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Susan J. Purkhiser is a stuntwoman and stunt actress who served as stunt double for Jimmy Bennett (young James T. Kirk) in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek. She doubled Bennett's car stunts during the Corvette chase with the Iowa cop, portrayed by Jeremy Fitzgerald.

Purkhiser is trained in precision driving and racing stunts with various vehicles and doubled actress Charlize Theron's car stunts in the 2003 action thriller The Italian Job. Her skills earned her several awards such as the 1999 Overall Champion, SAMP Driving Contest. Purkhiser worked for two years as an instructor at the Motion Picture Stunt Driving School and has done live performances and commercials for various companies such as Chrysler, Mercedes, Toyota, Hyundai, and Honda.

Purkhiser doubled stars such as Melissa Joan Hart (1997 in Two Came Back), Alexa Vega (2001 in Follow the Stars Home), Hillary Duff, Camryn Grimes (2003 in The Young and the Restless), Beverley Mitchell (2003 in Right on Track), and Amy Poehler.

Other television series she worked on include Baywatch, V.I.P., Malcolm in the Middle, The Pretender, Any Day Now, She Spies, CSI, The District, and Punk'd.

Purkhiser's film credits include stunt work in the action film Dante's Peak (1997), Guillermo del Toro's horror film Mimic (1997, with F. Murray Abraham and stunts by Jane Austin, Ben Bray, Doug Coleman, Keith Campbell, Doc Charbonneau, John Escobar, Kurt Lott, and Eddie Perez), the horror film Phantoms (1998, with stunts by Dan Barringer, Mickey Giacomazzi, and Ben Bray), the television thriller Mr. Muder (1998, starring Julie Warner), the thriller In Dreams (1999, with stunts by Robin Bonaccorsi and Peter Epstein), the action thriller The Mod Squad (1999), the horror film Python (2000), the action film Swordfish (2001), the action thriller Cradle 2 the Grave (2003), the drama Seabiscuit (2003), Sam Raimi's superhero sequel Spider-Man 2 (2004, starring Kirsten Dunst and Donna Murphy) and its sequel Spider-Man 3 (2007), the fantasy film Apocalypse Oz (2006, stunt coordinated by Dennis Keiffer), the animated mystery film Monster House (2006, with stunts by James M. Halty and Pat Romano), the action thriller The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), and the science fiction comedy Meet Dave (2008, with stunts by Charlie Brewer, Mike Massa, Kimberly Murphy, Pat Romano, and Darlene Ava Williams).

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