inconsistencies in an actor's profile (being in a movie although he is dead for 3 years)

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According to IMDB Jeff Conway (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001063) dies 2011.

Why is he listed as an actor for a movie which is set to be released 2014 and is in state 'filming'?
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Posted 7 years ago

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hello, anyone?
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Hard to say. His name is Jeff Conaway, not Conway but it is feasible that one of the six (6) Jeff Conway(s) should have the credit; or voice and or filming of his part took place earlier, or archive footage was used or??..it will take some research to find out which means no immediate answers. However, it is fairly clear that Jeff Conaway did die in 2011.
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Well it might be:
  • A different Jeff Conway
  • A role he filmed before dying - we sometimes see people appearing in films 4 or 5 years after they died because films get caught in development hell and/or get sent back for reshoots.
You'd need to do some searching around to find out the truth.


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If it was a different Jeff Conaway, the films would not be listed under his name.

Please, have a look at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001063/

There are movies in 'filming' status, so something seems to be wrong.

I understand that archived footage might be used, but in this case an additional tag would be a great idea, don't you think?

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The film makers have acknowledged his passing in the credits.  So, I'm going to guess it's accurate.

Thanks 

Jeff Conaway

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in memory of


Screen Actors Guild

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thanks


Hollywood Way Pictures

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special thanks


Theess Skateboards

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very special thanks


Theess Surfboards

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very special thanks

This comes up fairly often and is even discussed in the FAQ's section of the Help area:

http://www.imdb.com/help/search?domain=helpdesk_faq&index=1&file=reevessuperman&ref_=hlp...

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You have valid points.
It's just more logical to me to rather use a production date than a release date, because I'm more interested in when the movie was actually made.
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Many people are interested as well.  I've seen it suggested before a few times.  But, I don't recall having seen those suggestions get a reply as to how those production details might be accurately collected so they can be applied to pages.  It seems it's could only accurately get submitted by the producers...and I don't know if there's really a good reason for them to take the time to do that.  But, if the space is provided, they might type it in if they are making their own submissions, I guess.  Like, a field provided as they update status.
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I would assume that the movie studios / production companies have databases of their own. It should not be too complicated to ask them for a list of movies with the production dates. I also could imagine, if IMDB were to send a request like this, they'd be more than happy to honor it.
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If you will notice that several of the films have the common word/name of DANTE in the title.  This implies some sort of series, obviously, and it is entirely possible that all of the footage was shot years ago and is being edited and released over a period of a few years.  There is a current example of this going on, where The Hobbit films were/are being filmed over a 3+ year period in New Zealand, and then being released sequentially in three consecutive years.  If someone who is in all three films, but finished filming his/her role last year, but has since died, and the third film is not due to be released until 2015, that might be listed on that actor's page as (filming) or (post-production) or (completed) but not yet released, even though that person died two or three or more years before the title is released.  Does that make sense to you?
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I understand that it makes sense in some of the cases, but I have seen other occasions where it is just totally confusing and not well documented.

But thank you very much for your explanation.