Specifically, I’m trying to determine if Mr. Baxley is still alive. According to IMDB (which lists neither a birthday nor a date of death), as recent as 1997 he worked as stunt coordinator (or arranger, or something like that) on a “Dukes of Hazzard” telefilm.
He was one of the main stunt performers on the original Star Trek and his beefy face and combover are often extremely obvious when he takes a fall or does fights for Shatner. He often did bits on that program as background characters, guards, etc., and actually had a name (Ensign Freeman) and a few lines in *The Trouble With Tribbles/i].
A friend of mine is compilng a memorial site for dead Trek actors and for a while had him listed as dying in 1975, which cannot be.
Any help would be appreciated. Google hasn’t helped, most of what I get is video listings and a single oft-repeated paragraph-long bio on him with no DOB or DOD.
My first guess would be to try to contact the union(s) that employ(s) stunt players. They should have a little info; however, I don’t know what the name(s) of the union(s) might be.
From the Social Security Death Index, current to January 2004:
Paul Baxley, b. 24 Mar 1902, d. Jan 1972, last res. Reedley, Fresno Co., California. Social Security no. issued in California, 1936-1950.
Paul Baxley, b. 29 Nov 1912, d. Aug 1975, last res. Yuba City, Sutter Co., California. Social Security no. issued in California, 1936-1950.
Paul Baxley, b. 18 Sep 1896, d. Dec 1975, last res. Van Nuys, Los Angeles Co., California. Social Security no. issued in California, 1936-1950.
Paul Baxley, b. 22 Jul 1933, d. May 1976. Social Security no. issued in North Carolina in 1951.
Paul Baxley, b. 14 Jan 1907, d. Mar 1986, last res. High Point, Guilford Co., North Carolina. Social Security no. issued in North Carolina, 1936-1950.
Paul K. Baxley, b. 5 Dec 1923, d. 20 Jul 1989, last res. Baltimore, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland. Social Security no. issued in Maryland, 1936-1950.
Paul S. Baxley, b. 13 Jun 1899, d. 6 Sep 1989, last res. Raeford, Hoke Co., North Carolina. Social Security no. issued in North Carolina, 1936-1950.
Paul L. Baxley, b. 8 May 1899, d. 25 Nov 1992, last res. Youngstown, Mahoning Co., Ohio. Social Security no. issued in Ohio, 1936-1950.
Paul S. Baxley, b. 16 Feb 1925, d. 13 Feb 2003, last res. Raeford, Hoke Co., North Carolina. Social Security no. issued in North Carolina, 1936-1950.
Stunt performers in American movies and filmed television shows are members of the Screen Actors Guild.
Screen Actors Guild
5757 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036-3600
An index to the 1930 U.S. census has these additional names:
- Paul Baxley, age 11, born in Alabama, res. Echo, Dale Co., Alabama.
- Paul A. Baxley, age 40, born in South Carolina, res. Blackville, Barnwell Co., South Carolina.
- Paul D. Baxley, 41, born in South Carolina, res. Savannah, Chatham Co., Georgia.
Since the stuntman Paul Baxley was already working in Whiplash (1948), a film produced in 1947, it is almost certain that he was born before 1930.
Thanks, guys, I thought of mentioning it in my OP, but didn’t think it would help, but this guy’s name (from the short bios I did find) is Paul R. Baxley, Jr. I did find that indeed he was still living as of July 2003, as he was a guest at a “Dukes of Hazzard” stunt show/reunion. Still rolling cars and he must be in his 70s.
Thanks, again, especially Walloon.
The Paul Baxley who died in North Carolina in 2003 is a Paul S. Baxley, Jr. But I read his obituary, and it mentions nothing about a Hollywood career, and his children all seem to be living on the East Coast. So, scratch him off.
US SEARCH.com has a Paul R. Baxley, age 80, living in the Los Angeles area, either Rancho Mirage, North Hollywood, or Palmdale, depending on which address is most recent. For $9.95 you can get the full address. The Ultimate People Finder at KnowX.com suggests that Palmdale is the most recent address; they charge $6.95 for the full address.