Hollywood is the land of fantasy, but the very real specter of death can hang over TV and movie sets.
The death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, while working on the film “Rust” in New Mexico after actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun is just the latest on-set tragedy.
There have been multiple cases of deaths of crew members and stuntmen on the job, including a stuntwoman who died while performing on the set of “Deadpool 2” in 2017.
Cast members have also died from accidents during production, including:
In 1993, Brandon Lee was filming the final scenes of the movie “The Crow” when he died after being shot with a prop gun.
Actor Michael Massee, who played drug dealer Funboy in the film, shot Lee during a scene with a gun later found to be improperly loaded.
The dummy bullets had been replaced with cardboard wadding, but a bullet fragment had broken off and remained in the gun.
That metal tip of the dummy bullet hit Lee’s abdomen. The son of renowned martial arts master and actor Bruce Lee was 28 years old.
Lee’s family issued a statement following Hutchins’ death.
“Our hearts go out to the family of Halyna Hutchins and to Joel Souza and everyone involved in the ‘Rust’ incident,” the statement read. “No one should be killed by a gun on a film set. Period.”
Jon-Erik Hexum rose to fame in 1982 after landing the lead role of Phineas Bogg on the NBC series “Voyagers!”.
The tall and strikingly handsome actor was a rising star and was soon cast as Mac Harper, a CIA agent who poses as a male model on the television series “Cover Up.”
While filming, Hexum was reportedly playing with a prop gun from one scene and shot himself in the head.
The blank stuck a piece of his skull into his brain, and he was taken off life support a week later. Later, his character was written out of the show.
Victor Morrow had a long career as an actor and director when he found himself starring in “Twilight Zone: The Movie” in 1982.
Morrow played a racist who is sent back in time and placed in situations where he is persecuted.
In a scene directed by John Landis, the actor and two child actors, Myca Dinh Le, 7, and Renee Shin-Yi Chen, 6, were being filmed fleeing a Vietnamese village during the Vietnam War while an American helicopter of the army loomed over them.
The helicopter crashed after a pyrotechnic explosion, landing on Morrow, 53, and the children who died.
Landis, the pilot and three others were charged with manslaughter. All were acquitted after a high-profile trial that lasted nearly nine months.