Michael Massee, the highly respected actor who accidentally shot and killed Brandon Lee on the set of their 1994 film The Crow, has died of unspecified causes. He was 61.
Massee fired the improperly prepared prop gun that killed Lee on the set of “The Crow” in 1993. Lee, the son of martial arts star Bruce Lee, died in surgery on March 31, 1993. He was 28. “The Crow,” directed by Alex Proyas, was released in May of 1994.
Massee, who reportedly never watched “The Crow,” returned to New York following the traumatic accident and took time off from acting. “I don’t think you ever get over something like that,” he said in a 2005 interview.
Masse amassed a rather extensive acting resume over his career, appearing in more than 80 film and television roles including Seven, The Game, Lost Highway, Catwoman, The Amazing Spider-Man, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
On TV, Massee had recurring roles as villain Ira Gaines on the first season of the Fox’s 24 and baddie Charles Hoyt on TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles, in addition to making appearances in The X-Files, Alias, Supernatural, House, and The Blacklist.