Hollywood screen goddess, Uma Thurman stars in "Kill Bill: Volume 1" directed by Quentin Tarantino in 2003. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
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On-Set Accidents That Nearly Destroyed Acting Careers
Kristin Chenoweth
Broadway legend Kristin Chenoweth was on the set of “The Good Wife” in 2012 when she was struck in the face by lighting equipment blown over by the wind. She spent the night in the hospital after sustaining a seven-inch skull fracture, a hairline crack, and injuries to her teeth and ribs.
Sylvester Stallone
While filming “Rocky IV,” Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren actually hit each other during the first round. Unfortunately, one particular punch to the chest caused Stallone’s heart to swell, and the actor had to be airlifted to the hospital, where he spent eight days in the ICU.
George Clooney
“Syriana” netted George Clooney an Oscar, but also caused him to sustain a terrible back injury. During a scene where the actor was tied to a chair, he toppled over and hit his head. After flying back to Los Angeles, he checked into Cedars Sinai, and doctors discovered that he tore his spinal column.
Buster Keaton
A combination of actor, director, writer, comedian, and stuntman, Buster Keaton always performed his film’s incredible feats of physical comedy himself. In 1923’s “Sherlock, Jr.,” Keaton actually broke his neck while filming the train sequence, but never sought medical attention and continued working for decades.
Paz De La Huerta
Paz De La Huerta was playing a nurse when she needed actual hospital aid of her own on the set of “Nurse 3D.” The actress was hit by an ambulance and evidently broke her back, so she needed surgery to repair the fracture; the actress claimed the accident nearly ended her life and filed a lawsuit against Lionsgate.