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Loren Janes

Many families are coming home to find scorched earth where their homes once stood after the Sand Fire ripped through more than 37,000 acres in Santa Clarita – and one of those families is that of Loren Janes, a renowned movie stuntman who co-founded the Stuntmen’s Association during a career that spanned five decades.

Janes, 84, and his wife, Jan Sanborn Janes, live – or more correctly, lived – off of Little Tujunga Canyon Road and Sand Canyon Road, directly in the path of the destructive flames.

A GoFundMe page set up by Sanborn Janes’ daughter, Janet Hansen, is called “Janes Family Phoenix Project,” suggestive of hope for a rise from the ashes.

Hansen, the page author, recounted her story of watching her mother and stepfather’s home go up in flames:

“The place where they have lived for more than 20 years housing all of the memories, pictures, art work, awards, music, her grand piano and everything that meant something to them was being burned and captured live on the news,” Hansen wrote.

Housing memorabilia from a film career that stretched from “The Ten Commandments” (1955) with Charlton Heston and “Spartacus” (1960) with Kirk Douglas to “The Poseidon Adventure” (1972), “Blazing Saddles” (1974), “Back to the Future” (1985) and “Spider-Man” (2002), Janes’ ridgetop home was one of at least 18 structures destroyed in the massive fire.

Janes was instrumental in developing the type of stunts that are used today. His contributions to the industry include the improvement of safety procedures,and he co-founded the Stuntmen’s Association of Motion Pictures and Television.

Janes was inducted into the Newhall Walk of Western Stars in 2004, alongside Keith Carradine, Melissa Gilbert and Buck Page.

The GoFundMe page is looking to raise $20,000 that is needed to help the couple “re-establish their lives.”

To donate to the Janes family, go to https://www.gofundme.com/2g7ns64.

 

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  1. Heartbreaking 😥 Hopefully the “Stuntman’s Association” has a few pictures of his action shots. There were so many of those “Movie Industry” folks in those canyons !

    • If he doesn’t have a”Star on the Cowboy Walk of Fame” he dang sure should have !

    • Loren does have a star on the Walk of Western Stars

    • Good glad to know, it’s been a while since I’ve been down there. Just out of curiosity when was he inducted ? Also had a question about Jerry Wills, he was a son of Henry Wills that was “really old school” stunts on the street. I thank you Carl N Andree Walper for your reply 😊

    • Thanks that when I left SCV. There are a few more deserving cowboys needing recognition from days gone by:( Like Eddie Ademak who was a “lesser known trick roper” than Monte Montana but still from the area. He’s buried at Eternal Valley in the “Pioneer Section” & has a picture of him trick roping hanging at the “Way Station” cafe he always wore a red cowboy shirt

    • My mom and I had lunch with Loren and Jan at their home a few years ago. We were treated to a tour of Loren’s memorabilia and he gave me a DVD of his most famous stunts. We also had an impromptu concert from his lovely wife on the piano. They are such a beautiful, kind couple, it’s so sad to see them in these circumstances.

  2. Patrick says:

    Without being cruel, why didn’t they have fire insurance?

  3. Tasha Ball Tasha Ball says:

    Kimberly A. Rosen Josephine De Guzman Feliciano

  4. Lee Bonner Lee Bonner says:

    Doesnt he have insurance?

  5. I don’t believe “didn’t he have insurance” is an appropriate response to this loss.

  6. Danise Davis Danise Davis says:

    Nice guy, I’d met him 20 years ago I think it was … sorry he’s fallen on hard times, and now this. So sad

  7. Leon Worden… Are there two go fund me pages? https://www.gofundme.com/helpjansanborn

  8. Tasha Ball Tasha Ball says:

    Cortnee Hollingsworth-Peterson

  9. LB says:

    He also suffers from Alzheimer’s. Very sad. I grew up with his daughter.

  10. Karen Harris Karen Harris says:

    I read their house wasn’t covered for wildfires.:(

  11. Ross Clay Ross Clay says:

    Very, very sorry to hear this. Loren is one of the good guys. I know there are others that have lost there homes. But Loren is one of us. He needs help.~

  12. Shared on a bunch of Pages including ” Hollywood Stuntmen and women Tribute Page … https://www.facebook.com/HollywoodStuntMenWomenTributePage/

  13. So sad indeed, love and prayers…

  14. I had the pleasure and privilege to work w Loren on both MACGYVER when I guested as PIEDRE the ASSASSIN and again on MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE when I played Blade. Loren generously commented I knew more about swords than he did (44 years now as working Sword Master) which led to my training and choreographing He Man (Dolph Lundgren) and doubling Skeletor (Frank Langella). Loren has always been a class act. Thanks for posting the info, I’d like to help

  15. Jay Amor Jay Amor says:

    So sorry to hear that about Loren’s house what a terrible thing to happen. Prayers for you and your Family.

  16. So sad such a great man I’ve known him my whole life!!! Love and prayers go out to him and his family!!😘🙏🏻💔

  17. Nancy Young Nancy Young says:

    Charlie and I are so sorry to hear about this…count us in the donate!

  18. So sorry to hear of his loss. I remember he took a hit in the 94 earthquake too. Always there to help others. When you get older your photos and albums mean everything to remember your friends and family. Always one of my favorite stunt guys. A good man. God Bless Him and his family.

    Budd Albright

  19. Kim Renee Kim Renee says:

    I met him at yak’s house while doing a stunt show for some special people he was there and I looked up his movies next time we met he remembered me and was so nice he was a real stuntman with honor I feel horrible this has happened to his family sending love and prayers to them

  20. Very sorry to hear. To lose a lifetime of memories is hard

  21. CJ Shank says:

    I met Mr. Janes several times at the Lone Pine Film Festival and he was one of the nicest “celebrities” I have ever met. I put “celebrities” in quotes as being a stuntman, all his work was behind the scenes so those fantastic things you thought Steve McQueen, Kirk Douglas, or even Debbie Reynolds did were really him. He did a lot of work in the film How the West Was Won. He had a wonderful video he shared with us that showed a lot of behind the scenes stuff. I hope there is a copy of that somewhere other than his house as that was priceless. My hear goes out to the Janes family and all of those who lost their homes in this fire.

  22. sorry to hear this…thanks for sharing Chris Nielsen. I went to donate, but site says donations stopped?

  23. Kelli says:

    Don`t forget about the deductible they have to pay also the insurance company will…k you if they can.They tried it on me after the earthquake in 94 and I ended up having to hire a private insurance adjuster to get my money…they get a % of the money they get for you but well worth it.

  24. Penny Favale says:

    It would be great to see the Hollywood community come together to help one of their own.

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