->''"Kirk loses his grip and slips off the mountain. We then see an unrelated man in the same clothes also falling down the same mountain."''
-->-- '''[[RedLetterMedia Mr. Plinkett]]'s''' audio commentary for ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier''

When you want to film a dangerous stunt without risking your leads, you call in these people. You dress them up as the characters, give them a wig, and try to avoid having their face on camera.

There are also non-stunt doubles -- for instance, the anonymous girl who played the back of Patty Duke's head in ''ThePattyDukeShow'' whenever the cousins needed to be in the same shot together. Non-stunt doubles are usually called stand-ins or body doubles, and are also used to block and light scenes when the main actors are busy elsewhere. The TalentDouble appears in instances where the required action is simply too difficult for the actor: complicated ice-skating or dancing, for instance.

Nowadays it's common for stunt doubles' faces to [[DigitalHeadSwap be replaced with the stars' faces in post production]]. An early example is ''Film/EventHorizon'': they didn't realise until they sat down to edit the film that Laurence Fishburne's stunt double's face was showing clearly for a couple of seconds in the finale (in his defense, ''he was on fire''). So, the star's face was crudely but effectively pasted over the double's. An earlier example of the same occurs in ''Franchise/JurassicPark''. This has opened the door to more flexible use of stuntmen.

The inverse of this is, of course, NoStuntDouble.

