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50 Actors Who Didn’t Live to See Their Final Films

One of the unhappy truths of life is that folks will depart the world far too quickly. When an artist passes away, their work to come after carries a special aura to audiences and observers. Their artwork takes on a brand new life, and in a way, continues their legacy past dying. Whether they be painters, entertainers, or every other kind of artist, the remainder of their physique of labor turns into of curiosity, particularly in the event that they had been a notable public determine.

In the world of Hollywood, a number of performers have died abruptly in the course of their profession, leaving a number of performances left for audiences to watch and absorb. Watching their final movies may be an eerie expertise, and it’s typically bittersweet as anybody who has adopted their filmography will replicate on their accomplishments and best performances. But worst of all, their final work might showcase the potential that they had in the event that they did not move on.

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Often sufficient, sickness takes many of those actors away. Some public figures, whether or not they hold their circumstances public or amongst their closest set, will proceed to work to the top. Others might endure by way of accidents or health-related misadventures, even throughout the manufacturing of certainly one of their movies. In these instances, filmmakers have to conjure up methods to “complete” their efficiency with out all of their materials. This may very well be by way of recasting, recycling of outdated footage, or the usage of CGI.

Any movie that options an actor who the world has lately misplaced will undoubtedly encourage intrigue. Whether they supposed this to be the case or not, their final work acts as a last assertion on their work ethic and expertise, and a last likelihood for his or her followers to spend a while with them.

Stacker dug by way of the annals of movie historical past and selected 50 actors who did not reside to see the final roles they filmed. To qualify, the actor had to die between filming and the discharge date of the film(s). The checklist is organized chronologically.

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Lamar Johnstone

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘The Lone Star Ranger’ (1919), ‘Wolves of the Night’ (1919), ‘The Last of the Duanes’ (1919), and ‘The Spite Bride’ (1919)

Even within the age of silent movie, the lives and careers of film performers had been of curiosity. With over 100 credit in silent movie, Johnstone was one of many main males throughout the 1910s, and even directed a handful of movies himself. Unfortunately, Johnstone died in his sleep on location shortly after finishing The Lone Star Ranger, a Western starring William Farnum.

Rudolph Valentino
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Rudolph Valentino

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘The Son of the Sheik’ (1926)

One of the earliest intercourse symbols in Hollywood was Rudolph Valentino, who initially hailed from Italy. Some of his movies embody The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, The Sheik, Blood and Sand, and The Eagle, incomes him the casual Hollywood title of the Latin Lover. Unfortunately, on the age of 31, Valentino had a medical episode that ended together with his dying from pleuritis, creating mass hysteria from his legion of followers, a number of of whom would take part in a riot throughout his public funeral.


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Carole Lombard

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘To Be or Not to Be’ (1942)

As one of the well-known movie stars of her time, Carole Lombard confirmed versatility by showing in each dramas and comedies. Some of her most well-known titles embody the Western movie The Arizona Kid, screwball comedy My Man Godfrey, and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith, ultimately marrying Clark Gable and receiving mass consideration from the media. Lombard’s life got here to an abrupt finish in a aircraft crash; her last movie, a comedy set in Nazi-occupied Warsaw referred to as To Be or Not to Be, eliminated a line from her character by which she asks “What can happen on a plane?”

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David Bacon

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘The Masked Marvel’ (1943)

While making an attempt to launch his movie profession, David Bacon discovered an in with the trade by way of famed pilot and movie producer Howard Hughes in 1942. Eventually, Hughes landed Bacon a task in a movie referred to as The Masked Man, which had a troubled manufacturing that included incidents like Bacon receiving accidents from filming a combat scene. Two weeks after the movie’s manufacturing and earlier than its launch, Bacon was mysteriously murdered, and the story behind his dying would grow to be extra notorious than any movie he appeared in.

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James Dean

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘Giant’ (1956)

Actor James Dean nonetheless stays a cultural and cult icon to at the present time, largely partly to his magnetic presence in his only a few movie roles as disillusioned and rebellious youngsters. Dean can be most well-known for 3 main roles—his efficiency in Rebel Without a Cause alone would make him a cultural determine, and his Oscar-nominated function in East of Eden established him as a powerhouse actor. Dean’s early dying because of a crash in a automobile race would solidify his legacy as a youth icon, and his last movie Giant had him in a extremely praised function that earned him a posthumous Academy Award nomination.

