Celebrities often complain that they are caught by fame. Their identity is affected by their public person. Viewers are so tied to these performances that there's never a chance to escape into private life.
For most people, this is not torture. Moping while signing or flipping a slogan is not that bad. In other cases it can be bad. Here's ten times that celebs could not escape their most famous roles, and it often led to tragic circumstances.
10 Drake Hogestyn was attacked for being a demon
Soap operas were never known for their restraint. Storylines are as fantastic as the logic or lack of it allows. The same irrational spirit can pass into the lives of the actors.
Drake Hogestyn has been playing John Black on the days of our lives for more than 20 years . During this time, Hogestyn was involved in ridiculous stories involving double crossed family members or the resurrection of humans as robots.
In one of his many deaths, the soap character John Black was killed after a yearlong battle with demon possession. Long-time viewer Carl Raymond Cheney did not like this ending. He had his own ideas.
Midway through the day, Cheney sneaked into Hogestyn's Malibu home. Cheney burst into the room of Hogestyn's daughter and shouted, "Where is he? I'm going to kick him out!"
The Bible in hand, Cheney intended to expel John Black's demon from the actor. Cheney attacked before the soap opera's next season announced Black's return.
Provided Black was dead, this was Cheney's only chance to save Hogestyn's soul. The distraught fan attacked everyone in the house, including pushing Hogestyn's wife down the stairs. Together with his son, Hogestyn beat up the intruder. They tied Cheney until the police arrested him. 
9 Richard Belzer always stops crime
Richard Belzer has probably spent more time playing Detective John Munch than not. After founding Homicide: Life on the Street Detective Munch was a mainstay of television for more than 20 years. He has investigated crimes in The Wire The X-Files Law & Order and even in Sesame Street .
All in all, Detective Munch is the only fictional character to be played by a single actor and seen on at least 10 different TV shows. When he got bored of arresting criminals on the small screen, he arrested people in real life.
In 1996, a man went through the set of Murder: Life on the Road . He had just stolen a camera movie worth over $ 100 from a nearby rite-aid. While trying to avoid a pursuing guard, the ignorant offender interrupted the filming. Around one corner stood two policemen with drawn weapons. The thief vomited.
The two policemen were actually Richard Belzer and Clark Johnson in the middle of a scene. Belzer and Johnson held the criminal until the security guard arrived. The real police took it from there. 
8 Steven Seagal helped defeat the Mafia
Steven Seagal is not particularly picky when it comes to his movie roles. In 2000 he had no big choice. Former business partner Julius Nasso approached Seagal with a new contract. Nasso would produce and Seagal would play in films on behalf of the mafia.
For each film, Seagal would have to pay $ 150,000. The money would finance future films for the mafia. Seagal should be her gateway to Hollywood.
Thanks to films such as Under Siege the Gambino family believed that Steven Seagal could withstand intimidation. The harsh exterior of the action star came in handy when one of the gangsters told Seagal that the mafia intended to kill him if he did not join.
Of course, no one with a gun in his face can be totally stoic. The Mafia laughed repeatedly about how fossilized Seagal looked in meetings. He got the last laugh though.
Seagal, who served as a government witness, revealed the scheme at Peter Gottis' trial. Listening attempts by federal officials also revealed Nasso's role in the blackmail. Redd Foxx's Last Laugh
Redd Foxx was funny, even if he wished he was not. Foxx, who popularized the idea of a comedy plate, revolutionized stand-up mode. His success on vinyl led to an even greater triumph with the sitcom Sanford and Son .
Half-baked plans tortured Fred Sanford's son Lamont. When the plans failed, Foxx & Fred managed to solve it by grabbing his chest and saying, "It's the big one! I'm coming, Elizabeth." Foxx was so entertaining that he could make fun of heart failure , That would not always be like that.
Years after Sanford and Son Foxx was seen in the series The Royal Family . Originally the series had the soon ironic title Chest Pain .
