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10 Horrific Deaths That Happened While Filming a Movie


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Roy Kinnear
Roy Kinnear and Patsy Rowlands in 1968 on the Yorkshire TV "Inside George Webley." Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Roy Kinnear and Patsy Rowlands in 1968 on the Yorkshire TV "Inside George Webley." Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Actor Roy Kinnear hadn't expected to perform the strenuous stunt of riding a galloping horse across the Alcantara Bridge in Toledo, Spain, for the 1989 film "The Return of the Musketeers." Kinnear had a long, lauded career, including roles in the Beatles cult film "Help!" and the classic "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory." But by late 1988 when the movie was filming, Kinnear was now 54 years old and weighed in at more than 200 pounds (91 kilograms), and a horseman he was not [source: Cooper]. Still, he accepted the challenge.

It was a fateful decision. Kinnear was thrown from his horse and fractured his pelvis. Though not life-threatening, the injury was complicated by internal bleeding. Kinnear died in the hospital one day later.

Like Vic Morrow's death six years earlier, the accident shone a spotlight on the darker side of moviemaking. Kinnear's family sued the production company, and witnesses' testimony revealed the pressure actors and crew members felt to cut corners and keep quiet regarding safety on the set. As with the Morrow case, the producers didn't accept guilt, but settled with a payment of 650,000 pounds (about $1 million) [source: Cooper].