“Jackass” star Ryan Dunn, who along with his cast mates made Americans cringe and snicker through vulgar stunts in their multimillion-dollar TV and movie franchise has died. Authorities said that Dunn, 34, and an unidentified passenger were killed when Dunn’s 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 came off the road and burst into flames near Mr. Dunn’s home in West Chester, Pa.
Dunn appeared in Jackass, the hit MTV show that ran from 2000 to 2002, and its three film spin-offs. In the show he performed a variety of stunts and pranks and rose to fame alongside the likes of Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, and Steve-O.
The comedy series was noted for the risqué nature of the tricks and sketches performed.
His career in reckless behaviour started in the 1990s, when he and Mr. Margera started filming underground skateboard and stunt videos. The videos, titled “CKY” for “Camp Kill Yourself,” caught the eye of Johnny Knoxville, a like-minded prankster who became the “Jackass” front man. Mr. Knoxville asked to include “CKY” clips and new footage featuring them on “Jackass,” which had its premiere on MTV in 2000.
Mr. Dunn also played more conventional roles, appearing in the romantic comedy “Blonde Ambition” (2007) and NBC’s “Law & Order: S.V.U.”
Most recently he co-hosted nine half-hour episodes of the series “Proving Ground” which premiered last week on the G4 cable network. A G4 spokeswoman told The TV Column.
“The show is off the schedule as of today until we discuss next steps.”
Police had not said whether alcohol was a factor in the deaths, but they said speed might have been. A 100-foot tire skid marked the spot where the car veered off the road, the AP reported.