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Actors In Jim Carrey Movies You May Not Know Are Dead

Jim Carrey is one of the most well-known faces in the world of comedy. After breaking through into show business in 1990 as part of the sketch show "In Living Color," he burst into Hollywood stardom in 1994 lead roles in "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective," "Dumb and Dumber," and "The Mask." These films not only made Carrey one of the most in-demand comedy actors in the industry, but also gave him the chance to work on more serious projects such as "The Truman Show" and "The Majestic."

With a wide-ranging career that has seen him appear in everything from "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" to "Sonic the Hedgehog," it is little wonder that Carrey has worked with a variety of high-profile actors. But since he began his acting career in the late 1980s, that also means that many of his early costars are sadly no longer with us.

Here are a few of the famous faces that you'll recognize from Carrey's movies who have since died, but deserve to be remembered for their powerful performances.

Philip Baker Hall

Philip Baker Hall appeared in both "The Truman Show" and "Bruce Almighty" alongside Jim Carrey. In the former, he played one of the television executives who helps to orchestrate the events of Truman's life, and in the latter, he played Jack Baylor, Bruce's boss at the news station. Outside of Carrey's movies, Hall is probably best known for his appearances in the likes of "Boogie Nights" and "Magnolia," roles that saw him nominated for two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

According to The Independent, Hall suffered from emphysema brought on by a childhood bout of pneumonia. The illness severely affected him in his later life, forcing the actor to limit filming to short bursts to avoid becoming exhausted. The New York Times revealed that Hall had died on June 12, 2022, after the LA Times writer and close friend of Hall, Sam Farmer, announced his death at the age of 90.

Judy Clayton

During the 1990s, Judy Clayton acted alongside Jim Carrey twice. First in "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective," where she played a character known as Martha, and later in "The Truman Show," where she makes an appearance as a travel agent. In addition to acting, Clayton made a living as a jazz singer and recorded music for Warner Curb Records after singing in bars and nightclubs in her native Chicago, releasing the single "Love's Gonna Find You" (via Legacy).

Her death was announced under her real name Carolyn Freveletti in 2015, when the Chicago Tribune confirmed that she passed away at the age of 78. The cause of death was listed as a combination of Alzheimer's disease and heart failure, with her daughter Jamie Freveletti revealing she had suffered from the progressive neurological condition since 2012. She died at her home in Florida, where she had lived almost continually since the 1980s.

Robert Forster

Robert Forster appeared with Jim Carrey in "Me, Myself & Irene" in 2000 as the police chief Colonel Partington, playing Charlie Baileygate's boss on the force. Before that, he had developed a reputation for portraying action heroes and police officers in "Banyon," "Medium Cool," and "The Black Hole."

One of the defining moments of his career came in 1997 with Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown," where he received plaudits for his performance with Pam Grier and an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor (via The Guardian). This revitalized his career and saw him cast in television shows and films such as "Breaking Bad," "Mulholland Drive," and "Heroes."

Forster's final screen role came in the 2021 film "Grave Intentions," although this was a posthumous release. The actor died on October 11, 2019, from brain cancer, having been diagnosed with a brain tumor several months previously (via the New York Times). According to the Hollywood Reporter, the actor was 78 at the time of his death and was survived by his partner Denise Grayson and his four children, along with his numerous grandchildren.

Rance Howard

Actor Rance Howard only appeared in a single Jim Carrey movie, playing a Who known as the Elderly Timekeeper in the 2000 film "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." The movie was directed by his son Ron Howard and also starred Christine Baranski, Taylor Momsen, and Jeffrey Tambor. He appeared in many other movies throughout his career, including "Apollo 13," "A Beautiful Mind," and "Cinderella Man," along with roles in television series such as "Arrested Development" and "Lie to Me."

