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Bob Lee Minor (born 1 January 1944; age 72) is a stuntman, stunt actor, and stunt coordinator who played Bo'rak in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Visionary" and served as Michael Dorn's stunt double in the episode "Soldiers of the Empire". He received no on-screen credit for his latter appearance. He holds the honor of being the first African-American member of the Stuntmen's Association of Motion Pictures.

Minor was married to fellow stuntwoman Rita Minor, but they divorced. He since remarried Yolanda Minor.

Minor began both his stunt and acting careers in blaxploitation films of the early 1970s. He performed stunts for such films as The Legend of Nigger Charley (1970), Blacula (1972, starring Booker Bradshaw in the title role), and Black Caesar (1972) before becoming a stunt coordinator and making his acting debut in 1970 "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" and Black Snake in 1972. He then appeared in and was stunt coordinator for the Pam Grier blaxploitation classics Coffy (1973, co-starring Booker Bradshaw, Robert DoQui and Sid Haig) and Foxy Brown (1974, also with Sid Haig).

Minor was the first African American to joined the prestigious Stuntman Association of Motion Pictures in 1972 and was the first African American action director also in 1972, acquiring his DGA membership.

He went on to perform stunts for such films as Rollerball, Black Sunday, MacArthur, Smokey and the Bandit II, Samurai (1979; with Michael Pataki, Don Keefer, Walt Davis, Johnny Haymer, Tom Lupo, and Gregory J. Barnett), Escape from New York, The Beastmaster, Ghostbusters II, Die Hard: With a Vengeance, Conspiracy Theory, Ocean's Eleven, The Italian Job, and National Treasure, and was a stunt coordinator for Glory (Minor hired 72 stunt performers), Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justice, Set It Off, and Baby Boy, among others. He also performed stunts on the television shows Starsky & Hutch (starring David Soul, and making an appearance in an episode with Gary Lockwood) and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and was stunt coordinator on Magnum, P.I. from 1982 through 1988. Some films he appeared in but did not perform stunts for include Norma Rae, Rocky III, Commando, and Beverly Hills Cop III.

Both his stunt career and acting career span over 100 credits, and he appeared in many of the projects for which he performed stunts. Only occasionally did he not double as actor and stuntman for a project.

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