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Photographs of veteran Hollywood stuntman Chuck Waters now online

Swashbuckler (1976)

Swashbuckler (1976)

Pepperdine University Libraries is thrilled to announce the Chuck Waters Collection, a new addition to Pepperdine Digital Collections. Chuck Waters, veteran stuntman of film and television, shares his personal photographs, correspondence, and stories chronicling more than forty years in the film industry. Waters (b. 1934) has served as stunt performer or stunt coordinator on over 130 films, including The Deer Hunter, The Exorcist, the Indiana Jones trilogy, numerous films by Clint Eastwood, and many more.

The photographs in this digital collection capture the stunt industry at its height, decades before green screens, wires, and computer-generated imagery (CGI). Working for some of the biggest names in Hollywood—George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, William Friedkin, Francis Ford Coppola, and others—Waters has been set on fire, rolled in crashing cars, clotheslined off motorcycles, driven off cliffs, dropped from helicopters, thrown off horses, and hurled down stairs (yes those stairs in The Exorcist).

Chuck Waters (left) doubling Martin Sheen

Chuck Waters (left) doubling Martin Sheen

As Waters tells us, “We, my fellow stuntmen and stuntwomen, had to figure out how to do our stunts as safe as possible so that we could live to see another day of stunts—as dangerous as they were. And sometimes they did not get to see the next day!”

Come see how they did it. The photographs in the collection cover the range of Waters’ career, from Adam West’s Batman television series to The Mask of Zorro. Enjoy.

KAPOW!

KAPOW!

Materials derive from the Chuck Waters Papers, a part of the Film and Television Collection of Pepperdine University Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives.

Two New Film and Television Collections Ready for Use

This past fall, Special Collections and University Archives Intern, Beth McDonald, processed and created finding aids for two of our newest acquisitions the Michael D. “Micky” Moore Papers and the Chuck Waters Papers. Moore and Waters made their careers in the entertainment industry in very different ways. Moore was an actor and director while Waters is a stuntman and actor. The two men worked on several projects together and were close friends.Moore on the set of Pollyanna in 1920

Moore began his film career as a child actor on the silent screen and between 1917 and 1929, he acted in over 40 films. Moore worked with such silent screen stars as Mary Pickford, Jack Holt, Gloria Swanson, Lillian Gish, Conrad Nagel and Tom Mix.

Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Moore worked as a Prop Man before he was offered the opportunity to move in to production as an assistant director. He jumped at the chance. As assistant director, Moore worked for some of the most famous directors of the day, including his mentor, Cecil B. DeMille, on DeMille’s last film as a director, The Ten Commandments.

From the 1960s on, Moore became well-known as a reliable and confident secoMoore-Patton002  nd unit directMoore-Patton001or with a knack for action sequences. He worked on some of the most famous movies of the twentieth century, including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Patton, Rooster Cogburn, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Moore retired in 2000 after wrapping his final movie, the Walt Disney picture 102 Dalmatians.

The collection includes photographs, scripts, storyboards, letters, videos, movie memorabilia, and materials from his memoir.

Chuck Waters is an American stuntman and actor who has worked on more than 130 films. Even as a child, he was known for his adventurous nature: as early as five years old, he could be found climbing on the roof of his house and jumping to a nearby tree to get down. In the 1960s, waters decided to move to Hollywood to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.  Waters eventually connected with well-known stuntman, Paul Stader, who owned a boxing gym in Santa Monica where he trained up and coming stuntmen. Chuck began training with Stader and in 1965, after only 9 months of training, was recommended to take Stader’s place on a job as a scuba diver on the TV series Honey West starring Ann Francis.

Honky Tonk Freeway 1981Every Which Way But Loose Eastwood rehearshing a fight scene with WatersIn the 1970s, Waters career took off. He performed stunts in major films such as High Plains Drifter, The Exorcist (crashing through a window and down 75 steps as Jason Miller’s stunt double), The Deer Hunter, and Apocalypse Now. Over the course of his career, Waters has worked with many of the top names in Hollywood, including George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, William Friedkin, and Francis Ford Coppola. He has worked with actors such as Harrison Ford, Martin Sheen, Sean Penn, Robert De Niro, and Sean Connery. One of his longest working relationships is with actor/director Clint Eastwood, with whom Waters has done 13 films. Additional movies Waters has worked on include: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, National Lampoon’s European Vacation, Flubber, Every Which Way But Loose, Flags of Our Fathers, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

The collection includes scripts, notes, photographs, stunt reels, articles, and ephemera relating to Waters’ career in the stunt industry.

In November, Chuck Waters, his wife Charlotte, and Moore’s daughters Sandy and Tricia, meet with Special Collections and University Archives staff.

photo 2For questions about the collections, please contact Katie Richardson at katie.richardson@pepperdine.edu or (310) 506-4323.

Silent Film Online: Trial until February 2, 2014

Pepperdine University Libraries have access to the Silent Film Online collection through February 2, 2014.

Films in this collection represent the foundation of modern cinematic technique and film theory. Carefully curated by Alexander Street’s editors and Video Advisory Board, Silent Film Online covers silent feature films, serials, and shorts from the 1890s to the 1930s.

To get started, take a look at these custom playlists that feature samples of some of the content included in this collection: 19th Century Silent Film, National Film Registry titles, Soviet silents.

Please send comments or questions to Screenwriting & Film Librarian, Sally Bryant. Feedback on the Silent Film Online trial is appreciated.

Alan Reed Papers Available for Use!

The blog post was written by Special Collections and University Archives Intern, Beth McDonald.

Headshot_1Pepperdine Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to announce the addition of a new collection to the archives: The Alan Reed Papers. The collection is available both in the University Archives and online through Pepperdine Digital Collections.

Alan Reed was a noted film, stage, and voice actor from the 1930s through 1960s and is best known as the original voice of Fred Flintstone on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon show The Flintstones.

The collection includes photographs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and short essays that Reed wrote. Each document and  photograph has been scanned and uploaded at a high resolution to allow detailed in-browser zooming with options to download. Additionally, Reed’s biography Yabba Dabba Doo! is available to checkout at the Payson library.

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For more information about the collection, please contact Katie Richardson at katie.richardson@pepperdine.edu or (310)506-4323.