Steve Truglia

Steve Truglia (1962 – 17 November 2016) was a stunt coordinator, stunt performer and action unit director in the UK.[1] He became a TED speaker in 2009.[2] Truglia died while attempting to abseil from a helicopter.[3]

Steve Truglia
Born1962 (1962)
London, England
Died17 November 2016(2016-11-17) (aged 53–54)
Wulong, China
OccupationStunt coordinator, stunt performer, television presenter, magician


Truglia served as a reservist in the UK Special Forces for twenty years.[1]

Truglia became a professional stuntman in 1996.[1][4] His motion picture stunt credits included Saving Private Ryan and two James Bond films.[5]

Truglia set multiple records, including:

  • The longest Full Body Burn in the UK, ablaze for 2 minutes 5 seconds (unofficial record).[1]
  • British record (2002) for no limits freediving (breath hold diving) – 76 metres (249 ft).[1][6]
  • Awarded Guinness World Record in 2004 for fastest abseil over 100 metres (330 ft) (8.9 seconds).[1]

Truglia made a fundraising attempt for a world-record high altitude parachute jump from the edge of space, to surpass what was then Joe Kittinger's 1960 record. Truglia's plan was to jump from 120,000 feet (37,000 m) in a spacesuit.[5][7] He did not attempt the stunt prior to his death.


Truglia died on 17 November 2016 while attempting a world 100 metres (330 ft) speed record abseil from a helicopter above Wolong National Nature Reserve in China.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f "Steve Truglia". TED Conferences. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Steve Truglia: A leap from the edge of space". TED Conferences. 2009. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b Blackburn, Ralph (22 November 2016). "Wanstead James Bond stuntman Steve Truglia dies during 100m abseil race in China". Ilford Recorder. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  4. ^ Judd, Deany (11 December 2009). "My nine to five: Steve Truglia". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  5. ^ a b Klesius, Michael (15 June 2008). "Super Jump". Air & Space/Smithsonian. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  6. ^ Truglia, Steve (5 June 2002). "Setting the 76m British Record". ISSN 1469-865X. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  7. ^ "London man in record space-edge parachute jump bid". BBC. 27 January 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2017.

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