The business of making movies is not just time, energy and money consuming, but also very dangerous. You may enjoy seeing horror movies and action films, but do you know those stunts actually injure people? Sometimes people even die! This is sometimes the cost of the entertainment we sit back to – enjoy – a person’s life. This article compiles a list of heroes who died on the set of a movie production.
John Jordan – Jordan died during the production of Catch 22, where he was also the second unit director. They were shooting a scene in Mexico when he was sucked out of the aircraft by the air pressure and caused to fall into the Gul of Mexico from up to 2000 feet. The cause of death was said to be because he refused to strap himself in during the flight.
Vic Morrow – He was in the movie Twilight Zone where he was struck by an helicopter blade along with two other actors who were like him, decapitated immediately.
Art School – This actor who is very famous for being an aerobic pilot died while on the set of the blockbuster movie – Top Gun. Like he is expected to, he was trying a stunt on a jet (the flat spin) when he lost control of the flight and fell into the Pacific Ocean. It is said that he lost control because of the heavy camera equipment that added significant weight to the weight of the aircraft he was flying.
Brandon Lee – Brandon, Bruce Lee’s son, died on the set of the movie – The Crow. His death is one of the most tragic in the history the film industry. The dummy shot that were supposed to be used in the movie were exchanged or replaced with actual blank rounds that had live powder. The shot was fired as it is planned in the movie, within short range, and Brandon Lee died of that gunshot, right on the set.
Conway Wickliffe – He was the stunts manager in the movie he died in, which eventually came out as a blockbuster – Batman: The Dark Knight. While he was working as a technician in the ‘Batmobile’ which was supposed to explode in the movie, they lost control of the car and it crashed really hard into a large tree that was on set.
Kun Liu – A stunts man that acted in The Expendables (by Jet Li) was standing in for Jet Li in an explosion scene which led to his death. His family however sued the company (Millennium Films) that was in charge of the production of the movies.
Steve Irwin – He was stung by a Stingray fish when he was shooting his documentary, “The Crocodile Hunter: Ocean’s deadliest. He was very popular for his works as a wildlife presenter and he died in the wild.
Jon Erik-Hexum – Whilst he was on the set of the movie ‘Cover Up’, he got bored and decided to play Russian roulette. The shot he fired was very close to his ear, resulting in a serious hemorrhage. As they tried to treat him, he eventually died a week after.
We sometimes do not know the cost of the things that please us and entertain us. Yes, some people paid for our enjoyment with their lives and we are unawares.