Being an actor isn’t all Hollywood glitz and glam. In fact, sometimes it can be downright dangerous. Take these 12 Hollywood stars, for example. They all have one morbid thing in common: They died from incidents that occurred while on the set of the show or movie they were filming.
While there are some celebrity deaths that are hoaxes and plenty of famous actors — like Heath Ledger — who died before finishing a project, not all of them died from something on set. Some of these deaths were the result of natural causes, while other stars met a more gruesome end.
Here’s a look at 12 actors whose lives ended before they finished filming their projects.
1. Vic Morrow
During the filming of Twilight Zone: The Movie, Morrow was killed on set in July 1982, along with two child actors, Myca Dinh Le and Renee Chen, says How Stuff Works. The Twilight Zone script called for the use of both a helicopter and pyrotechnics, a deadly combination in this case.
During a scene in which Morrow was being attacked by American soldiers in Vietnam, the pyrotechnics exploded, severing the helicopter’s tail, which caused it to crash, decapitating Morrow and killing the two child actors, per Ranker.
Later, it came out that the children who died were going to be paid illegally under the table. Allegedly, the director was trying to avoid California’s laws against kids working at night, as well as working around the potentially dangerous combination of a helicopter and pyrotechnics, per How Stuff Works. In fact, director John Landis and four others were later charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter due to the illegal hiring of the children. According to Ranker, the jury decided Landis wasn’t expecting the scene to be dangerous and found the defendants not guilty.
Twilight Zone: The Movie continued on, and the movie was released in June 1983, performing poorly at the box office.