Best heart-wrenching on-screen deaths on TV

by miss_dmt | created - 8 months ago | updated - 8 months ago | Public

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1. Bradley James

Actor | Underworld: Blood Wars

British-American actor, Bradley James, won his first role on the BBC pilot Dis/Connected. Show creators were so impressed with his work that they would go on to cast him as the young King Arthur in the hit show Merlin (2008) which aired on BBC & NBC. Of the eventual cast, James was the only cast ...

When Bradley played Arthur in BBC series Merlin in the finale episode OMG just heart-breaking.

2. Amy Acker

Actress | Angel

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas where she graduated Lake Highlands High School, Amy Acker is the oldest of four children; she has two sisters and one brother. An acting major at Southern Methodist University, Amy acted in several college theater productions. She appeared in various roles during ...

The character Winifred's death scene in TV series Angel was so moving

3. Alexis Denisof

Actor | The Avengers

Alexis Denisof was born on February 25, 1966 in Salisbury, Maryland, USA. He is an actor, known for The Avengers (2012), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and Justice League: Doom (2012). He has been married to Alyson Hannigan since October 11, 2003. They have two children.

The character Wesley in TV series Angel was so sad

4. Glenn Quinn

Actor | Angel

Quinn was born in Dublin, Ireland, and moved to the United States with his mother and two sisters in 1988. His first role was as a pool shark in the Richard Marx video Satisfied. He later landed a major role in the John Travolta film Shout (1991), where he shared a screen kiss with Gwyneth Paltrow....

The played the character Allen Doyle in season 1 of TV series Angel - the scene he died he made me cry.

5. Amber Benson

Actress | Chance

Amber Benson was born on January 8, 1977 in Birmingham, Alabama. As a young girl, she studied singing, dancing as well as acting. While still in her teens, she was involved in productions at the local community theatre. Her family moved to Los Angeles soon afterwards in 1992 so she could pursue a ...

The character Tara dying in Buffy The Vampire Slayer was so moving

6. Mark Harmon

Actor | NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service

Thomas Mark Harmon was born on September 2, 1951, in Burbank, California, to football player and broadcaster Tom Harmon and actress and artist Elyse Knox (née Kornbrath). Harmon played college football and found success as one of TV's hunkiest actors. While many of his roles have relied on good ...

He played the character Simon Donovan in TV Series The West Wing Season 3, his characters death tore my heart out.

7. John Spencer

Actor | The West Wing

John Spencer was born John Speshock, Jr. in New York City, the only son of Mildred (Benzeroski), a homemaker and occasional waitress, and John Speshock, a truck driver. He grew up near Paterson, New Jersey, and left at age 16 to attend the Professional Children's School. In 1963, he landed a ...

The character Leo McGarry in TV series West Wing was so gut-wrenching especially because the time the episode of his death aired on our screens he has died in real-life - A great actor!

8. Lynne Thigpen

Actress | The Warriors

Multi-talented actress Lynne Thigpen was born Cherlynne Thigpen in Joliet, Illinois, on December 22, 1948. She performed in community theater and university theater productions while attending the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Following graduation, she taught high-school English for a...

Her character Ella Farmer in TV series The District was so sad and she did too die in real life. The show gave her a proper and well-deserved tribute - RIP

9. Josh Charles

Actor | Dead Poets Society

Josh Charles was born on September 15, 1971 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Joshua Aaron Charles. He is an actor, known for Dead Poets Society (1989), Four Brothers (2005) and S.W.A.T. (2003). He has been married to Sophie Flack since September 6, 2013. They have one child.

The Character Will in TV Series The Good Wife, when he died I just balled my eyes out

10. Crystal Reed

Actress | Teen Wolf

Crystal Reed was born in Detroit, Michigan and began to study dance at an early age. She attended Dort Elementary School in Roseville, Michigan, Roseville Junior High and Roseville High School, where she was president of the school's drama club was the dance captain. She also took part in a local ...

The character Alison dying in tv series Teen Wolf so so poignant.

11. Mary McDonnell

Actress | Battlestar Galactica

Mary McDonnell is a two-time Oscar®-nominated actress, who is known for her character portrayals in both period and present-day screen roles.

Mary Eileen McDonnell was born on April 28, 1952 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to Eileen (Mundy) and John McDonnell, a computer consultant, both of Irish ...

The character captain raydor in TV series Major Crimes so just so sad.

12. Cote de Pablo

Actress | NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service

Cote de Pablo was born in Santiago, Chile, but was raised in Miami, Florida. She attended Arvida Middle School in Miami and then Carnegie Mellon University. She graduated in 2000 after studying music theater. Whilst at Carnegie Mellon she appeared in several theater productions, including "...

The character Ziva David, the passing of her character's death was sad even though we didn't actually see it yet still moving.

13. Sasha Alexander

Actress | Shameless

Sasha Alexander began acting by the time she was in the seventh grade when she found herself cast as the lead female in her school's production of "Baby". What she didn't know was that her male co-star would chicken out on her only a few hours before opening night. Determined to let the show go on,...

The character Caitlin aka Cate was shot in the dead was something that no-one saw coming.

14. Jason Brooks

Actor | Star Trek

Jason began his career with his memorable portrayal of the dark, but likable villain, "Peter Blake", on NBC's long-running drama, Days of Our Lives (1965), for which he garnered Soap Opera Digest's coveted Best Villain award.

After leaving "Days" to pursue other projects, Jason continued to work ...

