Sizes

  • Height
    5′ 9″
  • Weight
    155 lbs
  • Gender
    Male
  • Eye Color
    Blue
  • Hair Color
    Gray
  • Coat Size
    40 R
  • Shirt Size
    Medium
  • Neck Size
    16 x 32
  • Pant Size
    31 x 30
  • Shoe Size
    9
  • Hat Size
    7 1/8
  • Genres
    2nd Unit Director · Actor Training · Stunt Coordinator · Stunt Coordinator TV · Stunt Driver · Stunt Performer · Supervising Stunt Coordinator

Buddy Joe Hooker

One of the entertainment industry’s busiest stunt professionals, Buddy Joe Hooker began as a young child actor on the successful television series RIN TIN TIN. Under the stage name, Buddy Hart, his young acting career continued in shows such as GUNSMOKE, FATHER KNOWS BEST and TWILIGHT ZONE. Buddy Joe also starred in the award winning family feature that his stunt performer father, Hugh Hooker, produced called THE LITTLEST HOBO. That role led to a part on LEAVE IT TO BEAVER as one of Wally Cleaver’s best friends, Chester. He appeared in 12 episodes.

Although his father encouraged him to stay with acting, Buddy Joe knew that action was in his blood and pursued the stunt profession in such classic movies as Rock Hudson’s TOBRUK and Shirley MacLaine’s SWEET CHARITY. Throughout the years, his reputation as an all around stuntman led to his regular employment as Disney’s premiere stunt coordinator for 8 years.

Buddy Joe’s reputation as the go-to coordinator for car chases grew with movies such as TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A. and JADE. His extensive resume as a coordinator spans all genres and includes numerous classics: HAROLD AND MAUDE, THE OUTSIDERS, GODFATHER III, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, MEET JOE BLACK, and 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN. Among the long list of famed directors with whom Buddy Joe has worked are his Academy Award winning mentors — Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola. William Friedkin and Hal Ashby.

In the 1977 iconic film about the stunt business, HOOPER, Buddy Joe broke industry records with a rocket powered car jump and many other stunts doubling Jan Michael Vincent’s character Ski. As the stunt double for Sylvester Stallone on the renowned high fall through the trees off the cliff in FIRST BLOOD, Buddy Joe made history yet again.

His career continued with record-breaking stunts such as the first motorcycle jump over a helicopter as it landed and, then, rolling a truck 17 times down a sand embankment in the 1971 action feature CLAY PIGEON.

Today, Buddy Joe’s schedule remains busy as a stunt coordinator and 2nd unit director. With 8 different “cannonrolls” in recent years on features such as Quentin Tarantino’s DEATHPROOF as well as the Emmy award-winning television show DEXTER, Buddy Joe continues to perform the type of extreme car stunts that are defining moments in action sequences.

In recognition of his contribution to the film industry, the prestigious Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences inducted Buddy Joe into its exclusive membership during very first year it began a limited initiation of motion picture stunt coordinators. An original member of the elite organization of stuntmen, STUNTS UNLIMITED, Buddy Joe has served 5 terms as President. In his rare moments of downtime, Buddy Joe enjoys spending time in his art studio creating unique pieces of artwork in all mediums including oil paints, watercolors, mixed media, pencils, ink and fabrications.

A devoted family man, Buddy Joe Hooker enjoys working alongside his wife, Gayle, a fellow stunt-performer, and is most proud of his twin sons, Houston and Kanan Hooker, who began their own prolific career as stuntmen at 6 years old on the film SPY KIDS and now attend Chapman University Dodge College of Film in California.

