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[[caption-width-right:350:Left to right: [[Film/GoldenEye Alec Trevelyan]], [[Film/{{Equilibrium}} Errol Partridge]], [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Boromir]], and [[Film/TheHitcher John Ryder]]. Not pictured: [[Series/GameOfThrones Ned Stark]].]]
->''"I could die for you in every way known to man, and in a few ways known only to scriptwriters. I could see now that provided I remained fit, the future held many more deaths yet. I could only hope that they would serve some purpose, and that perhaps a reputation might come in the same way as a coral formation, which is made up of a deposit of countless tiny corpses."''
-->-- '''Creator/ChristopherLee'''

This actor's character always dies. Almost inevitable if the actor [[TypeCasting is confined to villainous roles]] or [[MentorOccupationalHazard ill-fated mentors]]... which explains the high number of [[EvilBrit British actors]] on this page.

See also VasquezAlwaysDies, when actresses that play {{Action Girl}}s meet this fate; BlackDudeDiesFirst, when it's a black character that gets offed; and TheyKilledKennyAgain, where the repeated deaths happen to a character rather than an actor. See also DeadStarWalking, and contrast ContractualImmortality.

Websites such as [[http://cinemorgue.wikia.com/wiki/Cinemorgue_Wiki Cinemorgue]] help compilate which actors are bound to this.

As of December 2016, the [[http://nerdist.com/does-sean-bean-really-die-more-than-other-actors/ official count can be found here]].

!!'''As this is a DeathTrope, expect unmarked spoilers. Beware.'''


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* As mentioned in her article, characters voiced by Creator/HoukoKuwashima end up dead conspicuously often. If it isn't her character, then characters close to her character will do.
* Creator/MamoruMiyano is a mild example if ''Manga/DeathNote'', ''Manga/HighSchoolOfTheDead'', and ''Anime/TekkenBloodVengeance'' are anything to go by.
* Creator/MicahSolusod is famous for this; over half his roles have died. Though he's coming out of it with roles like [[Manga/SoulEater Soul]] and [[LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex Touma]], it's still a RunningGag with his fans.
* Creator/BrettWeaver is also made famous because of his roles as [[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Roy Fokker]], [[Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico Gai Daigoji]] and [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Toji Suzuhara]], all of which die, even if he's occasionally got roles where he didn't die (although played with when he's playing [[Anime/ShinkonGattaiGodannar Goh Saruwatari]], the guy isn't dead, but he came really close to it, cocooned by the Insania Virus and all). Up to the point that he was ''nearly'' chosen to play [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]], until it was announced that Creator/KyleHebert got the role.
* A lot of anime series love casting Creator/YoshinoTakamori when they need an attractive mom type who gets killed off, [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Trisha Elric]] and [[Manga/AttackOnTitan Carla Yeager]] being the biggest examples.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The great Creator/ChristopherLee, a serious contender for [[http://cinemorgue.wikia.com/wiki/Christopher_Lee the greatest amount of recorded screen deaths]]. A side effect of being TypeCast as so many bad guys, as seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr-GMvJ4sZY here]]. Also provides the page quote. According to his autobiography, he once caught his kids watching late-night TV and playing a guessing game called "How Will Daddy Die This Time?"
* On the same vein as Christopher Lee, another two horror legends are ranked pretty high in the death count, Creator/BelaLugosi (who even in ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace'', a [[FakeShemp fake posthumous role]], has his character bite it) and Creator/VincentPrice (dies even in [[Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective animated]] [[Film/TheThiefAndTheCobbler roles]]).
* Creator/SeanBean, who also happens to be the TropeCodifier.
-->'''Website/YouTube Commenter:''' Kid named after Sean Bean -- dies immediately.\\
'''Commenter:''' If Sean Bean was in a horror movie [[BlackDudeDiesFirst with a black guy]], who would die first?\\
'''Commenter:''' Sean Bean would [[{{Blackface}} play the black guy.]]
** There's a list of his on-screen deaths [[http://www.compleatseanbean.com/deathbycow.html here]] as of 2009. Interestingly, it also provides a surprisingly large list of roles he ''[[AvertedTrope survives]]''. But still, you know it's impressive when someone can put together a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEhtsgu6bJg 4-minute death montage]] and still be accused of missing a few examples.
** ''Film/SilentHillRevelation3D'' becomes borderline hilarious thanks to this trope. Chronically Killed Actor, plus a character that [[DoomedByCanon dies in the original source material]], somehow equals SparedByTheAdaptation?
** Watching his star-making performance in ''Series/{{Sharpe}}'' while aware of this reputation can get pretty surreal, too. Scenes where the original audience would have been confident in our hero's PlotArmor - such as his (faked) execution in ''Sharpe's Honour'' - can become surprising nail-biters today.
** A popular meme lampshading this trope is ''Richard Sharpe: So badass being played by Sean Bean couldn't kill him.''
** Parodied in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'''s take on "Jack and the Beanstalk." Bean appears in three panels, and is shot dead by an orc archer in the second.
--->'''Wizard:''' Hrmph. I suppose I should have seen that coming.
** Which makes his role in ''Film/{{Troy}}'' almost a CastingGag: He plays Odysseus. [[spoiler:The only main character who ''doesn't'' die.]]
** And on the small-screen, his death as Ned Stark in the first ''season'' of ''Series/GameOfThrones'' was surprisingly shocking to fans of the show (less so to fans of the then 15-year-old [[Literature/AGameOfThrones book]]).
-->'''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOoA1OtcNjM Lary Williams]]:''' ''(sputters in disbelief)'' How is it that...the character that you portray as the central main character...as the protagonist of this fucking series...not to mention, Sean Bean is probably the highest...is probably among the highest if not '''THE''' highest paid actor on your payroll... He's on all the advertisements. Your press photos. He's on the goddamn cover of the '''''FUCKING BOOK!''''' And he doesn't make it past season one?
** He gets killed off in the TV MiniSeries ''Scarlett'' also.
** Also "Red Wedding" related, this quote from WebVideo/HonestTrailers:
-->'''Honest Trailers''': Ride along on an adventure where any lead character can die, whether you're Sean Bean, [[spoiler:Sean Bean's wife, Sean Bean's best friend, Sean Bean's son, Sean Bean's daughter-in-law, Sean Bean's family dogs, or Sean Bean's unborn grandkid.]] [[ArcWords All men must die]]...who are in any way close to Sean Bean![[note]]And this precedes ''another'' of Sean Bean's sons - as well as his nephew-raised-as-a-son who comes back to life - dying in the subsequent seasons![[/note]]
** Ironically, there's only one character killed in ''Film/NationalTreasure'', in which Sean Bean played the villain. And it was ''not'' Bean's character.
