August 25, 2003 by

Carl Pitti

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Carl Pitti, an actor and stuntman who worked in Hollywood for over five decades, died on Aug. 9. Cause of death was not released. He was 86.
Pitti appeared in 10 movies, including the 1939 film, “Of Mice and Men” starring Burgess Meredith and Lon Chaney Jr. He made numerous television appearances on shows like “Gunsmoke,” “Bonanza” and “Little House on the Prairie.”
Pitti acted as a stunt double for Bob Hope in “Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number,” and taught Glenn Ford how to shoot in “The Fastest Gun Alive.” He also worked as a Western coach for actors like Barbara Stanwyck, Rock Hudson and Michael Landon.
In 1984, Pitti was inducted into the Hollywood Stuntmen’s Hall of Fame.

One Response to Carl Pitti

  1. Dr. Dennis Thodas

    Around 1981 I had a horse trailor overturn on I5 near Willows Ca. All the horse were piled up on each other and quite scared. Mr. Pitti came upon the accident when the CHP and Fire Dept. were there and wondering how to undo this mess and get the horses out. After about 1/2 hour he came up to me and said son I can get those horses out. They were thrashing around wildly. He took it upon himself to climb in, halter each horse and pull them out when no one, even myself the owner wouldn’t go in. This was a real mans man. I offered to pay him but all he wanted was a thanks. They don’t make them like this anymore…

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