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Overview (3)

Born in St. Edward, Nebraska, USA
Died in Burbank, California, USA
Birth NameJohn Tylor Mapes

Mini Bio (1)

Ted Mapes was born on a Nebraska wheat ranch. His father, John H. Mapes, also had cattle, horses, and mules. When Ted was in his 20s, he traveled west to California, where he worked driving a truck in the Signal Hills oil fields near Long Beach, then a moving van for a Los Angeles company. While moving John Barrymore's baggage and equipment from the United Artists studios to Barrymore's home, Ted met a "grip" boss, Alex Hume. That meeting led to Ted's first film job as a grip boss on The Taming of the Shrew (1929). He was later head grip on Tom Mix's last picture, The Miracle Rider (1935), and on The Phantom Empire (1935), in which Gene Autry had his first starring role. Ted had bit parts in many movies, primarily westerns. He appeared in at least 13 serials produced by Republic Pictures. He was also a top stuntman, and doubled Charles Starrett, Bruce Bennett and others. Ted bore a striking resemblance to Gary Cooper and doubled for Cooper in 17 films, beginning with Sergeant York (1941) and including Along Came Jones (1945), The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944), Saratoga Trunk (1945), Unconquered (1947) and Blowing Wild (1953). He also doubled James Stewart in films from Broken Arrow (1950) through Bandolero! (1968). After retiring from acting in 1969, Ted worked for the American Humane Association as an advisor on films in which animals were used, such as Ben (1972) and Willard (1971). Ted was inducted into The Hollywood Stuntmen's Hall of Fame on September 18, 1978.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Steve Harrison

Spouse (1)

Ruth Ensign (12 October 1931 - 1984)

Trivia (2)

Ted Mapes was James Stewart's stunt double for years when Stewart was making westerns.
When Ted Mapes was inducted into the Stuntmen's Hall of Fame, featured speakers at the banquet were both Charles Starrett and Jimmy Stewart. Gloria Stewart, wife of Jimmy, was also present.

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