List of film accidents

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This is intended to be a list of notable accidents which occurred during the shooting of films and television, such as cast or crew fatalities or serious accidents which plagued production. It is not intended to be a list of every minor injury an actor or stuntman suffered during filming. Stuntwork accounts for over half of all film-related injuries, with an average of five deaths for every 2,000 injuries.[citation needed] From 1980 to 1990 there were 37 deaths relating to accidents during stunts; 24 of these deaths involved the use of helicopters.[1]


  • Across the Border (1914). Cast member Grace McHugh and camera operator Owen Carter drowned during the filming of a scene in which McHugh's character crosses the Arkansas River on horseback.[citation needed]
  • The Valley of the Giants (1919). Silent era star Wallace Reid was badly injured in a train crash during filming in Oregon. His injuries caused him severe pain and the studio supplied him with increasing quantities of morphine so he could keep working. Addicted to morphine and also suffering from alcoholism, Reid died in 1923 at the age of 32.[2]


  • Haunted Spooks (1920). During filming, actor and comedian Harold Lloyd picked up what he thought was a prop bomb with the fuse lit but realized too late the bomb was real. It detonated, blowing off the thumb and first finger of his right hand and also temporarily blinded him. For the rest of his career, Lloyd concealed his missing fingers with a prosthetic glove.[4]
  • The Skywayman (1920). Pilots Milton Elliott and Ormer Locklear were killed on August 2, 1920, during filming. Their plane crashed at the DeMille Airfield, along Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles, while filming night scenes.[5]
  • Souls for Sale (1923). Actress Barbara La Marr injured her ankle during filming and doctors prescribed not only morphine but also cocaine to control the pain and enable her to continue filming. Working on the production left La Marr addicted to drugs, a factor which contributed to her premature death three years later.[6]
  • Sherlock, Jr. (1924). While hanging from a water tower, Buster Keaton pulled a rope which released water from the tower, knocking him to the ground. In the scene, he stood and ran into the distance. During a routine physical examination 11 years later, an X-ray revealed that Keaton had fractured his neck.[7]
  • The Warrens of Virginia (1924). On November 29, 1923, while working on location in San Antonio, Texas, Martha Mansfield was severely burned when a match, tossed by a cast member, ignited her Civil War costume of hoopskirts and flimsy ruffles. Mansfield was playing the role of Agatha Warren and had just finished her scenes and retired to a car when her clothing burst into flames. Her neck and face were saved when leading man Wilfred Lytell threw his heavy overcoat over her. The chauffeur of Mansfield's car was burned badly on his hands while trying to remove the burning clothing from the actress. The fire was put out, but she sustained substantial burns to her body and died the following day.[8]
  • Ben-Hur (1925). An early filming attempt of the chariot race was done on location at the Circus Maximus in Rome. It brought about the death of one stunt man when a wheel of his chariot broke.[9]
  • The General (1926). During filming of the epic black comedy in Oregon, there were a number of incidents. Several National Guardsmen, employed as extras for the Civil War battle scenes, were injured by mishaps caused by mis-firing muskets or explosions. Director and star Buster Keaton was knocked unconscious when he stood too close to a cannon firing. Assistant director Harry Barnes was accidentally hit in the face by a blank charge. Train brakeman Fred Lowry sued the production for US$2,900 after his foot was crushed when it was run over by a locomotive wheel during filming of one of the railway scenes.[10]
  • Wings (1927). During filming of the WWI aerial combat scenes, stunt pilot Dick Grace was required to deliberate crash-land a Fokker D-VII, specially modified to "crumple" on impact. When the Fokker struck the ground, the landing gear failed to crumple, making the impact a heavier one than planned. This caused Grace's safety straps to break, sending his head through the instrument panel, leaving him with four crushed vertebrae and a broken neck. Amazingly, Grace spent only six weeks in hospital and was back performing stunt work within a year.[11]
  • Noah's Ark (1928). Three people died, one man lost a leg and a number were injured in a scene where several hundred extras were caught in the "Great Flood." The deaths were instrumental in the introduction of film safety regulations the following year.[12]
  • The Aviator (1929). During aerial scouting for locations, an aircraft crashed, killing cameraman Alvin Knechtel and actor and stunt pilot William Hauber.[13]


  • Such Men Are Dangerous (1930). During aerial filming off the coast of Southern California, two Stinson Detroiter aircraft, employed as camera-planes, collided over the ocean. All ten men on board the two planes were killed, including director Kenneth Hawks (brother of Howard Hawks), assistant-directors Max Gold and Ben Frankel, cinematographer Conrad Wells and cameraman George Eastman. Families of the men who were lost took legal action against Fox Film Company but the courts ruled in favour of the latter.[13][16][17]
  • The Viking (1931). After completion of filming in Canada, producer, co-director and real-life adventurer Varick Frissell decided that more footage of the Labrador ice floes was required. He and a small film crew joined the real ship The Viking on a seal-hunting voyage in order to obtain the footage he wanted. On March 15, the ship became trapped in ice near Horse Isles and dynamite stored on board (intended for breaking up ice floes) accidentally detonated, destroying the vessel and killing 27 men, including Frissell and cameraman Alexander Penrod.[13][18]
  • The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936). During the filming of the charge sequence, a stuntman was killed when he fell off his horse and landed on a broken sword that was lying on the field, unfortunately wedged in such a position that its blade was sticking straight up. Also, due to the use of trip wires, three dozen horses had their legs broken and had to be shot during filming, resulting in the US Congress passing laws to protect animals used in motion pictures.[citation needed]
  • The Wizard of Oz (1939). Margaret Hamilton was badly burned during a scene in which her character, the Wicked Witch of the West, "vanished" in a burst of flame and smoke. A delay in activating a trap door left her exposed to the pyrotechnic device.[19] Her stunt double was also injured in a scene involving a smoking broomstick.[20] Buddy Ebsen suffered a severe allergic reaction to his Tin Man makeup that resulted in a collapsed lung and lifelong breathing issues.[21] He was unable to continue working on the production and was replaced by Jack Haley.


