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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  


  • CCH Pounder. She starred in movies such as RoboCop 3, Face/Off, and End of Days, and she dies in those three.
  • 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...
  • Heavily averted by Sylvester Stallone, who even tried to change the ending of F*I*S*T so his character wouldn't get killed (he failed).
  • The late Harve Presnell had a reputation for getting killed on camera a lot: getting shot in Fargo, beaten to death in Face/Off, a memo spike in an episodes of Monk, offscreen in The Pretender, and probably many more.

     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.
  • Jamie Bamber, who has had so many of his characters get killed off (seven 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 who weren't shot (on Cold Case and Ghost Whisperer) were already dead when the show started.
  • 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 (on 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.
  • 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.



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