Another star who acted with Lee has passed away this week, stuntman Mickey Gilbert. He died Monday, February 5th, of natural causes at his home in Camarillo, California, his oldest son, Tim Gilbert, told The Hollywood Reporter.
Roderick Michael Gilbert was born in Los Angeles on April 17, 1936. When he was 6, his father bought a chicken ranch in Van Nuys — one of the largest in Southern California — then trained him in gymnastics, pole vaulting, discus throwing and the hurdles.
Mickey had an illustrious career as a stuntman, with over 103 credits to his name, starting in 1959 on Warlock, the Richard Widmark western and William Wyler’s Ben Hur , both of which he was uncredited for. He worked with Lee as the stunt co-ordinator on the TV movie The Cowboy and the Ballerina in 1984, as well as 37 episodes of The Fall Guy, often doubling for Lee/Colt in various stunt sequences.
Outside of working for Lee, he was Assistant Director on Kevin Costner’s Waterworld, as well as doing stunts on The Last of the Mohicans and The Blues Bothers. Most famously he was Robert Redford’s stun double on Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Meet Mickey Gilbert, Hollywood’s Veteran Western Stuntman: Variety.
Mickey’s IMDB page.