Henry "Blackie" Escalante, the grandson of Mariano Escalante, founder of the Escalante Brothers Circus, performed with the circus as an aerialist before coming to Hollywood and working for more than 40 years as an actor and stuntman, including doubling for Johnny Weissmuller in the "Tarzan" films.
Henry Escalante's first film role was an uncredited performance as an acrobat in "Lady in the Dark" (1944), a comedy starring Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland. He also appeared in "Frenchman's Creek" (1944), "Captain Carey, U.S.A." (1950), "Salome: The Dance of the Seven Veils" (1953) and "Creature from the Black Lagoon" (1954), in which he played Chico, one of the boat crewmen. Escalante also did stunt work on "The Conqueror" (1956), "The Ten Commandments" (1956) and "Paint Your Wagon" (1969).
Beginning in the 1960s, Escalante switched to television work, and appeared in episodes of "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," "The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.," "Mission: Impossible" and "Hart to Hart." His final TV appearance was in an 1983 episode of "The Fall Guy."