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Hal Needham

Lowest Rated:   0% RAD (1986)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Hostage Hotel
  • Director
1999
No Score Yet Hal Needham's Wild World of Stunts
  • Actor
  • 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
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Porsche 928 Driver
1984
14% Stroker Ace
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1983
20% Smokey and the Bandit Part 3
  • Screenwriter
1983
0% Megaforce
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1982
30% The Cannonball Run
  • Director
1981
20% Smokey and the Bandit II
  • Director
1980
No Score Yet Death Car on the Freeway
  • Bianchard
  • Director
1979
0% The Villain
  • Director
1979
67% Hooper
  • Director
1978
76% Foul Play
  • Actor
1978
81% 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
No Score Yet The Devil's Brigade
  • Actor
1968
83% The War Wagon
  • Hite
1967
60% McLintock!
  • Carter
1963

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