When the movie "Salt" premiered in 2010, one of its stars, Angelina Jolie, premiered a new feature, too: a permanent facial scar. Jolie pointed out the scar -- which was the result of a collision with a doorway during a gun-wielding stunt -- to the press during an appearance to promote the film [source: Hough].
Even with a lifelong souvenir of her days on the set, Jolie is one of the lucky ones. Some silver screen professionals don't survive a movie's stunts, or suffer fatal accidents or illnesses off set.
When the 10 stars on this list died, their directors were left in emotional and logistical binds, and their deaths forever attached dark footnotes to their final films' histories. In some cases, the movie had to be canceled, and in others the role was recast or the production moved forward with creative workarounds as a final tribute to the star.
We'll start our list on the next page with tales of Heath Ledger's final performances.