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Chronically Killed Actor

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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."

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.

Websites such as Cinemorgue help put together which actors are bound to this.

As of December 2016, the official count can be found here.


As this is a Death Trope, expect unmarked spoilers.

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  • Denis O'Hare has died onscreen in three of his five American Horror Story roles. (Granted, he came back as a ghost in two of those.) In the other two seasons, his characters may have survived, though one had an inoperable brain tumour and the other had been heavily mutilated.
  • Geoffrey Palmer has appeared as three different characters in three different Doctor Who stories and each time been killed off early onnote . By the third time it was a Running Gag.
  • 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 at 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.
  • Both Michael Biehn and Sean Bean appear on Curfew. Bean's character dies at the end of the third episode while Biehn's dies within ten minutes of his introduction.

  • Many of Ice Nine Kills' music videos star frontman Spencer Charnas' girlfriend Nadia Teichmann, often playing somebody who gets killed.




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The Many Deaths of Sean Bean

A rapid fire death reel of Sean Bean, courtesy of Honest Trailers.

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