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->''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.

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

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!Examples:

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[[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'', ''HighSchoolOfTheDead'', and ''TekkenBloodVengeance'' are anything to go by.
* 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.
* Brett Weaver 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 love casting YoshinoTakamori whenever they need a DisposableWoman.

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[[folder: Film ]]
* Creator/SeanBean.
-->'''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. ChronicallyKilledActor + Character that dies in the original source material = SparedByTheAdaptation? What?
** Watching his star-making performance in ''Film/{{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 to ''not'' 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, Creator/SeanBean 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?
** 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 anyway close to Sean Bean!
** Ironically, there's only one character killed in ''Film/NationalTreasure'', in which Sean Bean played the villain. And it was ''not'' Bean's character.
* Michael Biehn. Frequently in the military. Frequently dies. On the rare occasions when he survives (e.g., ''Aliens'' or ''Navy Seals'') he ends up badly wounded before the final reel.
* Creator/HumphreyBogart is this in almost all of his pre-''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'' roles, as well as several after including: ''Sirocco'', ''The Desperate Hours'', ''The Two Mrs Carrolls'', and ''Film/TheTreasureOfTheSierraMadre''. His earlier deaths include, but are not limited to: ''Dead End'', ''Film/HighSierra'', ''Film/AngelsWithDirtyFaces'', ''The Big Shot'', ''Kid Galahad'', ''The Return Of Dr X'', ''Film/ThePetrifiedForest'', and the dozens of movies in which he played a gangster.
* Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter, most notably in ''Film/HarryPotter'', ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', and ''Film/DarkShadows'' (maybe). Usually, her character had it coming.
* Richard Beymer. Let's see: Gunned down in ''Film/WestsideStory'', gassed 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/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."
* 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 ''Arbitrage''...
* Adolfo Celi 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."
* 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}}'' ''before'' a role basically built around [[TheManyDeathsOfYou repeated deaths]] in ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow''.
* 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/SpiderMan'' (impaled), ''Film/{{Platoon}}'' (shot fleeing from NVA soldiers, complete with CrucifiedHeroShot), ''Film/ShadowOfTheVampire'' (disintegrated in sunlight) and ''Film/TheLastTemptationOfChrist'' ([[{{Jesus}} crucified]]).
* Jeffrey Dean Morgan, in most of his television roles (such as ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', and -[[PosthumousCharacter posthumosly]] - on ''{{Weeds}}''), and ''Film/{{Watchmen}}''.
* 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 ''La grande bouffe'' and Depardieu being burned at the stake in ''Le retour de Martin Guerre''.
* Creator/JohnnyDepp has expired in quite a few films, including ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984'' (his movie debut), the aptly titled ''Film/DeadMan'', ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', ''Film/FromHell'', ''Film/TheBrave'' (''very'' strongly implied), ''Film/PublicEnemies'', ''Film/TheAstronautsWife'', ''[[DeathByCameo 21 Jump Street]]'', ''Film/{{Transcendence}}'' (twice, once as a human and again as an artificial intelligence), and ([[BackFromTheDead if you count it]]) ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest''. In ''Film/DarkShadows'', he gets halfway there.
* Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio: ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead'', ''Total Eclipse'', ''[[Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet Romeo + Juliet]]'', ''{{Film/Titanic}}'', ''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.]]
* Creator/IdrisElba has a bunch of roles that involve getting killed off, including ''Series/TheWire'', ''Film/TheUnborn'', ''Film/AmericanGangster'', ''{{Film/Prometheus}}'' and ''Film/PacificRim''.
* 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.
* 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/JohnHurt has died over forty times in his career. When he doesn't die, he often lives up to his name.
* Michael B. Jordan ([[UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan no relation]]) is morphing into one of these. On top of being killed off on the first season of ''Series/TheWire'' and in the film ''Film/{{Chronicle}}'', he also stars in ''Film/FruitvaleStation'', based on the true story of Oscar Grant, who was shot and killed by Oakland police in 2008.
* 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.
* 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/ChristopherLee: 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.
* Jared Leto 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 ''RequiemForADream'' gets one of his arms amputated). Leto was even killed in a music video for his own band, Music/ThirtySecondsToMars
* Jennifer Lim, who played the girl who committed suicide in ''{{Hostel}}'', is an aversion; she noted that it was her 20th film, but the first in which her character died.
* Creator/SteveMcQueen 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. Given many of Neeson's roles are of TheMentor, quite often he fits TheObiWan (including [[ThePhantomMenace the one who trained]] the TropeNamer).
* Creator/GaryOldman has too many to count, 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, [[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''.
* Joe Pantoliano (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!
* Bill Paxton, who's 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]]'', ''[[Film/{{Predator 2}} Predator]]'', '''and''' ''Film/TheTerminator'' (Creator/LanceHenriksen is the only other person to hold the distinction). 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 ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''). He was even shot and killed at the end of ''Series/{{Big Love}}''. He played a family man who owned a home improvement store.
* 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 the 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.
* Creator/QuentinTarantino, tends to [[CreatorCameo cast himself in small roles]] in his movies, generally as [[TakeThatMe stupid and unpleasant]] characters who are 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.
* 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''. 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'', Tim Burton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland'' ([[ButterflyOfDeathAndRebirth sort of]]), ''Truly Madly Deeply'', etc.
* Eric Roberts. 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''.
* 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/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'', ''Film/{{Sphere}}'', ''Film/{{Phantoms}}'', ''Film/TheManchurianCandidate'', etc.
* 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 causality heavy ''Film/BlackHawkDown'' nearly unscathed.
* Heavily averted by Creator/SylvesterStallone, who even tried to change the ending of ''F*I*S*T'' so his character wouldn't get killed (he failed).
* 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, 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 three or four times. He dies in ''Film/TheBeguiled'', ''Honkytonk Man'', and ''Film/GranTorino'', and ''Film/HighPlainsDrifter'' hints that his character may have been DeadAllAlong.
* Robert Redford 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 SueShiomi will die in her movies (particularly if it's an actioner), as seen in ''Film/TheStreetfighter'', ''The Streetfighter's Last Revenge'', ''Film/{{Golgo 13}}: 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'', 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.
%% * RobertDeNiro.
%% * Benicio Del Toro
%% * Creator/PeterStormare.
%% * That nice looking Italian guy Danny Nucci.
%% * Creator/DenzelWashington.
%% * Creator/SamuelLJackson, according to his page.
%% * Dina Meyer dies an awful lot.
%% * Creator/GideonEmery. Here's a list of his [[http://garnetvengeance.tumblr.com/post/15661153807/the-many-deaths-of-gideon-emery many deaths]].
%% * Jeff Fahey.
%% * Giancarlo Giannini.
* CCH Pounder. 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 Jean Gabin 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.

