- Development of modern cinematic stunt design, improved safety procedures
Loren Janes became a professional movie and television stuntman, and stunt coordinator in 1954 by making an 80-foot dive from a cliff on Catalina Island.
Since that time he has stunt doubled for Steve McQueen (for 22 years), Paul Newman, Jack Nicholson, Clint Eastwood, and Kirk Douglas. He has worked in over 500 movies, including Jailhouse Rock with Elvis Presley, McClintock and North to Alaska with John Wayne, The Ten Commandments, The Dirty Dozen, King Kong, Back to the Future, the three Batman movies, Hot Shots Part Deux, True Lies, and Casino.
He has worked on several television series, including Barnaby Jones, Baywatch, Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, The Fall Guy, Little House on the Prairie, MacGyver, Star Trek, and Star Trek: TNG. Loren is also the co-founder of the Stuntmen’s Association of Motion Pictures and Television, and is a member of the Directors Guild of America, the Screen Actors Guild, and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
One of the key figures in the development of modern cinematic stunt design, improved safety procedures and co-founder of the Stuntmen’s Association of Motion Pictures & Televsion, Loren Janes ranks alongside Robinson, Needham and Canutt for his contributions to movie stunt work.
Loren has lent his athletic skills to many amazing stunt sequences in feature films, and has doubled for some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
In 2001, well known western actor ‘LQ Jones’ presented Loren Janes with the Golden Boot Award for his Lifetime Contribution to the western film genre.