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Bobby Bass (occasionally Bob Bass) (August 6, 1936 in California – November 7, 2001) was an American actor, stunt performer, and stunt coordinator/second unit director.

Early life

Bass, a graduate of Morningside High School in Inglewood, California, was an enthusiast of the martial arts. As a teenager, he became a judo champion, meeting Gene LeBell who introduced him to the stunt industry in Hollywood.[1]

Bass served in the military, initially as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division and then in Special Forces to become a special forces instructor.[2][3] He resumed competing in judo and attained the rank of third degree black belt.[2]


Bass made a career in movies and television in a variety of genres working with Burt Reynolds, Sylvester Stallone, and John Wayne. He taught martial arts and weapons handling to Geena Davis, Michael Douglas, Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Susan Sarandon, and Kathleen Turner. Bass appeared in TV commercials and TV series such as Fantasy Island, MacGyver, Mission: Impossible, Star Trek: The Original Series, The A-Team, and The Twilight Zone.[4]

Bass also championed safer working conditions for the stunt industry, especially after his then-fiancée and Melanie Griffith's best friend, Heidi von Beltz,[5] was paralyzed performing a stunt that Bass had coordinated in 1980 for Cannonball Run. He abandoned her after the accident, and von Beltz was awarded $4.6 million in a wrongful-injury lawsuit.[6]

Personal life

Bass had two sons with his first wife. His second wife was Norma Collins, whom he was married to until his death. He was stepfather to Collins' four children, including actress Bo Derek. He suffered from Parkinson's disease until his death by suicide in Los Angeles.[4][7][8]


Year Title Role Notes
1973 The Don Is Dead Hijacker Uncredited
1976 Bound for Glory Head Goon at Migrant Camp
1980 The Ninth Configuration Driver
1980 Tom Horn Corbett's Bodyguard
1980 The Hunter Matthew Branch
1980 Blood Beach Rapist
1982 Megaforce Motorcycle Driver
1983 Star 80 1st Hood
1985 To Live and Die in L.A. FBI Agent #1
1987 The Squeeze Poker Player
1990 Heart Condition Armed Man
1933 Excessive Force Limo Driver
1994 Pentathlon Bartender / Patron
1995 Jade Assistant District Attorney
1996 My Fellow Americans NSA Hitman #1
1997 Grosse Pointe Blank Assassin #1


  1. ^ "Bobby Bass". Archived from the original on 2007-10-24. Retrieved 2007-11-14.
  2. ^ a b Freese, Gene Scott (2014). Hollywood Stunt Performers, 1910s-1970s: A Biographical Dictionary (2nd ed.). Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 18. ISBN 9781476614700.
  3. ^ O'Neill, Terry (1987). "Lethal Weapon Terry O'Neill interviews Mel Gibson". Fighting Arts International. No. 44. England. p. 12. OCLC 500109467. Archived from the original on 2003-01-02. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  4. ^ a b "Bobby Bass". 12 November 2001. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  5. ^ "First Peek". Archived from the original on 26 June 2001.
  6. ^ Robb, David (2015-10-29). "Heidi von Beltz Dies: Stuntwoman Paralyzed In 'Cannonball Run' Crash Was 59". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-09-18.
  7. ^ Robb, David (2018-05-19). "Jimmy Nickerson Dies: Veteran Hollywood Stuntman On 'Rocky', 'Raging Bull', & Dozens Of Others". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-09-18.
  8. ^ "Drugs, Tragedies and 'Charlie's Angels'". TheWrap. 2013-03-13. Retrieved 2021-09-18.

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