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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'', ''{{Smallville}}'', ''[[BackFromTheDead Stargate SG-1]]'', ''Series/BurnNotice'', ''[[DeathIsCheap Stargate SG-1]]'', ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'', ''[[OverlyLongGag Stargate SG-1]]'', ''{{Sanctuary}}'', plus that Little Red Riding Hood remake. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5foL_vM4FE Seriously not kidding]] about SG-1.
* Creator/JamieBamber, who has had so many of his characters get killed off (eight at last count) that they're apparently running out of ways to do it. His character from ''Series/LawAndOrderUK'', Matt Devlin, not only died in a manner eerily similar to Archie Kennedy, his character from ''Series/HoratioHornblower'' (BloodFromTheMouth and HeroicSacrifice), he was the ''fifth'' (along with Tony Dewhurst from TheScarletPimpernel, Tom from ''Ghost Rig'', and Mitchell Hoban from {{Outcasts}}) to get shot. A commentator in one of the show's forums snarked, "Jamie looks pretty good dying onscreen. As well he should, he's done it so many times already." And the two of the three who ''weren't'' shot (on ''Series/ColdCase'' and ''Series/GhostWhisperer'') were ''[[PosthumousCharacter already]]'' dead when the show started, while the third (on WebVideo/StarTrekContinues) seems to have happened just to lampshade this trend. 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 (on 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 Heroes, 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.
* 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. By the third time it was a RunningGag.
* Noah Bean has died on three well-known shows already: a VictimOfTheWeek on ''Series/ColdCase'', Fletcher on ''Series/{{Nikita}}'' and Regina's lost love on ''Series/OnceUponATime''.
* Jaime Murray has died in Warehouse 13 (ok she gets better but still), Spartacus: Gods of the arena, Dexter and Fright night 2. Several jokes were made when Hustle finished that she had actually survived the shows run.
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* InUniverse, Mortimer from ''Theatre/TheFantasticks''. He specializes in death scenes and is known as "the man who dies."
* Lea Salonga always lands roles in Broadway where her character dies. Whether she's Fantine or Eponine on ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', or Kim in ''Theatre/MissSaigon''.

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* 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 que 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.
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