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Loren 3The Lone Pine Community has lost a great friend in the passing of Loren Janes.

Great action movies require great stunt men and women. We were very lucky to have one of those legends in our community. Loren supported the Lone Pine Film Festival since it's inception in 1989 attending for over 25 years until recent health issues prevented his travel.

In Lone Pine, he made eleven movies over his career, stunt doubling for Steve McQueen in Nevada Smith, and Debbie Reynolds, in How the West Was Won.  In a career spanning nearly half a century he contributed his talents to such spectacular films as The Ten Commandments, Spartacus, The Magnificent Seven, Planet of the Apes, The Towering Inferno and Sons of Katie Elder. He has been an actor, director or stunt supervisor in over 500 feature films and 2200 TV shows.

In 2014, the Lone Pine Festival Board presented Loren with our Lone Pine Lifetime Achievement Award for not only his athletic ability and his commitment to the development of modern cinematic stunt design, but also in recognition of his lifelong dedication to furthering the culture and heritage of the Western in America.

Western Stuntman Loren Janes
Video Courtesy of Mark Bedor

The Museum Board and all associated with the Lone Pine community wish to express their condolences to his wife, Jan and his children. We much appreciated your sharing him with us. The Museum has and will always have a designated tribute to Loren in our Stunt Man exhibit


• In 1961, he co-founded the Stuntmen's Association of Motion Pictures and Television, the original Stuntmen's organization.

• In 1992, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), and was the National Chairman of the SAG Stunt and Safety Committee.

• In August 2001, Loren received the coveted lifetime achievement award, the Golden Boot (the Oscar for Westerns).

• In April 2003, he received the “Gallery of Legends Award” from the World Acrobatic Society.

• In November 2003, he received the “Silver Spur Award” in recognition for outstanding achievement in entertainment and Western films.

• In March 2004, Loren’s name was given a place in the “Walk of Western Stars” in Santa Clarita, California.

• In May 2010 he was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award for Stunts” by the Taurus World Stunt Awards in Hollywood, California.

• In 1956, he became the first civilian to enter the United States Olympic trials in the modern pentathlon, a grueling Summer Olympic event that combines five sports: riding, fencing, shooting, swimming, and running. He competed a second time in 1964.

• He is a member and past president (1991) of the exclusive Adventurer’s Club of Los Angeles and the Explorers Club of New York. His extensive travels and explorations have taken him around the world. He is a biologist, plant and animal ecologist, musician, school teacher, movieographer, speaker, and film lecturer.

List of Movies Made in Lone Pine by Loren Janes

1957 Thunder in the Sun

1958 From Hell to Texas

1960 North to Alaska

1960 Spartacus (segment)

1962 How the West Was Won

1965 Sons of Katie Elder

1965 Winter A Go Go

1966 Nevada Smith

1972 Wild, Wild Winter

1975 The Other Side of the Mountain

1977 Other Side of the Mountain part 2

Something you might not know about Loren- Loren is one of the key figures in the development of modern cinematic stunt design, improved safety procedures and co-founder of the Stuntmen's Association of Motion Pictures & Televsion, Loren Janes ranks alongside Dar Robinson, Hal Needham and Yakima Canutt for his contributions to movie stunt work.James has lent his athletic skills to many amazing stunt sequences in over 130 feature films, and has doubled for some of Hollywood's biggest stars including Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Jack Nicholson and even Debbie Reynolds in a career spanning nearly half a century. He has contributed his talents to such spectacular films as The Ten Commandments (1956), Spartacus (1960), The Magnificent Seven (1960), Planet of the Apes (1968), The Towering Inferno (1974) and Beverly Hills Cop (1984). Ruggedly handsome, Janes has also had minor acting roles in over a dozen Hollywood feature films.  In 2001, well known western actor L.Q. Jones presented Loren Janes with the Golden Boot Award for his lifetime contribution to the western film genre.

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