Bela Lugosi
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Bela Lugosi

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘Plan 9 From Outer Space’ (1959)

Horror legend Bela Lugosi is most well-known for enjoying Count Dracula, amongst different related roles. Lugosi would typically pair up with Boris Karloff, whereas nonetheless being overshadowed by his co-star; ultimately, Lugosi’s movie profession would dwindle due to phrase of his use of painkillers and medicines spreading. Lugosi ended his profession showing in B-movies, together with one by notorious director Ed Wood; after Lugosi’s passing from a coronary heart assault, Wood would use check footage of Lugosi dressed as a vampire in his movie Plan 9 From Outer Space and enlisted his spouse’s chiropractor as a stand-in for Lugosi’s character.

Clark Gable
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Clark Gable

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘The Misfits’ (1961)


With a title just like the “King of Hollywood,” it may very well be an understatement to name Clark Gable a behemoth within the movie trade throughout his time. As one of the constant field workplace attracts in movie historical past, Gable is most well-known for works together with It Happened One Night and particularly Gone With the Wind. Shortly after capturing The Misfits with Marilyn Monroe, by which he portrays an growing older cowboy, Gable handed away all of a sudden from a coronary heart assault, with some speculating if the bodily toll of his function within the movie contributed to it.

Spencer Tracy
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Spencer Tracy

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ (1967)

Actor Spencer Tracy was a big figurehead within the Golden Age of Hollywood, incomes 9 Academy Award nominations and successful two consecutive ones. Tracy’s most outstanding work included Up the River, Fury, Woman of the Year with Katharine Hepburn, Captains Courageous, and Boys Town, the latter two of which he received Oscars for. However, poor well being habits into his 60s ultimately led to an premature dying from a coronary heart assault, solely 17 days after capturing Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, which contained messages on race relations that also resonate to at the present time.

Bruce Lee
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Bruce Lee

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘Enter the Dragon’ (1973)

After leaping from Hong Kong to Hollywood cinema, martial artist and actor Bruce Lee grew to become a worldwide cultural phenomenon. Lee’s successes included The Big Boss, Fist of Fury, and Way of the Dragon, however the performer really broke out as Kato in The Green Hornet tv present. Lee died a really early dying on the age of 32 from cerebral edema whereas touring—the massively common and extremely praised Enter the Dragon would launch one month after his dying, solidifying Lee’s standing as a martial arts and movie icon.

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John Cazale

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘The Deer Hunter’ (1978)

Despite having a comparatively brief movie profession, few performers made a mark like John Cazale with such a small filmography. Cazale, after a profession in theater, appeared in The Godfather, The Conversation, The Godfather Part II, Dog Day Afternoon, and The Deer Hunter, all of which obtained a Best Picture nomination from the Academy Awards. Cazale’s dying was due to lung most cancers, though Cazale continued to work and act no matter his ailment.

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Natalie Wood

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘Brainstorm’ (1983)

Actress Natalie Wood labored in Hollywood from an early age, co-starring in Miracle on thirty fourth Street as a toddler and later gaining an Oscar nomination for Rebel Without a Cause as a teen. Wood’s profession prospered within the Sixties after starring in West Side Story, and her public life grew to become extra of a spotlight within the decade to come after. Wood died tragically from drowning in a 1981 case that was nonetheless being investigated as lately as 2018. Her dying occurred in the course of manufacturing for Brainstorm and her youthful sister Lana Wood stood in for her remaining scenes.


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Richard Burton

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘1984’ (1984)

One of the sooner Shakespearean actors in Hollywood was Richard Burton, finest recognized for his distinct voice and his tackle Hamlet on Broadway. As Burton’s star energy, awards clout, and field workplace returns climbed, so too did public curiosity in his private life, notably together with his prolific and infrequently tumultuous relationship with actress and frequent co-star Elizabeth Taylor. Burton’s dying in 1984 was fairly sudden, the results of an intracerebral hemorrhage; his last movie look in an adaptation of 1984 was devoted to him.

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Orson Welles

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘Transformers: The Movie’ (1986)

An early auteur and jack of all trades in Hollywood was Orson Welles, who was typically an actor, director, author, and producer on his personal tasks. His most well-known work is Citizen Kane, which continues to be cemented in movie historical past as one of many best films of all time, and he continued his profession with titles together with Touch of Evil and F for Fake. Welles would move away at an older age of 70 from a coronary heart assault, his last movie contribution being a voiceover for the villain Unicron in The Transformers: The Movie, a mission which Welles reportedly referred to derogatorily.

