10 Amazing Actors Who Died During A Movie’s Production

Here is our list of 10 actors who died during the production of their films.
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Film production can be a dangerous business. As we discussed in our video about 9 Incredibly Hard To Shoot Movie Scenes, getting the perfect action shot can sometimes mean pulling off very risky stunts that have the potential to go disastrously wrong. Fortunately, most productions will have plenty of precautions and safeguards, so on-set deaths are rare. However, there are still some famous cases of actors who died while filming and others who died before they could finish their current projects.

Here are Screen Rant’s 10 Actors Who Died During A Movie’s Production.

Script by: Hannah Shaw-Williams @HSW3K

Voice Over by Rob Flis @Rob_Flis

Heath Ledger | 0:42
Jon-Erik Hexum | 1:24
Brandon Lee | 1:57
Paul Walker | 2:31
Vic Morrow | 3:07
Oliver Reed | 3:43
John Ritter | 4:23
Bela Lugosi | 4:55
Marilyn Monroe | 5:33
Philip Seymour Hoffman | 6:01

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  1. 4:33 is that penny from the big bang theory (the one on the left)

  2. I miss paul…. I remember I cried alot when I found out he died in 2013…
    but can’t believe that was 3 years ago

    • yes, River Phoenix was a great actor, died during production of Dark Blood,
      but I believe Chris Farley wasn’t in any production at the moment of his

    • +Aleksandra Boskova A lot of people don’t know this but Chris Farley died
      while Shrek was in pre production. in fact they released a voice over
      storyboard on YouTube. “Chris Farley as shrek lost footage found” Maybe it
      still doesn’t count but its still sad that he never got to do Shrek.

    • +Jose Rodriguez
      I’m sure that it counts 🙂 I can imagine him perfectly as Shrek, it like it
      was written for him 🙂 Thnx for the info

    • I don’t think so, but that other guy in star trek who just died recently
      was motor biking or something and he fell off and it crushed him.

  3. I’m pretty sure Paul Walker just died because of a car crash, not during

    • +lilow chicken (Emo duck queen) That’s not what this is. It means while in
      the middle of making a movie, not literally filming.

  4. Everyone forgot the great John Candy ! He died during the filming of Wagons

  5. Don’t forget Andy Whitfield. He died of cancer after season 1 of Spatacus.
    The production company made a 6 episode prequel to give them time to cast
    another actor to play Spartacus for seasons 2 and 3.

    • +Neo Franklin2 Yes, but he didn’t write “Spartacus.” He wrote
      “Spatacus.” I know my history.

    • +Melissa Saar I just noticed his typo, that one is on me. Don’t know why
      but i can’t help laughing at “Spatacus”

    • +Neo Franklin2 My reaction exactly …but not in a mean way. It’s just a
      fun word. Like “Sporadicus” in “Clueless.” You just gotta laugh.

  6. Didn’t Heath Ledger die after The Dark Knight had been finished being
    edited, but before they put it out into theaters?

  7. To me, Philip Seymour Hoffman is the greatest loss in movie/film history.
    He was so lovable, talented and he did so many different superb roles. All
    these acters will be missed, but he was one of my al time favorites…

    • +Yo Ninja richard harris died October 25 2002…Chamber of Secrets was
      released in the UK Nov 3 2002 and the US Nov 15 2002….so unless they were
      reshooting and /or finalizing a week before release, i think it is safe to
      say that Harris doesnt merit being on this list

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