius - Loren Janes style. It still brings goose bumps!
We learned the news of the passing of this great man with sorrow and dismay, yet
tempered by some marvellous memories. We first met Loren in a heavy rain storm.
He was every inch the archetypal, western hero, complete with Stetson. He was in
the company of Tom March,
Dave Strohmaier and
Cinerama legends in
their own right. We took shelter in a pub and I bought Loren a pint - of milk!
George Peppard sipping his milk in "How the West Was Won" immediately came to
That weekend, Loren introduced "West" to a spellbound Pictureville audience and
gave us fascinating insights into the creation of some of the most thrilling
scenes in the whole of cinema. He joined us for breakfast at the hotel and
shared some wonderful anecdotes of his life and times in the greatest film
industry of them all. Those times are now over, but what a legacy!
*) Jumping off the roof of a moving runaway steam train, hitting
a 30 feet tall cactus in mid air, and then fall to the desert ground.
interview with Loren, including the famous jump, here on YouTube
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See the jump on YouTube
Loren Janes worked on the
following large format films
• Hello, Dolly!
• Paint Your
• Ice Station Zebra
• The Dirty Dozen
• The Sand
• "The Greatest Story Ever Told"
• Cheyenne Autumn
• "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad
"How the West Was Won"
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