Howard was survived by many members of his family, some of whom are actually well-known entertainment figures in their own right. These include his actor sons Ron and Clint Howard, and granddaughter Bryce Dallas Howard. Speaking to Variety, Ron and Clint explained how their father had West Nile Virus, a disease that quite quickly made him very ill. He died rapidly after this as a result of heart failure brought on by the virus on November 25, 2017, at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 89 (via the New York Times).

George Segal

George Segal had a significant role in "The Cable Guy," portraying Earl Kovacs. This character was the father of Matthew Broderick's character Steven, who befriends Jim Carrey's Ernie at the start of the movie. Segal is perhaps most famous for his role in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" along with key appearances in "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre," "The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox," and "No Way to Treat a Lady," which made him one of the first leading men in Hollywood with a Jewish surname (via Jewish Journal). The Syncopated Times also reported that the actor was a well-known and talented banjo player.

Near the end of his career, Segal moved away from Los Angeles to Sonoma County in northern California (via Press Democrat). According to the Hollywood Reporter, his wife Sonia revealed that he had died on March 23, 2021. Deadline confirmed the actor and comedian had died as a result of complications from earlier bypass surgery at the age of 87 in Santa Rosa.

Richard Jeni

Richard Jeni was not an actor by trade, and was more generally known for his work as a stand-up comedian. He first came to the public's attention when he appeared on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson and later on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (via LA Times). He had a number of HBO specials, including "Platypus Man" in 1993 and "A Big Steaming Pile of Me" in 2005. In "The Mask," he starred as Carrey's best friend Charles Schumaker.

The actor and comedian died by suicide on March 10, 2007, after his partner Amy Murphy discovered his body in the kitchen after hearing a gunshot. According to the Washington Post, the coroner reported that Jeni had experienced mental health issues, including schizophrenia, throughout his life and had been involuntarily hospitalized with severe depression shortly before his death.

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Reg E. Cathey

The only film that featured both Reg E. Cathey and Jim Carrey was "The Mask." The actor portrayed Freeze, a mobster and career criminal who encounters Stanley Ipkiss when he attempts to rob a bank for his boss, Dorian Tyrell. However, he is probably best known for his roles in the television series "The Wire," "Oz," and "House of Cards," the latter of which earned him an Emmy Award nomination. The actor also portrayed Dr. Franklin Storm in the 2015 film "Fantastic Four."

Cathey's death was reported by Variety on February 9, 2018. Born in 1958, the actor was just 59 when he died at his home in New York. No cause of death was given when the announcement was made, but The Guardian reported that Cathey had been diagnosed with lung cancer previously, leaving open the possibility that he had died as a result of the disease due to his relatively young age.

Hal Holbrook

Hal Holbrook was part of the cast of "The Majestic," portraying Congressman Doyle, who berates Carrey's character Peter Appleton during his congressional hearing. Outside of the 2001 movie, he was best known for portraying Mark Twain in a variety of one-man shows and adaptations. These performances earned him a number of awards, including Emmys and a Tony Award (via Television Academy). He also had roles in "All the President's Men," "Hercules," and "Wall Street," as well as a significant part in the TV series "North and South."

Holbrook died on January 23, 2021, at his home in Beverly Hills. However, the news of the 95-year-old's death was not revealed until a week later when the New York Times provided official confirmation. No cause of death was given, but it was revealed that he was buried alongside his third wife Dixie Carter in Tennessee (via The Guardian). He was survived by three children from two previous marriages.

Martin Landau

In "The Majestic," Martin Landau played Harry Trimble. The character is the father of a missing soldier who didn't return from World War II — but he believes that Carrey's Peter Appleton is actually his son, Luke Trimble. The actor rose to fame by appearing in the television shows "Mission: Impossible" and "Space: 1999," before going on to a successful movie career. This saw him cast in Woody Allen's "Crimes and Misdemeanors" and take on the iconic role of Bela Lugosi in the biographical drama "Ed Wood" in 1994. According to the New York Times, Landau also worked as an acting coach, with Jack Nicholson among his clients.

