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'''Damien Gareth Walters''' (born April 6, 1982)<ref>"[http://www.facebook.com/damienwalters1 Damien Gareth Walters]". [http://www.facebook.com Facebook]. Retrieved 2009-10-13</ref>, from [[Derby]], United Kingdom<ref name="extreme interview">Mike T. Nelson (2009-07-06). "[http://extremehumanperformance.com/blog/damien-walters-movement/ Interview with Damien Walters: Crazy Movement!]". [http://extremehumanperformance.com/blog/ Xtreme Human Performance].</ref> is a professional stuntman, [[gymnastics]] coach and [[free running|free runner]].  Before retiring from his career as a gymnast (specialising in [[tumbling]]) in 2007, he represented Great Britain in several championships.  At his peak he was ranked 4th in the world, winning the European and world championships with his team.<ref>"[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_Trampoline_World_Championships 2003 Trampoline World Championships]".  [http://www.wikipedia.org Wikipedia].  Retrieved 2009-10-13</ref><ref name="gymnastics">[http://figfront.lx2.sportcentric.com/athletes/1929 Damien's profile page on gymnastics site]. [http://www.fig-gymnastics.com/ Gymnastics International Federation].  Retrieved 2009-10-13</ref><ref name="extreme interview" /> He remembers his first attempt at a trick being a [[frontflip]] on grass when he was 4 or 5 years old, which he failed, leading to his mother enrolling him in gymnastics. He has had over 20 years training experience, and currently trains for approximately 3-4 hours each day.<ref name="extreme interview" />
 
'''Damien Gareth Walters''' (born April 6, 1982)<ref>"[http://www.facebook.com/damienwalters1 Damien Gareth Walters]". [http://www.facebook.com Facebook]. Retrieved 2009-10-13</ref>, from [[Derby]], United Kingdom<ref name="extreme interview">Mike T. Nelson (2009-07-06). "[http://extremehumanperformance.com/blog/damien-walters-movement/ Interview with Damien Walters: Crazy Movement!]". [http://extremehumanperformance.com/blog/ Xtreme Human Performance].</ref> is a professional stuntman, [[gymnastics]] coach and [[free running|free runner]].  Before retiring from his career as a gymnast (specialising in [[tumbling]]) in 2007, he represented Great Britain in several championships.  At his peak he was ranked 4th in the world, winning the European and world championships with his team.<ref>"[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_Trampoline_World_Championships 2003 Trampoline World Championships]".  [http://www.wikipedia.org Wikipedia].  Retrieved 2009-10-13</ref><ref name="gymnastics">[http://figfront.lx2.sportcentric.com/athletes/1929 Damien's profile page on gymnastics site]. [http://www.fig-gymnastics.com/ Gymnastics International Federation].  Retrieved 2009-10-13</ref><ref name="extreme interview" /> He remembers his first attempt at a trick being a [[frontflip]] on grass when he was 4 or 5 years old, which he failed, leading to his mother enrolling him in gymnastics. He has had over 20 years training experience, and currently trains for approximately 3-4 hours each day.<ref name="extreme interview" />
  
With Damien's extensive tumbling and gymnastics skills, many [[free running]] moves come naturally to him. He was first noticed in the community after releasing his 2007 showreel, which featured many <span class="plainlinks">[http://thebeginnerslens.com/ <span style="color:black;font-weight:normal; text-decoration:none!important; background:none!important; text-decoration:none;">iphone photography</span>] movements inspired by free running.<ref>"[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkawsBwJwpE YouTube - damien walters showreel 07]" [http://www.youtube.com YouTube]. Retrieved 2009-10-13.</ref>  This video got him scouted by [[Jackie Chan]]'s stunt agent. Subsequently, he retired from gymnastics to pursue a career as a stuntman, where he is currently a part of a core group of stuntmen who work for Brad Allan, the first non-Asian member of Jackie Chan's stunt team.<ref name="News Article">[http://www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk/news/City-gymnast-tumbles-career-movie-stuntman/article-898617-detail/article.html Derbyshire News Article]. [http://www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk This is Derbyshire]. Published 2009-03-14. </ref>  He was awarded with the 2010 Taurus World Stunt Award for ''Best Fight'' for his performance in the film ''Ninja Assassin''.<ref>[http://www.british-gymnastics.org/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1379&Itemid=166 "Damien Walters wins The 2010 Taurus World Stunt Award"]. ''british-gymnastics.org''. Retrieved 2011-04-21.</ref>
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With Damien's extensive tumbling and gymnastics skills, many [[free running]] moves come naturally to him. He was first noticed in the community after releasing his 2007 showreel, which featured many movements inspired by free running.<ref>"[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkawsBwJwpE YouTube - damien walters showreel 07]" [http://www.youtube.com YouTube]. Retrieved 2009-10-13.</ref>  This video got him scouted by [[Jackie Chan]]'s stunt agent. Subsequently, he retired from gymnastics to pursue a career as a stuntman, where he is currently a part of a core group of stuntmen who work for Brad Allan, the first non-Asian member of Jackie Chan's stunt team.<ref name="News Article">[http://www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk/news/City-gymnast-tumbles-career-movie-stuntman/article-898617-detail/article.html Derbyshire News Article]. [http://www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk This is Derbyshire]. Published 2009-03-14. </ref>  He was awarded with the 2010 Taurus World Stunt Award for ''Best Fight'' for his performance in the film ''Ninja Assassin''.<ref>[http://www.british-gymnastics.org/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1379&Itemid=166 "Damien Walters wins The 2010 Taurus World Stunt Award"]. ''british-gymnastics.org''. Retrieved 2011-04-21.</ref>
  
