Who did Steve McQueen’s big motorcycle jump stunt in The Great Escape?
Although Steve McQueen did his own motorcycle riding, there was one stunt he did not perform: the hair-raising 60-foot jump over a fence. This was done by McQueen’s friend Bud Ekins, who was managing a Los Angeles-area motorcycle shop when recruited for the stunt.
James Sherwin “Bud” Ekins (May 11, 1930 – October 6, 2007) was an American professional stuntman in the U.S. Film industry. He is considered to be one of the film industry’s most accomplished stuntmen with a body of work that includes classic films such as The Great Escape and Bullitt.