Actors We’ve Lost in 2018

Sridevi Kapoor

Sridevi Kapoor enjoyed a very successful career in her native India. Kapoor was renowned for being one of the first female superstars in India due to her work as a Bollywood performer. Kapoor won a National Film Award for Best Actress in the 2018 film Mom. While in Dubai this past February, Kapoor passed away in an accidental drowning at the age of 54.

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Margot Kidder

Known for her time portraying Lois Lane in four Superman films spanning a decade, Margot Kidder suffered from mental illness most of her life. After struggling with bipolar disorder for many years, Kidder committed suicide at the age of 69.

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Verne Troyer

Verne Troyer became an international star due in large part to his portrayal of Mini-Me in the Austin Powers franchise. Troyer, only 2-foot-8, died on April 21 from alcohol poisoning. Troyer was 49 at the time of his death.

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Connie Sawyer

Connie Sawyer’s acting career spanned a remarkable ten decades. Sawyer first began her career as an eight-year-old and didn’t stop working until she turned 104. After appearing in more than 140 productions, Sawyer died on January 22 at the age of 105.

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Jerry Van Dyke

Jerry Van Dyke enjoyed a lengthy career in Hollywood. After breaking into the business alongside his brother, Dick Van Dyke,  Jerry would go on to earn four Emmy nominations for his work on the ABC sitcom Coach. Van Dyke lost his battle with chronic heart disease at the age of 86.

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Bill Daily

Bill Daily was as talented as they come. After beginning his career as a jazz musician and comedy writer, Daily thrived on multiple sitcoms — Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, and The Bob Newhart Show. Daily died of natural causes at the age of 91.

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Mary Carlisle

Mary Carlisle’s career may have been brief, but it was certainly impactful. Working exclusively between the 1920s and 1940s, Carlisle is best known for her work opposite Bing Crosby. After co-starring in College Humor and Doctor Rhythm, Carlisle acted in the 1943 horror film Dead Men Walk. Carlisle died in Los Angeles at the age of 104.

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Vic Damone

After beginning his career as a successful singer, Vic Damone transitioned into acting in the 1950s. Before hosting his own TV show, The Vic Damone Show, the singer-turned-actor starred in movie musicals Hit the Deck and Kismet. Damone couldn’t overcome a respiratory illness in February. He was 89.

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Eunice Gayson

“Trench, Sylvia Trench.” Starring as the first “Bond girl” in Dr. No and From Russia with Love, Eunice Gayson helped launch the James Bond franchise. Aside from her role as Sylvia Trench, Gayson was a longtime cast member in the first London production of The Sound of Music. Gayson died on June 8 at the age of 90.

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John Mahoney

John Mahoney’s career reached its pinnacle when he played Martin Crane on the Cheers spin-off Frasier — receiving two Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe nominations. Mahoney took home a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play due to his performance in The House of Blue Leaves. Unfortunately, Mahoney died of complications from lung cancer and brain disease in February — he was 77.

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Al Matthews

Al Matthews, a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, is best known for his epic rant in the movie Aliens. Aside from his memorable performance as Sgt. Apone, Matthews appeared in movies such as The Fifth Element and Tomorrow Never Dies. Matthews spent the last few years of his life in Spain, where he passed away at the age of 75.

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Jackson Odell

Only 20 at the time of his death, Jackson Odell was a songwriter and teen actor who was best known for his time spent on The Goldbergs and Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer. Odell was found unresponsive in a sober living facility in California as a result of an accidental overdose.

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Vanessa Marquez

Vanessa Marquez was a working actress for nearly 30 years. After debuting in the 1998 film Stand and Deliver, Marquez became a recognized actress for her time on the television series ER. Marquez tragically died at the age of 49 after being shot at her residence.

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Nanette Fabray

Nanette Fabray was a transcendent talent. Both a Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress, Fabray excelled on Broadway, television, and film. Fabray made her Broadway debut at the age of 21. Seven years later she earned a Tony for Best Actress for her role in Love Life.  Her performance in Caesar’s House earned her two Emmy’s. Fabray peacefully passed away at the age of 97.

