Laurence Olivier in Marathon Man

Laurence Olivier (1907 - 1989)

Film Deaths[edit | edit source]

  • Wuthering Heights (1939) [Heathcliff]: Dies (off-screen) when Merle Oberon's ghost claims him as he's walking on the moors. We only see a scene of Donald Crisp telling the others in the household how he discovered Laurence's body, followed by a shot of the two ghosts standing on the moors in the distance.
  • The 49th Parallel (1941) [Johnnie]: Shot by the Germans when he tries to answer the phone, he dies on his bed sometime after.
  • That Hamilton Woman (1941) [Lord Horatio Nelson]: Shot in the back by a French marksman in the Battle of Trafalgar; he dies shortly afterwards when Henry Wilcoxon kneels by his side.
  • John Gabriel Borkman (1958) [John Gabriel Borkman]: Dies of a heart attack from the excitement of the prospect of starting a new life for himself.
  • Marathon Man (1976) [Dr. Christian Szell]: Accidentally falls on his own knife after slipping from the top of a spiral stairwell during a fight with Dustin Hoffman. He then goes over the railing into the water.
  • Dracula (1979) [Professor Abraham van Helsing]: Impaled through the stomach (and pinned to the ship's wall) with a long wooden spear during a fight with Frank Langella. He lives long enough to hit Frank with a block-and-tackle hook (which Trevor Eve activates, pulling Frank out into the sunlight) before dying. (Note: this film version had the 'Van Helsing' character die, so that Laurence would never have to return in a sequel if the film became successful enough to spawn one)
  • Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) [Dr. Totenkopf]: Commits suicide (off-screen), several years before the story takes place; he only appears as a computer-projected image, and his decomposed body is shown when Ralph Fiennes discovers him in his hideout. (As this movie was made years after Laurence's real-life death, his role consists entirely of old footage edited to fit into the story.)

TV Deaths[edit | edit source]

  • The Last Days of Pompeii (1984 Mini-Series) [Gaius]: Dies during the volcanic eruption.

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