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Do you know how Dick York injured his back and what type of injury did he sustain?it must have been just terrible for him.

 Berni posted over a year ago
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Cammie said:
Dick York's back injury happened in 1959 when he was filming the film "They Came To Cordura" with Gary Cooper. It was the second last day of shooting and Dick and Gary were doing a scene pulling a trolley car carrying several men. Something went wrong and when one of the other cast members suddenly let go of the handle, Dick was left holding the weight of about 180 pounds. This caused all the muscles on the right side of his back to rip. Although he was in severe pain for days, apart from taking a few painkillers, Dick did not really worry too much about it at the time. His spine healed but incorrectly. Over the years the pain became worse and Dick literally depended on numerous painkillers everyday. It's believed that a combination of both is what caused his seizure on the set of Bewitched in 1969 which forced him to leave the series.
Over the years,the discs in Dick's spine slowly crumbled. It is said that he also shrank from his 6'1" frame to 5'10" and was almost totally hunched before becoming bed-ridden in later years.
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Dick York's back injury happened in 1959 when he was filming the film "They Came To Cordura" with Gary Cooper. It was the second last day of shooting and Dick and Gary were doing a scene pulling a trolley car carrying several men. Something went wrong and when one of the other cast members suddenly let go of the handle, Dick was left holding the weight of about 180 pounds. This caused all the muscles on the right side of his back to rip. Although he was in severe pain for days, apart from taking a few painkillers, Dick did not really worry too much about it at the time. His spine healed but incorrectly. Over the years the pain became worse and Dick literally depended on numerous painkillers everyday. It's believed that a combination of both is what caused his seizure on the set of Bewitched in 1969 which forced him to leave the series.
Over the years,the discs in Dick's spine slowly crumbled. It is said that he also shrank from his 6'1" frame to 5'10" and was almost totally hunched before becoming bed-ridden in later years.
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I feel so sorry for Dick what an awful chain of events.To be in all that pain and discomfort all those years is a living nightmare.I think that Dick coped exceptionally well.What a gorgeous photo Cammie and thanks so much for your reply.
Berni posted over a year ago
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cammie- thanks for the info- I love that you know this stuff..poor guy
jmillan posted over a year ago
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Hey, thx Cammie. You know tons of stuff. I feel really bad about what he had to go through, but i think he delt with it really good
I_Luv_Bewitched posted over a year ago
maricel_mancini said:
he fall on a previous show, but i dont know what type of injury
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jamesspliiman said:
Dick york had earlier did somekind of western
show or movie, not sure which. but he sustained,
the back injury from a stunt, of what type, not sure. but I did like him better than dick sargant.
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