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Robin Harris

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘Mo’ Better Blues’ (1990)

Comedian Robin Harris made a reputation for himself together with his “old school” humor, transferring up from performing as an MC in comedy golf equipment and showing in comedy movies. While not probably the most prolific actor, Harris made memorable appearances in Do the Right Thing and Harlem Nights. His last function was as a jazz membership MC in Mo’ Better Blues, a Spike Lee movie that launched 5 months after his sudden dying from a coronary heart assault at age 36. As a end result, his character Pop in House Party was written out and mentioned to have died earlier than the occasions of the movie’s sequels.

Brandon Lee
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Brandon Lee

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘The Crow’ (1994)

Brandon Lee was due to have a thriving profession simply as his father Bruce Lee had, however an on-set accident whereas filming The Crow put these ambitions to a tragic halt. Lee started performing with Kung Fu: The Movie and went on to make smaller appearances in numerous movies, typically praised for his on-screen presence. While filming The Crow, in a task thought to be his best by followers and critics, Lee was shot by a mishandled prop gun and died shortly after on the age of 28. Stand-ins changed Lee for sure scenes after his dying, and the movie launched with a lot reward from viewers.

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Raul Julia

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘Street Fighter’ (1994)

International star Raul Julia had a prolific profession on stage and Broadway earlier than efficiently transitioning to movie and Hollywood. After working with actors and filmmakers akin to Al Pacino, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, and Sidney Lumet, Julia gained mainstream recognition as Gomez Addams in two movie diversifications of The Addams Family. Julia accepted the function of the villainous M. Bison for the movie adaptation of Street Fighter for his kids, who had been followers of the online game, however an earlier bout with abdomen most cancers and a subsequent stroke earlier than the movie’s launch took the lifetime of this celebrated performer.


John Candy
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John Candy

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘Wagons East’ (1994), ‘Canadian Bacon’ (1995)

Canadian actor and comedy performer John Candy had a fame for his heat presence on display, delivering a number of memorable performances in comedy and household movies. Hailing from the Second City troupe and starring within the sketch comedy present SCTV, Candy’s lengthy filmography contains Cool Runnings, Spaceballs, Uncle Buck, Home Alone, and Planes, Trains & Automobiles. Suffering from numerous threat components for cardiac failure, Candy died whereas capturing the critically lambasted Wagons East, which led to the usage of particular results, reused footage, and stand-ins to full Candy’s efficiency.

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Tupac Shakur

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘Gang Related’ (1997), ‘Resurrection’ (2003)

Tupac Shakur was higher often called a rapper and performer, however he did have crucial success as an actor in choose movies like Juice and Poetic Justice. Shakur was concerned in quite a few authorized and prison instances, and the 25-year-old rapper was ultimately killed in a drive-by capturing, allegedly because of a West Coast–East Coast feud amongst rappers. His last movie Gang Related was marred by an precise gang-related capturing prior to the premiere, however Shakur can be credited years later in Tupac: Resurrection, a documentary about his brief life and profession.

Chris Farley
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Chris Farley

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘Almost Heroes’ and ‘Dirty Work’ (1998)

As one of many “Bad Boys of SNL,” Chris Farley’s transition from Saturday Night Live to films was pretty simple. Farley’s early hits had been Tommy Boy and Black Sheep, each by which he co-starred with fellow SNL castmate David Spade, and field workplace hit Beverly Hills Ninja. Farley was a sufferer of drug and alcohol abuse and habit, which affected his look and performances; Farley all of a sudden died on the age of 33 from a drug overdose.

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Phil Hartman
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Phil Hartman

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘Small Soldiers’ (1998)

Considered to be the “glue” that saved Saturday Night Live collectively throughout his lengthy tenure on the sketch comedy present, Phil Hartman is finest recognized for his impressions on SNL and voice performances in The Simpsons, with Troy McClure being his most well-known function within the latter. His home life, nonetheless, was troubled, and Hartman was murdered in his sleep by his spouse earlier than she took her personal life. Hartman’s Simpsons characters had been retired in his honor, and his last movie Small Soldiers launched two months later to blended critiques.