The character Tommy getting murdered in the TV series The Pretender was bitter sweet

15. Paul Blackthorne

Actor | Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India

Blackthorne's first film role was as Captain Andrew Russell in the Oscar-nominated Bollywood film Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001). He spent six months learning Hindi for the role. He also starred in Mindcrime (2003) and the festival-winning indie feature length film Four Corners of Suburbia...

The character Quentin Lance played by Paul in TV series Arrow was so sad.

16. Colin Donnell

Actor | Arrow

Born in St. Louis, Missouri and now a resident of New York City, Colin Donnell is an American actor first known for his work on stage before making his television debut on ABC's 'Pan Am' and subsequently as Tommy Merlyn in The CW's hit show 'Arrow'. In New York his stage work includes 'Anything ...

When the character Tommy died in the TV Series Arrow

17. Katie Cassidy

Actress | A Nightmare on Elm Street

Katie Cassidy was born Katherine Evelyn Anita Cassidy on November 25, 1986, in Los Angeles, California. Her father, David Cassidy, was a pop star in the 1970s. Her mother, Sherry Williams, was a high fashion model in the early 1970s. Sherry left her career to concentrate on raising her 3 daughters,...

The character Laurel Lance in TV Series Arrow was just painful to watch.

18. Daniel Gillies

Actor | The Originals

Daniel Gillies was born on 14 March 1976 in Winnipeg, Canada and moved to New Zealand at a young age. Though born into a family of strong medical background (his father is a pediatrician, his mother a nurse, and his great great great grandfather is the renowned ENT/plastic surgery pioneer Sir ...

The character Joel in TV series Saving Hope dying ripped my heart out.

19. Joe Manganiello

Justice League

Joe Manganiello is an American actor. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Susan (Brachanow) and Charles John Manganiello, and has a younger brother, Nicholas. His father is of Italian descent and his mother has German/Austrian/Croatian and Armenian ancestry. Joe was raised in Mount Lebanon ...

The character Alcide in TV Series True Blood was just tragic.

20. Allan Hyde

Actor | True Blood

Allan Hyde was born on December 20, 1989 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is an actor and writer, known for True Blood (2008), Alla Salute! (2011) and Below the Surface (2017).

He played the tv character Godric in TV series True Blood was so beautifully moving.

21. Damien Lewis

Director | Exporting Evil: Saddam's Hidden Weapons

An English actor, Lewis received critical acclaim for his role as Soames in the television mini-series The Forsyte Saga(2002) and its sequel (2003),both adaptations of John Galsworthy novels, which were released in DVD as The Forsyte Saga Part I and Part II. He also had a leading role as Detective ...

The character Nicholas Brody in TV series Homeland, I could not stop crying.

22. Taraji P. Henson

Actress | Hidden Figures

Taraji P. Henson was born on September 11, 1970 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Taraji Penda Henson. She is an actress and producer, known for Hidden Figures (2016), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) and Hustle & Flow (2005).

The character Detective Joss Carter death, I did not see that one coming.

23. Nic Bishop

Actor | Truth Be Told

Nic Bishop was born on September 19, 1973 in Swindon, England. He is an actor and producer, known for Truth Be Told (2019), Snowfall (2017) and Woodlawn (2015).

The character Peter Dunlop in TV series Body Of Proof, his death was so sad.

24. Dillon Casey

Actor | Backpackers

Dillon Casey was born on October 29, 1983 in Dallas, Texas, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Backpackers (2013), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013) and The Vow (2012).

The character Casey in TV Series Nikita death was so tragic.

25. John Francis Daley

Actor | Bones

John Francis Daley began acting in the national and international tour of The Who's Tommy, playing young Tommy - and coming to national prominence in the critically acclaimed, cult classic series, Freaks and Geeks (1999). Formerly a regular on the Fox hit, Bones (2005), John can also be seen in the...

The character Lance sweets in the TV series Bones just broke my heart.

26. Dan Stevens

Actor | Downton Abbey

Dan Stevens was born at Croydon in Surrey on 10th October 1982. His parents are teachers. He was educated at Tonbridge School and trained in acting at the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. He studied English Literature at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Whilst he was a Cambridge undergraduate, ...

The character Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey, when he died I was gutted

27. Dennis Haysbert

Actor | Far from Heaven

Dennis Haysbert was born on June 2, 1954 in San Mateo, California, USA as Dennis Dexter Haysbert. He is an actor and producer, known for Far from Heaven (2002), 24 (2001) and Heat (1995). He was previously married to Lynn Griffith and Elena Simms.

The character President Palmer in TV series 24 was tragic and devastating.

28. Ryan Eggold

Composer | Literally, Right Before Aaron

Southern California native Ryan Eggold graduated from the USC's esteemed theatre department, then immediately landed recurring roles on CBS's Young and the Restless, HBO's Entourage, Cartoon Network's Out of Jimmy's Head, ABC's Brothers & Sisters and The CW's Veronica Mars, before obtaining his ...

The character Tom Keen, was my favourite on the show - such a tragic death

29. Anthony Head

Actor | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Anthony Stewart Head was born on February 20, 1954 in Camden Town, north London, England. He grew up in Hampton, near Richmond upon Thames in London. He's the youngest son of his parents, Seafield Head (a documentary filmmaker) and Helen Shingler (an actress). He is the younger brother of musical ...

The character Uther in BBC TV Series Merlin was so sad.

30. Beth Riesgraf

Actress | Alvin and the Chipmunks

Beth Riesgraf was born on August 24, 1978 in the USA as Beth Jean Riesgraf. She is an actress and producer, known for Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007), Leverage (2008) and Intruders (2015).

The character Maeve Donovan in Criminal Minds died tragically - so sad



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