Bud Elkins leaps into the next life

Stuntman who made a career of doubling for the legendary Steve McQueen and was the guy who made that famous leap in The Great Escape has passed away, aged 77.

Bullit and did uncredited work on McQueen's The Towering Inferno, The Cincinnati Kid and even worked on the Bond movie Diamonds are Forever will forever be remembered for one famous jump in The Great Escape, where Steve McQueen is desperately trying to get away from the Nazi's on his motorcycle. McQueen did much of the driving here... except the jump itself which was all Elkins...

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Matt Holmes is the co-founder of What Culture, formerly known as Obsessed With Film. He has been blogging about pop culture and entertainment since 2006 and has written over 10,000 articles.