The Walk of Western Stars program is inducting stuntman Diamond Farnsworth in recognition of his contribution to Western film and television. Diamond has been working full-time as a stuntman since 1968 and as a stunt coordinator since 1980, appearing in over fifty feature films and over five hundred episodes of primetime television, including his current position with NCIS, where he serves as Mark Harmon’s stunt double and is the stunt coordinator. He has also doubled for Sylvester Stallone, Jameson Parker, Kevin Costner, Dennis Quaid, Jeff Bridges and Scott Bakula. A master of his craft, Diamond was nominated for an Emmy as the Outstanding Stunt Coordinator of the Year in 2008. He has worked as a stuntman on classic Westerns TV shows including The Virginian, Bonanza, and How the West Was Won, as well as movies including Paint Your wagon and Pale Rider. He is the son of actor and stuntman Richard Farnsworth, who was inducted into the Walk of Western Stars in 2000.
Mr. Farnsworth’s Star will be unveiled on Thursday, April 16, 2015, on Main Street in Newhall at 7:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public and is taking place as part of the Country Throwdown SENSES event.
At 8:00 p.m. in the Repertory East Playhouse, located at 24266 Main Street, there will be an event, “The Art of the Stuntman with Diamond Farnsworth,” which will be an opportunity for him share about his life and career as one of the leading stuntmen in the industry. The presentation will be a wonderful opportunity to find out more about this unique art form and its role in the movie and television industry. Tickets for this wonderful event are $10 and can be purchased online.
From his earliest days on the remote Nevada ranches where his father worked, Waddie was immersed in the cowboy way of entertaining, the art of spinnin’ tales in rhyme and meter that came to be called cowboy poetry, a Western tradition that is as rich as the lifestyle that gave birth to it. Within his stories, old in a voice that is timeless and familiar, are the common bonds we all share, moments both grand and commonplace, the humorous and the tragic, the life and death struggles and triumphs that we each recognize. And yet, Waddie presents his material with personal insights and the lessons learned during his life spent as a buckaroo.
Mr. Mitchell’s Star will be unveiled on Saturday, April 18, 2015, on Main Street in Newhall at 12:00 pm. The Walk of Western Stars unveiling event is free and open to the public.
Mr. Mitchell will be performing on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Cowboy Festival venue Canyon Theatre Guild at 1:00 pm. In honor of his induction into the Walk of Western Stars his show will be preceded by a reception in the theatre’s lobby and patio.
Walk of Western Stars
Since 1981, The Walk of Western Stars has honored the legends of Western film, television and radio who have contributed to America’s heritage. Inductees are honored with bronze stars and terrazzo tiles stamped into Main Street in Old Town Newhall.
The cinematic appeal of the Old West is undeniable. Few things captivate audiences like a striking cowboy beneath a golden sunset or the simple beauty of the untouched American landscape. Since the debut of the Western genre in the early 20th century, audiences world-wide have tuned in to the classic Old West tale of good overcoming evil.
Today, the mystique of the Old West lives on in Santa Clarita, one of the most filmed areas in the Los Angeles area. For nearly a century, the film industry and screen legends like John Ford, William S. Hart and Gene Autry have flocked to the Santa Clarita Valley to capture its versatility and authentic Western heritage.
Similar in style to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Walk of Western Stars honors actors, directors and film professionals for their contributions to Western heritage in America. Previous honorees have included Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, John Wayne, Sam Elliott, Richard Farnsworth and Bruce Dern, among others.
Each April, the City of Santa Clarita inducts a new honoree into The Walk of Western Stars. The ceremony is held in conjunction with the City’s acclaimed Cowboy Festival, which celebrates the sights, sounds and style of the Old West. For more information about the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, visit CowboyFestival.org.
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