14 Actors You May Not Know Are Dead

14 Actors You May Not Know Are Dead

14 Actors You May Not Know Are Dead When we watch celebrities at the movies or
on TV, we develop special bonds with them. So when they’re gone too soon, it can be devastating – especially
when we don’t realize we’ve lost them. You may not know some of these actors by name,
but you certainly know their faces. Some of your favorite movies or shows feature actors
that have been taken from the world well before their time. Lee Thompson Young The Famous Jett Jackson, Lee Thompson Young’s
star vehicle, was a very popular show on The Disney Channel for some time. Friday Night
Lights, Akeelah and the Bee, and The Hills Have Eyes II are some of the few films on
Young’s impressive resume. But while working as a series regular on Rizzoli and Isles,
he was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Sadly, on August 19, 2013, his life came to a tragic
end after he committed suicide with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Brittany Murphy After rising to fame in 1995’s cult classic
Clueless with the famous line “You’re a virgin who can’t drive,” Brittany Murphy offered
strong performances in Girl Interrupted, Drop Dead Gorgeous, 8 Mile, and Sin City, and had
a regular role on the hit animated show King of the Hill. Murphy was the breadwinner of
the family, as she cared for her mother, a breast-cancer survivor, and her husband, Simon
Monjack, who suffered from frequent seizures and heart troubles. In a surprising turn of
events that shocked the world, Murphy was declared dead on December 20, 2009, due to
pneumonia, anemia, and multiple drug intoxication. It’s unclear whether toxic mold also played
a part in her untimely death at age 32, as her husband was found dead in the same house
five months later. Heather O’Rourke Best known for playing Carol Anne from the
movie Poltergeist, Heather O’Rourke was the sweet young girl that terrified audiences
after being sucked into the television set. She was also one of a very small number of
original cast members that remained with the movie series until Poltergeist 3. If you’ve
seen the final movie, you will notice Heather’s cheeks are very puffy — a reaction to the
medication she was taking for Crohn’s disease, with which she was misdiagnosed. Tragedy struck
when Heather suffered from cardiac arrest in February 1988 while undergoing a surgery
for a bowel obstruction at the tender age of 12. Dominique Dunne Sadly, this is another actress from the 1982
film Poltergeist. Many say the film was cursed, as this young actress from the film also met
an early demise. Dominique was born into a life of privilege in Santa Monica to a ranching
heiress and TV writer and producer Dominick Dunne. Dominique made appearances in the TV
shows Chips, Fame, and The Quest. But the same year Poltergeist was released, her deranged
ex-boyfriend, John Thomas Sweeney, murdered her in her own driveway in West Hollywood
on November 4, 1982. Brad Renfro Skyrocketing to fame at age 11, Brad Renfro
made a huge impression on audiences after starring in Joel Schumacher’s adaptation of
The Client by John Grisham. High profile roles followed, and he made appearances in Sleepers
opposite Brad Pitt, Ghost World alongside Scarlett Johansson, and The Informers starring
Kim Basinger. Renfro fulfilled the sad destiny of many child actors, plunging into a life
of illegal drug use and trouble with the law. After trying to buy drugs from an undercover
LA police officer in 2006, Renfro plead no contest to attempted possession of heroin
and spent ten days in jail. On January 15, 2008, at 25 years old, Brad Renfro was found
dead of an accidental heroin and morphine overdose. Jonathan Brandis With a resume as long as your arm, Jonathan
Brandis showed up in Who’s the Boss?, Blossom, L.A. Law, Full House, The Wonder Years, and
Murder, She Wrote, among tons of others. As a child and teenage star for many years, it
seemed like he had no shortage of work. He was 16 when he made Ladybugs, and 17 when
he was cast as a teen genius in Steven Spielberg’s SeaQuest 2032. When SeaQuest was canceled
in 1996, however, the once-plentiful casting offers dried up. Depression soon plagued the
young star. He died after sustaining injuries from an attempted suicide via hanging at the
age of 27 in Danbury, Connecticut. Dana Plato Playing Kimberly Drummond in the television
series Diff’rent Strokes, Dana Plato was catapulted to instant stardom alongside Gary Coleman
and Todd Bridges. To cope with the mounting pressures of fame, she often indulged in cocaine
and marijuana off-set. Once she became pregnant, however, the network released her from her
contract and she began a downward spiral of drugs and alcohol that included work in adult
films and a spread in Playboy magazine. Dana moved to Las Vegas where, desperate for cash,
she robbed a store for less than $200 and was bonded out of jail by Vegas entertainer
Wayne Newton. She died at the age of 35 on May 8, 1999, in her RV in Oklahoma after taking
a fatal dose of lortab and valium. Lisa Robin Kelly Kelly made audiences laugh as part of the
ensemble cast of That ’70s Show, but her real life wasn’t funny at all. After a lengthy
battle with drug and alcohol addiction that ultimately caused her to lose her job on the
show, Kelly checked into rehab in August 2013, only to pass away in her sleep due to complications
from an accidental overdose. She was only 43. Thuy Trang Best known for her work as the original Yellow
Ranger on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Thuy Trang was developing what seemed like a potentially
promising career after leaving the show in 1994, landing roles in Spy Hard and The Crow:
City of Angels. Sadly, she never had a chance to fulfill that potential — she was killed
in a car accident in 2001, at the age of 27. Michael Clarke Duncan Duncan’s towering physique made him a natural
for “big guy” roles, but he really had dramatic chops — and unlike a lot of actors booked
for that type of part, he got a chance to show them. His too-brief filmography includes
memorable supporting turns in Armageddon and Daredevil, as well as a beautifully sensitive
starring performance in the big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s The Green Mile. Duncan should
have had a much longer career, but he was felled by a heart attack in 2012 at the age
of 54. Harold Ramis Known best for playing the role of Egon in
Ghostbusters, Harold Ramis brought his screenwriting and directing talents to a slew of some of
Hollywood’s best-loved films, including Caddyshack, Animal House, and Groundhog Day, just to name
a few. Ramis was 70 when he passed away from an autoimmune disease in 2014. Though he enjoyed
a long and productive career, fans the world over know he was still taken far too soon. Andy Hallett A Buffyverse fan favorite for his work as
the demon Lorne in the spinoff series Angel, Andy Hallett seemed to be on the verge of
a fruitful career in Hollywood. Unfortunately, he passed away at the age of 33 in 2009, the
victim of congestive heart failure. Taylor Negron One of Hollywood’s all-time ultimate “That
Guy” actors, Negron compiled an impressive list of memorable credits without ever becoming
a household name in his own right. Although he tended to be on screen for no more than
a few moments at a time, Negron’s deadpan delivery made him a standout in pictures like
Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Better Off Dead, as well as TV shows like Seinfeld and
Friends. He was only 57 when he died in early 2015, a victim of liver cancer. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper
After making a name for himself as a professional wrestler, Piper branched out onto the big
screen, where he starred in the 1988 cult classic They Live. He’s the one who coined
the catchphrase, “I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass. And I’m all out of
bubble gum.” That set the tone for a busy Hollywood career full of B-movie roles and
small, but unforgettable appearances on shows like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. He
died in his sleep in 2015 after suffering a pulmonary embolism that triggered a heart
attack at the age of 61. Thanks for watching! Subscribe to our YouTube
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  1. Someone else not mentioned is Raul Julia who played Gomez Addams from the Addams family movie and he was in the street fighter movie

