A. J. Bakunas

A. J. Bakunas

Albert John Bakunas, Jr, a.k.a. A.J. Bakunas was a stunt man who died doubling for George Kennedy in a fall from the Kincaid Towers in Lexington, Kentucky for the film Steel. Born in Fort Lee, New Jersey, Bakunas quit his job as a gym teacher at Tenafly High School in 1974 and set out to break into the film industry. He did his first stuntwork for the 1975 film Dog Day Afternoon. Bakunas became known for expertly performing falls from great heights. Bakunas had set a world record for a 70,1 m fall from a helicopter for the film Hooper, which was broken by Dar Robinson's 87,2 m fall for a non-movie related publicity stunt. Bakunas, determined to retake the record, returned to Lexington ... more on Wikipedia

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