Actors and Actresses that Have Unfortunately Passed Away

by elledgej | created - 08 Sep 2015 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

This list is dedicated to the memory and talent of these unfortunately deceased celebrities. Many of which I wouldn't have hesitated to cast in a movie. Had I'd been earlier I probably would've had a chance. Even though they are gone they have left behind a great legacy.

1. Robin Williams

Actor | Mrs. Doubtfire

Robin McLaurin Williams was born on Saturday, July 21st, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, a great-great-grandson of Mississippi Governor and Senator, Anselm J. McLaurin. His mother, Laurie McLaurin (née Janin), was a former model from Mississippi, and his father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, was a Ford ...

Notable Performances:

Sean [Good Will Hunting] Daniel Hillard [Mrs. Doubtfire] Peter Banning [Hook] Genie [Aladdin]

2. Brittany Murphy

Actress | Just Married

Brittany Murphy was born Brittany Anne Bertolotti on November 10, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia, to Sharon Kathleen Murphy and Angelo Joseph Bertolotti. Her father's ancestry is Italian, and her mother is of Irish and Slovak descent. Her father moved the family back to Edison, New Jersey as a native New...

Notable Performances:

Gloria [Happy Feet] Shellie [Sin City] Daisy [Girl, Interrupted] Alex [8 Mile]

3. Michael Clarke Duncan

Actor | The Green Mile

Michael Clarke Duncan was born on December 10, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. Raised by his single mother, Jean, a house cleaner, on Chicago's South Side, Duncan grew up resisting drugs and alcohol, instead concentrating on school. He wanted to play football in high school, but his mother wouldn't let ...

Notable Performances:

John Coffey [The Green Mile] Manute [Sin City] Kingpin [Daredevil] Kilowog [Green Lantern]

4. Elizabeth Hartman

Actress | A Patch of Blue

This slender, striking, red-haired, freckle-faced American leading lady, a Carnegie-Tech student in the 60s, made a stunning, sensitive film debut as the blind, abused, uneducated white girl who falls in love with compassionate Sidney Poitier in the racially-charged drama A Patch of Blue (1965). ...

Favorite Performances of Hers :

Mrs. Brisby [The Secret of NIMH] Selina D'Arcey [A Patch of Blue] Edwina [The Beguiled] Judith Timm [Night Gallery]

5. Christopher Lee

Actor | Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was perhaps the only actor of his generation to have starred in so many films and cult saga. Although most notable for personifying bloodsucking vampire, Dracula, on screen, he portrayed other varied characters on screen, most of which were villains, whether it ...

Notable Performances:

Sarauman [Lord of the Rings Franchise] Diz [Kingdom Hearts II] King Haggard [The Last Unicorn] Count Dooku [Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones]

6. Alan Rickman

Actor | Die Hard

Alan Rickman was born on a council estate in Acton, West London, to Margaret Doreen Rose (Bartlett), of English and Welsh descent, and Bernard Rickman, of Irish descent, who worked at a factory. Alan Rickman had an older brother (David), a younger brother (Michael), and a younger sister (Sheila). ...

Notable Performances:

Professor Serverus Snape [Harry Potter Series] Judge Turpin [Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street] Metatron [Dogma] Marvin [The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy]

7. Gene Wilder

Actor | Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Gene Wilder was born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Jeanne (Baer) and William J. Silberman, who manufactured miniature whiskey and beer bottles. His father was a Russian Jewish immigrant, while his Illinois-born mother was of Russian Jewish descent.

Wilder caught his first big break ...

Notable Performances:

Willy Wonka [Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory] Dr. Frankenstein [Young Frankenstein] Jim/ The Waco Kid [Blazing Saddles] Mock Turtle [Alice in Wonderland]

8. Philip Seymour Hoffman

Actor | The Master

Film and stage actor and theater director Philip Seymour Hoffman was born in the Rochester, New York, suburb of Fairport on July 23, 1967. He was the son of Marilyn (Loucks), a lawyer and judge, and Gordon Stowell Hoffman, a Xerox employee, and was mostly of German, Irish, English and Dutch ...

Notable Performances:

Max [Mary & Max] Caden Cotard [Synecdoche, New York] Lancaster Dodd [The Master] Truman Capote [Capote]

9. Bob Hoskins

Actor | The Long Good Friday

Bob Hoskins was described by the director John Mackenzie as "an actor from the British tradition but with an almost American approach, an instinctive approach to acting and knowing how to work with the camera". He was born on October 26, 1942, in Bury St. Edmund's, Suffolk, where his mother was ...

Notable Performances:

Eddie Valiant [Who Framed Roger Rabbit] Mario Mario [Super Mario Bros] Smee [Hook] Spoor [Brazil]

10. Heath Ledger

Actor | Brokeback Mountain

When hunky, twenty-year-old heart-throb Heath Ledger first came to the attention of the public in 1999, it was all too easy to tag him as a "pretty boy" and an actor of little depth. He spent several years trying desperately to sway this image, but this was a double-edged sword. His work comprised ...

