You may never have heard of Cliff Booth, but you have definitely seen him before. As Rick Dalton’s stunt double, Cliff has appeared in films, television shows, and even commercials, sometimes risking his life for the sake of the perfect shot.
Booth waits behind the scenes of the F.B.I.
Fixing a spare in his spare time
With his beloved pit bull brandy
Turns out pretending to fight and blow stuff up is pretty similar to the real thing.
“Growing up, I never expected to be doing any of this Hollywood stuff,” says Booth, his face obscured by aviator sunglasses that add to his mystique. “I was a Green Beret, but once I got sent back to the States I found myself with a whole bunch of skills that aren’t too useful in civilian life. Then somebody suggested stunt work. Turns out pretending to fight and blow stuff up is pretty similar to the real thing.”
Rick and cliff on set
Since meeting each other on season three of Bounty Law, Rick and Cliff have been somewhat inseparable, working together on almost all of Rick’s film and TV projects.
“I’ve been riding horses and shooting guns my whole life, but there are just some things that are too dangerous to attempt on my own. Cliff has never met a stunt he couldn’t pull off. I gotta hand it to him,” says Rick.
When asked what’s next for the duo, Rick excitedly describes his upcoming film Tanner directed by Paul Wendkos. Cliff will be joining him on that job as well: “Nobody plays Rick Dalton like Cliff Booth,” Dalton says. “Except for Rick fuckin’ Dalton, of course.”
“Playing him ain’t easy but somebody’s got to do it,” Cliff adds.
Catch Rick Dalton and Cliff Booth
in Paul Wendkos’ Tanner,
in theaters this December.