Don Shanks Biography (1950-)

Born February 26, 1950, in Piasa, IL. Addresses: Agent: Tyler Carr Agency, 10653 Riverside Dr., Toluca Lake, CA 91602.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, stunt coordinator, stunt performer
Birth Details
February 26, 1950
Piasa, Illinois, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Indian brave, The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, Sunn Classic, 1974
  • Taneiya, Guardian of the Wilderness (also known as Mountain Man), Sunn Classic, 1976
  • Young warrior, Adventures of Frontier Fremont (also known as Spirit of the Wild), Sunn Classic, 1976
  • (As Donald Shanks) Excavation worker, The Ghost Dance, TransWorldEntertainment, 1980
  • Legend of the Wild, Taft International, 1981
  • Chief, Revenge of the Ninja (also known as Ninja II), Cannon/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1983
  • Jason Longshadow, Sweet 16, Century International, 1983
  • (As Donald L. Shanks) Santa climbing in window, Silent Night, Deadly Night (also known as Slayride), TriStar, 1984
  • (As Donald L. Shanks; in archive footage) Santa climbing in window, Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2, Silent Night Releasing, 1987
  • (As Donald L. Shanks) Michael Myers, Halloween 5 (also known as Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers), Galaxy International Releasing, 1989
  • Running Wolf, Spirit of the Eagle, Queens Cross Productions, 1989
  • Indian fighter, Tripwire, Cinetel Films/New Line Cinema, 1990
  • Young Indian runner, The Indian Runner, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1991
  • Halfmoon, Wind Dancer, KOAN/Majestic Entertainment, 1993
  • Indian holding an axe, The ButterCream Gang in Secret of Treasure Mountain (also known as The ButterCream Gang II: Secret of Treasure Mountain), KOAN, 1993
  • Simcoe, The Legend of Wolf Mountain, KOAN, 1993
  • (As Donald L. Shanks) Charlie, 3 Ninjas Knuckle Up, TriStar, 1995
  • Blood Coat, Walking Thunder, KOAN/Rated Gee!, 1997
  • Third Vago wiseguy, Truth or Consequences, N.M., Triumph Films, 1997
  • Walking Far, Last Resort, Walt Disney, 1997
  • George, Ride with the Devil, MCA/Universal, 1999
  • First guard, The Crow: Salvation (also known as The Crow III--Toedliche Erloesung), Dimension Films/Pacifica Film Distribution, 2000
  • Lance (chief), Primary Suspect (also known as Box), Showcase Entertainment, 2000
  • Joe Oliver, Twice Today, Weird Chief Pictures, 2001
  • Thug, Water with Food Coloring (short film), IFILM, 2001
  • Junior, No Dogs Allowed, Dancing Dog Entertainment, 2002
  • Coach Jacoby, Urban Legends: Bloody Mary, Columbia/Screen Gems, 2005
  • Fisherman, I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer, Sony Pictures Entertainment/Screen Gems, 2006
  • Some sources cite Shanks in other productions, including appearances as the title role in Black Wolf; the narrator of Spirit of the Nuche; and in Lessie's Rainbow.
  • Film Stunt Coordinator
  • (As Donald L. Shanks) The Ghost Dance, TransWorld Entertainment, 1980
  • The Ice Pirates, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1984
  • (As Donald L. Shanks) Silent Night, Deadly Night (also known as Slayride), TriStar, 1984
  • The Annihilators, New World, 1985
  • China O'Brien, Weintraub Productions, 1990
  • China O'Brien II, Weintraub Productions, 1991
  • The Legend of Wolf Mountain, KOAN, 1993
  • Heaven Sent, KOAN/Majestic, 1994
  • Behind the Waterfall (also known as Under the Waterfall), Feature Films for Families, 1995
  • Zion Canyon: Treasure of the Gods (short documentary; also known as Zion and Zion Park: Treasure of the Gods), World Cinemax Productions, 1996
  • Walking Thunder, KOAN/Rated Gee!, 1997
  • Baby Bedlam, Promark Entertainment Group, 2000
  • Primary Suspect (also known as Box), Showcase Entertainment, 2000
  • Water with Food Coloring (short film), IFILM, 2001
  • I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, Regent Entertainment, 2002
  • The First Vampire: Don't Fall for the Devil's Illusions (short film), Asgaard Entertainment, 2004
  • Urban Legends: Bloody Mary, Columbia/Screen Gems, 2005
  • Some sources credit Shanks as the stunt coordinator for the productions Dus, Mad Films; Ozarks, IMAX Vineyard Productions; and Shepard, Furst Films.
  • Film Stunt Performer
  • In Search of a Golden Sky, Comworld Pictures, 1984
  • (As Donald L. Shanks) Silent Night, Deadly Night (also known as Slayride), TriStar, 1984
  • (As Donald L. Shanks) Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2, Silent Night Releasing, 1987