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Donnelly Rhodes

Best known for his role as Dr. Sherman Cottle on Battlestar Galactica, Donnelly Rhodes lost his battle with cancer in January at the age of 80. In addition to starring in Battlestar Galactica, Donnelly appeared in the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and a production of A Streetcar Named Desire.

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Derrick O’Connor

A native of Dublin, Ireland, Derrick O’Connor excelled both on stage, and on the big screen. After beginning his career with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Scottish National Theater, O’Connor became the lead villain in Lethal Weapon 2. O’Connor’s life was cut short due to complications stemming from pneumonia. He was 77.

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Yvonne Suhor

Yvonne Suhor’s acting career may have been brief, but her impact will be felt for years to come. Suhor starred alongside Josh Brolin in The Young Riders — a show which ran its course after only three years. However, Suhor found success teaching acting to aspiring talent. After 21 years paying it forward, Suhor tragically lost her life at the age of 56 due to pancreatic cancer.

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Mark Salling

Mark Salling, a disgraced former actor, committed suicide in January at the age of 35. Salling, who found fame from his work on the hit show Glee, was facing up to seven years in prison after he admitted to possession of child pornography.

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Pamela Gidley

Debuting in the movie Thrashin’ in 1986, Pamela Gidley would go on to play Audrey on the hit series Twin Peaks. The majority of Gidley’s career would be spent on network television. Gidley passed away on April 16 at her New Hampshire home. She was only 52.

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Leon White

Known for his larger-than-life wrestling character, Vader, Leon White passed away at the age of 63 following a battle with congestive heart failure and pneumonia. White transitioned from the squared circle to acting, appearing on episodes of Boy Meets World and Baywatch.

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Stanley Anderson

Stanley Anderson was an accomplished theater actor before crossing over to television. Anderson spent more than 20 years performing with the Arena Stage company in Washington, D.C., winning Best Supporting Actor for The Piggy Bank. Anderson appeared on The Drew Carey Show, Seinfeld, and Spider-Man in the years leading up to his passing. Anderson died at the age of 78 shortly after being diagnosed with brain cancer.

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Joseph Campanella

After spending more than 50 years in the business and taking on more than 200 roles, Joseph Campanella passed away on May 16 at the age of 93. Campanella was an accomplished voice actor, working on multiple animated series including Road Rovers and Batman: The Animated Series. In addition to excelling as a voice actor, Campanella was a regular on shows such as The Practice and One Day at a Time.

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Robin Leach

Utilizing a larger-than-life personality, Robin Leach thrived as a television host. Best known for hosting the television series Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, Leach became a household name during the 1990s. Leach would return to television in 2007 in order to host The Surreal Life: Fame Games. Leach passed away at the age of 76 after suffering multiple strokes.

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Emma Chambers

Emma Chambers was a successful actress in her native land and in America. Before gaining notoriety for her portrayal as Honey in the film Notting Hill, Chambers jumped onto the scene in the BBC miniseries Martin Chuzzlewit. Chambers died in Lymington, United Kingdom, at the age of 53.

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Dorothy Malone

Dorothy Malone was a superstar in the 1950s. After featuring in Battle Cry in 1955, Malone won an Oscar for her work in the 1956 film Written on the Wind. Malone would go on to star in the highly-popular soap opera Peyton Place in the ’60s. Malone died in January at the age of 92, 26 years removed from her final performance.

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Jon Schnepp

A giant in the field of animated television, Jon Schnepp tragically had his life cut short following a massive stroke. Only 51 at the time of his death, Schnepp was a voice actor on Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Metalocalypse. In addition to his voice work on Metalocalypse, Schnepp animated, edited and produced the series.

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Susan Anspach

Susan Anspach, a versatile actress, died at the age of 75 in early April. Her biggest success on the silver screen came alongside Jack Nicholson in Five Easy Pieces. Anspach’s best performances came in Off-Broadway productions — the musical Hair and the revival of A View From the Bridge.

