An image making the rounds on the Internet claims that
Since 1986 Sean Bean has died in over 20 films and TV productions.
He has been brutally killed by
bow and arrows, handgun, revolver, shotgun, machine gun, bayonet, satellite crushing, freezing, slashing, cow stampede, hanging, live burial, impaling, beheading, drowning, exploding, stabbing, dismemberment, cloning, and other dangers.
One Sean Bean dies every 1.24 years.
But you have the power to stop it.
Of course, the first question is if this is correct, but I think people have already looked into that.
What I would like to know, is Sean Bean indeed 'a walking spoiler', as some sites have it; is a character played by Sean Bean more likely to die than other characters, and are there any actors whose characters are even more likely to die?
Reading the answers and the comments, I realise there are more sides to this.
Does Sean Bean often play characters that die? That has been answered by Bill the Lizard and Simon.
But there's another question that's much harder to answer, which is if characters played by Sean Bean die more often than characters played by other actors. Perhaps Sean Bean only plays in productions with an overall high body count, or perhaps every producer, director, and casting director goes like "if he dies, ask Sean Bean!".
This is only answerable by going through each and every production Sean Bean's been in, and tallying, I think.