10 AMAZING ACTORS Who DIED While Filming Movies (Bruce Lee, Brandon Lee, Paul Walker)


Welcome to Top10Archive! The art of movie-making is not without its
roadblocks. Financial troubles, contract negotiations,
and inclement weather are just a sample of the dilemmas that a production crew can run
into. We’ll be covering something far more tragic
than poor location choice, as we look at ten actors that never saw their final project
to completion. 10. Brandon Lee
Mention the name Brandon Lee and chances are the 1994 film, The Crow, is going to come
up. Lee’s most notable role, the ill-fated Eric
Draven in Alex Proyas’ adaptation of the comic book, also happened to be his last. During filming of the alleged “cursed”
movie, Lee was accidentally shot on set and died shortly after, nearly ending production
of the movie entirely. Time constraints during production led to
sloppy gun handling as the prop crew created their own dummy cartridges, which led to a
bullet being driven partway through the barrel of a .44 Magnum. When the gun was reused with blanks that give
the illusion of a gun firing, the force of the blank dislodged the dummy round, which
struck Lee in the abdomen. 9. Vic Morrow, Myca Dinh Le, Renee Shin-Yi Chen
Outside of The Twilight Zone: The Movie, these three actors likely had very little in common. Vic Morrow was an established television actor
while Myca and Renee were both under 10-years-old, but in 1982, their paths crossed and came
to a sudden end due to alleged carelessness during the filming of John Landis’ theatrical
Twilight Zone movie. While escaping from a Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopter
as part of a scene in the “Time Out” segment, Morrow and the two children were killed when
the chopper lost control after a mortar effect detached the tail-rotor. The chopper came down on Morrow and Le, decapitating
them, and Chen was crushed to death, though the six passengers on board all survived with
injuries. Landis had allegedly ignored warnings about
the danger of the stunt, but he was acquitted of manslaughter during the criminal investigation. 8. Paul Walker
On November 30th, 2013, Paul Walker and friend Roger Rodas were involved in a single-vehicle
collision. The Porsche Carrera GT, driven by Rodas, crashed
into a concrete lamppost and burst into flames. Neither Walker nor Rodas survived the crash
and the raging fire left their bodies unrecognizable by the time emergency services arrived. What followed was a mix of anger and sorrow
from fans of Walker as further investigation into the case determined that Rodas was speeding
between 80-90 miles or 130-150 kilometers per hour in a 45-mile or roughly 70-kilometer
per hour zone when the car struck the post. The timing of Walker’s death came during
the filming of The Fast and the Furious 7, forcing rewrites and his brothers Caleb and
Cody to stand-in for him. 7. River Phoenix
River Phoenix became known as one of the most influential younger actors of his era, astonishing
audiences with his natural talent. By the early-90’s, Phoenix’s do-good attitude
changed and started him down a path that would be his undoing when, on Halloween night in
1993, the 23-year-old actor died of an Acute multiple drug ingestion of cocaine, morphine,
Valium, and ephedrine at Johnny Depp’s former nightclub, The Viper Room. Along with future films he had been cast in,
such as Interview with a Vampire and Broken Dreams, Phoenix left the thriller Dark Blood
unfinished. For 19 years it remained so, until director
George Sluizer re-edited the footage for a 2012 release. 6. Oliver Reed
With advancements in film-making technology, the loss of an actor mid-production, while
felt hard by those closest to them, can be worked around without having to alter the
script. When Oliver Reed died of a heart attack on
May 2nd, 1999, he was on a short break from filming Ridley Scott’s Gladiator. As a mentor to the protagonist, Maximus Meridius,
Reed’s role was fairly large in the movie and, to finish the scenes still needing to
be shot posthumously, Scott employed CGI tactics and mannequins to fill Reed in. While enjoying a few too many drinks at a
pub in Valletta, Malta with soldiers of the British Royal Navy and crew of the HMS Cumberland,
Reed collapsed and died before an ambulance could get to him. 5. Philip Seymour Hoffman
When highly regarded actor Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away from a lethal dosage of
heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines, and amphetamines, it shocked Hollywood and movie-goers. Despite a history of drug abuse in the 80’s,
Hoffman’s rehabilitation at 22-years-old lead to 23 years of sobriety and an incredibly
successful career. On February 2nd, 2014, the actor was found
dead on the floor of his apartment’s bathroom with a needle in his arm. The devastating effects of Hoffman’s accidental
death were felt heavily by the entire crew of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 as
Hoffman still had several pivotal scenes left to film as Plutarch Heavensbee. Rather than turn to CG recreation of the actor,
director Francis Lawrence instead had Plutarch’s scenes rewritten for other characters and
cut in real footage of Hoffman. 4. John Candy
While shooting for the 1994 western comedy Wagons East! in Durango, Mexico, legendary
funnyman John Candy suffered a heart attack that proved to be too much for his body to
handle. Candy died on March 4th, 1994, leaving the
creative minds behind Wagons East! the difficult task to fill in the empty gaps that his death
would cause. Thanks to the wonders of technology, filmmakers
were able to integrate stand-ins and special effects to complete the film. Though the movie marked one of his last film
appearances, his last film release wound up technically being Canadian Bacon. The 1995 movie completed filming prior to
Wagons East! but delays in the release schedule pushed it further out. Unfortunately, neither movie performed well
enough to act as proper send-offs to one of comedy’s greatest men. 3. Bela Lugosi
For his terrifying portrayal as the pale fiend of the night in the 1931 classic, Dracula,
Lugosi found himself being typecast as a horror villain, and it was within this realm that
his career shined the most. When he branched off, Lugosi’s fame declined,
leading to a string of drug use and poverty that had promise of turning around when the
aging actor was paired up with ambitious filmmaker Ed Wood. Wood’s most notable piece, 1959’s “Plan
9 from Outer Space”, starred Lugosi, though much of what’s seen of the actor on-screen
were from test scenes for other projects the two had been working on together. Wood also had his wife’s chiropractor, Tom
Mason, fill in for Lugosi, though he was always seen with a cape over half of his face as
the two shared no physical similarities. Lugosi suffered a heart attack at the age
of 73 and is buried at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California. 2. Bruce Lee
Like his son Brandon, Bruce Lee was in the middle of film production when his life suddenly
ended. In May of 1973, Lee was diagnosed and treated
for a cerebral edema, possibly caused by head trauma incurred during his martial arts career. Two months after his first treatment, symptoms
returned. Hoping to reduce the pain, Lee took Equagesic,
a painkiller, and laid down for a nap that he never woke up from. The official cause of death was said to be
an allergic reaction to an ingredient in the painkiller. Adding to the tragedy was The Game of Death,
a martial arts film Lee was in the process of writing, directing, producing, and starring
in. With Lee absent, The Game of Death remained
incomplete until 2000, when what was filmed was released alongside behind-the-scenes footage
and interviews. 1. Heath Ledger
The death of Heath Ledger shocked the entertainment industry and derailed production of Terry
Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Coming off his heavily taxing preparation
to bring The Joker to life, which included locking himself in a hotel room for a month
to perfect the character, fans were quick to blame his methodology for his mental downturn. While the timing kind of matches up, Ledger’s
accidental mixture of oxycodone, temazepam, alPRAzolam, doXYLamine, hydrocodone, and diazepam
could have just been an effect of an alleged drug problem the actor struggled with. After his death, Gilliam toyed with ending
production on the fantastical Parnassus or digitally adding Ledger in, but instead utilized
Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, and Jude Law to portray different versions of Ledger’s character,
Tony.

