The Other Maxwell Smart

On occasion, two questions may come to mind while watching an episode of Get Smart:
1. Haven't I seen that Kaos agent somewhere before?
2. Why does Don Adams' hair look so floppy in this action shot?

Two words: Eddie Hice. Pro-am stuntman Hice served as Don's stunt double on Get Smart. He's also a fellow Hoosier hailing from Fort Wayne and a heck of nice guy. Hice was born March 1, 1930 and passed away on March 12, 2015.

Don't think you'll see him all the time -it actually does take some work, and repeat episode viewing, to catch Eddie in action. Finding him is like a more advanced game of Where's Waldo -or in Get Smart's case, Where's Larabee and Where's Aunt Rose. Here's a couple spots for starters:

In addition to sparring with Kaos agents as Max during fight scenes, Hice also had a few roles on Get Smart.

 In "How to Succeed in the Spy Business Without Really Trying" he played the blindfolded accountant from Price, Sloane and Stern who, when offered a seat fell on the floor.

In the other two episodes Hice appeared in we actually get to see his face, but he's working on the wrong side of the law. He played Kaos agents in both Rub-a-dub-dub...Three Spies in a Sub and the Impossible Mission. On the sub he plays Krueger, one of Siegfried's lackeys. In Impossible Mission he plays Kaos band leader Herb Talbot's sidekick.

He also served as stunt coordinator on the 1989 reunion movie Get Smart Again!

Hice in How to Succeed in the Spy Business Without Really Trying, Rub-a-dub-dub...Three Spies in a Sub and The Impossible Mission.


Eddie Hice looking over Don Adams' shoulder

Hice has done all kinds of stunt work in tons movies including, but certainly not limited to:  Big Momma's House, Wild Wild West, Dante's Peak, The Cable Guy, RoboCop 2, Glory, The 'burbs, Star Trek IV, Short Circuit, Silverado, A View to a Kill, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The Towering Inferno, MASH, Planet of the Apes (and its sequels), and Bonnie and Clyde.

His actoing credits on TV include "Little House on the Prairie," "S.W.A.T.," "Gunsmoke" and "The Texan." Hice has also had roles in films including....The Beastmaster (1982).

Hice also appeared in Star Trek as red shirts in "Day of the Dove" and "Wink of an Eye."

Evidently stunt work is something of a family tradition. Hice is the father of stuntman Freddie Hice and the grandfather of stuntwoman Cassidy Hice and stuntman Dylan Hice.




Eddie Hice (fourth from left) at the Get Smart Gathering on Nov. 7, 2003 in Hollywood, Calif.