Coinkydink Or Coinkydonk? The Sean Bean Effect

Should it be pronounced Shawn Bawn?

There’s a common misconception on the TripleDoubleU about Actor! Sean Bean:

He dies in like 85% of his movies!

Another misconception - this is his brother.

The fact of the matter (according to my limited research) is that he’s died in hardly any of his films:

  • Patriot Games
  • GoldenEye
  • Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
  • Equilibrium
  • The Hitcher

I believe it’s the 1-2-3 punch of his higher profile roles leading up to LOTR.  Not many knew who he was when he played the bad guy in the second Jack Ryan film, but that lead to him getting recognized as Agent 006 in the successful James Bond reboot, and then of course, Boromir – the most noble of his deaths.  And the seed was officially planted.

There are plenty of Actors! that have died more in the movies (Robert DeNiro has 14 times, Bruce Willis has 11, Johnny Depp has 9 1/2… the article that explains the 1/2, and lists more can be found here).

The Sean Bean Effect is alive and well for those guys, and he may one day catch up and surpass them, but what about Actors! that die in television shows?

I’m going to name that effect after this guy:

Jeffrey Dean Morgan, of the Jeffrey Dean Morgan Effect

Not only did Jeffery Dean Morgan have high-profile deaths in Watchmen and P.S. I Love You, he died or was dead or was a ghost in these shows:

  • Weeds
  • Supernatural
  • Grey’s Anatomy

(BONUS: A victim of both The SB and JDM EffectsAlan Tudyk.  He played Wash in the awesome show Firefly, and died in the theatrically released Serenity.  He also died in the reboot of V.)

He did not die in Dodgeball.


  1. Mike · January 21, 2010

    Alan Tudyk didn’t die in Joss Whedon’s newest show Dollhouse either!

  2. sgottahurt · January 22, 2010

    But the show did!

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  4. sgottahurt · July 24, 2011

    Apparently, my limited research didn’t pan out that well. Here’s Sean Bean’s Death Reel by Harry Hanrahan:


  5. Lilith · February 2, 2014

    Jeffrey Dean Morgan didn’t die in P.S I Love You, it was Gerard Butler

  6. sgottahurt · February 17, 2014

    Thanks, Lilith!

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