While researching the stunt work on the classic Chicago-made, Home Alone, sadly we found that the stuntman for Daniel Stern, passed away earlier in the year. It is with sincere condolences that we acknowledge the passing of Leon Delaney, on July 14, 2023, at the age of 76.
Leon worked on several films in Chicago including Home Alone, Home Alone 2: Lost in NY, Baby’s Day Out, and Hoffa. It was a time before the use of CGI when stunt work on films, such as Home Alone, was risky and often dangerous.
Born on February 18, 1947, in Houston, TX, Leon was once a roadie for the renowned band, KISS. His career took a significant turn, when he and his wife, Melanie made a move to Southern California, leading him to become a stuntman and stunt coordinator with a remarkable 35-year career.
In addition to the list of Chicago films above, his work spanned iconic movies such as Terminator 3, Charlie’s Angels, The Warriors, Cape Fear, Titanic, Total Recall, Ghostbusters 2, Die Hard 2, as well as the TV series Dukes of Hazard, A-Team and many more.
Leon’s career not only allowed him to travel extensively but also brought him to conventions, where he delighted in meeting fans, sharing stories, and signing autographs. He considered himself “The luckiest man on earth.”
After Melanie’s passing, Leon moved to Las Vegas to retire, occasionally returning to the East Coast for industry conventions before settling back in Las Vegas. In his later years, he found companionship with his two cats, Stanley and Little One.
Leon is survived by his son Russ Delaney and daughters Nicole Lincoln and Amanda Delaney. His legacy extends to his grandchildren Brendan, Zoe, Demi, Angelica, Steven, Joseph, Austin, and Curren, as well as great-grandchildren Josie and Rubie. He is also remembered by his niece and nephew, Dede and John Nichols.
Services were held on Saturday, August 19, 2023, at Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, in Orem, UT. May he rest in peace, and may his family find comfort in the memories of a life well-lived.