Another great stunt driver is gone. Bud passed away October 6.
Anyone who has seen “The Great Escape” and “Bullitt” has seen the work of Bud Ekins. He doubled for Steve McQueen often and was a good friend, receiving a large part of McQueen’s motorcycle collection when Steve passed away in 1980.
Bud founded the Baja 1000 race and held many records in the early 1960’s. He competed in the World Motocross Grand Prix circuit in Europe in the 1950’s. He was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999.
He taught many of the movie stars in and around Hollywood how to ride motorcycles. You can see his work in movies like “Animal House” and the “Blues Brothers”.
Bud was one of the many amazing stunt people that get little recognition. Check out www.imdb.com and look up all the movies he was involved in, often uncredited.