Buddy Van Horn was best known as the stunt-double of Hollywood actor Clint Eastwood. Together, they worked with each other in 20 plus movies and build an entire career with the actor. Sadly, he passed away in May of 2021.

So, here we bring details on Buddy’s life, career, wife, kids, and grandkids.

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Buddy Van Horn Cause Of Death

Hollywood’s stuntman and stunt coordinator Buddy Van Horn died on 11 May 2021. However, the precise reason for his death is yet to be known. But, we assume it was due to the degrading health condition that old age brought.

His Age: How Old Was He?

Buddy Van Horn was 92 years old when he passed away. He was born on 11 May 2021. Per that information, he was a Taurus as his zodiac sign.

Buddy Van Horn Family

A father who was a veterinarian by profession was how Buddy Van Horn got his way into Hollywood. His father, who ministered to the Universal Studio’s horses, gave birth to him on the back-lot of the studio in Universal City, California. While a little information has been spared on his father, almost no details have been shared on his mother.

Along with the details on his mother, no further information on his possible siblings has been shared as of this writing in early June 2021.

His Height: How Tall Was He?

Based on the information on the IMDB, Buddy Van Horn stood tall to the height of 6 feet 3 inches (1.91meters). All because of his tall physique, he weighed about 86 kilograms (189 lbs).

Buddy Van Horn Net Worth

Buddy Van Horn earned sat comfortably retired with a total net worth of $1.5 million.

From a very young age, Buddy Van Horn enthusiastically rode horses and carts. Further training he received then made him a skilled horseman at a very young age with no formal training requirement. These skills that he had mastered proved handy for his career working in the movie industry.

His upbringing in the opposite Universal Studio in Southern California blessed him with knowledge about the movie industry. At the very start, Buddy started working as an uncredited movie extra riding horses.

But, one thing that Buddy had learned working with the horses was, they were unpredictable. Heck, he even claimed that the horses caused more injuries than the automobiles in the movie set.

However, Buddy was always reluctant of sharing his horse injury stories. But, he always pressed on to the fact that his job in the movie industry was dangerous and life-threatening. In fact, he had spent 5 or 6 months in the hospital because of the movie set accidents.

So, knowing your limits was the best option. Buddy shared in an interview—”A lot of guys – because they want the job – they get themselves in trouble. They’re wanting their paycheck and they’re overstepping their ability to do what they’re about to do. It doesn’t happen all the time but it does happen.”

Buddy was best known for being the stunt double of legendary Hollywood actor Clint Eastwood. The stunt shared that Clint always wanted to perform his own stunts. Countless times, Buddy had talked him out of it.

The Hollywood stunt man spent his entire career working with Clint and he shared how grateful Buddy was for everything the actor did for him. Buddy named him Mr. Easy for his nature as he made it easy for him. However, they only maintained a close professional relationship and never socialized outside the work.

Some of the movies that he contributed to were Zorro, Magnum Force, Million Dollar Baby, Space Cowboys, Mystic River, Crocodile Dundee II, and many more. Furthermore, he received 109 stunt credits in total working as both stuntman and stunt coordinator.

Furthermore, Buddy received 18 credits as an actor for minor roles in movies and TV shows.

Though the stunts weren’t recognized by the Academy Awards, proposals were made to introduce Oscar for Best Stunt Coordination in 1995 and 2005. But, they were both rejected. As for Buddy, recognition was never a big deal since he came to the business to make a living.

When Taurus World Stunt Awards Foundation awarded him Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002, he avoided attending it. But when the foundation shared that the money they earned was going to the injured stuntmen, he complied with the request.

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Buddy Van Horn Wife

Buddy Van Horn was happily married to his wife Konne Van Horn for a very long time. Both of their daughters in the mid and late ’50s were married. As of this writing, Buddy’s wife is 82 years old.

Konne is a beautiful woman who aged extremely well even in her 70s.

Did Buddy Van Horn Have Kids?

Yes, Buddy Van Horn had two kids with his wife Konne Van Horn. His older daughter’s name is Erika Mariner (nee Van Horn) and his younger daughter is Jennifer Lee Warren (nee Van Horn).

Erika remains absolutely off-grid. However, we’ve discovered that she has two kids out of her marriage, Cade Mariner and Morgan Mariner. Both held from their hometown of Douglas, Wyoming where Cade attended the University of Wyoming. Like his grandfather, he is also a lover of horse riding.


Buddy Van Horn with his wife Konne Van Horn and his granddaughter Morgan Mariner in 2016 (Pic: Morgan’s Facebook)

As for Morgan, she attended and graduated from Douglas High School in 2013. She attended the University of Wyoming where she studied theatre. She also enrolled at the University of Oklahoma where she studied Theater.

As for Jennifer, she and her husband Rod Warren are happily married. She has three sons: Hayden Warren, Cole Warren, and Landon Warren. All three sons of Jennifer love horse riding.

In May of 2016, Jennifer shared a snap of her younger self on a horse on Facebook where she appeared as an immigrant on the set of Heavens Gate in Coeur d’Alene Idaho in 1978. She hung out with her dad Buddy and other stunt crew for 4 weeks.

Jennifer attended Arizona State University after Our Lady of Corvallis. She resides with her husband and three sons in Big Valley, Alberta.

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