Jock Mahoney
Actor, stuntman
Jock Mahoney
Jock Mahoney was an American actor and stuntman of Irish, French, and Cherokee ancestry. Born Jacques O'Mahoney, he was credited variously as Jock Mahoney, Jack O'Mahoney or Jock O'Mahoney. He starred in two television series, both westerns. He played Tarzan in two feature films and was associated in various capacities with several other Tarzan productions.
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A Movie Star Feels Out A New Home On the Stage
NYTimes - over 14 years
When the lights come up on a movie star at the start of a Broadway show, the audience usually applauds. But when the lights came up on Sally Field at a recent matinee performance of Edward Albee's Tony Award-winning play, ''The Goat,'' there was only silence. Although there was no hidden meaning, one might interpret it as notoriously tough New York
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FILM; Sticking to It, One Way or Another
NYTimes - over 16 years
BEAUTIFUL'' may be the title of the new movie that marks her debut as a film director, but it's not an adjective Sally Field has heard much during her 36-year career in Hollywood. ''I was never pretty enough, I was never sexy enough,'' says Ms. Field, 53, in the den of her cozy, modest Brentwood home, where her two Oscars and one Emmy sit
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NYTimes - almost 17 years
An obituary last Monday about the Hollywood producer Sy Weintraub, who modernized the adventures of Tarzan after acquiring screen rights in 1958, misidentified the actor who played the role in the first two Weintraub productions. He was Gordon Scott. (Jock Mahoney was the first of Mr. Weintraub's Tarzans to appear in a non-African setting, in the
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Sy Weintraub, 76, Movie Producer Who Broadened Tarzan's Vocabulary
NYTimes - almost 17 years
Sy Weintraub, the film producer who in the 1950's breathed new life into Tarzan's flagging celluloid career, died Tuesday at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 76. The cause was pancreatic cancer, Reuters reported. Under the tutelage of Mr. Weintraub, who bought the rights to the Tarzan franchise in 1958, Edgar Rice Burroughs's jungle hero
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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1998: OBSESSIONS; My Main Man: Tarzan
NYTimes - over 18 years
There are masqueraders, and then there is Phil Petras, who has devoted much of his life to becoming the master archivist about, and living replica of, Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle. For decades Petras has pumped iron and collected ape-man memorabilia in obscurity, but now his moment may be here. With Disney set to release its animated Tarzan
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Jock Mahoney Is Dead; Film Stuntman Was 70
NYTimes - about 27 years
LEAD: Jock Mahoney, a former stuntman who acted in such television shows as ''Yancy Derringer'' and ''The Range Rider,'' died Thursday, apparently of a stroke, at Harrison Memorial Hospital. He was 70 years old and had been hospitalized after an automobile accident two days earlier. Jock Mahoney, a former stuntman who acted in such television shows
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FILM VIEW; TARZAN: BACK FROM OBLIVION
NYTimes - almost 33 years
W ith the arrival of ''Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes,'' the fine new film by Hugh Hudson (''Chariots of Fire''), it's apparent that Edgar Rice Burroughs's fictional wild child is as resilient as he is resourceful, and that in one fashion and another he will probably outlive us all. Three years ago, after the release of John and
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jock Mahoney
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1989
    Age 70
    Died on December 14, 1989.
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  • 1981
    Age 62
    In 1981, Mahoney returned to the Tarzan film series as the stunt coordinator on the John Derek-directed remake of Tarzan, the Ape Man.
    More Details Hide Details He was billed as "Jack O'Mahoney".
  • FIFTIES
  • 1973
    Age 54
    In 1973, he suffered a stroke while filming an episode of Kung Fu, but recovered.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1980s, Mahoney made guest appearances on the television series B. J. and the Bear and The Fall Guy. During the final years of his life he was a popular guest at film conventions and autograph shows. He died of another stroke two days after being involved in an automobile accident in Bremerton, Washington. His ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean. A tribute to Mahoney entitled "Coming Home" is found on the Internet site of the late marksman Joe Bowman of Houston, a close Mahoney friend. On February 6, 1990, the poem was read at a memorial tribute to Mahoney held at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City, California. More than 350 attended, included Bowman. The reading was conducted by Mahoney's widow, Autumn O'Mahoney.
  • FORTIES
  • 1968
    Age 49
    Mahoney and Field divorced in June 1968.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, he married actress Autumn Russell, who had three children, Carl Botefuhr, Angela Russell and Andrea von Botefuhr. They remained together until his death. Sally Field, Burt Reynolds and Brian Keith starred in the 1978 film Hooper, which was based on Jocko's life. His daughter Princess O'Mahoney later became a television and film assistant director.
