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10 actors who always die in movies

Apr 3, 2013

Spoiler alert …

1. Willem Dafoe

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When one thinks the deaths of Willem Dafoe, I imagine an earworm triggers Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” accompanied by the images of “Platoon’s” Elias dropping to his knees. Pretentious much? OK, fine. How about “Once Upon A Time In Mexico”, “Spiderman”, “Platoon”, “Speed 2: Cruise Control”, “xXx2: State Of The Union”, “eXistenZ”, “Pavilion Of Women”, “The Last Temptation Of Christ”, “Shadow Of The Vampire”, “To Live And Die In LA.”

2. Gary Busey

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Long before sharing his home recipe for kitty skull-shaped fruit preservatives, the Busey’s body temperature dropped in “The Magnificent Seven Ride!”, “Gunsmoke: The Busters”, “The Buddy Holly Story”, “Straight Time”, “Let’s Get Harry”, ” Lethal Weapon”, “Hider in the House”, ” Predator 2″, “Point Break”, “Wild Texas Wind”, “Under Siege”, “The Firm”, “Drop Zone”, “Surviving the Game”, “Man with a Gun”, “Lethal Tender”, “The Rage”, “Soldier”, “Universal Soldier II: Brothers in Arms”, “Hot Boyz”, ” Two Shades of Blue” and “The Gingerdead Man”.

By the way, you HAVE to see the trailer for “Hider in the House” if you haven’t already.

3. Samuel L. Jackson

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No shit Sam Jackson has died a lot! “Goodfellas”, “True Romance”, “Jackie Brown”, “Jungle Fever”, “187″, “Hard Eight”, “Kill Bill Volume 2″, “Jurassic Park”, “Star Wars Episode III:Revenge Of The Sith”, “Twisted”, “Lakeview Terrace”, “The Other Guys”, “Django Unchained” — but nothing tops his final scene in “Deep Blue Sea.”

4. Danny Trejo

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We all know Trejo as the barrel-chested thug whose 30-year acting career depends on guns and ammo. Of all the times he’s been laid to rest, you gotta see him blow up in this scene from “Death Wish 4: The Crackdown”.

5. Michael Ironside

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His “See you at the party, Richter” moment in “Total Recall” might be the most meme-worthy of all movie deaths, but that would take a Google or two to confirm. Let me know. But you also know Ironside from his fatalities in “Starship Troopers”, “Total Recall”, “Terminator: Salvation”, “The Omega Code”,”Watchers”, “Extreme Prejudice”, “Crime & Punishment In Suburbia”, “Father Hood” and everyone’s favorite date movie “Highlander II”.

6. John Hurt

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John Hurt died by chestburster in two films: Ridley Scott’s “Alien” and Mel Brooks’s “Spaceballs”. In addition, the Derbyshire native also kicked the bucket (I think they call it a “pail” in England?) in “The Wild And The Willing”, “Gideon’s Way”, “Sinful Davey”, “10 Rillington Place”, “The Ghoul”, “I, Claudius”, “East Of Elephant Rock”, “Spectre”, “Watership Down”, “The Elephant Man”, “Heaven’s Gate”, “The Osterman Weekend”, “The Hit”, “After Darkness”, “The Black Cauldron”, “Jake Speed”, “Aria”, “Deadline”, “Little Sweetheart”, “Scandal”, “L’oeil qui Ment”, “Monolith”, “Even Cowgirls Get The Blues”, “Contact”, “The Climb”, “All The Little Animals”, “You’re Dead”, “Lost Souls”, “Hellboy”, “Tabloid”, “The Proposition”, “Beyond The Gates”, “V For Vendetta”, “Masters Of Science Fiction”, “Outlander”, “Whistle And I’ll Come To You”, “Sailcloth” and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”.

7. Steve Buscemi

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If there’s a supercut of your death scenes on YouTube, then you belong on this list. Among others, Steve Buscemi flatlined in “Desperado”, “The Island”, “The Big Lebowski” (R.I.P., Donnie), “Fargo”, “John Rabe”, “Domestic Disturbance and “Reservoir Dogs”.

8. Lance Henriksen

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Did you know that Lance Henriksen wanted to wear creepy purple contact lenses when playing the role of android Bishop in “Aliens”? Yeah, true story, but James Cameron said he was creepy enough without them, especially when that xenomorph tore him in half and let the fake milk-blood spray all over the place. Henriksen also met his maker in “The Terminator”, “Alien3″, “Alien vs. Predator”, “Hard Target”, “No Escape”, “Scream 3″, “Screamers: The Hunting”, “Phantom”, “Dead Man”, “Near Dark”, “Johnny Handsome”, “Stone Cold”, “Man’s Best Friend”, “The Quick And The Dead”, “Madhouse”, “Hellraiser: Hellworld” and “Mimic: Sentinel”.

9. Val Kilmer

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Dying from tuberculosis in “Tombstone” and being a fat drug addict in “The Doors” is hardly a match compared to the other entries in this post, but give it up for Val Kilmer anyway. He played dead in soo many damn movies like “The Island of Dr. Moreau”, “Hardwired”, “Seven Below”, “The Traveller”, “Macgruber”, “Mindhunters, “Hard Cash”, “Felon”, “The Thaw” and “Alexander”.

10. Leonardo DiCaprio

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In addition to freezing in the ocean when Rose could have TOTALLY made room for him on that plank of wood, your boyfriend also dropped dead in “The Departed”, “Blood Diamond”, “Romeo + Juliet”, “Total Eclipse”, “The Quick and the Dead”, “J.Edgar”, “Django Unchained” and maybe “Critters 3″. I’m actually not sure if he died in “Critters 3″, but it’s clearly his most under-appreciated piece of work.

h/t IMDb


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