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"I don't think you ever get over something like that."
— On the death of Brandon Lee

Michael Groo Massee (September 1, 1952 – October 20, 2016) was an American actor.

Known for his many villainous roles, Massee was a recurring face in film and television. On the small screen, he made repeat appearances on 24, FlashForward (2009), Carnivàle, Supernatural, and Rizzoli & Isles. Some of his more memorable film roles were in The Crow, Lost Highway, and Se7en.

During filming of the The Crow, Massee had the misfortune of firing the improperly constructed prop gun that killed Brandon Lee. Massee was devastated by the accident and took a year out from acting or working at all. He never saw the final film and admitted that Lee's death left him with lasting nightmares, despite being legally cleared of any wrongdoing.

Massee passed away from stomach cancer on October 20, 2016, at the age of 64.

Film Roles

Television Roles


  • Affably Evil: He played a lot of bad guys but he always gave them a lot of charisma and humor that made them likable.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: His eyes were very striking and intense which fit his characters very well.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Related to Never Live It Down below. In interviews, he said he still had nightmares about Brandon Lee's death 20 years later.
  • Never Live It Down: In a very tragic example, his accidental killing of Brandon Lee, to the point that several of the articles reporting his death brought it up in their headlines.