Pat E. Johnson, a longtime stuntman who was the combat choreographer for and performed a referee within the Karate Child motion pictures and appeared within the martial arts basic Enter the Dragon and in Chuck Norris movies, has died. He was 84.
His spouse, Susan, posted on social media that he died Sunday however didn’t present particulars.
“For those that don’t know, my husband, Pat Johnson, passed away yesterday,” Sue Johnson posted on Fb. “I was blessed to have all my sons here with me – we cried, we laughed, we held each other close. 54 years off my life is now at peace, and I am blessed with so many amazing memories, friends, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. If anyone wants to remember him through a donation in his name, we believe greatly in the Diabetes association or living Kidney association – both near and dear to our hearts. Thank you to everyone who has reached out and to those who have appreciated his work in films and his great love of the Martial Arts and all the people that became family through them. Love to all, Sue Johnson and Family.”
Johnson had greater than three dozen stuntman credit, beginning with the 1973 martial arts basic Enter the Dragon, starring Bruce Lee, wherein he additionally had a bit function. He did stunts and served as stunt coordinator in a number of different Seventies and ’80 movies, working with such martial arts stars as Norris, Jackie Chan and Jim Kelly — in addition to with Steve McQueen within the actor’s remaining movie, The Hunter, in 1980.
He went to on function the martial arts choreographer for 1984’s The Karate Child, including the stunt coordinator title for its 1986 and 1989 sequels, together with taking part in a combat referee in all three. He taught star Ralph Macchio the primary movie’s well-known “crane kick.”
He additionally was stunt coordinator for 1995’s The Subsequent Karate Child.
Johnson was combat choreographer and/or stunt coordinator for such movies as To Reside and Die in L.A. (1985), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) and its 1991 and ’93 sequels, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992), Mortal Kombat (1995) and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997), Batman & Robin (1997) and Wild Wild West (1999). He continued to work in smaller movies till 2012, together with having a small function within the 2016 episode of TV’s Rush Hour.
Johnson additionally co-wrote and performed a referee within the 1979 Norris pic A Pressure of One and had a bit function and did stunts for the 1978 Norris starrer Good Guys Put on Black.