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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.

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

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

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!!Examples:
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[[folder:Anime & 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 love casting Creator/YoshinoTakamori whenever they need a DisposableWoman.
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[[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?"
* 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]].
* 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. 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''.
* 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.
** 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: 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''.
%%* KatieMcGrath
* 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}}''...
* 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}}'' (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''.
* 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) and ''Film/TheLastTemptationOfChrist'' ([[{{Jesus}} crucified]]).
* 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'').
* Jeffrey Dean Morgan, in most of his television roles (such as ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', and -[[PosthumousCharacter posthumously]] - on ''Series/{{Weeds}}''), and ''Film/{{Watchmen}}''.
* 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}}'', the second ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''), 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 ''La grande bouffe'' and Depardieu being burned at the stake in ''Le retour de Martin Guerre''.
* 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.]]
* Creator/IdrisElba has a bunch of roles that involve getting killed off, including ''Series/TheWire'', ''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.
** And ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchausen'', which featured a lot of his Monty Python compatriots. Though this was very temporary. [[DeathSeeker And, allegedly, quite frequent for him]].
* 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.
* Creator/JohnHurt has died over forty times in his career. Even when he doesn't die, he often [[HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows lives up]] [[Series/DoctorWho to his name]].
* 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.
* Jennifer Lim, who played the girl who committed suicide in ''Film/{{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. Granted, many of Neeson's roles do fit the MentorArchetype, [[MentorOccupationalHazard which has its disadvantages]].
* 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, [[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''.
* 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!
* Creator/BillPaxton, 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]]'', a ''[[Film/{{Predator 2}} Predator]]'', '''and''' ''Film/TheTerminator'' (Creator/LanceHenriksen is the only other person to share the title). Like Tom Cruise, he dies 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 ''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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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/{{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.
* Averted by Creator/SylvesterStallone, 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 [[Film/{{Flashdance}} Joe]] [[Film/BasicInstinct Eszter]][[Film/{{Showgirls}} has]], 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, 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 ''The Beguiled'', ''Honkytonk Man'', and ''Film/GranTorino'', and ''Film/HighPlainsDrifter'' hints that his character may have been DeadAllAlong. Possibly five, considering his character in ''Film/EscapeFromAlcatraz'' most likely drowned in the attempt.
* 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 Creator/SueShiomi will die in her movies (particularly if it's an actioner), as seen in ''Film/TheStreetfighter'', ''The Franchise/Streetfighter's Last Revenge'', ''Film/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 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.
* That nice looking guy Danny Nucci has died on ''Film/{{Eraser}}, Film/{{Titanic}}, Film/TheRock'', and many more films .
* Creator/DenzelWashington. Started his career getting killed by Creator/CharlesBronson in ''Film/DeathWish''. Won [[Film/{{Glory}} two]] [[Film/TrainingDay Oscars]] playing guys who die, and out of six 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!]]).
%% * 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 has died in ''Film/{{Darkman}}'' and a bunch of other movie and TV roles.
%% * Giancarlo Giannini.
* 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 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.
* 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''. Here is the full ''[[http://cinemorgue.wikia.com/wiki/Udo_Kier 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/ThreeTenToYuma'' (2007), ''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.
* 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.
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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'', 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.
* 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 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.
* 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.
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* 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.
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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.
* 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 ''Kingsglaive: VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV''. He died saving Luna and Nyx near the end of the film]].
* If Creator/RobinAtkinDownes is doing motion-capture for a ''Naughty Dog'' 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 ''Uncharted 4: A Thief's End'', where [[spoiler:his character, Hector Alcázar, was DeadAllAlong and may not have even been involved in the backstory at all]].
* 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.
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