This past fall, Special Collections and University Archives Intern, Beth McDonald, processed and created finding aids for two of our newest acquisitions the Michael D. “Micky” Moore Papers and the Chuck Waters Papers. Moore and Waters made their careers in the entertainment industry in very different ways. Moore was an actor and director while Waters is a stuntman and actor. The two men worked on several projects together and were close friends.
Moore began his film career as a child actor on the silent screen and between 1917 and 1929, he acted in over 40 films. Moore worked with such silent screen stars as Mary Pickford, Jack Holt, Gloria Swanson, Lillian Gish, Conrad Nagel and Tom Mix.
Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Moore worked as a Prop Man before he was offered the opportunity to move in to production as an assistant director. He jumped at the chance. As assistant director, Moore worked for some of the most famous directors of the day, including his mentor, Cecil B. DeMille, on DeMille’s last film as a director, The Ten Commandments.
From the 1960s on, Moore became well-known as a reliable and confident seco nd unit director with a knack for action sequences. He worked on some of the most famous movies of the twentieth century, including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Patton, Rooster Cogburn, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Moore retired in 2000 after wrapping his final movie, the Walt Disney picture 102 Dalmatians.
The collection includes photographs, scripts, storyboards, letters, videos, movie memorabilia, and materials from his memoir.
Chuck Waters is an American stuntman and actor who has worked on more than 130 films. Even as a child, he was known for his adventurous nature: as early as five years old, he could be found climbing on the roof of his house and jumping to a nearby tree to get down. In the 1960s, waters decided to move to Hollywood to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Waters eventually connected with well-known stuntman, Paul Stader, who owned a boxing gym in Santa Monica where he trained up and coming stuntmen. Chuck began training with Stader and in 1965, after only 9 months of training, was recommended to take Stader’s place on a job as a scuba diver on the TV series Honey West starring Ann Francis.
In the 1970s, Waters career took off. He performed stunts in major films such as High Plains Drifter, The Exorcist (crashing through a window and down 75 steps as Jason Miller’s stunt double), The Deer Hunter, and Apocalypse Now. Over the course of his career, Waters has worked with many of the top names in Hollywood, including George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, William Friedkin, and Francis Ford Coppola. He has worked with actors such as Harrison Ford, Martin Sheen, Sean Penn, Robert De Niro, and Sean Connery. One of his longest working relationships is with actor/director Clint Eastwood, with whom Waters has done 13 films. Additional movies Waters has worked on include: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, National Lampoon’s European Vacation, Flubber, Every Which Way But Loose, Flags of Our Fathers, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
The collection includes scripts, notes, photographs, stunt reels, articles, and ephemera relating to Waters’ career in the stunt industry.
In November, Chuck Waters, his wife Charlotte, and Moore’s daughters Sandy and Tricia, meet with Special Collections and University Archives staff.