Choya Shane was inspired like his brother to be famous in hollywood in 1956 he travel to the sunny state of California to be in the movies like his brother. Got his start during the
“Golden Age of Hollywood.” As a professional stunt man, Shane starred in many classic films, Academy award-winning movies, and popular television shows and series for all major studios in Hollywood. when he got there his first job was on the The Vinginian series with his brother he became apart of the crew. For 15 years, Shane appeared in The Virginian and the Men from Shiloh as stunt double for James Drury. Unfortunately in that era, stunt men were uncredited, unsung heroes. His career job titles included actor, director, producer, stunt coordinator, and technical advisor.
In 1954, he arrived in Hollywood to try and become a movie star. His auditions failed to find him any jobs. He was introduced to a wrangler for the movie business and who also ran a stunt
school. The wrangler took Shane under his wing and taught him everything he knew. Shane heard about a new television series starting production called “The Virginian” and was hired on as an extra. He eventually was promoted to stunt man, where his performances earned him the lucrative role of stunt doubling for James Drury…The Virginian. He ultimately pulled double duty as stunt double and stunt coordinator on the long running popular series.
The Virginian is an American Western television series starring James Drury and Doug McClure, which aired on NBC from 1962 to 1971 for a total of 249 episodes. It was a spin-off from a 1958 summer series called Decision. Filmed in color on the back lot of Universal Studio in Hollywood California. The Virginian became television's first 90-minute western series (75 minutes excluding commercial breaks). Immensely successful, it ran for nine seasons—television's third longest running western in history of television show. Dick and Choya became a very big part of the production of the Virginian as James Drury stunt double, actor, stuntmen and stunt coordintor for the show.
Dick and Choya became the “Shane Duo” known as the world’s greatest bullwhip act. They traveled the world performing and thrilling audiences with their daring feats and stunt show. They even got to perform their bullwhip act for the Queen of England at the Palladium. It made such an impression that the Shane brothers were knighted.
Both brothers worked for all the major studios during their careers as professional stunt men in Hollywood. They appeared in numerous award-winning movies and television shows.
INTERNATIONAL STUNT ACTORS
Dick and Choya later in their career they created a stunt school called the International Stunt Actors Association, teaching up and coming stunt men and stunt women to show them ropes of the stunt world and how Hollywood operated so they could get a job in the business.