Hal Needham

1931 - 2013

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Hal Brett Needham (March 6, 1931 – October 25, 2013) was an American stuntman, film director, actor and writer. He is best known for his frequent collaborations with actor Burt Reynolds, usually in films involving fast cars, such as Smokey and the Bandit, Hooper, The Cannonball Run and Stroker Ace. In his later years, Needham moved out of stunt work, and focused his energy on the World Land Speed Record project. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hal Needham has received more than 933,538 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 18 in 2019). Hal Needham is the 745th most popular film director (up from 1,042nd in 2019), the 4,800th most popular biography from United States (up from 7,519th in 2019) and the 190th most popular American Film Director.

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Among film directors, Hal Needham ranks 745 out of 1,580Before him are Dara Singh, Pierre Granier-Deferre, Sergei Gerasimov, Frances Marion, Claude Miller, and František Čáp. After him are Gary Ross, Bob Gale, Michel Deville, Masoud Kimiai, Paul Morrissey, and Matthew Vaughn.

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Among people born in 1931, Hal Needham ranks 262Before him are Phil Woods, Ichirō Nagai, Joel Antônio Martins, Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk, Mohammad-Reza Mahdavi Kani, and Bob Shaw. After him are Willie Mays, Mordecai Richler, Michel Deville, Bernard Panafieu, Wynton Kelly, and Hans Alfredson. Among people deceased in 2013, Hal Needham ranks 245Before him are Jetty Paerl, Paolo Soleri, Lothar Bisky, Cayetano Ré, Vivi Bach, and Marc Rich. After him are Hans Hass, Aleksandr Serebrov, Josip Kuže, Jerry Buss, Tommy Morrison, and Anthony Caro.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Hal Needham ranks 4,800 out of 15,968Before him are Shemar Moore (1970), Eric Johnson (1954), Alice Paul (1885), Diahann Carroll (1935), Bessie Coleman (1892), and David Patrick Kelly (1951). After him are Sara Teasdale (1884), Gary Ross (1956), Lara Flynn Boyle (1970), Gina Torres (1969), Julia Ward Howe (1819), and William Wirt (1772).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In United States

Among film directors born in United States, Hal Needham ranks 190Before him are Joshua Logan (1908), Bob Rafelson (1933), Dan O'Bannon (1946), Chris Carter (1956), Gregory Hoblit (1944), and Frances Marion (1888). After him are Gary Ross (1956), Bob Gale (1951), Paul Morrissey (1938), Robert Towne (1934), Eli Roth (1972), and Alexander Payne (1961).