‘Mr. Rogers’ Crew Member James Emswiller Dies on Set After Falling

Angelo Anderson
October 12, 2018

Film star Tom Hanks, who is playing Rogers in the movie, was at the site and later left.

A 65-year-old Pittsburgh area man was injured Thursday night when he fell off a balcony during a break in filming the new movie about legendary children's television host Fred Rogers, "You Are My Friend", Mt. Lebanon police said. Other crew members were inside the building, but not on the balcony.

According to the Office of the Allegheny County Medical Examiner, Emswiller fell around 7:30 p.m., he later died at the hospital.

James Emswiller, who won the award in 2015, suffered a heart attack and fell off a balcony to his death, TMZ reported.

Hanks was reportedly on set earlier in the day, but it's unknown at the time whether or not the actor was around when the tragic accident occurred.

It was unclear if filming would resume Friday.


Filming for the project kicked off in Pittsburgh in mid-September.

Emswiller is a veteran of the industry, having worked on major films like The Avengers, Jack Reacher, and Concussion.

Emswiller, who won an Emmy in 2015 for outstanding sound mixing for a limited series or movie for his work on Queen Latifah's "Bessie", has nearly 80 credits to his name.

The first image from the film, which is set to hit theaters October 18, 2019, was released in September, showing Hanks dressed in Rogers' signature cardigan.

The film will focus on Rogers' unlikely friendship with journalist Tom Junod, who got to know the TV personality while writing a 1998 profile on the star for Esquire magazine.

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