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24 Actors Who Died in the Middle of Filming Something

List Criteria: People who died during production of a movie or TV show. Loosely ranked by their fame.

Below is a list of notable celebrities who died while filming a movie or TV show. The untimely deaths of the following actors and actresses occurred either while they were on set, during the middle of filming, or before production was completed on the project. These unexpected and tragic deaths of television and film entertainers were shocking and the celeb's loss was felt all over the world, while there are also other deaths on this list that have even been considered some of the most fascinating unsolved Hollywood murders.

Which Hollywood stars spent their final days while in the middle of making a movie or television show? One of the most recent examples of such a tragedy is Cory Monteith, who was starring on the hit musical comedy show "Glee" at the time of his death. The young Canadian actor was found dead in his hotel room in Vancouver, Canada, and the cause was later revealed to be a lethal mix of heroin and alcohol. There are other celebs on the list below who suffered a similar fate, including fellow promising actors such as Heath Ledger and River Phoenix, both of whom died from a drug overdose. The list also includes Hollywood icons like Marilyn Monroe and Natalie Wood, both lovely and talented actresses who passed away while they were in the middle of filming a movie. Both of their deaths have also remained a mystery for many years.

Some of these stars of the silver screen took their last breath while on the set of a film or TV show, often due to a medical condition. John Ritter, Tyrone Power, and Redd Foxx both suffered from some type of heart failure on location. In other cases, like Brandon Lee and Vic Morrow, fell victim to an unforeseen and tragic accidents on set. After reading this list of celebrity incidents where actors died tragically on set, check out this gallery of rock stars whose deaths were the most untimely.

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    On January 22, 2008, Heath Ledger was found dead in his Manhattan apartment from a drug overdose. The Australian actor had just wrapped filming Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight and was in the middle of production for Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus when he passed away. Gilliam brought on Ledger's close friends Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell to step in for Ledger's character in his remaining scenes.

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    • Age: Died at 29 (1979-2008)
    • Birthplace: Perth, Australia
    • Profession: Actor, Music video director
    • Credits: The Dark Knight, Brokeback Mountain, The Patriot, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus + 19 more
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    Hollywood's most famous blonde bombshell was in the middle of filming the comedy Something's Got to Give when she was found dead at her Brentwood, CA home on August 5, 1962. Monroe's cause of death was reported as an overdose of barbiturates resulting from a probable suicide.

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    • Age: Died at 36 (1926-1962)
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Model, Actor, Singer, Showgirl
    • Credits: Some Like It Hot, All About Eve, The Misfits, The Seven Year Itch, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes + 31 more
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    On November 30th 2013, Fast & Furious star Paul Walker died in a car accident after leaving a charity event with his former racing friend Roger Rodas. The two were killed almost instantly when the Porsche Rodas was driving lost control and slammed into a tree. Fast & Furious 7 was still in the middle of filming, resulting in Universal Pictures to consider the decision to indefinitely put the movie on hold. Eventually the decided to move forward with the project with a combination of special effects and stunt doubles.

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    • Age: Died at 40 (1973-2013)
    • Birthplace: Glendale, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Model, Actor
    • Credits: The Fast and the Furious, Fast & Furious 6, Fast Five, Varsity Blues, Flags of Our Fathers + 36 more
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    Before he could finish filming the drama Dark Blood, River Phoenix died of a drug overdose of on October 31, 1993 outside The Viper Room in Hollywood. The autopsy found various drugs including cocaine and morphine in his system. Dark Blood remained unfinished for 19 years and was finally released in 2012.

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    • Age: Died at 23 (1970-1993)
    • Birthplace: Madras, Oregon, United States of America
    • Profession: Activist, Guitarist, Environmentalist, Musician, Singer-songwriter + 1 more
    • Credits: Stand by Me, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Sneakers, My Own Private Idaho, Explorers + 16 more
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    On February 2, 2014, Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in a Manhattan hotel room from a heroin overdose. After more than 25 years of sobriety, the Oscar-winning actor (for Capote in 2006) had relapsed into addiction 8 months before his death. At the time, the second installment of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay was in production, and Hoffman had a week left of filming. He was 46 years old.

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    • Age: Died at 47 (1967-2014)
    • Birthplace: Fairport, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, The Big Lebowski, Almost Famous, Boogie Nights + 53 more
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    At the time of her mysterious death, Natalie Wood was in the middle of production of the movie Brainstorm. Wood drowned on November 29, 1981 off the coast of California's Catalina Island during a weekend boat trip with her husband Robert Wagner, her Brainstorm co-star Christopher Walken, and the boat's captain Dennis Davern.

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    • Age: Died at 43 (1938-1981)
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Singer
    • Credits: West Side Story, The Searchers, Rebel Without a Cause, Miracle on 34th Street, Splendor in the Grass + 55 more
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    Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, was killed in a stunt accident on the set of The Crow on March 31, 1993. Lee's character was supposed to get shot in a scene, but the handgun used contained a fragment of a real bullet. He was hit in the abdomen and died later that day. He was 28.