** Subverted in ''Film/{{Pixels}}''. Knowing his reputation, you expect his character to die when the VideoGame/{{Centipede}} is after him, but against all odds, he survives.
** In ''Film/TheMartian'', Bean plays the base commander of the Mars mission gone awry. [[spoiler: And he lives, although he is forced to commit ''career'' suicide after okaying an extremely risky maneuver to get the stranded astronaut back from Mars behind his bosses' backs. The maneuver works, but he still has to fall on his sword to save NASA's reputation.]]
** The reaction to Sean Bean being cast as the English dub voice of the father of the protagonist from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' in the prequel movie ''[[Anime/KingsglaiveFinalFantasyXV Kingsglaive]]'' was that Square Enix basically spoiled his fate in the game proper in advance. [[spoiler:Sure enough, he dies at the end of the film which occurs concurrently with the first chapter of the game.]]
** He gets framed for murder and hanged in ''Series/TheFrankensteinChronicles''. [[spoiler:Then gets brought back to life.]]
** Averted in ''Film/JupiterAscending''.
** Played straight in ''[[VideoGame/{{Civilization}} Civilization VI]]'', of all things. He's the {{Narrator}}, but he also voices a character in the intro movie. Said character dies.
** There was a character named "Shawn Bawn" in ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}''. He's been a type of undead called "Decrypted" since his introduction except in flashbacks/prequels/interquels, but in the forums, it wasn't considered a question of ''if'' he would die ("re-die"?) so much as ''when''.
* Creator/JohnHurt died over forty times in his career, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHk-ooDV2HE as attested by a video on his official YouTube channel.]] Even when he didn't die, he often [[HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows lived up]] [[Series/DoctorWho to his name]]. [[http://nerdist.com/does-sean-bean-really-die-more-than-other-actors/ The research linked atop this article]] has him as the highest death count, and that Hurt and Sean Bean have about the same proportion of being killed on screen (a third of their roles, which in Hurt's case is over 120 movies!). This is even lampshaded in his cameo in ''{{Film/Spaceballs}}''.
--> '''Kane''': [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHbT6BjFvcA "Oh no. Not again..."]]
* Music/KylieMinogue. Even though she hasn't starred in many roles, she dies in the majority of them. In ''Film/HolyMotors'', she is DrivenToSuicide; in ''San Andreas'', she is among the casualties of an earthquake; in ''Cut'', she is slashed to death. Not to mention her role in a special ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode, ''Voyage of the Damned'', where her character dies as well, and her role in the video of "Where the Wild Roses Grow", where she is killed by Music/NickCave's character.
* Creator/MichaelBiehn. Frequently in the military. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyqPSLis1mM Frequently dies.]] On the rare occasions when he survives (e.g., ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' or ''Film/NavySeals'') he ends up badly wounded before the final reel.
** In ''Film/Alien3'' he even manages to die ''before the movie begins''. Although ''VideoGame/AliensColonialMarines'' later attempted to retcon this by [[VoodooShark having him switched with someone else beforehand]].
* Creator/HumphreyBogart is this in almost all of his pre-''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'' roles, as well as several after, including: ''Film/{{Sirocco}}'', ''Film/TheDesperateHours'', ''Film/TheTwoMrsCarrolls'', and ''Film/TheTreasureOfTheSierraMadre''. His earlier deaths include, but are not limited to: ''Dead End'', ''Film/HighSierra'', ''Film/AngelsWithDirtyFaces'', ''The Big Shot'', ''Film/KidGalahad'', ''Film/TheReturnOfDrX'', ''Film/ThePetrifiedForest'', and the dozens of movies in which he played a gangster.
** Ironically, Bogart's stardom is the reason he doesn't die onscreen in ''The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre''. Producers thought him dying would tank the film.
* Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter, most notably in ''Film/HarryPotter'', ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', and ''Film/DarkShadows''. Usually, her character had it coming.
* Richard Beymer. Let's see: Shot in ''Film/WestSideStory'', dies in ''Film/TheDiaryOfAnneFrank'', death by andiron in ''Series/TwinPeaks'', shot again on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''... as a consolation prize, he achieved immortality on ''Series/TheXFiles''.
* Creator/KatieMcGrath has had [[http://cinemorgue.wikia.com/wiki/Katie_McGrath five gruesome deaths in film and TV]], most notably in ''Film/JurassicWorld'' (where she is snatched by a pterosaur who then tries to drown her... only for a huge mosasaur to eat both).
* Creator/SteveBuscemi, when he's not either the OnlySaneMan or protected by the LunaticLoophole. It was once observed that each time he dies in a [[Creator/TheCoenBrothers Coen brothers]] movie, his remains get smaller and smaller (as seen when the other characters scatter his character's ashes at the end of ''Film/TheBigLebowski'').
-->"When I get cast, I always flip to the end of the script to see if my character gets beaten up or killed. I really thought that after getting killed on ''Series/TheSopranos,'' I should not accept scripts where I die. I mean, there's nowhere to go after getting killed by Tony Soprano. But then I got offered this great part in ''Film/TheIsland''. I didn't even make it a third of the way through the movie."
** The very same ''Film/TheIsland'', it is amusing to note, that also featured another death of Sean Bean.
* Laetitia Casta gets it an awful lot on screen - she's stabbed in ''Gitano'', shot in ''Rue des plaisirs'', executed in the Italian miniseries ''Luisa Sanfelice'', killed in a car crash in her first American movie ''Film/{{Arbitrage}}''...
* Creator/AdolfoCeli can never seem to last to the credits. ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'', ''Film/DangerDiabolik'', and ''Film/TheNextMan'' are only a few examples.
* Creator/KimCoates dies ''much'' more often than he survives. His death reel has [[http://www.kimcoatesdeathreel.com/ its own website]] and includes 32 deaths, but there are so many that the maker of that video is apparently contemplating doing a follow-up death reel with 20+ ''more'' deaths. Curiously, whenever he co-stars with Creator/SeanBean, Kim always survives.
* Creator/BillyConnolly has made light of this in some of his standup routines.
