Has been “around the block” when it comes to the Entertainment
Business. Born in Los Angeles, CA, John used to get chased off of
Movie sets and filming locations as a teenager. His Mother went to
Hollywood High School and knew Donna Reed and Tab Hunter. His
Father was in the wild animal and exotic bird business. His Uncle
was a Circus Performer and had an A-card (old name for SAG card),
doing cameo roles for movies in the 1940s. As a Muscle Beach
gymnast, John learned tumbling, trampoline, high bar and swinging
rings at a young age. He bought his first trampoline from the brother
of famous stuntman Dar Robinson. By the 1960s, many circus people
had moved to Los Angeles and parlayed their skills into the film Stunt
business, where they made much better money. One of
them was the legendary Bob Yerkes with an unbelievable backyard
of stunt and circus equipment. John trained there and met and worked
out with some of the greatest stuntmen and coordinators of the day.
John became a professional trapeze flyer and traveled the
country before he was 20 years old, working for various circuses.
World events interrupted John’s career and he served in the Army on
Active Duty for more than 6 years (1970-76) He is a decorated Vietnam
Veteran and was Honorably Discharged as a Chief Warrant Officer.
John piloted Hueys, Cobras, and observation helicopters. He has Commercial/
Instrument Rotorcraft, airplane and seaplane ratings. This knowledge
allowed him to rig dangerous stunts inside and under helicopters
later in his film career. Upon leaving the military, John moved to
Central Florida for the opening of the newly built theme park
“Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus World”. It was there
that he obtained his Screen Actors Guild Card (SAG) in 1979 by
performing Circus skills and stunts for national commercials,
industrials and films. This same year, he purchased a home and
property outside of Orlando, FL. This decision had a profound impact
on his future success in the stunt business. This world famous place
(John Zimmerman’s backyard) has come to be known as the
Stunt Ranch. Ask any accomplished stunt person and they have
probably trained or worked out there. Type in Stunt Dynamics on
YouTube and see outrageous videos of stunt practices.
After a stint on the Ringling Bros traveling shows (by train), John
continued to travel the country doing thrill shows and acts at
state fairs, arenas and special events around the US and Canada.
By the mid 1980s, Orlando was becoming the theme park capitol
of the world, and stunt shows became the latest thing in live
entertainment. Due to his experience and resume, John Zimmerman
was the “GO TO GUY”. Not only did he coordinate most of the
shows for Disney and Universal, he assisted in designing Stunt
friendly sets and stunt equipment. While the venues
were being built, he assisted in casting, and also trained the
performers in his back yard. By this time, he was so busy with film work
and live shows that he created “Stunt Dynamics, Inc.” in 1986. His
partners then are some of the most well known Stunt Coordinators,
Action Directors and Stunt Riggers in Hollywood today. Stunt Dynamics
had the largest inventory of stunt equipment in the South-
Eastern United States and is still a front runner today. Students who attend
John Zimmerman’s Stunt Camp benefit from the newest and updated
Equipment technology, rigging and safety.
Remembering how he started, John has always had an attitude of
“Giving it Back”. He has trained hundreds of stunt people. Be part
of the INAGURAL YEAR of JOHN ZIMMERMAN’S STUNT CAMP.
Become part of a respected industry! Become part of an elite family!
We have been waiting for you since 1979!
-SAG Stuntman since 1979
-Owner of the Stunt Ranch training facility since 1979 same location
-Stunt Rigger responsible for A-list actors and actresses
Part of the rigging team for Luke Aikens 25,000 high fall (JULY 2016)
-Producer for Live shows, Special events worldwide
-Guinness Book of World Records (1982) Flying Trapeze
-Founder of Stunt Dynamics, Inc. (1986) a SAG Signatory
-Inducted into the World Acrobatic Society as a LEGEND (2016)
-More than 130 Feature film and television credits IMDB.com
-Active stuntman still working