The Hollywood community is in mourning once again, as another actor, one who had an unfortunate role in one of showbusiness’ most mysterious tragedies, passed away. Michael Massee, the actor who accidentally shot and killed up and coming star Brandon Lee on the set of The Crow, has passed away at the age of 61. No specific details on his death were immediately available at this time.
Variety confirmed the actor’s death with his agent, after the news first circulated on actor Anthony Delon’s Instagram page on Monday. The actor worked with Michael Massee on the French TV series Interventions which premiered in 2014. Michael Massee played “Funboy” in The Crow, which was only his second movie role ever, and he reportedly never watched the film because of the tragedy on set that resulted in the death of Brandon Lee.
Michael Massee’s character Funboy was scripted as the one who fired a gun at Brandon Lee’s Eric Draven. The actor wasn’t aware that the gun had been improperly loaded with a live round, which killed Brandon Lee on the set. Michael Massee has revealed in previous interviews that he wasn’t originally supposed to be handling the gun at first, but the director, Alex Proyas, changed the scene. Michael Massee revealed in a 2005 interview that he went back to New York after shooting The Crow and took a year off of acting, stating that Brandon Lee’s death was a “tragic accident” and “I don’t think you ever get over something like that.”
Michael Massee had small roles throughout the late 1990s in films like David Fincher‘s Se7en and The Game, David Lynch’s Lost Highway and Steven Spielberg’s Amistad. He also played Ira Gaines in the first season of Fox’s 24, Lucius Belyakov on Carnivale and Dyson Frost on FlashForward. He also played Charles Hoyt in five episodes of TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles, and star Angie Harmon paid tribute to her co-star on Twitter after hearing about his death.
His more recent roles included playing the mysterious man in the shadows in The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, starring Andrew Garfield. He also had roles in CBGB, At the Devil’s Door, The Last Survivors, The Wolves of Savin Hill, Everlasting and Last Man Club, along with a two-episode arc last year on NBC’s The Blacklist. Take a look at Angie Harmon’s tweet below remembering her co-star Michael Massee.
— Angie Harmon (@Angie_Harmon) October 26, 2016