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Ian Holm's robotic head in Alien

Ian Holm (1931 - 2020)

"I can't lie about your chances, but... you have my sympathies."

Film Deaths:[]

  • Frankenstein (1968) [Dr. Frankenstein/Frankenstein's Monster]: As Dr. Frankenstein, he is presumably killed by his creation (also played by Ian). (I haven't seen this movie myself, so I don't know for certain whether either Frankenstein or the monster, or both, die in this.
  • Alien (1979) [Science Officer Ash]: Playing an android, he is decapitated with a fire extinguisher by Yaphet Kotto while Ian is trying to kill Sigourney Weaver; his severed head is then re-activated by the other crew members, and is finally burned with a flamethrower by Yaphet. (Thanks to James and Philip)
  • Chariots of Fire (1981) [Sam Mussabini]: Dies (off-screen) of unspecified illness on some point after the events of the film.
  • Kafka (1991) [Dr. Murnau]: Crushed by the gears of a pulley after one of his escaped human research subjects impales him onto the pulley chain.
  • Animal Farm (1999) [Squealer]: Dies when the two water towers collapse after he and Patrick Stewart take over Animal Farm.
  • Existenz (1999) [Kiri Vinokur]: Machine-gunned across the torso by Jennifer Jason Leigh outdoors at night. (This later turns out to be part of a virtual-reality game, and not an actual death.)
  • Lord of War (2005) [Simeon Weisz]: Shot in the head by Nicolas Cage, when Nicolas is forced to shoot him by Eamonn Walker, by holding his arm making him pull the trigger (he later appears as a ghost to Cage, presumably a drug induced hallucination). (Thanks to Gary)

TV Deaths:[]

  • The Lost Boys (1978 TV series) [J. M. Barrie]: Died of pneumonia.
  • All Quiet on the Western Front (1979 TV) [Himmelstoss]: Presumably shot to death by French troops on the battlefield. (I haven't seen this version, but I have seen John Wray's death in the 1930 version.)
  • King Lear (1998 TV) [Lear]: Dies of old age, compounded by heartbreak over the death of his daughter (Victoria Hamilton). (I haven't seen this version, but I'm familiar with the story.)


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