Film actors and crew members are sometimes put into difficult situations to give a more natural shot. While different things happen on the movie sets, the desire for authentic results leads to tragedy on many occasions. Here is a list of 10 people who died during the production of the movie.
1. Vic Morrow
Actor Vic Morrow and two child artists, Renee Shinn Chen and Myca Dinh Le died on the last scheduled day of shooting for Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983). The scene involved helicopter flying above pyrotechnic explosions.
2. Brandon Lee
Actor Brandon Lee died on the set while filming for ‘The Crow’ movie. In the scene, Lee’s fiancée was being raped by thugs and his character would have also been shot by the villain. Lee was actually killed as the bullet was not noticed in the dummy gun.
3. Arthur Everett Scholl
Arthur Everett was an American aerobatics pilot and aerial cameraman. He was hired to capture an in-flight scene of a flat spin in ‘Top Gun’ movie. Failed to recover from the spin, his aircraft crashed and he died in the Pacific Ocean.
4. Roy Kinnear
Roy Kinnear died while shooting a horse riding scene in the movie ‘The Return of the Musketeers’. In Madrid, the actor bled to death after he drastically fell from a horse and broke his pelvis.
5. Paul Mantz
Paul Mantz was an air racing pilot who died while shooting a scene for the movie ‘The Flight of the Phoenix’. He failed to recover after his aircraft struck a small hillock.
6. David Ritchie
A set dresser, David Ritchie, died on the set of the movie ‘Jumper’ in an unfortunate accident. Frozen sand, earth, and ice that were to be used for special effects rained down on him, resulted in his death.
7. Harry L. O’ConnorM
Harry L. O’Connor, the stunt double of Diesel died while performing a stunt for the movie xXx in which he was supposed to rappel down a parasailing line. As he couldn’t rappel down at the designated speed, he accidentally slammed into a bridge and died instantly.
8. Roland Schlotzhauer
Roland Schlotzhauer’s helicopter hit power lines when he was filming a parade scene for ‘The Final Season’. His helicopter crashed and he died on the spot.
9. George Camilleri
George Camilleri was a bodybuilding extra of Brad Pitt in Troy. He broke his leg during the shooting and suffered a heart attack due to a blood clot in his leg. He died of second heart attack after he was released from the hospital.
10. Bruce Lee
While there are many speculations associated with Bruce Lee’s untimely death, report of a forensic scientist concluded that he died of cerebral edema. At that time, he was doing dubbing work for ‘Enter the Drago’ in Hong Kong.