Dave Lea, Michael KeatonThe double of one of the most successful series of the “Batman” franchise has died.
A source close to Dave tells TMZ … the longtime Hollywood stuntman has died of complications from cancer. Dave died Saturday at 5:55 p.m. surrounded by his loved ones… a press release posted on his page describes him as “a fighter to the end”.
Dave did all the stunts and fought for Keaton’s version of Bruce Wayne in 1989’s “Batman” and 1992’s “Batman Returns.”
With a martial arts background, Dave has traveled the world, studying with some of the greatest martial arts teachers of all time…including Grand Master Leong Swee Mon of Shaolin 5 Animals in Malaysia, Joseph ChenWing Chun and Dan Inosantoformed under Bruce Lee.
Dave’s first movie gig was “Tango & Cash”, where he trained and choreographed fights for Sylvester Stallone. He again worked closely with Sly on “Demolition Man”.
Other actors who received combat training and choreography from Dave… Ben Affleck, Tom Cruise, Will Smith,Scarlett Johanson, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Love Hewitt,Colin Farrel, Ashley Judd, Michelle Pfeiffer and Dennis QuaidJust to name a few.