Who Is The Deadliest Film Actor of All Time?

Who killed the most people?  Well, OJ Simpson, obviously.

But speaking of actors’ characters killing imaginary people, the winner is…. Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose characters were responsible for 369 on-screen deaths.

A bit down from the top the list is Christian Bale, who it is claimed killed (as an actor) 161 people on screen.

Am I forgetting some movie he did with a huge bodycount? Sure, American Psycho, but he only killed like 5 people there.  What am I forgetting?

Ah, I checked IMDB.  Among other movies I’m forgetting Equilibrium, where he kills an awful lot of people.  In fact, he killed 118. All on-screen.

Also stolen from VA Viper, this martial arts silliness.  It gets good starting at 1:00.

A computer scientist has created a fascinating chart of top 25 deadliest actors of all time by on-screen kills.

Drawing on the MovieBodyCounts database, Randal Olson created a mostly complete list that shows that Arnold Schwarzenegger is the deadliest man in movies.

In an accompanying blog post, Olson notes a couple of interesting facts:

• Uma Thurman is deadliest woman with 77 on-screen kills.

• 150 of Tomisaburo Wakayama’s 226 kills came in the film Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell (1974). It is considered the highest kill count by any one person in a film.  (I’ve actually never heard of the Lone Wolf and Cub movies, but there appear to be a lot of them).
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s highest single-film kill count comes from Commando (1985). His character racked up 74 kills in the final scene
The body count database took more than five years to build, but some kills may be missing from the list because “some actors have worked in dozens of low-kill-count, B-rated movies” that haven’t been cataloged.
Olson added that there is one key omission in the database: John Wayne.

“I’m almost certain he’d be ranked in the ‘deadliest actors’ chart if some film-watching hero were willing to do the counts on his [pre-1960] films. That said, it may be best to qualify that these counts cover the period of 1960 and onward.”

Olson also charted the deadliest films and most violent films of all time based on the kill count data.

One response to “Who Is The Deadliest Film Actor of All Time?

  • Invisible Mikey

    It also depends on how you define “on screen kills”. How personal and intimate must the killing be? That’s the flaw in the methodology of Olson’s amusing hypothetical exercise. Must the victims be individually observed dying one at a time? That would eliminate many of the number on the list as it is, since many of the actors kill in batches, using explosives.

    There are many sci-fi and fantasy films where a single actor is responsible for blowing up an entire populated planet, and you see it explode on screen from a distance, the only POV from which to observe a simultaneous massive extinction event. We see our own world blow up in a series of nuclear detonations at the end of “Dr. Strangelove”. Peter Cushing eliminates the Princess’ home planet in “Star Wars ep 4”. And John Hurt, as the “War Doctor” incarnation of Doctor Who in the 3D episode released theatrically, participates in a global war locked inside a time-loop, so everyone on the planet dies over and over repeatedly.

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