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Who Has Died Most Often On Screen? (Spoiler Alert!)

posted by Nell Minow

It’s a big moment in any movie when one of the main characters dies, whether in battle, by accident, foul play, or natural causes. The nice people at the information site ChaCha have done the math and figured out which actors have died most often in movies. They also point out some interesting patterns and coincidences — De Niro was killed by Pacino in “Heat” and then Pacino was then killed by De Niro in “Righteous Kill” and Bruce Willis had two movie deaths at the hand of his then-wife, Demi Moore.
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  • FilmAlicia

    It’s going back a bit (it’s still Alicia, but I’m using a new handle, Nell) but I recall Yul Brynner dying in almost every movie he was in for a while (except for “Anastasia”). He usually played tragic, doomed exotics who died when they couldn’t consummate their passion for the heroines (often played by Deborah Kerr).

  • Kevin L.

    You should flag this “spoiler alert”, because a character living or dying is often END of the movie.
    Also, at least one error: Gary Oldman should be credited once more, for “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”.

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    Good points, Kevin, thanks!

  • Abby

    Wasn’t Gary Oldman the one to die on (or more correctly, hanging out of) Air Force One? He belongs in the top ten!

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    Good point, Abby!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Jason Tucker

    Gary Oldman also dies at the end of “Rosencranz and Guildenstern are Dead.”

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment gabriel

    Sean bean has died in over 21 movies he should be at the top of this list… such a shame peaople dont do their homework

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Travis

    I was looking this up because I figured Sean Bean would easily run away with this as he has over 20 onscreen deaths… but I think David Warner would be worth looking into for the lead as well.

    • Nell Minow

      Good point, Travis!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Jeremy

    You should also include Gary Oldman’s role in Sid and Nancy, Hannibal, Lost in Space, JFK… Sean Bean is short about 20 roles… Poor infographic.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Brad

    Doesn’t anyone here have a clue……Vincent Price by a long shot at 32. Learn to research people.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Karl C

    Bruce willis’s death toll is 13… He dies In Set up and Catch 44.

    • Nell Minow

      Thanks, Karl! Glad you’re keeping track.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Daniel Hoey

    I don’t really like films so I don’t know why I am on this website.

    • Nell Minow

      Welcome, Mr. Hoey, and you can find posts about other topics here as well.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Karl C

    ACTUALLY it’s 14, he dies in the cold light of day.

    • Nell Minow

      Thanks, Karl!

  • Pete Matthews

    Whats ye point?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Maadmai

    How about Sean Bean? He diead 21 times in his movies and series! Last he was beheaded in the Game of Thrones!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Clay

    Don’t know when this list was made but Denzel is at 10. Book of Eli and Safe House aren’t on his list.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Gouda8nemo

    I think the title of this article needs to be changed to reflect the opening commentary, because if you read the commentary it’s which lead actor has died the most, but the title implies just an actor.

    Here is a list of the actors that have died the most according to imdb.com
    http://www.imdb.com/list/50ND9mHEZTQ/

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Sam

    Check out john hurt. He may well have surpassed them all.

  • James Martin

    Have you checked Paul Winfield and Michelle Rodriguez?

    • Nell Minow

      Excellent additions — two great actors, thanks!

  • James Martin

    I know for a fact Winfield has died at least three times I can cite and once am not sure the title of and that’s not including TV.

  • craig britton

    john hurt has around 40 films in which he meets death

    • James Martin

      I hadn’t thought of him. Don’t know really how many, but it’s got to be a lot.

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