Departed Celebrities You May Not Know About
As they say in Hollywood, celebrities often come and go. Some of the entertainment industry’s brightest may eventually experience a decline at some point in their careers. The fortunate thing is that many of them make successful investments away from the limelight. There are those who establish businesses, new careers, or even become major players behind the scenes.
However, this isn’t always the case. There are actors and actresses who disappear from the spotlight, not because their fame has faded, but because they passed on. Not every celebrity death gets covered by the media, so we’ll be talking about the ones you may not know about.
As an actor, Jonathan Brandis first debuted on the popular soap, One Life to Live, portraying Kevin Buchanan. He was one of the biggest teen idols of the ‘80s and ‘90s, going on to star in the original IT movie. Jonathan also portrayed Bastian Bux, in the beloved class The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter. One of his best-known characters is Lucas Wolenczak in SeaQuest DSV from Steven Spielberg’s fiction series.
This role gave Jonathan popularity, especially for teenagers, and made him the cover of numerous teen magazines. Aside from acting, he also received credit for directing several independent films and for the screenplays he wrote. Brandis was found lifeless in his L.A. apartment on November 11, 2003. He did not leave any note, though his friends seemed to have an idea about his feelings due to his declining career. Brandis departed this life on November 11, 2003. He was 27 years old.
William Goldwyn Nunn III, best known as Billy Nunn, was an American actor who is best remembered by fans for his appearance in the Sam Raimi directed Spider-Man film trilogy. Did you know that he also went to college with the famed filmmaker, Spike Lee? In fact, he appeared in many of Spike’s early work, including Do the Right Thing and New Jack City. The director also gave Bill his first film credit, starring in School Daze, which was released back in 1988.
This was later followed by more appearances in major productions, including Sister Act, He Got Game, and Firehouse Dog. Aside from acting on films and TV series, Nunn tried performing on stage in a Pittsburgh-based play which he worked with Anthony Mackie. He also participated in an outreach program in his hometown back in 2008. Nunn passed away at the age of 62 on September 24, 2016.
To the colorful LGBTQ community, Alexis Arquette was quite the heroine. She made a name for herself as an actress, an underground cartoonist, a cabaret performer, and an activist. As an actress, she made appearances on some cult faves—including Pulp Fiction and Bride of Chucky. She was also part of Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore’s movies The Wedding Singer and Blended.
Due to her popularity and big investments at that time, VH1 has chosen Alexis to be one of the celebrity house-guests for The Surreal Life Season 6. Alexis is Patricia Arquette’s sister. She made her transition from male to female a bit later in her career, undergoing sexual reassignment surgery in her late 30s. Her journey became the subject of the film, Alexis Arquette: She’s My Brother. She took her last breath on September 11, 2016. She was 47 years old. Surely, her fans, family, and friends are missing having Alexis around.
Ron Glass will be best remembered by fans for his role as Derrial Brook, a spiritual shepherd in the beloved sci-fi series, Firefly, and was also onboard for its sequel film, Serenity. Ron made his first appearance on the episodes of Sanford and Son, Hawaii Five-O, Maude, and in dozens of TV series. He also provided voice work for several animations including All Grown Up!, Rugrats, and Fable II. Ron graduated from St. Francis Seminary back in 1964.
He then went to the University of Evansville, where he received his degree, a Bachelor of Arts with double majors in literature and drama. According to Glass, he was in college when he discovered his passion for acting. From here, a blossoming career brewed. However, before starring in films, he began his career in theatre, debuting at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. He passed on November 25, 2016. He was 71 years old.
The singer-songwriter Laura Branigan broke many records during her career. Her single Gloria, which was released back in 1982, stayed on the U.S. Billboard 100 for over 36 weeks! It was a first for a female artist at the time. Laura was successful across the pond as well, with two singles entering the Top 10 U.K. Singles Chart. During her fame, Laura also appeared on several TV series such as CHiPs, Automan, and Knight Rider.
It was in August 2004, while she was preparing new music that Laura passed away at home. However, a few weeks before her death, it was reported that she was experiencing headaches. She was 52 years old then. The recent resurgence of her popularity is with credit to the St. Louis Blues, who used Gloria as their unofficial victory song. It is then believed that the song will forever be connected with Blues and St. Louis City.
The prominent English actor John Hurt had a career that spanned over 50 decades. His might remember him best for the film, Midnight Express—the movie which led to him gaining international recognition. He also appeared in the sci-fi film Alien, and other movies, like Hellboy, Indiana Jones, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, V for Vendetta, and in the Harry Potter films, where he portrayed Mr. Ollivander.
He was knighted and honored in 2015 with the Lifetime Achievement BAFTA Award for his contributions to the entertainment industry. According to director David Lynch, John deserves the credit for being the best actor in the world. His distinct voice also results in the success of several films like Lord of the Rings, Dogville, and Watership Down. He continued working in the movie Darker Hour despite the serious health issue he already had then. He passed away on January 25, 2017; three days post his 77th birthday.
Her voice will always be remembered for its distinct sound, which led to her success in soul and R&B—gaining the title, Ivory Queen of Soul. The talented singer-songwriter was also a multi-instrumentalist and played the keyboards, the congas, and rhythm guitar. Since the 1980s, she’s always been hands-on when it comes to her releases, including writing, singing, arranging, and producing all of her songs. Teena was also a 3-time Grammy nominee, all credit to her amazing talent.
She has one daughter, Alia Rose, who is also a singer and performs under the pseudonym, Rose LaBeau. Lady Tee passed away on December 26, 2010, at the age of 54. Looking back to Teena’s colorful life, did you know many thought she was black when they heard her sing? She rose to prominence for her distinctive soprano vocals, giving us the hit songs Fire and Desire, Square Biz, Lovergirl, and more. Fans are surely missing hearing Teena’s voice once again.
The Carter siblings were all blessed with musical talent. Nick was part of the Backstreet Boys, whilst Aaron had a very successful solo career. Following her brothers’ footsteps, Leslie Carter also tried her hand at the industry, but only managed to receive lukewarm success. Nonetheless, she was able to release one single, “Like Wow”, which managed to chart at 99 in the US Billboard Hot 100. Leslie made some investments by opening up a small club tour in Canada in the hopes of getting a new record deal.
She also participated in the 2006 reality TV show, House of Carters, where she was seen writing and performing her songs. Before her death, she had been planning to go into rehab to seek professional help. She passed away on January 31, 2012. Leslie was only 25 years old and left her then 10-month-old daughter Alyssa. Sadly, Alyssa didn’t get the chance to be with her mom as she grows up. She is now eight years old.
Audiences will always remember him as Mr. Miyagi, from The Karate Kid film series—a role which earned him a Best Supporting Actor nomination from the Academy Award. Did you know that Pat also gets credit for starring in the first few programs that had an Asian American lead? These were Mr. T and Tina and Ohara. He also got his first nomination for Primetime Emmy Award second nomination for Golden Globe Awards in his character as Tommy Tanaka in the movie Amos.
Before Pat experienced all his success, he overcame a lot as a young child. He was only two years old when he developed a serious health issue. Doctors even believed he would not be able to walk, but Pat did everything to overcome this illness and he succeeded. He then became a memorable figure of our childhoods. He died on November 24, 2005, at the age of 73 not because of his health issue but due to natural causes.
Corey was one of the most popular teen stars during the ‘80s with credit to his appearance in The Lost Boys. His breakout role in the movie Lucas landed him a nomination for the Young Artist Award. He would later on land roles in other successful movies such as Silver Bullet, Murphy’s Romance, Dream a Little Dream, and License to Drive. A lot of critics said it the charismatic performance that helped him gain instant recognition and boosted the Canadian actor’s status in the industry.
However, no different from other young celebrities, he fell into the pitfalls of superstardom. Corey developed various issues that compromised his health. The actor passed away on the 10th of March back in 2010. Although Corey was one of the most bankable actors in his late 20s, he died with little money left for his family. His demise surely had a major impact on their lives, his fans, and the entertainment industry in general.
Chris is Sean Penn’s brother, who was also quite a talented actor in his own right. His acting career started when he was just 12 and debut in the movie Charlie and the Talking Buzzard. Good thing that Chris made investments in karate. As a black belter, he was able to use it in the movie Best of the Best where he played as the cocky member of the U.S. Taekwondo Team. He also starred in several blockbusters, including Reservoir Dogs, All The Right Moves, Rush Hour, At Close Range, and The Funeral.
His various performances in these films all received accolades, but few were aware of the personal struggles he was going through. Aside from being treated for a serious health issue, Chris also grappled with other problems, which further worsened his condition. He passed away at 40 years old back in 2006. Chris’ passing is a great loss to his family, friends, and the industry.
This loss certainly quite a blow to all Trekkies around the globe. He might be best known for his role as Spock in the Star Trek franchise, but the actor’s talent goes well beyond the character he made famous. Aside from acting, Leonard Simon Nimoy is also a recognized photographer, a private pilot, an author, a voice actor, and a singer. He officially retired as Spock back in April 2010 but his legacy continues.
He passed on February 27, 2015, at 73 years old. In the same year, an asteroid was named after the beloved actor, the 4864 Nimoy. November 14, is also known as “Leonard Nimoy Day” for Bostonians. In addition to his recognitions, Nimoy’s children produce documentaries that feature his life, career, and passing. They also created an online tribute mosaic of selfies with Spock’s Vulcan salute made by Nimoy’s fans to express the degree of their admiration for the actor.
You may not be familiar with DJ Avicii, but you have likely heard his music before. His chart-topping singles, such as “Hey Brother”, “You Make Me”, and “Addicted to You” are popular globally. Tim Bergling, more popularly known as Avicii, is also often given credit for introducing electronic music to the Top 40s. Fans and critics alike have surely dance to his hit songs. Avicii also has a heart of gold.
He started an organization, together with his manager and executive producer, to help end global hunger, called the House for Hunger. He retired from live performances back in 2016 due to issues he was having with his health. The artist passed away on April 20, 2018. He was only 28 years old back then – a great loss to the music scene. To pay tribute to Avicii, his fellow musicians including Rita Ora, Halsey, and The Chainsmokers performs some of his hits singles during shows.
Audiences who grew up during the ‘90s would be familiar with how popular the show, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was. Thuy Trang portrayed the lovable Trini Kwan on the show and the original Yellow Ranger on the American version. Before becoming an actress, Thuy faced quite some difficulties. She left Vietnam with her family and became a refugee, before immigrating to the US and finally reuniting with her father. Her career was short-lived, however.
Thuy passed away back in 2001 after meeting up with her friend, Angela Rockwood. She was 27 years old at the time. The actress’ final film credit was for the villainess, Kali, on The Crow: City of Angels. In honor of Thuy, There was a scene in the Power Ranger movie where the character of Trini Kwan wore a “1973” t-shirt, which represented her year of birth. Her co-stars said they admire Thuy’s strength, determination, and sweet smile, which they truly miss.
Audiences might remember her best for portraying Audrey Griswold in the film, National Lampoon’s European Vacation. Some of her popular appearances are in the move Shoot the Moon, Cross Creek, and Combat Academy. Before becoming well-known as an actress, Dana Lynne Goetz, known as Dana Hill, actually had a blossoming athletic career. At 10 years old, she was able to place third for the nationwide 880-yard run. However, just a few weeks after this, she suddenly collapsed and was subsequently diagnosed with a serious health problem.
Anyhow, Dana continued to live a normal life. She even managed to establish herself as a voice actress, receiving credit for voicing several animated characters. Her breakthrough role is Jennifer Phillips from the movie Fallen Angle where she won a Young Artist Award. She passed away on July 15, 1996. She was only 32 years old back then. Dana had a promising career. Sadly, she left his world too early.
Many of us first got to meet the actor through the popular HBO series, True Blood, where he portrayed the flamboyant character, Lafayette Reynolds. Nelsan Ellis won many accolades for this role, including a Satellite Award from the International Press Academy, NewNowNext Award, and NAACP Image Award. He was also cast in feature films, including roles in Get On Up, the biopic about James Brown, Eddie Sweat in Secretariat, and the legendary Martin Luther King, Jr. in The Butler.
