10 Amazing Actors Who Died During A Movie’s Production

Here is our list of 10 actors who died during their films production.
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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 in place, which means that on-set deaths are very rare, but 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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  66 comments for “10 Amazing Actors Who Died During A Movie’s Production

  1. GhostbustersFan77
    July 7, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    Bruce Lee died while filming game of death

  2. Tyranation
    July 6, 2016 at 12:10 AM

    rest in piece. we all miss you. ~ Tyranation

  3. Jack Innes Biggs (link)
    July 5, 2016 at 3:41 PM

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

    • Juan D Estrada
      July 5, 2016 at 11:34 PM

      4:38, and yes

  4. SkyKrypto_
    July 3, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    I watched the Glass House with Vic Morrow, Alan Alda, and Club Galager.

    • SkyKrypto_
      July 3, 2016 at 8:06 PM

      Clu Galager*

  5. Hancockst1
    July 2, 2016 at 6:14 PM

    What about Bruce Lee? How do u forget him?

    • Batman
      July 3, 2016 at 2:28 AM

      He didn’t die while filming a movie

    • rasta_nz
      July 3, 2016 at 7:59 AM

      Neither did Paul Walker, but Bruce was still in mid production filming
      scenes for Game of Death.

  6. Jason Roggasch
    July 2, 2016 at 4:55 PM

    PHIL HARTMAN…News Radio

    • lucy warner
      July 2, 2016 at 5:02 PM

      yea he also played jiji in kikis delivery service

  7. Mofker GT
    July 2, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    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

    • James Lobont
      July 4, 2016 at 5:42 AM

      +Senpai Ren Umm.. making a film takes a while. He died in 2013…

    • Xbox Gamer
      July 6, 2016 at 7:23 AM

      Paul walker didn’t die making a movie he died in a real crash

  8. Jose Rodriguez
    July 2, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    river Phoenix and Chris Farley comes to mind

    • Aleksandra Boskova
      July 3, 2016 at 4:28 AM

      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

    • Jose Rodriguez
      July 3, 2016 at 5:46 AM

      +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.

    • Aleksandra Boskova
      July 3, 2016 at 5:58 AM

      +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

  9. Lane Sutton
    July 2, 2016 at 11:43 AM

    I didn’t watch the video yet so

    • Devin Sutton
      July 2, 2016 at 1:50 PM


  10. seymour butz
    July 2, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    What about Leonard Nimoy? Was Star Trek in production when he died?

    • seymour butz
      July 2, 2016 at 10:07 AM

      Star Trek Beyond*

    • lilow chicken (Emo duck queen)
      July 5, 2016 at 2:28 AM

      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.

  11. Rhett Banks
    July 2, 2016 at 5:09 AM

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

    • Aleezia Mathis
      July 3, 2016 at 9:13 PM

      Yes the movie was being made while he died

    • lilow chicken (Emo duck queen)
      July 5, 2016 at 2:29 AM

      +ohnor yes, but not during the actual filming.

    • Jade Peterson
      July 6, 2016 at 7:56 AM

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

  12. Anime MLP & MORE
    June 25, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    Did anyone else notice the KKK?

    • Lauren Surber
      June 25, 2016 at 6:47 PM

      It was part of the movie… SMH

    • Joel Jasso
      July 5, 2016 at 8:38 PM

      I did

  13. Erika P.
    May 20, 2016 at 5:19 AM

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

    • stompyrompy
      May 29, 2016 at 1:56 AM

      R.I.P J.C. you too Jesus

    • Anime MLP & MORE
      June 25, 2016 at 12:42 PM

      +stompyrompy but mostly Jesus

    • Lauren Surber
      June 25, 2016 at 6:50 PM

      Jesus isnt dead…

    • stompyrompy
      June 25, 2016 at 6:52 PM

      +Lauren Surber according to the ways things are going in the United States
      he just might be

    • Lauren Surber
      July 4, 2016 at 3:13 PM

      Well I believe in him so he cant be dead…

  14. James Bott
    May 18, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    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
      June 25, 2016 at 5:17 PM

      +Melissa Saar Spartacus isnt a typo…. that’s a name.

    • Melissa Saar
      June 26, 2016 at 7:53 PM

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

    • Neo Franklin2
      June 26, 2016 at 8:11 PM

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

    • Melissa Saar
      June 26, 2016 at 8:14 PM

      +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.

    • You're
      July 2, 2016 at 4:26 PM

      I cried when he passed away.

  15. Buckaroo372
    May 15, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    he was druck driveing

    • PGAmyRose Hasan Ashik
      June 1, 2016 at 11:04 AM

      Hehe look we all drunk

    • PGAmyRose Hasan Ashik
      June 1, 2016 at 11:05 AM

      +PGAmyRose Hasan Ashik JK

    • Jaden Hunter
      July 2, 2016 at 5:36 PM

      paul wasn’t drunk. he was in a car with his friend and his friend was drunk
      and was also the one driving the car

    • DannylovesGTA -
      July 5, 2016 at 10:05 PM

      you type like youre drunk.

  16. TARRANIS Games
    May 14, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Richard Harris (dumbdledor Harry potter 1-2)

    • Gozner Peter
      July 2, 2016 at 4:28 AM


    • Dimensia
      July 4, 2016 at 11:40 AM

      +LittleNoe Does Minecraft No Richard Harris was Dumbledore in Philosophers
      Stone and in Chamber of Secrets, then when he died, Michael Gambon replaced
      him in the Prisoner of Azkaban

    • Femaddin
      July 4, 2016 at 12:33 PM

      +Dimensia exactly!

  17. karen chiavazzo
    May 6, 2016 at 5:38 AM

    I miss paul.. ;(

    • Rob Bader
      July 1, 2016 at 12:22 PM


    • Rob Bader
      July 1, 2016 at 12:24 PM

      Lol oh duh, Walker. Well, I’m sure he’s racing in heaven with Paul Newman.

    • Zeus The Lightning God
      July 2, 2016 at 6:28 AM

      its k cum

  18. Cami Sans
    April 26, 2016 at 10:06 PM

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

    • Armyboy89
      April 27, 2016 at 2:41 PM


    • Billy Chappuis (Sith Lord)
      May 3, 2016 at 6:14 PM

      +Cami Sans Yes but he died during The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

    • SteveGamer25
      May 23, 2016 at 11:29 PM

      yea thats what they said. duh

  19. ZeaMoore4
    April 20, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    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…

    • ThatOneGuy
      May 27, 2016 at 1:40 PM


  20. Raf Cornelissen
    April 19, 2016 at 8:44 AM

    What about Richard Harris, from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets?

    • cazia9
      June 25, 2016 at 4:10 PM

      +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

    • Femaddin
      June 27, 2016 at 12:36 PM

      He died of cancer, not out of old age.

    • Femaddin
      June 27, 2016 at 12:37 PM

      The movie was already done when he died. Duh!

    • Tisisweee
      July 2, 2016 at 6:53 PM


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