appeared with Chuck Connors in Branded
― The Mission
- part 1 and the 1957 movie Designing Woman.
Bruggeman was born in Antwerp, Belgium. He immigrated with
his family to the US in l918 at the conclusion of World War I. After
starving for four years during the war, he pledged that he and his
family would never be hungry again.
Beside being an actor George was also a stuntman/stunt double known
for athletic and strong-man roles in Hollywood movies.
He began a
workout regimen that earned him the California AAU title Most
Perfectly Developed Body of 1928, the forerunner of the Mr.
California contest. Attempting to break into the movie
industry, he climbed the wall of a major studio to win a plumb role
in a major film. His natural athletic ability led him to prefer the
stunt business. He doubled for many of the major stars over the next
36 years, among them Buster Crab, Johnny Weissmuller, Clark Gable,
Gig Young and Richard Green. He made the transition into bit work
when he no longer felt the confidence in himself to perform stunts.
His last film appearance was in the 1967 release The Graduate,
where he can be seen warding off the cross wielding and swinging
Dustin Hoffman at the church wedding.
His career spanned almost forty years.
in Antwerp, Belgium (age 62) in
North Hollywood, California