EXPIRED: 02/08/10 – Robert “Bobby” Hoy, 82, was honored just last week with the prestigious Golden Boot award by the Motion Picture & Television Fund, commemorating his contribution to the genre of Western television and movies in all three award categories — acting, stunt work and directing.
It marked the first time the Golden Boot was given to an honoree in the hospital.
He died just a few days after, finally succumbing to cancer.
In his 55-year career as an actor, Hoy played a wide variety of movie and television roles ranging from cowboys to spies. He was best-known for his role as ranch hand Joe Butler on “The High Chaparral,” a TV western that aired four seasons from 1967 to 1971.
His acting roles in more than 67 films included ”The Outlaw Josey Wales,” “The Legend of the Lone Ranger,” “The Gambler II,” “Bronco Billy,” “The Enforcer” and “The Great Race.”
On the small screen, Hoy appeared in more than 75 TV shows including “Wanted: Dead or Alive,” ”Walker: Texas Ranger,” “JAG,” “Dallas,” “Magnum P.I.” and “Zorro.”
He was also a stunt double for Tony Curtis, Charles Bronson, Tyrone Power, David Janssen, Telly Savalas and Jay Silverheels, among many others performing stunts in “The Lone Ranger,” “The Defiant Ones,” ”Spartacus,” “River of No Return,” “Revenge of the Creature” and many more.
He was one of the rare stuntmen who also became an actor although he was always a reluctant actor.