The case of Alec Baldwin and a fatal antecedent in Argentina: César Pierry, the actor who died when a grenade exploded on set

Cesar Pierry

In the last hours, the actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun while filming a movie scene Rust in the state of New Mexico. Product of the impact, cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, died. In addition, the director of the feature film, Joel Souza, 48, was injured.

In 2018, Uma Thurman had told how she crashed and suffered several blows in the middle of filming of Kill bill, following a scene requested by the director Quentin Tarantino. The actress’s case did not happen to adults and although she had to attend the hospital, her recovery was immediate. As a result of this, many examples arose of artists who were in danger on set..

In Argentina, there is a fatal precedent, of a recording that cost an actor his life: in 1992 during the recordings of the series My impossible partner, to Cesar Pierry -who was 37 years old at the time- A smoke grenade exploded in his hand, seriously injuring him. He died on July 29 of that year, 19 days after the accident.

The real causes of his death were never clarified, but at the time there was talk of an alleged malpractice on the part of the British Hospital doctors, where they treated him since the accident. At that time, several hypotheses were considered that referred to an error in the medication and an excess in anesthesia.

After having successfully done the series Ladies Detective, by El Trece during 1990 and 1991 with Fernando Lupiz, Ricardo Morán, Stella Maris Lanzani and Luisa Albinoni, the cycle went to Telefe with the name of Mi impossible partner, and was due to debut in August, but Due to the fatal episode, it was canceled and never aired.

The scene of Cesar Pierry's accident
The scene of Cesar Pierry’s accident

In one of the scenes, Pierry’s character, with his companions Lupiz and Morán, one on each side, had to manipulate a grenade. In the recording, on July 20, the explosive detonated prematurely and exploded in the protagonist’s hand.

Clarín newspaper cover of July 30, 1992
Clarín newspaper cover of July 30, 1992

The grenade It exploded in the actor’s left hand, causing the amputation of three of his fingers and the loss of skeletal support for the other two. He was immediately hospitalized and had several operations. On July 29, he underwent surgery for the fourth time, after more than seven hours of surgery, his body did not resist and he died of respiratory arrest.

Cover of the Clarín newspaper of July 31, 1992
Cover of the Clarín newspaper of July 31, 1992

“It is very difficult. I saw him last night, we talked, he was fine and today we knew he was going to have surgery, he was in the mood. It makes no sense what happened, the parents were happy, all very hopeful. I don’t understand anything, but four operations in 20 days is a lot ”, his partner had said, Ricardo Moran the news was barely known.

Pierry’s stage partners, Fernando Lupiz and Ricardo Morán also had to be hospitalized after the explosion, but they had minor injuries.

Flash magazine cover
Flash magazine cover

In 2006 Eduardo Cundom, the person in charge of special effects in fiction, referred to the subject: “It affected me and it affects me a lot. But he left me two important lessons: that we should not believe ourselves infallible, and that if an effect fails, it must fail in the tests we carry out in our workshop and not in a set “. For Pierry, those lessons came too late.

César dedicated himself to acting from a very young age. He was part of the cast of Marriages and something else and in theater he worked with Pepe Cibrián and Antonio Gasalla, who at that time remembered him fondly in his program: “He is no longer with us, he had a problem with anesthesia, they know what happened to the grenade that exploded in his hand and someone will be responsible. The life of someone who was 37 years old was cut off, someone who had a hard time getting a spot on television and a bit of popular repercussion and having a life cut off like that … “.

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The case of Alec Baldwin and a fatal antecedent in Argentina: César Pierry, the actor who died when a grenade exploded on set