Hollywood’s Most Dangerous Job: 12 Stunt Performers Who Died on Set (Photos)
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Ashley Boucher | July 19, 2019 @ 9:20 AM
Last Updated: July 19, 2019 @ 11:39 AM
A look back at some of the daring stunt performers who have passed away on set.
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Jose Marco died in 1969 while filming an underwater sequence in the film "Shark." He was mauled to death by one of the sharks, which had been improperly sedated.
A.J. Bakunas died in 1978 while filming "Steel." Although he performed his falling stunt correctly, his landing pad was faulty, and he died a day later from injuries.
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Jack Tyree died in 1981 while filming "The Sword and the Sorcerer." While performing an 80-foot fall, Tyree missed the airbag below and died on impact.
Paolo Rigoni died in 1981 while filming one of the James Bond movies, "For Your Eyes Only." He was pinned under a sled during the ski chase scene.
Joseph Leonard Svec died in 1982 on the set of "The Right Stuff." He was knocked unconscious before he was able to eject himself from a plane.
Chris Lamon died in 2000 in Toronto while performing a stunt for the movie "Exit Wounds." He hit his head when rolling out of an upside-down van and died from his injuries six days later.
Harry L. O'Connor died in 2002 when performing a stunt for the Vin Diesel movie "XXX." He was a retired Navy Seal who was being pulled on a paraglider that hit a bridge pillar.
Lu Yanqing died in 2008 in a fire on set caused by two boats crashing into one another while making the movie "Red Cliff" in China.
Kun Liu died in 2012 in an explosion on the set of "The Expendables 2" while filming in Bulgaria. His parents sued Millenium/Nu Image for wrongful death.
John Bernecker died in July 2017 after falling from a 25 foot balcony while filming season 8 of "The Walking Dead" on Wednesday.
Motorcycle road racer and stunt performer Joi Harris was killed in August 2017 on the Vancouver set of "Deadpool 2" while doubling as Zazie Beetz' Domino during a motorcycle scene in the film that went horribly awry.
Warren Appleby, a stunt coordinator on the DC Universe series "Titans" died in July 2019 after being hit by a piece of equipment that unexpectedly came loose during preparation for a shoot at an offsite special effects facility in Vancouver.