12 Actors/Actresses Who Died In The Middle Of Filming
We’ve made mention of several actors who died before seeing their final film, but taking it a step further, many individuals, as well as several others, passed away while they were still working on their projects. This creates a tricky scenario for producers and directors, who must try to figure a way to finish a film and deliver a product to a studio. Here are 12 actors and actresses who died after being cast in a project, and how the creative team managed to finish the films and TV shows without them.
12. Diana Hyland
Diana Hyland was really enjoying some career spoils when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1977. At the time of her illness, she was romantically involved with John Travolta, the two of them having become close while working together on The Boy in The Plastic Bubble. Diana was a cast member of Eight Is Enough, and was only four episodes in when she received the tragic news of her cancer. She endured a mastectomy, and engaged in additional treatment, but the disease metastasized and Diana’s health waned at an increasing pace. According to Hollywood lore, she was comforted, and died in the arms of John Travolta in March of 1977. Eight Is Enough used her illness as part of the story line, hopeful for her recovery. When she passed away, they incorporated her death into the world of the show.
11. Redd Foxx
In 1991, the legendary Redd Foxx was 68 years old, and in the midst of rehearsals for the TV sitcom, The Royal Family. During a break from their work, Foxx agreed to an interview with Lifestyles of The Rich and Famous, but before it began, he fell to the floor and clutched a chair for support. His co-star, Della Reese, as well as many other on set, thought Redd was merely being Redd and having a laugh. Then, he began repeatedly asking Della to contact his wife, and she knew it was serious. He was transported to a local, Los Angeles hospital and died later that evening. Foxx was a part of the first seven episodes, and his death was written into the show so that they might complete a full season. Ironically, the show was developed by Eddie Murphy as a comeback vehicle for Foxx.