Gary Kent, the director, actor and stuntman who reportedly impressed Quentin Tarantino’s As soon as Upon A Time In Hollywood, has died.
The information was damaged to The Hollywood Reporter by Gary’s son, Chris Kent. He died on Thursday (Could 25) at an assisted care facility in Austin, Texas.
Born in 1933, in Walla Walla, Washington, Kent’s first appearing function got here in 1959, and whereas he appeared in a handful of appearing roles throughout the a long time that will comply with, his most memorable and infamous work got here as a stuntman.
Through the years, he suffered a bunch of great accidents whereas at work, and gave up the work in 2002 after damaging his leg on set for Bubba Ho-Tep.
From then till near his loss of life, he continued to work as a stunt co-ordinator. His final credit score got here on 2019’s Intercourse Terrorists On Wheels.
Whereas placing collectively the script for that 12 months’s As soon as Upon A Time In Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino interviewed Kent about his profession and, based on the director of a 2018 documentary about Kent, used him because the inspiration for Brad Pitt’s character Cliff Sales space, who was a stunt double for Leonardo DiCaprio’s Rick Dalton.
See a bunch of tributes to Kent beneath.
In the present day we salute Gary Kent, 1933-2023. The tales he shared with us at many screenings of his movies, on the @fantasticfest stuntman panel, and for our ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD pre-show will dwell on eternally. pic.twitter.com/zSZXsSMePE
— Alamo Drafthouse (@alamodrafthouse) Could 26, 2023
My pal Gary Kent has traveled on. He was a stuntman, actor, filmmaker, creator, and sensible kind-soul. He lived and beloved and shined, shined, shined. pic.twitter.com/4OpQGIn3mQ
— Owen Egerton (@Owen_Egerton) Could 27, 2023
June seventh, 1933 – Could twenty fifth, 2023
My dad talks a scene over with a few co-stars. pic.twitter.com/GL08TLSvKd
— Greg MacKellan (@GeeEssMacky) Could 26, 2023
#RIP Gary Kent. A stuntman for 50 years and man for much longer, he doubled for Jack Nicholson, labored for Peter Bogdanovich, Richard Rush, Monte Hellman and Al Adamson and informed Tarantino all about assembly Charles Manson on the Spahn Ranch. https://t.co/7Ck4Cox5xK
— Mike Barnes (@MikeBarnes4) Could 26, 2023
— Joe O’Connell (@joemoconnell) Could 26, 2023
One other of the greats has left us: Gary Kent 1933 – 2023. His achievements in movement footage courting again to the late fifties, spanning every kind of genres and budgets, are too many to say.
— Severin Movies (@SeverinFilms) Could 26, 2023
Kent is survived by six youngsters and 4 grandchildren. Because the Austin Chronicle experiences, his household will honour his needs and scatter his ashes within the Pacific Ocean.