Interesting and sad stories about actors who killed people in real life.
In 1965, comic actress Fay DeWitt (“Mork & Mindy,” “Designing Women”) was charged with stabbing her husband, playwright Ray Allen, to death with a letter opener. Murdered her husband — with a letter opener.
In February 2013, “Melrose Place” actress Amy Locane-Bovenizer was sentenced to three years in prison after being convicted of vehicular homicide in the 2010 death of 60-year-old Helene Seeman. Bovenizer broke down in tears in the courtroom that day, as Seeman’s family walked out embittered. They were anticipating a maximum 10-year sentence.
Charles S. Dutton
In the 1970s, long before “Alien3,” actor Charles S. Dutton served hard time for manslaughter, illegal possession of a firearm and acting as the ringleader of a prison riot. Then, in the ’90s, he was trapped in a short-lived sitcom called “Roc.” On Fox.
Lillo Brancato Jr.
Back in 2011, with 10 years left on his sentence, “The Sopranos” and “A Bronx Tale” actor Lillo Brancato Jr. somehow managed to tweet to his celebrity friends from jail. Brancato continues to serve his sentence for burglary charges as well as the death of an off-duty police officer in Yonkers, New York.
The actor who had a bit part on “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” was sentenced to death in 2009 for murdering a husband and wife on their yacht, which he expressed interest in purchasing. The name of the yacht, sadly, was the “Well Deserved.” [IMDb]
The ’90s Noxzema girl Rebecca Gayheart ran over and killed a nine-year-old boy while driving through central Los Angeles back in 2001. She settled a wrongful death suit out of court with the boy’s bereaved parents. “It’s something that is with me every day, and it will be for the rest of my life,” she told People Magazine in 2005.
While vacationing in Ireland with then-girlfriend Jennifer Grey back in 1987, Matthew Broderick accidentally drove his BMW rental head-on into a Volvo, leaving its passengers, a mother and daughter, dead. Broderick had a broken leg. Grey had some of his blood stains on her clothes. “The juxtaposition of that deep sorrow, the survivor’s guilt, and then being celebrated as the new big thing just didn’t jibe. It didn’t feel good to be the toast of the town,” Grey told the San Francisco Chronicle in 2010. “My head was never the same, my ambition was ever the same.” Broderick, after his hospital visit, claimed in absentia, which ostensibly helped avoid any legal charges involving negligence. [IMDb]
In 2012, “Baretta” actor and Little Rascal Robert Blake told Piers Morgan about life before his wife was murdered in 2002. (He called her “a con artist.”). The actor was acquitted for the first-degree murder charge but later found guilty in a civil suit in 2005. [IMDb]
At age 26, “Prison Break” actor Lane Garrison was driving drunk and on coke when he crashed his SUV and killed a 17-year-old passenger. He was sentenced to 40 months in prison.
John Wilkes Booth
Thespian John Wilkes Booth killed some guy named Abraham Lincoln back in April 1865. He was killed in a man hunt days after the assassination. No IMDb page available.