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Added by PolarCow on 8 Mar 2013 10:16
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Actors who always dies in movies

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Leonardo DiCaprio has a penchant for picking doomed movie roles. If his goal is to win an Oscar by acting out a gruesome death scene, he might want to try another approach. He's died in almost all of his movies, but he still hasn't won an Oscar!

Here's a rundown of the films in which Leo has met his demise:

The Quick and the Dead
Total Eclipse
Romeo + Juliet
Blood Diamond
The Departed
J. Edgar
Django Unchained
The Great Gatsby
Average listal rating (482 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 0

Tim Curry has also had a rough time staying alive throughout his decades-long career in the movie business. He's almost always the bad guy! Just look at this roundup:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Shadow
Oliver Twist
The Colour of Magic
McHale's Navy
Charlie's Angels
Scary Movie 2

Average listal rating (2223 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 0
Bruce Willis may be hard to take down in the 'Die Hard' series, but he's met his expiration date in plenty of other films! See for yourself; he's died in all 13 of these movies:

Billy Bathgate
Mortal Thoughts
Death Becomes Her
Twelve Monkeys
The Jackal
The Sixth Sense
Hart's War
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
Sin City
Grindhouse: Planet Terror
The Cold Light of Day
The Prince

Average listal rating (3289 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 0

As we saw with Leonardo DiCaprio, being a major A-lister with a face the ladies love doesn't save you from playing a character that is destined to fall! Johnny Depp is another member of the Many Deaths Club, having kicked the eternal bucket in these 12 movies:'

A Nightmare on Elm Street
Freddy's Dead
Ed Wood
Dead Man
The Astronaut's Wife
From Hell
The Libertine
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Public Enemies
The Brave
21 Jump Street

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Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard has been in the movie business since 1968, and he sure knows how to go out with a bang! He's died in at least 12 films, including:

The Hunt for Red October
Deep Blue Sea
No Good Deed
Helen of Troy
King Arthur
Angels & Demons
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Average listal rating (466 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 0

Danny Trejo's characters have met their maker in over 10 of his films! Here's just a small taste of the complete rundown:

Death Wish 4: The Crackdown
From Dusk till Dawn
Point Blank
The Replacement Killers
Once Upon a Time in Mexico

Average listal rating (1621 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 0

Now let's talk about Gary Oldman. You've probably seen him around, though you may not have known it was him. He's a master of disguise; he rarely looks the same twice!

He may not repeat looks, but there is one thing that he definitely has done more than once: drop dead in a movie! He's actually succumbed to fate in, count 'em, 12 different films:

The Book of Eli
State of Grace
Bram Stoker's Dracula
The Fifth Element
Air Force One
True Romance
Lost in Space
Sid and Nancy
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


It's a good thing that death on film doesn't last forever! If that were the case, Robert De Niro would've had to leave the movie business decades ago.

Check out this sampling of his most hazardous career moments:

Bloody Mama
Bang the Drum Slowly
Mean Streets
The Mission
Cape Fear
This Boy's Life
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
The Fan
Jackie Brown
Great Expectations
15 Minutes
Hide & Seek
New Year's Eve


Sometimes, an actor can't help but play roles that will ultimately end in death. Take Gary Busey, for instance. His face is perfect to play the "bad guy" part, so it isn't a total shock that he's passed away on screen so many times since the 1960s.

Here are just some examples of films in which he's croaked:

The Magnificent Seven Ride
Lolly-Madonna XXX
The Buddy Holly Story
Straight Time
Lethal Weapon
Hider in the House
Predator 2
Point Break
Wild Texas Wind
The Firm
Under Siege
Drop Zone
Surviving the Game
Man with a Gun
Lethal Tender
The Rage
The Gingerdead Man


Mickey Rourke is another actor who, like Gary Busey, was built to play the bad guy. Therefore, just like his creepy counterpart, he has died in a lot of movies, too:

A Prayer for the Dying
Rumble Fish
Johnny Handsome
Picture Claire
Iron Man 2
Once Upon a Time in Mexico
Sin City
Passion Play
Double Team
White Sands
Fall Time
Desperate Hours
The Last Outlaw
Man on Fire

Average listal rating (1009 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 0

Sean Bean, whom you may have watched meet his untimely end in the first season of 'Game of Thrones,' has bit the dust in over 20 movies and TV series throughout his career. Yikes! That's a lot of death.

