Tony Epper

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Tony Epper
Born(1938-10-01)October 1, 1938
DiedJuly 20, 2012(2012-07-20) (aged 73)
OccupationActor, stuntman
Years active1951–1996
Spouse(s)Donna Epper
(m. ?–2012; his death)
Children4
Parent(s)John Epper (father)
Frances Epper (mother)
RelativesJeannie Epper (sister)
Gary Epper (brother)

John Anthony Epper[1] (October 1, 1938 – July 20, 2012) was an American actor and stuntman. He was a member of the Epper family, whose members work as actors and stunt performers.[1] Members include his sister, stuntwoman Jeannie Epper, and his late brothers, Gary Epper and Andy Epper.[1]

Epper, the son of stuntman John Epper, was born in Los Angeles, California.[1] He began his stunt and acting career in the 1950s, performing as an uncredited actor in Ma and Pa Kettle at Home in 1954, Carbine Williams in 1952, and The Story of Will Rogers in 1952.[1]

Epper alternated between stunt working and acting roles throughout his career. His stunt credits included Bram Stoker's Dracula, Con Air, Thelma & Louise, Jingle All the Way, Lethal Weapon 2, and Patriot Games.[1] In addition to stunt work, Epper acted in numerous films including The Cowboys, Dick Tracy, The Beastmaster, Valdez Is Coming, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, The Scalphunters, Cutter's Way, and The Hitcher.[1]

Epper's television work began in 1958 when he appeared in an episode of the sitcom Bachelor Father.[1] He appeared in more than a dozen television series, including Batman, Charlie's Angels, MacGyver, and The A-Team.[1] His last television role occurred in 1996, when he portrayed an inebriated Klingon in an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.[1]

Epper died from cancer at his Idaho home on July 20, 2012, at the age of 73.[1] He was survived by his wife, Donna; two sons, actor Danny Epper and Roger Epper; two step-daughters; and his sister, Jeannie Epper.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1951 Elopement Reagan Boy Uncredited
1952 Carbine Williams Wesley Williams Uncredited
1954 Ma and Pa Kettle at Home Donny Kettle Uncredited
1964 Mail Order Bride Cowboy Uncredited
1968 The Scalphunters Scalphunter
1969 The Gay Deceivers Vince
1969 Paint Your Wagon Miner Uncredited
1971 Valdez Is Coming Bodyguard
1972 The Cowboys Rustler #5
1972 The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid Lumberjack Uncredited
1972 Ulzana's Raid Trooper #5
1977 Bad Georgia Road Jessie
1979 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Drunk
1981 Cutter's Way Guard #2
1982 The Beastmaster Jun Leader
1984 The Wild Life Redneck Drunk #1
1985 Runaway Train Hitman
1986 The Hitcher Trooper Conners
1986 Hamburger: The Motion Picture Biker Gang Leader
1986 Bad Guys Biker in Bar Uncredited
1987 Outrageous Fortune Russell
1987 Shy People Jake
1988 Alien from L.A. Terminating Hood
1989 Homer and Eddie Gas Station Attendant
1989 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Bozo #1
1990 Dick Tracy Steve the Tramp
1990 Don't Tell Her It's Me Gas Station Thug
1990 Kid Truck
1991 Suburban Commando Teeth
1992 Freejack Hungry Diner
1993 Nowhere to Run Fire Thug Al
1993 Joshua Tree Transport Guard #1
1993 Excessive Force Delivery Man
1996 Sunchaser Hay Hauler
1996 Johns Santa Claus (final film role)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Actor-stuntman Tony Epper dies at 73". Variety. Chicago Tribune. 2012-07-30. Retrieved 2012-08-12.

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