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Anne Ramsey

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘Scrooged’ (1988), ‘Another Chance’ (1989), ‘Meet the Hollowheads’ (1989), ‘Homer & Eddie’ (1989)

Best recognized for showing in The Goonies, actress Anne Ramsey was nominated for an Academy Award for enjoying the titular “momma” within the movie Throw Momma from the Train. Viewers seen that Ramsey had a slur in her speech, which was later attributed to an earlier battle with esophageal most cancers; her most cancers would later come again in 1988, to which she succumbed. In the 2 years after her dying, Ramsey nonetheless had a minor presence in a number of totally different movies.

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Oliver Reed

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘Gladiator’ (2000)

English actor Oliver Reed would typically painting gruff and macho characters in his movie appearances, together with his most noteworthy performances being in The Trap, The Three Musketeers, and Oliver! Reed was recognized for being an alcoholic, and this affliction would catch up to him at age 61 when he died of a coronary heart assault after closely consuming whereas on break from filming Gladiator. As a end result, the filmmakers used a digital physique double for Reed’s remaining scenes, and his character was killed off; the CGI price the manufacturing over $3 million.

Aaliyah
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Aaliyah

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘Queen of the Damned’ (2002)

Pop and R&B star Aaliyah made an impression within the music trade fairly early in her life, receiving recognition on Star Search and placing out an album even earlier than she grew to become a teen. She made her movie debut as the feminine lead within the Jet Li movie Romeo Must Die, which was critically lambasted regardless of reward for her performing within the film. Aaliyah was the primary performer forged within the vampire film Queen of the Damned, which launched a number of months after her sudden dying on the age of twenty-two from a aircraft crash. Despite the tragic finish of her blossoming profession, her music continues to be a significant affect on artists at the moment.

Richard Harris
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Richard Harris

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ (2002)

Irish stage and display actor Richard Harris had a protracted and prolific filmography, with a few of his main awards-worthy roles being in This Sporting Life and The Field. Harris additionally appeared in quite a few style footage, portraying King Arthur in Camelot, however undoubtedly his most well-known function internationally was as Albus Dumbledore within the first Harry Potter movies. Harris had a short battle with Hodgkin’s illness in 2002 and handed away months later. As a end result, fellow Irish actor Michael Gambon took over the function of Dumbledore within the subsequent Harry Potter movies.

John Ritter
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John Ritter

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘Bad Santa’ (2003)

Sitcom star John Ritter appeared in over 100 movies, tv reveals, and stage productions, however his starring function in Three’s Company is what immortalized him in Hollywood. Ritter’s last sitcom function was as the daddy in 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, which was pretty common throughout its first two seasons on ABC. But it was on the set of 8 Simple Rules by which Ritter would endure a medical episode, dying later within the day from an aortic dissection; his character was subsequently killed off and the present’s rankings would endure till it was canceled.

Jonathan Brandis
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Jonathan Brandis

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘Puerto Vallarta Squeeze’ (2005)

Teen idol Jonathan Brandis had his begin on the cleaning soap opera One Life to Live earlier than transitioning to extra mainstream movie and tv tasks. His roles in It, The NeverEnding Story II, and particularly seaQuest DSV skyrocketed him to fame amongst youthful viewers, placing him on a number of teen journal covers. But Brandis would ultimately endure from alcoholism and grow to be depressed from what he seen to be a waning profession, main him to die by suicide on the age of 27.

Marlon Brando
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Marlon Brando

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘Big Bug Man’ (launch date TBD)

Big Bug Man was written by Bob Bendetson (The Simpsons) and directed by Bendetson and Peter Shin. Brendan Fraser stars within the function of Howard Kind, who turns into the Big Bug Man, whereas Marlon Brando voiced the function of Mrs. Sour. To get into character, Brando donned a costume, gloves, make-up, and wig whereas recording his scenes in 2004. His voiceovers had been all recorded in a day whereas Brando was at dwelling on oxygen; he died only a month later. The movie was set for launch between 2006 and 2008 however stays unreleased.

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Adrienne Shelly
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Adrienne Shelly

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘Waitress’ (2007)

Actress Adrienne Shelly was additionally a author and director, making the movies Sudden Manhattan and I’ll Take You There; Shelly additionally guest-starred on quite a few tv reveals, together with Law & Order and Homicide: Life on the Street. Before the discharge of her movie Waitress, which she wrote, directed, and acted in, Shelly was discovered hanged; investigators discovered that she was murdered and left in a state that appeared to be a suicide. Waitress was extremely praised on the Sundance Film Festival, and the tributes to her after dying had been nonstop. Her movie was ultimately tailored right into a Broadway musical in 2015.