During one of the rehearsals, Foxx was interviewed by Entertainment Tonight . The producers pulled him aside. The noticeably irritated comedian clung to his chest as he had done hundreds of times before. The Foxx trained by Pratfall fell dramatically. Everyone thought at first that he would only repeat one of his signatures. He was not.
Nobody helped Foxx when he had a real heart attack. He finally got help, but it was too late. He succumbed later that night at the age of 68 years. 
6 Sherlock Holmes has nothing on his author
George Edalji had no choice. He had been accused of maiming horses and cattle. He decided that there was only one person who could solve his case – Sherlock Holmes. Since Holmes was already busy not being real, Edalji turned instead to the creator of the figure.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was no stranger to letters. Several Mystery fans had turned to the author with the hope that Doyle's Sherlockian insight might crack their cases.
Doyle's talent for detective work was not limited to the side. When he met Edalji, Doyle noticed that Edalji read a newspaper at a distance of 2.5 centimeters from his face. Doyle decided that Edalji was so short-sighted that he probably could not sneak past thieving cows at night.
More importantly, livestock was killed while Edalji was in jail. It turned out that no expert withdrawal was required for this case. Just like in one of Sherlock's stories, justice prevailed. After Doyle personally found the real culprit, Edalji was excused by the government. 
5 Myra Davis and the Psycho Killer
A madman breaks into a room while a woman screams for help never comes. Minutes later she is dead. In short, this is the story of Marion Crane in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho . Unfortunately, this is not just the story of Marion Crane. Janet Leigh's iconic performance inspired a generation of slashers. However, no copycat story was more frightening than the real horror of Myra Davis.
Janet Leigh was not the only person in the shower that day. Psycho put two stand-ins on the set. Myra Davis entered while the lights were turned off. Marli Renfro was the real body seen in the shower during the notorious Norman Bates attack. Decades later, the actresses disappeared from public memory.
In 1988 Davis retired from the drama for a long time. She was old and alone, and hired a craftsman named Kenneth Dean Hunt to help in the house. By this time Hunt had spent some time in mental hospitals and juvenile detention centers.
Brushing with a relative may have made him more violent. According to one theory, he was fixated on Psycho and had fantasies to replicate the shower scene. Hunt raped Davis and strangled her with her underwear. She was 71 years old. Hunt escaped justice for years, until about a decade later he killed another woman. 
4 Allen Funt made a joke of a hostage crisis
Everyone thought Allen Funt was lying. They had a good reason. Lying was everything Funt was known for. As a steady moderator of the 1960s television series Candid Camera Funt made a name for cheating on people.
Candid Camera changed television forever by focusing on the American people. For the first time, the audience could be part of the show at any time. When the person heard the motto of the series, "Smile, you're in the Candid Camera ," she breathed in relief when she knew that every crazy moment was just a joke.
Not everything is a joke joke, though. In 1969, political radicals abducted a passenger plane. They stopped the pilot at the Knifepoint and diverted the plane to Cuba. While those in the cockpit panicked, people in the cabin were celebrating.
By a bizarre coincidence Allen Funt sat in first grade. When he was noticed, a woman assured her fellow travelers that all this was just Hollywood magic. The stewardess was convinced that she would soon be on television and began pouring champagne.
As she peered out the door, even the kidnappers could not believe what was going on. Funt protested the whole time that this was all real. Like the boy who called "Camera," he was ignored.
There never was a revelation. Instead, the plane landed in Havana. The hostages left the cabin, but they were no longer in a laughing mood. A passenger turned to Funt and said, "Smile, my ass." 
3 Superman saved the day ahead of Pinochet
In 1987, Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet had emerged as one of them The Great Super Villains of the World , His regime had killed about 2,000 citizens. Almost 80,000 others were tortured and interned. More hundreds had disappeared from the streets.
It was a bad situation. When Pinochet threatened to execute 77 prominent Chilean actors when they stayed in the country, everyone knew that it was more than an idle threat. The novelist Ariel Dorfman needed a hero. He got one in Christopher Reeve.