  • Citizen Kane (1941). While filming, Orson Welles tripped down a staircase and chipped his anklebone, forcing him to use a wheelchair for the next two weeks. Welles also injured his hand during a scene where he destroyed a room.[22]
  • My Life for Ireland (1941). An anti-British propaganda film made by the Germans. During the epic final battle scene, several extras were killed when one of them stepped on a live land mine. The footage is said to have been included in the release prints, although no proof of this has been established.[citation needed]
  • They Died with Their Boots On (1941). Three horsemen perished during the cavalry charge, one of whom was extra Jack Budlong, whose horse tripped as he rode alongside Errol Flynn. As he fell forward, he had the foresight to toss his sword ahead of him. Unfortunately, it landed handle down and stuck in place. Jack was impaled on his own sword, and died in a Los Angeles hospital a few hours later.[citation needed]
  • Signed with Their Honour (unfinished, 1943). This was to have been a British war film based on the 1942 novel of the same name by James Aldridge. But during filming in Cheshire, a pair of Gladiator biplanes collided, injuring both pilots who managed to escape by parachute. After this incident, the film project was abandoned.[23][24]


  • Underground (1958). Gareth Jones was playing a character who was to have suffered a heart attack during the play. Coincidentally Jones suffered a massive heart attack and died during a live television video production off camera, between two of his scenes while in make-up.


  • Spartacus (1960). Actor Charles McGraw suffered a broken jaw on the set of the Roman epic. During the revolt at the Gladiator school, Spartacus (Kirk Douglas) is seen forcing the head of evil trainer Marcellus (McGraw) into a vat of soup, drowning him. McGraw's jaw struck the rim of the pot, sustaining a fracture but he managed to continue the scene nonetheless.[26]
  • How the West Was Won (1962). Stuntman Bob Morgan, husband of Yvonne De Carlo, was seriously injured and lost a leg during a break in filming a gunfight on a moving train. Chains holding logs on a flatbed car broke, crushing Morgan as he crouched beside them.[27]
  • Lawrence of Arabia (1962). Actor Peter O'Toole was nearly killed when he fell from his camel. He also injured his hand during filming by punching through the window of a caravan while drunk. A brace or bandage can be seen on his left thumb during the first train attack scene, presumably due to this incident.[citation needed]
  • The War Lover (1962). During aerial filming over the English Channel, parachutists jumped from a vintage B-17 to simulate a bail-out. One of the jumpers, Englishman Mike Reilly, drowned in the sea below.[28]
  • Goldfinger (1964). Harold Sakata burned his hand while filming the fight at Fort Knox, where his character, Oddjob, gets electrocuted, but continued to act as the scene was still being filmed.[29]
  • Lieutenant Robinson Crusoe, USN (1965). Cameraman Robert King Baggot was killed during filming in Kauai when a huge wave hit his boat and washed him overboard.[13]
  • Thunderball (1965). While filming the scene where SPECTRE agent Angelo crashes the Avro Vulcan into the ocean near The Bahamas, the stunt double for Angelo nearly drowned when the stunt double for Emilio Largo accidentally disconnected both the prop oxygen line and the double's actual oxygen line underneath.[31]
  • High Jungle (1966). On September 28, 1966, Rawhide star Eric Fleming was filming in Peru. During the final stages of shooting, Fleming's dugout canoe overturned in the Huallaga River. Actor Nico Minardos managed to swim to safety, but Fleming was swept away by the current and drowned. Fleming was 41 when he died. His body was recovered three days later.[citation needed]
  • Pontiac commercial (1967). Cameraman Raffael John Esposito and actress Brenda Lee Meinsenheimer were killed in Thousand Oaks, California, when a camera boom suspended from an oncoming camera car crashed through the windshield of their car.[13]
  • Shark! (1969). A stuntman was mauled to death on camera when a shark, which was supposed to have been sedated, suddenly attacked.[citation needed]


  • Catch-22 (1970). Second unit director John Jordan was killed when he was sucked out of a B-25 Mitchell while filming a bombing scene. He refused to wear a safety harness while the plane was in flight.[32]
  • Insee thong (1970). Thai star Mitr Chaibancha was killed while starring as his popular character, the masked crime-fighter Insee Daeng (Red Eagle). On the final day of shooting, Mitr was required to grab a rope ladder hanging from a helicopter. However he only managed to grab the lowest rung. Unaware of this, the helicopter pilot took off until Mitr finally lost his grip and fell to the ground. The accident was caught on film and appeared in the final theatrical release. The fall was removed from the DVD release version.[33]
  • Zeppelin (1970). During aerial filming over the Irish Sea, a replica SE5 biplane and an Alouette helicopter camera-ship collided in mid-air. Assistant-director Burch Williams (brother of producer Elmo Williams), cameraman Skeets Kelly and pilots Jim Liddy and Gilbert Chomat were all killed.[13][34]
  • A Clockwork Orange (1971). During the film's pivotal brainwashing scene, Malcolm McDowell suffered a scratched cornea and temporary blindness from having his eyes propped open for so long.[35]
  • Kamen Rider (1971). During a scene for Episode 9 ("The Terrifying Cobra-Man"), lead actor Hiroshi Fujioka fractured his thighbone in a motorcycle stunt when he rode into a telephone pole at 50 mph, forcing him out of action. Producers had to use stock and unused footage, which was dubbed by Rokurô Naya, for the next four episodes, causing a dip in the ratings. Producers eventually had no choice but to substitute him with a second character played by Takeshi Sasaki. Fujioka made a return in Episode 53 ("Monster Jaguarman - Deathmatch by Motorcycle Fight"). As neither actor could be axed, the show ended up having two heroes.[citation needed]
  • The Red Baron (1971). Stunt pilot Charles Boddington was killed during filming when the vintage biplane he was flying crashed at Weston aerodrome near Dublin. The following day, another aircraft crashed, injuring pilot Lynn Garrison and actor Don Stroud.[36]
  • Enter the Dragon (1972). During a fight scene, Robert Wall accidentally slashed Bruce Lee in the arm with a broken bottle. After the wound healed, Lee legitimately kicked Wall during the re-shoot with such force that an extra broke his arm trying to catch Wall.[37]
