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Henry Acevedo "Blackie" Escalante

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Movie Stunt man- High Wire Act in Escalante Circus. Extract L.A. Times Obiturary by Myrna Oliver 1/29/01 Henry "Blackie" Escalante, scion of a family of circus trapeze artists who went on to become ... show more

Movie Stunt man- High Wire Act in Escalante Circus.

Extract L.A. Times Obiturary by Myrna Oliver 1/29/01

Henry "Blackie" Escalante, scion of a family of circus trapeze artists who went on to become Hollywood stuntman, doubling for such stars as Johnny Weissmuller in "Tarzan" films, died January 23rd. He was 86. Reared in the Boyle Heights area of east Los Angeles, Escalante was the great grandson of a circus owner in Mexico and grandson of Mariano Escalante, who founed the Escalante Brothers Circus after the family moved to Los Angeles in 1911.

Like his grandfather, father and uncles, Henry Escalante mastered the trapeze and "flew" with the family circus and others. Escalante remained before the cameras for more than four decades, performing various character notes, as well as acrobatic and other stunts.

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