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Gil Perkins

Gilbert Vincent Perkins (24 August 1907 – 28 March 1999) was an Australian film and television actor. A champion athlete and trackman in his native northern Australia, Gil Perkins always wanted to get into films; as a teenager he virtually ran away from home, taking a job as a deck hand on a Norwegian freighter. He eventually landed in Hollywood in the late '20s, during the era of part-silent, part-talkie movies, and (because his accent was mistaken for English) he played young Englishmen in some of his first films. He soon drifted into stuntwork, regularly doubling cowboy star William Boyd and putting a red toupee over his own blond hair to double 'Red Skelton', among others. Some of his most notable stunt jobs were in the sci-fi/horror field. He doubled star Bruce Cabotthroughout King Kong (1933), stood in for Spencer Tracy as Mr. Hyde in Dr. Jekyll et Mr. Hyde (1941) and replaced Bela Lugosi as the Monster in the climactic battle sequence of Frankenstein rencontre le loup-garou (1943). In addition to his feature films, Perkins turned up regularly in serials and on TV. On many occasions he worked with special effects and rigging departments, setting up large action scenes. By the 1960s he was doing more acting than stunts; he "officially" retired in 1972, although he took a number of subsequent jobs. - IMDb Mini Biography


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Born:
Aug 24, 1907 In Melbourne - Victoria - Australia
Movie/TV Credits:
41
First Appeared:
In the movie The Nitwits 1935-06-07
Latest Project:
Movie Raging Bull 1980-11-14
Known For
Poster of Teenage Monster
Poster of Traffic with the Devil
Poster of Wildcat Bus
Poster of The Nitwits
Filmography
Movie Raging Bull Cornerman (uncredited) 1980-11-14
Movie Lost Flight Australian 1970-08-13
Series Here's Lucy Unknown 1968-09-23
Series Mannix Unknown 1967-09-16
Series Batman Unknown 1966-01-12
Movie Batman Bluebeard 1966-07-30
Series Star Trek Unknown 1966-09-08
Series Laredo Unknown 1965-09-16
Series The Virginian Unknown 1962-09-19
Series The Beverly Hillbillies Unknown 1962-09-26
Movie Valley of the Dragons Tarn / Doctor 1961-10-31
Series Thriller Unknown 1960-09-13
Movie Spartacus Slave Leader (uncredited) 1960-10-06
Series Black Saddle Unknown 1959-01-10
Movie Teenage Monster Charles Cannon 1958-01-08
Series 77 Sunset Strip Unknown 1958-10-10
Series Peter Gunn Unknown 1958-09-22
Series Richard Diamond, Private Detective Unknown 1957-07-01
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Series Sugarfoot Unknown 1957-09-17
Series Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Unknown 1956-10-05
Movie East of Eden Lettuce Truck Worker (uncredited) 1955-03-09
Series Cheyenne Unknown 1955-09-20
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Movie The Steel Fist First organizer 1952-01-06
Movie Brave Warrior English Lieutenant (as Gilbert V. Perkins) 1952-05-31
Movie Roadblock Patrolman (uncredited) 1951-01-01
Series The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok Unknown 1951-04-15
Movie Twilight on the Rio Grande Rurale 1947-03-31
Movie Traffic with the Devil Irate Motorist, Honking Horn 1946-08-31
Movie Slightly Dangerous - (uncredited) 1943-04-01
Movie Riders of Death Valley Fighter 1941-07-01
Movie Wildcat Bus Wildcat Driver 1940-08-23
Movie Confessions of a Nazi Spy Goebbels' Aide 1939-05-06
Movie Second Fiddle Studio Grip 1939-06-30
Movie Nick Carter, Master Detective Factory Workman 1939-12-15
Movie Blackmail Kearney - Oil Worker Blown Up 1939-09-08
Movie Captains Courageous Crewman (uncredited) 1937-06-25
Movie Mummy's Boys Native Cop 1936-10-02
Movie The Nitwits 1935-06-07
Movie Mutiny on the Bounty Able Bodied Seaman (uncredited) 1935-11-08