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Man Jumps From CN Tower With No Parachute (Thirty Years Ago)

Almost thirty years ago, stuntman Dar Robinson leapt from the crown of the CN Tower with no parachute, no airbag, and only a thin wire looped around his torso to keep him from splattering on the sidewalk below. Today, we can relive that jump thanks to this excellent documentary video―uploaded by YouTube user Retrontario and posted today at 1♥T.O.―which, for no apparent reason, is narrated by Chuck Norris.

Robinson jumped from the CN Tower on two separate occasions. The first, in 1979, was for an action movie called Highpoint, in which Robinson was doubling for Christopher Plummer. Robinson wore a parachute for the original jump. It was, at the time, the highest such leap by any stuntman. According to Toronto Star articles from the time, he received $250,000 to do it.
The second jump, in 1980, is the one shown in the video above, staged not for a movie but for a documentary on Robinson which eventually aired on ABC.
The video above is not from the 1980 documentary itself. It’s a segment on the MAKING OF the original documentary, from a second, completely separate documentary on Robinson, filmed in 1987. The occasion for the second documentary was Dar Robinson’s death, in 1986, after he (unintentionally) rode a motorcycle off a cliff during a routine stunt for another now-obscure eighties action movie.
Here, with more information on Dar Robinson’s untimely demise, is another YouTube clip―which, for no apparent reason, is hosted by Bill O’Reilly:

Still, to have lived to leap from the tallest free-standing thing on the planet not once but twice, and to have recorded it all in a video that remains stunning despite narration by Chuck Norris? Not bad.

CORRECTION: FEBRUARY 27, 2010 This article originally stated that Dar Robinson was paid $250,000 to perform his second jump from the Tower—the one featured in the video—in 1980; in fact, that sum was for his first, in 1979.


  • Retrontario

    Dar really was a total legend. And for all his troubles, HIGHPOINT isn’t even available on DVD. Nor is Burt Reynold’s STICK, where he plays the albino villain. RIP Dar!

  • http://undefined torontothegreat

    Who the hell doesn’t like Chuck Norris? Seems unnecessary to make not one but 2 snide remarks about him.

  • http://undefined tommertron

    Honestly, the first parachute jump was way more impressive. The second one with the wire… it seems like the wire was slowing him down a lot on the fall.
    Still, nothing I’d have the balls to do.

  • Ken Hunt

    Chuck Norris narrates because only Chuck Norris is awesome enough to narrate this.

  • http://undefined Ben

    Norris is a tea-baggy, neo-conservative, christianist editorialist now. He kicked up a minor shit-storm around Christmas time last year with an article claiming that if abortion had existed in Bethlehem two thousand years ago, that Mary probably would have aborted Jesus.
    He’s gone around the bend, so now people don’t mind taking pot shots at him.

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  • Mark Ostler

    I’m reminded of this wonderful scene:
    Chuck Norris and his awkward body hair (beard excluded) taking plenty of shots courtesy of the kung fu master.

  • David Topping

    Small correction appended above—we mistakenly said that, according to the Star archives, Dar made $250,000 for the second jump he made off the Tower; in fact, that sum was for the first.

  • David Toronto

    Bill O’Reilly’s career crashed and burned not too long
    after that video clip.
    It must be awful to be middle-aged and have your best years behind you.

  • http://undefined rek

    I’m not surprised to find a conservative Christian is ignorant of history: abortion, surgical and non-surgical, has been practised for thousands of years.

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