Stars That Died While Filming

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Paul Walker
Paul Walker was an American actor. Walker began his career guest-starring in several television shows such as The Young and the Restless and Touched by an Angel. Walker gained prominence with breakout roles in coming of age and teen films such as She's All That and Varsity Blues. In 2001, Walker gained international fame for his portrayal of Brian O'Conner in the street racing action film The Fast and the Furious...
Brandon Lee
Actor, The Crow
Born on February 1, 1965 to Bruce Lee (Martial Arts idol) and Linda Lee Cadwell. Brother to Shannon Lee. In 1970-71, they moved to Hong Kong where Brandon became fluent in Cantonese by the age of 8. He attended Boston's Art-Oriented Emerson College in Massachusetts. He studied Martial Arts and drama...
“ "The Crow" on March 31, 1993. Lee, who was 28 at the time, was playing a character who gets shot by thugs upon entering his apartment. Tragically, the handgun used in the scene contained a fragment of a real bullet that was propelled out by the force of the blank being shot. Lee was hit in the abdomen and died later that day.

The movie was nearly complete at the time of the shooting, but a stunt double was needed to finish a few remaining scenes, and Lee's face was digitally superimposed onto the stunt double's body for a few shots. Despite widespread rumors that asserted Lee's fatal scene remained a part of the movie that was released to theaters, any film of his shooting was actually removed during editing ” - MoviePro101
Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger work comprised nineteen films, including 10 Things I Hate About You, The Patriot, A Knight's Tale, Monster's Ball, Ned Kelly, The Brothers Grimm, Lords of Dogtown, Brokeback Mountain, Casanova, Candy, I'm Not There., The Dark Knight and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. He also produced and directed music videos and aspired to be a film director...
“ Ledger began filming "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus" In January 2008, with just a third of the movie filmed, Ledger went to bed in his apartment in New York City's tony SoHo district, where his housekeeper later found him dead. An autopsy revealed that Ledger died after an accidental and gradual overdose on a combination of painkillers, sleeping pills and other prescription drugs.

Ledger's grieving Hollywood family came together to save "Imaginarium." With some minor script changes, Gilliam brought on Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell, three of Ledger's closest friends, to portray facets of Ledger's character in his remaining scenes. ” - MoviePro101
River Phoenix
River Phoenix was born River Jude Bottom in Madras, Oregon. His mother, Arlyn (Dunetz), a Bronx-born secretary, and his father, John Bottom, a carpenter, met in California in 1968. They worked as itinerant fruit pickers, and later joined the Children of God religious group (John was originally Catholic...
“ River Phoenix was near the end of filming "Dark Blood" when he died of a drug overdose on Halloween in 1993 at age 23.

"Dark Blood," a dark tale about a widower (Phoenix) living on a nuclear testing site, was subsequently canceled because Phoenix's presence was crucial to several yet-to-be-shot scenes. Phoenix was also slated to film "Interview with the Vampire" with Tom Cruise. His role was taken over by Christian Slater, who donated his entire salary from the film to a charity in Phoenix's honor. ” - MoviePro101
John Candy
Actor, Spaceballs
Candy was one of Canada's greatest and funniest character actors. His well-known role as the big hearted buffoon earned him classics in Uncle Buck and Planes, Trains & Automobiles. His career has handed him some dry spells but Candy always rebounded. Born in Newmarket, Ontario, in the year 1950, Candy was the son of Evangeline (Aker) and Sidney James Candy...
“ Funnyman John Candy died of a massive heart attack on March 4, 1994 the same night that he filmed his final scene in "Wagons East.

The film a comedy set in the Wild West was released later that summer. Candy played the inebriated leader of a wagon train bent on getting a job from two successful businessmen. Although some believed that Candy offered the performance of a lifetime, the movie was widely panned by critics as an unworthy farewell to Candy, who had starred in nearly 40 films and was just 43 years old when he died ” - MoviePro101
Jon-Erik Hexum
Actor, Voyagers!
In the early 1980s, this ruggedly handsome young man of Norwegian parentage was seen as the "next big thing", and then suddenly he was dead from an accident via a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Hexum was born and raised in Tenafly, New Jersey, where he was a musically gifted student at school playing both the horn & the violin in the school orchestra...
“ On October 12, 1984, while joking between scenes, Hexum took a blank-loaded .44 Magnum and pointed it at his head and pulled the trigger. Despite being a prop gun with blanks, the wadding was fired with enough force to send skull fragments into Hexum’s brain, causing massive hemorrhaging. He was taken off life-support six days later.

