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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.
- Hamlet (1948) [Hamlet, Prince of Denmark/Ghost]: Hamlet is slashed across the arm with a poisoned blade during a swordfight with Terence Morgan; Laurence lives long enough to kill Basil Sydney, then dies in Norman Wooland's arms, the Ghost dies (off-screen, by poison in ear) before the story starts.
- 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.
- Othello (1965) [Othello]: Commits suicide by stabbing himself in the neck while cradling Maggie Smith's body in his arms.
- 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]
- King Lear (1984 TV) [King Lear]: Dies of old age and shock after the death of his daughter (Anna Calder-Marshall).
- The Last Days of Pompeii (1984 Mini-Series) [Gaius]: Dies during the volcanic eruption.
Notable Connections[edit | edit source]
- Ex-Mr. Jill Esmond.
- Ex-Mr. Vivien Leigh.
- Mr. Joan Plowright.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
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