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Feature Films

2nd Unit Director

Stunt Coordinator

Stunt Performer

  • SUSPECT ZERO
  • VANILLA SKY
  • THE IN CROWD
  • THE JACKAL
  • MONEY TALKS
  • THE HUNTED
  • TERMINAL VELOCITY
  • PENTATHLON
  • GUNMEN: MAN & HIS DREAM
  • SCHOOL TIES
  • GLEAMING THE CUBE
  • GUNMEN
  • TUCKER: THE MAN AND HIS DREAM
  • NOWHERE TO HIDE
  • MANNEQUIN
  • THE ZOO GANG
  • BATTLETRUCK
  • KING OF THE MOUNTAIN
  • THE ODD ANGRY SHOT
  • CORVETTE SUMMER
  • SEARCH & DESTROY
  • BOUND FOR GLORY
  • WHITE LINE FEVER
  • THE NO MERCY MAN
  • THE SCARLET LETTER
  • ROCK THE KASBAH
  • THE BARBER
  • THE SKELETON KEY
  • SUSPECT ZERO
  • THE BIG BOUNCE
  • THE HUNTED
  • LAUREL CANYON
  • VANILLA SKY (New York Unit)
  • HEARTBREAKERS
  • PAY IT FORWARD
  • COYOTE UGLY (Los Angeles Unit)
  • >RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
  • MAN ON THE MOON
  • JACK FROST
  • MEET JOE BLACK
  • RED CORNER
  • MONEY TALKS
  • GROSSE POINTE BLANK
  • SOLO (Vera Cruz Unit)
  • MULHOLLAND FALLS
  • THE ARRIVAL
  • JADE
  • THE HUNTED
  • TERMINAL VELOCITY
  • PENTATHLON
  • THE CHASE
  • THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO
  • <GUNMEN
  • JENNIFER 8
  • SCHOOL TIES
  • BEETHOVEN
  • DUTCH<
  • THE GODFATHER: PART III
  • THE GUARDIAN
  • MIAMI BLUES
  • HARD TO KILL
  • GLEAMING THE CUBE
  • GUNMEN
  • TUCKER: THE MAN AND HIS DREAM
  • NOWHERE TO HIDE
  • GARDENS OF STONE
  • MANNEQUIN
  • THE WRAITH
  • TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A. (Driving and Chase Sequences)
  • THE ZOO GANG
  • THE RIGHT STUFF
  • RUMBLE FISH
  • BEYOND THE LIMIT
  • THE OUTSIDERS
  • LOOKIN’ TO GET OUT (Stunt Choreographer)
  • BATTLETRUCK (Stunt Arranger)
  • THE HAND
  • KING OF THE MOUNTAIN
  • SECOND-HAND HEARTS
  • HERBIE GOES BANANAS
  • DEFIANC
  • THE ODD ANGRY SHOT
  • SEARCH AND DESTROY
  • HOT LEAD AND COLD FEET
  • CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
  • HEROES
  • EMPIRE OF THE ANTS
  • BOUND FOR GLORY
  • VIGILANTE FORCE
  • SHADOW OF THE HAWK
  • GUS
  • TREASURE OF MATECUMBE
  • WHITE LINE FEVER
  • THE STRONGEST MAN IN THE WORLD
  • RAFFERTY AND THE GOLD DUST TWINS
  • THE NO MERCY MAN
  • HAROLD AND MAUDE
  • THE GAMES PEOPLE PLAY
  • THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS
  • THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
  • INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE
  • DJANGO UNCHAINED
  • THE CAMPAIGN
  • A THOUSAND WORDS
  • HORRIBLE BOSSES
  • THE FINAL DESTINATION
  • FIGHTING
  • 12 ROUNDS
  • SEX AND THE CITY
  • HELL RIDE
  • SUPERBAD
  • THE INVASION
  • PLANET TERROR
  • DEATH PROOF
  • GRINDHOUSE
  • DEJA VU
  • SPY KIDS
  • 15 MINUTES
  • DOUBLE TAKE
  • BROTHER
  • GONE IN 60 SECONDS
  • THE FLINTSTONES IN VIVA ROCK VEGAS
  • HERE ON EARTH
  • END OF DAYS
  • THE SIEGE
  • SOLDIER
  • LETHAL WEAPON 4
  • BATMAN & ROBIN
  • STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT
  • THE SUNCHASER
  • EXECUTIVE DECISION
  • FROM DUSK TILL DAWN
  • WATERWORLD
  • THE SHADOW
  • THE CROW
  • THE ROAD KILLERS
  • THE CHASE
  • CARLITO’S WAY
  • DEMOLITION MAN
  • RISING SUN
  • LAST ACTION HERO
  • BEYOND THE LAW
  • COOL WORLD
  • LETHAL WEAPON 3
  • AMERICAN ME
  • FOR THE BOYS
  • THELMA & LOUISE
  • DAYS OF THUNDER
  • THE GUARDIAN
  • MIAMI BLUES
  • CATCHFIRE
  • SEA OF LOVE
  • LETHAL WEAPON 2
  • GREAT BALLS OF FIRE!
  • ROAD HOUSE
  • DEAD BANG
  • WHO’S HARRY CRUMB?
  • THE PRESIDIO
  • BURGLAR
  • CRITICAL CONDITION
  • F/X
  • MOVING VIOLATIONS
  • INTO THE NIGHT
  • NO SMALL AFFAIR
  • AGAINST ALL ODDS
  • D.C. CAB
  • TO BE OR NOT TO BE
  • SCARFACE
  • THE RIGHT STUFF
  • RUMBLE FISH
  • OCTOPUSSY
  • FIRST BLOOD
  • THE ENTITY
  • NIGHT SHIFT
  • TEX
  • PARASITE
  • SHARKY’S MACHINE
  • NICE DREAMS
  • CARNY
  • PROPHECY
  • JUST TELL ME YOU LOVE ME
  • PARADISE ALLEY
  • HOOPER
  • THE EVIL
  • GAME OF DEATH
  • CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
  • FRAMED
  • WHITE LINE FEVER
  • THREE THE HARD WAY
  • THE CONVERSATION
  • BLAZING SADDLES
  • WHITE LIGHTNING
  • MESSIAH OF EVIL
  • MELINDA
  • HAROLD AND MAUDE
  • CLAY PIGEON
  • THE ΩMEGA MAN
  • HELL’S ANGELS ’69

