#416 Busby Berkeley / Yakima Canutt – 29 November 1895

Busby Berkeley

Busby Berkeley (November 29, 1895 – March 14, 1976) was a highly influential Hollywood movie director and musical choreographer. Berkeley was famous for his elaborate musical production numbers that often involved complex geometric patterns. Berkeley’s works used large numbers of showgirls and props as fantasy elements in kaleidoscopic on-screen performances. Berkeley notably choreographed four musicals back-to-back for Warner Bros.: 42nd StreetFootlight Parade, Gold Diggers of 1933 and Fashions of 1934.

Yakima Canutt

Yakima Canutt (November 29, 1895 – May 24, 1986), also known as Yak Canutt, was an American rodeo rider, actor, stuntman and action director. His most famous stunt was the drop from the stagecoach in Stagecoach. For Ben-Hur, Canutt staged the chariot race with nine teams of four horses. For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Yakima Canutt has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1500 Vine Street. In 1967, he was given an Honorary Academy Award for achievements as a stunt man and for developing safety devices to protect stunt men everywhere.

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Busby_Berkeley
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakima_Canutt

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