Jock Mahoney

Jock Mahoney (February 7, 1919 – December 14, 1989) was an American actor and stuntman of Irish, French, and Cherokee ancestry. Born Jacques O'Mahoney, he was credited variously as Jock Mahoney, Jack O'Mahoney or Jock O'Mahoney. He starred in two television series, both westerns. He played Tarzan in two feature films and was associated in various capacities with several other Tarzan productions. Mahoney was born in Chicago but was raised in Davenport, Iowa. He entered the University of Iowa, but dropped out to enlist in the United States Marine Corps when World War II began. He served as both a pilot and a flying instructor. After his discharge, he moved to Los Angeles and was a horsebreeder for a time. However, he soon became a movie stuntman, doubling for actors Gregory Peck, Errol Flynn, and John Wayne. Director Vincent Sherman recalled staging the climactic fight scene in the 1948 film Adventures of Don Juan, and finding only one Hollywood stuntman who was willing to leap from a high staircase in the scene. The man was Mahoney, who demanded and received $1,000 for the dangerous stunt.


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