Brad Renfro
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Brad Renfro

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘The Informers’ (2008)

Young actor Brad Renfro started showing in movies on the age of 11 with The Client, attracting a big fanbase instantly regardless of his lack of performing expertise and coaching. With starring roles in Tom and Huck, Sleepers, and Apt Pupil, Renfro’s reputation grew within the Nineties. But even at a younger age, Renfro was caught up in quite a few instances involving his alcohol and drug abuse, which might be the main consider his 2008 dying on the age of 25 and stays a cautionary story on Hollywood’s therapy of kid stars.

Don S. Davis
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Don S. Davis

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘Stargate: Continuum’ (2008), ‘Far Cry’ (2008), ‘The Uninvited’ (2009)

Coming from a navy background, actor Don S. Davis was most well-known for enjoying authority figures in movie and tv, most notably in Twin Peaks and Stargate SG-1. Davis had to reduce from his function within the latter due to well being points, however he nonetheless appeared within the spin-off Stargate Atlantis. After his dying of a coronary heart assault in 2008, Stargate Atlantis paid tribute to him with a point out of his character and naming an in-universe ship after him.

Bernie Mac
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Bernie Mac

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa’ (2008), ‘Soul Men’ (2008), ‘Old Dogs’ (2009)

Comedian Bernie Mac is remembered for his excessive power in all of his movie appearances, most notably within the ensemble heist movie Ocean’s Eleven. Mac had quite a few roles in quite a few comedy movies whereas additionally starring in The Bernie Mac Show on Fox. However, his affliction of sarcoidosis led to quite a few well being points, all contributing to his 2008 dying from pneumonia. His remaining movies, together with Soul Men co-starring Samuel L. Jackson, had been devoted in his reminiscence.

Heath Ledger
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Heath Ledger

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008), ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’ (2009)

Australian actor Heath Ledger moved to the United States and made a big impression even in his comparatively short-lived profession. His filmography contains 10 Things I Hate About You, The Patriot, A Knight’s Tale, his Oscar-nominated function in Brokeback Mountain, and his Oscar-winning function because the Joker in The Dark Knight, which grew to become an iconic and all-time finest efficiency for comedian e-book and film followers. Ledger died from an unintentional overdose of prescribed drugs, after which The Dark Knight advertising marketing campaign deemphasized Joker imagery, and Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus utilized actors Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, and Jude Law to full Ledger’s incomplete efficiency.

Whitney Houston
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Whitney Houston

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘Sparkle’ (2012)

Considered one of many best R&B singers and artists of all time, Whitney Houston’s profession additionally prolonged to movie. Houston appeared in The Bodyguard, Waiting to Exhale, and The Preacher’s Wife, all receiving blended critiques, whereas excessive reward was reserved for the accompanying soundtracks for every movie. Houston died from a mix of drug use and cardiac points main to her drowning in a bath. Houston would nonetheless seem in Sparkle, which she additionally produced, and quite a few documentaries and movies about Houston have been made or are nonetheless within the works, owing to her legendary standing in music.

River Phoenix
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River Phoenix

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘Dark Blood’ (2012)

Actor River Phoenix, older brother of quite a few different actors in his household, together with Joaquin Phoenix, began his profession at an early age, changing into most well-known for his function within the coming-of-age Stephen King story Stand By Me. In his early maturity, Phoenix captivated audiences with performances in movies together with Running on Empty and My Own Private Idaho, each garnering him quite a few award nominations. Phoenix died of a drug overdose at age 23; his last movie Dark Blood was incomplete and would ultimately launch in a nonetheless principally incomplete stage in 2012.

James Gandolfini
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James Gandolfini

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: “Enough Said” (2013), “The Drop” (2014)

James Gandolfini typically portrayed characters within the mob, the navy, or another person in an enforcer capability, however by far his most well-known function was as mafia boss Tony Soprano in HBO‘s The Sopranos. Gandolfini received three Emmys for the present and had a moderately prolific profession in movie and tv earlier than passing away from a coronary heart assault at age 51. One of his posthumous movies was Enough Said, a a lot hotter function for Gandolfini alongside Julia Louis-Dreyfus. His son Michael Gandolfini will painting Tony Soprano in a prequel movie referred to as The Many Saints of Newark.

