Notorious TV and film accidents

Daredevil stuntman Jonathan Goodwin paralyzed after accident on set of 'America's Got Talent: Extreme'

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05/05/22 | StarsInsider

MOVIES Accidents

A lot goes into making good media. Producing a film or TV show takes blood, sweat, and tears. Sometimes the process can seriously injure a member of the cast or crew, or even claim an innocent life.

Former stuntman and daredevil Jonathan Goodwin is just now opening up about the permanent damage he suffered on the set of 'America's Got Talent: Extreme' back in October 2021. The daredevil performer was trying out an extreme stunt shortly before the premiere, but it all went devastatingly wrong. Goodwin was suspended 70 feet (21 meters) in the air, strapped into a straitjacket. The goal was to release himself from the jacket and drop onto an air mattress below before two cars hanging on either side of him crashed together. The timing was off and Goodwin was instead hit by the cars which burst into flame. When he fell to the ground, he missed the air mattress and hit his head. 

His fiancée, Amanda Abbington, shared the extent of his injuries on a podcast in April. She revealed that he had "lost a kidney, broke both shoulder blades, shattered both legs." She continued the long list, "Third-degree burns, broke his spine and severed his spinal cord and nearly died. And then on the operating table, he nearly died again." Goodwin was paralyzed in the accident and will spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair. Despite the traumatic, life-changing event, he is positive about the future. "A lot has changed in the last 6 months, but love is a constant and I'm very very loved. Looking forward to my next chapters and being a roll model," he quipped on Instagram. 

Explore this gallery to find out which other productions featured cast and crew who were seriously injured or worse during filming.


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