I have a couple of depressing Mortality Monday posts in draft, so let’s pass those over for something more fun: fictional deaths.
If you search on Sean Bean dying, you will get many results, many of which debunking that he’s the dying-est actor ever.
Back in 2014, it was shown that three actors have died in more roles, and here’s the handy graph from that article:
Sean Bean is only 57! He could easily rack up 20 more deaths in 20 years to top the others!
What we really need is a fair comparison — in what percentage of roles does Sean Bean die?
THE MORTALITY RATE OF SEAN BEAN’S CHARACTERS
I’m lazy. Turns out, the Daily Mail (UK) got here before I did:
Stark reality: Sean Bean HASN’T been killed off more than anyone else in movies and TV, despite online claims – that ‘honor’ belongs to Alien actor John Hurt
Sean Bean has died 24 times across 70 films and TV series – around 35 per cent of all his roles
No one has a higher percentage – but three others have a higher total body count
Oh wait, the Nerdist calculated this first:
Sean Bean is still at the top of the list with 0.32 deaths/film, tied with Bela Lugosi, and followed closely by Mickey Rourke and John Hurt with 0.31 deaths/film. Vincent Price and Cary Tagawa are next with 0.28 deaths/film, and it decreases from there. (For the curious: South Park‘s Kenny barely beats Bean with 0.38 deaths/episode.)
And see, for a while Kenny was killed every episode, but then they stopped doing that.
But let me do graph something different.
Here are all Sean Bean’s on-screen deaths:
But, that’s not quite fair. Let’s see the roles where he didn’t die as well:
And let’s put that info together to get the running mortality rate for Sean Bean roles (= total deaths so far / total roles so far)
So there ya go — Sean Bean dies about 1/3 of the time in his roles… so far. It’s a bit choppy, and of course, the mortality rate decreases when he has a run of non-dying roles.
That’s a pretty high kill rate, I think.
DATA SOURCES: FOR THE PICKY
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Don’t Say A Word
Red Riding: The Year of our Lord, 1973
Death Race 2
Age of Heroes
Game of Thrones
Why don’t I graph this over time, updating the deaths to roles ratio as they occur? [Some of this data is not quite correct, and not sure how to count the flashbacks in the other LOTR films, but I refer the picky to ASOP 23: Data Quality, where I am not required to audit my data, but do some reasonability checks.
I’ve checked. It’s reasonable.]
I’m using Bean’s IMDB page for date reference, as well as total roles.
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