Co-Founder of BSA Renowned Stuntman
Dennis McLellan | Times Staff Writer - Edward "Eddie" Smith, who co-founded the Black Stuntmen's Assn. in 1967 and fought to generate jobs for African American stuntmen in Hollywood. Over the years, Smith worked as a stuntman or stunt coordinator on numerous television shows and films, including "MASH," "Dirty Harry," "Beneath the Planet of the Apes," "Blazing Saddles," "Earthquake," "Scarface," "The Nutty Professor" and the TV miniseries "Roots." He also took pride in being the only African American stunt coordinator on the 1973 James Bond movie "Live and Let Die." But it was in his little-recognized role in launching the Black Stuntmen's Assn. and helping break through the color barrier in the stunt business that Smith had the most effect.
President of BSA Renowned Stuntman
Willie Harris became a stuntman in 1968 as was one of the original founding members of the Black Stuntmen Association. Served four years in the US Air Force with the designated job of playing basketball, he was recruited by four professional basketball teams,to include the Denver Rockets, currently know as the Denver Nuggets.
Alex was raised in Jacksonville, Florida and is a product of the Duval County School System. He was a member of the FAMU Marching 100 Rattlers Band while attending Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University. Following a brief stay in the Big Apple, Mr. Brown moved to Los Angeles, California in 1963. As the city regrouped from the upheaval of the 1965 Watts Riots, Alex found himself working as a “Movie Extra” from time to time. He was soon bitten by the “Movie Business Bug” and it became his life’s work. He joined a group of guys known as the “Buffalo Soldiers Parade Unit” that was being personally trained to be cowboys by the great Woody Strode and John Russell. The 10th Calvary Buffalo Soldiers appeared in the Tournament of Roses, Hollywood Santa Claus Lane and Watts Parades as well as the parade scene in the movie “Hello Dolly”. In 1967, Alex Brown became one of the original members of the Black Stuntmen Association (BSA) founded by Eddie Smith and served as the first Secretary of the group. The BSA was to the Movie Industry what the NAACP was to Integration. The early work of the Black Stuntmen afforded him an active career as an Actor-Stuntman for over 40 years. He has appeared in numerous movies, television shows and commercial advertisements. Other professional affiliations have included Screen Actors Guild, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Stunts Peer Group and the Tom Anthony and Rawn Hutchinson Stunt Driving Teams. Alex resides in Los Angeles with his wife of 44 years, Karen, and continues to work in the Business. He is enjoying his family, one son, two daughters and five grandsons.
Co-founder of Black Stuntmen's Association (BSA) His ancestry is Tsalagi (Cherokee), African American and Eurpoean. Has two sons, Dorian Kingi (born 1982) and Alex Kingi (born 1986) from his former marriage to actress Lindsay Wagner. Another son from a previous union, Henry Kingi Jr., born in 1970, is also a stuntman. Starred in both of the "Predator" movies, along with Kevin Peter Hall, but played two different characters. Father of actor-stuntman Dorian Kingi from his marriage to actress Lindsay Wagner. Former son-in-law of Marilyn Ball.