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Paul Reginald Baxley (24 September 1923 – 4 March 2011; age 87) was a stuntman, stunt coordinator and director who worked as stunt coordinator and regular stuntman on Star Trek: The Original Series. He was one of the stunt doubles for leading actor William Shatner and also appeared in archive footage in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine tribute episode "Trials and Tribble-ations".
Baxley filmed his scenes for "The Apple" between Thursday 20 July 1967 and Monday 24 July 1967 at Desilu Stage 10. He filmed his scenes for "The Trouble with Tribbles" on Thursday 24 August 1967, Friday 25 August 1967 and Wednesday 30 August 1967 at Stage 9 and Stage 10. He filmed his scenes for "A Private Little War" on Wednesday 4 October 1967 on location at the Bell Ranch. He filmed his scene for "Patterns of Force" on Wednesday 29 November 1967 at Paramount Pictures' "European town" backlot, and his scene for "Assignment: Earth" on Tuesday 2 January 1968 at Stage 9.
Baxley was born in Casper, Wyoming and is the father of stuntman Craig R. Baxley, Sr., the uncle of stuntman Gary Baxley, the great-uncle of Hunter Baxley, and the grandfather of Craig Baxley, Jr.. He is probably best remembered for his work on the action-comedy series The Dukes of Hazzard on which he worked on all seven seasons between 1979 and 1985. Beside being the stunt coordinator on over 120 episodes he also worked as stuntman on the series and was a regular second unit director and director on nine episodes. On this series he worked with fellow Trek stunt performers Bob Orrison, Steve Kelso, Doug Coleman, Hubie Kerns, Jr., Henry Kingi, Sr., Gene LeBell, and Jerry Summers. Baxley also worked as stunt coordinator on the television movie The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood in 2000. On his last known work in the stunt industry, Baxley worked with fellow stuntman Bret Davidson, Craig Baxley, Jr., Tom McComas, and Thom Williams.
Baxley grew up in Los Angeles and was a quarterback and track star at Eagle Rock High. Following his service as a marine, scout, and sniper in the 4th division in World War II he was awarded with two purple hearts, a bronze star, and a letter of commendation from the president. Following the war he went back to college and also became a quarterback again. In the late 1940s he met stuntman and stunt coordinator Richard Talmadge who brought him into the stunt community and Baxley soon performed stunts in films such as the drama Deep Valley (1947), the western Pirates of Monterey (1947), the drama The Lady from Shanghai (1947), the adventure The Black Arrow (1948), and the western Comanche Territory (1950, with Fred Carson, Dick Crockett, and Tom Steele), and doubled Robert Douglas in the romance The Adventures of Don Juan (1948) and Audie Murphy in the western Kansas Raiders (1950).
The following years he worked on films including the music comedy The West Point Story (1950), the horror film The Son of Dr. Jekyll (1951), the adventure The Crimson Pirate (1952), the western The Iron Mistress (1952), the western Shane (1953), as stunt double for Alan Ladd in the adventure The Black Knight (1954), the drama Rebel Without a Cause (1955, with Chuck Hicks, Ron Burke, and Carey Loftin), the television series Mike Hammer (with Hal Needham and Ronnie Rondell, Jr.), the musical The Vagabond King (1956, with Bob Herron), the drama Giant (1956, with Troy Melton and Paul Stader), he adventure Around the World in Eighty Days (1956, with Max Kleven, Gil Perkins, Al Cavens, and Dick Crockett), the western Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957, with DeForest Kelley), the war drama The Deep Six (1958), the comedy Some Like It Hot (1959), and the western Guns of the Timberland (1960). Baxley also worked as stunt coordinator on the drama Hell Below Zero (1954), the crime drama Hell on Frisco Bay (1955), the adventure Santiago (1956, with Dick Crockett and Bob Herron), and the adventure Boy on a Dolphin (1957).