R.I.P. Chuck Hicks, robot boxer in The Twilight Zone and frequent Clint Eastwood collaborator

The stuntman-actor was also one of The Untouchables. He was 93.

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The Twilight Zone episode "Steel" came filled with tough guys. Legendary man's man Lee Marvin starred in the sci-fi tale of robot boxers. His character gets into the ring in place of a robotic pugilist named "Battling Maxo." The centerpiece of the story is a match in the ring between Marvin and an android named The Maynard Flash.

The man behind the unmoving face of the Flash was Chuck Hicks, a towering stuntman. Well, Hick was more than a mere stuntman. Prior to The Twilight Zone, he had portrayed one of Robert Stack's agents, LaMarr Kane, in The Untouchables. It was one of his more prominent, recurring roles. 

Elsewhere, on Batman this member of the Stuntmen's Hall of Fame was a frequent henchman for King Tut, and played unnamed roles like "Thug," "Redneck" and "Angry Man."

"I was the bad guy, always getting beat up," Hicks told The Los Angeles Daily News in 2011.

His work most often came back to boxing. In Cool Hand Luke, another tough-guy classic, he played the prisoner known as "Chief" and coordinated a brutal fight between George Kennedy and Paul Newman.

But Hicks was most often an imposing opponent for Clint Eastwood. The two first worked together in the Rawhide episode "The Greedy Town" in 1962. The two would later pair in Paint Your Wagon (1969), Dirty Harry (1971), Magnum Force (1973), The Enforcer (1976), Every Which Way but Loose (1978), Bronco Billy (1980), Any Which Way You Can (1980) and City Heat (1984).

The California native continued to work — as both an actor and stuntman — until 2010, when he was in his 80s. Hicks died on May 4 in his Las Vegas home, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 93.

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jvf 29 days ago
A pic of his real face would have been nice.
Tresix 29 days ago
The first time I saw him, I thought he was Michael Conrad, Sgt. Esterhaus from "Hill Street Blues" ("Let's be careful out there."). Quite an imposing man. Sorry to learn of his demise.
Herbert 30 days ago
Sad news about chuck hicks love that twilight zone episode RIP chuck!
bruceisloose 1 month ago
Well I certainly know who he is, since he's been in just about everything. But cmon MeTV, put up a better photo of him. At least texasluva was on the ball.
Andybandit 1 month ago
How sad about Chuck Hicks even though I never heard of him.
WillumDuhFoe 1 month ago
He was "Battling Bruno" the German boxer who fought "Kinch" on "Hogan's Heroes."
texasluva 1 month ago
I remember him in the episode of The Twilight Zone. Except the fact his face was made up because he played a robot boxer. I found some nice photos of him later. One being in the Rockford Files. R.I.P.
UTZAAKE texasluva 1 month ago
Love the Richard Bakalyan sighting.
harlow1313 1 month ago
Anyone who appeared in "Cool Hand Luke" is all right with me. Sometimes nothing is a pretty cool hand.

Incidentally, I can eat fifty hard boiled eggs. In an hour.
You’ll be sleeping alone .... lol
JHP harlow1313 1 month ago
with mayo?
harlow1313 JHP 1 month ago
No, just a cold drink to wash them all down.

After Luke consumes the fifty eggs, he lies abandoned in a Christ-on-the-cross-like position on the table.
stephaniestavr5 1 month ago
As I was waiting for this site to come on/to download, I was thinking about who has recently passed away, who will METV have an obituary for? I was also thinking about Google and seeing if they had a listing. I know it was a morbid thought, but I couldn't help it, it just happened. I didn't know the gentleman, never heard of him, but he did seem to have a long, rewarding and enjoyable life, doing what he liked to be doing. R.I.P.
LoveMETV22 1 month ago
Wow. He had a long list of film and tv appearances according to the IMDb site from 1952 -2010. He did a lot of stunt work in that time frame too. RIP.
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