Australian actor Antony Hamilton was brought in to play another member of Harper’s team, stepping in while Harper was away on assignment. Later, it was revealed that Hexum’s Harper character was killed in action. The show was cancelled after the one season. ” - MoviePro101
Natalie Wood
Natalie Wood was born on July 20, 1938, in San Francisco, California, as Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko. Her parents, Maria Stepanovna (Zudilova) and Nikolai Stepanovich Zakharenko, were Russian-born émigrés, of Ukrainian and Russian descent, who spoke barely comprehensible English; they changed the family name to Gurdin after becoming US citizens...
“ Wood, the star of films including "Rebel Without a Cause" and "Splendor in the Grass," was at the time of her death filming the movie "Brainstorm" opposite Walken. On Nov. 29, 1981, he accompanied the married couple on a late night yacht cruise off the coast of Southern California and, in the hours before dawn, Woods and Wagner argued, she went overboard and unable to swim Woods drowned.

After her death, producers struggled to secure funding for "Brainstorm." When it did hit theaters, the movie didn't attract moviegoers. Throughout the years, speculation continued to swirl around the circumstances of Wood's death. The case was reopened in 2011, when the man who had captained the yacht that night came forward to reveal that Wagner and Walken had attempted to cover up Wood's death. ” - MoviePro101
Marilyn Monroe
Probably the most celebrated of all actresses, Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926, in the charity ward of the Los Angeles General Hospital. Prior to her birth, Marilyn's father bought a motorcycle and headed north to San Francisco, abandoning the family in Los Angeles. Marilyn grew up not knowing for sure who her father really was...
“ Blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe died on Aug. 5, 1962, before she could finish filming "Something's Got to Give. She was found dead in her Brentwood, Calif., home the result of an overdose of barbiturates.

After Monroe's death, the filming of "Something's Got to Give" was eventually scrapped, but parts of the unfinished film were included in a 2001 documentary titled "Marilyn: The Final Days" ” - MoviePro101
“ Oliver Reed, as famous for drinking and partying as he was for acting, died in a pub on May 2, 1999, before he could finish filming Ridley Scott's battle epic, "Gladiator." Reed, who was 61, collapsed on the floor of a bar in Malta and died of a heart attack

Most of his scenes in "Gladiator" had already been shot when he died, but Scott had to recreate Reed's face digitally for a few remaining segments. ” - MoviePro101
Bela Lugosi
Actor, Dracula
It's ironic that Martin Landau won an Oscar for impersonating Bela Lugosi (in Ed Wood) when Lugosi himself never came within a mile of one, but that's just the latest of many sad ironies surrounding Lugosi's career. Bela Lugosi was born Béla Ferenc Dezsö Blaskó on October 20, 1882, Lugos...
“ Lugosi suffered a heart attack and died on Aug. 16, 1956, while filming "Plan 9 from Outer Space." Instead of reshooting Lugosi's scenes or finding a double, director Edward D. Wood asked his family's chiropractor to take over the scenes ” - MoviePro101
Vic Morrow
Actor, Combat!
Vic Morrow was born in the Bronx, New York, to Jean (Kress) and Harry Morrow, an electrical engineer. His parents were Russian Jewish immigrants. Morrow dropped out of high school at 17 to join the U.S. Navy. When he left the Navy, he used the G.I. Bill to study pre-law at Florida State. While Morrow was working on his degree in Law...
“ Died on July 1982 in an accident on the set of "Twilight Zone The Movie" along with two child actors, My-ca Denh Le and Renee Chen. The script called for the use of both a helicopter and pyrotechnics -- a combination that proved lethal. When the pyrotechnics exploded, the helicopter's tail was severed, causing it to crash and kill the three actors. It was later discovered that the children had been employed illegally.

Although the filmmakers faced legal action from the accident, the project was completed and the movie was released in June 1983. ” - MoviePro101