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"Stunt Double: actor's name" or "Stunt Double: character's name"?

I'm sure the help text for Stunts used to say that the qualifying text (after the colon) for a stunt double should be the name of the actor, not the character. I've just corrected a Stunt entry accordingly. But I'm wondering whether I was right to have done so, because the help text now gives two examples "stunt double: policeman" (clearly a character) and "stunt double: John Mauser" (could be either an actor or a character - ambiguous example!).

If it should be the character's name, the example in the help text should make this clear, and not use an ambiguous name which could be either.

For the record, the on-screen credits used the character name...

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Find some samples here??

Hal Needham  (1931-2013)
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0624102/

As the highest paid stuntman in the world...
His career has included work on 
4500 television episodes and 310 feature films as a stuntman...
Credits: Stunts 110 (?)

stunt double: Burt Reynolds

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I always use the actor name in case of uncredited stunt doubles. For credited stunt doubles, I use whatever the credits actually say.

For your example about stunt double: policeman may be because the actor playing the policeman is unknown (there could be more than one or it could be an uncredited actor).

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Ah, so it's a case of transcribing what the credits say, rather than always (for example) using the actor's name rather than the character's name. I wanted to make sure I obeyed IMDB's house style. I was surprised that the help text, which is normally fairly specific, seemed to be rather vague in this case.

In that case I'll change what I submitted so it matches the credits.

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Stunt doubles in TV series are rarely credited. I'm assuming this is a movie if they were credited. Overall, the goal should be as the credits appear and if they are uncredited to have a standard. (This is my own opinion which seems to rarely conform with IMDb though.)

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This was episode 3.2 of Professor T, a British TV series.

In my experience, stunt crew are rarely credited as being the double of a specific actor/character; usually they are credited as "stunt performer" or "stuntman/woman". But this was an exception.