Television

2nd Unit Director

 Stunt Coordinator

Stunt Performer

  • KING & MAXWELL (1 EPISODE)
  • HAWAII
  • TURN: WASHINGTON’S SPIES (22 Episodes)
  • THE SON (TV SERIES) (1 Episode)
  • HR (TV Movie)
  • RAKE (13 Episodes)
  • KING & MAXWELL (1 Episodes)
  • LAUREN (9 Episodes)
  • COMMON LAW (12 Episodes)
  • CRIMINAL MINDS: SUSPECT BEHAVIOR (13 Episodes)
  • DEXTER (2 Episodes)
  • LOST (1 Episode)
  • HAWAII
  • SIXTY MINUTE MAN (TV Movie)
  • MEDICAL INVESTIGATION
  • HOMELAND SECURITY (TV Movie)
  • BOOMTOWN (1 Episode)
  • ROSWELL (1 Episode)
  • IN PURSUIT (Video)
  • A PIG’S TALE (Video; Add. Stunt Coordinator)
  • IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1 Episode)
  • THE RETURN OF MICKEY SPILLANE’S MIKE HAMMER (TV Movie)
  • MACGYVER (3 Episodes)
  • V (TV Mini-Series)
  • KNOTS LANDING (1 Episode)
  • HOT ROD  (TV Movie)
  • LEGENDS OF THE SUPERHEROES
  • KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM OF THE PARK TV Movie)
  • WONDER WOMAN (TV Movie)
  • WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND (TV Short)
  • LIE TO ME (1 Episode)
  • DEXTER (4 Episodes)
  • SWEET POISON (TV Movie)
  • AIRWOLF (2 Episodes)
  • KNOTS LANDING (1 Episode)
  • LIE TO ME (1 Episode)
  • RETURN OF THE REBELS (TV Movie)
  • FREEBIE AND THE BEAN (1 Episode)
  • DEATH CAR ON THE FREEWAY (TV Movie)
  • FIRST BLOOD
  • THE ENTITY
  • NIGHT SHIFT
  • TEX
  • PARASITE
  • SHARKY’S MACHINE
  • NICE DREAMS
  • CARNY
  • PROPHECY
  • JUST TELL ME YOU LOVE ME
  • PARADISE ALLEY
  • HOOPER
  • THE EVIL
  • GAME OF DEATH
  • CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
  • FRAMED
  • WHITE LINE FEVER
  • THREE THE HARD WAY
  • THE CONVERSATION
  • BLAZING SADDLES
  • WHITE LIGHTNING
  • MESSIAH OF EVIL
  • MELINDA
  • HAROLD AND MAUDE
  • CLAY PIGEON
  • THE ΩMEGA MAN
  • HELL’S ANGELS ’69