These actors left us too soon when they died on screen. The thing that makes a really iconic movie death is one where you miss them badly after their character dies, or you want their character to meet a timely death. It also gives the actor a chance to show off their imitation of a dying scream, a tortured grunt, or a wail of sorrow. Anybody can act like they’re breathing, but it takes more skill to act like they’re biting the bullet and passing away to another realm. You will be fascinated that these are the legendary actors who died on screen.
Michael Gambon won four British Academy Television Awards from 1987 to 2002 for his various roles, but most Americans know him as Albus Dumbledore in the “Harry Potter” movies. In “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” Dumbledore and Harry Potter go to the Astronomy Tower where they run into Draco Malfoy and Severus Snape. Draco hesitates to kill Dumbledore, so Snape casts a killing curse and the rest is history.
John Hurt was in the movie “Alien” but his character wasn’t exactly an alien. He had an alien inside of him. Hurt was in the famous chestburster scene and it became one of the most iconic death scenes of all time. Hurt was also in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” and “V for Vendetta.” He has won a Golden Globe and four BAFTA Awards.
Garey Busey was in “Lethal Weapon” and he fought Mel Gibson’s character, Martin Riggs. Riggs beats up Busey’s character, Joshua, in hand-to-hand combat and then Joshua gets a gun. Then Riggs and Danny Glover’s character fire at Joshua, killing him. Throughout Busey’s career, he’s been through drug addiction, rehab, arrests for domestic violence, and health scares according to Yahoo Movies. Busey was also in “Celebrity Big Brother 14” in 2014.
Say hello to Tony Montana in the 1983 movie “Scarface.” Al Pacino played a Cuban immigrant/drug lord who buries his face in a mound of cocaine then he uses an M-16 with a grenade launcher to attack a bunch of hitmen. Montana gets shot a bunch of times and then his body falls into a fountain in front of a statue that says “The world is yours.” This was a stylish death scene that made history.
Margaret Hamilton had already made 25 films by the time she was cast as the Wicked Witch in “The Wizard of Oz,” but it was that role that made her a legend. According to the Oz wiki, she kept her salary below $1000 a week. She actually suffered for her art because she suffered first-degree burns on her face and second-degree burns on her hand when she filmed the death scene in “The Wizard of Oz.”
Brad Pitt may have married Angelina Jolie, but he was also in a bunch of movies with George Clooney. In the movie “Burn After Reading,” Pitt plays a personal trainer named Chad Feldheimer who plans to bribe a man played by John Malkovich. Chad then sneaks into the man’s house to steal more stuff and gets shot by a womanizing U.S. Marshal played by Clooney. It’s a very shocking death scene.
You remember that “Simpsons” episode where Homer chases the rest of the family with an axe? That was a reference to “The Shining” where Jack Nicholson plays a man named “Jack Torrance.” Torrance is a father who gets drunk and goes crazy after some creepy stuff happens at the hotel that he and his family are staying at. He chases his son through a maze with an axe and freezes to death in the snow.
Janet Leigh died in the movie “Psycho” and lives to tell the tale. “I stopped taking showers and I take baths, only baths. I make sure the doors and windows of the house are locked and I leave the bathroom door open and shower curtain open. I’m always facing the door, watching, no matter where the shower head is,” Leigh told the New York Times. For that role, Leigh earned a Golden Globe Award for best supporting actress and an Academy Award nomination.
Faye Dunaway was in one of the bloodiest death scenes in cinematic history. She played Bonnie Parker in “Bonnie and Clyde.” Her character was a waitress who decided to start robbing banks with a guy named Clyde. Then they get double-crossed by a man who sets them up for an ambush by cops who come out from a bush and riddle them with bullets. Dunaway also won an Oscar and was in the lead actress in the movie “Mommie Dearest.”
Leonardo DiCaprio was such a huge part of “Titanic” that he may not be able to top it in his lifetime. He was the love interest that sank into the depths of many hearts and became a superstar overnight. “You know, it’s been such a long time, but it was such, you know, a huge part of my life. And people maybe think I have a reaction to that film. But the truth is, I’m incredibly roud of it,” DiCaprio told CBS.
