A close collaborator of Clint Eastwood, he worked with him on some thirty films from 1967 to 2011, including the series of Inspector Harry.
Director Wayne Van Horn, better known as Buddy Van Horn, has died at the age of 92, announced on Monday on Los Angeles Times. Close collaborator of Clint Eastwood, of which he was the coordinator of the stunts then the official director, he worked with him on about thirty films, from 1967 to 2011.
Beginning alongside Clint Eastwood as an understudy, Buddy Van Horn was one of his valued collaborators, working with him until a few years ago. It was thus found in particular in the credits of Gran Torino (2008) and J. Edgar (2011), biopic on Hoover, the boss of the FBI.
As a director, Buddy Van Horn has signed three Clint Eastwood films, the quality however questionable according to the specialists of his work: That he will bang (1980), action comedy sequel Soft, Hard and Crazy ; The Last Target (1988), last part of the saga of Inspector Harry, and Pink Cadillac (1989), one of the star’s last action films, before its more dramatic turn in the 1990s.
Also an actor, Buddy Van Horn stars in several Eastwood films, including The preys (1971), The Man of the High Plains (1973) and Pale Rider (1983). It finally appears in Inspector Harry (1971) in a scene where Eastwood tries to stop a man from committing suicide. Buddy Van Horn, who worked much of his life in Hollywood, was the understudy of several stars like Gregory Peck and Lee Marvin before working exclusively for Clint Eastwood.