-->'''Billy:''' I'm a huge filmstar...but you have to hurry to the movies, because I usually die in the first fifteen fucking minutes. I'm the only guy I know who '''died''' in a fucking ''Muppet'' movie![[note]]''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'', for the curious[[/note]]
* Elisha Cook, Jr. was known as Hollywood's "fall guy" for several years in the Golden Age of Hollywood for dying in a surprising amount of movies (usually in the role of an IneffectualSympatheticVillain or a shady HiredGun). Cook even stated in an interview that he might have died in "fifty, a hundred... at least that many."
* Creator/TomCruise is usually an aversion, with [[http://herocomplex.latimes.com/movies/edge-of-tomorrow-tom-cruise-on-dying-for-doug-liman-in-sci-fi-thriller/#/0 an article]] noting how he only died in ''Film/{{Collateral}}'' and ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}'' (though the latter was ForegoneConclusion as it is [[HistoricalFiction based on historical events]]) ''before'' a role basically built around [[TheManyDeathsOfYou repeated deaths]] in ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow''. (this of course ignores his DeathByCameo in ''Film/YoungGuns'', and ''Film/{{Taps}}'', his second overall movie role, where he's riddled with bullets in a KillEmAll ending)
* Creator/WillemDafoe, both when he plays good and bad guys. Most notably in ''Film/WildAtHeart'' ([[YourHeadAsplode accidentally blows his head off with a shotgun]]), ''Film/SpiderMan1'' (impaled), ''Film/{{Platoon}}'' (shot fleeing from NVA soldiers, complete with CrucifiedHeroShot), ''Film/ShadowOfTheVampire'' (disintegrated in sunlight) ''Film/TheLastTemptationOfChrist'' ([[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} crucified]]), and more recently ''Film/JohnWick'' (beaten down by a Russian Mafiya boss, then shot)).
* Creator/RobertDeNiro, [[http://www.moviefone.com/2010/12/27/which-actors-have-died-the-most-in-movies/ who had died on-screen 14 times by 2010]]. It's usually due to being either the villain (''Film/CapeFear, Film/{{Heat}}'') or someone with a hard life that caps accordingly (''Film/TheMission, Film/MaryShelleysFrankenstein'').
* Creator/JeffreyDeanMorgan, in most of his television roles (such as ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', and -[[PosthumousCharacter posthumously]] - on ''Series/{{Weeds}}''), and both ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' and ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''.
* Creator/JohnnyDepp started his career [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984 being killed by Freddy Krueger]]. He followed it by playing protagonists with plot relevant deaths (''Film/DeadMan'', ''Film/{{Transcendence}}'', ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest''), historical figures bound to die (''Film/PublicEnemies'', ''The Libertine''), {{Villain Protagonist}}s who earn their deaths (''Film/TheAstronautsWife'', ''Film/{{Sweeney Todd|TheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet}}''), or [[DeadStarWalking small roles just to bite it]] (''Film/TwentyOneJumpStreet'', ''Film/IntoTheWoods'').
* The French film ''Les cent et une nuits de Simon Cinéma'', directed by Agnès Varda in honour of the centenary of cinema in 1995, features a funny conversation between Michel Piccoli and Creator/GerardDepardieu in which they discuss the many varied ways in which they died unnatural deaths with clips of their death scenes from various movies, including Piccoli eating himself to death and dying with a long loud fart in ''Film/LaGrandeBouffe'' and Depardieu being burned at the stake in ''Film/TheReturnOfMartinGuerre''.
* Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio: ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead'', ''Total Eclipse'', ''[[Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet Romeo + Juliet]]'', ''{{Film/Titanic 1997}}'', ''Film/BloodDiamond'', ''Film/TheDeparted'', ''Film/ShutterIsland'' (sort of), ''{{Film/Inception}}'' (also sort of), ''Film/JEdgar'', ''Film/DjangoUnchained'' and ''Film/TheGreatGatsby''.
* With 7 deaths, Mike Doyle claims that it is easier to [[http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/03/arts/television/03doyl.html?_r=4&ref=arts die with your eyes open.]] The only person not used to it, according to him, is his mother.
* Creator/IdrisElba has a bunch of roles that involve getting killed off, including ''Series/TheWire'', ''Film/AmericanGangster'', ''{{Film/Prometheus}}'', ''Film/StarTrekBeyond'' and ''Film/PacificRim''. After four appearances in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, even surviving the quite death-heavy ''Film/ThorRagnarok'', Elba's Heimdall dies right in the opening scene of ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar''.
* Creator/BenFoster, due to frequent villain roles: ''Film/{{Hostage}}'', ''Film/ThreeTenToYuma2007'', ''Film/TheMechanic'', ''Film/ThirtyDaysOfNight'', ''Film/{{Warcraft}}''...
* Creator/DwightFrye's roles consisted of two things: playing weirdos who die.
* Creator/TerryGilliam in the Creator/MontyPython films: Apart from Patsy, all his characters in ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' die (including in a CreatorCameo); he's one of the crucified in ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian''; and in ''Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife'', he's disemboweled for a liver donation and is among the people who eat a rotten salmon mousse.
** And ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchausen'', which featured a lot of his Monty Python compatriots. Though this was very temporary. [[DeathSeeker And, allegedly, quite frequent for him]].
* Starting with ''Film/WagTheDog'', Creator/WoodyHarrelson has suffered 12 deaths by gunshot (in the same year, he [[Film/WarForThePlanetOfTheApes had]] [[Film/ThreeBillboardsOutsideEbbingMissouri two]] self-inflicted). He also died by explosion twice (''Film/TheThinRedLine'' and ''Film/TwentyTwelve'').
* Creator/DanielleHarris has, over the course of her career, played characters who have been killed off. Then again, that's what happens when you're a horror movie star.
* Creator/JohnHawkes has actually had to say "I don't die in ''every'' movie I appear in."
* Creator/LanceHenriksen, [[MoneyDearBoy who works a lot]], and often doesn't get to end, helped by often playing the villain. Even in an animated role, as he voices Tarzan's gorilla father in [[Disney/{{Tarzan}} the Disney movie]] and is shot by the bad guy. He and Creator/BillPaxton also hold one of the most interesting distinctions: They are the only two actors to have been killed by an Franchise/{{Alien}}, a {{Franchise/Terminator}} and a {{Franchise/Predator}}. However, Bill was killed ''on-screen'' by all three - when Lance's character is shot in ''Film/TheTerminator'', the camera only shows the robot.
* In 2016, Creator/FelicityJones appeared in three movies: ''Film/{{Inferno}}, Film/RogueOne'' and ''Film/AMonsterCalls''. She doesn't survive any of them (although in the third, she dies offscreen, aside from a fatal fall while appearing in a nightmare sequence).
