Most Hollywood A-listers have taken on a variety of roles to reach the top of the Tinseltown totem pole. Some actors have played the hero and others have made a career out of portraying the despicable villain, but the good guys and bad guys share one common trait: many of them have died multiple times in their movies. ChaCha.com has gifted us with an answer to a question that may be plaguing the most morbid of cinephiles -- which actors have died the most during their careers? A nifty little diagram -- which you can check out in the gallery below -- maps out how many times 15 of Hollywood's most killed stars have met their maker, along with an interesting fact about each one.
The list contains some of the usual suspects like Robert De Niro (who you may want to kill again after 'Little Fockers'), Bruce Willis and Al Pacino -- but names like Sean Bean and Carl Weathers are a little less predictable. The gang is also joined by Johnny Depp, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Nicholson, Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington, Christian Bale, George Clooney, Robert Downey, Jr., Gary Oldman and Mel Gibson (who seems to have a death wish off-screen as well).
Irony abounds in the factoid department, where we learn that Pacino was killed by comedians twice on screen, Willis was snuffed out by his ex-wife, Demi Moore, in two different films and that Gibson holds the record for being the most tortured versus killed (strangely fitting). The diagram is also a reminder that sometimes death breeds life. Mega stars like Johnny Depp found their footing in Hollywood by way of the oft-shunned horror genre. In Depp's case it was quite bloody (winning for most gory death) -- he was consumed and regurgitated by his bed.
As the commenters on ChaCha.com point out, the list may be missing a few movie titles (I guess that's where the Movie Deaths Database and Cinemorgue come in handy), but it's still an interesting overview. Check it out below and beware: this thing is loaded with spoilers.
Here Lies 15 of Hollywood's Most Killed Stars
Robert De Niro
-has died in 14 films which include: 'Bloody Mama', 'Bang the Drum Slowly', 'Mean Streets', 'Brazil', 'The Mission', 'Cape Fear', 'This Boy's Life', 'Mary Shelley's Frankenstein', 'Heat', 'The Fan', 'Jackie Brown', 'Great Expectations', '15 Minutes' and 'Hide & Seek'.
-An interesting fact: While De Niro was killed by Pacino in 'Heat', Pacino was then killed by De Niro in' Righteous Kill.'
-has died in 11 films which include: 'Billy Bathgate', 'Mortal Thoughts', 'Death Becomes Her', 'Twelve Monkeys', 'The Jackal', 'Armageddon', 'The Sixth Sense', 'Hart's War', 'Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle', 'Sin City' and 'Grindhouse: Planet Terror'
-An interesting fact: In both 'Mortal Thoughts' and 'Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle', Willis was killed by his ex-wife, Demi Moore.
-has died in 10 films which include: 'A Nightmare on Elm Street', 'Platoon', 'Freddy's Dead', 'Ed Wood', 'Dead Man', 'The Astronaut's Wife', 'From Hell', 'The Libertine', 'Sweeny Todd' and 'Pirates of the Caribbean 2'.
-An interesting fact: On this list, Depp holds the record for Bloodiest Death from when he was turned into a giant plasma fountain on 'Nightmare on Elm Street'.
-has died in 9 films which include: 'Midnight Cowboy', 'Who is Harry Kellerman And Why Is He Saying Terrible Things About Me?', 'Lenny',' Death of a Salesman', 'Billy Bathgate',' Hook', 'Wag the Dog', 'Perfume' and 'Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium'.
-An interesting fact: In 'Hook', Hoffman was eaten by a reanimated crocodile.
-has died in 9 films which include: 'Scarface', 'Dick Tracy', 'The Godfather: Part III', 'Carlito's Way', 'Donnie Brasco', 'Insomnia', 'People I Know', 'The Recruit' and 'Righteous Kill'.
-An interesting fact: In 'Carlito's Way' and 'Insomnia' Pacino is killed by comedians John Leguizamo and Robin Williams.
-has died in 9 films which include: 'Easy Rider, 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest', 'The Passenger', 'The Shining', 'Batman', 'Hoffa', 'Mars Attacks!', 'The Departed' and 'The Bucket List'
-An interesting fact: Most of Nicholson's deaths tend to be horribly violent. He was shot, dropped from high places and beaten to death.
-has died in 9 films which include: 'A River Runs Through It', 'Kalifornia', 'Legends of the Fall', 'The Devil's Own', 'Troy', 'The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford', 'Burn After Reading' and 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'.
-An interesting fact: While Pitt died in both 'Cool World' and 'Fight Club', he was revived in one as a cartoon character and in the other he never actually existed.
-has died in 8 films which include: 'Cry Freedom', 'Glory', 'Heart Condition', 'Malcolm X', 'Fallen', 'The Preacher's Wife', 'Training Day' and 'Man on Fire'.
-has died in 8 films which include: 'Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna', 'Henry V', 'The Secret Agent', 'Mary Mother of Jesus', 'Shaft', 'Harsh Times', 'The Prestige' and '3:10 to Yuma'.
-An interesting fact: In 'The Prestige', Bale got to have it both ways, without spoiling the fun. Those who saw it know why.
-has died in 5 films which include: 'Return to Horror High', 'Red Surf', 'The Perfect Storm', 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind' and 'Syriana'.
-An interesting fact: Although Clooney died in a couple early budget movies, his character actually survived in 'Return of the Killer Tomatoes'.
Robert Downey Jr.
-has died in 5 films which include: 'Less than Zero', 'Natural Born Killers', 'Richard III', 'The Gingerbread Man' and 'U.S. Marshals'
-An interesting fact: In 'The Singing Detective', Downey did kill himself, BUT it was a hallucination sequence.
-has died in
5 roughly 20 films, which include (but are not limited to): 'Equilibrium', 'The Fellowship of the Ring', 'Goldeneye', 'The Hitcher' and 'Patriot Games'. See an entire list of his deaths here.
-An interesting fact: Bean has a scar over his eye given to him by Harrison Ford while shooting his death scene in 'Patriot Games'. Ford accidentally hit him with a boat hook.
-has died in
5 9 films which include: 'The Book of Eli', 'Bram Stoker's Dracula', 'The Fifth Element', 'Leon', 'True Romance', 'Lost in Space', 'Sid and Nancy', 'Hannibal' and 'Harry Potter'
-An interesting fact: It makes sense Oldman made the list since his known character trade mark is a borderline psychotic.
-has died in 3 films which include: 'Mrs. Soffel', 'Hamlet' and 'Braveheart'.
-An interesting fact: While Gibson only has 3 deaths, he holds the record for number of tortures in the films 'Lethal Weapon', 'Conspiracy Theory',' Braveheart',' Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome' and 'Payback'.
-has died in 3 films which include: 'Happy Gilmore', 'Predator' and 'Rocky IV'.
-An interesting fact: After Creed's Death in 'Rocky IV', Weathers met with producer Joel Silver and agreed to play an important supporting role in 'Predator'.
Note: This list isn't meant to represent the most of all time, as it does state that these are "15 of the most", not necessarily a definitive list of the most. Also, as some commenters have pointed out, there are some factual errors on ChaCha's list (either that or they ran out of space to list movies on their chart), so feel free to let us know what they are down below and we'll correct our version of their list.