Cris Thomas Gilbert is a Southern California native. She competed in gymnastics in private clubs as well as all through junior high, high school and college.
Cris was introduced to the stunt world when she auditioned for, and landed the part of, Red Sonja in the live action Conan the Barbarian show at Universal Studios in 1983. At the coaxing of other stunt performers she began training with legendary stuntman Paul Stader.
Shortly afterward, she performed a stunt on a movie which allowed her to join Screen Actors Guild. After more than 30 years in the business she has worked on over 100 movies, television shows and commercials. Her credits include such films as Titanic (1997), Beetlejuice (1988), Austin Powers (1997), Waterworld (1995), and television shows Baywatch (1989), MacGyver (1994) and General Hospital (1963).
Cris, along with Annie Ellis, put on the first stunt bowling tournament to help injured stuntwomen. Having been injured on a stunt herself, Cris knows what it’s like to be unable to work and have a limited income. She is on the Board of the Stuntwomen’s Foundation which is dedicated to providing Financial Assistance Grants to Stuntwomen who are unable to work due to debilitating illness or injuries.