Notable Performances:

The Joker [The Dark Knight] Ennis Del Mar [Brokeback Mountain] Tony [The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus] Patrick Verona [10 Things I Hate About You]

11. Anton Yelchin

Actor | Star Trek

Anton Yelchin was an American actor, known for playing Bobby in Hearts in Atlantis (2001), Chekov in the Star Trek (2009) reboot, Charlie Brewster in the Fright Night (2011) remake, and Jacob in Like Crazy (2011).

He was born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia, USSR, to a Jewish family. His ...

Notable Performances:

Jim Lake Jr. [Trollhunters] Chekov [Star Trek Series] Jim [Thoroughbreds] The Albino Pirate [The Pirates! Band of Misfits]

12. Joe Alaskey

Actor | Looney Tunes: Back in Action

Joe Alaskey, among the most talented voice actors in the business, impeccably recreates many of the original characters which the late cartoon pioneer Mel Blanc invented. A natural mimic and gifted actor, his amazing "ear" for voices enables him to imitate almost anything; including some of the ...

Notable Performances:

Bugs Bunny/ Daffy Duck [Looney Tunes: Back in Action] Grandpa Lou Pickles [Rugrats Series] Mermaid Man [Lights, Camera, Pants!]

13. David Bowie

Soundtrack | Labyrinth

David Bowie was one of the most influential and prolific writers and performers of popular music, but he was much more than that; he was also an accomplished actor, a mime and an intellectual, as well as an art lover whose appreciation and knowledge of it had led to him amassing one of the biggest ...

Notable Performances:

Jareth the Goblin King [Labyrinth] Nikola Tesla [The Prestige] Thomas Jerome Newton [The Man Who Fell To Earth] Lord Royal Highness [Atlantis Squarepantis]

14. Mako

Actor | Conan the Barbarian

Born in Japan, Mako was living there with his grandparents while his parents studied art in the United States, when Japan and the U.S. went to war in 1941. His parents remained in the U.S., working for the Office of War Information, and, at the cessation of the conflict, were granted U.S. residency...

Notable Performances:

Admiral Isoruko Yamamoto [Pearl Harbor] Splinter [TMNT] Uncle Iroh [Avatar: The Last Airbender] Aku [Samurai Jack]

15. James Gandolfini

Actor | The Sopranos

James Gandolfini was born in Westwood, New Jersey, to Santa (Penna), a high school lunchlady, and James Joseph Gandolfini, Sr., a bricklayer and head school janitor. His parents were both of Italian origin. Gandolfini began acting in the New York theater. His Broadway debut was in the 1992 revival ...

Notable Performances:

Carol [Where the Wild Things Are] Big Dave Brewster [The Man Who Wasn't There] Tony Soprano [The Sopranos] Winston Baldry [The Mexican]

16. Richard Griffiths

Actor | Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

British character actor Richard Griffiths came from radio and the classical stage where he built up an early reputation as a Shakespearean clown, with larger-than-life portrayals of Henry VIII, Falstaff in "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and Bottom in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with the Royal ...

Notable Performances:

Uncle Vernon [Harry Potter Series] Magistrate Phillipse [Sleepy Hollow] King George [Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides]

17. Jim Varney

Actor | Ernest Goes to Camp

James Albert Varney, Jr. was born in Lexington, Kentucky, to Nancy Louise (Howard) and James Albert Varney, Sr. He became interested in theater as a teenager, winning state titles in drama competitions while a student at Lafayette High School in Lexington, Kentucky. At age 15 he played Ebeneezer ...

Favorite Performances of His: Cookie [Atlantis: The Lost Empire] Slinky [Toy Story 1 & 2] Ernest P. Worrell [Ernest Series] Prince Carlos [Roseanne]

18. Nelsan Ellis

Actor | The Butler

Nelsan Ellis was an award-winning American film and television actor and playwright, perhaps best known as Lafayette Reynolds on HBO's True Blood (2008).

Nelsan was born on November 30, 1977, in Harvey, Illinois, the son of Jackie Ellis and Tommie Lee Thompson. Following his parents' divorce, Ellis ...

Favorite Performances of His: Jesse Fletcher [The Stanford Prison Experiment] Lafayette Reynolds [True Blood] Henry the Waiter [The Help] Martin Luther King Jr. [The Butler]

19. John Hurt

Actor | Nineteen Eighty-Four

This transatlantic talent was born John Vincent Hurt on January 22, 1940 in Shirebrook, a coal mining village near the busy market town of Chesterfield, in Derbyshire, England. He is the son of Phyllis (Massey), an engineer and one-time actress, and Arnold Herbert Hurt, an Anglican clergyman and ...

Favorite Performances of His: Hazel [Watership Down] Professor Broom [Hellboy] The Horned King [The Black Cauldron] Dexter [Melancholia]

20. Leonard Nimoy

Actor | Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Leonard Simon Nimoy was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Dora (Spinner) and Max Nimoy, who owned a barbershop. His parents were Ukrainian Jewish immigrants. Raised in a tenement and acting in community theaters since age eight, Nimoy did not make his Hollywood debut until he was 20, with a bit ...

