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.
Even Loftin Retired in 1991 at Age 77, After Doing Pink Lightning (1991) He Still took minor Stunt Roles as a Truck Driver, As Loftin use to love driving truck, 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). Even though Black Dog was released in 1998, it was Filmed in late 1996 and was supposed to premier in 1997, but, 3 Trucking Movie's were in Made in 1997 and one had to be cut to make try and make them all popular movie's those movie's were Truck (1997), Breakdown (1997) and Black Dog (1998). The one Loftin worked on, Black Dog, was the one Chosen to premier in 1998, as It didn't tell well with the Movie Critic's, Loftin Did Truck Stunts for Main Character's Truck, who was played by Patrick Swayze. He also did stunt work driving the main character's trucks in B.J. and the Bear (1978-1981) and Movin' On (1974-1976), In Movin' On Loftin was mostly a Stunt Double for Claude Akins and Frank Converse for the out side driving scene's, even though Claude Akins and Frank Converse did having driving time during the filming of the show. In the episode "Games" of Movin' On he noted that Stunt Man George Sack had his first minor stunt Gig driving the truck when the truck hit the police car, otherwise 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 stunt driving and regular driving scene's at times in B.J. and the Bear (1978-1981) as Greg Evigan's stunt double, although he did not the bill board stunt was done by new comer stunt man Errol Sack, George's son, it was an excellent first gig for the new stunt man, very minor stunt. The rest of the stunts were done by Loftin with the truck, other stunts besides not having the truck in it were done by Greg Evigan himself. Loftin did also note he did some regular driving scene's too for Greg Evigan, even though Greg Evigan did do some of his own driving.