21 Jun 2011

Jackass actor dies in crash

9:02 am on 21 June 2011

Actor Ryan Dunn, a co-star of the Jackass franchise, has been killed in a car crash in the American state of Pennsylvania.

Police say his Porsche burst into flames when it careered off a highway in a wooded area in outer Philadelphia.

An unidentified passenger also died in the early morning crash on Monday.

The 34-year-old actor lived in nearby West Chester, Reuters reports.

The Jackass movies specialised in risky pranks and gross-out stunts. Dunn also starred in Haggard: The Movie, an indie comedy in which the tattooed, bearded, daredevil played himself.

In 2005, the actor was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and entered a first offender's programme that allowed him to clear his record after a certain period of good behavior.