Movie & TV Stars Dying During Performances Or Productions

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Right on, Mytho. ^
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Peter Sellers died before Blake Edwards began filming the 1982 film Trail of The Pink Panther, so his few appearances in the film are actually scenes that were cut from earlier entries in the series.

David Niven makes a brief cameo and was suffering the later stages of ALS that ended his life the following year. This affected his voice so badly that his lines were overdubbed by the American impressionist Rich Little.

A truly dire film which IMO should never have been made.
 

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Rich Fulcher ~ Might be just me and the two overweight babes who were laughing.
 

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For the morbidly curious, there is a YouTube compilation of clips (which I shall not post here) showing actual deaths of reporters, actors, politicians and comedians in their final performances. Amongst them are Vic Morrow, Tommy Cooper, an Indian politician, a young Asian reporter. It's tragic and sad and quite upsetting, but it's out there if you want to go in search of it.
 
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For the morbidly curious, there is a YouTube compilation of clips (which I shall not post here) showing actual deaths of reporters, actors, politicians and comedians in their final performances. Amongst them are Vic Morrow, Tommy Cooper, and Indian politician, a young Asian reporter. It's tragic and sad and quite upsetting, but it's out there if you want to go in search of it.
Tommy Cooper's death looked absolutely like part of his act.
I didn't see it at the time and it's only available now if you look hard.
 

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The hilarious comedian Dick Shawn (who played hippy actor LSD in Mel Brooks The Producers) died while giving a performance, and it was timed in such a way that the audience thought it was part of his act. From the Wikipedia:
On April 17, 1987, during a performance at University of California, San Diego's Mandeville Hall—which included his portrayal of a politician reciting such campaign clichés as "If elected, I will not lay down on the job"—Shawn suffered a fatal heart attack and collapsed face-down on the stage. The audience initially assumed that it was part of his act; but after he had remained motionless on the stage for several minutes, a stage hand examined him and asked if a physician was present.[7]
After CPR had been initiated, the audience was asked to leave the auditorium, but most remained, still assuming that it was all part of Shawn's act. Many began leaving—still unsure of what they had witnessed—only after paramedics arrived.[8] A notice in the following day's San Diego Union newspaper announced that Shawn had indeed died during the performance.[9] He was 63 years old.
During the filming of Sergio Leone's Once Upon A Time In the West, actor Al Mulock, who played one of the three bad guys who Charles Bronson's character encounters at the beginning of the film, jumped to his death still in costume from a building. What he had already shot is still in the film, but I think some shots were filmed with a double in far shots.

Eric Fleming of tv western Rawhide fame drownded shooting a scene for a film. Again from the Wikipedia:
After Fleming left Rawhide at the end of the 1964–1965 season (the series continued for only 13 more episodes before it was canceled by CBS), he took part in a Doris Day vehicle, The Glass Bottom Boat, playing a suave spy. He was then signed to star in High Jungle, a MGM adventure film shot in Peru. During a scene in the final stages of the film's production, Fleming and co-star Nico Minardos were in a dugout canoe that overturned in the Huallaga River. Minardos managed to swim to safety, but Fleming was swept away by the current and drowned on September 28, 1966.[7] Fleming was 41 years old.
 

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The hilarious comedian Dick Shawn (who played hippy actor LSD in Mel Brooks The Producers) died while giving a performance, and it was timed in such a way that the audience thought it was part of his act. From the Wikipedia:


During the filming of Sergio Leone's Once Upon A Time In the West, actor Al Mulock, who played one of the three bad guys who Charles Bronson's character encounters at the beginning of the film, jumped to his death still in costume from a building. What he had already shot is still in the film, but I think some shots were filmed with a double in far shots.

Eric Fleming of tv western Rawhide fame drownded shooting a scene for a film. Again from the Wikipedia:
Buster Keaton was nearly killed while filming a canoe/rapids sequence.

He was rescued in time and the shots of him waving desperately for help were left in, being so splendidly authentic!
 

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During the filming of Sergio Leone's Once Upon A Time In the West, actor Al Mulock, who played one of the three bad guys who Charles Bronson's character encounters at the beginning of the film, jumped to his death still in costume from a building. What he had already shot is still in the film, but I think some shots were filmed with a double in far shots.

Eric Fleming of tv western Rawhide fame drownded shooting a scene for a film. Again from the Wikipedia:

Al Mulock, who played one of the three gunmen in the opening sequence, committed suicide by jumping from his hotel window in full costume after a day's shooting. Production Manager Claudio Mancini and Screenwriter Mickey Knox, who were sitting in a room in the hotel, witnessed Mulock's body pass by their window. Knox recalled in an interview that while Mancini put Mulock in his car to drive him to the hospital, Director Sergio Leone said to Mancini, "Get the costume! We need the costume!" Mulock, who had appeared as the one-armed bounty hunter in Leone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly(1966), was wearing the costume he wore in the movie when he made his fatal leap.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064116/trivia?ref_=tt_ql_2
 

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Tommy Cooper's death looked absolutely like part of his act.
I didn't see it at the time and it's only available now if you look hard.
I saw it as it happened. I thought 'that's odd' and noted the look on his face before he went down.
Didn't look like part of the act to me.
 

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Sid James died on stage, at the Sunderland Empire Theatre, on 28 April 1976, while touring in a farce, The Mating Season. Apparently, at first, the other actors thought he was just ad-libbing a gag.

Les Dawson claimed to have seen Sid's ghost in his dressing room, when Les was in panto at the Empire in 1989.
 
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