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Gary M. Combs (born 13 December 1935; age 86) (sometimes misspelled as Gary Coombs) is a stuntman, stunt actor, and stunt coordinator who performed stunts in several episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series and in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. He was one of the stunt doubles for William Shatner and was uncredited for all of his Star Trek television appearances. His son is fellow Star Trek stuntman Gilbert Combs.
Combs filmed his scenes for "Arena" on Wednesday 9 November 1966 and Thursday 10 November 1966 at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park, his scenes for "The Alternative Factor" on Friday 25 November 1966 at Desilu Stage 10, and his scene for "Space Seed" on Wednesday 21 December 1966 at Stage 9. He filmed his scenes for "Errand of Mercy" on Friday 27 January 1967 at the "Arab Village" part of the 40 Acres backlot, and his scene for "Operation -- Annihilate!" on Friday 17 February 1967 at Stage 9.
As a stuntman and stunt actor he has also performed in television series such as Gunsmoke (1969-1971, with John Schuck, Bill Erwin, Anthony Caruso, Clint Howard, and TOS co-stunt performer Bobby Clark), Planet of the Apes (1974, with Mark Lenard and Joseph Ruskin), Mannix (1975, with Alan Oppenheimer), and Hunter (1990-1991).
Combs is a veteran Hollywood stuntman and has performed and coordinated in films such as Nevada Smith (1966, with Brian Keith), El Dorado (1966, with Paul Fix, Adam Roarke, Chuck Courtney, and stunts by George Wilbur), Hellfighters (1968), Little Big Man (1970, with Jeff Corey), Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973, with John Beck), Midway (1976, with Monte Markham, Clyde Kusatsu, Robert Ito, Lloyd Kino, John Schuck, Mitchell Ryan, and stunts by Erik Cord), Convoy (1978), Mel Brooks' History of the World: Part I (1981), Blade Runner (1982, with Joanna Cassidy), Scarface (1983), RoboCop (1987, with Peter Weller, Ronny Cox, Kurtwood Smith, Miguel Ferrer, Robert DoQui, Freddie Hice, and stunts by Doug Coleman, Gene LeBell, and Spiro Razatos), Road House (1989, with Patricia Tallman and Anthony De Longis), The Rocketeer (1991, with Bill Campbell and Max Grodénchik), Falling Down (1993), Speed (1994, with Alan Ruck and Carlos Carrasco), Showgirls (1995), Eddie (1996, starring Whoopi Goldberg and Frank Langella), The Horse Whisperer (1998, as stunt double for Robert Redford), The Runaway Bride (1999), America's Sweethearts (2001), Joe Dante's Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003, with Dick Miller, Robert Picardo, Ron Perlman, Frank Welker, Glen Hambly, and stunts by Phil Culotta, Alex Daniels, Monica Staggs, and Ransom Gates), and A Lot Like Love (2005).
On 10 May 2015, Combs received the Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award at the Taurus World Stunt Awards.
Star Trek appearances
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (stunts)