  • The Last Lion (1972). Sound technician James Chapman was mauled to death by a lion during production on this South African film.[citation needed]
  • The Bell from Hell (1973). On the final day of shooting of this Spanish/French horror film, director Claudio Guerrin Hill fell from the bell tower for which he named his film. He either jumped or fell accidentally. Juan Antonio Bardem came in to take care of the post production duties after Hill’s accident.[citation needed]
  • The Exorcist (1973). Actress Ellen Burstyn seriously injured her back while filming a scene where she falls over backwards after her possessed daughter backhands her. The scene was left in the film.[citation needed]
  • The Eiger Sanction (1975). A number of accidents occurred during the filming of The Eiger Sanction. A 27-year-old English climber, David Knowles, who was a body double and photographer, was killed during a rock fall, and mountaineer Mike Hoover narrowly escaped with his life.[38]
  • Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978). The Hiller UH-12 helicopter crash involving Jack Riley and George Wilson was entirely unintentional, but having not been seriously injured both actors continued by ad-libbing the rest of the scene, and ultimately it was included in the film.[40]
  • Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978). Actor Hwang Jang Lee knocked off one of Jackie Chan's teeth after kicking him in the face during a fight scene. Chan's arm was also slashed by a sword that was supposed to be blunt, but the camera kept rolling as he was screaming in pain.[39]
  • Comes a Horseman (1978). Filming the scene where Jason Robards' character is dragged to (presumably) his death, stunt man Jim Sheppard was killed when a horse that was dragging him veered from its course and caused him to hit his head on a fence post. The scene made it into the movie, although it is cut right before the horse passes through the gate which killed Sheppard.[citation needed]
  • CHiPs (1979). While filming an episode, Erik Estrada lost control of his motorcycle and was hurled into a parked car before the 900-pound motorcycle landed on him. Estrada sustained fractured ribs, partially collapsed lungs, a fractured right wrist, and a cracked sternum and clavicle.[42][43]
  • Revenge (1979). Director Gordon Parks, Jr., cameraman Peter Gilfillian, and two others were killed in a plane crash while filming in Kenya.[13]
  • Steel (1979). A.J. Bakunas died doubling for George Kennedy in a fall from the Kincaid Towers in Lexington, Kentucky. Bakunas had successfully performed a fall from the ninth floor of the construction site, but when he learned that Dar Robinson had broken his record high fall for a non-film related publicity stunt, Bakunas returned to perform the fall from the top of the 300-foot (91 m) construction site. Bakunas performed the fall expertly, but the airbag split and he was killed.[44]


  • The Dukes of Hazzard (1980). Assistant cameraman Rodney Mitchell was killed and eight other crew members were injured when their camera truck flipped while rehearsing a chase scene.[13]
  • Magnum, P.I. (1980). Cameraman Rob Van Der Kar was killed in a helicopter crash while filming an episode.[13]
  • The Five of Me (1981). Camera assistant Jack Tandberg was killed when he was struck by a driverless stunt car during filming of this TV movie.[13]
  • For Your Eyes Only (1981). While filming a high speed chase in the bobsleigh run, the four-man bobsled came out of the run at the wrong place and hit a tree. One of its occupants, a young stuntman named Paolo Rigon, was killed.[47] In the scene where James Bond and Melina Havelock are dragged across the ocean, the stunt doubles for both characters suffered cuts and lacerations when their backs scraped against the coral reef in the Bahamas.[31]
  • Dragon Lord (1982). Jackie Chan injured his chin during a fight scene, making it difficult for him to say his lines and direct the film.[39]
  • First Blood (1982). In the scene where John Rambo jumped off a cliff and used a tree to break his fall, Sylvester Stallone broke several ribs after filming the scene three times. He also suffered bruises to his back after 19 takes of the jail scene where Deputy Art Galt (Jack Starrett) clubbed Rambo with a nightstick.[37]
  • Pink Floyd – The Wall (1982). During the filming of the scene for the song "One of My Turns", in which the main character tears apart his hotel room, singer/actor Bob Geldof injured his left hand while ripping off pieces of a wooden closet door; he can be seen briefly looking at his hand. Later in the scene, he is then seen with a shirt wrapped around his hand.[citation needed]
  • World War III (1982). During filming for this made-for-TV movie, director Boris Sagal was fatally injured when his skull was severed as he walked into the tail rotor blade of a helicopter.[49]
  • Untitled Australian TV commercial (1982). Cameraman Garry Hansen and two others were killed in a helicopter crash.[13]
  • Coolie (1983). While filming a fight scene with Puneet Issar, Amitabh Bachchan was critically injured when he jumped over a table and the corner of the table struck his abdomen, resulting in a splenic rupture and blood loss. Filming was delayed for several months for Bachchan to recover from his injury.[50]
  • High Road to China (1983). During filming in Yugoslavia, a helicopter crashed en route to location. All three on board- copter pilot Nigel Thornton, stunt pilot David Perrin and mechanic Jaron Anderson- were killed in the crash.[51]
  • Midnite Spares (1983). Focus-puller David Brostoff was killed when, during filming of a motor race scene at Granville, Australia, one of the sprint-cars swerved off the track and struck him, driving his body through two fences. The filmmakers were criticized for a lack of a proper stunt coordinator at the scene and for allowing non-stunt drivers to drive at race-speed.[52]
  • Project A (1983). Jackie Chan injured his neck while shooting the film's famous clock tower fall scene.[39]
  • The Right Stuff (1983). Stuntman Joseph Leonard Svec died while performing a parachute jump which recreated Chuck Yeager's escape from a stalling NF-104. In real life, Yeager's flight helmet had caught fire on colliding with the ejection seat's heated exhaust in mid-air. Svec carried a smoke canister during his freefall to simulate such fire. However, this might have intoxicated the stuntman, causing him to lose consciousness. He failed to open his parachute and fell to his death.[53]
