Date of Death: 7th June 1937 (26) Cause: Uremic Poisoning
Fate of the Project?: With the film about 90% completed, Harlow collapsed on the set and died about a week later. Her remaining scenes were shot with double Mary Dees being filmed only from behind. Paula Winslowe supplied the voice.
Date of Death: 20th July 1973 (32) Cause: Cerebral Edema
Fate of the Project?: Lee had filmed over 30 minutes of fight scenes for this film when work was suspended to allow Lee to work on Enter the Dragon. However, he died before he could return.
Six years later, director Robert Clouse fleshed out a feature around the original footage with a new cast, including two stand-ins for Lee, who faces are hidden by dark sunglasses and shadows. Close-ups and stills of Lee's face (including a cardboard cut-out) were also used.
Date of Death: 4th March 1994 (43) Cause: Heart Attack
Fate of the Project?: His few remaining scenes were either not filmed, or were filmed using a stand-in, then re-written not to involve him. His second bar sequence re-uses footage from his earlier bar sequence. The films ends with a dedication to him.
Date of Death: 2 May 1999 (61) Cause: Heart Attack
Fate of the Project?: The remainder of his sequences had to be re-edited and a double, photographed in the shadows and with a 3D CGI mask of Reed's face, was used as a stand-in. The film is dedicated to his memory.
Date of Death: 22nd January 2008 (28) Cause: Accidental overdose of perscription drugs
Fate of the Project?: Production was shut down for a few months. Then it was re-started when Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell agreed to complete Ledger's role. The film's fantasy premise, and some clever rewrites, let the actors play a man whose appearance changes as he travels between imaginary worlds.
In loving memory of the actors who couldn't finish their last project before their untimely demise.