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John Gavin

John Gavin parlayed a solid career on screen into a role as president of the Screen Actors Guild. Garvin starred as Julius Caesar in Spartacus, and as Sam Loomis in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. Garvin passed away at the age of 86.

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Reg E. Cathey

Starring in acclaimed shows such as Oz, The Wire, and House of Cards, Reg E. Cathey enjoyed a great career. Cathey lost his battle with lung cancer in February at the age of 59, a mere three years after winning an Emmy for his role in House of Cards.

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Gloria Jean

After starring in films such as Copacabana, If I Had My Way and When Johnny Comes Marching Home as a child actor, Gloria Jean was out of the industry by 1962Jean enjoyed a quiet, long life as a receptionist. The former star died at the age of 92.

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Peter Donat

While Peter Donat enjoyed a 50-plus year career, his best gig had to be The Godfather Part II. Donat was also known for his time on The X-Files. Donat passed away at the age of 90.

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Stephen Hawking

One of the smartest individuals to ever live, Stephen Hawking died March 14 at the age of 76. In a addition to being one of the world’s lead physicists, Hawking appeared on The Big Bang Theory, The Simpsons, Futurama and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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Joseph Wayne Miller

Joseph Wayne Miller tragically died at the age of 36. Famous for his portrayal of Salami Sam in Judd Apatow’s film Heavyweights, the former child actor struggled with his weight until his untimely death.

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Scott Wilson

A beloved member of The Walking Dead franchise, Scott Wilson lost his battle with cancer on October 7. Wilson spent four years on the popular show performing as Hershel Greene, an endearing farmer who sought to protect his family and friends alike. Wilson was 76.

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Charlotte Rae

After breaking through on the 1960s sitcom Car 54, Where Are You?, Charlotte Rae spent nearly 70 years in the entertainment industry. Rae found success on Broadway, garnering two Tony Award nominations for her work in Pickwick and Morning, Noon and Night. Rae passed away at the age of 92 after battling cancer.

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Barbara Harris

Barbara Harris is an icon in the comedy world. A Tony award-winning actress in her own right, Harris was also a founding member of the famed Second City improvisational theater in Chicago. Harris starred in the original Freaky Friday and earned an Oscar nomination for her work in the film Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? — Harris lost her battle with lung cancer on August 21, she was 83.

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Mickey Jones

Mickey Jones excelled as a musician. A drummer for acts including Bob Dylan and Kenny Rogers, Jones eventually found his way into acting. Jones is best known for his roles in Home Improvement and Justified, but the actor also landed roles in films such as Tin Cup and Total Recall. Jones was 76 years old at the time of his death.

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Robert Dowdell

A former member of the Army, Robert Dowdell enjoyed a successful turn on Broadway before heading to the television scene. Dowdell’s Broadway appearances included the plays Love Me Little and The Midnight Sun. However, Dowdell was best known for his tenure on the TV series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Dowdell died of natural causes at the age of 85.

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Marin Mazzie

Due to ovarian cancer, Marin Mazzie tragically passed away at the age of 57. Mazzie was a Broadway sensation, earning three Tony nominations during her career. She was a cast member of Passion —  the Best Musical winner in 1995. In addition to Passion, Mazzie starred in productions Ragtime and Kiss Me, Kate.

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Debbie Lee Carrington

Debbie Lee Carrington didn’t let her physical limitations get in the way of her dream. Carrington excelled as an actress and stunt performer, most notably appearing in Total Recall and Return of the Jedi. Carrington died on March 23 at the age of 58.

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Christopher Kennedy Lawford

Christopher Kennedy Lawford’s life was cut short as the result of a heart attack on September 4. He was 63. A member of the famed Kennedy family, Lawford found his niche in the world of soap operas — appearing on General Hospital and All My Children.

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Carole Shelley

Carole Shelley was a tremendously accomplished actress. Shelley’s Broadway debut in 1965 was perhaps her most memorable role — playing the part of Gwendolyn Pigeon in the play The Odd Couple. A four-time Tony Award nominee, Shelley won the award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in The Elephant Man. Unfortunately, Shelley died on August 31 at the age of 79.

