(2 February 1910
- 30 March 1980
) was an American actor
and stunt performer
He was called the "Crown Prince of Daredevils" and ranks alongside Yakima Canutt as one of Hollywood's all time greatest stuntmen. He appeared in over 5,000 films, over six decades, although most were uncredited appearances.
Sharpe won the US National Tumbling Championship
in 1925 and 1926. He began his film career as a child actor
in the 1920s. Eventually he became the "Ramrod" (Stunt co-ordinator) for Republic Pictures
from 1939 until mid-1942 when America entered World War II
. He was replaced in this role by Tom Steele
while Sharpe joined the Army Air Corps
in 1943. For a time, in the late 1930s, he was married to film actress Gertrude Messinger
Sharpe was inducted into the Stuntman's Hall of Fame in 1980. He died in 1980 of Lou Gehrig's disease.