  • The Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983). On 23 July 1982, Vic Morrow and child actors Myca Dinh Le (aged 7) and Renee Shin-Yi Chen (aged 6) were killed by a helicopter during production when it was caught in the pyrotechnics flying low at 25 feet (8 metres).[32][54] The tail rotor decapitated Morrow and Le and crushed Chen to death.[54] The accident led to one of the most prolonged lawsuits in film history and resulted in some major changes in filming codes.[54]
  • Pepsi commercial (1984). While Michael Jackson was filming a television commercial with his siblings at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, a faulty pyrotechnic went off too early and set his hair on fire, inflicting second- and third-degree burns to his scalp and body. Jackson sued PepsiCo for damages and received a US$1.5 million settlement, which he donated to the Brotman Medical Center in Culver City, California, to establish the Michael Jackson Burn Center for Children. It is widely believed by unnamed sources that this accident resulted in Jackson's addiction to painkillers and obsession with plastic surgery until his death in 2009.[55]
  • Cover Up (1985). While waiting for an episode filming to resume, actor Jon-Erik Hexum played Russian roulette with a .44 Magnum loaded with a blank. The gunshot fractured his skull and caused massive cerebral hemorrhaging when bone fragments were forced through his brain. He was rushed to Beverly Hills Medical Center, where he was pronounced brain dead.[56]
  • Police Story (1985). During the film's famous pole sliding scene, Jackie Chan suffered third-degree burns on his hands, broke the seventh and eighth vertebrae on his spine and dislocated his pelvis.[39]
  • Rocky IV (1985). Demanding a sense of realism in the boxing match between Rocky Balboa and Ivan Drago, Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren agreed to legitimately spar with each other. Stallone was airlifted from Canada to St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California, and placed on intensive care for eight days after Lundgren delivered a hard punch to his chest, causing his heart to swell and his blood pressure to exceed 200.[58][59]
  • Runaway Train (1985). During filming in Alaska, a helicopter en route to location struck power lines and crashed, killing pilot Rick Holley.[51]
  • Armour of God (1986). During the filming of a scene in which Jackie Chan jumped from a wall to a tree branch, Chan lost his grip on the branch and fell 15 feet to the ground below. He hit his head on a rock, causing part of his skull to crack and a fragment to lodge in his brain. He now has a plastic plug in a permanent hole in his skull and hearing loss in the right ear.[39]
  • Maximum Overdrive (1986). Director of photography Armando Nannuzzi was seriously injured when a radio-controlled lawnmower used in a scene went out of control and struck a block of wood used as a camera support, shooting out wood splinters. The splinters were fired at Nannuzzi's face, resulting in him losing an eye. Nannuzzi sued Stephen King on February 18, 1987, for $18 million in damages due to unsafe working practices. The suit was settled out of court.[citation needed]
  • The Wraith (1986). During filming of a car chase scene in the low-budget sci-fi action film in Arizona, assistant cameraman Bruce Ingram was killed when an overloaded camera car crashed on a mountain road.[13][17]
  • Full Metal Jacket (1987). Actor Vincent D'Onofrio, who had deliberately increased his weight to 280 pounds in order to play the overweight Marine recruit, twisted his knee during filming of the boot-camp scenes, injuring it so badly, it required surgical reconstruction.[62]
  • Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (1987). During the tag team match between The Cheerleaders and The Headhunters, Susie Spirit executed a botched flip over her opponent and landed awkwardly, causing a tendon to tear off her right elbow and dislocate it. Spirit was sidelined for six to eight weeks due to the injury. In another tag team match between Little Egypt & The California Doll vs. The Heavy Metal Sisters, Little Egypt tore her ACL, ending her wrestling career.[63]
  • Million Dollar Mystery (1987). Stuntman Dar Robinson died in a motorcycle accident after a dangerous stunt had been filmed and the medics on the set had been dismissed. Robinson, famous for his jumps off Toronto's CN Tower drove his motorcycle off a cliff.[32]
  • No Man's Land (1987). During filming, Charlie Sheen was knocked unconscious when a squib that hardened overnight detonated at the wrong time. He sustained lacerations to his face and a loss of hearing on one ear that lasted four weeks.[64][65]
  • The Squeeze (1987). Veteran stuntman Victor Magnotta drowned while performing a car stunt in which he drove the vehicle off a Hoboken pier and plunged into the Hudson River. He was pinned in the car, and could not escape before drowning.[66]
  • Braddock: Missing in Action III (1988). On location in the Philippines, a helicopter hired by the Cannon Group crashed into Manila Bay, killing four Filipino soldiers (who were working as extras) and wounding five other people on the ground. This helicopter accident occurred the same day the "not guilty" Twilight Zone verdict was handed down in a Los Angeles Superior Court.[citation needed]
  • Die Hard (1988). Bruce Willis lost two-thirds of his hearing after firing a gun loaded with extra loud blanks from underneath a table.[67]
  • Red Heat (1988). Stuntman and director Bennie Dobbins suffered a fatal heart attack whilst filming a fight scene in freezing conditions outdoors in Austria. The scene required Arnold Schwarzenegger and another actor to fight near-naked in deep snow. Dobbins over-exerted himself trying to install fan heaters in the snow to prevent the actors suffering hypothermia.[68]
  • Cyborg (1989). During a fighting sequence, action star Jean-Claude Van Damme accidentally stabbed Jackson "Rock" Pinckney in the eye, causing him to permanently lose vision in it. Pinckney sued Van Damme in a North Carolina court and was awarded US$487,500.[69]
  • Gone in 60 Seconds 2 (1989, unfinished). Director/actor H. B. Halicki was killed in Buffalo, New York, when a water tower he was planning to topple fell prematurely, hitting a telephone pole that then struck him in the head. The film was scrapped as a result of the accident.[70]