Samuel L. Jackson played a man named Gator in the movie “Jungle Fever.” Gator storms into his dad’s house and demands money. He argues with his dad and he mocks his father. Then his father shoots him in the stomach and he dies of his wounds. Jackson brought his own experience to the role. “I was two weeks out of rehab. I’d been smoking cocaine for a year and a half…I had done the research,” Jackson told Esquire.
Natalie Portman was in “Black Swan” as a ballerina and she won an Oscar for her performance. She dies in a dark and twisted ending that just mirrors the psychotic adventure her character was having. “Natalie sweated long and hard to deliver a great physical and emotional performance. And I don’t want anyone to think that’s not her they are watching. It is,” director Darren Aronofsky told Entertainment Weekly. She danced into the Hollywood fame.
“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” made over $200 million worldwide. It also won four Academy Awards and was praised for its martial arts sequences, story, direction, and musical score. Chow Yun-fat played a Wudang swordsman named Li Mu Bai who dies at the end of the movie after being hit with a poison dart. He finally confesses his love for the beautiful Michelle Yeoh and Zhang Ziyi’s character jumps off a cliff.
Heath Ledger died too soon. His character was arguably more popular than the title character of “The Dark Knight.” Ledger spoke to IGN about preparing for his iconic role. “You know, I want it to be a very sinister kind of thing. It’s so early that I’m trying to leave it open at this point and I don’t want to be glued down to any one idea…I definitely have an image in my head,” said Ledger.
Maybe the old fashioned secret to a great death scene is to pray for your father. That’s what Marlon Brando told Martin Sheen to do when Sheen’s character killed Brando’s character in “Apocalypse Now.” In an Indie London interview, Sheen talked about bringing an axe to Brando. “I’m bringing up this club, and then it slides down to him, so you see him before you see the club coming down,” said Sheen.
Dr. Oz: “I’m Very Concerned About the Corona Virus, Here’s Why”
While coronaviruses have been known to medical science since the 1960s, few have been anywhere near as dangerous as this new one from the market in Wuhan China.
A coronavirus is typified by its protective shell which resembles a crown or a halo under a microscope. That is where it gets its name. The average coronavirus does little more than cause the symptoms of the common cold, sniffles, cough, flu-like symptoms and so on. Part of the reason that these viruses are so hard to prevent from causing millions of colds each year is their protective shell. They can remain on a surface for hours, sometimes days, before they begin to lose structural integrity. But few trigger symptoms as severe as this one known as 2019-nCoV.
Dr. Oz had this to say about what has become known as the Wuhan Coronavirus, “It’s alarming, this is the big news today, the Chinese leadership is starting to say ‘this incubation period is a lot longer than we thought.’”
If this report is true, it means that many, many more people may be infected than have been reported- or even anticipated. It means that people could be walking around, infected, and not even know it- not taking precautions and spreading the virus everywhere they go. That means anyone who has recently returned from the area around the Wuhan market, where the outbreak started, could be carrying the disease.
At the time of this writing, the total enumerated infection count is over 1,800. The total deaths are approaching 200. Other researchers are suggesting that this virus has a rapid mutation rate. That is particularly terrifying because it is what made the HIV-AIDS virus so difficult to treat.
At present, the World Health Organization had laid down a series of suggestions to help people avoid infection.
They advise that anyone who may come into contact with the virus should:
- Wash their hands frequently
- Maintain good sanitation on and around all frequently used objects and surfaces
- Avoid centers of mass travel such as airports
- Sneeze and cough into the elbow or a tissue
- Take immunity-boosting supplements like vitamin C
The source of the infection is believed to have come from a specific market in Wuhan, where live animals were kept in stalls for sale and trade. Researchers believe the virus came from either a snake or a bat. The initial cases of illness were reported in December 2019 by employees of the Wuhan market. That market is now shut down for the foreseeable future.
As health officials struggle to understand the virus and contain its progress, other researchers are asking even more startling questions. The shell of this virus is similar to the shell of a virus created in a university research lab in 2015 at the University of North Carolina. What’s more, there is a known military biological weapons lab in Wuhan China.
If these reports are true, it could have serious implications, not only for global health- but for relations between the US and China.
Big Brother Contestants Make How Much on the Show?!?
Big Brother has been a wildly popular, dramatic reality TV game show since 2000. Audiences are captivated by the twists, the turns, the strange alliances, and the betrayals. The show is based on a Dutch program with the same premise which also became wildly popular in Spain and Germany before the reboot came to America.