100 Replies to “10 AMAZING ACTORS Who DIED While Filming Movies (Bruce Lee, Brandon Lee, Paul Walker)

  1. polish actor Christopher Milkowski(Krzysztof Milkowski) 27 years old ,He played in film Republic of hope 1986-Republika nadziei 1986, He died on movie set , during making/production of film Przeprawa(Crossing) 1987 military/war movie.Mine exploded killing him instantly in lake (in ukrainre)

  2. Then U have one Of Bruce n Brandon Lee U insensitive bitch ass motherfuckers posting shit for views Shame on you

  3. Wish Brandon,Heath,Paul and Bruce to live and take shit-ass bitch Justin Bieber

    Such a shame God didn't take him

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  5. there's this comments going like "give Paul back and take Justin away" like what the fuck? no i am not a JB fan but what kinda thinking is that? wishing death to someone? what if we wished for your mom to be taken away just to get Paul back? smh y'all are fuckers

  6. That Brandon Lee part makes no sense it's clear somebody put a real bullet in the gun clearly they wanted him dead same way his son died

  7. Bruce Lee was a super demon possessed wizard and Taoist priest who practiced channeling (just like is commonly practiced by movie actors and musicians) and he even performed a wizardry ritual in one of his movies. Through channeling he gained preternatural knowlege and power. He was therefore very evil. He was also an atheist. Please see www.vaticancatholic.com There is No Salvation Outside the Catholic Church.

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  8. So you felt it was really necessary to show the death video of #9 and Paul Walker's dead body, huh. What a class act you are smh

  9. I love Bruce Lee and I have to say exactly why did you add him he didn't die DURING the film he died when enter the dragon was released. May everyone in this video rest in peace.

  10. Paul Walker a great actor ? He was only known for The Fast and The Furious Franchise and he was an Ephebophile.

  11. Bruce Lee completely destroyed racism against Asians in the west. He showed us all the true beauty of Chinese culture. The man was a uniting force, causing people to come together and love one another. RIP Bruce and Brandon. The world needs more people like you both.

  12. I just watched The Crow and I'm so sad 🙁 I never knew Brandon died like that on set. My inner Shane is coming out. I smell a conspiracy behind it

  13. Some of them died when they wasent filming paul walker didnt die while filming and that other guy who had an cocaim habbit he died off film but rip to all of em

  14. Brandon Lee was hardly an "amazing" actor. Don't get me wrong, he wasn't terrible, but amazing? That's a huge stretch. Rapid Fire wasn't exactly an Oscar worthy performance.

  15. The Crow went to a lot of Dark production but Brandon Lee’s Death was really tragic and it’s very sad since Brandon Lee at the 28 years old, that’s really sad, this made me cry

  16. brandon lees death was a RIDICULOUS OCCURANCE AND SHOULD HAVE NEVER DUCKING HAPPENED..SMH…SAD AND HE DEF IS MISSED!! 2019

  17. IMO, of these 10, it should be: 1) Heath Ledger, 2) Bruce Lee, 3) Paul Walker, 4) Brandon Lee, 5) Phillip Seymour Hoffman

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