  • The Sword of Tipu Sultan (1989). The largest number of on-set deaths in film history took place during the filming of this Indian made-for-TV movie. A total of 62 extras and crew members met their demise when a fire broke out, and they were trapped inside the burning film studio. Director and star Sanjay Khan suffered major burns and had to spend 13 months in hospital – undergoing 72 surgeries in that time.[citation needed]


  • Bikini Island (1991). Stuntman Jay C. Currin was killed the first day of filming when a stunt fall off a 55-foot cliff went wrong and he landed on some rocks instead of the airbag that had been placed to break his fall.[32]
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). Linda Hamilton suffered permanent hearing damage in one ear during filming when she fired a gun inside an elevator without using her ear plugs.[73] She also injured her knees from falling on the ground during multiple re-shoots of her character being hit with a nightstick by actor Ken Gibbel. Frustrated by Gibbel's refusal to hit her properly, Hamilton legitimately knocked him out with a broom handle during the escape scene.[74]
  • The Bodyguard (1992). A worker died when he was crushed between two lighting equipment cranes during filming.[70]
  • Wind (1992). Australian stuntman Chris Anderson had to have a leg amputated below the knee after he was severely injured when a 30-foot yacht collided with the jet-boat on which Anderson was eating his lunch during a break in filming.[75]
  • 999 (1993). Whilst recreating a real life near-fatal parachute incident in which a parachutist tangled his equipment with the aircraft's landing gear before freeing himself, veteran stuntman Tip Tipping leapt out of a Cessna and crashed into woods near Ellingham, Northumberland, he was pronounced dead when medical staff arrived.[76]
  • City Hunter (1993). Jackie Chan dislocated his shoulder while filming a stunt scene.[39]
  • Crime Story (1993). Jackie Chan's legs were crushed between two cars during a dangerous stunt scene.[39]
  • Gettysburg (1993). During filming of the battle scenes on Little Round Top, Bradley Egen, an extra playing a Union soldier, was unintentionally struck in the head by the butt of a musket and suffered a severe concussion.[77]
  • Sliver (1993). Cameraman Michael Benson suffered lung injuries after a helicopter crash left him trapped for two days inside a Hawaiian volcano crater. The crew aboard the helicopter was flying over an active volcano to shoot the film's original opening sequence, but the footage was lost in the crash.[78]
  • The Crow (1994). On March 31, 1993, American actor and martial artist Brandon Lee was accidentally shot and killed in North Carolina with a .44 magnum gun which was intended to fire blanks but contained a bullet left behind after a dummy round had been inserted and removed.[19][30][32][70][79] Also, on 1 February 1993 on the opening day of filming a carpenter was severely shocked and burned when his scissor lift struck power lines.[54]
  • WCW European Tour (1994). During the match between Mick Foley (wrestling as Cactus Jack) and Big Van Vader in Germany, Foley had his head stuck between two tangled ropes. He slowly slipped out of the ropes, but lost an ear cartilage in the process.[60]
  • Rumble in the Bronx (1995). Jackie Chan broke his right foot while performing a stunt. He spent the rest of the shooting time with a cast on the leg, using a sock painted to match his left shoe.[39][74]
  • Seven (1995). In a scene where Detective David Mills (Brad Pitt) chased John Doe in the rain, Pitt fell and his arm went through a car windscreen, requiring surgery. This accident was written into the script to explain Pitt wearing a cast over his arm. Coincidentally, the original script did call for Pitt's character to be injured during this sequence but not to his hand.[82]
  • Ah Kam (1996). On October 1995, actress Michelle Yeoh, who usually performs her own stunts, was seriously injured during shooting of the film about the life of a stuntwoman, when she misjudged an 18-foot (5.5 m) jump off a bridge onto a truck. She fractured a vertebra and was in traction for a month. The sequence can be seen at the end of the film.[83]
  • Love Serenade (1996). During the filming of a scene on a grain silo, stuntman Collin Dragsbaek (doubling actor George Shetsov) died when he fell onto a faulty airbag.[84]
  • WWF Superstars (1996). During the taping of the May 28, 1996 episode, Hunter Hearst Helmsley executed his signature Pedigree finisher on jobber Marty Garner. Garner, who had never seen the maneuver, botched it by landing on the top of his head instead of his face, resulting in a severe neck injury.[80]
  • Gone Fishin' (1997). Janet Wilder was killed and four other people, including her husband, were injured when a speedboat driver misjudged a ramp and the speedboat landed in a crowd.[85]
  • Mr. Nice Guy (1997). Jackie Chan hurt his neck when he messed up on a flip during a fight scene.[39]
  • Titanic (1997). Several extras were injured during the film's climactic sinking scene where passengers fell and hit parts of the ship. Injuries ranged from a broken ankle to cracked ribs, a fractured cheekbone, and a ruptured spleen.[86] Kate Winslet suffered pneumonia from filming the water scenes after she refused to wear a wetsuit under her dress. During the scene where Jack and Rose were running away from an ocean wave in the hallways, Winslet's coat snagged on a gate, pulling her down and nearly drowning her.[87] On the final night of shooting in Nova Scotia, 80 cast and crew members were hospitalized after pranksters spiked the clam chowder at the catering area with PCP.[88]
  • Blues Brothers 2000 (1998). During the shoot a car rolled onto two crew members, one of whom needed a leg amputation. Three months later, during filming for a car crash sequence, stuntman Bob Minor suffered severe injuries to his head.[89]
  • King of the Ring (1998). During the Hell in a Cell match between The Undertaker and Mankind, the Undertaker threw Mankind off the roof of the 16-foot-high cage. Mankind sustained a dislocated left shoulder after crashing through the Spanish announcers' table. Minutes later, both combatants resumed the fight on the roof, with the Undertaker chokeslamming Mankind through a poorly fastened roof panel. Mankind suffered a dislocated jaw when a folding chair fell on his face after the impact.[90]
