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Hal Needham 1931-2013

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by frank spittle, Oct 27, 2013.

  1. frank spittle
    Joined: Jan 29, 2009
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    Hollywood stuntman, director and race team owner Hal Needham has died at age 82. He was a former Army paratrooper before getting involved with stuntwork in the '50s. He was also co-owner with Burt Reynolds of the Harry Gant NASCAR team. He was also involved with Stan Barrett's Bonneville ventures. A true motorhead. R.I.P Hal
     
  2. Godspeed Hal - you had a life well lived and made a lot of people happy.
     
  3. mammyjammer
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    Imagine how many people got into cars after watching a Hal Needham movie! His contribution to the hobby was huge.
     
  4. Sting Ray
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    Hot Rod mag did an interview with him a couple issues back. For his accomplishments he was a humble guy.
     
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  6. BenD
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    Godspeed Mr. Needham.
     
  7. slammed
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    Back when Burt always gave Hal credit for making the action happen like it did. The guy lived a big life, set some records too.
     
  8. woodbutcher
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    He will be missed.RIP Mr Needham.
    Leo
     
  9. RIP Hal Needham....
     
  10. A sad day indeed.We're losing too many too fast.
     
  11. Had the honor of meeting Hal back in the 80's,
    A Man's MAN
    Gods Speed Hal
     
  12. Austinrod
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    I read that he wrote the script and directed smokey and the bandit
    The others he directed
    Cannonball run
    Cannonball run ll
    Hooper
    Stroker ace
    Mega force
    Rad
    .........Among others
    R.i.p Hal


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  13. k9racer
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    When he filmed Hooper here in Alabama he hired some locals for fabrication work.. Two of my friends were hired. They said Mr. Needam was nice acted like a normal person not like a star.. After inspecting their work he complimented them on their skills..
     
  14. I never knew he was a Paratrooper, a true man that did it all, rest easy brother.

    Doc.
     
  15. frank spittle
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    He fought in the Korean War.
     

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