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Brittany Murphy
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Brittany Murphy

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘Something Wicked’ (2014)

Brittany Murphy appeared on each display and stage as an actress, together with her breakout function being within the teen comedy movie Clueless. Murphy additionally had a smaller profession in music, even displaying a few of her singing expertise within the animated musical movie Happy Feet. Murphy mysteriously died in her dwelling on the age of 32, apparently from pure causes, however this was later discovered to be brought on by pneumonia and a mix of prescription and over-the-counter medicines; sadly, her widower Simon Monjack died of comparable causes in the identical dwelling months later.

Philip Seymour Hoffman
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Philip Seymour Hoffman

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2’ (2014)

Character actor Philip Seymour Hoffman had a prolonged filmography throughout films of a number of totally different genres, taking part in villains, protagonists, and supporting characters alike. Considered among the finest movie and stage actors of his technology, only a small pattern of his work contains Doubt, Charlie Wilson’s War, Magnolia, and his Oscar-winning function for Capote. Hoffman did endure from drug habit, nonetheless, and died of an overdose. Most of his scenes for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay had been filmed, so sure scenes had been reportedly rewritten to not embody his character and necessitate the usage of stand-ins or CGI.

Robin Williams
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Robin Williams

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” (2014)

Robin Williams made an impression on viewers as a humorist, a funnyman actor, and as a dramatic powerhouse, relying on which of his works you watch. Williams was a sitcom icon by way of Mork & Mindy, had extremely energetic performances in films like Good Morning, Vietnam and Mrs. Doubtfire, was well-known to kids because the Genie in Aladdin, and received an Oscar for his dramatic efficiency in Good Will Hunting. Despite his joyful exterior, Williams suffered from despair and had a novel case of diffuse Lewy physique dementia, which led to his 2014 suicide.

Paul Walker
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Paul Walker

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘Furious 7’ (2015)

While Paul Walker was most well-known as one of many leads of the Fast & Furious franchise, Walker additionally appeared in movies together with Eight Below, Into the Blue, and Flags of Our Fathers. Walker was additionally interested by marine biology, making informal appearances in National Geographic packages. On his approach to a charity occasion, Walker was the passenger of a automobile that ended up in a deadly accident, taking his life. The seventh Fast & Furious movie was nonetheless filming on the time, so manufacturing stopped, main the filmmakers to make the most of Walker’s brothers as stand-ins, utilizing CGI for sure scenes, and sending off his character in an emotional movie ending.

Anton Yelchin
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Anton Yelchin

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘Star Trek Beyond’ (2016)

As a budding younger actor, Anton Yelchin made impressions on audiences as Pavel Chekov within the Star Trek reboot and as Kyle Reese in Terminator Salvation. Yelchin proved his performing prowess additional with smaller movies just like the horror film Green Room and the crime film Alpha Dog. Yelchin, sadly, died in a freak accident by which his automobile’s brakes malfunctioned. Star Trek Beyond was devoted to him and producers clarified that his function wouldn’t be recast, and a documentary movie about him referred to as Love, Antosha was made in his honor.

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Alan Rickman
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Alan Rickman

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ (2016), ‘Eye within the Sky’ (2016)

Most well-known internationally for portraying Severus Snape within the Harry Potter sequence, Alan Rickman has quite a few acclaimed roles, akin to villain Hans Gruber in Die Hard. Rickman additionally displayed comedic chops in Galaxy Quest and Dogma, and he’s nonetheless remembered for his distinct tone of voice. Rickman died of pancreatic most cancers, a situation that he saved principally secret, and his sudden dying to the general public led to grief and tributes from quite a few followers, particularly Harry Potter followers.

Bill Paxton
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Bill Paxton

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘The Circle’ (2017)

Bill Paxton had prolific roles in quite a few blockbuster movies, being outstanding for being killed on-screen by a Terminator, Alien, and Predator in several movies. Paxton was a magnetic presence in movies like Twister and Apollo 13, and he typically appeared within the works of James Cameron, particularly Aliens, True Lies, and Titanic. Paxton, sadly, died because of open-heart surgical procedure, which his household claimed to have been botched. Several movies had been devoted in his reminiscence; his son James Paxton even performed a youthful model of his father’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. character within the present’s last season.