As the US version grew in popularity, the producers eventually made it possible for fans to watch the contestants on a non-live streaming video feed available 24 hours a day seven days a week. Yes, the contestants on Big Brother are now on display to be viewed by anyone in the world at every waking moment. How they avoid getting caught in their all-togethers or during toilet breaks, we don’t know. Maybe they have certain camera-safe areas to which they can retreat.
Later on, the house the Big Brother contestants live in was stripped of all communication devices- depriving them of contact with the outside world. That is- except for the live feeds the public has unfettered access to. So, if one of them was being held hostage, we suppose they could let us know.
So the question came up of, how much do the contestants really earn? By playing the game they have the chance to make friends, or enemies, become Internet sensations, and to win half a million dollars. But, given everything they have to put up with; being ripped out of their lives, possibly losing jobs, experiencing the anguish of betrayal- all while being on public display- do they get anything else?
According to a report by Reality Blurred, a site that follows the happenings of reality TV stars, programs, and related matters- the contestants “[…] receive $750 per week that they’re in the house.”
Any pay they receive while in the jury house is harder to account for since nothing about it appears on the contract. However, it is believed that contestants receive consolation prizes during their time out of the main house. It also seems reasonable that the consolation prizes received in the jury house should be worth at least $500 since keeping them away from other gainful employment for less than that would be near to slavery. (We’re looking at you, jury duty.)
However, while the big prize on Big Brother is a cool half-million on top of what the contestants earn as their weekly salary, in reality- they have much more to gain in Internet stardom.
Many former Big Brother players have gone on to lucrative careers as influencers on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media sites. While any gains from that are unlikely to be as exhilarating as half a million in fast cash- the best of them certainly earn more than that over the long term.
So, it would appear that our curiosity MacGuffins on Big Brother are at least doing as well as someone earning minimum wage- while essentially fooling around Truman Show style.
Single Mom Irina Shayk, Happy Single
Those in the public spotlight seem to be an open book. Their every move seems to is covered by gossip sites. Their whereabouts are nearly always and it seems as if we are updated on who’s dating who and what luxurious vacation they are on.
That’s why it is surprising that Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper kept their relationship under wraps for so long, dating all the way back to 2015. The couple was first spotted together after the actor and model were first seen in 2015. Cooper split from Suki Waterhouse and Shayk ended her five-year relationship with soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.
The couple was first seen together at a Broadway show, then shortly thereafter, the White House Correspondents’ dinner. Things seemed to move quickly from there. Within months the couple moved in together, soon they announced they were expecting.
Work Gets in the Way:
Irina, who has been quiet about her relationship and breakup with Bradley Cooper, recently spoke up about their relationship.
The couple ended their relationship in 2019, on the heels of the release of the stars’ remake of a Star is Born. The on-screen chemistry between Bradley Cooper and his co-star, Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, sent tongues wagging. Rumors were raging that the two co-stars were in a relationship based on their pationate adaption of the film.
Irina set the record straight in some recent interviews about the end of their relationship. According to Shayk, the couple hadn’t been getting along for quite some time. After the baby was born, Shayk was hoping that Cooper would put their family first and slow down his busy working schedule. She was secretly hoping that after A Star is Born was released and the promotional tour was over, he would spend more time at home. That was not the case.
Irina, 33, was ready to settle into family life. This included getting married and more children. But the marriage never happened, and Cooper’s work schedule was as busy as ever.
Irina felt that her expectations weren’t met and she didn’t have the commitment level she wanted from Cooper. Shortly after the Award season in June 2019, the news broke that the couple had split. Irina had taken baby Lea and moved out of the couples Los Angeles home.At first, the separation was thought to be temporary. Both partners have decided that they are better apart than together.
The couple continues to co-parent their daughter, but it seems like the couple are happty being apart. They both seem to be quite content focusing on their child and carreers.
Irina recently said that “life without Cooper” and being a single mom is “new ground.” She also said that just because two people are great on their own, they are not always good together.
Irina is a strong woman, and while she often feels overwhelmed being a single-mom, she’s ready for the challenge. Both parents are dedicated to doing what is best for their child and are curently working on a visitation schedule.