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    Pals Of The Saddle- Jim Burk

    JIM BURK

    ..
    I think Jim is 2nd from the left...................................2nd. from the right

    Information from IMDb

    Date of Birth
    14 November 1932,
    Newhall, California, USA

    Date of Death
    10 March 2009,
    Darby, Montana, USA (heart failure)

    Trivia
    Retired for the most part in the late 1980s and settled in Montana's Bitterroot Valley.

    Was known for training falling horses in nearly three decades of westerns and cavalry films.

    His stepfather, Jimmy Loukes, helped him break into the film industry as a stuntman in the 1950s.

    Began training horses and competing on the rodeo circuit as an adolescent.

    Stuntman and actor who worked on over a dozen films with John Wayne.

    He is probably best remembered as "Trooper", a member of the Fain Gang in Big Jake,
    and also as "Bobby Joe" in The Undefeated (He's the one who was leg wrestling
    with everyone and had to fight Merlin Olsen).
    He also doubled John Wayne in the log shots of the Meadow Scene in True Grit
    This piece from Colorado Bob

    Filmography

    Stunts
    1992 Accidental Hero (stunts - as Jimmy H. Burk)
    1991 Hook (stunts - as James H. Burk)
    1990 Far Out Man (stunts)
    1989 Tango & Cash (stunts)
    1989 Police Academy 6: City Under Siege (stunts)
    1988 Young Guns (stunts)
    1988 Action Jackson (stunts)
    1987 Dragnet (stunts)
    1984 2010 (stunts)
    1983 Hysterical (stunts - as James H. Burk)
    1982 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (stunts)
    1982 Conan the Barbarian (stunts)
    1981 Reds (stunts - uncredited)
    1981 Soggy Bottom, U.S.A. (stunts)
    1980 Wholly Moses! (stunts)
    1980 Bronco Billy (stunts - uncredited)
    1980 The Mountain Men (stunts)
    1980 The Long Riders (stuntman)
    1978 Convoy (stunts - as James Burk)
    1976 Gator (stunts - uncredited)
    1976 Drum (stunts - uncredited)
    1976 The Shootist (stunt double: / John Wayne - uncredited - uncredited, stunts - uncredited)
    1976 Leadbelly (stunts)
    1976 Banjo Hackett: Roamin' Free (TV movie) (stunt coordinator)
    1975 The Man Who Would Be King (stunts - uncredited)
    1975 Take a Hard Ride (stunts - uncredited)
    1975 Crazy Mama (stunts)
    1974 The Trial of Billy Jack (stunts - uncredited)
    1974 Hijack! (TV movie) (stunts - uncredited)
    1974 Chinatown (stunts - uncredited)
    1974 The Midnight Man (stunts)
    1973 The Outfit (stunts - uncredited)
    1973 The Stone Killer (stunts - uncredited)
    1973 Oklahoma Crude (stunts - uncredited)
    1973 The Train Robbers (stunts - uncredited)
    1972 The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (stunts - uncredited)
    1972 The Cowboys (stunts - uncredited)
    1971 Big Jake (stunts - uncredited)

    1971 One More Train to Rob (stunts - uncredited)
    1970 Never Give an Inch (stunts - uncredited)
    1970 Chisum (stunts - uncredited)
    1970 Five Savage Men (stunts - uncredited)
    1969 The Undefeated (stunts - uncredited)
    1969 True Grit (stunts - uncredited)

    1969 Mackenna's Gold (stunts - uncredited)
    1968 Hellfighters (stunts - uncredited)
    1968 The Green Berets (stunts - uncredited)
    1967 The War Wagon (stunts - uncredited)

    1967 The Way West (stunts - uncredited)
    1966 Stagecoach (stunts - uncredited)
    1965 The Hallelujah Trail (stunts - uncredited)
    1963 McLintock! (stunts - uncredited)
    1962 Geronimo (stunts - uncredited)
    1961 The Comancheros (stunts - uncredited)
    1960 The Alamo (stunts - uncredited)
    1959 The Horse Soldiers (stunts - uncredited)

    1959 Pork Chop Hill (stunts - uncredited)
    1958 The Big Country (stunts - uncredited)
    1953 Arrowhead (stunts - uncredited)
    1953 Pony Express (stunts - uncredited)
    1951 Flame of Araby (stunts - uncredited)

