English actor Sean Bean (sadly not pronounced, Seen Bean) has died so many times onscreen that we’re starting to lose count. Whether he’s being shot by arrows, impaled by an anchor, or killed by cattle, Bean nails it every time.
Here are our favorite Bean death scenes from both film and television. Warning: spoilers lie ahead.
The Lord of the Rings
Sean Bean has been well known in the UK for decades, but it was his appearance in Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings that made him a household name.
Bean played the noble and indomitable warrior Boromir, heir and protector of Gondor who aids the heroic hobbits in The Fellowship of the Ring, but eventually tries to take the ring from Frodo after being seduced by its power. In perhaps Bean’s most noble death scene, Boromir attempts to right this wrong by defending Merry and Pippin until his painful death at the hands of orc archers. If we were ranking these deaths by number of tears shed, Boromir’s would be number one.