Ep. 43: Death and Acting


Jack and J. J. cover the many perils of acting, on stage and in front of a camera. We begin with the tragedy that befell the Great Lafayette, one of the greatest magicians of all time. Then we move on to the remarkable deaths of various film stars including Martha Mansfield, Tyrone Power, and the Lees.

Near the end, we examine the low-key horror of body doubles, CGI, and what replacing our actors after their deaths might mean about the nature of personal identity.



Molière: Death” via Wikipedia

Gigantii teatrului românesc (I)” by Silviu Man. bookblog.ro. 10 March 2008.

List of entertainers who died during a performance” via Wikipedia

10 Actors Who Died During Production” by Kirsten Yovino. Movies Cheat Sheet. 19 June 2016.

Part I: On Stage/ During Production Deaths

Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark

Sarah Guyard-Guillot

The Great Lafayette

Solomon and Sheba: Death of Tyrone Power” via Wikipedia

Twilight Zone Accident” via Wikipedia

John Erik-Hexum’s Fatal Joke” by EW Staff. http://www.ew.com. 14 October 1994.

Interlude: When We Don’t Take Death Seriously 

Harry Einstein: Later Years and Death” via Wikipedia.

The Actress Who Died On Stage While Portraying Her Theatrical Death” by Theodoros II. http://www.todayifoundout.com. 6 January 2014.

Part II: Replacing Dead Actors with Doubles

Livia Soprano” via Wikipedia

Nancy Marchand” via Wikipedia

The Sopranos ~ Goodbye Little Livia” via Youtube. Posted by WellHelloDali. Originally Posted on 5 June 2014.

Trail of the Pink Panther” via Wikipedia

Recollections on ‘Pink Panther Trail’” by Vincent Canby. The New York Times. 17 December 1982.

Game of Death” via Wikipedia

Game of Death: Bruce Lee’s Unfinished Business” by Sascha Matuszak. fightland.vice.com. 23 September 2015.

Brandon Lee” via Wikipedia

16 years after his death, new song by X Japan guitarist hide released with vocals by…hide?!” by Casey Baseel. RocketNews24. 13 December 2014.


Additional Resources:

Colectiv Nightclub Fire” via Wikipedia


Music and Sound Effects used in this podcast:

Forgotten Land by Doxent Zsigmond

.44 Magnum sound effects” via Youtube.com

44 Magnum Single Gunshot Sound Effect” via Youtube.com


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One thought on “Ep. 43: Death and Acting

  1. The hologram Jpop singer, Hatsune Miku actually uses the same kind of Vocaloid voicebank that was used for Hide’s song! Except her voice was sampled from an actress named Saki Fujita, who is very much alive. Miku’s voicebank has also had several updates in both English and Japanese since it’s initial release in 2007.

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