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R. Lee Ermey

R. Lee Emrey will forever be remembered for his explosive performance as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Full Metal Jacket, in which Emrey received a Golden Globe nomination. While Emrey’s career peaked with that role, he still enjoyed a lengthy career. Sadly, Emrey died from complications of pneumonia at the age of 74.

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Burt Reynolds

Burt Reynolds, one of the true legends of cinema, died on September 6 at the age of 82. Reynolds became a global-star for his work in The Longest Yard, Smokey and the Bandit, and Boogie Nights. Reynolds won a Golden Globe for his performance in Boogie Nights, and would add an Emmy and two more Golden Globes for his work on the TV series Evening Shade.

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Robert Mandan

If you had a television set in the ’70s, there is a good chance you know Robert Mandan. Mandan found success on the sitcom Soap, and also made appearances on General Hospital and Days of Our Lives. The longtime actor passed away at the age of 86.

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Diana Sowle

While Diana Sowle’s career in Hollywood didn’t last long, she did have one very memorable role. Sowle played the role of Mrs. Bucket — Charlie’s mother — in the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Sowle passed away at the age of 88.

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Leslie Grantham

After serving only 10 years of a life in prison sentence for a murder conviction, Leslie Grantham became a stalwart on the British soap opera EastEnders. Grantham appeared in over 300 episodes as Dirty Den Watts. Grantham died on June 15. He was 71.

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DuShon Monique Brown

On March 23, a 49-year-old DuShon Monique Brown suddenly died due to natural causes. Brown is known for her role as Nurse Katie Welch on Prison Break, as well as her time spent on the NBC drama Chicago Fire. At the time of her death, Brown was an active cast member on the NBC show.

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Tab Hunter

Tab Hunter became a very popular figure in the 1950s. Hunter appeared in films such as Damn Yankees, The Girl He Left Behind and The Burning Hills. His popularity led to a brief run as the star of his own series, The Tab Hunter Show. Hunter died on July 8, a victim of cardiac arrest. Hunter was 86.

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Anthony Bourdain

On June 8, Anthony Bourdain tragically took his own life. He was only 61. In the years leading up to his death, Bourdain hosted three shows — Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, The Layover, and Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. In addition to his hosting gigs, Bourdain voiced characters for both Archer and Sanjay and Craig.

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Bradford Dillman

An intellect, Bradford Dillman made stops at Yale and the Marines before becoming an actor. Dillman’s performance in the Broadway production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night led to a role in the 1958 film A Certain Smile — for which he won a Golden Globe. However, Dillman’s most memorable performance came in the 1959 film Compulsion, earning the Marine an award at the Cannes Film Festival. 87 years old at the time, Dillman died due to complications stemming from pneumonia.

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David Ogden Stiers

Once nominated for two Emmys for his rendition of the character Major Charles Emerson Winchester III on the CBS sitcom M*A*S*H, David Ogden Stiers died on March 3 at the age of 75. After earning a third Emmy nomination in 1984, Stiers would become an accomplished voice actor. Some of his work included Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Lilo & Stitch.

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Harry Anderson

Harry Anderson, a magician-turned-actor, died at the age of 65 due to natural causes. After making occasional appearances on Saturday Night Live and Cheers, Anderson broke through on the show Night Court. Playing Judge Harry T. Stone on the comedy, Anderson earned three Emmy nominations.

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Jon Paul Steur

Only 33 years old at the time of his death, Jon Paul Steuer began acting at a very young age. Steuer appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Amityville: A New Generation, Little Giants, and the sitcom Grace Under Fire — which became Steuer’s most well-known role.

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Elmarie Wendel

A lifetime television and Broadway star, Elmarie Wendel was most successful as Mrs. Mamie Dubcek in 3rd Rock From the Sun. Wendel also appeared on NYPD Blue, Seinfeld, General Hospital and George Lopez. Wendel died on July 21 at the age of 89.

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