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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2021 4:35 am    Post subject: Stuntman and actor Bill Sawyer RIP Reply with quote

In recent years, I've wondered why there is no news of the well-known stuntman Bill Sawyer who participated in The Avengers.



I contacted his son Nick and received the following response:

Hi Dennis
My dad died in 1996. Thank you for you kind words and interest.


So, it turns out that Bill has not been with us for a long time, while some of us I think speculated that he might be the oldest living stuntman, who appeared in The Avengers, to date. Shocked

Bill Sawyer's IMDb page:

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0768136/

Now I continue to correspond with Nick in order to find out some details about his father. Stay on the wave.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2021 5:27 am    Post subject: Re: I just corresponded with Nick Sawyer: Bill Sawyer RIP Reply with quote

While I'm waiting for an answer from Nick, get to the topic here. What is known at the moment?

From the official docs presented in Mike Richardson's book Bowler Hats and Kinky Boots:

Page 634
Episode The Great Great Britain Crime (remounted as Homicide and Old Lace)

Bill Sawyer (Unknown Role)



Page 651
Whoever Shot Poor George Oblique Stroke XR40?

Bill Sawyer (Stunt Double for Jason)


Page 701
Bizarre

Bill Sawyer (Stunt Double for Jonathan Jupp)
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2021 6:57 am    Post subject: Re: I just corresponded with Nick Sawyer: Bill Sawyer RIP Reply with quote

denis rigg wrote:
While I'm waiting for an answer from Nick, get to the topic here. What is known at the moment?

From the official docs presented in Mike Richardson's book Bowler Hats and Kinky Boots:

Page 634
Episode The Great Great Britain Crime (remounted as Homicide and Old Lace)

Bill Sawyer (Unknown Role)



Page 651
Whoever Shot Poor George Oblique Stroke XR40?

Bill Sawyer (Stunt Double for Jason)


Page 701
Bizarre

Bill Sawyer (Stunt Double for Jonathan Jupp)



sorry to hear about this sad news...wondering how long ago it was ?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2021 7:03 am    Post subject: Re: I just corresponded with Nick Sawyer: Bill Sawyer RIP Reply with quote

Nick informed:

Hi Dennis
My dad died in 1996. Thank you for you kind words and interest.


There are still no details from Nick. Either Nick is busy with work or he changed his mind about answering.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2021 4:08 am    Post subject: Re: I just corresponded with Nick Sawyer: Bill Sawyer RIP Reply with quote

News from Nick:

My father's birthname: William Sawyer
Date of birth: 14th July 1929.
Bill's story is that his voice broke whilst on tour in Southend with the choir (he came from a coal mining family), and rather than go back to school he ran away and joined the circus. He become a trapeze artist and then started his own show with the Flying Cabinnas. From here he got the opportunity to do high falls as he was none for having no fear of heights.

And that was the beginning of stunting I will try and find the dates.

My mother: Majorie Sawyer - Jackie Veletto.

Best Nick


My answer (selectively):

Hi Nick!
I highly appreciate your thoughts and information. Curiously, Bill's year of birth is 1929, I assumed it was around 1924 according to the newspapers. But it is difficult to trust these sources.

It is very informative to hear these memories of his years in the circus. I read that he worked as an acrobat for many years with partner Douglas Lockyer, who later became a stuntman.

Did he live long with Jackie Valetto? Did Jackie appeared in films and TV, if you know?

Best wishes
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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2021 12:01 am    Post subject: Re: I just corresponded with Nick Sawyer: Bill Sawyer RIP Reply with quote

Friends, I just did a thorough investigation and found out that the information given by Nick above for Bill's date of birth is incorrect (possibly the date given by Nick was official public for Bill).

Bill's father was Edward Sawyer and his mother was Mary Annie Haggerty, lived in Chichester Avenue, Nelson Village, Cramlington, Northumberland (found out through newspapers).

Bill was born on 18 July 1924 in Tynemouth, Northumberland, England, UK.

Died in 1996 in Hertfordshire, England, UK.
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