24 Actors Who Died in the Middle of Filming Something People
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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 celebs who died while filming, check out this gallery of rock stars whose deaths were the most untimely.

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  1. 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
    Schools: Guildford Grammar School, Mary's Mount Primary School
    Cause Of Death: Drug overdose, Combined drug intoxication
    Place Of Death: New York City, New York, United States of America
    Children: Matilda Ledger
  2. 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
    Schools: University of California, Los Angeles, Actors Studio, Van Nuys High School
    Major/Field Of Study: Literature, Art
    Cause Of Death: Barbiturate overdose
    Place Of Death: Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    Medical Conditions: Endometriosis
  3. 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
    Schools: Village Christian Schools
    Cause Of Death: Thermal injury, Traffic collision, Major trauma
    Place Of Death: Valencia, Santa Clarita, California, United States of America
    Children: Meadow Rain Walker
  4. 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
    Cause Of Death: Heart failure, Drug overdose, Cocaine overdose, Heroin overdose, Combined drug intoxication
    Place Of Death: West Hollywood, California, United States of America
  5. 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
    Schools: Fairport High School, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
    Major/Field Of Study: Drama
    Cause Of Death: Combined drug intoxication
    Place Of Death: West Village, New York City, New York, United States of America
    Children: Willa Hoffman, Cooper Alexander Hoffman, Tallulah Hoffman
  6. 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
    Schools: Van Nuys High School
    Cause Of Death: Drowning
    Place Of Death: Santa Catalina Island, California, United States of America
    Children: Natasha Gregson Wagner, Courtney Brooke Wagner
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