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Hal Needham, veteran Hollywood stuntman and director, dies at 82

Hal Needham, veteran Hollywood stuntman and director, dies at 82

Hal Needham, a highly regarded Hollywood stuntman and director of frothy, adrenaline-pumped films like "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Cannonball Run," has died. He was 82.

Needham died Friday in Los Angeles, according to his business managers at Laura Lizer and Associates. No other details were immediately available.

Born in Memphis, Tenn., Needham spoke with a down-home twang.

He was a fixture in the movie business for most of his working life. In a stunt career that spanned hundreds of TV episodes and feature films, he tumbled down cliffs, leaped off boulders, jumped from planes, tottered off balconies and plunged from towers. He was rattled in blasts...

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