A giant of the film stunt world will be remembered at his funeral today (Tuesday, June 24).
Terry Richards, who lived in sheltered accommodation off Sharps Lane, Ruislip, was known to hundreds of millions of people the world over as the black clad swordsman felled by Indiana Jones in the famous market square scene in the 1981 film, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, starring Harrison Ford.
His funeral at Breakspear Crematorium at 2.15pm is expected to be attended by many figures from the film industry. All are welcome.
David Terence Richards - known to all as Terry - was born in south London on November 2, 1932.
He went on to serve with the Welsh Guards, and after leaving the regiment, was working in London as a scaffolder. One of his friends, also an ex-guard, said a film crew needed extras with military training, so Terry gave it a go.
After a few successful engagements, he was then asked if he would fall off the scaffold for a riot scene. The stunt paid a few extra pounds – and that was the beginning of his career.
Terry Richards joined the film industry proper in 1957, as an extra then soon as a stunt man, working with Kirk Douglas in The Vikings (1958).
The Stunt Register, an industry list of accredited performers, was created in 1960 and Terry was one of its founding members.
His career encompassed more than 100 television and film productions, and he has worked on nine James Bond films, with four different ‘Bonds’, mostly filmed locally at Pinewood Studios near Iver Heath.
As well as Indiana Jones and James Bond himself, Terry also fought Luke Skywalker and Rambo.
He appeared in Zulu, The Avengers, The Dirty Dozen, Red Sonja and Kidnapped, taught Ray Winstone to swordfight in Robin Hood, and performed what was the highest stunt at the time, in The Princess Bride.
Terry also performed as a stunt double for Christopher Lee, Tom Selleck, Donald Sutherland, Dave Prowse and George Kennedy.
Later, he would tour the world as The Black Knight in a jousting show, followed by 10 years jousting at the Beefeater Restaurant at the Tower of London.
His family has paid tribute to ‘a great character, a very charming man full of humour and a practical joker who was well loved and respected in the film industry’.
He was known, they say, as ‘one of the lads’ and his storytelling was legendary.
Terry Richards died suddenly on Saturday, June 17, aged 81.
He leaves behind a son, Terry Junior, daughter Suki and ex-wife Adele.
The family spent many years living in Eastcote and Northwood.
A collection will be made at the funeral in aid of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea.