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Filmmakers - A new film category will be added for 2017. It will be for "Best Stunt" in a short and a feature. Legendary Hollywood Stuntman Jerry Vance is hoping to attend and present the "Jerry Vance Award for Best Stunt" to the 2017 winners in this category during the award show on Sunday.
Jerry was a member of the U.S. Olympic equestrian team and found a home in the late 1950's doing live shows at Corriganville.
He drove the Black Beauty car for Bruce Lee on the TV series "The Green Hornet" (1966-67).
On Caprice (1967) he doubled Ray Walston for a forty-seven-foot balcony fall.
He doubled for Ken Curtis on "Ripcord" jumping out of planes.
He also worked on "Ballad of a Gunfighter" (1964) with Marty Robbins, "A Fine Madness" (1966), and "Hangfire (1968).
JERRY VANCE - HOLLYWOOD STUNTMAN
Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Elizabeth Bake - Baker's Dozen (1967) ... Elizabeth Baker
- Ghosts of Paradox (1967) ... Amy Monroe
- Teaching the Tiger to Purr (1967) ... Amy Monroe
- Manhunt (1967) ... Amy Monroe
- Trapped (1967) ... Amy Monroe
- Wild Bull (1967) ... Amy Monroe
- Killer Cougar (1967) ... Amy Monroe
- Gun Bound (1967) ... Amy Monroe
- Race for the Rainbow (1967) ... Amy Monroe
- To Break a Colt (1967) ... Amy Monroe
- Mark of Death (1967) ... Amy Monroe
- Pawnee Warrior (1966) ... Amy Monroe
- Range War (1966) ... Amy Monroe
- Gold Fever (1966) ... Amy Monroe
- Lost in the Wilderness (1966) ... Amy Monroe
- Silent Night, Deadly Night (1966) ... Amy Monroe
- Court Martial (1966) ... Amy Monroe
- The Friendly Enemy (1966) ... Amy Monroe
- War Arrow (1966) ... Amy Monroe
- The Hunter (1966) ... Amy Monroe
- Ordeal by Hope (1966) ... Amy Monroe
- Truth Has No Family (1966) ... Amy Monroe
- Wild Dog of the Tetons (1966) ... Amy Monroe
- The Forest Devil (1966) ... Amy Monroe
- Ride with Terror (1966) ... Amy Monroe
- Night of the Wolf (1966) ... Amy Monroe
- The Intruders (1966) ... Amy Monroe
From 1992 - 2013, Charlie moderated the celebrity Q & A panels at the Festival of the West in Scottsdale, Arizona, a position he continues at events throughout the U.S. An author on the western film genre, his Riding the Hollywood Trail books, tracing the history of westerns in film and television, remain a popular series with fans of westerns.
In January, 2014, Charlie was honored to be made "Arizona's Official Western Film Historian" and have his boot prints placed in cement in Apacheland's Audie Murphy Barn at the Superstition Mountain Museum, alongside western genre favorites like, Jock Mahoney, Rory Calhoun, Dale Robertson, Patsy Montana, Richard Boone, Johnny Western, Ron Nix, Neil Summers and Ronald Reagan. In 2015, Charlie was named an "Encore Fellow" at the Smithsonian affiliated Western Spirit, Scottsdale's Museum of the West, where he conducts presentations on the westerns.
On television, Charlie has appeared in dozens of commercials, hosted syndicated programs like, Chrome Highway and Hoover's Place and acted in network productions such as NBC's, Greatest Heroes of the Bible: Sodom and Gomorrah, and Mark Twain's America: Abe Lincoln, Freedom Fighter. Most recently he was a guest on The Joey Canyon Show for the RFD Network in Nashville, and moderated the High Chaparral Reunion Live Webcast from Old Tucson in 2015 and '16. On radio Charlie has done dozens of commercials as well as his own nationally syndicated program, Riding the Old Hollywood Trail.
Charlie also continues to appear in films every chance he gets, most recently: Serial Blondes (2012), Crawlerzz (2013), The Sum of it's Parts (2014), Wanted (2015) and C-Bar (2015).
Karen Knotts is TWBFF Keynote Speaker! Following "The Shakiest Gun In The West", Keynote Speech by Karen: "Don Knotts Rides Again!" Growing up with Don and tall tales featuring his western movie days, then a short Q&A with the audience. See The Red Carpet Event on Sunday Oct 22nd.
Karen Knotts learned her craft at the Universtity of Southern California, where she was directed by the great Emmy award-winning director Alex Siegal (Diary of Ann Frank).
After graduating, she did shows in Equity regional theatres across the country with her father,Don Knotts. Don and Karen performed in the plays Mind with a Dirty Man, Norman is that You? and You Can’t Take It With You in California, Michigan, Kansas, Illinois, and New York.
Karen’s first break in TV was playing a suicidal hippy hitchhiker in Doctor’s Hospital starring George Peppard. In addition to reciting limericks, the part required her to throw herself through the car’s windshield. After that fine training, Karen played a more relaxed role as a former high school beauty queen in Return to Mayberry. Bit parts in many sitcoms followed, she was even directed by the colorful Carol O’Connor.
In 2008 a friend dared Karen to try standup comedy at an ‘Open Mic’... and Karen is still standing. She loves doing standup at the Comedy Store, Flappers, and Laugh Factory.
Karen is also in demand as an Emcee and Variety Arts Entertainer. A favorite film role is Celimene in David Hefner’s period piece, An Occurrence at Black Canyon, which became a hit on the festival circuit.
Karen is an alumnus of Lonnnie Chapman’s GRT theater company, where she was nominated for an ADA actor’s award for her portrayal of an Italian diva in the hit comedy Lend Me A Tenor. Karen’s short play Roger and Betsy was a finalist for the Merce awards in 2009. She has also created a television pilot for children, Twinkles and Friends, and two comedies Dates From Hell, and But We Open Tonight!.
Karen is currently on tour with a one woman show she wrote: Tied Up in Knotts, a hilarious comedy adventure about growing up with her fabulous dad, Don Knotts. http://www.karenknotts.com Rodney seen trying to wrap his mouth around the super-sized Jumbo Jack hamburger. The tag line "It's too big to eat!" (pronounced "It's too big-a-eat!") became a catch-phrase.
Rippy subsequently had guest roles in many popular television shows, including The Six Million Dollar Man, Marcus Welby, M.D., Police Story, and The Odd Couple (where Rodney played the owner of the building where Oscar and Felix lived). He also appeared frequently on talk shows such as The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Dinah's Place with Dinah Shore. Rippy also had a co-starring role on the CBS Saturday morning children's show The Harlem Globetrotters Popcorn Machine.
(See photo)First AMA Awards (1974)
With Donnie Osmond
Rodney made his big screen debut (before the Jack in the Box spots) in the Mel Brooks comedy Blazing Saddles in 1974. He portrayed a young Sheriff Bart aboard his parents' buckboard wagon after a brutal Sioux nation attack. When the Sioux chief, portrayed by Brooks, allows the pioneers passage (for being darker than the Sioux are), Rippy says his only line, "Thank you." In a Peanuts newspaper comic strip dated July 3, 1974, Snoopy awakens from a dream in which he "had been invited out to dinner by Rodney Allen Rippy!"