Steve Truglia

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Steve Truglia
Born 1962 (1962)
London, England
Died 17 November 2016(2016-11-17) (aged 53–54)
Wulong, China
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.[1] He became a TED speaker in 2009.[2] Truglia died as a result of losing control of the rope (it came out of his braking hand)[citation needed] while attempting to abseil from a helicopter.


Truglia served as a reservist in the UK Special Forces for twenty years.[1] 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.[3]

Truglia became a professional stuntman in 1996.[1][4] His motion picture stunt credits included Saving Private Ryan and two James Bond films.[3]

Truglia set multiple records, including:

  • The longest Full Body Burn in the UK, ablaze for 2 minutes 5 seconds (unofficial record).[1]
  • British record (2002) for no limits freediving (breath hold diving) – 76 metres (249 ft).[1][5]
  • Awarded Guinness World Record in 2004 for fastest abseil over 100 metres (330 ft) (8.9 seconds).[1]

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.[3][6] He did not attempt the stunt prior to his death.


Truglia died on 17 November 2016 while attempting a world 100 metres (330 ft) speed record abseil from a helicopter above Wolong National Nature Reserve in China.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Steve Truglia". TED Conferences. Retrieved 13 November 2017. 
  2. ^ "Steve Truglia: A leap from the edge of space". TED Conferences. 2009. Retrieved 13 November 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c Klesius, Michael (15 June 2008). "Super Jump". Air & Space/Smithsonian. Retrieved 15 November 2017. 
  4. ^ Judd, Deany (11 December 2009). "My nine to five: Steve Truglia". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 November 2017. 
  5. ^ Truglia, Steve (5 June 2002). "Setting the 76m British Record". ISSN 1469-865X. Retrieved 13 November 2017. 
  6. ^ "London man in record space-edge parachute jump bid". BBC. 27 January 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2017. 
  7. ^ 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. 

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