The following is a
list of television actors who died during production of the television show in which they were appearing. In many cases, a show will handle the death of an actor by killing off their character or otherwise writing them out of the show. In other cases, the show may recast the part with another actor. In extreme cases, the show may be cancelled outright.
Number of appearances
Date of death
Cause of death
Season in production
Effect on production
Adventures of Superman
Character killed off and replaced as
Daily Planet editor by his brother, portrayed by Pierre Watkin.
Adventures of Superman
Ballistic trauma to the head 6
Traffic collision 10
Diana Hyland Joan Bradford
Eight is Enough 4
Breast cancer 1
Character killed off before the beginning of the next season.
Multiple myeloma 3
Character killed off after an extended absence.
Heart attack 15
Character killed off, with his death addressed in a
very special episode.
Hill Street Blues
Urethral cancer 4
Character killed off.
Jon-Erik Hexum Mac Harper
Cover Up 7
Ballistic trauma to the head, accidentally self-inflicted with a blank cartridge 1
Character killed off and replaced by Jack Striker, portrayed by
Coach Ernie Pantusso
Character killed off at the beginning of the next season and replaced as bartender by Woody Boyd, portrayed by
Redd Foxx Alphonso Royal
The Royal Family 7
Heart attack 1
Character killed off; show
retooled before being cancelled at the end of the season.
Ballistic trauma, inflicted by his wife, Brynn Hartman 5
Character killed off at the beginning of the season in a tribute episode. Long time friend
Jon Lovitz joined the cast for the fifth (and final) season.
Troy McClure, Lionel Hutz, et al.
The Simpsons 54
Major recurring characters of Troy McClure and Lionel Hutz retired, occasionally being used in background shots.
Lynne Thigpen Ella Mae Farmer
Cerebral hemorrhage 3
Luna the Moon
Bear in the Big Blue House
8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter
aortic dissection 2
Clifford the Big Red Dog 68
Law & Order: Trial by Jury 2
Prostate cancer 1
Character never seen again; character's off-screen death mentioned on other shows within the
. Law & Order franchise
The West Wing
Heart attack 7
Character killed off with a heart attack; running mate
Matt Santos (portrayed by Jimmy Smits) wins presidential election. [1 ]
Dr. Charles Kroger
Character killed off with a heart attack and replaced as
Adrian Monk's psychiatrist by Dr. Neven Bell, portrayed by Héctor Elizondo.
Acute myeloid leukemia 2
Heroin and alcohol overdose 5
Production delayed; character to be killed off in a special tribute episode involving
Lee Thompson Young Barold "Barry" Frost
Rizzoli & Isles
Ballistic trauma, self-inflicted 4
Production suspended; fate of character and series
to be determined.
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