Landau died on July 15, 2017, shortly after being admitted to hospital. The Hollywood Reporter stated that the actor was at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center when he passed away at the age of 89. According to TMZ, the official cause of death was hypovolemic shock, a condition brought about by heart failure and extensive internal bleeding.

David Ogden Stiers

David Ogden Stiers appeared in "The Majestic" alongside Carrey as Doc Stanton, the father of the protagonist's love interest Adele. He is perhaps best known for his performance as Major Charles Emerson Winchester III in "M*A*S*H," a role that saw him make more than 100 appearances in the series before it ended in 1983. He was nominated for a number of Emmys, although he also was famous for his Broadway credits in plays that include "The Three Sisters" and "The Beggar's Opera." As a voice actor, he narrated "Lady in the Water," a 2006 film by M. Night Shyamalan.

Speaking to Oregon Live, his agent Mitchell Stubbs confirmed that the actor had died peacefully at home on March 3, 2018. He was 75 years old at the time of his death. The actor had earlier been diagnosed with bladder cancer and died due to complications from the disease. A resident of Newport, he left several charitable donations to various organizations and individuals in Oregon (via Oregon Arts Watch).

Charles Rocket

Actor Charles Rocket was responsible for portraying the main villain in "Dumb and Dumber," known as Nicholas Andre. The character kidnapped Bobby Swanson and held him for ransom, although he was eventually foiled by Harry and Lloyd. Before his role in the movie, he was a cast member of "Saturday Night Live," but was fired after swearing live on air during an episode (via Ultimate Classic Rock). Later, he had roles in "Hocus Pocus," "Dances with Wolves," and "Titan A.E."

Rocket died on October 7, 2005. His body was discovered in a field near his home in Connecticut, according to the New York Times. He was found with injuries to his neck and police later confirmed that he died by suicide, with the coroner concluding that there were no suspicious circumstances (via the Seattle Times). A police spokesperson later confirmed that "an investigation determined there was no criminal aspect to this case."

Connie Sawyer

Connie Sawyer is one of the first characters that appears in "Dumb and Dumber," as the little old lady on a mobility scooter who robs Lloyd of his wallet. With hundreds of credits to her name, she appeared in a wide range of movies and television shows, ranging from "Pineapple Express" and "When Harry Met Sally..." to "The Office" and "A Hole in the Head." According to People, she was a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and continued to vote for the Academy Awards winners each year.

According to KTLA5, Sawyer suffered a heart attack shortly before dying on January 21, 2018. The Boston Globe described her as the oldest working actor in Hollywood at the time of her death, with Sawyer reaching the age of 105 before she passed away. A spokesperson for the Motion Picture & Television Country House in Woodland Hills confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter that Sawyer died at the facility after returning home from the hospital.

Michael Gough

A regular collaborator with Tim Burton, Michael Gough was cast as Alfred Pennyworth in "Batman" and reprised the role in the three sequels that followed. It was in this role that he worked with Jim Carrey in the 1995 film "Batman Forever," where Carrey played the supervillain known as The Riddler. He also appeared in Burton's "Sleepy Hollow" and voiced characters in "Corpse Bride" and "Alice in Wonderland," along with appearances in "Doctor Who" and "The Avengers."

Gough died on March 17, 2011, at the age of 94. According to CBC, the actor had previously been ill for more than a year, but the exact cause of death was not given. The Standard reported that he passed away at home surrounded by his family. His former "Batman" co-star Michael Keaton paid tribute to Gough following his death saying: "To Mick – my butler, my confidant, my friend, my Alfred. I love you. God bless."

Pat Hingle

Like Michael Gough, Pat Hingle has the distinction of appearing in four "Batman" films in his career, portraying Commissioner Jim Gordon from 1989 until 1997. As the leader of the Gotham City Police Department, he interacted with Batman and fought against The Riddler in "Batman Forever." Outside of the DC Comics franchise, Hingle was known for his roles in films such as "The Gauntlet" and "Sudden Impact" as well as supporting parts in "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" and "The Quick and the Dead."

