Stunt performer

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Stunt performer
Stunt Pyrotechnics Luc Viatour.jpg
Pyrotechnics stunt exhibition by "Giant Auto Rodéo", Ciney, Belgium
Occupation
Names Stuntman, stunt performer
Activity sectors
Entertainment
Description
Competencies Physical fitness, daring, acting skills
Related jobs
Stunt double, stunt coordinator, actor, movie star, extra

A stunt performer, often referred to as a stuntman, or daredevil, is someone who performs dangerous stunts, often as a career. The French word that describes it is cascadeur and it is used as is in other languages (i.e. in Greek it is called κασκαντέρ)

A stunt-man or stunt-woman, typically performs stunts intended for use in a motion pictures or dramatized television. Stunts are sometimes rigged so that, while they look dangerous, safety mechanisms are built into the performance, however, often stunts are as dangerous as they appear to be. Stunts often seen in films and television include car crashes, falls from great height, drags (for example, behind a horse) and explosions. Film and television stunt performers are often trained in martial arts and stage combat. There is an inherent risk in the performance of all stunt work in film, television and stage work; the most risk exists when performing stunts in front of a live audience. In filmed performances, visible safety mechanisms can be removed by editing. In live performances the audience can better see if the performer is genuinely doing what they claim to be doing.

Daredevils are distinct from stunt performers and stunt doubles; their performance is of the stunt itself, without the context of a film or television show. Daredevils often perform for an audience. Live stunt performers include escape artists, sword swallowers, glass walkers, fire eaters, trapeze artists, and many other sideshow and circus arts. They also include motorcycle display teams and the once popular Wall of Death.

The Jackass films and television series are well-known and prominent recorded examples of the act in modern cinematography.

Some individuals, such as Buster Keaton, Harry Houdini, Jackie Chan, Pawan Kalyan, Akshay Kumar, Tony Jaa, and Jayan act as both stunt performers and daredevils at various parts of their career.

Notable stunt performers include:

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