Stuntman Bob looks at a newspaper clipping on his garage door. It reads:
"STUNTMAN WANNABE KILLED IN CAR CRASH"
From The Lebanon Sentinel, August, 2004
Michael B. McKay known to his colleagues and friends as “Stuntman Mike” was not a real stuntman at all. Warren Dimmick, owner of The Texas Chili Parlor in Austin, Texas told authorities that McKay had everyone in the Austin area fooled. “He showed me a few episodes of some TV shows he claimed he worked on…but hey, I dont watch TV much, Im no expert, so I never knew for sure if it was actually him. Mike was a bit of a loner, he was sort of out of place even in Austin. He was different. But I always loved talking to him about movies and TV.”
McKay had been in another tragic car accident several months before his death in the recent car crash. A group of girls from the Austin area hit his vehicle head on. The girls died from injuries, but McKay miraculously survived since he had been riding in his customized stunt vehicle. Dimmick continues: "Yeah, he gave me a ride in it one time, we had a blast. I guess it was his hobby to get old 70s muscle cars and fix them up. He said he had a real fear of car crashes, so he made them “Death Proof”. That day, luckily for me, he didnt crash it to prove his point."
After his recuperation from injuries, McKay decided to move to his relatives home in Lebanon, Tennesee to pursue a new career. While driving home from work this past weekend, McKay got into a car wreck after drinking too much. His car flipped several times on a country road. Three women working in the Lebanon area on a Hollywood film tried to help McKay, but he quickly died from injuries sustained in the accident including a cracked skull.
As previously stated, McKay was never a Stunt man, although his older brother Bob McKay was a well known stuntman who tried to get his younger brother into the union. After a rape conviction in 1980, the younger McKay was shunned by Hollywood studios. His last known job was as an auto mechanic at a gas station in Lebanon, Tennesee.
McKay is survived by his brother Bob McKay, a resident of Los Angeles, California.