His final film credit was in True to the Game, which was released after his passing. The TV series Elementary also pays tribute to Nelsan by ending the show with a quote, “In Memory of our Friend Nelsan Ellis”. He died on July 8, 2017, at the age of 39. The industry lost a great actor when Nelsan met his untimely demise. Many mourned his passing, from friends to family to colleagues.
Fans of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air will always remember him best for portraying Philip Banks on the show. The character was event touted as one of the 50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time, with much credit to his performance. James LaRue Avery also brought to life many of our favorite characters through voice work. He starred as the voice of Shredder in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Haroud Hazi Bin for the movie Aladdin, and James Rhodes/War Machine in Iron Man.
Outside acting, James attended his alma mater twice as a commencement speaker. He passed away on December 31, 2013. He was 68 years old. After cremating his body, his ashes were scattered near the Pacific Ocean. Many actors paid tribute to James, including Will Smith, Joseph Marcell, and Janet Hubert. Will also decided to reunite with the cast of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to honor James’ greatest moments on the show.
We were first introduced to the actor through his portrayal of Beck in the Martin Beck television series, but it wasn’t until he starred in the original The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo films did he really gain popularity internationally. This movie also served as his debut in Hollywood, marking further success outside of his home country. However, his leading role in the movie Grabben I Graven Bredvid gave this Swedish actor a Guldbagge Award for Best Actor in Leading Role.
Mikael or Michael Nyqvist was set to be one of the greatest villains in films, after his performances in both John Wick, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, and Abduction. Unfortunately, he passed on in 2017 at the age of 56 years old despite the investments had had put in for his health. He was survived by his wife Catharina Nyqvist Ehrnrooth and their two children, Ellen and Arthur. For Greg Phoeler, Michael is the greatest actor of all time.
He had audiences glued to their screens, thanks to his powerful performances on the TV series, The West Wing. With credit to this role, the actor won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series back in 2002. This wouldn’t be John’s only memorable character, however. In the 90s, he was cast a tough-as-nails homicide detective in Presumed Innocent, where he starred opposite Harrison Ford. John has also appeared on Broadway as Dan White, for Execution of Justice, with actors Wesley Snipes and Stanley Tucci.
He started his career on The Patty Duke Show and later began acting in supporting roles in WarGames. Along the way, John won several recognitions, including an Obie Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Viewers for Quality Television Award. The actor passed away on December 16, 2005, just before his 59th birthday. Her co-start Kristin Chenoweth paid tribute to his private funeral by singing the song For Good from the Wicked Broadway Musical.
The actress and voice artist has had quite a prolific Broadway career, starring in classics such as Oliver!, Henry, Hello Dolly!, Caroline, Seussical, and Change. However, she has also done many performances off-Broadway, guesting on numerous TV series including Law & Order, Frasier, and Third Watch, further adding to her reputation and theatre credit. Alice Playten would later foray into big-screen performances; joining the cast of the 1979 film, California Dreaming, and even donned prosthetics for the film, Legend. She was even in Amityville II: The Possession, lending her voice to Deamon.
With her outstanding talent skills, Alice received multiple nominations and recognitions from Tony Award, Obie Award, Theatre World Award, and Drama Desk Award. Sadly, the amazing actress passed away on June 25, 2011. She was 63 years old. A commemoration of her work was held at the Second Stage Theater, in her hometown, New York, giving honor to a great talent that we once had.
The Canadian actress is best remembered for both her stage and film work. She debuted in minor TV show roles, including a bit part in Puppets Who Kill. Her career in TV did experience a boost after she was cast for the 2nd season of The Newsroom, Ken Finkleman’s satirical television program. Holly Lewis also portrayed George’s assistance, Claire. Holly also had recurring parts on Train 48. Her theatre experience took her from Canada to the international stage.
Some of her best works include Educating Rita, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Sylvia in Tribes, in which she received a nomination for Dora Award. Besides acting, Holly is active in writing and producing short films along with her husband Raider Rhotenacher. She even appeared in some TV commercials that added to the degree of her fame. On June 22, 2012, Holly Lewis died at the age of 46, back in 2012 at her home in Murdock, Nebraska.
Marcia Karen Wallace was a beloved actress, voice artist, and comedian who is best remembered for her performance as Carol Kester in the 70’s sitcom, The Bob Newhart Show. She’s also a consistent guest on The Mery Griffin Shows and appears on several shows like Laugh Clown Laugh, The Brady Bunch, That’s My Bush! and more. But for fans of the animated series, The Simpsons, they might be surprised to learn that she provided the voice for Mrs. Krabappel, Bart’s teacher.
Credit to this role and her delivery of the character helped the actress win an Emmy award. Sadly, she passed away on October 25, 2013, at the age of 70. Marcia had other personal struggles but was receiving counseling for them. As a tribute to her, Lego created miniature characters of The Simpson including hers. Fans, family, and friends who are missing Marcia should have bought these pieces so that they could always remember her.
Her film career may have been short, but she was certainly memorable as Jeanie, the figure skater, in the film Flashdance. Before landing on the big screen, however, Sunny Sue Johnson had several television appearances, including Baretta and Charlie’s Angels. Aside from Flashdance, she was also in The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, as well as a brief appearance in Animal House, where she portrayed as a sorority housemate of the character Fawn Liebowitz.
She was even included as “Otter’s Co-ed” in the film’s credit. Sunny perished in 1984, after she was found unconscious at home and subsequently taken to the UCLA Medical Center. The actress was only 30 years old back then. She was a great loss to the industry – a real talent that was gone too soon. If she only made it until today, she should have been one of the legendary actresses the entertainment business had.
Before she began receiving credit for film and TV work, Nicole Dehuff started her career by earning a bachelor’s degree in drama from the famed Carnegie Mellon University. This is where she also met her future husband, director, and executive producer Ari Palitz. After graduating, she got her first major role as Deborah Byrnes in the film Meet The Parents. Nicole then started to appear regularly in the TV series The Court in 2002 and other shows like The Practice, Without a Trace, and CSI: Miami.
Sadly, her death could have been avoided had she not been misdiagnosed twice for having the wrong condition. By the time doctors discovered her real illness, it had already been too late. She died on February 16, 2005. The actress was only 30 years old back then – a great actress who was gone too soon. Almost 16 years have passed, Nicole is still greatly missed.
The Harry Potter film franchise has introduced us, not just to new talents, but also to old greats who may not be familiar to the younger fans of the movies. Such is the case with Richard Griffiths, who gets credit for portraying Uncle Vernon in the movies. Of course, outside of that particular role, he was a beloved man and a well-decorated actor. For his performance in The History Boys, he received a Tony Award, among other accolades including a Laurence Olivier Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
Richard also worked in Gielgud Theatre in London together with his Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe for the stage revival of the Peter Shaffer’s Equus. It was then followed by a short play at the Broadhurst Theatre and the premiere of The Habit of Art held at the National Theatre for the character of W. H. Auden. The actor passed away back in 2013. He was 65 years old.
For many, the actress was an enigma. The Canadian actress will always be remembered by moviegoers for her appearance in the 2004 film, Dead Doll. Her chilling performance along with her doll-face beauty in the film left quite the impression on most who saw the film. Romi Koch was best known for playing the role of a life-like doll that haunted and seduced everyone that she met, leading them to their demise.
Unfortunately, she has no other film credit besides this movie. As for her personal life? Not much is known about Romi—if she’s using a stage name or if this is her real name. The actress passed away on August 25, 2005, in Ontario Canada. It may have been over a decade since, but the mystery lives on. Some people are still curious if she’s really dead or alive. Sadly, we will never get the answers to these questions.
This English-American actor is one of the biggest stars of the ‘90s, best known for appearances in the Next Friday, A Brother’s Kiss, and First Time Felon. He received an Independent Spirit Award for his performance as a skateboarder, Casper, in the film Kids. His last movie was Looking for Leonard, which was dedicated to him and released after his passing. Justin Charles Pierce is also a professional skateboarder and was an original member of the Zoo York skateboard team and the skateboarding lifestyle brand, Supreme Crew.
Contrary to what some believe, the actor-skateboarder was actually born in London, England to an American father and a Welsh mother. They later moved to New York, where he was raised in Kingsbridge and Marble Hill areas of the city. His parents would eventually call a lawyer and file for a legal separation. He passed on July 10, 2000. He was 25 years old. As a tribute, the brand Supreme featured images of him in action on their publications and clothing line.
The actor is the son of Star Trek star, Walter Koenig and Judy Levitt. Audiences will remember him best for his role as Richard “Boner” Stabone in the show, Growing Pains. Andrew Koenig had quite a career as a popular character actor, filmmaker, writer, and editor. He was also a staunch human rights activist, who was very outspoken about his beliefs. Whilst he starred in Growing Pains, he also made appearances in other shows such as My Sister Sam, My Two Dads, and 21 Jump Street.
Andrew even did voice work for G.I. Joe as Night Creeper Leader and Ambush. Apart from acting, Andrew was also a human rights activist. In fact, he found himself embroiled in a number of human rights issues that he even needed the help of his friend, the fellow protester and attorney Bill Paparian. Sadly, he passed away in 2010 at the young age of 41.
Robert Michael Jeter was a stage, film, and television actor who has won numerous accolades during his career. This includes winning a Tony for his performance in the musical, Grand Hotel. Michael also received an Emmy for his role in the sitcom, Evening Shade, as Herman Stiles. He also received recognitions from Outer Critics Circle Award, Clarence Derwent Prize, and Drama Desk Award. Some of his successful films are Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Jurassic Park III, and The Polar Express.
Michael was a medical student at Memphis State University but moved to Maryland to make investments in his acting career. The actor was also openly gay, making him an icon for many in the LGBTQ community. He was also transparent about the fact that he was positive for HIV. Despite this diagnosis, he remained healthy for years. The actor passed on March 30, 2003. He was 50 years old back then.
Though he was born in San Francisco, the actor’s family spent over a decade living in West Germany before finally moving back to the United States. It wasn’t until he transferred to the University of Rhode Island did he began showing interest in theatre, starring in many college productions. This was also where he was discovered by a theatre director, back in 1974, which led to him working in various off-Broadway shows.
As a professional film actor, he had memorable appearances in Good Morning, Vietnam, Nixon, and Pleasantville. He established critical commendation credit in his performance as John Williamson in David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross. Sadly, he passed away in 1998 at the age of 54. Andre Johnston paid tribute to J.T. by writing about his great contribution to American film and industry. Nobody would forget the legacy that he left in the business. He had set a high standard for the beginners to follow, taking his lead to success.
The Breakfast Club remains one of the most iconic films of all time. Needless to say, Paul Gleason’s performance as Principal Richard Vernon in the film was certainly memorable. He continued to star in other blockbusters, including Trading Places, Die Hard, and All My Children. Paul also appeared in several TV shows, including Dawson’s Creek and Drake & Josh. Did you know that he made a guest appearance on Friends, playing the role of Jack, Phoebe’s (Lisa Kudrow) friend in the show’s sixth season?
He also made the 2005 movie Abominable, a horror film in which he portrayed a town sheriff. However, his last film credit and the last movie he was seen was in The Book of Caleb. Additionally, Paul was into golf tournaments and participated in celebrity events each year. He passed away in 2006 at the age of 67 and is buried in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, Los Angeles, California.
The English actor will always get credit for being among Great Britain’s best. He was President of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and has won numerous accolades for his varied performances, including appearances in The Great Escape, Jurassic Park, The Sand Pebbles, and Miracle on 34th Street. His outstanding performance results in a back to back recognition for Best Supporting Actor from Golden Globe Awards.
If his name is familiar, then your guess is correct—he is related to Sir David Attenborough, who is the actor’s younger brother. Aside from being an actor, Richard has a production company known as the Beaver Films together with Bryan Forbes. He is also an award-winning director for his historical film Gandhi where he bagged numerous recognitions from the Academy and Golden Globes. For years, he had heart problems. Because of his age and worsening health, Richard eventually passed away in 2014, a few days shy of his 90th birthday.
Leonard King Lesser, or better known as Len, is probably best known for his appearances in some of the most popular sitcoms in recent years, this includes Seinfeld and Everybody Loves Raymond. He might always be remembered for making people laugh on TV, but the actor is also beloved for his performance in the war movie, Kelly’s Heroes. Throughout his career, Len has starred in a diverse set of roles— receiving lots of recognitions from shows such as Boy Meets World, The Untouchables, and The Amazing Spider-Man.
