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.
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), 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.
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