  • Mighty Joe Young (1998). Director of photography Don Peterman and camera operator Ray de la Motte were injured while preparing a crane shot in July 1997 in Thousand Oaks, California. Both suffered extensive neck and head injuries.[91]
  • Over the Edge (1999). Professional wrestler Owen Hart was killed in WWF's May 1999 pay-per-view event in Kansas City, Missouri, while being lowered on a cable from the rafters for a ring entrance. The cable was accidentally released early and Hart fell 50 ft to the ring below.[92][93]
  • WCW Thunder (1999). On the December 23 episode, Goldberg attacked the nWo 2000's limousine, but used his fists and elbows instead of a metal pipe hidden underneath his jacket to smash the windows. As a result, he suffered multiple cuts, including a severed tendon and artery that was one centimeter away from an arm amputation.[94]


  • Cast Away (2000). While filming, Tom Hanks cut his leg. Two weeks later, the swelling on his leg persisted, and Hanks was confined to a hospital for three weeks to treat a staph infection that would have killed him from blood poisoning[95]
  • Dinosaur (2000). A crew member was killed and another seriously wounded when a camera boom struck a cross-country power line.[96]
  • ECW Living Dangerously (2000). During a scaffold match between New Jack and Vic Grimes, both wrestlers fell and missed a stack of tables that would have broken their fall; instead, they hit the concrete below, with Grimes landing on New Jack's head. New Jack suffered brain damage, short-term memory loss, and a loss of vision on his right eye.[80]
  • Taxi 2 (2000). A Peugeot 406 was supposed to land in a pile of cardboard after a stunt, but missed and hit several crew. Camerman Alain Dutartre died later of internal injuries while his assistant Jean-Michel Bar broke both legs.[97]
  • Exit Wounds (2001). During filming in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, a van was being towed along a street upside-down as part of a chase scene; stuntman Chris Lamon and another man were supposed to roll safely out, but Lamon struck his head, and died six days later.[98]
  • Frontier Martial Arts Wrestling (2001). During the October 21, 2001 show, Hayabusa attempted an Asai moonsault on Mammoth Sasaki when he slipped and fell head-first, resulting in two cracked vertebrae and paralysis from the neck down. He also required open-heart surgery due to an infection caused by the injury.[99]
  • Moulin Rouge! (2001). Nicole Kidman fractured two ribs and hurt her right knee while filming. Many of the scenes had to be shot with her sitting down in order to cover her leg cast.[19]
  • Pearl Harbor (2001). A stunt plane dressed like a Japanese fighter crashed during a flight over the movie set. The pilot survived the crash escaping serious injuries.[100]
  • WCW Sin (2001). During the main event of WCW's January pay-per-view, Sid Vicious attempted to execute a flying kick off the second rope, but due to his body mass, he snapped his left leg upon landing on the canvas. Sid needed to have a steel rod inserted to repair the injury.[80]
  • WWF Tough Enough (2001). During a tryout match, winning contestant Maven broke his ankle while attempting to slide under his opponent. He managed to snap it back and finish the match.[101]
  • Dark Angel (2002). Professional wrestler Lita suffered three cracks on her vertebrae when she performed a dangerous wrestling maneuver on a stunt double, who dropped her neck-first.[102]
  • xXx (2002). Vin Diesel's stunt double, Harry L. O'Connor, was killed during filming,[71] in a scene in which he was supposed to rappel down a parasailing line and land on a submarine but struck a bridge at high speed and was killed instantly.[32][54]
  • Gothika (2003). Halle Berry broke her arm while filming a scene with Robert Downey, Jr. in a mental ward. In the scene, Downey was restraining Berry when he suddenly heard a pop and realized he hurt her.[35][67]
  • Catwoman (2004). Halle Berry suffered a head injury after hitting a lighting prop.[35]
  • CrossBones (2004). Cinematographer Neal Fredericks was killed when the Cessna from which he was filming crashed near the Dry Tortugas off the coast of Florida on August 14, 2004. Though the director, pilot, and two other crew members were able to escape, Fredericks could not free himself from his harness and drowned.[13][104]
  • The Last Samurai (2004). During filming of the final battle sequence, a horse's hind leg kicked an extra in the groin. Despite the pain, the extra, who was playing a Samurai foot soldier, remained standing and composed. The incident can be clearly seen in the movie.[74]
  • The Phantom of the Opera (2004). A worker suffered severe injuries when he was thrown from scaffolding that was not properly secured on the set of the film.[19]
  • Troy (2004). Brad Pitt who played Achilles had a mishap during the production and tore his left achilles tendon.[19] George Camilleri, a bodybuilding extra, broke his leg while filming an action sequence at Ghajn Tuffieha. He was operated on the following day but suffered complications and died 2 weeks later.[54]
  • Æon Flux (2005). Charlize Theron was performing backflips during filming and landed on her neck, herniating a disc close to her spinal cord. Production was shut down for eight weeks.[105]
  • Cinderella Man (2005). During the first scene in the ring, Russell Crowe dislocated his shoulder. He also sustained other boxing-related injuries during filming.[19]
  • Royal Rumble (2005). When John Cena and Batista eliminated each other at the end of the Royal Rumble match, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon stormed into the arena to order the match to be restarted. Upon sliding into the ring, McMahon tore both quadriceps.[60][106]
  • Syriana (2005). George Clooney broke his spine in a stunt gone wrong. The injury was so painful that he contemplated committing suicide while recovering.[67]
  • TNA Lockdown (2005). In this TNA pay-per-view event on April 24, Abyss suffered a separated shoulder during his match with AJ Styles. Also during the show, Chris Candido suffered a dislocated ankle, a broken tibia and fibula from an awkward fall after receiving a drop kick from Sonny Siaki in a steel cage tag team match. He underwent surgery the next day. On April 28, Candido died of a blood clot due to complications from the surgery.[107][108]
  • Jackass Number Two (2006). During filming of the closing scene Ryan Dunn was performing a stunt with Bam Margera in which both of them are pulled out of shot by a running horse by a rope tied around their feet. Dunn dropped straight onto his shoulder, causing damage to the muscles and leading to a life-threatening blood clot near his heart and brain.[citation needed]
