General Suicide

Movie Directors: Suicide

This week, Tony Scott jumped to his death from a bridge in Los Angeles- the 17th Producer/Director to commit suicide (full list below). As of August 20, 2012 the VIPatients app documents the diseases / deaths of 19,766 famous people.   A cause of death is listed for 17,676 of these – of whom 1,132 (6.4%) have committed suicide.  

203 (6.3%) of people in the Movie Industry have taken their own lives, including 17 (3.7%) of Producers / Directors.   

 Jumping was listed as the specific suicide method for 7.2% of all famous persons, 8.8% of  Movie People … and 29.4% of Producers / Directors !

Producers / Directors who have committed suicide:

Berkeley, Busby 

Bern, Paul 

Davidson, Paul 

Desai, Manmohan *

Fassbinder, Rainer Werner 

Itami, Juzo  *

Jutra, Claude 

Monicelli, Mario  *

Moore, Perry 

Quine, Richard 


Rosson, Richard

Scott, Tony *

Smith, Pete  *

Van Dyke, W.S. 

Whale, James 

Woodbridge, Strong Van Dyke

 * Committed suicide by jumping


1. One additional Director, Akira Kurosawa, attempted suicide by slashing his wrists and throat in 1971 (unsucessful) 

2. During 1941 to 2012, three Producers / Directors (Monicelli, Van Dyke and Wooodbridge) committed suicide while under treatment for cancer … accounting for 18% of suicides in this profession.   Concurrent cancer is listed for only 4.3% of suicides in other professions which occurred during the same period.

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Suicide among World Leaders

Today, May 23, former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun jumped to his death.

The only other world leader known to have committed suicide in this way was Chechoslovakian President, Jan Masaryk (1948) – though many believe that he was actually murdered.

Throughout history, 538 world leaders have been murdered; but only 68 have commited suicide (only 0.58% of all deaths in this group).  In other words, the ratio of murders to suicides is eight-to-one.

Details are given for 49 suicides in this particular “profession” – the preferred method being gunshot (20 cases).  Eight others died of drug overdose, six using knives or other sharp objects, and five by hanging.

Among the more bizarre methods used, Roman Ruler Cato the Younger (died 44 B.C.E.) killed himself by pulling his intestines out through a battle injury; while Cleopatra VII (30 B.C.E.) is said to have exposed herself to the bite of an asp.  Four additional Roman rulers of the period committed “suicide by proxy” – having themselves killed by servants.

A single ruler, Ludwig II of Bavaria, has the dubious distinction of being the only world leader to drown himself (in 1886).

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