Len was certainly a talented actor. He was born in New York and had a college degree before being enlisted in the U.S. Army and becoming a sergeant. According to his co-stars, Jerry Seinfeld and Jason Alexander, Len was a very sweet and nice guy and he was truly loved by many. Sadly, he passed away in 2001 that broke the hearts of his fans and family alike. Len was 88 years old back then.
Many actors and actresses actually had established careers before finding their way into Hollywood. Such is the case with Barney Martin, who worked as an NYPD officer for 2 decades before becoming an actor. He started out as a comedian while he was still a police officer. In fact, he used to hold funny presentations to the deputy commissioners back then. Fans of the actor will always remember him for playing Jerry’s father on the show Seinfeld, but he also received movie credit, including in the film The Producers, Arthur, and Arthur 2: On the Rocks.
He also appeared in several musical films such as Chicago, The Fantasticks, and How Now, Dow Jones. Barney was born in New York City. Before becoming a police officer and an actor, he served in the U.S. Army Air Force during the 2nd World War. Sadly, he took his last breath in 2005 at the age of 82. After cremation, his ashes were given back to his family.
Before her passing, Brittany Anne Murphy was one of Hollywood’s most popular actresses and her career seemed unstoppable. Her films ranked in millions and she was also given choice roles, leading to numerous accolades for the actress. Her most notable film credit includes Clueless, Riding in Cars with Boys, Uptown Girls, Sin City, and 8 Mile. She also did voice work for the movie, Happy Feet, and the TV series, King of the Hill, where she was nominated for the Annie Award.
In 2002, people began to notice Brittany’s huge amount of weight loss that people started to doubt her activities. However, she strongly denied the rumors and everything said about her. Her death surprised many in the industry—given her young age and status. She passed away back in 2009 at only 32 years old. Brittany was a great loss not just for the entertainment industry but for everyone who loved her.
Fans of drag queens and even those who are casual viewers of the popular show, RuPaul’s Drag Race, will always remember one of its most outstanding contestants – Antoine Ashley. She went by the drag name Sahara Davenport and was part of the show’s second season. The artist didn’t just capture everyone’s attention with the degree of talent she has but also because of her lovable personality. She also released a single Go Off, which landed on the 50th spot on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs.
Sahara lived with her boyfriend and her Drag Race partner, Manila Luzon, in New York City. When everyone thought she had it all, she was going through several personal struggles. Despite efforts for her to get help and get better, these issues eventually took a toll on her. Antoine passed away in 2012 when she was only 27 years old. She would have inspired a lot of young drag queens if she weren’t gone too soon.
He is one of the industry’s most prolific actors, receiving movie and TV credits totaling over a hundred throughout his career. These aren’t just small scale productions as well—Bill Paxton has starred in plenty of blockbusters, including cult favorites such as The Terminator, Aliens, Vertical Limit, Edge of Tomorrow, Titanic, and Apollo 13. He is likely a familiar figure for audiences who grew up during the ‘90s and early 2000s. His outstanding performances earned him multiple recognitions and nominations including Golden Globe Award, Prime Time Emmy Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award.
Sadly, he had problems with heart health and had to undergo aorta surgery back in 2017. The operation caused complications and Bill suffered a stroke before passing away back in 2017. Due to his remarkable contribution to the film industry, he received numerous tributes including an emotional message from Jennifer Aniston. Several storm chasers also spelled his initials through the Spotter Network to give thanks for his movie Twister.
He portrayed one of the most memorable characters in the Police Academy film, the trigger-happy Sgt. Tackleberry certainly left quite an impression on audiences at the time. David also had a quite successful TV career, appearing in popular shows such as Hardcastle, M*A*S*H, The Dukes of Hazzard, and The A-Team. Needless to say, he was a familiar face to both moviegoers and television viewers. His last appearance on TV was in the Nickelodeon sitcom, The Amanda Show.
Paul David Graf was one of the respected members of the Screen Actors Guild. He also had a part in the Hollywood Union, SAG’s National Board, and the National Disciplinary Review Committee. With all of that to his name, David never had to worry about money loans. Sadly, he passed away back in 2001 at the age of 50, only days before his 51st birthday. Nobody thought David would meet his demise at a happy wedding occasion.
WENDIE JO SPERBER
Appearing as Marty McFly’s sister in the classic 80’s flick, Back to the Future, she made us all laugh with her adorable performance in the role. The movie gave her career a boost, leading to her landing more roles in other big productions, including Bachelor Party and I Wanna Hold Your Hand. Wendie Jo also made several TV appearances in popular sitcoms such as Bosom Buddies and Private Benjamin, which made her credit score higher.
Besides working in the TV and film industry, Wendie was also the founder of an independent organization that supports cancer patients and their families. Each year, weSPARK Cancer Support Center, along with other celebrities like Tom Hanks, conduct a benefit concert to raise funds. For a while, Wendie Jo Spencer battled breast cancer. She went through intensive treatments and managed to defeat the disease for a while before relapsing. The actress passed away back in 2005. She was 47 years old back then.
Not many actors and actresses can boast of the fact that they were discovered by one of the cinema’s greats, the filmmaker Martin Scorsese. Gina holds this distinction and she can also thank the director for helping jumpstart her Hollywood career, after being cast in the film Goodfellas. This led to more roles, including The Smell of Fear, The X-Files, and The Naked Gun 2 ½. However, despite her success, she was rejected three times for the character Janice Soprano in the 1999 film, The Sopranos.
Gina Mastrogiacomo’s future in the industry seemed bright, but her career wasn’t fated to last long. This Italian-American actress was born in Great Neck, Long Island, New York with a degree in Art Design. The actress passed away back in 2001. She was only 39 years old back then. Sadly, her grieving father also met his demise just six months after, proving how a father truly loved his daughter.
She was one of Asia’s biggest superstars and was even touted as The Madonna of Hong Kong, with credit to her amazing vocals and her awe-inspiring performances, which put Anita Mui on a whole other level when compared to her contemporaries. The actress and singer’s movies pulled in millions when it came to earning box office sales, and she often starred with some of the generation’s most popular actors and actresses—including the likes of Andy Lau.
Anita’s empire lasted for 21 years until she was diagnosed with a serious health issue, which she battled fiercely. Sadly, she succumbed to it back in 2003, when she was only 40 years old. However, her legacy lives on in several TV series that were created in her memory such as Forever Long Song, Anita Mui Fei, and Our Anita Mui. She also has a statue that is located in Hongkong’s Avenue of Stars.
If you grew up during the ‘90s, then you’re likely familiar with the popular Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego TV series. Lynne Thigpen portrayed “The Chief” on the children’s TV game show, which ran from 1991 to 1995. She also voiced “Luna” for Bear in the Big Blue House. Her varied roles helped the actress become a six-time nominee for the Daytime Emmys. Before Cherlynne Theresa Thigpen studied theatre at the University of Illinois, she already had a degree in teaching.
She moved to New York to pursue her dream as a stage actress and later became a part of numerous musicals such as Godspell, The Magic Show, and An American Daughter, where she won a Tony Award. Fans of the actress were saddened to hear of her passing back in 2003. She was 54 years old. Her family and friends decided to put up a foundation that would help young actors and actresses to have a successful career in the theatre industry.
The veteran actor has appeared in over a hundred TV shows and film productions throughout his career. Due to rather stern looks the James Robert Rebhorn was best known for portraying military men, politicians, lawyers, and doctors. Despite the degree of typecasting he received, he still delivered in every role. His appearance in films was a bit more varied, including parts in Meet the Parents, My Cousin Vinny, Independence Day, and The Talented Mr. Ripley.
James studied political science in Ohio, where he met his mentor and director, Richard S. Huffman. After graduation, he moved to New York and finished his masters’ in acting before entering the theatre scene. He lived in New Jersey with his wife, Rebecca Linn, and two daughters. Aware of the inevitable, he bravely wrote his obituary, before passing in 2004. He was 65 years old back then and a guy who was loved by many.
Malcolm Robert Andrew McLaren was a man blessed with a multitude of talents. The English impresario, performer, visual artist, musician, and clothing designer established a name for himself through his inventiveness and provocative approach when it comes to any endeavor he pursues. It comes as no surprise then that he also gets credit for promoting and managing the bands that helped shaped the punk movement: Sex Pistols and New York Dolls.
In 2009, Malcolm was diagnosed with a serious health problem and was receiving treatment in Sweden. In 2010, he succumbed to the disease. He was 64 years old at the time. It seems his talent and legacy will continue. Several TV and radio documentaries about his life were aired to give inspiration, especially to young people in this generation. His passion and dedication to his craft is something that everyone can relate to. BBC Radio 4 broadcasted his biopic entitled Malcolm McLaren: Spectacular Failure to mark his 10th death anniversary.
Fans of the show, Angel, will recognize Andy Hallett as the green-skinned and red-horned demon, Lorne. We have to give him credit for being able to deliver memorable performances despite the prosthetics! To make this happen, he needed to be on set for at least two and a half hours every shoot. Andy was also able to show off a different side to him, showcasing his vocal talents through Angel: Live Fast, Die Never the TV show’s soundtrack album.
He also appeared on the TV series, The Enforcers and Chance. Andy eventually passed away in 2009 at the tender age of 33. However, his character Lorne continued in a comic book written by John Byrne, Angel: After the Fall. He was also featured in another 48-pager book about his famous character, written by John, too. The publishing company said these books served as a tribute to Andy himself and a proper, final send-off for Lorne.
Having the talented French actor Gerard Depardieu for a father must have brought pressure on Guillaume’s shoulders, but to his credit, he managed to establish a name for himself outside of this shadow. Throughout his career, he received numerous accolades, including receiving a Cesar Award—which is the French equivalent of an Oscar. Guillaume starred in some notable productions, including Tous Les Matins Du Monde, Les Apprentis, and Count of Monte Cristo.
In 2007, Guillaume tried to rebuild his career, doing the films Don’t Touch the Axe and La France. He also did the 2008 movie De La Guerre. Thirteen years before his death, Guillaume was engaged in a motorcycle crash when he ran over a suitcase on the road that severely damaged his knee. After suffering from several health issues, Guillaume passed away on October 13, 2008. He was 37 years old. He left behind his beautiful wife, Elise Ventre, and their only child, Louise.
Fans of the immensely popular sitcom, All in the Family, will never forget Jean Stapleton’s portrayal of Edith Bunker. The role helped the actress earn 2 Golden Globes and even a primetime Emmy for her performance. Throughout her long career, she appeared in over 60 TV shows and film productions, including Dennis the Menace, Naked City, Something Wild, and Up the Down Staircase. Needless to say, she led a colorful and successful life—one that is truly enviable.
Given her career track, the actress never had to file for bankruptcy and made sure her family led a truly comfortable life. She was 90 years old when she passed away back in 2013 at her home in New York City, due to natural causes. Her co-stars commended the actress for being one of the greatest people to work with. To pay tribute to her contribution to the TV and film industry, the marquee light on Broadway were dimmed at exactly 8 p.m. on June 5, 2013, for 60 seconds.
experience as a martial artist and stunt performer. Despite being typecast, Steve James managed to establish a successful career for himself, with notable appearances in The Delta Force, the American Ninja series, and The Exterminator. He also tried his hand at comedy through the spoof film, I’m Gonna Get You Sucka, portraying Kung Fu Joe.
Born and raised in New York City, James was immediately involved in TV and stage work right after college graduation. He began as a stunt performer for the movie The Warriors, then later on started to get supporting roles. His last project was the comedy film, Weekend at Bernie’s II. One might think of him as invincible given the roles he had, but few know that he had a serious health issue. He died at the age of 41, way back in 1993.
John Elroy Sanford, known to many by his stage name Redd Foxx, was a talented comedian and actor. He is beloved by fans for starring on the TV show, Sanford and Son, portraying Fred G. Sanford. Aside from finding success in the nightclub scene during the ‘50s and’ 60s, he was also known as the “King of Party Records”, having performed on over 50 records during his career. In 2004, he was ranked at #24 in Comedy Central’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time.