  • Ocean's Deadliest (2006). On September 4, 2006, Steve Irwin was fatally pierced in the chest by a stingray spine while snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef, at Batt Reef, which is located off the coast of Port Douglas in north Queensland. Irwin was in the area filming the documentary, but weather had stalled filming. He decided to take the opportunity to film some shallow water shots for a segment in the television program his daughter Bindi was hosting when the ray suddenly turned and lashed out at him with the spine on its tail.[109]
  • Top Gear (2006). While filming a challenge for the series, Richard Hammond crashed a dragster at 300 kph, seriously injuring his brain. His front-right tire failed on the seventh run which caused him to hit the grass and roll the Vampire he was driving. During the roll, Hammond's helmet had embedded itself into the ground, flipping the visor up and forcing dirt into his mouth and left eye, damaging the eye. Rescuers felt a pulse and heard the unconscious Hammond breathing before the car was turned upright.[110]
  • The Final Season (2007). Cameraman Roland Schlotzhauer was killed during filming when the helicopter he was on hit power lines and crashed into a field. The helicopter pilot and one of the film's producers were seriously injured.[13][54]
  • Live Free or Die Hard (2007). Bruce Willis was injured during a fight scene when he was kicked above his right eye by Maggie Q's stunt double, who was wearing stiletto heels. Willis was hospitalized and received seven stitches which ran through his right eyebrow and down into the corner of his eye.[114] Willis' stunt double Larry Rippenkroeger was knocked unconscious when he fell 25 feet (7.6 m) from a fire escape to the pavement. Rippenkroeger suffered broken bones in his face, several broken ribs, a punctured lung, and fractures in both wrists. Due to his injuries, production was temporarily shut down. Willis personally paid the hotel bills for Rippenkroeger's parents and visited him a number of times at the hospital.[115]
  • WWE Raw (2007). On the October 1 episode, John Cena's pectoral muscle tore off the bone during his match with Mr. Kennedy. Cena was sidelined for four months following this match.[106] On the October 22 episode, Candice Michelle suffered a cracked clavicle when she fell on the ring head-first after Beth Phoenix forced her off the top rope.[116]
  • Chocolate (2008). Yanin Vismitananda and several stunt actors suffered multiple bruises and cuts while shooting the film's fight scenes. A montage of the film injuries is featured in the ending credits.[117]
  • The Dark Knight (2008). Cameraman Conway Wickliffe was killed in 2007 on the set of The Dark Knight, as he rode in a pickup truck driving parallel to a stunt car; the pickup missed a 90-degree turn and crashed into a tree.[13][32][118]
  • Jumper (2008). Set dresser David Ritchie was crushed to death by frozen debris as an exterior set was being dismantled.[54]
  • Red Cliff (2008/2009). While filming a scene in which a small boat was set on fire and was to ram a larger boat, the fire spread quickly out of control, killing stuntman Lu Yanqing and injuring six others.[119]
  • Valkyrie (2008). During filming, the side of a vintage truck detached as the vehicle turned a sharp corner, causing a number of extras on board to fall out. One man was seriously injured and ten more suffered minor injuries. The extras involved later filed a lawsuit against the production.[120][121]
  • WrestleMania XXIV (2008). During The Undertaker's victory celebration, a pyrotechnics malfunction sent cables of fireworks flying into crowded stands, injuring 45 spectators with three of them hospitalized.[122][123]
  • WWE Raw (2008). On the March 17 episode, Candice Michelle injured her left shoulder and reinjured the clavicle she broke on the October 22, 2007 episode during her tag team match with Maria Kanellis against Jillian Hall and Victoria.[124]
  • Nitro Circus (2009). Johnny Knoxville was attempting to do a back flip on a Moto X bike. He was half way into the rotation when disaster struck. He bailed, he hit the ground hard and the bike landed on top of him. The handlebars hit his crotch, leaving him with serious penis injuries (tearing his urethra). He has to flush his bladder by sticking a tube into his penis all the way up to his bladder (10–11 inches). Knoxville said the process prevented scar tissue from forming.[125] Motocross racer Jolene Van Vugt broke her wrist after coming short of a 65-foot triple jump. She needed a metal plate attached with seven screws on her wrist and had to wear an arm cast throughout the second season.[126]
  • The Tournament (2009). In a botched attempt to turn over a semi-trailer truck with an air cannon for a chase scene, a piece of iron debris flew toward the production crew and hit assistant director Shero Rauf. Rauf broke both legs in that accident, which took him almost two years to walk normally again.[127]
  • WWE Raw (2009). On the February 23 episode, Jamie Noble suffered a neck injury during his match against Mike Knox.[128] Then on the November 2 episode,Sheamus kicked him from off the top rope, causing him to fall out of the ring and severely injure his back. Due to this injury, he announced his retirement from wrestling on November 10.[129]


  • The Hangover Part II (2010). Australian stuntman Scott McLean suffered critical brain damage while filming in Bangkok after a taxi he was leaning out of the window of failed to dodge another vehicle, causing McLean's head to collide with it, "leaving him with a huge gash over the right side of his head and flesh torn from his skull".[130] Warner Bros. then issued a statement stating McLean was put into a medically induced coma, and were reportedly paying his hospital bills.[130] McLean soon recovered, stating he had suffered "likely permanent brain and physical injuries" before suing the studio for unspecified damages.[130]
  • The Eagle (2011). When filming in a freezing river, actors have a mixture of boiling hot water and river water poured down their suits to stay warm. A crew member forgot to mix the hot water with the river water during filming; as a result, Channing Tatum was scalded with boiling water that burned the skin off the tip of his penis.[67]
