SAG Stuntman / Stunt Coordinator
Chester was born in Wauseon, Ohio to Chester (Jr.) and Patricia Tripp. Being a III, Chester was given a nickname by his family. Because of the haircuts that his grandfather would give the grandchildren, Chester was nicknamed "Butch" and is still called "Butch" by his family and childhood friends.
Chester was the first of 6 children. Hard times caused the family to break up and be sent into foster homes. Chester was in and out of foster homes from the age of 4 to the age of 17 (approximately 14 different foster homes). Chester endured abusive situations in several of his foster homes as well as from his first step mother.
Due to the foster care, Chester attended several different schools, the last being Addison High in Addison, Michigan. Despite his hardships, Chester was the star running back on his football team and became a 2x Toledo Golden Glove Middleweight Boxing Champion. After losing a close 3-2 decision to the then current national boxing champion, Chester lost his interest in boxing and started playing pool for money.
It is no wonder that Chester became a stuntman. He was a risk taker from a young age. As a teenager, he would drive on the frozen Michigan lakes, jump out of barn lofts into hay stacks, walk on railings of tall bridges and shimmy up tall light poles at the local mall to hang off of the light bar at 80' up! At 11 years old, he would jump his mini-bike over small objects and once attempted to jump across a 2-lane road (ditch to ditch) and was stuck by a car traveling 50 mph. Chester nearly lost his life.
Chester started his stunt training in 1987. In 1991, he came to Los Angeles to audition for the TV show "Gladiators" (qualifying 137th in the nation out of approx. 10K contestants) and stayed to pursue his stunt career. After over 20 yrs in the business, Chester is a seasoned stunt professional. He has had experience in just about all areas of stuntwork including coordinating. Chester loves being a stuntman feels fortunate to be successful in the business.
He is also a devoted husband and a proud father of 3 children. Recently, Chester returned to his roots and is now living in SE Michigan.
CHESTER E. TRIPP III