Alec BaldwinHis career may be over after the accidental death of Halyna Hutchins, and only time will tell if he’s right. The tragedy means Baldwin joins a list of famous names who are responsible for another person’s death. Here are a few.
Matthew Broderick was on vacation in Northern Ireland in 1987 following the success of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. On August 5, he drove in the wrong lane, killing Anna Gallagher as well as Margaret Doherty. Jennifer Grey, Jennifer’s girlfriend and co-star, was almost paralysed when she fractured some bones. Broderick was fined $175 for the charge. When Broderick later starred in a Hyundai commercial, Doherty’s family spoke out against it.
Caitlyn Jenner, an actress and animal rights activist, accidentally ran into Kim Howe’s car in February 2015. Howe died and many others were hurt in the incident. Jenner was the subject of multiple lawsuits but all were dismissed. Jenner became transgender months before the crash. South ParkThis incident was soon immortalized. Jenner features prominently in the show’s ninth season, frequently driving recklessly.
R&B singer and I still know what you did last SummerBrandy, the star of the movie, was also in a fatal car accident. Awatef Aboudihaj, the driver of the car she was in, struck her and caused her injuries. According to police, Brandy did not notice a slowdown in traffic which led to a multi-car accident. She was not arrested but still faced multiple lawsuits out of court, including those from Aboudihaj’s husband and parents. Brandy later said of the incident, “I still don’t understand all of it and why all of it happened, but I definitely have a heart, and my heart goes out to everyone involved.”
Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil was partying in late 1984 with the Finnish band Hanoi Rocks. After a long night of drinking, Neil and the band’s drummer Nicholas Dingley decided to go driving. Neil, who was intoxicated, struck another car, injuring its occupants and causing the death of Dingey. Neil later paid $2.6 million to the crash’s victims and spent 15 days in jail. Later, the band dedicated their album to Neil. Theatre of PainTo Dingey.
Dog The Bounty Hunter
Dog the Bounty, who was then just Duanechapman, was charged with first degree murder. He was the getaway driver for Jerry Oliver’s 1976 murder. This was after a dispute over cannabis. He was sentenced to five-years in prison, but only served 18 month.
Chapman later stated that it was his time in state penitentiary which inspired him to write. become a bounty hunter. He said Hannity & Colmes, “One guy went to break and run one day, an inmate, and I jumped him…as the guard walked up when I was on top of the inmate apprehending him, and he threw down the handcuffs and said, “Hook him up, bounty hunter.” This is where his infamous career truly began.
For decades Phil Spector was famous for producing The Beatles’ Let It BeHis 60s-defining Wall of Sound. Nowadays, he’s remembered as a killer. In 2003, Lana Clarkson, actress, was found dead at his Los Angeles home. A limousine driver heard a gunshot at the house and overheard Spector say “I think I just shot her.” The trial became a media circus, and later an Al Pacino bio-series. Spector was finally convicted of murder in 2009 after a jury was suspended. Spector died in COVID-19.
Felicia Pearson is most well-known for her role as Snoop on The Wire. The character was a serial killer with a complicated past. Pearson was charged with second degree murder long before she began acting. At 16 she was convicted in the shooting death of Okia Toomer. She was sentenced to two consecutive eight year terms. After six and a quarter years, she was released. After a chance encounter with Michael K. Williams, she was offered a place on the board. The Wire.
Charles S. Dutton
You may not know the name Charles S. Dutton, but you’ve definitely seen him work. He secured a Tony Award nomination in the 1984 debut of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Chadwick Boseman received an Oscar nomination later for the same role. Hutton was also in Oz, Alien 3, Menace II SocietyJust a few of the projects. Dutton pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a knife fight when he was only 16 years old. Dutton was released in less than two years, but he had to serve eight more years for punching a guard.
Lillo Brancato Jr.
Lillo Brandcato Jr. starred in The Bronx TaleMatthew Bevilacqua was a memorable colleague. The Sopranos. He became addicted to drugs and fell on hard times. He then turned to robbery. 2005 saw the end of a robbery that went wrong. An off-duty cop was shot and killed in a gunfight. Brancato was sentenced to a 10-year term for second-degree murder, but only served four years. He now says he’s 13 years sober and has returned to acting, so it looks like he’s turned his life around.