In addition, Foxx had won a Golden Globe Award, several nominations for Primetime Emmy Award, and a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame. However, despite his fame and fortune, Redd filed for bankruptcy in 1983 due to his extravagant lifestyle, legal separation settlement, and monthly support payment to her wives. This might even lead him to opt for money loans. Up until his demise, he was still indebted with a total of over $3.6 million for his taxes. Redd passed in 1991 on the set of The Royal Family. He was 68 years old then.
Horror movie fans are sure to recognize Heather Michele O’Rourke from her appearance in Steven Spielberg’s, Poltergeist film back in the 1980s. Did you know she beat Drew Barrymore, who was also up for the role, at the time? Her famous lines even ranked on the 100 Movie Quotes of the American Film Institute. As a child actress, she had quite a successful run, even reprising her original role in the subsequent installments of the iconic movie.
She also appeared in numerous TV series like Happy Days, Webster, and Surviving: A Family in Crisis. Heather’s success allowed them to get a home in Big Bear Lake, California. Sadly, we never got to see her in more productions as Heather joined the Creator when she was only 12 years old. After drinking water from the well, Heather became ill. Her family worked with a wrongful death lawyer and the actress’s case was eventually settled.
JUDITH EVA BARSI
Another child actress who passed away too soon is Judith Eva Barsi. She was a popular model for various commercials and also appeared in the film, Jaws: The Revenge. Judith also provided the voice for characters in animated movies like All Dogs Go to Heaven and The Land Before Time. According to reports, Barsi was said to have been earning $100,000 a year at the age of 10, —which allowed them to purchase a 3-bedroom home for themselves in Los Angeles, while it also helped them to avoid money loans.
However, as she became more popular, her father, Jozsef Barsi, seemed to develop anger management problems and even threaten to harm them. Along the way, Barsi also developed disturbing behaviors that made her agent sought professional help. Unfortunately, Barsi met her and her mother’s, Maria Virovacz Barsi, demise at the hands of her dad in 1988. What he did was something unacceptable that he also ended his life.
Did you know that the actor also served the United States Marine Corps Reserve and had a number of odd jobs, including becoming a lifeguard and bellhop, before getting into the industry? Wilbert Bailey Everett Bixby III, also known as Bill Bixby, had quite a career, spanning over 3 decades, where he delivered varied performances on television, in movies, and even on stage. This includes TV credit for sitcoms, such as The Magician, My Favorite Martian, and The Courtship of Eddie’s Father.
Perhaps, he is best remembered for appearing in The Incredible Hulk as the main character, Dr. Banner. Aside from being in front of the camera, Bill also became an executive producer and director of several TV series, including Goodnight, Beantown, Wizards and Warriors, and Sledge Hammer. Before his death, he finished directing 30 episodes of the NBC sitcom Blossom and appeared in the 1992 series Diagnosis: Murder. Bill passed away in 1993 at 59 years old.
The actor, dancer, singer, and choreographer led a truly accomplished life. Gregory Oliver Hines is recognized as one of the greatest tap dancers in the entertainment industry. He began tap dancing at the age of 2, and by the time he was 5, Gregory was already dancing professionally! No wonder he was a natural at improvising. He has starred in over 40 films and has an established career on Broadway.
Gregory has been given much credit for his work, including a Tony, a Screen Actor’s Guild Award, and four Primetime Emmys. Gregory was also the lead singer and musician for the rock band Severance. His collaboration with the legendary Luther Vandross had reached the top spot on the Billboard R&B charts in 1986. Sadly, he passed away in 2003 at the age of 57. In 2019, Hines was honored with a postage stamp released by the United States Postal Service.
Leslie Earnest Lye was an actor, comedian, radio personality, writer, and voice artist. The Canadian artist is best remembered for being an original cast member on the children’s program, You Can’t Do That On Television where he played all the adult male characters. His career in both TV and radio has spanned nearly half a century. Before beginning work as a radio announcer, Les received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Toronto.
In 2003, Les was given the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television, and Radio Artists’ lifetime achievement award. He is also an active supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation that funds the organization for its medical research and treatment modalities. Before he passed away in 2009, he managed to write about his life experiences. He was 84 when he met his demise. In 2019, Ottawa City honored the actor by naming one of its theatres as the Les Lye Studio Theatre.
David Joseph Margulies gave us many memorable performances, from portraying Tony Soprano’s lawyer in the show, The Sopranos, to his appearances in the Ghostbusters sequel. Like many actors of his generation, the Brooklyn-born actor began his career in theatre, making his debut in Broadway back in 1973. His transition into films was a fruitful one, having starred in productions such as All That Jazz, The Front, Hide in Plain Sight, Times Square, Dressed to Kill, and Daniel.
Alongside his success in Broadway, David also joined the American Shakespeare Festival as an intern, which eventually gave him his first musical project in the 1973’s The Iceman Cometh revival. Sadly, the talented actor passed away in 2016. He was 78 at the time and left behind his partner, Lois Smith, and their son, Johnathon. With his success in Broadway, film, and TV industry, for sure, he has insurance that would make his family live comfortably.
We will always remember Abe Vigoda as Salvatore Tessio in The Godfather film, as well as for his many strong performances in both theatre and film. Did you know that he also enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in World War II? It was only after serving that he pursued his real passion: acting. Abraham Charles Vigoda studied at the American Theatre Wing but didn’t really work as a professional actor until 1947.
On stage, he gained much credit through various Broadway productions, including Tough to Get Help, where he played the role of Abraham Lincoln, along with Marat/Sade and The Man in the Glass Booth. He passed away in 2016, at the age of 94, due to natural causes while sleeping at her daughter’s house in New Jersey. However, before his actual death, Abe was mistakenly reported as dead by the People magazine. The actor just took it lightly and even posed sitting up in a coffin.
Like many from his generation, George Gaynes also served in the Royal Netherlands Navy during World War II. It was after his service that he moved to the US and became a citizen—starting his foray into theatre and Broadway. As a film actor, his most notable work includes portraying Commandant Eric Lassard in the Police Academy series, as well as his appearance in the film Tootsie, playing John Van Horn.
George’s TV credit is just as distinguished, winning hearts over with his role as Henry Warnimont on the series Punky Brewster. Thanks to years of training at the Actors Studio in New York City, he became a regular actor for multiple TV series and films. His wife, Allyn Ann McLeries, was also an actress, and they worked together in sitcoms like The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd and Punky Brewster. George passed away in 2016 due to natural causes at the age of 98 in North Bend, Washington.
Robert Arthur Knox started out at age 11, starring in various British shows, including The Bill, Trust Me, I’m a Teenager, and After You’ve Gone. Fans of Harry Potter will remember the actor for portraying Belby in the movies and many were left shocked after news of his death began to circulate. According to reports, Rob had stepped in for his younger brother during a street fight. Tragically, he passed away at an early age of 18 in 2008 outside the Metro Bar in London. At the time and was doing quite well in terms of his career.
Luckily, the suspect was charged with life imprisonment and a non-parole period with a minimum of 20 years. His family must be happy to receive justice for the actor’s demise through the help of criminal lawyers. The Rob Knox Foundation created a Rob Knox Film Festival that is celebrated annually to commemorate him and raise funds for local artists as well.
George Harris Kennedy has appeared in over 100 productions, in both film and TV. He starred alongside Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke; a role that won him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. His talent likely runs in the family—his father was an orchestra leader and musician, though he passed away while George was only 4 years old. His mother, Helen, was a ballet dancer. He made his theatre debut at the age of 2.
In 2016, George got credit for being the oldest living Oscar winner for the best supporting actor. Some of his greatest films are Shenandoah, Guns of the Magnificent Seven, The Good Guys and the Bad Guys Sadly, Naked Gun, and Airport. His final film was in the movie The Gambler, where he played Mark Wahlberg’s dying grandfather. In reality, George passed away on February 28, 2016, at Eagle Idaho, just ten days before his 91st birthday.
It was in 1973 when Irvin Feld and Kenneth Feld, the famed American circus producers, found Mihaly “Michu” Meszaros in Hungary. After showing the “Ringling Bros.” his talents, arrangements were made to bring him into the United States. He was given the title, “smallest man in the world”. Outside of being a circus performer, he also appeared in the sitcom, ALF, as well as in other shows throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s.
Some of his films are H. R. Pufnstuf, Look Who’s Talking, Freaked, and his final film credit was for Death to Cupid. Michu had suffered several health issues for about eight years. In 2016, his manager made an announcement about his health condition after passing out on his bathroom floor. He passed away the night after the incident happened at the age of 76. In his honor, Hawthorne, California named their shortest street in the city “Michu Lane”.
Alan Rickman trained with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before becoming part of the Royal Shakespeare Company where he performed in both classical and modern theatre productions. His film career is just as prolific, choosing diverse roles for films like Die Hard, Robinhood: Prince of Thieves, Sense and Sensibility, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and of course, in the Harry Potter films.
To his credit, his performance led to him becoming a major fan favorite, despite playing one of the most disliked characters in the books, Professor Severus Snape. With his excellent performance as a villain, it is no surprise that Alan made the list of Greatest Villains twice. Additionally, he was named one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in Film History and Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time and Empire magazine’s Greatest Living Movie Stars. Alan passed away in 2015 when he was 69 years old.
The Welsh actor gained prominence through the television series, Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Before this, however, Andy Whitfield had numerous appearances in Australian television shows including All Saints, McLeod’s Daughters, and Packed to the Rafters. His first major film credit came through another Australian production, the supernatural movie Gabriel. Outside the film industry, Andy is happily married to Vashti Whitfield and lived along with their two children.
It was in 2010 when he received bad news about his health, prompting delays in season 2 of Spartacus. Fortunately, everything seemed to be okay for a time, until he suffered a relapse. The inevitable happened and he passed away in 2011, just 11 months after he learned of his condition. Andy was 39 years old. In 2015, a documentary film premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival entitled Be Here Now. It was all about Andy’s journey and struggles during his battle against the disease that was later released on Netflix.
The renowned chef charmed audiences with his no-nonsense attitude coupled with his endless curiosity when it comes to food, as well as the places he traveled to for his culinary shows. Anthony Michael Bourdain was often compared to Hunter S. Thompson and touted as a “rockstar chef”. Throughout his career, he hosted numerous culinary and cultural adventure programs including No Reservation, The Layover, and Parts Unknown. Bourdain also made investments in publishing both fiction and nonfiction books.
His passing came as a surprise to many, most especially his mother who said that Anthony was the last person she thought of harming himself. Anthony and the crew for Parts Unknown were in France filming when they found their lifeless body. He was 61 at the time. Some of his items were sold at an auction to raise funds to support his scholarship foundation. In 2019, the first Bourdain Day was announced by his good friends as a tribute to him.
Mark Salling was one of the breakout stars from the popular TV series, Glee. His portrayal of Noah “Puck” Puckerman endeared him to many, despite starting as one of the antagonists on the show. Before getting cast on Glee, he studied at the Los Angeles College of Music. He even appeared in the major film production, Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering. Music isn’t something new to the actor, he established a recording label of his own and released an album entitled Pipe Dreams in 2010.
Aside from music and film, Mark was a member of the Echo Park Ornithology Club. His love for birds and other animals made him write the organization’s theme songs. However, the actor wasn’t able to fully take advantage of his newfound fame. No lawyer could save him as he found himself embroiled in controversy after a seven-year jail sentence for multiple charges. Mark was reported missing and was found lifeless on Sunland, Los Angeles. He passed away on January 30, 2018. He was 35.
The music icon was the leader of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, who brought us numerous hits such as American Girl, Learning to Fly, and Mary Jane’s Last Dance. Tom has been hailed as one of the best-selling musical artists of all time with over 80 million records sold worldwide. Did you know that as a young boy, his interest in rock and roll was inspired by Elvis Presley? In another interview, Tom also gives credit to the Beatles for inspiring him to form a band.
Thomas Earl Petty dropped out of school at 17 years old to pursue his dream. However, his father was against it and it affected their relationship. Despite having countless awards and honors, Tom seemed to be unlucky in the romantic relationship department. As they said, you really couldn’t have it all. Anyhow, he found love in his second wife, Dana York. Tom passed away on October 2, 2017, at the age of 66 years old.
