A stunt gone wrong made Buck Taylor begin to consider becoming an actor

Taylor once took a fall so bad on set, it made him rethink his career.

With parents like his, Buck Taylor was never a stranger to the film industry, even as a child. His parents were both performers, with his father predominantly appearing in Westerns. Still, as a young man, the Gunsmoke actor had aspirations of qualifying for the Olympics and didn't show any interest in following in his parents' footsteps until he was older.

When he did finally make his way to the screen, Taylor predominantly worked as a stuntman, and would have been quite content to continue like that forever, were it not for an injury that changed his body as well as his mind.

In an interview with the Dayton Daily News, Taylor recalled the incident, which occurred on the set of The Rebel, a series starring Nick Adams. Taylor was fairly frank in his explanation. He said, "What happened was I didn't know what I was doing. I was riding like hell and Nick was kneeling on the ground, shooting at me. I was supposed to get hit and vault off the horse, but I didn't have a steel step like they usually do."

Once Taylor's foot missed that step, that's when things began to go wrong. The actor continued, "Well, my foot caught in the stirrup and it threw me back into the horse. You're supposed to roll, but I didn't — I just bounced."

At the end of the scene, Taylor had chipped a bone in his shoulder. It wasn't a major injury. If anything, it did more to affect him internally than externally. Taylor confessed that it was this incident that led him to begin acting.

Strangely enough, once Taylor had children of his own, his two sons elected to follow their father's lead and both began working as stuntmen. Taylor appeared with both of them in the film Cowboys and Aliens. Of the opportunity to act with his sons, Taylor confessed to the Star-Telegram, "It just doesn't get any better than that for me. It is something I'll never forget."

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11 Comments

MichaelPowers 4 months ago
The Academy Awards should be ashamed that they don't have to this day an Oscar for Best Stunt Choreography.
Runeshaper 4 months ago
Working with his sons must have been AWESOME!

Cowboys and Aliens was a GREAT movie (-:
Andybandit 4 months ago
Good for him that he was a stunt man. Then became an actor, he was a good one. I don't know if I am right, but did BT guest star in Bonanza also.
greasedaily Andybandit 4 months ago
and he is an artist as well! he was at the State Fair in Texas several years ago where i bought a print from him that he signed for me.........really nice guy also !
MaryMitch 4 months ago
He was hoping to get to the Olympics as a gymnast, in case anyone was wondering.
KJExpress MaryMitch 4 months ago
Thanks for the info. I knew Dennis Weaver had Olympic aspirations in track and field, but I had forgotten what Buck Taylor's sport was.
texasluva KJExpress 4 months ago
With that limp I doubt he would get anywhere fast on a track field or floor exercise 🙄.

If you have anyway of contacting AWL to find out how she is?
KJExpress texasluva 4 months ago
I reached out to her a few days ago via one of the quizzes, but I have not had any response yet. 🤷‍♀️
texasluva KJExpress 4 months ago
Well I thought maybe you had her cell, home address, Who her dogs go to get a check up. Thought you were the private eye for whereabouts. Okay hopefully she checks in soon. I last heard from her a day or two before the MQ.
KJExpress texasluva 4 months ago
Sorry. I ain't got nuthin' on nobody. I am surprised we haven't heard from her lately. I hope she's okay. 😐
KJExpress texasluva 4 months ago
Looks like last time she was on was six days ago. She had already had her second eye done. I dunno.
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