Paul Malvern

Paul William Malvern (June 28, 1902 — May 29, 1993) was an American producer, stuntman, and actor. A child acrobatic performer, Malvern worked as a stuntman and later a film producer, producing several John Wayne features, and later numerous films for Universal Pictures.

Paul Malvern
Born(1902-06-28)June 28, 1902
DiedMay 29, 1993(1993-05-29) (aged 90)
Resting placeHollywood Forever Cemetery
  • Stuntman
  • producer
  • actor
Jean Huntley
(m. 1932; her death 1979)


Malvern was born June 28, 1902 in Portland, Oregon.[1] He began his career as a member of his family's acrobatic troupe, and performed in vaudeville beginning at age four, when he was touted as "the greatest child acrobat on the American stage."[2] His family's troupe toured internationally, performing as a featured act with the Ringling Brothers circus.[2]

Malvern's first major stunt appearance was doubling for Eileen Sedgwick in Beasts of Paradise (1923).[1] In 1928, Malvern suffered serious injuries in a 70 feet (21 m)-fall, and he retired from stunt performing, subsequently working as a producer for Universal Pictures and Monogram.[1] Malvern married his wife, Jean Huntley, in 1932, to whom he was married until her death in 1979.[3]


Malvern died May 29, 1993 in Hollywood, Los Angeles.[4][5] He is interred at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.[3]

Select filmography

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1924 The Thief of Bagdad Gigantic Bat Uncredited [6]
1927 Gun-Hand Garrison [7]
1928 Trail Riders [8]
1928 The Chinatown Mystery [9]
1929 Two Sisters N/A Producer
1934 The Star Packer N/A Producer [5]
1934 Tailspin Tommy N/A Producer [10]
1941 Sign of the Wolf N/A Producer [11]
1945 Sudan N/A Producer [5]
1945 House of Dracula N/A Producer [5]
1950 Rock Island Trail N/A Producer [5]
1980 Hazard of the Game Unknown role [5]


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  2. "Paul Malvern Is Dead; Former Stunt Man, 91". The New York Times. June 4, 1993. Archived from the original on January 17, 2018.
  3. Stephens, E. J.; Stephens, Kim (2017). Legends of Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing. p. 38. ISBN 978-1-439-66142-0.
  4. "Paul Malvern". Variety. June 3, 1993. Archived from the original on August 25, 2019.
  5. "Paul Malvern". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on August 4, 2019.
  6. Vance, Jeffrey; Maietta, Tony (2008). Douglas Fairbanks. Los Angeles, California: University of California Press. p. 169. ISBN 978-0-520-25667-5.
  7. Katchmer, George A. (2015). A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. p. 240. ISBN 978-1-476-60905-8.
  8. Rainey, Buck (2004). The Strong, Silent Type: Over 100 Screen Cowboys, 1903-1930. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. pp. 575–577. ISBN 978-0-786-41286-0.
  9. McGowan, John J. (2005). J.P. McGowan: Biography of a Hollywood Pioneer. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. p. 168. ISBN 978-0-786-41994-4.
  10. "'Tailspin Tommy' Series Next Malvern Project". Los Angeles Times. December 11, 1938. p. 51 via
  11. "Grace Bradley in London Feature". Los Angeles Times. January 20, 1941. p. 22 via
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