BiographyPittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Charles Bail had a very long, diverse and impressive show business career that spanned from the 50s up until the 90s and encompasses everything from acting to directing to either performing and/or coordinating stunts in numerous motion pictures and television programs. Bail hails from Pennsylvania. He quit school in the 9th grade and traveled the country prior to serving a stint in the Navy. After finishing high school and spending two years in college, Charles joined a wild west show that performed all over the Orient. Read more... Train." Charles soon made the transition from extra to stuntman and guest star on such Western TV shows as "The Texan," "Gunsmoke," "The Rough Riders," "The Big Valley," "Bonanza," "Laredo," "Bat Masterson," "Daniel Boone," "The High Chaparral," and "Wanted: Dead or Alive." Bail handled stunt coordinator chores on the films "Werewolves on Wheels," "The Last Movie," "Getting Straight," and "The Cycle Savages," plus performed stunts in such movies as "The Jayhawkers!," "Hell's Angels on Wheels," "The Green Berets," "The Scavengers," "The Devil's 8," and "Cleopatra Jones." Charles made his directorial debut with the funky blaxploitation item "Black Sampson." He subsequently directed the outrageous sequel "Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold," the immensely enjoyable cross country road race romp "The Gumball Rally," the nifty sci-fi/action outing "Choke Canyon," and the lackluster urban vigilante opus "Street Corner Justice." In addition, Bail directed episodes of such TV shows as "Conan the Adventurer," "Baywatch Nights," "Adam 12," "Dragnet," "Knight Rider," "Manimal," and "CHiPs." Charles worked for director Richard Rush on several projects in various capacities; he gives a fine performance as amiable stunt coordinator Chuck Barton in the terrific "The Stunt Man." Moreover, Bail was an uncredited second unit director for the features "Greased Lightning," "The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper," and "The Beastmaster." Now retired from show business, Charles Bail lives in Texas and raises horses.