Chronically Killed Actor
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.

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

See also Vasquez Always Dies, when actresses that play Action Girls meet this fate; Black Dude Dies First, when it's a black character that gets offed; and They Killed Kenny Again, where the repeated deaths happen to a character rather than an actor. See also Dead Star Walking, and contrast Contractual Immortality.

As this is a Death Trope, expect unmarked spoilers. Beware.


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     Anime and Manga  

  • Jeff Fahey has died in Darkman and a bunch of other movie and TV roles.
  • CCH Pounder. She starred in movies such as RoboCop 3, Face/Off, and End of Days, and she dies in those three.
  • Conrad Veidt 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 Shanghai Noon, notably died in movies for three years in a row: 1997's Anaconda, 1998's Armageddon, and the remake of The Haunting (1999).
  • 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 Cigarette Burns, to having his liver removed via spear in Flesh for Frankenstein, to death by mono-filiment whip in Johnny Mnemonic. Here is the full list.
  • Being an aversion, Jodie Foster dies in feature film roles only twice, but her one on-screen death (in Elysium, where 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: Walking Tall, Smokin' Aces, 3:10 to Yuma (2007), I Am Number Four, Resident Evil: Retribution, Noah (2014), among others. Although not actually seen, it is heavily implied Fred Dukes was killed by Sabretooth in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

     Live Action TV  
  • Michael Coleman is a go to for walk-on deaths in Canadian productions including Supernatural and Eureka.
  • Michael Shanks is this for TV roles - Stargate SG-1, Smallville, Stargate SG-1, Burn Notice, Stargate SG-1, Andromeda, Stargate SG-1, Sanctuary, plus that Little Red Riding Hood remake. Seriously not kidding about SG-1. (It's said that Dr. Daniel Jackson doesn't have a medical history, he has a medical encyclopedia.)
  • Jamie Bamber, 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 Law & Order: UK, Matt Devlin, not only died in a manner eerily similar to Archie Kennedy, his character from Horatio Hornblower (Blood from the Mouth and Heroic Sacrifice), he was the fifth (along with Tony Dewhurst from The Scarlet Pimpernel, 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 Cold Case and Ghost Whisperer) were already dead when the show started, while the third (on Star Trek Continues) seems to have happened just to lampshade this trend. His appearances on House and Rizzoli & Isles 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.
  • Christopher Eccleston 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 The 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 Monk: In the 100th episode, Randy shows up with an actress girlfriend whose specialty is getting killed in TV shows. It becomes a Brick Joke 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.
  • Jacob Kogan, at least in some of his television roles.
    • In the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Blood Brothers", Tripp Raines is killed with a rock to the head by his half-brother Arturo.
    • In the final episode of Delocated, David is choked to death by his father.
    • It remains to be seen whether his character Luca Jameson will live or die in The Tomorrow People.
  • Kristen Bell has died in Heroes, Deadwood, and her 2 appearances in Robot Chicken have earned her brutal fatalities. Even video games aren't exempt since her character gets Killed Off for Real in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. Anna in Frozen even comes very close to getting killed, by freezing into an ice statue.
  • Kevin Tighe. With the exception of 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 (Neighbours, The O.C. and Ugly Betty), 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 Doctor Who stories and each time been killed off early on. By the third time it was a Running Gag.
  • Noah Bean has died on four well-known shows already: a Victim of the Week on Cold Case, as Ellen's fiancè David Damages, Fletcher on Nikita and Regina's lost love Daniel on Once Upon a Time.
  • 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.
  • Rick Cosnett has died in, so far, all three of his regular/recurring roles on American TV; killed as Wes Maxfield on The Vampire Diaries, suicide on both The Flash (2014) as Detective Edward 'Eddie' Thawne and Quantico as Elias Harper.
  • Despite having a relatively small number of tv and film credits to his name, Colin Donnell is developing a reputation for this trope; most notably, his characters on Arrow and The Affair were both series regulars whose death had a significant impact on the show. He's died in at least one other guest star role (Unforgettable) as well.