* Creator/KlausKinski, especially in his early movies. He was one of the actors who appeared most in the Edgar Wallace series and his characters really never got to see the end of the one they appeared in.
* Creator/ChiakiKuriyama is known both for starring in low-profile horror flicks and dying dramatically in them. About the only media she does not die in are J-dramas and Japanese dubs of foreign media.
* When she first started out, Queen Latifah seemed to get killed a lot; she was in three movies in quick succession (''Set It Off'', ''Film/TheBoneCollector'' and ''Film/{{Sphere}}'') where she was respectively shot, stabbed and killed by jellyfish.
* Creator/JaredLeto dies in many of the films in which he appears (''Film/PanicRoom'', ''Film/TheThinRedLine'', ''Film/{{Alexander}}'', ''Film/AmericanPsycho'', ''Film/LordOfWar'', ''Prefontaine'', ''Film/DallasBuyersClub'') and even in the ones in which he doesn't something horrible usually happens to him (his character is subject to a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown in ''Film/FightClub'' and ends up looking like [[http://haphazardnessryan.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/fightclub_272pyxurz.jpg this]], while his character in ''Film/RequiemForADream'' gets one of his arms amputated). Leto was even killed in a music video for his own band, Music/ThirtySecondsToMars. ''Film/SuicideSquad'' is a variant, as Leto plays the TropeNamer for "[[JokerImmunity villain who always comes back]]", and his apparent death by HellishCopter doesn't stick.
* Creator/MadsMikkelsen made his Hollywood debut getting killed in ''Film/KingArthur''. He's ever since emassed villains who die, a return to his home Denmark only to get beheaded in ''Film/ARoyalAffair'', and a sympathetic role in ''Film/RogueOne'' also not saving him. While the title character of ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' is presumably SavedByCanon, the series still ends with Mikkelsen falling down a cliff.
* Creator/SteveMcQueenActor died in ''Film/HellIsForHeroes'', ''Film/TheWarLover'', ''Film/TheSandPebbles'' and ''Film/TomHorn''.
* Creator/LiamNeeson, which makes his character in ''Film/LesMiserables1998'' being SparedByTheAdaptation all the more surprising and ironic. Even in [[VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}} video games]], he ain't safe. Granted, many of Neeson's roles do fit the MentorArchetype, [[MentorOccupationalHazard which has its disadvantages]].
* Creator/GaryOldman has too many to count (to the point Cinemorgue has Oldman in a coffin in its main page), but it started with playing real life people like Sid Vicious and Joe Orton and then playing villains; after that meant getting killed a lot. Even his more sympathetic characters buy the farm sometimes, like Sirius Black or Rosencrantz (although the latter was a ForegoneConclusion). And like Creator/LiamNeeson, [[VideoGame/CallOfDuty his deaths aren't restricted to outside of video games]], either.
* David E. Paetkau is one of the horror genre's whipping boys, having been offed in several horror movies he appeared in, including, most famously, ''Film/FinalDestination2''.
* Creator/JoePantoliano (probably best known as Cypher from ''Film/TheMatrix'') gets killed in most of his major film roles and quite brutally on ''Series/TheSopranos''. The chronologically-reversed Christopher Nolan film ''Film/{{Memento}}'' even ''starts'' with his character's brains blown out!
* The late Creator/BillPaxton, who essentially never played a character that's survived him appearing in anything with Michael Biehn, and holds the distinction of being killed by an ''[[Film/{{Aliens}} Alien]]'', a ''[[Film/{{Predator 2}} Predator]]'', '''and''' ''Film/TheTerminator'' (Creator/LanceHenriksen is the only other person to share the title). Like Tom Cruise, he died many times during ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow''. Then there's ''Film/NavySeals'' and ''Film/{{Tombstone}}''. Granted, if Michael Biehn's not in the movie, his characters don't die nearly as often (one notable exception being on TV, ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''). He was even shot and killed at the end of ''Series/{{Big Love}}'', in which he played a family man who owned a home improvement store.
* Creator/ChristopherPlummer, including two animated ones in ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}''. Along with action deaths such as ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'', Plummer is also prone to being struck by disease - his Oscar-winning role in ''Beginners'' has him falling to lung cancer.
* The late Harve Presnell had a reputation for getting killed on camera a lot: getting shot in ''Film/{{Fargo}}'', beaten to death in ''Film/FaceOff'', a memo spike in an episodes of ''Series/{{Monk}}'', sky-jumped sans parachute in ''Series/ThePretender'', and probably many more.
* Up until recently, Creator/OlgaKurylenko's roles generally consisted of her having sex and then getting killed (rare exception: ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'', where the other girl sleeps with Film/JamesBond and dies, while Kurylenko does neither and survives). This is taken to its logical conclusion in ''Film/SevenPsychopaths'', where she spends her ten minutes of screentime having sex and getting killed.
* Edward G. Robinson and Creator/JamesCagney were quite often sentenced to death by the Hays Office, their only crime being that they were also typecast as gangsters. They generally only survived after making a HeelFaceTurn.
* Creator/MichelleRodriguez tends to pick roles of the VasquezAlwaysDies kind, although she now has a few aversions, two because [[Film/ResidentEvil the]] [[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious franchises]] went on long enough that she got resurrected.
* Creator/HilarySwank. It was once remarked, after ''Film/MillionDollarBaby'''s release, that she seems to have made a career out of being beaten to death. Her third attempt at going after the Oscar was in ''Amelia'', about a woman who mysteriously vanished.
* Creator/QuentinTarantino, tends to [[CreatorCameo cast himself in small roles]] in his movies, generally as [[TakeThatMe stupid and unpleasant]] characters who are [[DeathByCameo rapidly killed off]]. Which makes a certain amount of sense -- limiting your onscreen time by having your character die means you don't have to do two jobs for the entire shoot. The few times he's appeared as an actor in films he didn't direct have also tended to involve violent deaths. The biggest, if not only, exception is ''Film/PulpFiction'', where he aids and abets the main characters and is handsomely rewarded for it.
* Creator/DanielRadcliffe is being slowly but surely molded into one, as seen in ''December Boys'', ''TheSimpsons'' (granted, his character ''did'' have it coming, having suckered Lisa into becoming a vampire and not letting her back out once she starts to have second thoughts), and ''Film/TheWomanInBlack''. Additionally, in the infamous ''Film/SwissArmyMan'' he's already dead. Technically, he also died in ''Film/HarryPotter'', although [[BackFromTheDead not permanently]].
