HomeHorrorBeloved ‘Halloween’ Stuntman James Winburn Dies at 85

    Beloved ‘Halloween’ Stuntman James Winburn Dies at 85

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    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 FlashPopcorn, 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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    In addition to his impressive stunt resume, Winburn was also a director. His directing credits include Evil AlterThe 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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