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Friday, January 3, 2014

Movie body counts: The 25 Deadliest Actors of All Time

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.

12 comments:

  1. Hi! Original graphic author here. Thank you for sharing it! One request: Can you please fix my last name from "Olsen" to "Olson"? Thank you!! :-)

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    1. Done! Apologies - I copied from Business Insider without cheking the source. Also shared this post here: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/367482/friday-links-debby-witt

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    2. Chuck Norris is going to roundhouse this list, right in the head!!

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    3. Chuck Norris prefers his enemies alive. Their fear feeds his beard

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  2. If this included TV, we know who would be on top . . . Jack Bauer

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    1. Not even close. James Arness.

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  3. If this were a list of the "25 Deadliest Forces of Nature," Chuck Norris would be in 30 of the top 25 spots.

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  4. The Lone Wolf & Cub movies are great...you can get them from Netflix. The star later went into politics and I expect that everyone was scared of him.

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  5. Seems some obscure actor in a Star Trek episode would win this by destroying whole planets or removing entire races from history....

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  6. Actor: Peter Cushing.
    Body Count; 1.97 Billion.
    Event: Destruction of Alderaan.
    Peter Cushing played Grand Moff Tarkin in the movie: Star Ware, Episode IV. A New Hope.
    He blew up one of the Core Worlds to make a point.

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  7. Now Hollywood is the modern amount in the word. The most popular movie in Hollywood word is now Bluray and 3D Movie.

    Movie Corner

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