(written from a Production point of view)
Ronald A. "R.A." Rondell is a stuntman, stunt actor, and stunt coordinator who worked as Stunt Coordinator on the Star Trek films Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. He performed also stunts in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and portrayed the taxi driver Kirk ran into in Star Trek IV.
Rondell has been married to fellow Star Trek stuntwoman Debby Lynn Ross and is the son of Star Trek: First Contact stuntman and stunt coordinator Ronald R. Rondell. His brother Reid Rondell was also a stuntman but died during a helicopter stunt scene for the television series Airwolf in 1985. His grandfather Ronald R. Rondell, Sr. was an actor and assistant director who worked for forty years in the business. His son Erik Rondell works in the same business. Rondell was three times nominated for a Taurus World Stunt Award – 2001 two times for his work in The Patriot and 2004 for The Matrix Reloaded.
He has performed in and coordinated for films such as Baby Blue Marine (1976, with Bert Remsen, Kenneth Tobey, and Allan Miller), Animal House (1978), The Blues Brothers (1980), Knightriders (1981, with Patricia Tallman, John Hostetter, and stunts by Freddie Hice, Steve Holladay, John Meier, Scott Wilder, and David Zellitti), Taps (1981), Octopussy (1983), Top Gun (1986), Mannequin (1987, with Kim Cattrall, Carole Davis, Steve Vinovich, Phil Rubenstein, Andrew Hill Newman, and stunts by Bobby Bass, Billy Hank Hooker, Buddy Joe Hooker, Pat Romano, Ronald R. Rondell, and Scott Wilder), Die Hard (1988), Police Academy 6: City Under Siege (1989, with David Graf and Matt McCoy), Road House (1989), The Hunt for Red October (1990), Days of Thunder (1990), Hook (1991), Kuffs (1992, with Christian Slater), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992, with Stephen Root, Eurlyne Epper, Al Goto, Kim Koscki, Clint Lilley, Sharon Schaffer, Lincoln Simonds, and stunts by Eddie Braun and Freddie Hice), Made in America (1993, with Whoopi Goldberg), Jurassic Park (1993), Waterworld (1995), Matilda (1996), Godzilla (1998), Deep Blue Sea (1999), Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000), The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions (both 2003), Van Helsing (2004), Constantine (2005, with Francis Guinan, Larry Cedar, April Grace, and stunts by Kenny Alexander, Jarrid Eddo, Christian Fletcher, Jeremy Fry, Mike Justus, Henry Kingi, Sr., Chris Palermo, Tim Rigby, and Bridgett Riley), Superman Returns (2006, directed by Bryan Singer), and The Night Watchman (set for 2008, with stunts by Kevin Derr, Debby Lynn Ross, and Scott Workman).