Steve Truglia

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Steve Truglia
Born 1962 (age 52–53)
London, England
Occupation Stunt coordinator, stunt performer, television presenter, magician

Steve Truglia (born 1962) 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 is a registered full member of the UK Equity Stunt Register as a stunt co-ordinator, and has been 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 speaker in 2009), and a television presenter and expert contributor, 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 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). Truglia has returned to practicing the martial art Kendo in 2015.

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. He has completed the DW race three times, twice with UK Special Forces (21st Special Air Service Regiment) and once with The Royal Marines Reserve. The Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race is the longest and toughest non stop 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 when partnered with SAS colleague Tpr Phil Tunnicliffe in 1985. They finished 21st individually out of 200 boats and placed first in the team event for fastest reserve forces crew. 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 at that time was 6 minutes 10 seconds.

Forces career[edit]

[1] 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 signaller, (SF communicator), and Advanced Artillery Signals. He is a qualified army physical training instructor (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 in 1982 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 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 US Marine Corps Gold Parachute Wings at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, whilst on an exchange attachment with the US Marines' 2nd ANGLICO. He is one of only a few UK soldiers to have completed parachute jumps from an OV10 spy plane.

Film/TV stunt credits[edit]


  • The longest full body fire burn in the UK by being ablaze for 2 minutes 5 seconds. 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. Truglia presented the show. 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 Truglia began fund raising for a world record high altitude parachute jump from the edge of space, to beat what was then 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 but to date hasn't attempted the stunt.

Other interests[edit]

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 specialises in escapology and gambling cheats. He used to be a member of The Magic Circle and may be a member of the British Ring of the International Brotherhood of Magicians In 2013 Steve Truglia was promoted by The Magic Circle to AIMC (Associate of the Inner Magic Circle) with Silver Star. 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. His show called The Card Shark Show opened in November 2012 and is still running every Friday night. In 2015 Truglia resurrected his earlier singing career with his Stars of Vegas one man tribute show for hire. Truglia continues to work in Film and Television as a Stunt Coordinator.

External links[edit]



  1. ^ Biography on his website
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