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Movie mortality: Danny Trejo is most killed actor in Hollywood

The American actor has been killed a whopping 65 times on screen

Despite his menacing persona, or maybe because of it, Danny Trejo is the most killed actor in Hollywood with 65 on-screen deaths. Richard Shotwell / Invision/ AP
Despite his menacing persona, or maybe because of it, Danny Trejo is the most killed actor in Hollywood with 65 on-screen deaths. Richard Shotwell / Invision/ AP

With his handlebar moustache, tattoos and rough-scarred face, Danny Trejo might be one of the most intimidating figures in Hollywood. The Machete star has played knife-hurling assassins, bodyguards, gang members and generals. His on-screen kill count may be the envy of even the most obsessive Call of Duty gamer. Yet, despite his menacing persona – or maybe because of it – Trejo has the honour of being the the most killed actor in Hollywood as well.

The American actor has been killed a whopping 65 times on screen, as revealed by an infographic by buzzbingo. Christopher Lee, famous for playing Saruman in Lord of The Rings and Count Dracula, was the second most killed actor on screen with 60 deaths. In third place came Lance Henriksen of Aliens and The Terminator fame with 51 movie deaths.hese number doesn’t include cases where a character’s actor dies out of audience view.

Actor Gene Hackman as Reverend Scott fails to prevent the death of actress Shelley Winters (1920 - 2006) as Belle Rosen in the disaster film 'The Poseidon Adventure', 1972. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Actress Shelley Winters has the most deaths as an actress with 20. Getty

The infographic also revealed that almost 76 per cent of movie deaths were male. Shelley Winters, who has won Academy Awards for The Diary of Anne Frank and Patch of Blue, was the most killed actress with 20 deaths. Julianne Moore of Hannibal fame came in second with 17, while Jennifer Jason Leigh of The Hateful Eight and Annihilation followed with 14 movie deaths.

Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington tied with Star Trek’s Merritt Butrick as the most ill-fated actors with both having a 62.5 per cent chance of dying in a movie. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Kit Harrington tied with Merritt Butrick as the most ill-fated actors with both having a 62.5 per cent chance of dying in a movie. Reuters

The infographic also revealed the actors that were most likely to die in a movie. Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington tied with Star Trek’s Merritt Butrick with both having a 62.5 per cent chance of dying in a movie. Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali followed with a 50 per cent chance of dying in a movie he appeared in. AJ Cook of Virgin Suicides was the most unlucky actress overall with a 50 per cent chance of dying on screen as well.

"Some actors are an unfortunate magnet for on-screen deaths, while others have the bad luck of appearing in particularly deadly flicks,” buzzbingo’s infographic reads. "We used cinemorgue and IMDb to find out which actors are the most prone to dying on-screen, and which movies and years across cinematic history are the deadliest."

The statistics also revealed that the deadliest year in cinema was 1997 with a collective total of 330 on-screen deaths. Titanic topped the list as the deadliest film of that year with 85 deaths occurring on-screen. Con Air and The Fifth Element followed with 21 deaths.

Updated: February 10, 2020 01:14 PM

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