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|Born||1962 (age 53–54)
|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 is 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 is 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 125-mile Devises-Westminster Canoe Race. He has completed the DW race three times, 1984, 1985, and 1988. Truglia's best time was 20 hours 47 mins with team mate Phil Tunnicliffe. They finished 21st. In 2002 Truglia set the UK's first No Limits free-diving British record by reaching a depth of 250ft (76.8m), on one breath. His static breath hold at that time was 6 minutes 10 seconds.
In 2016 Truglia completed his 4th Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race, this time in the single seater K1 kayak class. He continues to compete in the regional divisional races.
 Truglia has a long background in UK Special Forces from 1980–2000, and served with both the SAS and SBS as a reservist. In 1988 he joined 289 Commando (RA) (V), and in 1994 joined the Royal Marines Reserves SBS and qualified as a Swimmer/Canoeist (SC3), He is a qualified army physical training instructor (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
- "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation"
- Saving Private Ryan
- Tomorrow Never Dies
- The World Is Not Enough
- Kenneth Brannagh's As You Like It
- Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
- The Wolfman
- Resident stunt driver on Channel 5's Fifth Gear motoring show, from 2004 through to present.
- Benidorm (TV)
- Vera (TV)
- Hollyoaks (TV)
- Casualty (TV)
- The Magicians (BBC)
- Nice Guy
- The Other Side
- 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.
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. In 2013 Steve Truglia was promoted by The Magic Circle to AIMC (Associate of the Inner Magic Circle) with Silver Star. He may be a member of the British Ring of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. 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 show for hire. Truglia continues to work in Film and Television as a Stunt Coordinator. He has also begun marathon canoe racing again, in the K1 Kayak category.
- Article on BBC News Online Jan 2010
- Article in The Times Jan 2010
- Article on stunt work in the Guardian Dec 2009
- 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 parachaute 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
- Sets British Freediving Record 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