David Sharpe (actor)

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Dave Sharpe
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Born David Hardin Sharpe
(1910-02-02)February 2, 1910
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died March 30, 1980(1980-03-30) (aged 70)
Altadena, California, United States
Resting place
Cremated
Occupation Stunt performer
Spouse(s) Margaret Messinger
Gertrude Messinger
Jean
Children Virginia

Dave Sharpe (2 February 1910 - 30 March 1980) was an American actor and stunt performer.

He was called the "Crown Prince of Daredevils" and ranks alongside Yakima Canutt as one of Hollywood's all time greatest stuntmen. He appeared in more than 5,000 films, over six decades, although most were uncredited appearances.

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Sharpe won the US National Tumbling Championship in 1925 and 1926. He began his film career as a child actor in the 1920s. He was married for a short time to film actress Gertrude Messinger. Eventually he became the "Ramrod" (Stunt co-ordinator) for Republic Pictures from 1939 until mid-1942 when America entered World War II. He was replaced in this role by Tom Steele while Sharpe joined the Army Air Corps in 1943. Gertrude Messinger's brother, Buddy, died in 1965. Dave (Sharpe) married Buddy's widow, Margaret Messinger.

Sharpe was inducted into the Stuntman's Hall of Fame in 1980. He died in 1980 of Lou Gehrig's disease. Tony Curtis gave the eulogy at his funeral. His ashes were either given to a friend or family.

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