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10 Famous Figures Who Died During Production

Dorothy Gale, a pop culture icon made famous from 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz. She and other memorable characters such as the scarecrow, the tin man and the lion are one of the reasons why the movie i

Dorothy Gale, a pop culture icon made famous from 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz. She and other memorable characters such as the scarecrow, the tin man and the lion are one of the reasons why the movie is an all-time classic. Perhaps another reason for its success however, is not so cheerful. Rumors circulating that a “munchkin” hung himself while the movie was in production, caused a lot of commotion and popularized the movie. Rumor has it that you can even see him hanging in the background of one of the shots, because the movie crew did not notice until after the movie was produced. To the disappointment of certain fans, these rumors turned out to be false: the movement in the background mistakenly thought to be a munchkin, was in actuality, a bird. However, just because one man did not hang himself on set, does not mean that other actors have not died on set. As technology advances, audiences expect more and more from their movies. Car chases, pyrotechnics, big falls, wire stunts, these are just a few examples technological advancements that could potentially go wrong. Sometimes, these effects do go wrong, and lives are lost. The more stunts that are required, the more room for error, the more deaths can occur. The following list contains 10 actors who died on set. These are not rumors, they actually happened. As the families of these actors can surely attest, the Wizard of Oz was correct when he stated, “a heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others.”

10 Redd Foxx

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9 Art Scholl

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8 Owen Hart

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7 Brandon Lee

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6 Vic Morrow

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5 Jon-Erik Hexum

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4 Christine Chubbuck

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3 Steve Irwin

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2 John Ritter

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1 Martha Mansfield

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This beautiful actress was the star of musical comedies featured in New York City. She began her acting debut in 1916, at the age of 17. She obtained her most famous role in 1920, as a second lead in John Barrymore’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The movie in which Mansfield would meet her death was The Warrens of Virginia. After filming a scene, Mansfield was taking a break relaxing in her car. As she was stepping out of her vehicle, someone carelessly threw a match, which landed on her dress. She was engulfed by flames and unable to put out the fire. She succumbed to her burns, at the youthful age of 24.

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