Armstrong, Andy (I) Biography

biography of Armstrong, Andy (I)

28 August 1953, Farnham Common, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Born in England, Andy competed in many forms of two and four wheeled motor sport before entering the movie business. He began his film career in 1972 in England and France as a vehicle stunt performer. Andy's talent was mostly concentrated towards vehicles stunts. Andy decided in 1973 to make use of his organizational skills too and become an assistant film director. This proved extremely successful and Andy enjoyed a meteoritic rise through the ranks of third, second and eventually first AD to become one of the World's most highly paid AD's. This work took him all over the world. Specializing particularly in very large international productions that involved complex, dangerous and logistically difficult stunts and action sequences, including the three of the largest James Bond films, The Man With The Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker. From 1973 to 1987 Andy worked as an Assistant Director on more than 70 International Movies. As First Assistant Director, Andy's credits include, among many others, Hope and Glory, The Last Place on Earth, Getting it Right, Party Party, Another Country and The Dresser (Both Hope and Glory and The Dresser were nominated for Best Picture Oscars). With these major credits under his belt, by 1987, Andy once again decided to concentrate on action but this time, creating and directing entire action sequences. This move led Andy to design, coordinate and or direct some of the largest action sequences ever achieved on many international productions. These are typified by the huge (Twelve hundred people) Teamster battle in Hoffa, the (Fourteen hundred people) charge and battles in Stargate; the action on Galaxy Quest, the World War One Battle Scenes for Oscar Winner Frank Pearson's TV Movie Truman, starring Gary Sinese and the huge battles in Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes, the car stunt sequences of Highwaymen, and most recently the action sequences on Scooby Doo 2, Cat Woman, I Robot and Eragon. In 1989, Andy moved permanently from England to set up base in California. Andy is, with his Brother, Vic, a founding member of Armstrong Action, the largest privately owned and most comprehensive family operated Stunt and Action Facilities Company in the World. Andy has, working with Armstrong Action, Stunt Coordinated, Designed and Created the action elements for The Green Hornet, Thor, Season of the Witch and many TV Commercials and live action performances. For the last almost two years, Andy has concentrated largely on the totally new style of movement and action for Sony's, reinvention of The Amazing Spiderman. Andy has worked in Thirty Eight Countries on Six Continents including, England, USA, France, Italy, Ireland, Israel, Egypt, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Denmark, Norway, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Scotland, Malta, Majorca, Switzerland, Canary Islands, Cayman Islands, Hong-Kong, Holland, Mexico, Lithuania, The Dominican Republic, Austria, China, Singapore, Borneo, Hungary, Japan. Andy wrote, produced and directed the original movie, Moonshine Highway for Showtime Networks. Starring Kyle MacLachlan and Randy Quaid, this Movie received very favorable trade and public reviews and as a Paramount home video release, has proved to be a successful, popular and extremely profitable rental title. Andy also directed several episodes of The New Adventures of Robin Hood for Warner Brothers TV. Andy directed Biff Henderson Travels Around America for Late Night with David Letterman. Co-directed two Metallica music videos, the now classic Sheryl Crowe "Steve McQueen" music video, and several commercials.
Andy Armstrong

-   Brother of 'Vic Armstrong' (qv)

-   Father of James Armstrong.

-   "Entertainment Weekly" (USA), 6 July 2012, Iss. 1214, pg. 34, by: Rob Brunnr, "Real Action Heroes: Andy Armstrong"

-   "Los Angeles Times" (USA), 2 July 2012, pg. 2, by: Kenneth Turan, "The Amazing Spiderman Review"

-   "The Mail on Sunday Live" (UK), 12 February 2012, by: Jonathan Green, "Blow Up. Who Are The Top Stunt Men In Hollywood"

-   "ESPN.COM" (USA), 18 July 2012, by: Keith Hamm, "Skate Ninja Stunt Doubles For The Amazing Spiderman"

-   "Forbes Magazine" (USA), 3 July 2012, by: Mark Huges, "The Amazing Spiderman Review"

-   "Popular Mechanics" (USA), July 2012, Vol. 189, Iss. 7, pg. 14, by: Erin McCarthy, "Full Swing"

-   "New York Daily News" (USA), 28 June 2012, pg. 1, by: NICOLE LYN PESCE, "'Spider-Man' stunt coordinator reveals how the film got Andrew Garfield into the swing of things Read more:spider-man-stunt-coordinator-reveals-film-andrew-garfield-swing-article-"

-   "New York Post" (USA), 23 June 2012, Vol. Movies, pg. 3, by: HAILEY EBER, "Meet Peter Parkour An exotic French sport, gymnastic moves and old-school live-action battles make new Spider-Man flick 'Amazing' Read more:"

-   "Auburn Journal" (USA), 10 May 2012, by: Sara Seyydin, "Old Town Skateboarder Goes To Extremes"

-   "Mail On Sunday Live Magazine" (UK), 12 February 2012, pg. 20 to 23, by: Jonathan Green, "Blow Up"

-   "Mail On Sunday Live Magazine" (UK), 12 February 2012, by: Jonathan Green, "Blow Up"

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  1. Moonshine Highway (1996) (TV) (written by) <1,1,1>


  1. Ultraviolet (2006) (technical advisor: motorcycle)
  2. The Tracker (2001) (TV) (action sequence consultant)
  3. Dangerous Indiscretion (1995) (consultant: second unit)
  4. Moonraker (1979) (assistant location manager: Brazil)
  5. From Beyond the Grave (1974) (production assistant) (uncredited)
  6. The Beast Must Die (1974) (production assistant)