* Giovanni Lombardo Radice, most infamously with a drill to the head in ''Film/CityOfTheLivingDead''.
* Creator/AlanRickman, in ''Film/DieHard'', ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'', ''Film/HarryPotter'', ''Truly Madly Deeply'', etc.
* Creator/EricRoberts. His StarMakingRole was as an infamous MurderSuicide perpetrator in ''Star 80'', and the subsequent TypeCasting as a sleazy guy usually ensures he will get killed at some point. Even if he doesn't die in any given movie, his fate will probably be ambiguous, as demonstrated when [[spoiler:Sal Maroni gets involved in a car accident and at the very least suffers further injuries]] in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. Interestingly, he [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie once played]] TheMaster in ''Doctor Who,'' which is rather funny since that character has incredible JokerImmunity.
* Chico Roland, a TokenMinority African-American actor in many Japanese films from the 50s to the 80s, usually died horribly in most of his appearances, for example, getting his tongue telepathically ripped out by Creator/HiroshiFujioka in ''ESPY'', Getting skeletonized TWICE in ''Series/WarriorOfLoveRainbowman'', being killed in a laboratory explosion in ''Series/KamenRiderSuper1'', being emasculated by Sonny Chiba in one of the most infamous scenes from ''Film/TheStreetfighter''... about the only roles where he did not die a horrible death are as an MP in Toshio Masuda's ''The Imperial Japanese Empire'' and ''Prophesies of Nostradamus''.
* Creator/LievSchreiber, in ''Film/{{Scream 3}}'', ''Film/{{Salt}}'', ''Film/{{Sphere}}'', ''Film/{{Phantoms}}'', ''Film/TheManchurianCandidate'', ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017'' etc.
* Creator/AndySerkis dies a lot when he plays [[SerkisFolk motion-captured characters]]. Even his live-action roles aren't safe. In the period of 2017 to early 2018, he's had [[Film/WarForThePlanetOfTheApes three characters]] [[Film/TheLastJedi die in]] [[Film/BlackPanther2018 a row]].
* Tom Sizemore bites the bullet in most films he appears in, particularly when they're crime dramas. A short list: ''Film/TrueRomance'', ''Film/{{Heat}}'', ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'', ''Film/RedPlanet'', ''Film/NaturalBornKillers'', ''Film/DevilInABlueDress'' and ''Film/WyattEarp'' among others. Oddly, Sizemore manages to make it out of the rather causalty heavy ''Film/BlackHawkDown'' nearly unscathed.
* Averted by Creator/SylvesterStallone (the only movie where he dies on-screen is ''Film/DeathRace2000''[[note]]Sly had filmed the scene where Franchise/{{Rambo}} dies in ''First Blood'', before everyone decided he was better off SparedByTheAdaptation.[[/note]]), who even tried to change the ending of ''F*I*S*T'' so his character Johnny Kovak wouldn't get killed - he failed, but the film freezeframes just as a gunshot is heard so Johnny technically doesn't bite it onscreen. It's telling that Joe Eszterhas, who wrote the original script (guess who shares screenplay credit) and the novelization, saw to it that Johnny had a more protracted demise in the latter.
* Creator/CharlizeTheron, in ''Film/ChildrenOfTheCornIIIUrbanHarvest'', ''2 Days in the Valley'', ''Film/TheDevilsAdvocate'', ''Film/ReindeerGames'', ''The Yards'', ''Sweet November'', ''Film/{{Monster}}'', ''Head In The Clouds'', ''Film/{{Hancock}}'', ''Film/TheRoad'', ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'', ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman'' and ''Film/TheHuntsmanWintersWar''. In two of these she gets better, but as if to make up for that, in the ''Huntsman'' films her character gets killed ''twice''. With a record like that, Charlize should be considered Sean Bean's DistaffCounterpart.
* To be a fan of Creator/DannyTrejo is to watch a movie he's in bearing the additional burden of hoping his character doesn't die early in the film.
* When his role is more substantial than a cameo, Music/MeatLoaf gets killed quite a bit. In ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'', it happens close to dinner. With an icepick.
* Noticeably averted by Creator/ClintEastwood, who in his six-decade career has only been killed four or five[[note]]possibly six, considering his character in ''Film/EscapeFromAlcatraz'' most likely drowned in the attempt[[/note]] times. He dies in ''Film/TheBeguiled'', ''Film/HonkytonkMan'', ''Film/TheBridgesOfMadisonCounty'' (this one, off-screen) and ''Film/GranTorino'', and ''Film/HighPlainsDrifter'' hints that his character may have been DeadAllAlong.
* Creator/RobertRedford has inverted and defied this for the most part, which is why ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid'' has its BolivianArmyEnding ([[InvertedTrope he claimed that Redford characters don't die to achieve such an ending for the film]]). It should be noted that the first of his characters to ever die was ''Film/{{The Great Gatsby|1974}}''.
* If she's not ''the'' lead performer, there's a good, if not 100%, chance that Creator/SueShiomi will die in her movies (particularly if it's an actioner), as seen in ''Film/TheStreetfighter'', ''The Franchise/{{Streetfighter}}'s Last Revenge'', ''Golgo13: Kowloon Assignment'', ''Shogun's Ninja'', and ''Film/LegendOfEightSamurai''. Usually her death is a result of [[VasquezAlwaysDies being an]] ActionGirl [[VasquezAlwaysDies in a film that also features a more feminine supporting character]].
* Her frequent costar during the heyday of her career, Creator/ShinichiChiba, doesn't fare much better outside of the martial arts genre, dying in ''The Yakuza Papers: Hiroshima Deathmatch'', ''Dragon Princess'', ''The Resurrection of Golden Wolf'', ''G.I. Samurai'', ''Shogun's Ninja'', the NHK historical drama ''Furin Kazan'' [[note]]granted, he was portraying TheMentor to UsefulNotes/TakedaShingen, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Itagaki_Nobukata Itagaki Nobukata]], with MentorOccupationalHazard firmly in play[[/note]] and ''Film/LegendOfEightSamurai'' and getting a BolivianArmyEnding in ''Samurai Reincarnation''.
* Creator/MichaelIronside. His deaths are often quite gory and messy, and he loses a limb or two in the process.
* Creator/BenicioDelToro, more often than not. Not counting ''Film/BigTopPeeWee'', his very debut involves dying trying to kill Film/JamesBond in ''Film/LicenceToKill''. Then comes ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'', ''Film/{{Snatch}}'', ''Film/SinCity''...