  2. it's very sad to have a young person die that way. it just pains the living. there is a dark side to money & fame.

  3. Rowdy Rowdy Piper was a WWF Wrestler who couldn't act on the big screen, So He doesn't Count as a Dead Actor But should be listed in the Dead Wrestler Category.

  4. Why are all the videos in my recommended like years old. I got a video in the recommended that was ten years old

  5. I loved Thuy Trang for her role, as Trini Kawan The Yellow Mighty Morphing Ranger, on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. I wish she wasn't dead.

  6. Drug overdoses, car accidents, heart related deaths and suicides. Nothings changed. Not all deaths are murders I agree, but an uncanny amount seem to happen the same way-always to the too young or very talented actors, actresses or singers. Cmon people-we all know by now, whats going on. RIP all you special ones who came to entertain and had no idea what your poor life was in for. God rest your souls.

  7. Little known fact-Heather o'Rourke died at 12 from.a Bowel obstruction. She was anal raped at a Hollywood producers house -her death was declared an accident but pedophiles were rampant even back then. Very sad story.

  8. The entertainment industry kills people. And what's worse is that we're so used to it that we don't even think it's all that noteworthy when another poor soul commits suicide or drugs or drinks themselves to death. When I told someone Avicii slit his wrists, she answered "Well yeah, he was a musician!". What the fuck.

  9. Whenever you go for a job in hollywood record everything. And keep your clothes on. There are a lot more winesteins who haven't been caught yet.

  10. They may be dead but they was all murdered, every actor has to go through sick acts to get a top paying role in a movie and the sick truth is that when they have seen enough children getting slaughtered and had to sacrifice there entire family they want out but unfortunately the people running the entertainment industry have other ideas because let's face it if somebody knew all your dirty secrets that could bring you down you wouldn't want them to talk either and if you are rich like most movie moguls are then you can pay for anything including murder of all of these sorry actors, let's take a lesson from this money is evil and it destroys the planet

  11. “Rowdy” Rid Piper is a Hall of Famer in WWE and always one of my fav wrestler and actor, he was a very amazing actor. I wish he never passed this early.

  12. cough cough being in a hollywood movie comes with a price. a soul to be exact. and if they dont follow the rules than you die. cause if you dont sacrifice someone in your life than you wont make it out alive

  13. Music terrible. many of these actors/actresses are not known by this generation. Of All the actors dying this last decade why go back so far? How can you know someone is dead when you have forgotten about them

  14. When you sell your soul to do the devil's work, eventually he comes to collect. Good riddance.. and just so you know burning in hell is not resting in peace.

  15. "When they've gone too soon, it can be devastating, ESPECIALLY WHEN WE DON'T REALISE WE'VE LOST THEM." If we don't realise we've lost them, how on earth can it be devastating?

  16. All of the young actors that are featured here or not, many that OD'd were products of H-weird's paedophilia and hebephila ring(s) that started since the dawn of moving picture studios at the turn of the 20th century.

    Those kids were pushed into acting gigs to support their families and often, parents allowed their kid(s) to socialise with adults and attend parties or work on sets without a parent or guardian to chaperone and/or to ensure that their child/ren are working in safe conditions.

    There is an old story circulating about a young Charlie "The Warlock" Sheen's behaviour during the filming of Lucas that starred a pubescent Corey Haim (one half of the Two Coreys'… if you need to know whom the other Corey is… Google is your friend) and what he had to endure by Sheen and his cohorts on the set during the entirety of filming. It is well known/documented that that was the turning point tin Haim's destructive behaviours in which culminated in his suicide.

    **As an aside, Corey Feldman has not learnt from his own situation growing up. He continues to pass on those sexual abuse and controlling behaviours with his current living situation. He's gone from beyond creepiness into predatory territory.. much like his abusers.

    Corey Feldman has now become the abuser.

    And there are many like him as well.

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