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Gil Perkins

  • Born on
    • August 24th, 1907
  • Died on
    • March 28th, 1999
Gilbert Vincent Perkins (24 August 1907 – 28 March 1999) was an Australian film and television actor. A champion athlete and trackman in his native northern Australia, Gil Perkins always wanted to get into films; as a teenager he virtually ran away from home, taking a job as a deck hand on a Norwegian freighter. He eventually landed in Hollywood in the late '20s, during the era of part-silent, part-talkie movies, and (because his accent was mistaken for English) he played young Englishmen in some of his first films. He soon drifted into stuntwork, regularly doubling cowboy star William Boyd and putting a red toupee over his own blond hair to double 'Red Skelton', among others. Some of his most notable stunt jobs were in the sci-fi/horror field. He doubled star Bruce Cabotthroughout King Kong (1933), stood in for Spencer Tracy as Mr. Hyde in Dr. Jekyll et Mr. Hyde (1941) and replaced Bela Lugosi as the Monster in the climactic battle sequence of Frankenstein rencontre le loup-garou (1943). In addition to his feature films, Perkins turned up regularly in serials and on TV. On many occasions he worked with special effects and rigging departments, setting up large action scenes. By the 1960s he was doing more acting than stunts; he "officially" retired in 1972, although he took a number of subsequent jobs. - IMDb Mini Biography

Filmography

Acting (20 Credits)

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1980Raging Bull as Cornerman (uncredited)
1976Sherlock Holmes in New York as Carriage Driver
1972What's Up, Doc? as Jones' Driver
1966Batman: The Movie as Bluebeard
1961Valley of the Dragons as Tarn / Doctor
1960Spartacus as Slave Leader (uncredited)
1955East of Eden as Lettuce Truck Worker (uncredited)
1951Roadblock as Patrolman (uncredited)
1950The Flame and the Arrow as Guard (uncredited)
1950Father of the Bride as Moving Man (uncredited)
1946Cloak and Dagger
1943No Time for Love as Diner at Pop Murphy's
1943Slightly Dangerous as - (uncredited)
1942The Big Street as Mug at Mindy's (Uncredited)
1941Hellzapoppin' as Butler in Pool (uncredited)
1939Blackmail as Kearney - Oil Worker Blown Up (uncredited)
1939Confessions of a Nazi Spy as Goebbels' Aide (uncredited)
1937Captains Courageous as Crewman (uncredited)
1935Mutiny on the Bounty as Able Bodied Seaman (uncredited)
1933King Kong as Member of Ship's Crew (uncredited)

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