Hollywood legend James Woods issued a heartbreaking statement after learning about the death of a close friend and lifelong stunt double passed away. Woods knows loyalty is rare in Hollywood but Steve Lambert always had is back.
James said: “I was just informed that my lifelong stunt double and dear friend, Steve Lambert has passed away. No words can express my love and admiration for this brave, daring, and kind-hearted man.
“In a troubled world, few people have your back. I would, and often did, trust Steve with my life. I am in a state of shock and utter despair. Just devastated. May this sweet soul rest in eternal peace.”
A fan of Woods said: “Sorry for your loss. If you don’t mind, I’d like to post a link to a biography I found.
“Steven Lambert led an extraordinary life.
The biography said:
Steven Lambert is a martial artist, American actor and stuntman known for his work on Falling Down (1993), Timecop (1994) Titanic (1997), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) and Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) The One (2001), Ocean’s Eleven (2001). He is also the author of the book Steven Lambert: From the Streets of Brooklyn To the Halls of Hollywood.
Steven Lambert was born in Brooklyn, New York on October 28, 1954. He is the second of four children born to a housewife mother and a restaurant owner father. A second generation American, his grandparents emigrated from Russia to Ellis Island.
He began studying the fundamentals of Shotokan and Tae Kwon Do at the age of 9. In the sixth grade he received the John F. Kennedy Award for Physical Fitness.
At 13, his parents took him to his grandparents in Chatsworth, California while they returned to New York to prepare to move to California a few months later. Blindsided by the move and in unfamiliar surroundings, he became directionless.
He found a martial arts school so he could continue his Shotokan training for two more years, and then the school closed.
By chance, he stumbled upon a Sil Lum Kung Fu Five Animal style Northern and Southern systems school, which later became the White Lotus system. The discovery of the school, and Kung Fu itself, became a life changing experience for Steven, and King Fu immediately became his passion, giving him focus and direction. Lambert soon reached the Master level along with expertise in Praying Mantis, Sticky Hands and several other styles.
At age 19, he competed in his last tournament as Hollywood had come knocking and he answered the door. He was discovered by casting agents after he took second in Weapons, Hand Forms, and Fighting divisions at a tournament.
They asked simply, “How would you like to fight Chuck Norris?” Uncertain at first, he promptly changed his mind when he was offered $500 under the table for the opportunity. Since then Lambert, as a stuntman, has amassed 35 years of experience with a resume every martial artist dreams about.
He has worked on some of the biggest films and with the some of the finest talent both in front of, and behind, the camera.
Steven Lambert has done stunts, choreographed, or coordinated countless movies including: American Ninja, Revenge of the Ninja, Always, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, Casino, The Ocean’s 11 Trilogy, Total Recall, Titanic, and most recently, White House Down.
He has worked as James Woods’ stunt double for the past 25 years and has also worked along side icons such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Al Pacino, Harrison Ford, Sharon Stone, Richard Dreyfuss, Julia Roberts, and Jack Nicholson; martial arts legends including: Chuck Norris, Jean Claude Van Damme, Brandon Lee, David Carradine, Sho Kosugi, Michael Dudikoff, Steven Segal, and Jet Li; and directors including: Sam Firstenberg, James Cameron, Roland Emmerich, Paul Verhoeven, Richard Donner, Philip Noyce, Steven Soderbergh, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg.
His work has garnered him with two Stunt Awards: one for Best High Work in Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, the other for Best Fight Sequence. He was inducted into the Stuntman’s Hall of Fame in 1986, and was a member of the Stuntman’s Association for 33 years.
I was just informed that my lifelong stunt double and dear friend, Steve Lambert has passed away. No words can express my love and admiration for this brave, daring, and kind-hearted man. In a troubled world few people have your back. I would, and often did, trust Steve with my… pic.twitter.com/1MG82p4tXk
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) August 20, 2023
Sorry for your loss. If you don’t mind, I’d like to post a link to a biography I found. Steven Lambert led an extraordinary life.
“Lambert also holds the distinction of the first stuntman to ever perform on the Statue of Liberty, only a stone’s throw away from where his…
— The Sarcasticat (@TheSarcasticist) August 20, 2023