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12 Rounds
 
Wally Crowder
 
12 Rounds
 
Wally Crowder

Fights, Camera, Action!
This is Wally Crowder

MONDAY MORNING HOLLYWOOD

"I wake up every day thrilled to be on a movie set." Stunt Coordinator and Second Unit Director Wally Crowder has been working in, "the picture business" as he calls it for 35 years and he's loving every minute of it. Wally started out as an Extra and worked his way up, bringing us the excitement in movies like "Training Day," "True Lies" and "Grease" to name a few.

An action man through and through, Wally founded the Professional Drivers Association, made it to the championships in power boat racing, and was honored with a Cleo award for his work in car commercials. He created the industry go-to website Stunt Players Directory with his wife Lori. He talks regularly talks to students through his program "Hollywood Magic and Driving Safety." And to top it off Wally makes it to the set of "Desperate Housewives" on a daily basis to keep those fabulous fights going.

What was your first job in the movie business?

I played a policeman on the television series "Adam 12."

What made you pursue a career in Hollywood?

I was racing stock cars and working for the famous Parnelli Jones in his race car tire division. The television show "Chips" rented my stock car for a show and that was all it took for me to get paid for crashing on purpose.

Do you have a favorite story from the trenches?

I have so many favorite stories they could fill a book. This is the best and most rewarding business that anyone could ever hope to be a part of.

What is your dream job?

I've already had my dream job. It was on a movie called "12 Rounds" for WWE Entertainment. We were shooting in New Orleans and I was hired to be the driver of the street car that goes out of control. I was also hired to train the actor John Cena how to do stunt and some precision driving. He was the best student I have ever had.

What do you do on a typical day off?

What's a "DAY OFF"? …I try to spend as much time as I can with my family when I'm not on set.

What inspires you?

Good-natured, honest people. I love to make people happy and help their dreams come true.

What advice do you have for aspiring filmmakers?

Never ever give up. Never let anyone stand in your way of fulfilling your dreams.

What are you doing now?

I am working as stunt coordinator of "Dexter," "Desperate Housewives," "The Office" and just finished a terrific pilot for Paramount called, "Uncle Nigel."

If you won the lottery today, what would you be doing tomorrow?

I would show up for work an hour early and sign my SAG contract over to some unsuspecting person.

What do you hope to be doing ten years from now?

Directing my dream film.

To learn more about the Stunt Players Directory visit www.stuntplayers.com.

To inquire about a speaking engagement with Wally on Hollywood Magic and Driving Safety contact or to learn more about Wally's movies visit www.wallycrowder.com.