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    • Age: Died at 28 (1965-1993)
    • Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Martial artist
    • Credits: The Crow, Showdown in Little Tokyo, Rapid Fire, Kung Fu: The Movie, Ohara + 3 more
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    The breakout star of Fox's musical comedy "Glee" was found dead in his Vancouver, Canada hotel room on July 13, 2013, during hiatus between the show's 4th and 5th seasons. Authorities stated that the actor died from a lethal combination of heroin and alcohol, but ruled out any foul play. Monteith was 31.

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    • Age: Died at 31 (1982-2013)
    • Birthplace: Calgary, Canada
    • Profession: Musician, Actor
    • Credits: Glee, Final Destination 3, The Invisible, Deck the Halls, Monte Carlo + 15 more
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    On September 11, 2003, while filming the ABC sitcom "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter," John Ritter suffered from an aortic dissection caused by a previously undiagnosed congenital heart defect. The actor was rushed to a hospital across the street and died later that evening.

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    • Age: Died at 55 (1948-2003)
    • Birthplace: Burbank, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Comedian, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Bad Santa, It, Three's Company, Sling Blade, Bride of Chucky + 64 more
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    Beloved Australian adventurer and animal advocate Steve Irwin, famously known as The Crocodile Hunter, was stung and killed by a stingray on September 4, 2006 while filming the underwater documentary Ocean's Deadliest.

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    • Age: Died at 44 (1962-2006)
    • Birthplace: Essendon, Australia
    • Profession: Conservationist, Actor, Zoologist, Voice acting, Naturalist + 2 more
    • Credits: Happy Feet, Dr. Dolittle 2, The Crocodile Hunter, The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course, The Crocodile Hunter Diaries + 4 more
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    Horror film icon Bela Lugosi, best known for playing Count Dracula, Lugosi died from a heart attack on August 16, 1956 while filming Plan 9 from Outer Space. Director Ed Wood asked his family's chiropractor to take over Lugosi's scenes even though the man didn't look or sound like the actor.

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1882-1956)
    • Birthplace: Lugoj, Romania
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Dracula, The Wolf Man, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, The Black Cat, White Zombie + 92 more
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    John Candy suffered a massive heart attack and died in his sleep on March 4, 1994, just hours after he filmed his final scene in the comedy Wagons East!

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    • Age: Died at 44 (1950-1994)
    • Birthplace: Newmarket, Canada
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: The Blues Brothers, Home Alone, Spaceballs, JFK, Vacation + 56 more
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    While filming the third season of NBC sitcom "Suddenly Susan," David Strickland committed suicide by hanging himself in a Las Vegas hotel room on March 22, 1999.

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    • Age: Died at 30 (1969-1999)
    • Birthplace: Glen Cove, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Forces of Nature, Suddenly Susan, Postcards From America
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    Known for starring on the classic sitcom "Sanford and Son," actor Redd Foxx died on October 11, 1991 after suffering a heart attack on the set of his show "The Royal Family."

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1922-1991)
    • Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
    • Profession: Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor
    • Credits: Sanford and Son, Harlem Nights, Cotton Comes to Harlem, The Redd Foxx Show, Sanford + 5 more
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    Diana Hyland was diagnosed with breast cancer and on died March 27, 1977, just 12 days after the first episode of her ABC series "Eight is Enough" aired. Her character was written out of the remainder of the first season.

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    • Age: Died at 41 (1936-1977)
    • Birthplace: Cleveland Heights, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Eight Is Enough, Peyton Place, The Chase, The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, Young Doctor Malone + 6 more
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    The veteran actor died on July 23, 1982 while filming a war scene for "Twilight Zone: The Movie." Morrow and two child actors were shooting an escape scene when a helicopter hovering about 25 feet above crashed on top of them. The impact killed all three instantly.

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    • Age: Died at 53 (1929-1982)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Soldier, Actor
    • Credits: The Bad News Bears, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Roots, Quincy, M.E. + 31 more
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    Hollywood icon Tyrone Power was filming the epic Solomon and Sheba when he suffered a massive heart attack on set during a fencing scene. Power died en route to the hospital on March 15, 1958.

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    • Age: Died at 44 (1914-1958)
    • Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Soldier, Actor
    • Credits: Witness for the Prosecution, The Mark of Zorro, Jesse James, The Black Swan, Nightmare Alley + 43 more
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    The Emmy-winning actor of "Hill Street Blues" died from urethral cancer on November 22, 1983 during the show's fourth season.

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    • Age: Died at 58 (1925-1983)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Hill Street Blues, The Longest Yard, Demetrius and the Gladiators, Scream Blacula Scream, Monte Walsh + 10 more
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    Playing Jock Ewing, the patriarch of the Ewing family on "Dallas," Jim Davis appeared in 75 episodes during the show's first three seasons. Davis died of a brain tumor on April 26, 1981 while season three was still on the air. His character later "died” in a helicopter crash on an episode that aired in January 1982.

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1909-1981)
    • Birthplace: Edgerton, Missouri, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: The Magnificent Seven, Dallas, The Parallax View, El Dorado, Big Jake + 52 more
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    Before post-production was completed on Poltergeist III, the horror trilogy's child star Heather O'Rourke died on February 1, 1988 from a cardiac arrest caused by septic shock brought on by the intestinal stenosis.

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    • Age: Died at 13 (1975-1988)
    • Birthplace: Santee, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Poltergeist, Happy Days, Poltergeist II: The Other Side, Poltergeist III, CHiPs + 8 more
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