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Gil Perkins



Born in Northern Australia, Gil Perkins distinguished himself in his teen years as a champion athlete, trackman and swimmer. Perkins left his homeland at age 18 to go to sea; nearly a decade later he found himself in Hollywood, where he sought out acting roles, the first of which was in The Divine Lady (1928). Though a personable screen presence, he found that his true forte was stunt work. Over a period of thirty years, he doubled for dozens of male stars, from William Boyd ("Hopalong Cassidy") to Red Skelton (whom he closely resembled). While he was willing to tackle the riskiest of stunts, Perkins was far from reckless, always working out in advance the safest and least painful method of pulling off his "gags." He was especially in demand for slapstick comedies, eventually receiving so many pies in the face that the very sight of the pastry made him physically ill. Perkins did more acting than stunting in the latter stages of his career (he can be seen as Jacob of Bethlehem in 1965's The Greatest Story Ever Told), and also kept busy as a stunt coordinator. A most engaging and candid interview with Gil Perkins can be found in Bernard Rosenberg and Harry Silverstein's 1970 book of Hollywood reminiscences, The Real Tinsel.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Prisoner of Zenda
  • (uncredited)
1979
75% Walking Tall
  • Bouncer
1973
90% What's Up, Doc?
  • Jones' Driver
1972
80% Batman: The Movie
  • Bluebeard
1966
93% The Sand Pebbles
  • Customer
1966
100% How the West Was Won
  • Henchman
1963
100% Experiment in Terror
  • Taxi Driver
1962
No Score Yet Valley of the Dragons
  • Tarn/Doctor
1961
50% The Alamo
  • Tennessean
1960
96% Spartacus
  • Slave Leader
1960
70% High School Confidential
  • Police Sergeant
1958
No Score Yet Teenage Monster
  • Charles Cannon
1958
No Score Yet Baby Face Nelson
  • FBI Agent Duncan
1957
No Score Yet The Sea Chase
  • Baldhead
1955
No Score Yet I Died a Thousand Times
  • Slim
1955
80% Demetrius and the Gladiators
  • Gladiator
1954
63% Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Man on Bike
1953
No Score Yet The Clown
  • Dundee
1953
80% Hans Christian Andersen
  • 2nd Gendarme
1952
No Score Yet Double Dynamite (It's Only Money)
  • Man
1951
93% Father of the Bride
  • Mover
1950
No Score Yet The Lost Tribe
  • Dojek
1949
93% Take Me Out to the Ball Game
  • Fan
1949
71% The Three Musketeers
  • Guard
1948
No Score Yet Desire Me
  • Soldier
1947
No Score Yet Twilight on the Rio Grande
  • Rurale
1947
75% Cloak and Dagger
  • Gestapo
1946
20% They Got Me Covered
  • Nazi
1943
92% Mrs. Miniver
  • Man in Tavern
1942
No Score Yet Hellzapoppin'
  • Butler in Pool
1941
No Score Yet A Yank in the RAF
  • Sergeant
1941
93% Captains Courageous
  • Crew
1937
98% King Kong
  • Sailor
1933

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Dicer Cauliflower Foreman

Quotes from Gil Perkins' Characters