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|Born||1962 (age 51–52)
|Occupation||Stunt coordinator, Stunt performer, Television Presenter, Magician|
Steve Truglia is a stunt coordinator, stunt performer and action unit director in the UK. He was also an experienced television presenter and actor, having trained at the Sylvia Young Theatre School. He was a registered full member of the UK Equity Stunt Register as a stunt co-ordinator, and was on the Stunt Register since 1996. Truglia was a life member of the World Stunt Academy. He was an experienced after dinner and motivational public speaker, (he became a TED (Conference) speaker in 2009), and a television presenter with appearances on many TV shows and news channels in the UK and overseas.
Sporting achievements include 2400+ parachute jumps (D License); several marathons; bronze medal team Army Cross Country Championships 1984 (for 21 SAS); several triathlons (2nd place team in the Army National Triathlon Championships 1992 (for 289 CDO)); rock climbing (leading UK E3); mountaineering (Grade V); climbing instructor; Mountain Leader Training Board Single Pitch Supervisors’ Award 1996; fencing (AFA grade 6 in all three weapons); five years studying Kendo (Japanese Samurai martial art); motorsport Formula Ford 1600 and Formula First, 1989 2nd place in the Team Touraco Driver of the Year Award and runner up in the Forwardline Racing UK driver search; trampolining (elementary gold certificate); swimming (ASA water skills level 6); scuba diving (BSAC dive leader); and three years of boxing (junior ABAs).
In 1988 Truglia, (and his K2 team mate), won the trophy for the fastest Reserve Forces boat in the 126 mile Devises-Westminster Canoe Race for the Royal Marines Reserves (he has completed the DW race three times). This race is the longest continuous canoe race in the world, and is considered by many to be one of the world’s toughest physical events. Truglia's best time was 20 hours 47 minutes in 1985, gaining 21st place in the senior doubles K2 (for 21 SAS). In 2002 Truglia set the UK's first no limits free-diving British record by reaching a depth of 250 ft (76.8m), on one breath. His static breath hold is 6 minutes 10 seconds.
 Truglia has a long background in UK Special Forces from 1980-2000, and served with both the SAS and SBS as a reservist. In 1984 he served one year as a regular soldier with the SAS on a special type engagement. Following that Truglia served for six years with 29 Commando (RA), before moving over to the SBS (R) for a further six years. Among the many military skills gathered, he is a swimmer/canoeist (SC3), special forces patrol medic, a signaler, (SF communicator), and is a qualified army physical training instructor (a course which he passed with an A grade). He is an armed and unarmed combat instructor and an evasive driving instructor, and has worked in close protection in the private sector at the highest level (formerly Saladin and KMS).
In 1981 Truglia passed the Parachute Regiment’s ‘P’ Company, and was awarded the best student award on his parachute course at RAF Brize Norton. In 1988 he passed the Royal Marines Commando Course at Lympstone, posting the second fastest times, (on his course), for the Tarzan Course and Bottom Field Tests to earn his green beret. Truglia has completed over 200 military parachute jumps from balloons, a variety of aircraft, daytime and at night, on land and sea. In 1991 Truglia was awarded the coveted US Marine Corps Gold Parachute Wings at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, whilst on an exchange attachment with the US Marines. He is one of only a few UK soldiers to have completed very rare parachute jumps from an OV10 spy plane.
Film\TV stunt credits
- Saving Private Ryan
- Tomorrow Never Dies
- The World Is Not Enough
- Kenneth Brannagh's As You Like It
- Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
- The Wolfman
- Resident stunt driver on Channel 5's Fifth Gear motoring show, from 2004 through to present.
- Benidorm (TV)
- Vera (TV)
- Hollyoaks (TV)
- Casualty (TV)
- The Magicians (BBC)
- The longest full body fire burn in the UK by being ablaze for 2 minutes 5 seconds and plans to break the world record. Truglia has also performed more body burns than any other UK stuntman, currently at around 70 full body burns.
- British Record (2002) for no limits free-diving (breath hold diving) – 76 metres.
- In 2004 he was awarded a Guinness World Record for the fastest abseil; over 100 metres in 8.9 seconds. This was performed for the Guinness World Record 50th Anniversary TV show from the 400 ft London landmark Centre Point.
- In May 2009 broke the world record for the largest loop-the-loop car stunt (12 metres), in a TV special filmed for the UK's Channel 5 motoring show Fifth Gear, which he presented. In 2011 he drove 39 loop-the-loops for Shell V Power at the AutoRai Motorshow in Amsterdam, the most consecutive 11 metre high loops ever driven.
- In 2007 he was planning a world record high altitude parachute jump from the edge of space, to beat Joe Kittinger's 1960 record. Truglia's plan was to jump from 120,000 feet (36.576 km or 22.727 miles) in a spacesuit.
Truglia is a keen amateur classical pianist, and a former professional guitarist, saxophonist and singer. He is a professional close up magician and mentalist, and is an expert in escapology and gambling cheats. He is a member of The Magic Circle and of the British Ring of the International Brotherhood of Magicians Truglia is currently producing and performing in his own one-man magic show in London's West End, based on the underground world of the gambling cheats. In 2013 Steve Truglia was awarded the Magic Circles highly prestigious AIMC (Associate of the Inner Magic Circle), with Silver Star. The silver star denotes the award was given for performance excellence.
- Article on BBC News Online Jan 2010
- Article in The Times Jan 2010
- Article on stunt work in the Guardian Dec 2009
- Article on movie stunts for the Daily Mail Oct 2009
- A video of a talk in July 2009 at the TED Global Conference in Oxford, UK about technological improvements in stunts and his forthcoming parachachute jump from the edge of space, in his own words, "...the greatest stunt on earth."
- breaks World's largest Loop the Loop Car Stunt
- Stunt Fire Article in The Sun Newspaper
- High Fall Nominated for TV Award Article
- Freediving Article
- Sets British Freediving Record Article
- Stunts in TV Reconstruction of SAS Siege for Discovery Newspaper Article
- Interviewed for Times Newspaper Stunt Article
- Feature Article on Autotrader Website
- Feature Article on James Bond Fan Website
- EyeForFilm.co.uk interview September 2007
- Card Shark Show in The Independent