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* Stuntman Stan Barrett is also known as the driver of the Budweiser Rocket car, which unofficially hit 739.666 mph in 1979.
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* In the SilverAge comic book feature ''Comicbook/JetDream'', Jet and her "Stunt-Girl Counterspies" worked as "Hollywood Stunt-Girls" when not on counter-espionage missions.
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* [[http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0533456/ Erin Mackey,]] who played the back of Lindsay Lohan's head in Disney's 1998 remake of ''TheParentTrap''.
* [[http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0585050/ Shelley Michelle]], whose legs and body have been seen in numerous films under the guise of being someone else's, including ''PrettyWoman'' (as Julia Roberts -- it's her body in the movie's well-known poster, and her legs in the "boot scene" at the beginning), ''The Prince of Tides'' (as Barbra Streisand's legs) and ''My Stepmother Is An Alien'' (doubling for Kim Basinger, especially in the dressing scene at the start).
* Parodied in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' by having the heroes use their stunt doubles for a DecoyGetaway: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwV61t_Tec8 You've captured their stunt doubles!]]" Princess Vespa's double is a man with a moustache and chomping a cigar, just for extra RuleOfFunny.
* Jackie Chan is a notable exception. He started off his career as a stunt man, and having become a lead actor since then, he still does many of his own stunts instead of enlisting a StuntDouble (although this is less common due to his age and past injuries as of late).
** Jackie Chan had stopped doing all of his major stunts by the time North American audiences knew who he was, though his publicists have continued the illusion.
*** Actually, he stopped doing his own stunts partly due to his age and partly due to the fact that he's suffered many injuries, including a few to his head, that it's not advisable for him to do risky things any more.
*** And, as anyone who sees his blooper reels can attest, he was still doing ''major stunts'' until relatively quite recently. And, to end this discussion, insurance issues also stop Jackie from performing many stunts in the US, he's '''contractually obligated''' to [not] do so!
*** Many of those "bloopers" are scripted stunts, performed by other stuntmen. Or, after they get film of a stuntman hurting himself, they edit in film of Jackie, ''acting'' like he's hurt, to give the impression that he did the stunt himself.
* Creator/KaneHodder, before he landed the role of Jason in the latter ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' movies, was a well-known stunt double. After ''Friday'', he's a well-known stunt double and stunt coordinator.
* Various difficulties lead to stunt doubles and quick cuts being used in fights in ''Film/BatmanBegins'' (which almost suited the movie's style). In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', pains were taken to ensure that not only could they get long action shots, but that the actors could perform their own stunts if they wanted to. For example, [[spoiler:in the scene where The Joker blows up a hospital, the explosion actually occurs with him where it looks like he is in the shot--inside a bus outside the building; and Christian Bale, aside from fighting, also did wire work on top one of Chicago's skyscrapers]].
* Most of the Film/JamesBond actors did some of their own stunts, except for Roger Moore. However, Moore was a former trucker, and used this to great effect in ''Film/AViewToAKill''.
** Creator/DanielCraig and PierceBrosnan claim to have multiple scars from their stuntwork.
* ''Film/RoboVampire'' has, among other things, "the most obvious stunt double ever". A blonde woman's stunt double is a short dark-skinned guy with short grey wig and a moustache.
* According to an unpublished story for SPIN Magazine that was released online in 2009, nearly every scene of Creator/WesleySnipes in ''BladeTrinity'' is his stunt double. Snipes was allegedly unhappy with the Director and script, so he only fulfilled the bare minimum his contract required and was only on set to shoot close-ups and dialogue scenes. None of the cast or crew have verified the story, however, so take it with a grain of salt.
* Perhaps somewhat ironically, the 1978 Burt Reynolds movie ''Hooper'', about stuntmen, features a very obvious stuntman, when Hooper is riding a horse.
* An equine variant in ''Film/TheBlackStallion.'' Cass Ole was a champion showhorse and exceptionally valuable, so his owners restricted what he was allowed to do on camera. When the Black is shown galloping full-out, for example, it's always a double...and the double may or may not be an Arabian.
* In ''Film/SoulSurfer'', Creator/AnnaSophiaRobb plays real-life surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack. While there's a regular stunt double who performs the surfing scenes prior to the attack, the producers had a hard time finding a one-armed stunt double who could surf, so they cast... Bethany Hamilton. Incidentally, this means that the scenes of Hamilton [[spoiler:riding the huge wave in the end competition]] were performed by Bethany herself.
* Creator/StevenSeagal is notorious for this in his direct-to-video films, where noticeably younger and lighter men dressed like him are in almost every shot where he isn't in close-up or talking. [[WebVideo/BadMovieBeatdown Film Brain]] even started a counter.
* ''Film/EpicMovie'' employed this for laughs when Aslan (a middle-aged white man) is suddenly replaced by a young Asian guy in a bad wig for a fight scene.
* During filming of ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'', Creator/HarrisonFord injured his back and was out for several weeks. His stunt double, the legendary Vic Armstrong, was [[http://herocomplex.latimes.com/2011/07/11/indiana-jones-superman-and-bond-vic-armstrongs-life-in-stunts/ very similar in appearance to Harrison]] (even for a stunt double) and the two could be mistaken for brothers. Creator/StevenSpielberg continued work on the film by using Vic to perform the actions filmed from behind and then later filmed a few token close ups of Harrison to keep the illusion. The resemblance was so great, Ford's son would approach and talk to who he thought was his father before discovering it was Armstrong.
** Armstrong also doubles Ford in ''Film/BladeRunner'' in the scene where Deckard is searching Leon's bathroom and finds the snake scale in the tub.
* In-universe example: In ''LooneyTunesBackInAction'', the character Damian Drake Jr. is {{Brendan Fraser}}'s {{stunt double}}. The thing is, he's starred by {{Brendan Fraser}}.
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* ''Series/TheFallGuy'' was a series about a stunt double, who was also a bounty hunter on the side. Its ThemeTune plays tribute to the guys who make the stars look good, but never get to kiss the girl. Ironically, the lead in this series, Lee "''The Six Million Dollar Man''" Majors, used a stunt double himself.
* The original ''Series/{{Star Trek|TheOriginalSeries}}'' is somewhat infamous for using stunt doubles who looked nothing like the actual actors and making no effort to hide their faces.
