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David Wendler (born September 1935) is a retired huntsman, stunt and race rider who served as horse riding stunt double for William Shatner in the two Star Trek feature films Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and Star Trek: Generations.

Born on a farm in Collinsville, Illinois, Wendler joined the Army at the age of seventeen and served two years as a Combat Engineer. He completed his military career at the Hunter Liggett Army Base in Northern California with the rank of a seargent. In 1953, Wendler joined his brother-in-law Clyde Kennedy who was working as a famous horse trainer on the West Coast and met Dan Daily, who brought him into the hunting club West Hills Hounds.

Over fifty years Wendler served as huntsman for the West Hills Hounds, a hunting club in California, with famous members such as Ronald Reagan, Walt Disney, Spencer Tracy, and John Huston. In addition, he was among the top horse race riders for four decades, winning several titles and prices in the categories steeplechase and point-to-point races. In the late '90s he retired from the active horse riding.

A member of the Screen Actors Guild since 1958, Wendler appeared in several films and television series, including the comedy Auntie Mame (1958), the drama The List of Adrian Messenger (1963), the comedy Do Not Disturb (1965), the musical remake of Mame (1974, with Bruce Davison), and the "Murder, She Wrote" episode "It's a Dog's Life" (1984).

Wendler also doubled actors and their horse work. Beside Shatner, he was the riding double for Steven Seagal in the 1994 action thriller On Deadly Ground (with Jeff Imada and Tom Morga).

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