* Creator/PeterStormare. Creator/StevenSpielberg even said Stormare's CruelAndUnusualDeath in ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'' was to compensate how he didn't die in ''Film/{{Fargo}}'' despite his cruel character deserving to do so.
* That nice looking guy Danny Nucci has died on ''Film/{{Eraser}}'', ''Film/{{Titanic|1997}}'', ''Film/TheRock'', and many more films .
* Creator/DenzelWashington. Most notably, won [[Film/{{Glory}} two]] [[Film/TrainingDay Oscars]] playing guys who die, and out of seven nominations, only ''Film/TheHurricane'' and ''Film/{{Flight}}'' had Washington's character surviving. ''Film/DejaVu'' has the amusing variation of Denzel performing HeroicSacrifice yet still surviving due to TimeyWimeyBall.
* Creator/SamuelLJackson, according to his page. It helps that when he's not playing a villain, it's DeadStarWalking ("''Film/DeepBlueSea''! [[Series/ChappellesShow They ate me! A fucking shark ate me!]]"). And no, [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas he's not safe in video games]]. And warning to anyone who thinks that [[spoiler: the MarvelCinematicUniverse has allowed him to finally transcend this trope: DO NOT watch TheStinger of ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar''.]]
* Creator/DinaMeyer dies an [[http://cinemorgue.wikia.com/wiki/Dina_Meyer awful lot]], and it's usually bloody (one was even in a ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' movie).
* Creator/GideonEmery may also count, as [[http://garnetvengeance.tumblr.com/post/15661153807/the-many-deaths-of-gideon-emery this list of his many character deaths]] would indicate.
* Jeff Fahey has died in ''Film/{{Darkman}}'' and a bunch of other movie and TV roles. Notably, his character Dale dies in ''The Sweeper''.
* Creator/GiancarloGiannini. Most notably, eaten by a mutant cockroach in ''Film/{{Mimic}}'', hung and disemboweled in ''Film/{{Hannibal}}'' and shot in ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' in a RedemptionEqualsDeath case.
* Creator/CCHPounder. She starred in movies such as ''Film/RoboCop3'', ''Film/FaceOff'', and ''Film/EndOfDays'', and she dies in those three.
* Creator/ConradVeidt got cast as doomed tragic heroes or villains so often he rarely survived a movie without dying. His female fans started a "Don't Let Conrad Veidt Die On The Screen" club in 1941 and lobbied MGM to give him parts in which he wouldn't get killed at the end. It didn't help.
* Owen Wilson, before his claim to fame in ''Film/ShanghaiNoon'', notably died in movies for three years in a row: 1997's ''Film/{{Anaconda}}'', 1998's ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'', and the remake of ''Film/TheHaunting1999.''
* Most of Chow Yun-Fat's Hong Kong and Chinese roles had him dying near the end of the thing, primarily because CYF is good at playing tragic heroes.
* Porn star Ron Jeremy dies in pretty much every non-pornographic movie he stars in.
* Classic French actor Creator/JeanGabin seems to die in every other movie he starred in during the '30s. These films include (but are not limited to) Pépé le Moko, Le Quai des brumes, La Bête Humaine, and Le Jour Se Lève.
* Udo Kier is known for his memorable death scenes, from suicide via film projector in ''Film/CigaretteBurns'', to having his liver removed via spear in ''Film/FleshForFrankenstein'', to death by [[RazorFloss mono-filiment whip]] in ''Film/JohnnyMnemonic''. [[http://cinemorgue.wikia.com/wiki/Udo_Kier Here is the full list.]]
* Being an aversion, Creator/JodieFoster dies in feature film roles only ''twice'', but her one on-screen death (in ''{{Film/Elysium}}'', where [[spoiler:Foster's Delacourt is stabbed with a mirror shard by mercenary Kruger (Sharlto Copley)]]) is very graphic.
* Kevin Durand has a few under his belt too: ''Film/WalkingTall'', ''Film/SmokinAces'', Film/ThreeTenToYuma2007'', ''Film/IAmNumberFour'', ''Film/ResidentEvilRetribution'', ''Film/{{Noah}}'' (2014), among others. Although not actually seen, it is heavily implied Fred Dukes was killed by Sabretooth in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine''. On TV, there's also ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
* Creator/CiaranHinds has died in movies like ''Film/RoadToPerdition'' and ''Film/GhostRiderSpiritOfVengeance'' to his more famous TV roles like ''Series/{{Rome}}'' and ''Series/GameOfThrones''.
* Creator/MaxVonSydow dies a lot. He is expecially prone to MentorOccupationalHazard.
* Creator/BruceWillis, whose [[Film/TheSixthSense biggest box office success]] was playing a ghost, and has more than ten other on-screen deaths.
* Sienna Miller herself is not an example. But in a weird variation, her love interests have a habit of getting killed off: ''Film/AmericanSniper'', ''{{Film/Foxcatcher}}'', ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' (and [[Film/GIJoeRetaliation the sequel]] too technically, even if she isn't in it), ''Film/LayerCake''...
* The same extends to Creator/ShaileneWoodley, most of whose major roles feature her as a character whose friends and family end up dying around her. ''Film/TheDescendants'', ''{{Film/Divergent}}'', ''Film/TheFaultInOurStars''. ''Film/TheSpectacularNow'' doesn't feature a death, but her boyfriend nearly gets into a car crash.
* Creator/EvaGreen is known for two things - [[MsFanservice being very pretty]] and dying a lot in movies and TV Shows. ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', ''Film/DarkShadows'', ''Film/ThreeHundredRiseOfAnEmpire'', ''Film/SinCityADameToKillFor'', ''Series/PennyDreadful'' - Just to name a few. She even {{lampshaded}} this in an [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivVHmLq2TnA interview]] with W Magazine.
--> I die a lot in movies and I don't know why. It's a big rehearsal for me, yeah.
* Creator/OscarIsaac dies an awful lot, even in cases such as ''Film/SuckerPunch'', where he is stabbed in the fantasy world but survives in reality. He even appears to be a DecoyProtagonist who apparently bites it in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' before a triumphant return. Amusingly, in a case of WhatCouldHaveBeen, Poe Dameron was originally supposed to die, but it was rewritten due to awareness of this trope being in effect.
* Creator/JonathanBanks has a such a reputation for biting it on-screen that his girlfriend gave him a "death reel" of his various characters' last moments over the years as a 40th birthday present. Notably [[DefiedTrope defied]] when he voiced [[TheCommissionerGordon Commissioner Gordon]] in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'', where he not only survives the entire game, but he's one of the few heroic characters in the series to [[EarnYourHappyEnding earn a happy ending]].
