January 31, 1914|
Blountstown, Calhoun County, Florida, USA
|Died||March 4, 1997
Huntington Beach, Orange County, California
|Occupation||Stuntman; Actor: NBC's The Troubleshooters|
Carey Loftin (January 31, 1914 – March 4, 1997) (also credited as Cary Loftin) was an American actor and stuntman. One of his most famous roles was as the truck driver in Steven Spielberg's Duel, although his face was never seen. He also performed some stunts for Steve McQueen in Bullitt, especially during the film's famous car chase. Loftin Also acted as a Truck Driver in Stroker Ace (1983) and his face was never seen, Like Duel, but, not a Villain.
Other films to which he contributed include Vanishing Point, Stanley Kramer's multi-million dollar, all-star comedy It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, as well as Walt Disney's The Love Bug, and its second sequel. He also drove the truck that killed Edith Keeler in the Star Trek episode, "The City on the Edge of Forever."
He had a supporting role as Skinner in the Keenan Wynn and Bob Mathias series The Troubleshooters, which aired on NBC in the 1959–1960 season. His co-stars included Chet Allen and Forrest Compton Though he wasn't credited in the credits, he did do stunt work the on the movies Hijack! (1974), White Line Fever (1975), Steel Cowboy (1976), Armed and Dangerous (1986), Big Trouble in Little China (1986) and Christmas Comes to Willow Creeks (1987).
A notable demonstration of stunt driving that Loftin performed was the car chase/race in Against All Odds (1984). He was the driver of the black Ferrari. According to the movie's director, Taylor Hackford, Loftin was 68 when he did this stunt. At first Hackford was reluctant to hire the aging stuntman but stunt coordinator Gary Davis convinced Hackford that even at 68, Loftin was by far the best car man in the business at that time.
Loftin eventually retired in 1991 at age 77 after doing Pink Lightning (1991), although he still took minor stunt roles as a truck driver since he loved driving trucks, enjoyed talking to truck drivers and had a passion for trucks. Those roles include Revenge on the Highway (1992), Red-Blooded American Girl II (1996), Fire Down Below (1997) and Black Dog (1998) (filmed in 1996 but released in 1998). Loftin did truck stunts for the main character's Truck, portrayed by Patrick Swayze. He also did stunt work driving for the main character's trucks in "B.J. and the Bear" (1978-1981) and "Movin' On" (1974-1976). In Movin' On Loftin was mostly the stunt double for Claude Akins and Frank Converse for the outside driving scene's. In the episode "Games" Loftin noted that Stunt Man George Sack had his first minor stunt gig driving the truck when the truck hit a police car. Other than that, most of the driving scene's and all the other truck stunt scene's were done by Loftin. Loftin also did the major driving scenes in "B.J. and the Bear" (1978-1981) as Greg Evigan's stunt double. (The bill board stunt was done by new comer stunt man Errol Sack, George's son.) Loftin noted that he did some regular driving scene's too for Greg Evigan, even although Greg Evigan did do some of his own driving.