|Died||17 November 2016
|Occupation||Stunt coordinator, stunt performer, television presenter, magician|
Steve Truglia (1962 – 17 November 2016) was a stunt coordinator, stunt performer and action unit director in the UK. He became a TED speaker in 2009. Truglia died as a result of losing control of the rope (it came out of his braking hand) while attempting to abseil from a helicopter.
Truglia served as a reservist in the UK Special Forces for twenty years. He was awarded the U.S. Marine Corps Gold Parachute Wings at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina whilst on an exchange attachment.
Truglia set multiple records, including:
- The longest Full Body Burn in the UK, ablaze for 2 minutes 5 seconds (unofficial record).
- British record (2002) for no limits freediving (breath hold diving) – 76 metres (249 ft).
- Awarded Guinness World Record in 2004 for fastest abseil over 100 metres (330 ft) (8.9 seconds).
Truglia made a fundraising attempt for a world-record high altitude parachute jump from the edge of space, to surpass what was then Joe Kittinger's 1960 record. Truglia's plan was to jump from 120,000 feet (37,000 m) in a spacesuit. He did not attempt the stunt prior to his death.
- "Steve Truglia". TED Conferences. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
- "Steve Truglia: A leap from the edge of space". TED Conferences. 2009. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
- Klesius, Michael (15 June 2008). "Super Jump". Air & Space/Smithsonian. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
- Judd, Deany (11 December 2009). "My nine to five: Steve Truglia". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
- Truglia, Steve (5 June 2002). "Setting the 76m British Record". deeperblue.net. ISSN 1469-865X. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
- "London man in record space-edge parachute jump bid". BBC. 27 January 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
- Taylor, Carri-Ann; Pisa, Nick (19 November 2016). "James Bond stuntman and SAS hero killed in abseil race after plunging from a helicopter in China". The Sun. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
- Official stunt website, archived 7 March 2016
- Card Shark Show website, archived 20 November 2016
- Stars of Vegas website
- Space Jump website, archived 19 September 2015
- Article in The Times Jan 2010
- 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 parachute 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
- 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