* During UsefulNotes/NaziGermany times, Swedish-German actress [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kristina_Soderbaum Kristina Söderbaum]] tended to played characters who'd melodramatically die at the end of their films, sometimes via [[DrivenToSuicide suicide by drowning]]. She was even given the EmbarrassingNickname ''die Reichswasserleiche'' ("Drowned Corpse of the Reich") for it.

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* Michael Coleman is a go to for walk-on deaths in Canadian productions including ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' and ''Series/{{Eureka}}''.
* Michael Shanks is this for TV roles - ''Series/StargateSG1'', ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', ''[[BackFromTheDead Stargate SG-1]]'', ''Series/BurnNotice'', ''[[DeathIsCheap Stargate SG-1]]'', ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'', ''[[OverlyLongGag Stargate SG-1]]'', ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'', plus that Little Red Riding Hood remake. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5foL_vM4FE Seriously not kidding]] about SG-1. (It's said that Dr. Daniel Jackson doesn't have a medical ''history'', he has a medical ''encyclopedia''.)
* British actor Creator/JamieBamber, who has had so many of his characters get killed off (''ten'' at last count) that they're apparently running out of ways to do it. ''Six'' have been shot--Tom from ''Ghost Rig'', Tony Dewhurst from ''Series/TheScarletPimpernel'' [[note]]adding insult to injury, Dewhurst ''[[DeathByAdaptation lived]]'' through the series of books the MiniSeries is based on[[/note]], Mitchell Hoban from ''Series/{{Outcasts}}'', Vincent Plowman from ''Series/TheMessengers'', Archie Kennedy from ''Series/HoratioHornblower'', and Matt Devlin from ''Series/LawAndOrderUK''. The final two even died in an eerily similar manner--BloodFromTheMouth and HeroicSacrifice, prompting a commentator in one of ''LOUK'''s forums to snark, "Jamie looks pretty good dying onscreen. As well he should, he's done it so many times already." And the other four? Two of them (on ''Series/ColdCase'' and ''Series/GhostWhisperer'') were ''[[PosthumousCharacter already]]'' dead when the show started, the third (on WebVideo/StarTrekContinues) was outright made a RedShirt (prompting ''their'' commentators to wonder if the producers were poking fun at this trend), and the fourth, the titular ''John Doe: Vigilante'', died after taking a CyanidePill. His appearances on ''Series/{{House}}'' and ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'' just barely subverted this, having his character become very ill on the first show and fall from a bridge in the second, only to recover/be rescued in the next episode.
* Creator/ChristopherEccleston almost always ends up dying in whatever movie or TV series he's starring in, so much so that this isn't really considered a spoiler anymore (from a certain point of view, even including the end of his tenure as [[Series/DoctorWho the]] [[TheNthDoctor Doctor]]). If the story is dark enough to feature character deaths, the question isn't ''if'' his character will die, just ''how''. One could easily list at least 16 death scenes of varying brutality or (rarer) characters that die off-screen. His mini-series "Blackout" is probably an intentional subversion in this regard. His character ends up deciding not to commit suicide at the very last second.
* An in-universe example in ''Series/{{Monk}}'': In the 100th episode, Randy shows up with an actress girlfriend whose specialty is getting killed in TV shows. [[spoiler: It becomes a BrickJoke in the end of the episode when Stottlemeyer and the culprit of the week are wrestling with a gun; it goes off randomly and she certainly looks like she's been shot by accident. But then she recovers and admits, embarrassed, that she acted like she'd been shot on reflex.]]
* Creator/JacobKogan, at least in some of his television roles.
** In the ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' episode "Blood Brothers", Tripp Raines is killed with a rock to the head by his [[spoiler:half-brother]] Arturo.
** In the final episode of ''Series/{{Delocated}}'', David is choked to death by his father.
** It remains to be seen whether his character Luca Jameson will live or die in ''[[TheTomorrowPeople2013 The Tomorrow People]]''.
* Creator/KristenBell has died in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', ''Series/{{Deadwood}}'', and her 2 appearances in ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' have earned her brutal fatalities. Even video games aren't exempt since her character gets KilledOffForReal in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood''. Anna in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' even comes very close to getting killed, by freezing into an ice statue. ''Series/TheGoodPlace'' goes a bit further with Bell's character dying ''before'' the show takes place.
* Kevin Tighe. With the exception of ''{{Series/Emergency}}'' and Roy Desoto, Kevin seems to die in the majority of the roles he plays. He often chooses villain roles, probably to distance himself from Roy, and that is partly the reason.
* Alan Dale has now died of a heart attack on three different shows (''Series/{{Neighbours}}'', ''Series/TheOC'' and ''Series/UglyBetty''), and, oddly enough, each show had his character in a relationship with a gold-digger and in a strained relationship with his adult children at the time.
* A specific series example: Geoffrey Palmer has appeared as three different characters in three different ''Series/DoctorWho'' stories and each time been killed off early on[[note]]"Doctor Who and the Silurians", "The Mutants", and "Voyage of the Damned"[[/note]]. By the third time it was a RunningGag.
* Noah Bean has died on four well-known shows already: a VictimOfTheWeek on ''Series/ColdCase'', as Ellen's fiancè David ''Series/{{Damages}}'', Fletcher on ''Series/{{Nikita}}'' and Regina's lost love Daniel on ''Series/OnceUponATime''.
* Creator/JaimeMurray has died in ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' (ok she gets better but still), ''Series/SpartacusGodsOfTheArena'', ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' and ''FrightNight 2''. Several jokes were made when Hustle finished that she had actually survived the shows run.
* Creator/RickCosnett has died in, so far, all three of his regular/recurring roles on American TV; killed as Wes Maxfield on ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'', suicide on both ''Series/TheFlash2014'' as Detective Edward 'Eddie' Thawne and ''Series/{{Quantico}}'' as Elias Harper.
* Actress Jasmine Guy doesn't necessarily die chronically, but several films/series immediately preceding or following ''Seires/ADifferentWorld'' have killed her characters off. Namely, "Dominic La Rue" in ''Film/HarlemNights'', "Roxie" in ''Series/DeadLikeMe'', and "Grams" in ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''. In the latter two series, her character continues to exist after being killed, however.
