Heath Ledger, “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”
Bruce Lee, “Game of Death”
Brandon Lee, “The Crow”
Will Lee, “Sesame Street”
Bela Lugosi, “Plan 9 From Outer Space”
Marilyn Monroe, “Something's Got to Give”
Cory Monteith, “Glee”
Jerry Orbach, “Law and Order: Trial by Jury”
River Phoenix, “Dark Blood”
Oliver Reed, “Gladiator”
John Ritter, “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter”
Jack Soo, “Barney Miller”
Natalie Wood, “Brainstorm”
“Meet the Deedles” (1998)
“She's All That” (1999)
1999: Varsity Blues
“The Skulls” (2000)
“The Fast and the Furious” (2001)
“2 Fast 2 Furious” (2003)
“Into the Blue” (2005)
“Running Scared” (2006)
“Eight Below” (2006)
“Flags of Our Fathers” (2006)
“Fast & Furious” (2009)
“Fast Five” (2011)
“Fast & Furious 6″ (2013)
“Pawn Shop Chronicles” (2013)
“Vehicle 19″ (2013)
“Fast & Furious 7″ (2014)
Natasha Lyonne and Shailene Woodley
Philip Seymour Hoffman shocked the world when he died of an apparent drug overdose Feb. 2. He was in the process of filming "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 2," and had already shot most of his scenes. While Lionsgate said his death will not delay the movie, he joins the long list of thesps who died while filming.
Paul Walker died only recently as a result of a car accident. Unfortunately, he had only shot a few of his scenes in the upcoming "Fast and Furious 7." After a delay, it was announced that the release date would be pushed from July 2014 to April 2015 and Walker's character would be retired instead of killed off.
One of Hollywood's most lovable comedians met an untimely end on March 4, 1994. John Candy went back to his hotel after a day of shooting Wild West comedy “Wagons East!” and a celebratory spaghetti dinner, and by the next morning, had died of a massive heart attack. The film was late into filming, so only a body double was needed to continue on with what was left. Unfortunately, it didn't contribute much to his legacy: critics universally panned “Wagons East!” and it bombed at the box office.
Hollywood lost its favorite rebel in a tragic car accident on Sept. 30, 1955, at age 24. All his scenes were shot on “Giant.” However, there was one instance where Dean's character is drunk and slurring his words, and filmmakers felt it was important that the words were understandable. Dean's good friend, Nick Adams, dubbed his voice in those scenes. Dean was the first to be nominated posthumously for Oscar, for "Giant" and "East of Eden."
The titular ogre, "Shrek," was supposed to be voiced by Chris Farley. He finished a large chunk of his voice work before dying of an overdose on Dec. 18, 1997, but there was not enough to put a film together. “SNL” colleague Mike Myers stepped into the project, and the movie went on to become a smash hit, spawning several sequels and spin-offs and winning an Oscar.
Clark Gable's insistence on doing his own stunts may have led to his downfall. Near the ending of filming “The Misfits,” he died on Nov. 16, 1960, of a heart attack. Some have said the heart attack could have been influenced by the more strenuous action sequences. A body double was used for him in the few scenes that needed finishing.
Hagman rose to fame in the '80's soap “Dallas,” but also returned to the 2012 revival of the series on TNT. However, on Nov. 23, 2012, he died of complications of his cancer. “Dallas” writers knew there was no replacing Hagman, who played beloved villain J.R. Ewing, and decided to kill off his character. This led to a large story-arc in finding out Ewing's murderer.
The bombshell died on June 7, 1937, at the young age of 26. Her sudden death stunned Hollywood, and was the result of acute kidney failure. To continue “Saratoga,” which went on to become a huge hit, another actress served as a stand-in.
“SNL” star Phil Hartman's role in “NewsRadio” came to a gruesome end May 28, 1998, after his wife shot and killed him. The show faced the situation head-on, and paid tribute to Hartman by opening the next season with his character's funeral.
Heath Ledger died on Jan. 22, 2008, of an accidental overdose while filming “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.” Conveniently, it made sense for Ledger's character to change appearances as he travelled through a dream world. Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law stepped in to complete the movie.
Bruce Lee was at the top of his fame when he died on July 20, 1973. He had halted filming “Game of Death” halfway through to pursue an offer to star in “Enter the Dragon.” After “Dragon” had wrapped and before he could finish “Game of Death,” he died due to an allergic reaction to painkillers. Director Robert Clouse jumped on board to finish filming and used body doubles and even a cardboard cut-out of Lee.
The role that could have made Brandon Lee a huge star is also the one that killed him. Lee died March 31, 1993, on the set of “The Crow” due to an accidental shooting in the stomach. With only a few days left to shoot, filmmakers superimposed Lee's face on body doubles to wrap it up.
Will Lee's Dec. 7, 1982, death of a heart attack could have been a disaster for “Sesame Street,” where Lee starred as Mr. Hooper. The children's show, however, saw an opportunity in tragedy, and turned it into an episode on how to deal with death. It is remembered as one of “Sesame Street's” most memorable and touching episodes.