    Actor
    2000 The $treet (TV series)– Miracle on Wall Street (2000) … Santa Claus (as Jim Burke)
    2000 Wonderland (TV series)– Pilot (2000) … Cop #1 (as Jim Burke)
    1997 A Smile Like Yours...Nancy Tellen's Groom (as Jim Burke)
    1994 NYPD Blue (TV series)– Simone Says (1994) … Uniform Cop (as Jim Burke)
    1991 K-9000 (TV movie)...Zeiss Man
    1991 Paradise (TV series)– Out of the Ashes (1991) … Otto (as Jim Burke)
    1989 Johnny Handsome...Prison Guard
    1983 Brainstorm...Lab Technician
    1981 The Legend of the Lone Ranger...Ranger Stephenson (as Jim Burke)
    1980 All God's Children (TV movie)
    1980 Tom Horn...Slaughter House Man (as Jimmy H. Burk)
    1978-1980 Fantasy Island (TV series)
    Bart / Paul Kendall
    – Nona/One Million B.C. (1980) (as Jim Burke)
    – Pentagram/Casting Director/A Little Ball (1979) … Paul Kendall
    – The Funny Girl/Butch and Sundance (1978) … Bart
    1979 Prophecy...Rescuer (as James H. Burk)
    1979 M*A*S*H (TV series)– A Night at Rosie's (1979) … M.P.
    1978 Hooper...Jimbo
    1978 Convoy..Frick (as James H. Burk)
    1976 Slumber Party '57...Biker III
    1976 Gator...Sheriff Williams
    1974 Mannix (TV series)...– Desert Sun (1974) (as Jim Burke)
    1974 Hijack! (TV movie)...First Cowboy
    1974 Chinatown...Farmer in the Valley (as Jim Burke)
    1974 Hec Ramsey (TV series)– Scar Tissue (1974) … Chief Guard
    1974 The Magician (TV series)– The Stainless Steel Lady (1974) … Hubbard (as Jim Burke)
    1973 Dusty's Trail (TV series)– Here Come the Brides, There Go the Grooms (1973) … Clint
    1973 Oklahoma Crude...Moody
    1972 The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean..Bart Jackson
    1972 The Cowboys...Pete
    1971 Big Jake...Trooper
    1971 One More Train to Rob...Skinner
    1970 Never Give an Inch...Biggy Newton
    1970 Chisum...Trace - Wrangler
    1970 Lancer (TV series)– Lifeline (1970) … Lew
    1968 The Green Berets...Soldier (uncredited)
    1965 The Hallelujah Trail...Elks-Runner (as James Burk)
    1962 Geronimo...Cavalryman (as James Burk)
    1960 The Alamo...Tennessean (uncredited)
    1958 The Big Country...Blackie/Cracker Hannassey
    1953 Arrowhead...Cavalryman (uncredited)
    1953 Pony Express
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    Re: (New Profile) Pals Of The Saddle- Jim Burk

    Jim Burke, another prolific stuntman,
    who is most of us were unaware of.
    He stunted and appeared in many major movies,
    including in his later life
    Hook, Young Guns, Dragnet, 2010,
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Conan the Barbarian
    Bronco Billy, The Long Riders Convoy, Gator
    and previously
    movies such as The Hallelujah Trail, Geronimo, and
    The Big Country, Mackenna's Gold

    Jim was a regular of the
    John Wayne Stock Company

    He stunted and appeared in 14 movies with Duke
    The Shootist (1976)(stunt double: / John Wayne - uncredited - uncredited, stunts - uncredited)
    The Train Robbers (1973) (stunts - uncredited)
    The Cowboys (1972)...Pete (stunts - uncredited)
    Big Jake (1971)...Trooper (stunts - uncredited)
    Chisum (1970)...Trace - Wrangler (stunts - uncredited)
    The Undefeated (1969) (stunts - uncredited)
    True Grit (1969) (stunts - uncredited)
    Hellfighters (1968) (stunts - uncredited)
    The Green Berets (1968)...Soldier (uncredited) (stunts - uncredited)
    The War Wagon (1967) (stunts - uncredited)
    McLintock! (1963) (stunts - uncredited)
    The Comancheros (1961) (stunts - uncredited)
    The Alamo (1960)...Tennessean (uncredited) (stunts - uncredited)
    The Horse Soldiers (1959)(stunts - uncredited)
    Last edited by ethanedwards; April 9th, 2013 at 01:42 PM.
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    Re: (New Profile) Pals Of The Saddle- Jim Burk

    Jim Burk was originally mentioned in
    arthurarnells thread
    Stuntmen Of The Saddle- Neil Summers & others.

    There has been more interest of late for more information
    relating to these prolific men.
    I have already profiled more stuntmen, and so thought Jim Burk
    was worthy of a full profile.

    With respect to arthurarnell,
    I have copied the posts here to this new dedicated thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Colorado Bob View Post
    Don't know if anyone has heard or not, but a couple of days ago I received a card from Neil Summers (stuntman on many John Wayne films), and he mentioned that Jim Burke passed away a couple of months ago at his ranch in Montana. He is probably best remembered as "Trooper", a member of the Fain Gang in "Big Jake", and also as "Bobby Joe" in "The Undefeated" (He's the one who was leg wrestling with everyone and had to fight Merlin Olsen). He also doubled John Wayne in the log shots of the Meadow Scene in "True Grit". He was one of my favorite stuntmen, and I always looked forward to spotting him in John Wayne's films.
    Quote Originally Posted by alamo221 View Post
    Jim Burke was a great addition to any Duke film and will be missed. A couple of his more notable stuntworks were doubling Duke in most of True Grit, doubling Duke in the climactic gunfight in The Shootist, and doubling Forrest Tucker in the balcony fall (Chuck Roberson doubled Duke) in Chisum.
    Last edited by ethanedwards; August 29th, 2012 at 05:35 AM.
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    Totnes- the Tombstone of England

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