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Closing Credits: Bud Ekins

I know that you'll be wondering who Bud Ekins is, the champion motorcyclist who passed away on October the 6th at the superb age of seventy-seven.

Bud Ekins was known for one particular motorcycle stunt, the stunt that every time you see it you will the bike to make, I know I do. It's an iconic piece of cinema.

Ekins doubled for Steve McQueen and performed that amazing leap in The Great Escape.

However what went before this moment is even better, and Variety tells us of his great achievements off the screen.

He was one of the first Americans to compete in the World Championship Motocross Grand Prix circuit in Europe during the 1950's and won gold medals in the International Six Day Trial.

Ekins continued in the stunt world after that iconic jump, working on Bullitt for McQueen again, and Steven Spielberg's 1941. When he retired in his mid-sixities, what a great man, he set-up a small motorcycle shop in Hollywood.

Stuntman: Bud Ekins



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