Six tragic deaths recorded on Hollywood movie set

US actor Brandon Lee, a martial arts legend and the son of Bruce Lee, was shot and killed on the set of "The Crow" in 1993.
(L-R)Brandon Lee, Halayna Hutchins, James Emswiller
(L-R)Brandon Lee, Halayna Hutchins, James EmswillerGetty Images/

Hollywood is yet to come to terms with the horrific accidental shooting of a cinematographer by US actor Alec Baldwin while filming a movie in New Mexico.

Local media reports that in what appeared to be an accidental misfire, Baldwin accidentally killed the director of photography, Halyna Hutchins, with a prop gun that was filled with live rounds.

The 63-year-old, who is acting in and producing the film 'Rust', also left the movie’s director injured during the accident on Thursday.

Santa Fe police have interrogated but not detained the famed actor who has announced his full cooperation after breaking his silence on Friday.

“This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident,” the police statement read partly.

Juan Rios, from the sheriff’s office, said: “Mr Baldwin came in voluntarily to speak with investigators and after speaking with them he left."

With the investigation actively open, here are six other deadly movie accidents recorded while shooting Hollywood movies, according to AFP.

- 'The Captive' -

Gun related deaths go back to the dawn of cinema with extra Charles Chandler shot in the head in 1915 while filming the Cecil B. DeMille movie "The Captive". He died after a bullet was left in a rifle after soldiers shot at a door with live ammunition to give the scene more realism.

- 'Twilight Zone: The Movie' -

Actor Vic Morrow was decapitated and two Vietnamese-born child extras killed in 1982 when a helicopter crashed on them after being hit by pyrotechnics during the shooting of a night battle scene for the sci-fi horror movie near Los Angeles.

Director John Landis was later acquitted of the manslaughter of the 53-year-old star as well as the children, aged six and seven, in the first such case in Hollywood history.

- 'The Crow' -

US actor Brandon Lee, a martial arts legend and the son of Bruce Lee, was shot and killed on the set of "The Crow" in 1993 in a case which set off a whirl of conspiracy theories about him being murdered by Hong Kong gangsters.

But investigators found his death was caused by negligence. An actor fired at Lee with a gun which was supposed to contain blanks. However, there was a bullet in the chamber and Lee, 28, died hours later from his injuries.

- 'Batman: The Dark Knight' -

Rumours of a "Curse of Batman" circulated after the 2007 death of stuntman Conway Wickliffe during a test run for a scene involving the Batmobile in "The Dark Knight" was followed by the drugs overdose of Heath Ledger, 28, who played The Joker.

Co-star Morgan Freeman was later badly injured in a car crash and Batman himself Christian Bale faced accusations of assaulting his mother and sister the day before the film's UK premiere.

- 'Jumper' -

A set dresser was killed on the Samuel L. Jackson sci-fi movie in 2008 when frozen sand, earth and ice from an exterior set collapsed onto staff below during shooting in Toronto.

David Ritchie, 56, died instantly.

- 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood' -

Emmy-winning sound mixer James Emswiller died after falling from a second-floor balcony during the filming in 2018 of a biopic about US television icon Fred Rogers for which Tom Hanks was later nominated for an Oscar.

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