  • (As Donald L. Shanks) Ski Patrol, Triumph Releasing, 1990
  • Dumb & Dumber (also known as Dumb and Dumber and Dumb Happens), New Line Cinema, 1994
  • How I Saved the President, 1995
  • The Undercover Kid, Leucadia Film Corporation, 1996
  • McHale's Navy, Universal, 1997
  • SLC Punk!, Sony Pictures Classics, 1998
  • Bats, Destination Films, 1999
  • Partners in Crime, Artisan Entertainment, 2000
  • Con Express, Blockbuster Video/Cinetel Films, 2002
  • Film Work
  • Other
  • Makeup artist and costume designer, Adventures of Frontier Fremont(also known as Spirit of the Wild), Sunn Classic, 1976
  • Some sources credit Shank as the second unit director for the productionsBlack Wolf, Grizzly & Grey Otter, and Lessie's Rainbow.
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Nakoma, The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, NBC, 1977-78
  • Miniseries
  • Centennial, NBC, 1978
  • Enapay, The Chisholms, CBS, 1979
  • Dreams West, CBS, 1986
  • Movies
  • Uncas, Last of the Mohicans, NBC, 1977
  • Deerslayer, NBC, 1978
  • Ashawakie, Louis L'Amour's "Down the Long Hills" (also known as Down the Long Hills), ABC and The Disney Channel, 1986
  • Construction worker, Stranger on My Land, ABC, 1988
  • George, Unforgivable, CBS, 1996
  • Greywolf, Legion of Fire: Killer Ants! (also known as Marabunta), Fox, 1998
  • Overseer, The Tempest, NBC, 1998
  • Caleb, Made Men, HBO, 1999
  • Episodic
  • Little Jim, "Kindred Spirits," The Incredible Hulk, CBS, 1979
  • Red Kettle, "The Enemy," How the West Was Won, ABC, 1979
  • First guard, "Famous Last Words," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 2001
  • Appeared in Encyclopedia Brown, HBO; as Steve, Promised Land (also known as Home of the Brave), CBS; also voice for The Wild West.
  • Other
  • Appeared in New World, BBC; and Werewolf.
  • Television Stunt Coordinator
  • Series
  • Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1994-2003
  • Promised Land (also known as Home of the Brave), CBS, 1996-99
  • Television Stunt Performer
  • Series
  • The Master, NBC, 1984
  • Television Stunt Coordinator
  • Miniseries
  • Night Sins, CBS, 1997
  • Movies
  • The Babysitter, ABC, 1980
  • Just a Dream, Showtime, 2002
  • The Maldonado Miracle, Showtime, 2003
  • Going to the Mat, The Disney Channel, 2004
  • Halloweentown High, The Disney Channel, 2004
  • Paradise, Showtime, 2004
  • Pixel Perfect, The Disney Channel, 2004
  • Buffalo Dreams, The Disney Channel, 2005
  • Go Figure, The Disney Channel, 2005
  • Life Is Ruff, The Disney Channel, 2005
  • Television Stunt Performer
  • Movies
  • Scorned and Swindled, CBS, 1984
  • (As Donald Shanks) El Diablo, HBO, 1990
  • Harmful Intent (also known as Robin Cook's "Harmful Intent"), 1993
  • Mortal Fear (also known as Robin Cook's "Mortal Fear"), 1994
  • Invasion of Privacy, HBO, 1996
  • The Right Temptation, HBO, 2000
  • Stunt performer for Last Chance, CBS.
  • Television Stunt Performer and Second Unit Director
  • Specials
  • Ancient Secrets of the Bible, Part II (documentary), CBS, 1993
  • Television Stunt Performer
  • Episodic
  • Stunt performer for B. J. and the Bear, NBC; and Married ... with Children, Fox.
  • Pilots
  • The Master, NBC, 1984
  • Also a stunt performer for the pilot Enemy, Fox.
  • Television Work
  • Other
  • Stunt performer for Hollywood Detective and stunt coordinator forTeen Angel.
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • Himself, Inside "Halloween 5" (short documentary), Anchor Bay Entertainment, 2000
  • Himself, Halloween: 25 Years of Terror (short documentary), AnchorBay Entertainment, 2005
  • Stunt coordinator for Pandora's Device, Access.

User Contributions:

David Chandler
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Nov 14, 2014 @ 2:14 pm
Don I don't know if you remember me or not. My name is Dave Chandler.Cathy Bott and I were dating our senior year, Cathy and Vickie were good friends.we also lived on Virginia st. In Brighton at different times we also worked together at Alton box board and you said that you were going t California and get into acting ,we wished you well and you were on your way .when I got home from Vietnam I was watching Grizzly Adams and there you were and you could have knocked me over with a feather.After looking at your site I can see that you made it in Hollywood.A very late congratulations.
Sincerely, Dave Chandler.

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