Together with his band, Linkin Park, Chester Bennington managed to break records— their debut outing Hybrid Theory even becoming the best-selling album of the decade. Their follow-up releases found equal success, cementing the band’s place in rock and roll and music history. To his credit, Chester was recognized by several publications for being one of the greatest rock vocalists of his generation. Chester also had a career as an actor, making appearances in films such as Crank and its sequel, Crank: High Voltage.
His passing in 2017 came as a shock to the band’s fans all over the world. Nobody thought he could hard himself. Coincidentally, he passed away on the 53rd birthday of his close friend, Chris Cornell, who also left the world in the same year. According to his bandmate, Mike Shinoda, his passing was a tough thing to accept for everyone and added that he couldn’t imagine life without him.
Another great artist who went too soon was Chris Cornell. He was one of music’s greats, his work as a singer-songwriter and as the frontman for Soundgarden, as well as Audioslave, has influenced many of his contemporaries. He has received numerous accolades throughout his career, including being touted as one of rock’s greatest vocalists. Chris has also won a total of three Grammy awards for his work. Aside from music, fans of the artist also followed his personal beliefs, with many being inspired by his free-thinking nature. His final song credit was for the single, The Promise.
After ending his first marriage, Chris found it hard to move on and sought help from bad vices. Although he managed to recover, he still suffered from different discomforts and conditions. Chris also helped others, who had been through the same thing him, to their recovery process by supporting the MusiCares MAP Fund, which he was honored with a Stevie Ray Vaughn Award. However, he passed away in 2017 at the age of 52.
CHRISTOPHER “BIG BLACK” BOYKIN
Christopher “Big Black” Boykin was an American musician who gained popularity through the reality TV show, Rob & Big. The show followed him and pro skateboard Rob Dyrdek, with episodes focusing on the two trying to accomplish a task. This includes attempts at breaking a world record to having an exorcism done in their home. Big was successful at breaking a Guinness record whilst filming—one for eating the most number of powdered-sugar doughnuts in less than three minutes and another for peeling and eating the most bananas within a minute.
Before his stardom, Big Black served in the US Navy and became Rob’s bodyguard. He was in the Rob & Big show until its 3rd season and decided to leave and start a family with his wife Shannon Turley. The couple went on their separate ways shortly because of Big’s worsening condition. He passed away in 2017 at the age of 45. We just hope that he got insurance to secure her daughter’s future.
She was one of the most popular stars of the 1960s, credit to her work in both music and film. Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff or mostly known as Dori Day, started as a big band singer, reaching commercial success with her classic tunes My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time and Sentimental Journey. She would later start her solo career, recording over 650 songs between 1947 and 1967. Doris also had a successful run as an actress and holds the distinction for being one of only eight performers to have been a top box-office earner four different times.
At the age of 15, Doris got into a car accident that fractured her right leg and hindered her from being a professional dancer. While recovering, her mother saw tremendous potential in Doris’s singing. With the help of her voice teacher, she became one of the greatest singers of her generation. Doris passed away back in 2019 at the age of 97, and as her request, no funeral services or other public memorials happened.
George Michael remains one of the foremost icons of the 1980s, starting from his success with the duo Wham! before establishing a solo career. He also gets credit as one of music’s best-selling artists, with over 80 million records sold around the world. I’m sure you’re familiar with Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, Careless Whisper, and Last Christmas—these are still beloved by many even today.
During his career, he received numerous accolades, including two Grammys. George was also a staunch advocate of LGBT rights and came out as gay back in 1998. Although he used to sleep with women before, he was always open about his sexuality. Even when he was arrested in 1988 for public lewdness, he stays true to himself. Michael also got into a car accident in 2013 where he had head injuries after. He passed away in 2016. George was 53 years old then.
Misty Anne Upham was a Native American actress whose critically acclaimed performance in the film, Frozen River, won her various accolades. This includes a nomination from the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female. Other notable film works for the actress include Django Unchained and August: Osage County. She also received posthumous credit for the film, Within, which was released in 2015. Misty played alongside some of the bests in Hollywood.
However, despite the success she attained in the entertainment industry, she had a rough childhood and beginnings nobody could think of. Sadly, Misty passed away on October 5, 2014. She was discovered at the bottom of a cliff more than a week after she was reported missing. Controversy still surrounds the case and was covered in the documentary, 11 Days – The Search for Misty Upham. Until today, Misty’s family is still searching for answers and justice for her controversial and mysterious demise.
Joan Rivers made her being controversial her bread and butter. The best bit? She was beloved by many for it. In 1986, she got her program, The Late Show with Joan Rivers, making her the first woman to be at the helm of a nighttime television talk show. She even became a rival to her mentor, Johnny Carson. She also hosted Fashion Police on E! and had her reality-TV shows alongside her daughter, Melissa Rivers.
The host led quite the colorful life with a high credit score, of course—one which she never shies away from speaking about. Her life was an open book, including her multiple cosmetic procedures. She even made a joke of herself, saying that she will donate her body to Tupperware when she leaves this world. In 2014, Joan passed due at the age of 81. Her doctors take full responsibility for her demise as it is found out that they had committed several mistakes during a medical procedure.
As the patriarch of the Jackson family, Joe’s passing was felt throughout the music industry. It is well-known that the Jackson children are all very talented, but it’s Joe who gets credit for getting them into the business. The iconic Jackson 5 was his brainchild, starting with his eldest sons, Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine before getting Marlon and Michael to join later. The group would make history and of course, give us the legendary Michael Jackson.
For his contributions to music, Joe was inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame in 2014. Some of Joe Jackson Band’s greatest hits include Is She Really Going Out With Him, It’s Different for Girls, Jumpin’ Jive, Real Men, and A Slow Song. Other than music, Joe wrote an autobiography about his life experiences from childhood until his success in the music industry called A Cure For Gravity. He passed away in 2018 at the age of 89.
Before getting into film, Bernard Jeffrey McCullough aka Bernie Mac started as a stand-up comedian, eventually joining his contemporaries Cedric the Entertainer, Steve Harvey, and D.L. Hughley in The Original Kings of Comedy. This was followed by other film appearances, most notably in Ocean’s Eleven where he portrayed Frank Catton. He even got to host his namesake show, which ran from 2001 to 2006, and he also earned two Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
He then received posthumous credit for Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Old Dogs, and Soul Men. Three years before his passing, Bernie suffered from a serious health scare. After weeks of treatment, he eventually passed away in 2008. He was 50 years old. To give credit to the comedian, Chicago’s mayor declared November 14 as Bernie Mac Day. Surely, a lot of people would miss how Bernie made them laughed their hearts out.
Despite her passing, Farrah Leni Fawcett remains an icon for many. She will always be remembered for her role as Jill Munroe during the first season of the TV show, Charlie’s Angels. Throughout her career, the actress and model earned numerous accolades. Aside from TV and film work, she also had an established theatre career, proving her versatility in the craft. She has also been nominated multiple times for both the Emmys and Golden Globes.
It was in 2006 when Farrah found out about her health condition. Since then, she was being treated and even went under the knife. Although these things cured her illness, it was only for a time being and she eventually experienced a relapse. Her health battle was even chronicled in the documentary, Farrah’s Story, for which she was posthumously given producer credit. The special feature showed everything that she went through. Ultimately, Farrah passed away at the age of 62 in June 2009.
Aaliyah Dana Haughton was on the verge of becoming the biggest female artist of the early-2000s. She dominated the music scene with her debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number, selling three million copies in the U.S. alone. Aaliyah was collaborating with the industry’s best, with her second album managing to sell eight million copies worldwide. She was at the top of her game, even landing roles in Romeo Must Die and Queen of the Damned.
Aside from singing and acting, Aaliyah mostly stayed at home. Despite her riches, she chose to enjoy the little things in life. As a matter of fact, she admitted that she didn’t own a car and just hire one when needed. Unfortunately, a tragic accident caused her her life in in 2001 along with 8 other crew members. Her legacy continues, however, and she is given credit for redefining hip hop, pop, and contemporary R&B.
Timothy John Russert was a lawyer and journalist who also received credit for being the longest-serving moderator for Meet the Press on NBC. Tim was also senior vice president for NBC News and covered several presidential elections during his career. In 2008, he was included by Time magazine in its annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. He was also a recipient of 48 honorary doctorates and awards including the American Legion Journalism, American Academy of Achievements, and Emmy Award.
Outside of the often serious world of journalism, Tim was a big fan of sports. He was even elected to the board of directors for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003. On June 13, 2008, Russert passed away while recording voiceovers for an episode of Meet the Press. According to his long-time friend and doctor, it was due to a serious health issue. Nobody thought Tim would die doing what he loved the most.
Eric Hill passed away back in 2014, due to the physical trauma he sustained following a paragliding accident. Although he is an experienced paraglider, he couldn’t control the air turbulence that hit him against the mountain. Whilst the 32-year-old was rushed to a nearby hospital, Eric later succumbed to the severity of his injuries. He was part of the 10th season of The Bachelorette, and got eliminated in the 4th week. Eric was the only contestant to pass away before their season aired.
According to her sister, Eric lived his life to the fullest until his last breath. Even before joining the TV show, he had visited more than 50 United Nation countries in just 40 weeks where he documented his journey on his website, GO with Eric: The Global Odyssey. Going on new adventures is certainly thrilling, but often this is also when many accidents happen. That’s why it is important to get insurance and use safety equipment when doing so. Such was the case when it came to reality star’s death.
As the daughter of two talented artists, it seemed as if Natalie Cole was destined for success. Her debut album, Inseparable, became a massive hit. This was followed by her sophomore release, Natalie, which was received with equal success. Her popularity was further fueled by the rivalry between her and Aretha Franklin. To her credit, among the different accolades she received throughout her career, perhaps the most important is being recognized as the first African-American artist to win Best New Artist at the Grammys.
Natalie shared her life experiences and ordeal through her autobiography entitled Angel on My Shoulder along with a TV movie, Livin’ for Love. Eight years after, she was diagnosed with a serious health issue. Despite doing everything to get well, Natalie passed away in 2015. She was 65 years old. The singer had left a legacy of unforgettable music that will remain forever. Nobody will forget a good talent like Natalie.
VANITY (DENISE KATRINA MATTHEWS)
The Canadian singer-songwriter Denise Katherine Matthews enjoyed a prolific career before quitting the business to focus more on evangelism. She was originally part of the female group Vanity 6, but the group disbanded in 1983. From there on, she continued as a soloist and has two albums to her credit. Wild Animal and Skin on Skin produced relatively successful singles, including Pretty Mess, Undress, and Mechanical Emotion.
In 1992, everyone was shocked as Vanity was converted to a born-again Christian. She explained that after being hospitalized because of a serious health issue, she claimed that Jesus appeared to her, asking to leave her ungodly life. Without second thoughts, she became Denise and refused to take sexy roles. Despite seeking professional help and doing everything to cure her illness, Vanity met her demise. However, even before she passed away, she managed to write an autobiography with the title, Blame It On Vanity: Hollywood, Hell, and Heaven. She passed in 2016 at the age of 57.
Stephen Robert Irwin was an Australian zookeeper and wildlife expert who was beloved worldwide. His passing shocked many, given its suddenness and cause. He first began his climb to popularity via The Crocodile Hunter, which aired from 1996 until 2007. With his wife Terri, he also hosted the Croc Files and The Crocodile Hunter Diaries—just two TV projects he received credit for. Steve also owned and operated the Australia Zoo, the responsibility was passed down to his family after his death.
Throughout his career, Steve received countless honors and recognitions like incorporating his names with newly discovered species, Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame, and a star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. In addition to his legacy, the road along the Australia Zoo was named Steve Irwin Way, a national park called Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve, and an asteroid known as 57567 Crikey. The “Crocodile Hunter,” as fans nicknamed him, died on September 4, 2006. He was 44 years old.
ZSA ZSA GABOR
The Hungarian-American actress and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor became one of the most sought-after actresses of her time and is best known for her leading role in 1952’s Moulin Rouge. The actress’s name is often associated with extravagance, given her glamorous personality and colorful romantic life. Through it all, she never once experienced opting for a money loan. Though she lived a controversial life, she remains one of the most iconic and beloved actresses from Hollywood’s Golden Age.
