Dave Lea, a stuntman famous for his work on the Batman films starring Michael Keaton, died after a short illness.
TMZ reported her passing after a close friend of Lea’s informed them of her death. According to her friend, Lea died of cancer on August 6 while surrounded by family and friends and was called a “fighter to the end”. The London born moved to Los Angeles after traveling the world for many years studying various forms of martial arts, before finding a career as a stunt performer and choreographer in Los Angeles. He was 67 years old.
Lea was first recognized for his work on Tango & Crash, where he worked with Sylvester Stallone to train and choreograph his fight sequences. It was his first film and soon led him to work in other major films, including the Batman films starring Keaton and directed by Tim Burton.
Besides working as a stuntman, Lea has also trained many actors in preparation for roles including Sylvester Stallone, Ashley Judd, Ben Affleck, Colin Farrell, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ewan Mcgregor, Scarlett Johansson, Will Smith, Sandra Bullock , Michelle Pfeiffer. , Famke Janssen, Dennis Quaid and David Boreanaz.
Lea has traveled the world studying multiple forms of martial arts with some of the most prominent instructors in the field, including Dan Inosanto, who trained with Bruce Lee. Among the many styles he studied, Lea trained in Shotokan Karate, Aikido, Fencing, Wing Chun Kung Fu, Shaolin Kung Fu, Fu Jow Pai, White Crane Kung Fu , Leopard Kung Fu, Snake Kung Fu, Southern Dragon Kung Fu, Hapkune-Faire and Kickboxing.
Apart from martial arts, Lea was an avid dancer, saying it helped her improve the fluidity of her movements in stunts. In her self-written biography on IMDB, Lea described the similarities between fighting and dancing. “Action is like dancing! Turn on the music and dance. The best action moves are the ones that just show up in the choreography. You don’t look for them, you feel them.”
Lea took pride in formulating unique fighting styles for each film, creating a distinct flavor for each. “When your passion is in the action, the fights and stunts will feel real and real. I learned from some of the best teachers. The least I can do is hold on to what they taught me .” These teachers included his mother, whom he considered his biggest inspiration for fitness throughout his life.
Source: TMZ, IMDB