* Despite having a relatively small number of tv and film credits to his name, Creator/ColinDonnell is developing a reputation for this trope; most notably, his characters on ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' and ''Series/TheAffair'' were both series regulars whose death had a significant impact on the show. He's died in at least one other guest star role (''Series/{{Unforgettable}}'') as well.
* Creator/DenisOHare has died onscreen in three of his five ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory'' roles. (Granted, he [[DeathIsCheap came back as a ghost]] in two of those.) In the other two seasons, his characters [[AmbiguousSituation may have survived]], though one had an inoperable brain tumour and the the other had been heavily mutilated.
* [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_Lok-lam Law Lok-lam]] is probably the TropeCodifier in UsefulNotes/HongKong that [[http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/hong-kong-actor-dies-five-times-in-24-hours-20110411-1dag4.html he 'died' five times in different dramas in a 24-hour period]] ''only by coincidence''...Though this can be justified by the fact that he has played a lot of roles for many years, and the company he works for has a shortage of elderly actors at that time period.

* InUniverse, Mortimer from ''Theatre/TheFantasticks''. He specializes in death scenes and is known as "the man who dies."
* Creator/LeaSalonga always lands roles in Broadway where her character dies. Whether she's Fantine or Eponine on ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', or Kim in ''Theatre/MissSaigon''.
* Creator/SamanthaBarks has played Eponine and also Nancy from ''Oliver!''. Of her role on ''Film/{{Amelie}} The Musical'', she remarks happily that she doesn't die for once.

* An odd case is Joe Buckley, a fan of Creator/BaenBooks, who is frequently [[{{Tuckerization}} featured as a cameo within the books]] only to be killed off in short order.
* Italian actor Giuseppe "Beppe" Fiorello, brother of far-more-known showman Rosario Fiorello, is ''infamous'' for this, so much that he dedicated - with his brother - a stand-up sketch to parody and lampshade this trope, when Rosario's holding a dying Beppe in his arms. And they milk [[DeathIsDramatic death being overly dramatic]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny for all it's worth.]]
-->'''Beppe:''' You... you know, [[LampshadeHanging the moment my share reaches its top is whenever I die]].
* Music/DavidBowie could qualify as this if you just considered his '''musical''' output. The protagonist in "We Are Hungry Men" is ''eaten'' by those men, [[ConceptAlbum Ziggy Stardust]] dies at the hands of his own fans, Major Tom is heavily implied to die of asphyxiation or thirst in space, his businessman in the "Jump They Say" video is DrivenToSuicide, and one of his LoadsAndLoadsOfRoles in his RockOpera ''1. Outside'' is a murder victim. One of his first film roles was as a painting come to life -- not for long -- in the 1969 short ''The Image''. From there his character dies in all of the following films and TV productions: ''Just a Gigolo'', ''Baal'', ''Film/TheHunger'' (both the film and the TV anthology inspired by it, as two different characters!), ''Film/MerryChristmasMrLawrence'', ''Gunslinger's Revenge'', and ''Mr. Rice's Secret''. His one major stage role was the title character in the stage version of ''The Elephant Man'' -- ''he'' perishes at the end. Amazingly, his two best-known film roles, Thomas in ''Film/TheManWhoFellToEarth'' and Jareth in ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'', '''do''' survive, but then again, neither of them has anything to live for anymore.
* Jim Troken, who appears in the Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses MassiveMultiplayerCrossover films ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights'' and ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'' has played characters that die pretty early on in [[LudicrousGibs gory fashion]].
* In Music/{{Vocaloid}} songs and [=PVs=], Len Kagamine has this fame in the fandom, to quote the Urban Dictionary, "[[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Len+Kagamine He has yellow hair and dies periodically]]."
* In Fanfic/SeanBeanSavesWesteros, the [[RealPersonFic "real life"]] Creator/SeanBean is transported into the land of Westeros of Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire. Now living as Ned Stark, not just playing him on TV, Sean Bean lampshades this more than once! He goes out of his way to keep himself alive as the "resurrected" Lord Eddard Stark.
* Sean Bean again. This time in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', when Martin Septim summons the avatar of Akatosh to defeat Mehrunes Dagon.
** In this, he still outlasts his father Uriel Septim (Creator/PatrickStewart), who [[DeadStarWalking doesn't make it past the prologue]].
** Once more, with suspense: {{Videogame/Kholat}} features Sean Bean as the narrator, [[spoiler: who is already dead.]]
** Sean Bean again [[spoiler:in ''Anime/KingsglaiveFinalFantasyXV''. He died saving Luna and Nyx near the end of the film]].
* If Creator/RobinAtkinDownes is doing motion-capture for a Creator/NaughtyDog video game, you can expect him to be killed off. To date, only one character he's portrayed has made it to the end credits.
** It's taken UpToEleven in ''VideoGame/Uncharted4AThiefsEnd'', where [[spoiler:his character, Hector Alcázar, was DeadAllAlong and may not have even been involved in the backstory at all]].
** Also ''enforced'' in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''. After all, Robins' the voice actor for [[ShootTheMedicFirst the Medic]].
* The [[RussianLiterature Russian speculative literature]] as a whole has a Chronically Killed ''Publisher'': Yuri Semetsky, a prominent figure in the Russian science-fiction and fantasy fandom, whose namesakes and lookalikes keep popping up in various sci-fi authors' books as secondary characters, only to be killed before the story's end. Creator/SergeyLukyanenko is credited with starting the trend in his early books, and in the early '00s, there was even a joke award for "The Best Literary Murder of Yuri Semetsky" at the Interprescon conventions.
** Creator/VladimirVasilyev actually wrote in the preface of one novel that [[NoAnimalsWereHarmed not one Yuri Semetsky was harmed during the writing]].
* The ''[[WebAnimation/DorklyOriginals Dorkly]]'' article, “[[http://www.dorkly.com/post/60847/these-8-characters-are-definitely-going-to-die These Eight Characters are Definitely Going to Die]]”, includes in the list both Creator/MichelleRodriguez and Creator/SeanBean.
-->'''Why (for Michelle Rodriguez)''': Because [[StoryBreakerPower she gets so much shit done, there’s nothing left for the protagonist to do]].
-->'''Why (for Sean Bean)''': Because [[ShapedLikeItself Sean Bean]].
* The filk song "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TA-QJ2d3kk Soldier A]]"[[note]]Creator/VicMignogna adlibbed a few lines while waiting to record for one such Soldier A; the rest of the staff loved this so much they secretly recorded him, and Mignogna eventually composed the entire song[[/note]] is about a voice actor who only plays mooks with few lines beyond death screams.