He has featured in several videos with free runner [[Tim Shieff|Tim "Livewire" Shieff]], including the <span class="plainlinks">[http://www.einnews.com/pr-news/492633-carousel-day-school-ranked-best-private-school-in-hicksville-in-its-55th-year-of-operation <span style="color:black;font-weight:normal; text-decoration:none!important; background:none!important; text-decoration:none;">carousel day school</span>] popular Youtube series [[The Walters & Shieff Show]].<ref>[http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=5AEDD8B91154C380&search_query=walters+and+shieff The Walters and Shieff Show playlist]. [http://www.youtube.com YouTube]. Retrieved 2009-10-13.</ref>  Damien's 2009 showreel became one of the most popular <span class="plainlinks">[http://www.merchantos.com/ <span style="color:black;font-weight:normal; text-decoration:none!important; background:none!important; text-decoration:none;">point of sale software</span>] videos of all time on Youtube<ref>Honors for Damien's 2009 showreel[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MeiwLLZjDo] as of 2009-08-16:<br />#39 - Top Rated (All Time)<br />#54 - Top Favourited (All Time)</ref> after spreading virally online.  His YouTube channel is one of the most popular <span class="plainlinks">[http://www.gofrugal.com/ <span style="color:black;font-weight:normal; text-decoration:none!important; background:none!important; text-decoration:none;">barcode inventory software</span>] freerunning channels with over 100,000 subscribers and 36 million upload views, as of April 2011.
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He has featured in several videos with free runner [[Tim Shieff|Tim "Livewire" Shieff]], including the popular Youtube series [[The Walters & Shieff Show]].<ref>[http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=5AEDD8B91154C380&search_query=walters+and+shieff The Walters and Shieff Show playlist]. [http://www.youtube.com YouTube]. Retrieved 2009-10-13.</ref>  Damien's 2009 showreel became one of the most popular videos of all time on Youtube<ref>Honors for Damien's 2009 showreel[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MeiwLLZjDo] as of 2009-08-16:<br />#39 - Top Rated (All Time)<br />#54 - Top Favourited (All Time)</ref> after spreading virally online.  His YouTube channel is one of the most popular freerunning channels with over 100,000 subscribers and 36 million upload views, as of April 2011.
  
 
==Film/TV appearances==
 
==Film/TV appearances==
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*'''Ninja Assassin''' [2009] - Damien worked as a stuntman for the Wachowski brothers' film.<ref name="News Article" />
 
*'''Ninja Assassin''' [2009] - Damien worked as a stuntman for the Wachowski brothers' film.<ref name="News Article" />
  
*'''Kick-Ass''' [2010] - Damien worked as the <span class="plainlinks">[http://mycaal.com/ <span style="color:black;font-weight:normal; text-decoration:none!important; background:none!important; text-decoration:none;">loan modification</span>] assistant fight coordinator, and doubled for lead character ''Kick-Ass / Dave Lizewski'', played by Aaron Johnson. <ref name="imdb" />
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*'''Kick-Ass''' [2010] - Damien worked as the assistant fight coordinator, and doubled for lead character ''Kick-Ass / Dave Lizewski'', played by Aaron Johnson. <ref name="imdb" />
  
 
*'''Scott Pilgrim vs. the World''' [2010] - Stunts
 
*'''Scott Pilgrim vs. the World''' [2010] - Stunts
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*'''The Eagle''' [2011] - Stunt performer
 
