Knott's Berry Farm
's Wild West Stunt Show
debuted on October 7, 1974. The show was written by Gary Salisbury
and was only scheduled to run Monday through Friday during the Winter season in the Wagon Camp Theatre. The show was so popular that by the end of the first seven months it was scheduled every day, and night shows were added in the evening during the summer months.
Some notable names that came out of The Wild West Stunt Show include the following:
Mic Rodgers (Mel Gibson's stunt double), John Casino (Kurt Russell's stunt double), Keith Tellez (Dustin Hoffman's stunt double, Fast & Furious
), Bob Elmore (John Candy's stunt double), Carl Ciarfalio (The Whole Ten Yards
), Merritt Yohnka (stuntman on Nash Bridges
), Ray Gabriel (Baywatch
, Bob Hoskins' stunt double), Jim Poslof, Bob Rochelle, Bob Stambaugh, Terry Jackson, Robert Shook, Davey Thompson (Multiplicity
, Absolute Power
, Spider-Man 3
, Ed Harris' stunt double), and Stephen Burhoe (1st & Ten
, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
, acting coach). Many of the performers can be found on the very elite website www.knottsghosttowntalent.com a tribute to Knott's performers of the 70's.
On opening day the cast included Mic Rodgers and Carl Ciarfalio, two... Read More