Gene LeBell

A veteran stunt performer with hundreds of credits to his name, LeBell was reportedly the partial inspiration for Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood's Cliff Booth

Gene LeBell has died. A legend among martial artists and Hollywood stunt performers

LeBell reportedly worked on as many as 1,000 productions across his long career in stunts,

LeBell’s time working with Bruce Lee on the set of the The Green Hornet in the 1960s

inspiration for Brad Pitt’s character Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood. 

LeBell’s life was a colorful one, with many of the details gleaned from his own authorized autobiography, The Godfather Of Grappling,

he wrote with biographers Bob Calhoun, George Foon, and Noelle Kim and published in 2005.

LeBell is also listed as author or co-author on a number of other books, mostly martial arts manuals.

he fought in amateur judo leagues for a time before getting back into the family business of wrestling

His first credited role was as a “hood” on The Adventures Of Ozzie & Harriet in 1961

LeBell reportedly died on Tuesday. He was remembered today by a number of his long-time collaborators, including Rousey, Norris, and more.