By Nicholas Fonseca
Updated October 11, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT
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In terms of on-screen mutilation, Paul McCrane is a cut above. In ER’s Sept. 26 shocker, his crusty Dr. Romano (below) lost an arm — and probably his surgical career — to a helicopter blade. But it wasn’t the actor’s first slice of life. ”My screen debut was in a wheelchair and a body cast in Rocky II, asking Rocky to sign my head,” sighs McCrane, 41. He’s also been split in half by a car (1987’s RoboCop, [1]), had his back broken (1988’s The Blob), and regrown his own severed head (as mutant Leonard Betts in a 1997 X-Files episode, [2]). ”Injury seems to be a theme,” he says. ”Maybe I’m paying for something I’ve done in a previous life.”

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