Hal Needham

Lowest Rated: 0% RAD (1986)
Birthday: Mar 6, 1931
Birthplace: Not Available
Following Korean War service as a paratrooper, Hal Needham drifted into movies as a bit player. His remarkable physical dexterity and willingness to "take it" enabled him to rise up the professional ladder from stuntman to stunt coordinator to 2nd unit director. A longtime chum of Burt Reynolds (himself an ex-stuntman), Needham was given his first chance to direct a theatrical feature with Reynolds' Smokey and the Bandit (1977); the film was a huge hit, assuring Needham future assignments as both director and scriptwriter. The 1980 Reynolds vehicle Hooper was widely recognized as Reynolds and Needham's tribute to the entire fraternity of Hollywood stunters. For television, Needham directed several installments 1989 Burt Reynolds adventure series B. L. Stryker (1989) and the pilot for the syndicated adventure semi-weekly Bandit (1994); there was also a 1992 animated cartoon series titled Stunt Dawgs, wherein the central character was named Needham. Founder of the troubleshooting aggregation Stunts Unlimited (which also served as the title of a 1980 TV movie), Needham has also served as chairman for another movie-industry organization, Camera Platforms International. In addition, Hal Needham is owner of the "world's fastest car," the Budweiser Rocket, now on display at the Smithsonian Institute. Needham was awarded an Honorary Oscar in 2012 for his innovations, just one year before he died at age 82.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Hostage Hotel Director 1999
No Score Yet Bandit: Bandit and the Silver Angel Director 1994
No Score Yet Bandit: Beauty and the Bandit Director 1994
No Score Yet Bandit, Bandit Director 1994
No Score Yet Bandit Goes Country Director 1994
No Score Yet Body Slam Director 1987
0% RAD Director 1986
13% Cannonball Run II Screenwriter Director Porsche 928 Driver 1984
20% Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 Screenwriter 1983
20% Stroker Ace Director Screenwriter 1983
0% Megaforce Screenwriter Director 1982
31% The Cannonball Run Director 1981
17% Smokey and the Bandit II Director 1980
No Score Yet Death Car on the Freeway Bianchard Director 1979
0% The Villain Director 1979
69% Hooper Director 1978
74% Foul Play Actor 1978
79% Smokey and the Bandit Director 1977
No Score Yet Jackson County Jail Chief of Fallsburg Police 1976
14% Nickelodeon Actor 1976
No Score Yet W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings Patrolman 1975
77% The French Connection II Doyle Kidnapper 1975
No Score Yet The Bounty Man Pike 1972
No Score Yet The Culpepper Cattle Co. Burgess 1972
No Score Yet One More Train To Rob Bert Gant 1971
100% Sometimes a Great Notion (Never Give an Inch) Racetrack Man 1971
60% The Devil's Brigade Actor 1968
90% The War Wagon Hite 1967
67% McLintock! Carter 1963


No Score Yet Charlie's Angels
  • 1976
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
  • 1972
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Renegade Indian #3 Cowboy
  • 1969
  • 1963
No Score Yet Ironside
Officer Connell
  • 1968


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