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Aggie athletes on screen ... how many do you recognize?

By Mark Honbo 

While UC Davis sports fans can recall seeing our Aggie alums playing in the Olympic Games, the World Series and the Super Bowl, many may not realize how often our athletes have shown up on their screens for other reasons. 

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Aggie gymnast Chuck Gaylord was a stunt double for Kevin Bacon in Footloose.

Chuck Gaylord

Months before his younger brother, Mitch Gaylord, earned Olympic gold as a member of the U.S. men's gymnastics team in 1984, 11-time All-American Aggie Chuck Gaylord saw his body in one of that year's hit films, Footloose. During a scene recently spoofed on shows like Family Guy and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, troubled teen Ren McCormick (Kevin Bacon) lets off steam in an empty warehouse with a combination of dance and gymnastics. Gaylord served as Bacon's gymnastics double near the end of that sequence.

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Shauna Duggins, left, with actor Jennifer Garner on the red carpet of the Taurus World Stunt Awards in 2003. (Shauna Duggans/courtesy photo)

Shauna Duggins

One of several gymnasts to move into the world of professional stunting (All-American Aggie Yuri Hinson has credits in The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Serenity), Duggins is perhaps the most prolific and most successful. In 2000, she took her craft to a higher level with a pair of Taurus World Stunt Awards for her work in the TV action hit Charlie's Angels. Although she has doubled for a variety of stars, Duggins' best collaboration began on the action series Alias. Lead actor Jennifer Garner asked the 1995 UC Davis alumna to serve as her double for that and all future projects. Although Garner was still relatively unknown and Alias' future was quite tentative, Duggins agreed, turning down a spot in a John Woo film in the process. The Garner-Duggins partnership continued through all five seasons of that show, plus the films Daredevil (2004), 13 Going on 30 (2005), Elektra (2005), Catch and Release (2006) and The Kingdom (2007).

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Aggie athlete Brianna Shebby, left, in Mousehunt before her college career. 

Brianna Shebby

Although owner of less than a minute of total screen time, former Aggie gymnast Brianna Shebby (and her twin sister, Danielle) appeared in one of the more memorable scenes from the 1997 kid flick Mousehunt. She discovers an errant cockroach that ultimately leads to a heart attack of the mayor (Cliff Emmich) and dooms the restaurant owned by lead character Ernie (Nathan Lane). Shebby also appears briefly as the daughter of Dean Don Durkett (Harold Ramis) in Jake Kasdan's 2002 comedy Orange County.

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