As a prosecutor pursues involuntary manslaughter charges against actor Alec Baldwin and the armorer from the set of the film "Rust," the tragic on-set shooting has renewed discussions about safety in Hollywood productions.
The death of 42-year-old Halyna Hutchins is the latest on-set tragedy for an industry that strives for safety while also portraying action-packed stories.
There have been multiple cases of crew members and stunt people dying at work, including a woman who died performing stunts on the set of “Deadpool 2” in 2017.
Cast members have also died from accidents during production including:
The son of the renowned martial arts master and actor Bruce Lee, the 28-year-old was filming the final scenes of the movie “The Crow” when he died after being shot with a prop gun in 1993.
Dummy bullets had been replaced with cardboard wadding, but a bullet fragment had broken off and remained in the gun. That metal tip from the dummy bullet hit Lee’s abdomen.
Lee’s family released a statement following Hutchins death.
“Our hearts go out to the family of Halyna Hutchins and to Joel Souza and all involved in the incident on 'Rust,'” the statement read. “No one should ever be killed by a gun on a film set. Period.”
Jon-Erik Hexum became famous in 1982 after snagging the lead role of Phineas Bogg in the NBC series “Voyagers!”
The tall and strikingly handsome actor was a rising star and soon cast to play Mac Harper, a CIA operative posing as a male model in the TV series “Cover Up.”
While filming, Hexum reportedly was playing around with a prop gun from a scene and shot himself in the head.
Victor Morrow was tragically killed while filming “Twilight Zone: The Movie” in 1982.
The actor and two child actors, 7-year-old Myca Dinh Le and 6-year-old Renee Shin-Yi Chen, were being filmed fleeing from a Vietnamese village during the Vietnam war while a US Army helicopter hovered over them.
The chopper crashed following a pyrotechnic explosion, landing on Morrow, 53, and the children, who also died.
The film's director, the pilot and three others were charged with involuntary manslaughter. They were all acquitted following a high-profile trial that lasted almost nine months.