When Dorfman called for the first time, he had not met Reeve. In despair, Dorfman had called every celebrity he knew, hoping one of them might draw attention to the situation.
Dorfman, who was familiar with the Superman franchise, turned to Reeve, who was ready to help. Probably in an airplane, Reeve flew to South America. Together, the two men organized a rally to rescue the threatened actors.
Reeve was less bullet-proof than his character and did not care about the real threats to his life. As he marched in front of the crowd, his status brought the international press. Political caricatures were printed in Chilean newspapers depicting Pinochet losing a fight against the man of steel.
Pinochet bowed to public pressure and left the actors alive. For his merit, Reeve received numerous humanitarian awards. Following his most famous motto, he fought for truth, justice and the Chilean way. 
2 Harpo Marx was too funny to be a spy
In 1933 Harpo Marx had a simple goal. He wanted to be the first US entertainer to tour the Soviet Union. The United States government had a different idea. They approached the beloved comedian with an offer. Harpo would stick an envelope to his leg and smuggle secret messages from the Soviet Union. In the same year, Harpo starred in the film Duck Soup a spy. His real espionage mission would be a good exercise for the film role.
The danger broke out early in the operation. For fellowship and security, Harpo traveled with other Americans. Absent-minded, one of them exchanged dollars for rubles. A person could be executed for this crime.
Crossing the border between Poland and the USSR, the Soviet officers pulled the travelers aside. The Soviets were suspicious of the Americans and searched Harpo's pockets. They pulled out various items, including steel kitchen knives, revolvers, a dozen wigs, costumes, make-up sets, and his signature harp. Although it was for the wrong reason, they suspected that Harpo was a spy.
However, his American compatriots pointed out that these were all props of his act. He was allowed to perform for the Soviet Foreign Minister Maxim Litvinov. Harpos Schtick almost finished the mission before it started. It would save it too.
When the comedian returned to the US, his platoon returned to the Polish-Soviet border. With a secret packet of letters to the calf, Harpo feared his camouflage was inflated.
But the Soviet commander did not want to kill him. Instead, they held a celebration in honor of his successful performances. Fortunately, Harpo was used to keeping his mouth shut.
Harpo, who narrowly avoided death, panicked the remainder of the week. For the next seven days, he never took the packet off his leg. As he waited to return to the US, he gave his leg the biggest scratch of his life. 
1 The embarrassed clairvoyant who tried to stop the Lincoln assassination
Death persecuted the Lincoln family. Willie Lincoln was only eleven years old when he died of typhus in 1862. Both Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln had a hard time coping with the devastating loss. While Abraham was in an increasingly severe depression, Mary Todd turned to spiritualism.
Mary Todd held several sessions in the White House to try in vain to talk to Willie again. Her favorite spiritualist was Lord Charles Colchester. Colchester, famed for his many powers, was reportedly able to read in sealed envelopes, communicate with the dead, and look to the future.
Abraham Lincoln did not believe that this meant more than just tact. He sent the journalist Noah Brooks to prove that Colchester deceived Mary Todd in her time of mourning.
During one of the sessions, Colchester claimed to summon a ghost to play a set of instruments on a table. In the darkness, sounds came out of the shadows. Brooks quickly pulled out a match. Colchester stood and held a drum in his hand.
Concerned that Brooks might now expose him as a fraud, Colchester tried to blackmail the First Lady. But he was discredited as a scammer, and the Lincolns refused to speak to Colchester again.
It is tragic that Lincoln broke ties. Colchester had a prediction left. It did not come from the spirit kingdom. Instead, Colchester had heard it from his new drinking partner, John Wilkes Booth.
After the death of his sister-in-law in 1863, Booth had reached Colchester. From there began a budding friendship. In the weeks leading up to the assassination Colchester and Booth were still hanging together.
During these drinking matches, the future assassin would probably trust his plan to the clairvoyant. Days before his death, Lincoln said Colchester had told him about assassins in Washington. Believing that it was a joke, Lincoln ignored the warning. Colchester was famous for lied to see the future. Nobody believed him the first time he really did.