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011). An extra was seriously injured during a stunt in Hammond, Indiana. Due to a failed weld, a steel cable snapped from a car being towed and hit the extra's car, damaging her skull. The extra, identified as Gabriela Cedillo, had to undergo brain surgery.[134] The injury has left her permanently brain-damaged, paralyzed on her left side and her left eye stitched shut.[135][136] In May 2012, it was revealed that a $18 million settlement had been reached between Paramount and the Cedillo family.[137] As a result of this accident, recycled footage from one of Michael Bay's previous movies, The Island, was used instead with CG robots inserted into the footage.[138]
  • WrestleMania XXVII (2011). Triple H's original entrance involved riding a Clydesdale horse from the stage toward the ring. However, during the rehearsal, the horse fell through a trap door that contained The Undertaker's casket. The horse was stuck for hours and was almost euthanized due to the stress it had suffered. As a result of this accident, this ring entrance was scrapped.[139]
  • Agneepath (2012). Hrithik Roshan suffered numerous injuries during production. He sustained burns on his hands when Priyanka Chopra's lehenga caught fire. He suffered an eye injury from Holi colors thrown to his face during a musical scene. He also sustained a major back injury from lifting a 110 kg man during an action scene.[50]
  • Cloud Atlas (2012). Halle Berry broke her right foot while on location in Mallorca, Spain. The filming schedule had to be altered to allow Berry's foot to heal within two-and-a-half weeks. She re-injured her foot during filming when she slipped off a rock.[141][142]
  • Django Unchained (2012). During a pivotal scene, Leonardo DiCaprio slammed his hand on a table so hard that he broke a glass and cut his hand.[22] Despite gushing blood, DiCaprio finished the take, which is included in the finished cut of the film.[67][74][143]
  • The Expendables 2 (2012). While filming, a stuntman was killed and another was left in critical condition during a staged explosion on a rubber boat. The surviving stuntman underwent a five-hour operation which reportedly left him in stable condition.[144] In addition, both Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger required shoulder surgery after filming.[67]
  • Nitro Circus: The Movie (2012). Mountain biker and freestyle rider Jim DeChamp sustained a broken vertebra and severe head trauma as a result of a car stunt gone wrong.[145]
  • Premium Rush (2012). While filming in the streets of New York City, Joseph Gordon-Levitt lost control of his bicycle and collided with the back of a taxicab before flying towards its rear windscreen. He required 31 stitches after his right forearm was slashed by the impact.[67][146]
  • WWE Raw (2012). During the September 10 episode, color commentator Jerry Lawler suffered a heart attack and collapsed off his chair before being rushed to the hospital. Lawler underwent an angioplasty the next day.[147]
  • The Call (2013). While filming, Halle Berry was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after she fell and hit her head on a concrete floor while shooting a fight sequence. A spokesperson for Berry confirmed that she suffered a minor head injury and was taken to the hospital as a precaution, but she checked out healthy and was released.[142]
  • Dangerous Flights (2013). On February 24, 2013, cameraman/director John Driftmier and conservationist Dr. Anthony King were killed in a plane crash in Kenya. Driftmier was shooting footage for the documentary when the plane, an Aeroprakt­ A-22L ultralight (registration 5Y-LWF) crashed into the east face of Mount Kenya. Although only a preliminary report has been published thus far, it is believed that a large downdraft forced the ultralight into an unrecoverable descent into the mountain. Driftmier and King were the only occupants.[13][148][149][150][151]
  • The Lone Ranger (2013). While filming a horseback riding scene, the saddle on Johnny Depp's horse suddenly came loose, causing Depp to fall off and nearly get trampled by the horse. Depp walked away with some cuts on his chest.[157]
  • Now You See Me (2013). While filming the water chamber escape scene, Isla Fisher nearly drowned when she had difficulty unlocking her shackles and was stuck in the chamber for less than three minutes.[158]
  • Untitled Discovery Channel military reality series (2013). Cameraman Darren Rydstrom and two others were killed in a helicopter crash while filming this series in northern Los Angeles.[13]
  • Gunday (2014). While filming a dance scene, Ranveer Singh fell off a platform and landed face-first, gashing his cheek.[50]
  • Midnight Rider: The Gregg Allman Story (2014, unfinished). Second camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed and several crew members were injured on February 20, 2014 when they attempted to shoot a scene with a hospital bed on an active railroad trestle at a location outside of Savannah, Georgia. The railroad company responsible for the tracks has claimed that the production crew did not have permission to film there.[13][164][165]
  • Ring of Honor (2014). On the January 4 taping, A.J. Styles botched his Styles Clash finisher on Roderick Strong, resulting in Strong sustaining a neck injury.[167]
  • WWE Raw (2014). On the February 3 taping, during the singles match between Naomi and Aksana, Naomi attempted to roll Aksana into a pin when Aksana countered with a knee to the face, fracturing her eye socket.[168]
  • WWE SmackDown (2014). On the June 24 taping, Bad News Barrett suffered a shoulder injury after Jack Swagger rammed him against two barricades outside the ring.[169] He had to undergo surgery on the shoulder, which consisted of a ligament reconstruction and a clavicle resection.[170]
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). On June 12, 2014, Harrison Ford fractured a bone in his leg while filming at Pinewood Studios after a hydraulic door fell on him, and was subsequently taken to a hospital to receive treatment. Filming was initially expected to continue as planned as Ford receives treatment,[171] though it was later revealed that production would be suspended for two weeks to accommodate Ford's injury.[172] Ford's son Ben released details on his father's injury saying that his ankle will likely need a plate and screws and that filming could be altered slightly with the crew needing to shoot Ford from the waist up for a short time until he recovers.[173]


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