“Plan 9 From Outer Space” may be considered one of the worst films ever made, but it's not what Bela Lugosi had in mind while donning a vampire's cape. Lugosi had been shot for another vampire project, but after he died Aug. 16, 1956, of a heart attack, director Ed Wood pieced together what he had and brought in a body double to make the now cult-classic.
While the saying goes, "the show must go on," exception can be made for one of the biggest stars in Hollywood history. Marilyn Monroe died Aug. 5, 1962, of a drug overdose, before enough footage of “Something's Got to Give” could be shot. As a result, the movie was shut down. Footage from the unfinished film later appeared in documentary “Marilyn: The Final Days.”
To say the least, Monteith's death on July 13, 2013, of an overdose was a major disruption of the filming of “Glee,” in which he starred as one of the musical hit's most beloved characters. Creator Ryan Murphy said his death required an entire script rewrite, and the show paid tribute to Monteith by mourning the death of his character in a recent episode.
Jerry Orbach gained a legion of fans thanks to his long run in “Law & Order,” but only managed to shoot two episodes of the spinoff, “Law & Order: Trial by Jury” before dying Dec. 28, 2004, of prostate cancer. The show continued, and mentioned Orbach's character's death in a few instances.
Phoenix's death of an overdose on Oct. 31, 1993, devastated Hollywood, especially on the set of “Dark Blood.” With only 11 days left of shooting, the film was scrapped and left unseen for nearly two decades. Director George Sluizier, however, showed phoenix-like tendencies and the film rose out of the ashes. Sluizier completed it and premiered it at the Netherlands Film Festival last year.
Oliver Reed's death of a heart attack on May 2, 1999, was a blow to “Gladiator,” but most of his scenes were already shot. Some scenes were re-edited, and a body double was also used to complete shooting. The film scored at the box office and collected five Oscars including best picture.
John Ritter was on his way to becoming one of TV's most beloved dads on “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter” when he died on Sept. 11, 2003, of aortic dissection. The show continued fatherless, addressing his death, but was eventually cancelled in 2005.
The cast and crew of "Barney Miller” took to a very unique approach to Jack Soo's death on Jan. 11, 1979, of cancer. As a tribute, they ran an end-of-season retrospective of Soo's Nick Yamana character's greatest moments, and ended the episode with showing cast members toasting the late actor.
Sadly, not even gladiators are immune. This proved true when “Spartacus: War of the Damned” star Andy Whitfield died Sept. 11, 2011, of lymphoma. The show continued for two more seasons, though, with Liam McIntyre stepping in as the historic character.
Natalie Wood's drowning on Nov. 29, 1981, was right before a major scene was to be shot on "Brainstorm." After much back-and-forth, filmmakers finished with body doubles.
Paul Walker, star of Universal Pictures' "Fast and the Furious" movie franchise, died Saturday after the Porsche he was riding in struck a light pole in Valencia, Calif. Here's a look back at the actor's all-too brief Hollywood career.
Paul Walker played a surfer turned park ranger in the 1998 comedy "Meet the Deedles."
With his classic good looks, he played captain of the basketball team Skip Martin in "Pleasantville" opposite Reese Witherspoon.
Walker continued with supporting roles, playing a popular high school guy in teen pic "She's All That."
Playing again to his all-American good looks, Walker had a supporting role in "Varsity Blues" as a high school quarterback.
Paul Walker played a college student in a secret society in "The Skulls."
Paul Walker's breakthrough role in "The Fast and the Furious" established his career and paved the way for seven films (and counting).
Reprising his role in the "Fast and the Furious" sequel, Paul Walker teamed up with Tyrese Gibson.
Walker starred with Penelope Cruz in "Noel."
Paul Walker used his interest in marine biology for "Into the Blue," exploring the ocean with co-star Jessica Alba.
Paul Walker received positive reviews for his portrayal of a mobster in 2006's "Running Scared."
Walker played a sled dog trainer in Disney's "Eight Below."
Paul Walker, with Stark Sands, in Clint Eastwood's "Flags of Our Fathers"
Director Justin Lin brought the gang back together again, with original stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster and Michelle Rodriguez returning to the franchise.
Walker leads an ensemble cast for the heist movie "Takers."
Walker, with onscreen love interest Jordana Brewster, continued the monstrously successful franchise in 2011's "Fast Five."
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson joined the ragtag crew with Vin Diesel and Paul Walker in the most recent "Fast & Furious" pic. "Fast & Furious 7" with director James Wan was in production at the time of Walker's tragic death.
Of Paul Walker's role in 2013's "Pawn Shop Chronicles," Scott Foundas wrote: "The main attraction here is Walker (also credited as one of pic's producers), who's hilariously shifty and paranoid and clearly having a grand time undermining his typecast alpha-male image."
Walker starred in "Vehicle 19" which was released on VOD in July.
Paul Walker received positive reviews for his role as a father during Hurricane Katrina in "Hours." The film is slated for release Dec. 13 by Pantelion theatrically and on VOD.
Paul Walker posted this photo from the set of "Fast & Furious 7" on his Facebook account just six days before his tragic death. He founded first aid organization Reach Out Worldwide in 2010, and was fundraising for victims of the typhoon in the Philippines.