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Eric Allen Mansker (14 January 19477 April 2019; age 72) was a stuntman and stunt coordinator who performed stunts as a bartender in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. He received no credit for this work but his costume was later sold off on the It's A Wrap! sale and auction on eBay. [1] His stunt was featured in the San Francisco bar brawl along with Jean Coulter, Jim Halty, and Tom Morga. (Source: Tom Morga)

Mansker was born in Chicago, Illinois and diagnosed with spinal meningitis at the age of ten. He enlisted in the U.S. Marines and later in a cinema program at Los Angeles City College before he attended UCLA and earned a BA-MP/TV. He started to work in the industry as a background extra in the late 1970s with appearances in the horror film Prophecy (1979, with Robert Foxworth, Graham Jarvis, and Kevin Peter Hall), the comedy Nine to Five (1980, with Lawrence Pressman and Earl Boen), and the third season of Hill Street Blues (1983, with James B. Sikking, Barbara Bosson, Margot Rose, Armin Shimerman, and Ilona Wilson).

Mansker turned into stunts and worked as a stunt performer on the science fiction comedy Airplane II: The Sequel (1982, coordinated by David Richard Ellis), the science fiction film The Thing (1982, with Anthony Cecere), the action comedy D.C. Cab (1983, coordinated by Alan Oliney), episodes of Murder She Wrote (1984-1985, with Steve Kelso, Tony Brubaker, and Joey Banks), the action film Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (1986, coordinated by Don Pike), the fantasy film The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988, with Eric Chambers, Dane Farwell, Irving Lewis, and coordinated by Anthony Cecere), the horror film They Live! (1988, coordinated by Jeff Imada), the action comedy I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988, with Eugene Collier, Dennis Madalone, Rusty McClennon, and Dwayne McGee), and the action film Red Heat (1988, with Joel Kramer).

Mansker doubled actor Denzel Washington in the crime drama The Mighty Quinn (1989, with Al Simon) and Shaquille O'Neal in the Curb Your Enthusiasm episode "Shaq" (2001, coordinated by Brett A. Jones). Among his credits as stunt coordinator are the television series Gideon Oliver (1989), the television drama Caroline Skeletons (1991), the action film Hard Justice (1995, with Rex Reddick and Manny Perry), the action film Strange Wilderness (1997), the thriller A Table for One (1999, with Lisa Hoyle), the action comedy Shafted! (2000), the horror thriller The Stepdaughter (2000, with Spice Williams and Cris Thomas-Palomino), the thriller The Perfect Nanny (2000), the television drama The Perfect Wife (2001), the thriller Blind Obsession (2001, with Laura Albert and Michelle Sebek), and the drama A Midsummer Night's Rave (2002).

During his thirty years in the industry, Mansker also performed stunts in films such as the action film Road House (1989, coordinated by Charlie Picerni), the war drama Glory (1989), the horror film Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990, coordinated by Kane Hodder), the action sequel Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection (1990), the action comedy Men at Work (1990), the science fiction sequel Predator 2 (1990, with Janet Brady and Tierre Turner), the thriller Toy Soldiers (1991), the action film The Last Boy Scout (1991), the thriller Live Wire (1992), the action comedy Loaded Weapon 1 (1993), the thriller Falling Down (1993), the science fiction thriller Demolition Man (1993), the comedy sequel Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994), the fantasy film Congo (1995), the comedy Sgt. Bilko (1996), the action thriller Mercenary (1996, coordinated by Scott Leva), the fantasy film Steel (1997), the thriller Most Wanted (1997), episodes of The Practice (1997), Pacific Blue (1997), and Ally McBeal (1998), the horror sequel Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies (1999, with Johnny Martin, Denney Pierce, and Brian Simpson), the horror sequel Leprechaun 5: In the Hood (2000), and the fantasy comedy Bruce Almighty (2003). [2]

Following a diagnosis which required radiation treatment and chemotherapy in 2003, Mansker worked on the reality game show Next Action Star (2004), as assistant stunt coordinator on the crime drama Harsh Times (2005, coordinated by Michael J. Sarna), as stunt coordinator on the drama The American Standards (2008), and as stunt performer on the action comedy Afro Ninja (2009) and the action comedy Born to Ride (2011).

Mansker died of cancer on 7 April 2019 at the age of 72.

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