Real World article
(written from a Production point of view)

Gilbert Vincent "Gil" Perkins (24 August 190728 March 1999; age 91) was a stuntman and stunt actor who played a slave in the Star Trek: The Original Series second season episode "Bread and Circuses". He received no credit for this role. He filmed his scenes on Tuesday 12 September 1967 and Wednesday 13 September 1967 on location at Bronson Canyon.

Perkins was born in Melbourne, Australia and moved in the '20s to California where he started his stunt career and doubled stars such as Red Skelton, Spencer Tracy, and Bela Lugosi. In 1960 he founded with fellow stunt performers the "Stuntmen's Association of Motion Pictures" and held the position of the treasurer for the Screen Actor's Guild from 1964-1979. He left the stunt business and turned into an actor in the late '70s, shortly before he left the business and retired.

He passed away of natural causes in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California.

Among his long credit resume are films such as The Divine Lady (1929), King Kong (1933), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941), Captain America (1944), The Three Musketeers (1948), I, the Jury (1953), Spartacus (1960, with Jean Simmons, John Hoyt, William Blackburn, Dick Crockett, Carey Loftin, and Paul Baxley), and The Prisoner of Zenda (1979, with Gregory Sierra, Ian Abercrombie, and Jeremy Kemp).

He performed stunts in and stunt coordinated for television series such as Cheyenne (1956), The Californians (1958), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1961), Wagon Train (1958-1962), Perry Mason (1963), Daktari (1966), Bonanza (1967), Batman (1966-1967, with Frank Gorshin, Joan Collins, and Nancy Kovack), Mission: Impossible (1971, with Leonard Nimoy, Vince Deadrick, and Lee Meriwether), and Shaft (1974).

External links

Community content is available under CC-BY-NC unless otherwise noted.