** The obvious use of stunt-doubles is (like absolutely everything else on the screen) a target for nitpicking. An episode of ''FamilyGuy'' reflects most people's view of the importance of this as ultra-nerd Neil Goldman delivers a lecture on instances of WilliamShatner using a stunt double on ''Star Trek'' to his bored classmates. With tragic inevitability, someone on Wikipedia has in fact pointed out that that particular episode didn't feature any stunt work so the Family Guy writers are wrong (!)
** It was already obvious on the episodes as originally broadcast, as well as a fair few bad instances on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. But now that both shows are being released on bluray, in full high definition, it's simply ''painful'' how badly some of the stunt doubles stick out.
* On ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', the lead actors do their own stunts whenever possible.
* Parodied in ''Literature/TheConditionsOfGreatDetectives'' when Tenkaichi realises he forgot to warn Fujii she was going to be attacked, Banzo tells him to calm down as the stunt double would be the one fighting not her. The scene changes to Fujii, who is watching her stunt double fight the attacker. She takes over when the attacker makes a run for it.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': Siler, the technician who is known for always managing to get injured in increasingly ridiculous ways, was played by the stunt coordinator for the series.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer:
** Even with steps taken to hide the doubles' faces, the switches are still sometimes obvious. JossWhedon points this out in the commentary for the "Hush" episode:
---> "Oh, looks like Buffy's got her [[BoobsOfSteel fightin' boobs]] on!"
** They had it easier with Xander, who had a twin brother who did stunt work (and played as his double during the episode where Xander gets split into two parts of his personality).
* Patricia Tallman, best known as telepath Lyta Alexander of ''Series/BabylonFive'', is also a stuntwoman.
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'' in general has used stunt doubles for the characters in Rider form (referred to in-fandom as 'suit actors') since [[Series/KamenRider the original 1971 show]], where the hero's actor broke his leg doing a stunt. ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' spoofs its own usage: in a web-exclusive short, Kirihiko "interviews" the bad guys' cat Mick, eventually getting so mad that he attacks it, at which point Mick is replaced by an obvious plush. Then Mick changes into his monster form and gets revenge, at which point Kirihiko is replaced by a dummy in a suit with a photo of his face taped to the head, all while "he" continues to scream in pain.
* An episode of ''{{Blackadder}} the Third'' had Baldrick mention that his father [[PlayingATree played second codpiece]] in ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', worn by Macbeth in the fight scenes. To this, Blackadder asks "So he was a stunt codpiece, then?"
* This creates some problems for ''Power Rangers.'' They always use a large number of ''Super Sentai's'' stunt team each year. The problem lies with ''Rangers'' always using a multicultural FiveTokenBand, whereas the ''Sentai'' stunt team is almost exclusively Japanese men. Sometimes this is painfully (or hilariously) awful. In a recent episode of ''Samurai,'' Kevin (who's African American) jumps into a battle and suddenly becomes Asian.
** The Disney seasons became more notorius for this than the Fox seasons; this becomes blatant in the Operation Overdrive episode that teams up JohnnyYongBosch and four Disney rangers. When the five have an unmorphed fight in a warehouse, Bosch is the only one whose face can be clearly seen at all times.
** Also, see ShesAManInJapan for another problem.
** On the other hand, ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' often gives stunt doubles actual characters to play like [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Sharkie & George]][[note]]The other two punks that originally hung out with Bulk & Skull[[/note]], [[Series/PowerRangersZeo Tritor]], [[Series/PowerRangersTimeForce Eric Myers]], [[Series/PowerRangersSPD A-Squad Pink]], extra Kung fu students from ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'', [[UnfortunateImplications criminals]] from ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' and [[Series/PowerRangersSamurai Jayden's dad]].
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' occasionally uses stunt doubles. Fans poked fun at a scene where Tom Welling's double clearly has a beard.
* One episode of ''Series/GhostWriter'' featured a deranged stunt-woman who was terrorizing the actress who'd become famous by her hard work.
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* Music/LindseyStirling has a $40 violin used for scenes in rain, rolling in dirt, etc.; as a good violin costs thousands, this saves it getting ruined. [[ICallHerVera She's named it Ingrid.]]
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* The somewhat obscure tabletop RPG ''It Came From The Late, Late, Late Show'' (which, as its name might indicate, is all about the genre of hilariously bad movies) allows its ''player characters'' to call in stunt doubles who then take damage in their stead as one way to avoid being 'written out', although the doubles' ability to soak up abuse is limited in turn.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', the definitively non-{{Canon}} and PlayedForLaughs 'movie marines' included 10 pt 'stunt doubles' that would absorb a single hit for a marine before dying, but were just as hard to kill as the regular kind.
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[[folder:WebAnimation]]
* In the appropriately titled [[WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail Sbemail]] "stunt double", Strong Bad denies that he employs one for his role as ''[[ShowWithinAShow Dangeresque]]''. This is proven incorrect by the Sbemail's RunningGag of forcing Strong Sad ([[PaperThinDisguise poorly dressed as Strong Bad with a paper bag mask]]) to go through with leaping off Bub's Concession Stand and getting socked by Strong Mad.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In addition to the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' example, ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' parodied incredibly obvious stunt doubles in another episode: Stewie jumps out a window, and the next scene shows a grown man in a (terrible) Stewie costume falling into a dumpster before one last cut shows the real Stewie climb out of it.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "A Star Is Bored", DaffyDuck gets a job as BugsBunny's stunt double, getting all the AmusingInjuries in Bugs' stead. Interestingly, almost none of the scenes Daffy is doubling for happen in a regular Bugs Bunny cartoon. Why, it's almost as if they were written [[ButtMonkey just to screw over Daffy!]]
* On the TV version of ''GarfieldHis9Lives'', one of the lives is as a stunt double for ComicStrip/KrazyKat. It was very short.
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