Death is a part of life and therefore it is also a part of the movies. But does it seem like some actors’ characters just can’t escape death? New research by Wildz called “One Million Ways To Die In Hollywood” took a deep dive into onscreen movie deaths.
It looked at the Top 40 causes of death in film history as well as the actors and actresses who have suffered the most onscreen deaths. How exactly did they do this you ask? The Wildz team sat through over 200 days of movies. That’s 4800 hours of watching films. To some that may be a dream, with my attention span it’s a nightmare!
Here are a few key findings of the study :
- Hollywood loves guns – Nearly a ⅓ of the deaths across 3,509 films were caused by the shooting of an armed weapon.
- Lee Van Cleef tops the list of the most shot actors with 22 gun-related deaths.
- No less than 179 unique deaths were recorded
- Male characters showed a 54.74% increase in death variety compared to Female characters.
You can read the full study here or keep reading to find out the top actors and actresses for onscreen deaths as well as the top causes of death in films.