In 1954, Loren became a professional movie and television stuntman and stunt coordinator, making his debut in movies with an eighty-foot dive off a cliff on Catalina Island in an Esther Williams movie. In the following years, he worked with practically every major director, producer, and star in the industry: Jack Nicholson, Kirk Douglas, Paul Newman, Michael Douglas, Charles Bronson, Robert Wagner, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Yul Brynner, and Frank Sinatra; he doubled Steve McQueen for his entire 23-year career. He has appeared in more than 500 movies and in over 2200 television shows.
Loren feels fortunate that in his long career he has never been seriously injured—in fact, he has never broken a bone! He gives credit for this to his coaches, who taught him discipline and focus; his acrobatic background; staying in shape; never smoking, drinking, or using drugs; and his faith in God.
In 1961, he was the co-founder of the Stuntmen’s Association of Motion Pictures and Television, the original stuntmen’s organization.
In 1992, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Screen Actors Guild and was the National Chair of the SAG Stunt and Safety Committee.
In August 2001, Loren received the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award, the Golden Boot, which is the equivalent of the Oscar for Westerns.
In April 2003, Loren received the Gallery of Legends award from the World Acrobatic Society. In November 2003, Loren received the Silver Spur award in recognition for outstanding achievement in entertaining and Western films.
In March 2004, Loren’s name was placed into the Walk of Western Stars in Santa Clarita, California.
In May 2010, Loren was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Stunts by the Taurus World Stunt Awards in Hollywood, California.
Loren Janes started to look for challenge and adventure early in life. Between the ages of 10 and 17, he hiked alone along the 220-mile John Muir Trail four times and in Southern California lived off the land for two to four weeks at a time, wearing only an Indian breech-cloth and carrying only a hunting knife.
In high school and college, he competed in swimming, diving, water polo, and gymnastics, winning numerous titles and awards. He is a bow hunter, scuba diver, surfer, mountain climber, and certified ski instructor.
In 1956, Loren became the first civilian to enter the United States Olympic trials in the modern pentathlon, a grueling Summer Olympic event that combines the five sports of riding, fencing, shooting, swimming, and running. He competed a second time in 1964.
He is a member and past president (1991) of the exclusive Adventurers’ Club of Los Angeles and the Explorers Club of New York. His extensive travels have taken him throughout the world. He is a biologist, plant and animal ecologist, musician, schoolteacher, movie photographer, speaker, and film lecturer.