Actor shot in the head by loaded gun during rehearsal
An 81-year old man is recovering in hospital today after he was shot in the head by a fellow actor during rehearsal. The gun was supposed to be a prop, but actually belonged to a fellow cast member and turned out to be loaded.
This happened during the final rehearsal by a senior theatre group, who were putting on John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men'.
Actor Fred Kellerman, playing the character of Lenny who is shot in the head at the end of the play, was in reality shot by his fellow cast member, who thought the gun was a prop.
"I heard a loud bang. I knew something was wrong. But I never passed out," Kellerman told The Bradenton Herald.
He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Kellerman said doctors determined the bullet tore into his skull, ricocheted off bone, then came back out and tore off a piece of his ear, the Herald reported. Doctors sewed the piece of ear back on, Kellerman said.
"It took a chunk off my ear, but I was told it will grow together. I really feel no pain," he told the newspaper. "I was really lucky."
The play went on with another actor in the role of Lenny.