30 of the most dangerous movie stunts

Some survived these perilous stunts, while others didn’t make it alive

Billy Score free-falling from Atlanta’s Hyatt Regency Hotel (Sharky’s Machine, 1981)

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In the action-thriller Sharky’s Machine, Henry Silva’s villainous character Billy Score free-falls from Atlanta’s 220-foot Hyatt Regency Hotel, which doubles for the film’s Westin Peachtree Plaza. Carried out by professional daredevil Dar Robinson, the death-defying stunt stands as the highest free-fall stunt ever performed from a building for a commercially released film. Though it’s a record-setting fall, only the beginning of the stunt, as Billy goes through the window, was used in the movie. A dummy was used for the outside wide shot of the fall beside the skyscraper.

Free-falling from Atlanta’s Hyatt Regency Hotel was a small feat for Robinson, as he had already free-fallen off Toronto’s CN Tower, at 1,170 feet two times before filming the aerial stunt for the Burt Reynolds-directed flick.

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