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Major accidents on movie and television sets

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Oct 22 (Reuters) - Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer and wounded a director when he discharged a prop gun on set during filming of movie "Rust" on Thursday.

The entertainment industry has a long history of on-set accidents, from prop guns to car crashes and chariot races.

Below is a timeline of some high-profile accidents that took place on filming sets:

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1959 - An accident occurs during the filming of the chariot race in the Hollywood epic "Ben-Hur", starring Charlton Heston, in which a stunt man is injured.

1982 - A helicopter crash kills three actors, two of them children, and injures six on the set of "Twilight Zone: The Movie". In the following years, the production team is found responsible for several labour violations, prompting the introduction of new safety standards in the industry.

1984 - 26-year-old actor Jon-Erik Hexum fatally shoots himself in the head with a gun loaded with a blank on the set of television series "Cover Up".

Actor Alec Baldwin appears in court in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., January 23, 2019. Alex Tabak/Pool via REUTERS

1993 - Brandon Lee, son of late martial artist and actor Bruce Lee, is shot in the abdomen with improperly-made dummy rounds on the set of "The Crow". After six hours of unsuccessful surgery, Lee is declared dead at the age of 28.

2003 – Lead actress Uma Thurman has a car crash that crushes her knees and leaves her with a concussion on the set of Quentin Tarantino film "Kill Bill".

2007 - Special effects technician involved in the filming of Batman movie "The Dark Knight" dies in a car accident after his vehicle crashed into a tree at the end of a test run-through at a special effects facility.

2011 - An awry explosion kills a stunt man and seriously injures a second on the set of the action sequel "The Expendables 2" in Bulgaria.

2014 - 71-year-old actor Harrison Ford requires surgery on a broken leg after being struck by a heavy hydraulic metal door on the set of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".

2015 - A stunt woman is severely injured in a motorcycle crash on the set of "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter" that leads to her arm being amputated. Later on the same set, a stunt man dies crushed under a Hummer vehicle.

2017 – Female stunt driver dies on the set of superhero movie "Deadpool 2" in downtown Vancouver after she lost control of her motorcycle during a stunt and crashed through a window of a building across the street.

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Compiled by Aida Pelaez-Fernandez, Enrico Sciacovelli and Milla Nissi in Gdansk; Editing by Mike Collett-White

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