About Vic Armstrong
Vic Armstrong has worked in motion pictures for over thirty years, as a world-renowned Stuntman, Stunt Coordinator and Director. His resume reads like a “who’s who” of film history, including some of the most popular films of all time. Following his stunt debut as an accomplished horse rider, doubling Gregory Peck in Stanley Donen’s “Arabesque,” Vic went on to work as stunt performer in countless movies, commercials and television shows in and around Europe. His earliest work included stunts on the “Peter Cook and Dudley Moore Show,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” and some of the classic James Bond films, such as “Live and Let Die,” “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” and “You Only Live Twice.” His reputation for precision and talent with the most complicated of stunts, earned him the opportunity to become a Stunt Coordinator, beginning with his work on the 1968 British film, “Figures In The Landscape,” for Joe Losey, and continuing with epics such as “A Bridge Too Far,” “Young Winston,” and the first two “Superman” films, in which he also doubled Christopher Reeve. His skill made him a popular double for several other leading men, including Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland, Timothy Dalton, George C. Scott, Malcolm McDowell, Roger Moore, Richard Chamberlain, George Lazenby, Ryan O’Neal, and Jon Voight. His resemblance to and friendship with Harrison Ford, established on the film, “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” merited Vic the opportunity to double Ford and Stunt Coordinate throughout the “Indiana Jones” film series, making Vic (along with George Lucas) one of only two creative members to work on all three segments of the film’s trilogy, plus all three seasons of the “Young Indiana Jones” TV series.
As a Second Unit Director and Stunt Coordinator, his creative vision has lent itself to films helmed by some of the world’s most respected and prominent directors, such as Steven Spielberg, Paul Verhoeven, Peter Yates, Sir Richard Attenborough, Roland Joffe, Ridley Scott, Michael Cimino, Irving Kirshner, and Michael Caton-Jones. It was, in fact, his association with George Lucas, that led him to his directorial debut, on the second season premiere of the “Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.” Ironically, it was in that episode that Vic directed Christopher Lee, whom he doubled in the “Hammer” horror films. In his first directorial feature, the 1994 film, “Joshua Tree,” the casting of George Segal also proved to be an ironic throwback to Vic’s stunt days, as he had doubled the veteran actor in the British release, “A Touch of Class.” The international success of “Joshua Tree,” proved that Vic’s expertise and finesse in creating action sequences are not lost on a worldwide audience. The venture equally established him as a talented principal director, whose guidance illicited a more personal side of the film’s lead actor, Dolph Lundgren. Vic’s extensive body of work includes films of all genres and size, including :’The Mission,” “Empire of the Sun,” “Black Beauty,” “Johnny Mnemonic,” ,:Terminator 2, ” “An American Werewolf in London, ” “Double Impact, ” “Tai Pan”, “Dune”, ” “The Phantom, ” “Air America, ” “Universal Soldier”, “Return of the Jedi,” “Blade Runner,” “Henry V,” and “Rob Roy.”Â¼br> Recently his re-teaming with Paul Verhoeven on “Starship Troopers” proved a great success as has his most recent exploits on the box office superstars “Tomorrow Never Dies”,” Entrapment” & the soon to be released new 007 “The World is not Enough” New films Vic has worked on since this biography include, “The World Is Not Enough”, “Charlie’s Angels”, “Captain Correli’s Mandolin”, “The Four Feathers” and most recently, “Mission Impossible 3″, starring Tom Cruise.
VicArmstrong.com is now the personal home page of Vic and has taken over from Stunts Incorporated.com. With this new page, Vic will be able to give you up-to-date news on current features and movies previously not possible in Stunts Incorporated.com, plus provide you with the chance to discuss and comment on his journals, and articles! We hope you enjoy using VicArmstrong.com and that you take part by contributing to our content!