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Bennie E. Dobbins (16 November 1932 – 5 February 1988; age 55) was a stuntman, stunt actor, stunt coordinator, and second unit director who performed stunts in several episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series. He received no credit for his work.
Dobbins was born in Los Angeles County, California.
Dobbins performed in and coordinated for films such as Stagecoach (1966, with Bruce Mars, Hal Lynch, Walker Edmiston, and stunts by Jim Burk, Robert Herron, and Hal Needham), Bonnie and Clyde (1967, with stunts by Eddie Hice, Mary Statler, and George Sawaya), Planet of the Apes (1968, with Lou Wagner, Paul Lambert, Billy Curtis, Felix Silla, and stunts by Nick Dimitri, Tony Epper, Eddie Hice, Gene LeBell, and George Wilbur), The Great Bank Robbery (1969), Dirty Harry (1971, with Andrew Robinson), Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972, with Lou Wagner, Ricardo Montalban, and stunts by Tony Brubaker, Erik Cord, Chuck Couch, Paula Crist, Nick Dimitri, Tony Epper, Hubie Kerns, Henry Kingi, Sr., Gene LeBell, David Sharpe, Paul Stader, Ron Veto, and George Wilbur), Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973, with France Nuyen and stunts by Erik Cord, Paula Crist, Nick Dimitri, Eddie Hice, Hubie Kerns, Felix Silla, and Paul Stader), Eartquake (1974), Love and Bullets (1979, with Jill Ireland), The Last Ride of the Dalton Gang (1979, with Cliff Potts, Harris Yulin, and Tony Epper), Cat People (1982, with Malcolm McDowell), 48 Hrs. (1982, with Jonathan Banks, Margot Rose, Denise Crosby, and Nick Dimitri), The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982, with Anthony De Longis, Richard Lynch, Jeff Corey, Joseph Ruskin, George Murdock, Jay Robinson, Erik Cord, Hubie Kerns, and stunts by Simone Boisseree, Jophery C. Brown, Tony Brubaker, John Cade, Phil Chong, Vince Deadrick, Jr., Nick Dimitri, Christopher Doyle, Robert Herron, Chuck Hicks, Bob Minor, Tom Morga, Rick Sawaya, Paul Stader, and Kim Washington), E.T.- The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), First Blood (1982), Weird Science (1985), Commando (1985), Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1985, with Alan Ruck, Jonathan Schmock, and stunts by Eddie Matthews), Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986, with Whoopi Goldberg and Stephen Collins), and The Running Man (1987).
Dobbins has also performed stunts in television series such as Maverick, 77 Sunset Strip, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1965), Mission: Impossible (1969, with Leonard Nimoy, Brooke Bundy, Robert Ellenstein, Alfred Ryder, and Stanley Kamel), Gunsmoke (1972), Kung Fu (1974, with Tony Epper), and Magnum, P.I. (1984, with Eugene Roche).
In 2004 he was honored with the short documentary A Stuntman for All Season: A Tribute to Bennie Dobbins which featured fellow stuntmen Tony Brubaker, Robert Herron, and Max Kleven, and actor Ed O'Ross.
Dobbins passed away in Vienna, Austria from a heart attack after contracting pneumonia while filming the Arnold Schwarzenegger film Red Heat, which was dedicated to him. He was 55 years old.