Zsa Zsa was the 1936 Miss Hungary who moved to the United States to pursue her long-time dream of being an actress. With her exuding charm and grace, having nine husbands should not come as a surprise. In 2002, she was among those severely injured in an automobile crash on Sunset Boulevard. Despite numerous surgeries, she lived to the age of 99. The actress wishes to move back to her hometown to spend her last days but passed away just 50 days short of her 100th birthday.
Audiences will remember him best for his role as Tony “Duke” Evers in the Rocky franchise, but before becoming an actor, Anthony Mabron “Tony” Burton was a boxing champion who has won several tournaments during his time. Tony won the State Golden Gloves Light Heavyweight Championship back in 1957. He got started in acting through theatre, landing small roles in the L.A. area, and garnering praise early on. For his contribution, he was inducted into the Greater Flint Afro-American Hall of Fame.
Before getting into the film industry, Tony spent three years behind bars for a serious legal issue. His experiences became his greatest motivation to be productive, starting with getting a degree from the University of California. He also participated in a workshop that uses psychodrama to build towards his acting career. Some of his works are Frank’s Place, Assault on Precinct 13, and Rocky Balboa. He passed away in 2016. The actor was 78 years old.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned fame and money are not guarantees when it comes to a person’s happiness. This rings true for actor David Gordon Strickland Jr. who struggled with mental health issues, including depression, up until his death. He was a successful star during his time and is best known for his role as Todd Stities on NBC’s Suddenly Susan. David also appeared in Dave’s World, Roseanne, and in Forces of Nature.
Aside from having bad vices, David also struggled with a health issue. Just five months before his demise, he even encountered a serious legal problem and was penalized. After spending three days in Las Vegas, he passed away in 1999 by harming his own self, which surprised the many. Police ruled out the possibility of foul play. His career may have been short, but his investments in the industry will live on. David left a legacy for others to continue.
Not only was Harold Allen Ramis one of the industry’s most beloved actors and filmmakers, starring in some widely successful films during his career, but he also influenced a generation of comedians, actors, and comedy writers in the process. Actors and filmmakers such as Bobby Farrelly, Adam Sandler, and Jay Roach all credit him as one of their favorites. He also played in other acclaimed films including As Good As It Gets, Knocked Up, and The Ice Harvest. As a writer, he co-wrote National Lampoon’s Animal House, Groundhog Day, and Meatballs.
For audiences, many will remember and associate him most with his Ghostbuster’s character, Egon Spengler. When he is not working, Harold enjoys several activities like fencing, playing musical instruments, and skiing. However, in 2010, he lost the ability to walk due to an infection. Harold passed away back in 2014 at the age of 69 years old, leaving Hollywood with another loss of a great actor, comedian, director, and writer.
His career may have been cut short, but the actor Windell Middlebrooks certainly left quite an impression on audiences. Among his notable appearances include roles in shows such as Hannah Montana, The Suite Life on Deck, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, My Name is Earl, and Body of Proof. However, he gained popularity in the Miller High Life beer ads.
Before getting into acting, Windell began as a hospitality employee and then earned a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre/Communications from the Los Angeles Film Studies Center, where he was awarded the Chancellor’s Club Fellowship. He also earned a Master of Fine Arts in acting in 2004—showing his passion for the craft. Sadly, he passed away in 2015. The actor was only 36 years old then. Sadly, a lot of viewers didn’t get the chance to witness the great talent Windell showed in the industry. Anyhow, it couldn’t be denied that he left a legacy for everyone to remember.
This actor and producer, Nathaniel Marston, is best remembered by fans and audiences for his two roles on One Life to Live, portraying Dr. Michael McBain and Al Holden from 2001 to 2007. He was working at a Beverly Hills bakery at the time he was scouted by an agent for William Morris. Nathaniel started in commercials before getting cast as Rosario Cappamezza in the film Love Is All There, starring alongside Angelina Jolie. It was followed by numerous appearances in television series, like Matt Waters, One Life to Live, and As The World Turns, in which he received a nomination for an Outstanding Male Newcomer.
He passed away in 2015, following a traffic accident that left him in critical condition. According to reports, Nathaniel failed to wear his seatbelts when his truck flipped over multiple times. Although he did survive and went on a surgery, his second chance of living would mean disabilities from neck down. His career may have been short, but we’re sure he did not experience opting for money loans because of it.
Before becoming an actor, Benjamin Eric Woolf was a pre-school teacher, which he enjoyed the most. According to him, teaching the children creates imaginations beyond any rules. He received his degree in Early Childhood Education at City College and in 2010 and eventually decided to pursue his dream of becoming an actor. Among Ben’s most memorable characters are Meep and The Infanta on American Horror Story. Tap, Insidious, Woggie, Dead Kansas, and Haunting Charles Manson are some of his films.
Ben had a condition called pituitary dwarfism and stood 4 feet and 4 inches as an adult. What others might see as a disability, he used to his advantage. He passed away in 2015 at the age of 34. Two weeks after his demise, Moscow honored him at the Russian Horror Film Awards for his contributions to the horror movie category. He left a legacy that no one could surpass, although they could try to match.
The actress’s career spanned over six decades of film and television, and through it all, she received a Screen Actors Guild Award and a total of five Emmys. Doris May Roberts began studying acting at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre in NYC and began doing film work by 1961. Doris is given credit for appearing in notable films such as Little Murders, Rabbit Test, and The Honeymoon Killers. This success continued when she transitioned to TV work, starring in Everybody Loves Raymond from 1996 to 2005.
Doris was also a staunch animal rights activist and served as a chairwoman for the Children with AIDS Foundation. She was also a proud Democrat who fights against age discrimination in Hollywood. Her much recognition such as honorary doctorate of fine arts, Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame show her great legacy. She passed away in 2016 at the age of 90.
Garry Shandling will always be remembered for The Larry Sanders Show and It’s Garry Shandling’s Show—just two of his best investments in the industry. When he first started, however, Garry wrote for sitcoms including Sanford and Son. This was to be followed by frequent guest-hosting stints on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. In fact, for a time, he was even considered as a contender who might replace the legendary host. He may not have won the spot, but he did get his Emmy-nominated show later on.
Although Garry has never been married nor had kids, he lived with his fiancé Linda Doucett, who was also part of his show. However, the two ended their relationship as she filed a lawsuit. Despite the controversies, Garry received numerous recognitions and nominations, including two British Comedy Awards, three American Comedy Awards, and a BAFTA Award. The award-winning host passed away in 2016 at the age of 66.
Suzanne Crough was a child actress, who was beloved by fans of the show The Partridge Family for her adorable turn as Tracy Partridge. The show became a major success, reaching cult status, and remains a favorite for many until today. Following the end of the show, Suzanne continued to appear in many films and even made guest appearances in TV shows, including Mulligan’s Stew. Before leaving the business, her last TV credit was for the 1980’s TV series Children of Divorce.
She led quite the private life since, getting married to William Condray in 1985 and having two daughters. The Today Show held a reunion interview for the cast of The Partridge Family in 2010. Here, Suzanne was proud to announce that she was a manager at an OfficeMax in Arizona. However, her sudden death in 2015 at the age of 52 shocked everyone, especially when the reason for passing was unclear. However, there are reports claiming she had a serious health issue.
The English actor is best remembered as Ronald Craven in the TV serial, Edge of Darkness. The role even won him a BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor. After gaining fame, he started appearing in several films like The Kitchen Toto, On The Black Hill, and Slipstream. Fans of the Jurassic Park franchise will also be familiar with Bob, given his role as Robert Muldoon in the first film.
The talented actor was a regular at the Royal Shakespeare Company. He performed alongside fellow legends Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, and Donald Sinden. It was in 1994 when he was diagnosed with a rare type of serious health issue, which he underwent treatment for, probably with the help of insurance. Unfortunately, Bob passed in 1999 at 53 years old. A year later, an animated film entitled The Miracle Maker was released, featuring Bob’s voice for the character of Joseph as a dedication in his memory.
ASHLEIGH ASTON MOORE
The actress is best remembered for her turn as Chrissy in the 1995 film, Now and Then. She started as a child actress, specifically at age four, and appeared in many different commercials before landing her first TV role. Her TV debut was on The Odyssey, where she played the dual roles of Alpha and Donna. The show lasted for three seasons, and then she went on to appear in other TV shows like Liar, Liar: Between Father and Daughter, and Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain.
Her final TV credit was in Touched by an Angel and then she decided to retire from acting after. After she ended her career, Ashleigh moved back to Canada to spend time with her family. She passed away in December 2007 at the age of 26 years old. She had a short life but her performance left a significant impression in the film industry.
Kevin Ferguson, or popularly known as Kimbo Slice, was a Bahamian-American mixed martial artist and occasional actor. However, before starting a mixed martial arts career, he was employed as a bouncer in a club, and later became a driver-bodyguard for Reality Kings. He claimed recognition and fame through his mutual combat street fights which went viral across the internet. This is where he also got his screen name Slice when he left a large cut in the right eye of his enemy.
Rolling Stone even gives him credit as “The King of the Web Brawlers”. Upon leaving the underground fighting scene, he turned to professional work—competing in The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights, though his first fight was a loss to Roy Nelson. He also got into wrestling and professional boxing and had a contract with Bellator MMA from 2015 up until his death. Unfortunately, Kimbo passed away in 2016 at the age of 42.
This English musician and singer-songwriter remain iconic for many, thanks to his powerful vocals and his androgynous appearance. He rose to celebrity status following the success of his band’s single, You Spin Me Round (Like a Record), which was released in 1984. Dead or Alive’s rise to the top continued on and so did Pete’s infamy. He even appeared on Celebrity Big Brother 4.
Pete was outspoken about many things, including modifying his appearance through cosmetic surgery— which eventually led him to bankruptcy and also caused health issues later in his life. He might even end up opting for money loans. Despite the hardships he had been through, Peter still managed to write a book about his life experiences. Titled Freak Unique: My Autobiography, it told a story about this great actor nobody knew about. Pete passed away in 2016 at the age of 57. Almost five years after, fans still miss seeing him on the small and big screen.
Anton will always be remembered by Trekkies for his role as Pavel Chekov in three of the new Star Trek films, Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Star Trek Beyond. Before becoming part of the multi-million dollar franchise, however, Anton Viktorovich Yelchin also appeared in films such as Fright Night, Alpha Dog, and Green Room. The actor also had a keen interest in photography, receiving credits from various magazines, and has even exhibited his work around the world.
The most recent of which was in 2018 for Anton Yelchin: Provocative Beauty. Steven Spielberg’s miniseries Taken helped Anton’s career to grow further. He also starred in the movies Huff, while the last film he was seen was in Trollhunters. Sadly, Anton left this life in 2016 at the early age of 27. As expected, everyone was shocked by his sudden demise, reducing Hollywood not just with another great talent but also with a superb actor.
The beloved actor and musician might be best known for portraying the iconic character R2-D2 in the Star Wars films, but his film resume isn’t limited to the franchise alone. He has received credit for appearances in various successful productions including Flash Gordon, Labyrinth, Amadeus, The Elephant Man, and Time Bandits. Later, he would establish the successful comedy act Purvis and the Minitones.
Kenneth’s early beginnings were quite the colorful one, joining a theatrical troupe of midgets and dwarfs before becoming part of a circus. His life experiences are written in his biography entitled From Tiny Acorns: The Kenny Baker Story. Kenny’s wife also had dwarfism, though his two kids didn’t inherit their conditions. In 2015, he was invited to attend the opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the U.S. but was too sick to travel. Kenny passed away in 2016, just 11 days short of his 82nd birthday.
Who can forget one of the best TV moms of the late ‘60s? As Carol Brady on the cult-favorite The Brady Bunch, she made us roll over in laughter and fall in love with her character even more. Aside from TV work, Florence also had many appearances in film and on stage. She even went on to host cooking and variety shows throughout her career—proving how talented and versatile she truly is. To her credit, Florence continued to host her show Who’s Cooking with Florence Henderson up until her passing.
Florence won an Individual Achievement Award and Outstanding Host at the 33rd Annual Gracie Awards Gala for The Florence Henderson Show. However, outside the film and TV industry, she was an active supporter of the Sisters of St. Benedict and helped the charity with fundraising. She even donated her prizes for the game shows Weakest Link and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire to the nuns. Sadly, Florence passed away in 2016 at the age of 82.
