Who did Steve McQueen’s big motorcycle jump stunt in The Great Escape?

Who did Steve McQueen’s big motorcycle jump stunt in The Great Escape?

Although Steve McQueen did his own motorcycle riding, there was one stunt he did not perform: the hair-raising 60-foot jump over a fence. This was done by McQueen’s friend Bud Ekins, who was managing a Los Angeles-area motorcycle shop when recruited for the stunt.




James Sherwin “Bud” Ekins (May 11, 1930 – October 6, 2007) was an American professional stuntman in the U.S. Film industry. He is considered to be one of the film industry’s most accomplished stuntmen with a body of work that includes classic films such as The Great Escape and Bullitt.