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Movies in which Jim has participated,
listed by the Official site for Jim Ferrazzano's Tush Push.

 

Many of our viewers know Jim Ferrazzano as an excellent dance choreographer and instructor, but are not aware of some of his other activities.

Jim, for many years trained race horses. In fact, one of his horses was the inspiration for his dance "Shotgun".

Jim also worked in the movie industry, both as an advisor/choreographer for dance sequences and as a stuntman. He once told me his career in the movies got a boost from the support of his uncle, who told a director, "My nephew can do Anything" when questioned about Jim's abilities. His Uncle was Richard Boone of "Have Gun, Will Travel" fame as the character Paladin, as well as many more films, too numerous to count.

Jim also had two other Uncles who were active in the entertainment industry; Hank Simms whose voice earned him many credits as the narrator of several movies, and Frank Simms, who did many voiceovers and was the speaking voice for many animated characters.
(This information added at the request of Jim's Mother)

Jim's career in the movies lasted for several decades, where he worked on the set with many well known stars, including, David Carradine, Patrick Swayze, Chuck Norris, Charlton Heston, Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Kirstie Ally, John Travolta, and Genie Francis.

He mostly worked as a stunt man, performing the unique scenes, considered to be too dangerous or risky for the major stars. Leg drags, neck drags and hanging were all in a day's work for Jim as well as less risky but often more uncomfortable scenes such as wading across a frozen stream in mid winter, wearing only a breechcloth.

I wish my memory was better as during my conversations with Jim, he has often recounted some movies he has appeared in. Here is a partial list, including which scene he appeared in (when possible).

MOVIE SCENE/COMMENTS
A Fistful of Dollars
1964
 
For a Few Dollars More
1965
 
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
1967
 
Hang 'em High
1968
Most noted for being the rustler whose boots fell to the ground as he was hung
Alice's Restaurant
1969
 
Two Mules For Sister Sara
1970
 
Alias Smith and Jones
1971
 
Life & Times of Judge Roy Bean
1972
 
High Plains Drifter
1973
 
The Outlaw Josey Wales
1976
 
Smokey & The Bandit
1977
 
Mountain Men
1980
 
Urban Cowboy
1980
Advisor for dance related scenes and choreographer
(Promotional Photo)
Cannonball Run
1981
I don't remember exactly what Jim said he did in this movie, but he swears it was the most fun to make, of all the movies he has appeared in. Many well known stars showed up on the set, just to party with their friends, and ended up appearing in the movie
Zorro - The Gay Blade
1981
 
Swamp Thing
1982
 
Scarface
1983
 
Red Dawn
1982
 
The Blue and the Grey
TV - 1982
Appeared as a Union cavalryman.
In some scenes he is seated in a western saddle (very uncommon for a cavalry soldier)
This was Jim's personal saddle, rigged out for the Dragging scenes.
(Photo)
Pale Rider
1985
Neck drag scene where as a bad guy he was dragged by a horse, crashing through the door of the blacksmith shop and down the street.
North and South
Books 1 & 2
TV - 1985
Appeared in the opening scenes as well as other places throughout the series.
(Photo 1 - Photo 2 - Photo 3 - Photo 4)
Night Screams
1988
A very low budget horror film where Jim plays a policeman who in the end mistakenly shoots the victim, leaving the killer unharmed.

This listing is complete as per the list Jim sent me on 30 June, 2011. If he remembers more films he appeared in, I will add them to the list.

 

Jim related to me an amusing story that occurred during the filming of a movie.

It seems he and an actress had decided to have a picnic on a friends ranch. They found a secluded location, spread out the picnic materials, then became amorous, before they ate.

During this romantic tryst, Debra (Nope. I won't tell her last name or the name of the Movie) spied a bear coming straight toward them, probably drawn by the scent of their food.

Though the bear was an uninvited guest, they decided to let him have their picnic and proceeded to climb a nearby tree, au naturale. The bear apparently liked them as, after engorging itself on their picnic luncheon, it took up a position near the base of the tree, and settled in for a prolonged visit.

Throughout the entire day, the bear kept its vigil making it impossible for Jim and Debra to leave the tree or even retrieve their discarded clothing. They were lucky the bear didn't decide to climb up and join them. Bears can climb trees, too.

Finally, as the sun began to set in the west, Jim spied some riders on horses approaching. Realizing it was his friend, who owned the ranch, he attracted their attention. As the owner drew near he looked from Jim & Debra in the tree, to the bear, several times, and broke into a broad smile.

He hollered to the bear, "Ben! Go to the barn". The bear immediately went away, towards the house.

It seems the bear was the famed "Gentle Ben" of movie and television fame. All he wanted to do was play with his new-found friends.

 

Jim is "uncredited" in most of these movies due to the payment system Hollywood uses. You can either accept a larger, lump sum payment (in which case you do not share in the residual payments and are not credited among the cast and crew) or you can accept a smaller fee, hoping to receive an extra fee from the sales of DVD's of the movie as well as when it is shown on another venue such as T. V. or is re-released to the theatres.

Jim always accepted the higher, one-time-only fee, thus does not appear in the credits. In fact the only movie I have seen that credits him is the low budget "Night Screams".

When we recently attended a Line Dance Workshop in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina (May 2011) I bought with me a copy of the infamous "Night Screams" DVD and approached him while he was standing among a group of friends and asked, "Mister Ferrazzano, will you autograph your movie for me", as I produced a DVD copy of the film.
Some standing there didn't understand the joke, but Jim and his wife Martie howled with laughter. I wish I had a picture of the expression on his face.

 

 

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