Carrie Fisher
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Carrie Fisher

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ (2017), ‘Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics’ (2020), ‘Wonderwell’ (2021)

Carrie Fisher is immortalized as Princess Leia within the Star Wars movies, however she was additionally a outstanding screenwriter and script physician, with works just like the semi-autobiographical Postcards From the Edge. Fisher was extraordinarily open about her experiences with psychological well being and drug habit; her dying got here after sudden cardiac arrest in 2016. The Last Jedi was devoted in her reminiscence, and the 2019 The Rise of Skywalker gave top-billing to Fisher, utilizing outdated edited footage from The Force Awakens to insert Leia into the story.

Adam West
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Adam West

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘Batman vs. Two-Face’ (2017)

Adam West’s function as Batman within the Sixties knowledgeable the remainder of the actor’s profession, with a lot of his live-action and animated roles being tributes or self-parody of his campy Batman persona. West appeared in The Fairly Oddparents, The Simpsons, and Family Guy, all as fictional variations of himself. West died of leukemia, though he had nonetheless accomplished voice work on a number of animated tasks earlier than his dying, together with a return to the Batman function in a few animated movies with Burt Ward.

John Hurt
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John Hurt

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘Damascus Cover’ (2017), ‘My Name Is Lenny’ (2017), ‘That Good Night (2017)

The profession of Sir John Hurt spanned many years, principally in British movie and tv, but in addition with a presence in Hollywood as effectively. Audiences might acknowledge Hurt as the primary chestburster kill in Alien, however Hurt has appeared in titles together with 1984, The Field, the Harry Potter sequence, and because the War Doctor in Doctor Who. Hurt was identified with pancreatic most cancers in 2015, dying nearly two months later.

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Stan Lee

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘Captain Marvel’ (2019), ‘Avengers: Endgame’ (2019)

Stan Lee is not precisely an actor, however as one of many central figures in Marvel Comics and the comedian e-book trade as an entire, the creator enthusiastically made cameo appearances in Marvel films and tv reveals. Lee even appeared in something primarily based on comedian e-book tradition, akin to Mallrats and Heroes. At his superior age, Lee would shoot cameos all in in the future for various movies to be edited in later. He died on the age of 95 from pneumonia. He had two cameos left for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Captain Marvel that includes a special studio emblem to pay tribute to all of his cameos by way of the years.

Luke Perry
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Luke Perry

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ (2019)

As a teen idol from his function in Beverly Hills, 90210, Luke Perry grew to become synonymous with teen drama. In maturity, Perry starred in an analogous present, Riverdale, this time as the daddy of the principle teenaged character. In between, Perry appeared in a number of tv reveals, together with Law & Order: SVU and movies like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Perry handed away after two strokes in 2019, and his character in Riverdale was killed off and paid tribute to in later episodes.

Burt Reynolds
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Burt Reynolds

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘An Innocent Kiss’ (2019), ‘Defining Moments’ (2020)

Film star and intercourse image Burt Reynolds has hits together with Smokey and the Bandit, The Longest Yard, and The Cannonball Run, ultimately experiencing a profession revitalization within the Nineties from his Oscar-nominated function in Boogie Nights. Reynolds grew to become a cultural determine even throughout his much less prolific years, typically receiving parodies and tributes in reveals like Saturday Night Live. Reynolds died of a coronary heart assault at age 82 earlier than filming his function for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood; Bruce Dern changed Reynolds within the function.

Cameron Boyce
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Cameron Boyce

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘Descendants 3’ (2019), ‘Runt’ (2020)

Child star Cameron Boyce was a Disney Channel star within the 2010s, starring within the tv present Jessie and rising in fame taking part in Carlos within the Descendants movies. Boyce was due for a bigger profession exterior of Disney, however he died at age 20 from an epileptic seizure. The third Descendants movie was devoted in his honor, as was the Adam Sandler movie Hubie Halloween, which Boyce was due to star in.

Chadwick Boseman
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Chadwick Boseman

– Movie(s) launched posthumously: ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ (2020)

Most well-known for his starring function in Marvel Studios’ mega-hit and Oscar-winning Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman showcased his expertise by portraying quite a few important African American historic figures akin to Jackie Robinson, James Brown, and Thurgood Marshall. Boseman died unexpectedly in 2020 from colon most cancers, a situation he saved secret, main to an outpour of grief from the movie group and his followers. Marvel Studios won’t recast Black Panther in future films, persevering with to honor his work, and Boseman’s energetic efficiency in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom earned him a posthumous Golden Globe nomination.

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