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After World War II, Tomei worked as a stuntman and bit-part actor. His most notable appearance was in A Star is Born (1954). The following year, he died doubling for actor Edward G. Robinson during the filming of the movie Hell on Frisco Bay. Tomei was performing a fight scene on a motorboat that marked the climax of the movie when he was hurled against a metal fitting on the boat. He suffered a severe head injury, and died in hospital later that night.
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- STUNT MAN, INJURED MAKING FILM, DIES Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 17 May 1955: A1.