Before his son Robin Thicke began dominating the airwaves with his music, Alan was already an established actor and songwriter. He is best remembered by audiences for portraying Dr. Jason Seaver on the popular 80’s sitcom, Growing Pains. After the show ended, he found further success as a game show host back in Canada. With credit to his wit and skill, Alan even hosted his namesake show during the ‘70s and ‘80s.
Did you know he was also a prolific TV theme song composer? Alan showed his talent in popular shows, like The Facts of Life, Diff’rent Strokes, The Wizards of Odds, Celebrity Sweepstakes, and Wheel of Fortune. He also tried his luck as a producer, producing Anne Murray Christmas TV show in the late ‘70s. A diabetes research organization was named after him to show his utmost support. He passed away due while playing ice hockey with his son on December 13, 2016. He was 69 years old.
The Canadian singer-songwriter, poet, and novelist, Leonard Norman Cohen, was beloved by many. His work transcended generations and people worldwide listened to his music. Many were shocked about his passing but his contributions to the industry weren’t for naught. Aside from being a prolific musician, gifting us with classics such as “Suzanne” and “Hallelujah”, Leonard was also an immensely talented writer.
In fact, he graduated from McGill University with a BA degree and published his first poetry book, Let Us Compare Mythologies not too long after. For decades, Leonard had been sharing his deep and timeless talent through songs and poetry. With his contribution to the industry, he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award where most of his works are translated into multiple languages. He passed away in 2016. A month after, Montreal City held a concert with the title, God is Alive, Magic is a Foot, which came from his novel called Beautiful Losers.
Johnathan Southworth Ritter is best known for portraying Jack Tripper on the popular sitcom Three’s Company. He received a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for this role, even reprising the character on the spin-off show Three’s a Crowd. He has appeared in over 100 productions on TV, film, and even on Broadway. His most notable film credits include Problem Child 1 and 2, as well as in the 1990’s IT where he played an adult Ben Hanscom.
John’s last production work was on the set of the 8 Simple Rules for Dating My. He passed away in 2003 at the age of 54. Years after, his wife filed a lawsuit against the hospital for John’s wrongful demise but was settled later on. His sons Jason and Tyler Ritter are also successful actors in their own right. These two are trying to continue the legacy that their father left.
Brian Christopher Lawler was a professional wrestler who is best remembered for his work in the World Wrestling Federation (WWE). He went by the names Brian Christopher and Grand Master Sexay. Brian has won over 44 titles in the US Wrestling Federation. He also comes from a family with ties to the sport. His father, Jerry Lawler, was a former pro wrestler turned commentator and his brother, Kevin Christian, is a wrestling referee.
Brian died in 2018 at the age of 46. However, his father, Jerry Lawler, with the help of a lawyer, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Hardeman County Sheriff John Doolen for failure to protect his son. As a Pittsburgh Steelers biggest fan, his casket had a Steelers-themed casket with his name on the ring. Although Brian differed from his father’s favorite team – a diehard Cleveland Browns fans – it couldn’t be denied that Jerry loved his son so much.
He is, perhaps, best known for portraying the kind yet unseen neighbor Wilson W. Wilson Jr. on the popular sitcom Home Improvement. Thanks to his degree in acting, Earl John Hindman’s first debut in the 1967 film Teenage Mother, followed by numerous villain roles, such as Who Killed Mary What’s ‘Er Name, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, and The Parallax View.
Earl’s Another of Earl’s most notable TV characters would be Bob Reid from Ryan’s Hope. He had the role from 1975 to 1984 and would come back for the show’s final episodes from 1988 to 1989. However, in the succeeding years, Earl was given minor roles in the projects like Silverado, War and Remembrance, and Law & Order. Sadly, the actor passed away in 2003 at the age of 61. Although 17 years have passed, no one could ever forget the great talent Hindman showed everyone both on the big and smalls screens.
The famed chef and restaurateur holds the distinction for being named “Chef of the Century” by Gault Millau back in 1989 and was also given the Meilleur Ouvrier de France in cuisine back in 1976. Throughout his decorated career, Joël published several cookbooks, some of which have been translated into English, and was also the chairman for Larousse Gastronomique. His restaurants are spread across the globe, from Europe to the United States to Asia, receiving 32 Michelin Guide stars among them—the most for any chef.
In addition to his legacy, Robuchon became the most influential chef in Paris for the post-nouvelle cuisine era. Through his critical judgments, he had transformed different cuisines into delicate dishes. Robuchon left the world in 2018. His investments in cuisine and passion for the craft were inherited by his daughter, Sophia, who is now managing a restaurant along with his husband. Wherever Robuchon is today, he is surely one proud dad.
The iconic actor, singer, and author had a career that spanned almost seven decades—one of which is as colorful as the roles he played throughout the years. Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee usually portrayed villain roles and is most associated with his infamous Count Dracula character in a series of Hammer Horror films—being typecasted was something he had always lamented. Nonetheless, he continued to appear in many notable productions, including major movie franchises, such as James Bond, Star Wars, and even Lord of the Rings.
For his investments in the industry and charity, he was knighted back in 2009. He was the recipient of the Spirit of Metal Award in 2010 and BAFTA Fellowship in 2011 and 2013. Christopher passed in 2015, just a few weeks before his 93rd birthday. His legacy lives on as he was given a Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1994 and honored in the 88th Academy Awards in 2016.
The child actor beloved for portraying Geoffrey Barone on the popular sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond was quite young when he passed. He had an older sister, Madylin, and an identical twin brother, Sullivan, who were both on the show with him for a total of nine seasons. The family moved to California from Texas when the twins were only six months old and within less than a year, the Sweeten siblings were cast on the show. We hoped this helped their family steer clear from money loans.
Sadly, Sawyer’s career was cut short. He passed away in 2015 at only 19 years old. At the time, his co-stars from the TV series Everybody Loves Raymond shared great memories with him, saying that he’s a sweet and funny kid that was gone too soon. His sister asked anyone who is facing the same situation as his brother to reach out for help, especially to their loved ones for they don’t want the same thing to happen again to others.
The beloved English actress comes from the Redgrave legacy of artists. Her mother is Vanessa Redgrave, while her father is Tony Richardson. Despite this background, Natasha had to start small. Her film debut credit came courtesy of her father’s film The Charge of the Light Brigade. Throughout her career, Natasha Jane Richardson received numerous awards and accolades, including a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, and Best Actress for the 1994 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
Her most memorable appearances are in the films Gothic, The Parent Trap, The Handmaid’s Tale, The White Countess, and Maid in Manhattan among others. Richardson was an advocate and ambassador for various health charities like God’s Love We Deliver, Mother’s Voices, and National AIDS Trust. She passed away in 2009 at the age of 46. With her works and advocacies, Richardson had lived a life worth living.
He was a filmmaker, producer, and actor, who is best remembered for creating Happy Days, including its spin-offs. Marshall also developed The Odd Couple by Neil Simon for TV. When it comes to film work, his most notable projects include Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, Beaches, The Princess Diaries, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, and New Year’s Eve—among many others. Before becoming a director, he began working as a joke writer for Joey Bishop as well as other comedians. Marshall also received credit as a writer for The Tonight Show with Jack Paar.
With his amazing skills and talents, Marshall managed to establish a career with multiple recognitions and nominations, including the Women in Film Lucy Award, Valentine Davies Award, and Laurel Award for TV Writing Achievement. He was also inducted for his great contributions in the TV industry into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame and Television Hall of Fame. He held his last breath in 2016 at the age of 81.
The actor will always be associated with Superman and for his performances, Christopher Reeve received a BAFTA award. He also appeared in other notable films, including Street Smart, The Bostonians, and The Remains of the Day. For his work on Rear Window, he was nominated for both the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Award. In 1995, the actor became a quadriplegic following an accident during an equestrian competition. After recovering, he went on to make his directorial debut and made investments towards stem cell research.
Reeve was an active supporter of environmental and human rights and the artistic freedom of speech through his Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. He also showed interest in disability activism and began changing the legislation by raising the lifetime cap payments per person. With his dedication and passion for his advocacies, he served numerous organizations that help persons with disabilities to have a better life. He passed away in 2004 at the age of 52.
Margaret Ruth Kidder was a Canadian actress with a career that spanned over five decades. Throughout this period, she received plenty of accolades, including a Daytime Emmy Award and three Canadian Screen Awards. She received both TV and film credit but is most associated with her role as Lois Lane in the Superman film series. She started her acting career in the 1960s, appearing in low-budget Canadian films and TV series. However, it wasn’t until she did the 1970 movie Quackser Fortune Has a Cousing in the Bronx that she landed her major role.
As an actress, she continued to appear on TV up until the 2000s, including guest roles on Smallville and The L Word. Aside from acting she was an environmental, political, and anti-war activist. Kidder used her career to overcome her health condition and it successfully resulted in great success in both the TV and film industries. Although she managed to get back on her feet and started to get leading roles, Kidder passed away in 2018 at the age of 69.
Fans of Project Runway would remember Wendy Pepper for her part in the competition. She may not have won her season, but the designer did get the opportunity to showcase her designs during New York Fashion Week and ended up placing third. Pepper also participated in the second season of Project Runway All-Stars. Her background was always of interest since she earned a degree in anthropology and not something fashion-related.
Her interest in design came after a visit to Nepal and seeing carpets sewn by local Nepali women. After claiming success in Project Runway, Pepper immediately opened her boutique in Virginia. She continued to appear on the front page of The Georgetowner Magazine, Loudon Magazine, The New York Post, and more. She also participated in several TV shows, such as Celebrity Poker Showdown, Battle of the Network Reality Stars, and Bravo’s Project Jay. Pepper passed away in 2017 at the age of 53.
We know him best as the star of the History Channel series, Pawn Stars, which he appeared on alongside his son Rick Harrison. Harrison went by many nicknames, including The Appraiser and more fondly, The Old Man. A nickname he earned at the age of 38. Throughout the series, we were introduced to his business, World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, and the dynamics of the family behind the scenes.
With credit to their endearing personalities, the show successfully became the second-highest-rated reality TV program. Before being a businessman and reality TV personality, Harrison served the US Navy for 20 years. After being discharged from work, he started to work in real estate along with her wife, Joanne Rhue Harrison. The Old Man passed away in 2018 at the age of 77. As a tribute, Pawn Stars presented an episode that featured clips about Richard, entitled A Treasure Remembered.
For fans of the show Jerseylicious, which aired on the Style Network back in 2010 to 2012, they would certainly never forget Mike Aktari. The reality show was about the people working at the Gatsby Salon in New Jersey. Aktari was working as a personal trainer, while her girlfriend at the moment, Olivia Blois Share, worked as a makeup artist in the salon. She shared an emotional tribute to Aktari on Instagram, saying that he had the most wonderful heart and she would always love him.
However, not many are aware of the reality-TV star’s passing and the mysterious circumstances surrounding it. He was only 28 years old when he passed in 2017. His obituary and police report state that there’s no reason to believe there was foul play involved. No injuries were found on him nor were there any signs of substance abuse. We’re not sure if there were any lawyers involved in this case. However, as of this writing, no other information has been released about it.
The Puerto Rican-American actor is best remembered as Owen Granger on NCIS: Los Angeles, but before becoming a regular on the popular series, he had a slew of other notable TV roles. This includes his appearances on two very popular shows, Twin Peaks, Crossing Jordan, and Jackie Chan Adventures. His investments weren’t just in acting, however. Ferrer also played drums on Keith Moon’s album, Two Sides of the Moon.
Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe would recognize him as Vice President Rodriguez on the third Iron Man film. His name was also the inspiration of his friend, writer Peter David, for the Spider-Man 2019 alter ego, Miguel O’Hara. He ventured into voice-over roles in 2004 for the TV series Robot Chicken and American Dan and in the video game, Halo 2. The talented actor passed away in 2017 at the age of 61. Ferrer is buried alongside his Academy Award-winning father, Jose Ferrer, in Puerto Rico.
It is not a secret that reality-TV often glamorizes people’s lives and glosses over the difficulties that its stars experience. Such is the case with Russell Armstrong, who was a star on Real Housewives. Despite seemingly living a comfortable life, the truth was his debts were piling up and putting immense pressure on his already frail mental state. He also needed a lawyer when he separated from his wife, Taylor Armstrong, at the time.
