Craig Hosking

Biography

Hosking was born on March 15, 1958, the son of a successful helicopter pilot, Robert "Bob" Hosking, and his wife Annette. Hosking's father began his long career in helicopters in 1956, as a photographer in the U.S. Army, shooting film from the air. He then went to flight school, graduating with honors, and flew the H-21 in Korea and the H-34 in Vietnam. Returning home to Bountiful, Utah, he formed Hosking Helicopters, a busy and successful flight operation that provided aircraft for oil and mineral exploration, seismic research, forestry operations and construction. By the time Hosking had reached an age where he could reach the pedals, his father was already teaching him how to fly. "I learned to fly from my father when I was really just a kid," Hosking recalls. "At age 12, I could have literally soloed in a helicopter." He didn't wait long. At age 16, Hosking became the youngest ever legally licensed helicopter pilot. Courtesy Craig Hosking Acting is all in a day’s work for movie pilot Craig Hosking, who’s made-up to double as Colin Farrell’s character, Sonny Crockett, in Michael Mann’s “Miami Vice.” "I had every kid's dream: a helicopter in the backyard," Hosking laughed. "By the time we got to my 16th birthday, I soloed in a Bell 407, a JetRanger, a Cherokee 140 and a Comanche 400. I was one of those kids who really did everything on his birthday." Despite his early introduction to helicopters, Hosking hasn't played favorites when it comes to aircraft. Almost 16,000 hours of flight time later, his time is divided equally between helicopters and airplanes. Along the way, he's acquired nearly every rating available, including single-engine, multi-engine, helicopter, seaplanes and even gliders. When visionary Hollywood directors like Martin Scorsese, Michael Mann or John Woo need to bring complicated, thrilling aerial stunts to the big screen, they turn to the professional: Craig Hosking. For the past 20 years, Hosking has been one of the most hard-working and sought-after pilots in the film business, racking up a resume that most traditional actors envy. With on-screen, blink-and-you'll-miss-him roles in films from "The Rocketeer" to "Space Cowboys," he's still had a lot more big-budget screen time than your typical thespian. Despite a predilection for acting—he's in the Screen Actors Guild—where Hosking shines is in designing and shooting complex aerial sequences that involve dozens of aircraft at a time. He's been the second unit director on several aviation-heavy films including "Executive Decision," "Clear and Present Danger" and "Space Cowboys," and more recently designed the aerial stunts in "The Hulk" and filmed aerial sequences for "The Aviator" and "Miami Vice." Hosking slowed down long enough to talk about his enormously diverse flying career, what it's like to fly with movie stars and even what happens when you crash into a live volcano.

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Birth Date

3/31/1958
Known For
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Stuntman

Self

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War Game

Cessna Pilot (as Craig Hoskings)

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Perfect Assassins

Camera Helicopter Pilot

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6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain

Helicopter Pilot

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Iron Maze

Helicopter Pilot

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Vital Signs

Helicopter Pilot

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Against the Wall

Helicopter Pilot

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Truth or Consequences N.M.

Helicopter Pilot (as Craig Hoskings)

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The Temp

Helicopter Pilot

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Paulie

Helicopter Pilot

Starring In
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Stuntman

Self

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6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain

Helicopter Pilot

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Paycheck

FBI Helicopter Pilot

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Blood Work

Helicopter Pilot

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The Sum of All Fears

Helicopter Pilot

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Jurassic Park III

Pilot

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Thirteen Days

Pilot

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Space Cowboys

Pilot (uncredited)

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Desperate Measures

SWAT Helicopter Pilot (as Craig Hoskings)

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Paulie

Helicopter Pilot

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Perfect Assassins

Camera Helicopter Pilot

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Truth or Consequences N.M.

Helicopter Pilot (as Craig Hoskings)

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The Relic

Helicopter Pilot

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Against the Wall

Helicopter Pilot

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Speed

Helicopter Pilot #1 (uncredited)

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A Perfect World

Helicopter Pilot

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Sliver

Helicopter Pilot

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The Temp

Helicopter Pilot

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Iron Maze

Helicopter Pilot

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The Rocketeer

Airshow Pilot

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The Rookie

Pilot

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Darkman

Helicopter Pilot

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Vital Signs

Helicopter Pilot

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War Game

Cessna Pilot (as Craig Hoskings)

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The Dead Pool

Helicopter Pilot

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