The original Michael Myers stuntman passed away this week at age 85. James Winburn died on November 19 following an undisclosed illness according to his manager.
Halloween (1978) is a staple in the genre and is considered one of John Carpenter’s best films. While most people think of Nick Castle when they think of the original actor we call The Shape, Winburn did all of the wild stunts in the film. This includes when Dr. Loomis “shot him six times” before the iconic fall from the balcony at the end of the movie.
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Winburn had 70 film credits as a stuntman, but Halloween (1978) is the one he was most known for in horror circles. His stunt credits include Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Popcorn, and Tron. Winburn also went on to work with John Carpenter again on Escape From New York.
A lot of fans are taking to Twitter to share memories of Winburn’s work. Quite a few are also sharing pictures of meeting him at cons and fan events. It seems he was a staple at those even up until last month.
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We are extremely sad to learn of the passing of James Winburn, who joined us for @ftlohorror last month
James was an absolute pleasure to work and shared some amazing stories with everyone over the weekend.Our sincere condolences go out to his family, friends and fans#RIP pic.twitter.com/nAFbWYbOP3
— Comic Con Liverpool (@comconliverpool) November 21, 2022
Rest In Peace, James Winburn. He attended conventions up to his passing and valued the Halloween fans. I was supposed to meet him the other weekend, but his health prevented that. Loomis shot him 6 times and he went on to live a honorable life. His spirit is at peace now ️ pic.twitter.com/Y2PPVnldVM
— Robbie ▲ | #OscarsForArt (@reticentrobbie) November 21, 2022
RIP James "Jim" Winburn 🕊️
Winburn was a stuntman and is perhaps best known for playing Michael Myers in Halloween (1978) in the scene where, Dr. Loomis shoots him 6 times and causes him to fall of the balcony.#jimwinburn #halloween #michaelmyers #theinstahorror pic.twitter.com/u1DbMlImz1
— Home of Horror (@theinstahorror) November 21, 2022
Rest in peace to James Winburn.
He was the stunt double in the climactic sequence where Michael Myers was repeatedly shot by Donald Pleasence’s Dr. Samuel Loomis and fell from a balcony in ‘Halloween’ (1978). He was 85 years old. pic.twitter.com/o9JgD4yYjp
— Halloween Movie (@HalloweenFan96) November 22, 2022
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In addition to his impressive stunt resume, Winburn was also a director. His directing credits include Evil Alter, The Death Merchant, and Miami Beach Cops. Winburn also wrote Miami Beach Cops. In his later years, he shifted to stunt coordinator, and his last credit on IMDB was in the 2005 film Moses: Fallen In the City of Angels.
Let me know if you will also be watching some of James Winburn’s films this week at @misssharai.
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