  • 1962
    Age 43
    They had one child, Princess O'Mahoney, born in 1962.
    More Details Hide Details Margaret Field already had two children, Richard Field and Sally Field.
  • 1960
    Age 41
    In 1960, Mahoney guest starred in the Rawhide episode "Incident of the Sharpshooter."
    More Details Hide Details He also appeared in television guest-starring roles on such series as Batman, the Ron Ely Tarzan series, Hawaii Five-O, Laramie, and The Streets of San Francisco.
    In 1960, he appeared as Coy Banton, a villain in Tarzan the Magnificent, starring Gordon Scott.
    More Details Hide Details His strong presence, work ethic, and lean (6 foot 4 inch, 220 pound) frame impressed producer Sy Weintraub who wanted a "new look" for the fabled apeman. In 1962, Mahoney became the thirteenth actor to portray Tarzan when he appeared in Tarzan Goes to India, shot on location in India. A year later, he again played the role in Tarzan's Three Challenges, shot in Thailand. When this film was released, Mahoney, at 44, became the oldest actor to play the jungle king, a record that still stands. Dysentery and dengue fever plagued Mahoney during the shoot in the Thai jungles, and he plummeted to 175 pounds. It took him a year and a half to regain his health. Owing to his health problems and the fact that producer Weintraub had decided to go for a "younger look" for the apeman, his contract was mutually dissolved.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1959
    Age 40
    Mahoney was married three times, first to Lorraine O'Donnell, with whom he had two children, Kathleen O'Mahoney and Jim O'Mahoney. He next married actress Margaret Field on December 11, 1959, in Las Vegas.
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  • 1958
    Age 39
    For the 1958 television season, he starred in the semi-western Yancy Derringer series for 34 episodes, which aired on CBS.
    More Details Hide Details Yancy Derringer was a gentleman adventurer living in New Orleans, Louisiana, after the American Civil War. He had a Pawnee Indian companion named Pahoo Katchewa ('pa-who-kaht'-chee-wah') ("Wolf Who Stands in Water") who did not speak, played by X Brands. Pahoo had saved the life of Derringer, and thereafter was responsible for Derringer's life. Jock O'Mahoney starred in 64 feature films. In 1948, Mahoney auditioned to play Tarzan after the departure of Johnny Weissmuller, but the role went to Lex Barker.
    In the 1958 western film Money, Women and Guns, Mahoney played the starring role.
    More Details Hide Details The film also starred Kim Hunter.
  • 1952
    Age 33
    When Charles Starrett's contract ran out in the spring of 1952, Columbia decided to replace him with Mahoney, opposite Starrett's sidekick Smiley Burnette.
    More Details Hide Details The first film was completed but never released; Columbia abandoned the series in June 1952, bringing an end to its long history of B-Western production. Cowboy star Gene Autry, then working at Columbia, hired Mahoney to star in a television series. Autry's Flying A Productions filmed 79 half-hour episodes of the syndicated The Range Rider from 1951 to 1953. In 1959 there was a lost episode shown six years after the series ended. He was billed as Jack Mahoney. The character had no name other than Range Rider. His series co-star was Dick Jones, playing the role of Dick West.
    By 1952 Columbia was billing him as Jack Mahoney.
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  • 1950
    Age 31
    Beginning in 1950, Columbia management noticed Mahoney's acting skills and gave him starring roles in adventure serials.
    More Details Hide Details He was originally billed as Jacques O'Mahoney, then Jock O'Mahoney. He succeeded stuntman Ted Mapes as the double for Charles Starrett in Columbia's Durango Kid western series. The Durango Kid often wore a mask covering much of his face, which enabled Mahoney to replace Starrett in the action scenes. Mahoney's daring stunts made it seem that the older Starrett grew, the more athletic he became. Mahoney contributed so much to this series that he was awarded featured billing and major supporting roles as well, first as villains and then as sympathetic characters.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1947
    Age 28
    Beginning in 1947, writer-director Edward Bernds cast Mahoney in slapstick comedies starring The Three Stooges.
    More Details Hide Details Mahoney had large speaking roles in these films, and often played his scenes for laughs. In the Western satire Punchy Cowpunchers (1950), Mahoney, striking a heroic pose, would suddenly get clumsy, tripping over something or taking sprawling pratfalls.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1919
    Age 0
    Born on February 7, 1919.
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