His former-wife openly mourned in public when Russell passed away at the age of 47. Fortunately, Taylor has finally and moved on and found love with John Bluher. The two met through a common friend and as legal counsel himself, Bluher helped her with legal issues after her former husband’s demise. Taylor and Bluher are now happily married for almost seven years after their beach-side wedding in 2014. We hope they already had found peace for everyone.
LEE THOMPSON YOUNG
We were first introduced to Lee Thompson Young through Disney Channel’s The Famous Jett Jackson, in which he played the title character. The show aired from 1998 to 2001 and the young actor enjoyed much success. He also had film appearances, starring as Chris Comer in the Friday Night Lights, Victor Stone in Smallville, and Al Gough in FlashForward. His last role was for the TNT police drama, Rizzoli & Isles, where he portrayed police detective Barry Frost.
His other notable film and TV projects are Akeelah and the Bee (2006), The Hills Have Eyes 2 (2007), and the hit comedy series Scrubs (2009). He was also part of The Good Guys. Outside of acting, he graduated from the University of Southern California with Honors and a degree in Cinematic Arts. Writing-wise, Young wrote the screenplay for the short film, Mano. He passed away in 2013 at the age of 29.
The iconic actor and producer James Gandolfini have appeared in many notable films throughout his career, but the character he is most associated with would have to be Tony Soprano on the multi-award-winning television series, The Sopranos. For his performance, Gandolfini won three Emmys, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Golden Globe. That’s on top of his portrayal being recognized as one of the greatest in TV history.
Aside from acting, Gandolfini received a producer credit for Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq, Hemingway & Gellhorn, and Wartorn: 1861 – 2010. Gandolfini passed away in 2013 at the age of 51. To honor his legacy, all buildings in New Jersey were obliged to fly flags at half-staff as Governor’s order on June 24 – the exact day when his body was returned to his hometown. TV Guide also honored the actor by dedicating its whole back cover issue to his image, showing Gandolfini in his full glory.
Peter Vaughan’s career spanned decades and included appearances on TV, film, and even on stage. His breakout role was on stage for the play Entertaining Mr. Sloane, performing the character of Ed at the Wyndham’s Theatre. For longtime fans of Vaughan, they could best remember him best as Harry “Grouty” Grout in the sitcom Porridge. He also had a recurring role in Citizen Smith, cast in the crime drama series, Chancer, and portrayed Anthony Hopkins’ father in The Remains of the Day, which was his highest-profile performance in a film.
Peter also did radio dramatization for BBC in the 1981 novel Busman’s Honeymoon followed by The Lord of the Rings and Sherlock Holmes. As for the younger generation, he would always be the beloved Maester Aemon in the widely successful series, Game of Thrones. This would be his final TV credit prior to his passing in 2016 at the age of 93 of natural causes. Despite being partially blind in his old age, Vaughan’s love for the craft never ceased.
Rick Genest, an artist, fashion model, musician, and actor, was best known for his moniker Zombie boy due to the bone and organ tattooed all over his face and body. Genest worked in different sideshows across Canada before slowly making his way into mainstream media. It wasn’t until his 2011 feature in Thierry Mugler’s A/W men’s collection did he gain widespread popularity— credits to Nicola Formichetti. Since then, he walked the runway and appeared in ads for some of the biggest brands.
He was also featured in music videos for Lady Gaga’s Born This Way and Polish singer Honey’s Sabotage. He was also the face of the music fashion label, Roc-A-Wear, created by the famous rapper Jay Z. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2018 just a few days before his 33rd birthday. Lady Gaga felt “beyond devastated” by his untimely passing and offered her condolences to the bereaved family and friends. The industry doesn’t only lose a beautiful face but also one of the great talents.
As one of music’s most enduring legendary singers, along with the Beatles, John Winston Ono Lennon, or better known as John Lennon, has become a pop culture icon whose death remains one of the most shocking. Although he was a controversial figure during his time, given his outspoken nature and unorthodox beliefs, Lennon is also one of the world’s most successful musicians and artists—even after going solo in 1970.
Many of his songs landed on the top spot in the US Hot 100 Chart with 14 million records sold nationwide and were even used by the anti-war movement as anthems. Rolling Stone also gives credit to him as the fifth-greatest singer of all time, proving he is a real legend. He was also a peace activist, in case not everybody knew. Sadly, he passed away in 1980 at the age of 40 for a reason that almost everyone knew. His life didn’t only come controversial, but his passing, too.
LISA ROBIN KELLY
For fans of That ‘70s Show, the loss of Lisa Robin Kelly was certainly difficult. The actress is best known for her portrayal of Laurie Forman in the popular show, despite leaving quite abruptly during its third season. During the early ‘90s, she appeared on many popular TV series including Charmed. She was also in the films Jawbreaker, Amityville Dollhouse, and Late Last Night. Sadly, she passed away in 2013 at the age of 43.
Before she started acting, Kelly earned her degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting from The Theater School at DePaul University in Chicago in 1992. She was born and raised in Connecticut, although she later moved to North Carolina. From here, the rest is history as she pursued a career in acting. After college, she made her debut in an episode of Married with Children in 1992. Kelly then made an appearance in a number of TV and movie projects.
Born Eunice Elizabeth Sargaison, but best known by her moniker Eunice Gayson, the English actress holds the distinction of being the first Bond Girl. She was in two of the franchise’s films, portraying Sylvia Trench in Dr. No and From Russia with Love. The actress studied operatic singing at the Edinburgh Academy and was also a regular in the London theatre scene, outside of her film career.
In fact, she was cast in the London stage production of The Sound of Music as Baroness Elsa Schraeder. Gayson’s personal life was never a secret. In fact, her marriage with the writer Leigh Vance was made public through an American TV series Bride and Groom. Sadly, the two called it quits after six years and got married again with a film and stage actor, Brian Jackson in 1968, but also later parted ways. Gayson passed away in 2018 at age 90. Her investments in the industry live on, however.
When it comes to iconic figures in the music industry, David Bowie cannot be missed. He is given credit for being one of the most influential musicians and artists of the 20th century. Born David Robert Jones, Bowie symbolized reinvention and artistry, inspiring an entire generation of musicians that followed after him. Throughout his career, he has sold over 100 million records worldwide, which made him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
He received numerous accolades for his work including a British Album of the Year and five Grammy Awards. Posthumously, he was even dubbed by Rolling Stone magazine as “The Greatest Rock Star Ever” and we’re sure even his contemporaries would agree. Although he achieved massive success in the music industry, Bowie took acting roles for movies, TV series, and even theatrical shows. Some of his known works are A Knight’s Tale and Inglourious Basterds. He passed away in 2016 just two days after his 69th birthday. As his last wish, Bowie’s body was cremated and the ashes were scattered over a ceremony in Bali, Indonesia.
NANCY BARBATO SINATRA
Frank Sinatra is considered a legend in music, but Nancy Barbato is just as iconic—especially when it comes to their relationship. She was only 19 when they got married, and not too long after, had their first two kids. During their marriage, Frank would have affairs with other women—bringing embarrassment to his young wife. Frank’s fame attracted many females which led to Nancy’s refined style. In the book, Frank: The Voice, biographer James Kaplan said Nancy did everything she could to hold him, but Frank was elusive.
Despite this, the couple had another child before making their separation official through their lawyers and the public. According to Nancy, his marriage with Frank was the most unhappy and unbearable stage of her life. For almost half a century following their split, the two remained close, and Nancy remained by Frank’s side as a devoted confidante. Nancy passed away in 2018 of natural causes.
The multi-talented actor is best remembered for his turn as Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Wilder had to beat out the likes of Fred Astaire, Ron Moody, and even Peter Sellers for the role. Whilst the film wasn’t an instant success, there’s no doubting the impact it has had on pop-culture since. To his credit, Wilder received a Golden Globe Nomination for his memorable performance. Aside from acting, he also directed a number of his movies—including 1984’s The Woman in Red.
Wilder was determined to find an organization that promotes cancer awareness and treatment after his wife passed away and named it after her – Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Detection Center. Aside from charitable works, he also spent time writing. He was the author of the book, Gilda’s Disease, along with Kiss Me Like A Stranger: My Search for Love and Art and What Is This Thing Called Love, among others. The actor passed away in 2016 at the age of 83.
You’ve got to give Charlotte Rae credit for her talent and life. Her career spanned over six decades and remains one of the most memorable character actresses the industry has had the honor of having. She is best associated with her role as Edna Garrett in Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life. For her performance, she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy.
Rae continued to work through the ‘90s and the 2000s, even appearing in Ricki and the Flash alongside Meryl Streep. Before getting into the film and TV industry, Rae used to be a stage actress. She appeared in numerous plays on Broadway, including Three Wishes for Jamie, The Threepenny Opera, and Pickwick. Furthermore, she was part of an organization that made a huge impact on her personal life, Alcoholic Anonymous. Rae passed away in 2018 at the age of 92 years old.
The actor, comedian, and writer Charlie Murphy got credit as a cast member and writer for the Comedy Central series, Chappelle’s Show. Back in 2009, he got the opportunity to star in his sketch comedy show, Charlie Murphy’s Crash Comedy, which was streamed on Crackle. The year after, he premiered the stand-up special, Charlie Murphy: I Will Not Apologize on Comedy Central. Murphy was also a co-star on the sitcom Black Jesus, which ran from 2014 to 2015.
Charlie is Eddie Murphy’s older brother. He grew up in Brooklyn and served a sentence when he was a teenager. However, on the day of his release, he signed up to serve the US Navy as a boiler technician. He married Tisha Taylor and moved to New Jersey, but she passed away soon after. After eight years, Charlie’s career was on a steady rise, but sadly, he met his demise in 2017. The comedic actor was only 57 years old.
MICHAEL CLARKE DUNCAN
Michael Clarke Duncan is Hollywood’s Gentle Giant, gaining widespread recognition after starring as John Coffey in Frank Darabont’s The Green Mile. His memorable performance in the film helped him earn an Academy Award and Golden Globe nomination. He later landed more notable roles in various productions, allowing him to establish himself as a versatile actor. His TV work was also received with enthusiasm and he had guest roles on shows such as CSI: NY. Michael may have started out doing security jobs for the likes of Will Smith, but he seemed to always opt for money loans.
With his large and strong built, it’s not surprising that Michael started working as a bouncer for clubs in Chicago. Then, he became a bodyguard for several celebrities like Jamie Foxx, Martin Lawrence, and more apart from Smith. This job became his stepping stone to the entertainment industry. He started doing small roles that eventually helped him to land on comedy and action films, such as Planet of the Apes, Scorpion King, and The Kingpin. He passed away in 2012 at 54 years old.
You may not easily recognize him without the costume, but Caroll Edwin Spinney was a big part of many of our childhoods. The talented puppeteer, author, and cartoonist portrayed Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird on Sesame Street from its first episode back in 1969 up until a year prior to his demise. His love of puppeteering began in childhood and though he did not receive a university degree, opting instead to serve in the Air Force upon graduating from high school, he had the opportunity to make his dream come true and make a lifelong career out of it.
While working in the Air Force, he shared his military experiences through artworks. He also created an animated series of cartoons known as Harvey and Crazy Crayons. Alongside his creations are a couple of paintings, like Luna Bird, Autumn, and Mr. Hooper. Spinney passed away in 2019 at the age of 85.
Audiences will remember Michelle Thomas best for her portrayal of Justine Phillips on The Cosby Show, which she starred in from 1988 to 1990. This was later followed by her appearance on the sitcom Family Matters, as Myra Monkhouse. Early on, Thomas enjoyed much success—getting crowned Miss Talented Teen New Jersey before winning the International Queen title in the International Competition held in Jamaica.
Throughout her career, she also appeared in various music videos for Boys II Men, Dru Hill, and Chubb Rock. Her final TV credit is for The Young and the Restless, where she won an NAACP Image Award for an Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series. It is no surprise that Thomas made it to the entertainment business. She is the daughter of Dennis Thomas, one of the members of the Kool & the Gang, and the stage actress Phynjuar Thomas. As they say, the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree. Sadly, Thomas passed away in 1998 at the young age of 30.