Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) was required to be accompanied by crew members who wore brightly-colored vests while in the forests of the Pacific Northwest filming scenes set on Endor, so as not to be mistaken for Bigfoot and shot.
A man lost an eye and half his face to cancer, and used it to start a career as a zombie actor.
Leonard Nimoy was so associated with Spock’s character he was once invited to the California Institute of Technology to review work on several projects. He later admits not knowing a word of what they were saying, but remained in character.
Robert Downey Jr. was nominated for an Oscar for his role as Kirk Lazarus in Tropic Thunder — the character he plays is an overly pretentious method actor who only takes roles that will potentially win Oscars.
Famous paparazzo Ron Galella was once punched in the face so hard by Marlon Brando that his jaw broke and he lost five teeth. The next time he took Brando’s picture, he wore a football helmet.
John Wayne died of stomach cancer, which is highly suggested to have been caused by filming downwind of a nuclear weapons test. Wayne refused to believe the fallout caused his cancer and instead attributed it to his smoking. However, 90 others from the movie also developed cancer after.
Leonard Nimoy fought to get pay equity for Nichelle Nichols on Star Trek in the 1960s.
George Lazenby wasn’t an actual actor. He got himself a suit, a Rolex and a new haircut, then met with the producer and made up movies he had been in. He later landed the role of James Bond.
George Reeves, the actor who played Superman in the 1950s was wary because some fans tried to test his “invulnerability.” At one appearance a young fan pulled a pistol on him. Reeves convinced him to hand over the gun by telling him that a bystander could be hurt when the bullets bounced off
In seasons 9 and 10 of the popular American sitcom ‘Friends’, each of the star cast members were paid $1 million per episode.