Favorite Performances of His: Spock [Star Trek Series] Sentinel Prime [Transformers: Dark of the Moon] Mr. Moundshroud [The Halloween Tree] King Nedakh [Atlantis: The Lost Empire]

21. Martin Landau

Actor | Ed Wood

Oscar-winning character actor Martin Landau was born on June 20, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York. At age 17, he was hired by the New York Daily News as a staff cartoonist and illustrator. In his five years on the paper, he served as the illustrator for Billy Rose's "Pitching Horseshoes" column. He also ...

Favorite Performances of His: Bela Lugosi [Ed Wood] Mr. Ryzkruski [Frankenweenie] Raymondo [The Simpsons] Number Two [9]

22. Raul Julia

Actor | The Addams Family

Raul Julia was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Olga Arcelay, a mezzo-soprano singer, and Raúl Juliá, an electrical engineer. He graduated from Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola High School in San Juan. Here he studied the rigorous classical curriculum of the Jesuits and was always active ...

Favorite Performances of His: Gomez Addams [Addams Family Values] M. Bison [Street Fighter]

23. David Ogden Stiers

Actor | M*A*S*H

David Ogden Stiers was born in Peoria, Illinois, to Margaret Elizabeth (Ogden) and Kenneth Truman Stiers. He moved with his family to Eugene, Oregon, where he graduated from North Eugene High School in 1960. At the age of twenty, he was offered $200 to join the company of the Santa Clara ...

Notable Performances:

Cogsworth [Beauty and the Beast] Jumba Jookiba [Lilo & Stitch] Governor Radcliffe [Pocahontas] Fenton Q. Harcourt [Atlantis: The Lost Empire]

24. R. Lee Ermey

Actor | Full Metal Jacket

A talented character actor known for his military roles, Ronald Lee Ermey was in the United States Marine Corps for 11 years. He rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant, and later was bestowed the honorary rank of Gunnery Sergeant by the Marine Corps, after he served 14 months in Vietnam and later did ...

Notable Performances:

Gunnery Sergeant Hartman [Full Metal Jacket] Sarge [Toy Story] Sergeant Hobo 678 [Invader Zim] Police Captain [Seven]

25. Verne Troyer

Actor | The Love Guru

With a decades-long career as an actor and stuntman, Verne Troyer was best known for playing "Mini-Me," Dr. Evil's smaller and more concentrated pure evil protégé, in the hit comedies Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002), and for his role in Harry ...

Notable Performances:

Mini-Me [The Spy Who Shagged Me] Percy [The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus] Dr. Phreak [Bubble Boy]

26. Madeline Kahn

Actress | Paper Moon

Madeline Kahn was born Madeline Gail Wolfson on September 29, 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts, to Freda (Goldberg) (later known as Paula Kahn) and Bernard B. Wolfson, a garment manufacturer. She was of Russian Jewish descent. Madeline began her acting career in high school and went on to university ...

Favorite Performances of Hers:

Elizabeth [Young Frankenstein] Mrs. White [Clue] Gussie Mausheimer [An American Tail] Herself [The Muppet Show]

27. Russi Taylor

Actress | The Simpsons Movie

Russi Taylor was born on May 4, 1944 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA as Russell Taylor. She was an actress, known for The Simpsons Movie (2007), Babe (1995) and DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp (1990). She was married to Wayne Allwine and Robert Taylor. She died on July 26, 2019 in ...

Notable Performances:

Minnie Mouse [Various] Martin Prince [The Simpsons] The Pink Poodle [Babe: Pig in the City]

28. Cameron Boyce

Actor | Mrs. Fletcher

Cameron Boyce was an American actor, with Afro-Caribbean and African-American descent. His paternal grandmother Jo Ann Allen was one of the "Clinton Twelve", the first African-Americans to attend an integrated high school in the Southern United States (specifically in Clinton, Tennessee).

In 1999, ...

Notable Performances:

Carlos [Descendants 3] Keithie Feder [Grown Ups 2] Luke Ross [Jessie]

29. Rutger Hauer

Actor | Blade Runner

Blond, blue-eyed, tall and handsome Dutch actor Rutger Hauer has an international reputation for playing everything from romantic leads to action heroes to sinister villains. Hauer was born in Breukelen, a town in the province of Utrecht, the Netherlands. He was the son of Teunke (Mellema) and ...

Notable Performances:

Roy Batty [Blade Runner] Cardinal Roark [Sin City] Master Xehanort [Kingdom Hearts III] Hobo [Hobo with a Shotgun]

30. Powers Boothe

Actor | The Avengers

Incisive, gravelly-voiced screen tough guy Powers Boothe was born on June 1, 1948 in Snyder, Texas, a sharecropper's son. Used to hard physical work "chopping cotton" as a youngster, he went on to become the first member of his family to attend university. He then proceeded to study acting via a ...

Notable Performances:

Senator Roark [Sin City] Curly Bill Brocious [Tombstone] Gorilla Grodd [Justice League]

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