Stunt Performers

Stunt Performer Entertains Crowd

Stunt performers, also called stuntmen and stuntwomen, are actors who perform dangerous scenes in motion pictures and on television shows. They may fall off tall buildings, get knocked from horses and motorcycles, imitate fistfights, and drive in high-speed car chases. They must know how to set up stunts that are both safe to perform and believable to audiences. In these dangerous scenes, stunt performers are often asked to double, or take the place of, a star actor.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Stuntmen, Stuntwomen
Duties Perform dangerous scenes in movies and on television shows
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Vancouver, and other movie and television show production hubs
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • English
  • Physical Education
  • Theater/Dance
Experience On-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Conventional
  • Outgoing
  • Coaching/Physical Training
  • Interpersonal
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Stunt Coordinator
  • Stunt Performer
  • Production Intern / Aspiring Stunt Performer