Hingle's death was confirmed by the Emmy Television Academy on January 3, 2009. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times reported that he had died from myelodysplastic syndrome, a type of blood cancer that prevents blood cells from developing properly. The actor was diagnosed with the disease three years earlier and passed away at his home in Carolina Beach in North Carolina, his cousin Lynn Heritage announced (via Star News).

Rene Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois starred alongside Jim Carrey in "Batman Forever," playing the head doctor of Arkham Asylum, Dr. Burton. The character interacts with The Riddler and Two-Face in the movie as he attempts to understand what has driven them to become criminals. His most famous role undoubtedly came in "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," where he portrayed the Changeling character known as Odo, who acted as the chief of security for the space station. As a voice actor, he lent his voice to characters in "The Little Mermaid" and "Fallout: New Vegas," and was also an accomplished actor on Broadway, winning a number of Tony Award nominations (via Broadway World).

Auberjonois was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2018, with the disease spreading to his brain the following year. This led to seizures and other serious symptoms, prompting the actor to pursue medical aid in dying, according to his wife Judith Auberjonois (via Compassion & Choices Magazine). He died at his home with his family after taking legal prescription medication while listening to music and looking over old photographs, according to the Connecticut Post. The Washington Post reported that he died on December 8, 2019, at the age of 79, with his official cause of death listed as metastatic lung cancer.

Frank Adonis

In "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective," Frank Adonis plays Vinnie, one of the henchmen who works for Ray Finkle and kidnaps Dan Marino and the bottlenose dolphin mascot Snowflake. This puts him in direct conflict with Jim Carrey's Ace character. As an actor, he had dozens of acting credits to his name, although his roles became less frequent from the year 2000 onward. Perhaps his most famous part came in the 1990 Martin Scorsese film "Goodfellas," although he had also appeared in two other Scorsese films: "Casino" and "Raging Bull."

TMZ revealed that Adonis died on December 26, 2018, when his ventilator was removed while he was in the hospital. The actor's wife announced that he had been seriously ill with kidney issues for several years, and had spent more than a week on a ventilator after suffering complications while undergoing dialysis. He was 83 years old at the time of his death, which occurred in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Alice Drummond

Alice Drummond portrayed Mrs. Finkle in "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective," the mother of Ray Finkle. She welcomes Ace into her home as he investigates the missing footballer and discovers Ray's hatred of quarterback Dan Marino. Before that, she had appeared in the 1984 comedy "Ghostbusters" as a librarian, in addition to being a Tony Award-nominated Broadway performer for her work in "The Chinese and Dr. Fish" in 1970 (via Broadway World). Drummond went on to make appearances in "Law & Order," "Boston Legal," "Friends," "Doubt," and "Awakenings," among many other films and television shows.

Drummond was 88 years old when she died on November 30, 2016. According to the New York Times, her friend and colleague June Gable confirmed that Drummond had been ill for two months after falling at her home in New York. Injuries caused by the accident eventually led to her death several weeks later.

Anne Haney

Fans of "Liar Liar" will remember Anne Haney as the secretary and personal assistant Greta, who works for Jim Carrey's Fletcher Reede at his law office. A few years prior to that, she starred alongside another comedy legend in "Mrs. Doubtfire," portraying the social worker Mrs. Sellner. With her deadpan sense of humor, Haney had a regular role in the sitcom "Mama's Family," and made appearances in the likes of "Cheers," "Charmed," and "Curb Your Enthusiasm." The actor also had roles in "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and "The American President."

Haney died at her home in Los Angeles on May 26, 2001, at the age of 67 (via the LA Times). According to the Washington Post, the actor's cause of death was congestive heart failure. Following her death, a funeral service was held in Pasadena, where she was survived by a daughter, sister, and granddaughter.