On May 4, the American actor and stuntman Chuck Hicks passed away at the age of 93. It happened six months after he was hospitalized for suffering a stroke, his son Kirk has told media such as The Hollywood Reporter. Hicks was a runner, boxer, and rugby player, but most of all he became known for his work as a performer and stuntman. Within this scope, he came to found and preside over the Stuntmen’s Association of Motion Pictures, and entered the Hall of Fame of Specialists as the pinnacle of a career that began in the 1950s.
It was then that Hicks played small roles in Seed of Evil, Rebel Without a Cause (both 1955), and Around the World in 80 Days in 1956, shortly before joining the cast of the series The Untouchables that began at the end of the decade. In 1963 he would play the boxing robot Maynard Flash in a memorable chapter of The Twilight Zone written by Richard Matheson, and a few years later he would play Chief in The Legend of the Indomitable. In this classic 1967 film, Hicks also coordinated the boxing match between Paul Newman and George Kennedy, establishing himself as a professional in the field of stunts.
In this way, he acted as a double for actors such as Brian Keith, Brian Dennehy, or, above all, Clint Eastwood. Hicks was linked to this popular interpreter in productions such as the Rawhide series (which launched him to fame in the 1960s) or films of the caliber of The Legend of the Nameless City (1969), Dirty Harry (1971), Harry the executor (1976), Hard to peel (1978) or Bronco Billy (1980). “I was always the bad guy, always getting beat up, “ even declared Hicks, who would play the villain in The Brow Tracy Dick of Warren Beatty, released in 1990.