When it comes to Hollywood's biggest actors, there’s no question that they're dedicated to their art. When actors commit to filming a movie, reports often suggest these stars are willing to sacrifice time, blood, sweat, and tears to make their performance spectacular. So it's easy to imagine that more often than not, the artistic world is hugely stressful - and, indeed, working in show business has been known to destroy personal lives and break families apart. The huge time commitment, the invasion of a star's privacy and the constant public scrutiny are likely all contributing factors.
And sadly, the high pressure and risky business has led to some unfortunate tragedies. Many well-known actors have passed on while filming. Take Natalie Wood for example, who passed on while filming the movie “Brainstorm”. Actress and singer Aaliyah died while she was working on a role in the “Matrix” film franchise. The original on-screen Dumbledore, Richard Harris, had been signed on for the entire “Harry Potter” films to play the Hogwarts headmaster but sadly passed on after the first film. “Stand By Me” actor River Phoenix died of a drug overdose while filming the movie “Dark Blood”.
There’s no question that death is a tragic event. But who were the wealthiest actors who passed on while filming? And what do the production companies do when their star actor can no longer finish their work on the movie? Does it get scrapped? Here is a short list of five of the world's biggest actors who were unable to see the final product of their work, and an elucidation on what the production companies did after the fact to try to save their movie. Regardless of meeting an untimely end, these actors' identities have been immortalized in Hollywood with their names and faces living on forever in the work that is left behind. While we at therichest often make light-hearted commentary on pop culture, this article comes on the heels of the tragic death of an iconic actor and, given it's subject matter, it's a perhaps more sombre than your typical celebrity list. With the greatest respect to these iconic stars, here are 5 of the most successful, richest actors who passed away during a project.
5 Bruce Lee - $10 Million
4 Heath Ledger - $16 Million
3 Paul Walker - $25 Million
2 Marilyn Monroe - $27 Million
1 Philip Seymour Hoffman - $35 Million
Hoffman's death on February 2nd 2014 is still being mourned across the world. On Wednesday evening, Broadway dimmed their lights for the late actor, who died of a drug overdose earlier this week. Best Actor Oscar winner and seasoned theatre actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was working on several projects at the time of his death. One his most-publicised projects was the role of Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee for “The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 1”: The film's producers have announced that Hoffman had about a week's worth of filming remaining for the Hunger Games sequel and that any missing parts will be covered by a CGI creation. While that may cause some raised eyebrows, the producers have stated that Hoffman's work was 'up to his best craft' and the completed project would be a 'good tribute' to the actor. At the time of publishing investigations into the actor’s death are ongoing, and a number of people have been arrested under suspicion of providing the heroine that was used in Hoffman’s overdose. Hoffman had struggled with drug addiction in the past but reportedly checked into rehab for a time last year, after he relapsed in 2012 following a period of over 20 years of sobriety.
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