No matter who you are or what your preferences are, there are certain actors on your list that you can never forget – whether it’s through the roles they played that are forever imprinted on your retinas, or certain stories from their personal lives that in turn shaped you.
But the life of an actor in Hollywood is not always about glitz and glamour; sometimes it’s about sacrifice. Although the life these actors lead seems extraordinary and means everything you could ever want, sometimes this work can be downright dangerous.
It is a proven fact that certain roles have put the lives of some actors in danger, and not just once, but at least ten times, as you will see below.
So, we will present you with a list of ten actors and stuntmen who died in accidents on the set of the series or movie they participated in, or who died during filming.
1. Brandon Lee could have made it big, but a terrible accident ended his life.
If you were born before the 2000s, you probably never heard of Bradon Lee, the son of Bruce Lee. You may also know how he died. The accident occurred during a stunt for the movie “The Crow.” During the filming, Lee accidentally walked through a door while another actor shot at him from 15 feet away, the Los Angeles Times reported. He was hit by a projectile in the abdomen and died the same day at the age of only 28.
2. 8 Simple Rules was not the same without John Ritter
During the filming of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, Ritter suffered a fatal heart condition. Ritter had become ill while working on the series ABC and collapsed on set. He was taken to the hospital where he was treated for a tear in his aorta. He died the same evening, and the series continued for another season, with David Spade and James Garner as replacements.
3. James Dean, the idol of a whole generation: he lived fast and died fast.
When James Dean died in a car accident in 1955, the actor had already finished filming Giant. He later received a posthumous Oscar nomination. However, one particular scene in the film had to be dubbed. Nick Adams lent his voice so that the film could be continued and thus released.
4. Martha Mansfield, deceased due to a bizarre and stupid incident.
You may have never heard of Martha Mansfield, but that’s only because she was a star of the silent movie era, so you are definitely too young. She died in a rather freak accident when a passerby lit a cigarette on the street and accidentally threw the match into the car the actress was sitting in. The match landed on her huge and highly flammable dress, which served as a Civil War-era prop. Mansfield did not stand a chance. Such a suit is very difficult to take off, so she did not make it in time.
5. Steve Irwin was killed by what he loved the most
The Australian adventurer and animal rights activist nicknamed “The Crocodile Hunter” was stung and killed by a cat on September 4, 2006, during the filming of “Ocean’s Deadliest.” As reported by the Los Angeles Times, Steve Irwin and his cameraman were in chest-deep water when they came across an extremely impressive big cat. After filming the animal for a while, it finally attacked him, and Irwin died before he could get professional help.
6. Paul Mantz, the “Limited Mission” stuntman
Mantz was a great flyer, which earned him a role in Air Mail, where he flew a plane through a hangar not much bigger than his own plane. He went on to appear in several other films, including For Whom The Bell Tolls, Twelve O’Clock High and The Wings of Eagles. Manz died on July 8, 1965, while performing a stunt for a film in which he was flying over the Arizona desert when his plane hit a hill and broke up, killing him instantly.
7. Art Scholl voluntarily sacrificed himself for the phenomenon “Top Gun”.
Many scenes in the movie “Top Gun” were shot by experienced stuntmen. Art Scholl was one of them, but also one of the pilots who died on the set while trying to perform a trick known as flat spin with his plane. Unfortunately, the plane was loaded with too much weight by the film equipment, so it went out of control and crashed into the sea.
8. Bruce Lee, a fate similar to that of his son.
Although Bruce Lee technically did not die during filming, the misfortune happened to him during production: the actor collapsed during the dubbing of “The Game of Death” at Golden Harvest Studio. from Hong Kong. A short time later he was taken to a local hospital, where doctors found an abnormal inflammation in his brain. They managed to get the inflammation under control and he was able to be discharged home. But unfortunately, two months later, Lee fell asleep and never woke up, and he was pronounced dead the same day.
9. Heath Ledger, the legend who no longer exists, but who everyone will always remember
Heath Ledger died in 2008 from an accidental overdose during the filming of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Production of the film was halted for a while, and later Jude Law, Colin Farrell and Johnny Depp each played a version of Ledger’s character in the film to honor his work.
10. Paul Walker, to “Fast and Furious”.
Although Paul Walker also did not die during the filming of the movie, he was in a car accident in 2013, when he had already shot a large part of the film. However, in order to complete the production of the film, his brothers Cody and Caleb were used as replacements.