Remember how Indian superstar Amitabh Bachchan used to die in most of his films; he died in Deewaar, Sholay, Muqaddar ka Sikander, Shakti and many others. Even Hrithik Roshan [another superstar from India] dies in a lot of his films. These great performances, when it comes in a dying role, makes an instant connection with the audience.
After watching a Hell of a lot of films from the West, I can say that death is equally important in Hollywood as well. Here is a list of popular Hollywood actors whose character died more often than others.
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John Hurt, who played the role of Mr. Ollivander, the guy who handed Harry Potter his first wand, famously saying "the wand chooses the Wizard", died 40 times in his career. He acted in 186 films so that means that he died in more than 20 percent of them. Whoa.
Sean Bean, Ned Stark of Game of Thrones, has acted in 100 films and has died 24 times, that is beyond even John Hurt if we compare the percentages.
Robert DeNiro died 17 times in the 96 films he has done. Gary Oldman and Johnny Depp have tied their scores with 12 each, only Depp has done this in only 64 films while Gary Oldman took 73 films to die the same number of times.
Bruce Willis stands next to Depp with 11 deaths in 92 films and the one who is closing in on Willis is Leonardo DiCaprio.
But even though everyone outnumbered Leo, he beats everyone when it comes to percentage share. Leonardo DiCaprio died in 9 films out of the only 25 he has done.
Poor guy, so many deaths and still no Oscar.
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