5. Blown to bits by a grenade: The Spirit (2008)
In this instance, it’s hard to feel bad for the guy. Jackson plays the evil, ostentatiously-dressed Octopus, who of course has it coming. Despite his best efforts to put Central City on its knees and kill off the heroic Spirit once and for all, he ends up with a grenade to the chest and his insides suddenly on the outside. All guts, no glory for Jackson this round.
4. Munched to death by a dinosaur: Jurassic Park (1993)
This flick didn’t even give Jackson the dignity of being killed on screen. One minute he’s around, being incompetent at a computer system a twelve-year-old could handle (at least according to the movie), and the next he’s…an arm. At first, we think seeing his arm’s a good thing: when a rattled Ellie feels his reassuring hand on her, she’s startled, but relieved she’s not alone anymore. Then we realize that the arm isn’t attached to anything. Those dinos already chomped Jackson’s Ray Arnold into a stump, and Ellie’s just shaking hands with Death.
3. Devoured by a super-smart shark: Deep Blue Sea (1999)
The Jurassic Park death was bad, but this time, Jackson’s horrible death is captured head-on. Particularly disturbing is that his character was just making a big speech that could have raised the low morale of his group…if he had lived to finish his sentence before being torn to bits in one bite by a super-intelligent shark… that he created. Tough break, guy.
2. Arm sliced off, fully electrocuted, then tossed out a window: Star Wars Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Wasn’t it enough to be sliced open with a light saber? In this cringe-inducing death sequence, Jackson’s Mace Windu is just about to end the Sith threat forever by killing Star Wars‘ big baddie, Palpatine. Unfortunately, Anakin Skywalker saves the bad guy by cutting off Jackson’s arm. For love. Or something. Then Palpatine finishes the job by electrocuting Jackson to the point of propelling him out a 18,302,203-story window. Jackson is not only betrayed by his supposed friend and painfully finished off by his enemy, but he also has a hell of a long time to think about both on the way down.
1. Shot in the stomach by his own father: Jungle Fever (1991)
Jackson played a crack addict named Gator, but drugs have nothing directly to do with his death in Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever. In this case, his dad shot him…because he got tired of him. Not as violent as the others–but really, is there a worse way to go?