It would probably be much easier to list the movies he hasn't died in, but what fun would that be? I'll break it down by category, so you guys can really get a taste of Bean's massive death count.

Movies (Including made-for-TV and straight-to-DVD):

War Requiem
The Field
Lorna Doone
Patriot Games
Essex Boys
The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
Don't Say a Word
The Island
Far North
The Hitcher
Death Race 2
Black Death
Age of Heroes

TV Miniseries:

Tell Me That You Love Me
Henry VIII
Red Riding

Three other actors have out-died Sean Bean! Incredible!

Legendary horror film actor Vincent Price has since passed away in real life, but as an actor, he was no stranger to death. His characters died in over 30 movies between 1939 and 1990, including:

Tower of London (1939)
Green Hell
Brigham Young
The Long Night
Rogues' Regiment
Dangerous Mission
The Mad Magician
The Ten Commandments
The Bat
House of Usher
Master of the World
The Pit and the Pendulum
Nefertiti, Queen of the Nile
Tales of Terror
Tower of London (1962)
Diary of a Madman
The Haunted Palace
Twice-Told Tales
The Comedy of Terrors
The Last Man on Earth
The Masque of the Red Death
The Tomb of Ligeia
Witchfinder General
More Dead Than Alive
Scream and Scream Again
Cry of the Banshee
Theatre of Blood
Scavenger Hunt
House of the Long Shadows
The Great Mouse Detective
From a Whisper to a Scream
Edward Scissorhands

Average listal rating (186 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 0

Bela Lugosi, who became famous for playing horror roles just like Vincent Price, appeared in over 100 films in his career. With that many credits to his name, and getting a lot of work in the horror genre, he was bound to rack up quite a list! All in all, he died in at least 36 movies.
Average listal rating (572 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 0
If you thought Sean Bean, Vincent Price, and Bela Lugosi's death numbers were high, think again! The true King of Movie Deaths is John Hurt, whose characters have ended up six feet under in at least 40 movies and miniseries since his career began in the 1960s. If you want to know what it's like on the other side, he's probably the man to ask!

Movies he's died in:

The Wild and the Willing
Sinful Davey
A Man for All Seasons
10 Rillington Place
The Ghoul
East of Elephant Rock
The Elephant Man
Heaven's Gate
The Osterman Weekend
The Hit
After Darkness
The Black Cauldron
Jake Speed
Little Sweetheart
L'Oeil qui ment
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
The Climb
All the Little Animals
You're Dead
Lost Souls
The Proposition
V for Vendetta
An Englishman in New York
Whistle and I'll Come To You
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

TV miniseries:

I, Claudius

Who has died the most in the world of the movies?

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Posted: 5 years ago at Mar 8 12:58
To out-die Sean Bean is a great challenge indeed! Cool list!
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Sep 6 6:06
Shelley Winters
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Sep 6 6:42
Amazing list!
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Sep 6 7:51
Poor Leo... he either dies or never gets the girl (or THE OSCAR HE DESERVES!!!!)
Sean Bean should be on the top of this list, I've read the poor guy has die in over 20 MOVIES!!!!
Nice list:)
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Sep 6 14:31
You can add Jared Leto. He always die, like... always.
Posted: 4 years, 4 months ago at Oct 27 21:11
perfect list :)
Posted: 4 years, 4 months ago at Oct 29 19:46
Steve Buscemi.
Posted: 4 years, 4 months ago at Oct 29 20:50
Great list :)
Bruce also died in the movie The Cold Light of Day
Posted: 4 years, 4 months ago at Oct 29 21:17
We might as well be calling him Leonardo DIE-Caprio.
Posted: 4 years, 4 months ago at Oct 30 7:22
Shadow Kiss - Thanks! Updated the list. :)
I guess there's a lot of movies I'm not aware of - can't see them all. :P
Posted: 3 years, 7 months ago at Jul 29 12:03
Posted: 3 years, 6 months ago at Sep 11 2:29
Christopher Walken should be here too, especially since with him in started with the Deer Hunter.
Posted: 3 years, 6 months ago at Sep 20 19:12
Bruce Willis recently died in The Prince
Posted: 3 years, 6 months ago at Sep 21 20:06
great list ;) you'd add sean bean :d

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