By Jake Perlman
Updated October 25, 2013 at 11:48 PM EDT
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Famed Hollywood stuntman Hal Needham died Friday morning in Los Angeles after a short battle with cancer. He was 82.

Needham, who received an honorary Oscar at the 2012 Governors Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, got his start in Hollywood as a stuntman in the late 1950s before directing several films starring Burt Reynolds including Smokey and the Bandit, Stroker Ace and The Cannonball Run.

Needham released an autobiography in 2011, in which he proudly claimed to have broken 56 bones in his lifetime as well as knocking out a few teeth and puncturing a lung. At the peak of his career, Needham was the highest paid stuntman in Hollywood.