Who is the most famous person who almost died? George Clooney tops our list. Clooney almost died when he broke his back while filming Syriana. Other actors who almost died on a film set include Jackie Chan, Chevy Chase, and Jaimie Alexander. Coincidentally, two of the stars of Ted almost died in the September 11 attacks. "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane had a ticket to board American Airlines Flight 11 on 9/11. MacFarlane arrived at the airport 10 minutes too late to board the plane that later crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Mark Wahlberg was booked on that same flight, but he changed his plans last-minute, opting to travel to Toronto before heading to LA. Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker survived a celebrity private jet crash.
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In the summer of 2016, Sarah Silverman suddenly came down with a rare case of epiglottitis - a condition where the epiglottis (the cartilage covering the windpipe) becomes inflamed and blocks airflow to the lungs. She was rushed to Cedar-Sinai hospital where she credits the doctors with saving her life. "I was drugged just enough to not feel the pain and have no idea what was happening or where I was. They had to have my hands restrained to keep me from pulling out my breathing tube," she explained.
Through it all, she managed to keep her sense of humor. Apparently while high on meds, Silverman "stopped a nurse - like it was an emergency - furiously wrote down a note and gave it to her. When she looked at it, it just said, "Do you live with your mother?" next to a drawing of a penis."
Birthplace: Manchester, New Hampshire, United States of America
Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
Credits: Wreck-It Ralph, School of Rock, There's Something About Mary, Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic
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Isla Fisher almost drowned when filming Now You See Me. She was performing a stunt underwater when she became trapped for over three minutes. "My chain got stuck. I had to really swim to the bottom; I couldn’t get up. Everyone thought I was acting fabulously. I was actually drowning. No one realized I was actually struggling," she recalls. The safety latch was eventually pulled, and Fisher was saved.
Birthplace: Muscat, Oman
Profession: Actor, Voice acting, Writer
Credits: Home and Away, Now You See Me, Rango, Wedding Crashers
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In 2016, Ellie Goulding almost drowned in a frozen lake while traveling through Norway on the European leg of her tour. Photographer Conor McDonnell said he and Goulding had to climb out of the roof of the car in the black of night and in -25C weather to escape.
Birthplace: Lyonshall, United Kingdom
Profession: Record producer, Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Multi-instrumentalist
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Leo was almost eaten by a shark while diving in South Africa. According to the Titanic star, he was in a cage that was supposed to protect him from the great white while it ate tuna from the water around him. But when a wave came that flipped the cage, the shark landed with half its body inside. Leo laid flat at the bottom of the cage, and narrowly escaped being bitten when the shark snapped five or six times just an arm's length away.
That's not even the only time extreme sports have almost killed him. On a sky diving trip, Leo's chute was too tangled to open properly. When his diving companion tried the second chute, that one was tangled too. They managed to get it to open in midair, but were going so fast when they hit the ground that there was a good chance they would break their legs. Luckily, they barrel rolled, got banged up, but survived.
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Actor
Credits: Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street, Titanic, The Departed
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