*'''The Eagle''' [2011] - Stunt performer
  
*'''Blitz''' [2011, To be released] - Stunt double
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*'''Blitz''' [2011] - Stunt double
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*'''Captain America: The First Avenger''' [2011] - Stunts
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*'''Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows''' [2011] - Stunt double
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*'''Skyfall''' [2012] - Stunt double<ref>"[https://twitter.com/DamienWalters/status/230552879180697600 Twitter / DamienWalters: On the set of skyfall bond ...]". Damien Walters. Retrieved 2012-12-27.</ref><ref>"[http://www.hollywood.com/news/Skyfall_Stunt_Action_Scene_Secrets_Gary_Powell_Train_Scene_Skyscraper_Fight/44136940 'Skyfall' Stuntman Reveals How They Devised and Pulled Off the Movie's Big Set Pieces]". Hollywood.com. Retrieved 2012-12-27</ref>
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*'''47 Ronin''' [2013, to be released] - Stunt double
  
 
==Media==
 
==Media==
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*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNvJy0zoXOY Damien's 2010 showreel]
 
*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNvJy0zoXOY Damien's 2010 showreel]
 
*[[Last One]]
 
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*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQgFxDSqft4 Damien's 2011 showreel]
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==Notes==
 
==Notes==

Latest revision as of 11:09, 7 July 2013

Damien Walters
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Personal Info
Born April 6, 1982 (1982-04-06) (age 38)
Home Derby, United Kingdom
Job Stuntman
Gymnastics Coach
Height 180 cm
Weight 75 kg
Other
Website YouTube Channel

Damien Gareth Walters (born April 6, 1982)[1], from Derby, United Kingdom[2] is a professional stuntman, gymnastics coach and free runner. Before retiring from his career as a gymnast (specialising in tumbling) in 2007, he represented Great Britain in several championships. At his peak he was ranked 4th in the world, winning the European and world championships with his team.[3][4][2] He remembers his first attempt at a trick being a frontflip on grass when he was 4 or 5 years old, which he failed, leading to his mother enrolling him in gymnastics. He has had over 20 years training experience, and currently trains for approximately 3-4 hours each day.[2]

With Damien's extensive tumbling and gymnastics skills, many free running moves come naturally to him. He was first noticed in the community after releasing his 2007 showreel, which featured many movements inspired by free running.[5] This video got him scouted by Jackie Chan's stunt agent. Subsequently, he retired from gymnastics to pursue a career as a stuntman, where he is currently a part of a core group of stuntmen who work for Brad Allan, the first non-Asian member of Jackie Chan's stunt team.[6] He was awarded with the 2010 Taurus World Stunt Award for Best Fight for his performance in the film Ninja Assassin.[7]

He has featured in several videos with free runner Tim "Livewire" Shieff, including the popular Youtube series The Walters & Shieff Show.[8] Damien's 2009 showreel became one of the most popular videos of all time on Youtube[9] after spreading virally online. His YouTube channel is one of the most popular freerunning channels with over 100,000 subscribers and 36 million upload views, as of April 2011.

Film/TV appearances

  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army [2008] - Damien flew out to Budapest to work as a tumbling double for Luke Goss's character (Prince Nuada).[10][6]
  • Ninja Assassin [2009] - Damien worked as a stuntman for the Wachowski brothers' film.[6]
  • Kick-Ass [2010] - Damien worked as the assistant fight coordinator, and doubled for lead character Kick-Ass / Dave Lizewski, played by Aaron Johnson. [10]
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World [2010] - Stunts
  • I Am Number Four [2011] - Stunts
  • The Eagle [2011] - Stunt performer
  • Blitz [2011] - Stunt double
  • Captain America: The First Avenger [2011] - Stunts
  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows [2011] - Stunt double
  • 47 Ronin [2013, to be released] - Stunt double

Media

See also Category:Videos featuring Damien Walters


Notes

  1. "Damien Gareth Walters". Facebook. Retrieved 2009-10-13
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Mike T. Nelson (2009-07-06). "Interview with Damien Walters: Crazy Movement!". Xtreme Human Performance.
  3. "2003 Trampoline World Championships". Wikipedia. Retrieved 2009-10-13
  4. Damien's profile page on gymnastics site. Gymnastics International Federation. Retrieved 2009-10-13
  5. "YouTube - damien walters showreel 07" YouTube. Retrieved 2009-10-13.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Derbyshire News Article. This is Derbyshire. Published 2009-03-14.
  7. "Damien Walters wins The 2010 Taurus World Stunt Award". british-gymnastics.org. Retrieved 2011-04-21.
  8. The Walters and Shieff Show playlist. YouTube. Retrieved 2009-10-13.
  9. Honors for Damien's 2009 showreel[1] as of 2009-08-16:
    #39 - Top Rated (All Time)
    #54 - Top Favourited (All Time)
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Damien Walters (III)". IMDB. Retrieved 2009-10-13.
  11. "Twitter / DamienWalters: On the set of skyfall bond ...". Damien Walters. Retrieved 2012-12-27.
  12. "'Skyfall' Stuntman Reveals How They Devised and Pulled Off the Movie's Big Set Pieces". Hollywood.com. Retrieved 2012-12-27