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Actors we lost in 2019

There isn't a year that goes by without at least one big death in Hollywood, but 2018 was a particularly painful one for fans of the silver screen. Tinseltown legends Burt Reynolds and Stan Lee both left us, as did Austin Powers star Verne Troyer and Margot Kidder, who played the iconic role of Lois Lane in the Superman film series. The list goes on, but we've already had time to mourn these great talents — we're here today to discuss the lives and legacies of the actors that have passed away this year.

Sadly, it's shaping up to be another busy one in terms of Hollywood obituaries. We've already lost a number of stars, not only of the big screen, but of the small screen, too. Many of the actors we're going to look back on here flitted between movies and television over the course of their careers, while some made their biggest impact on Broadway. What they all have in common is a dedication to their craft and a fanbase that will miss them dearly. These are the actors we lost in 2019.

Dick Miller

You might remember him as Murray Futterman from the '80s classic Gremlins, but the man behind the paranoid WWII vet was named Dick Miller. In January 2019, Variety announced that Miller had passed away aged 90, hailing him as a "prolific screen actor [...] with a career spanning more than 60 years." According to the Hollywood trade, he is survived by his wife Lainie, daughter Barbara, and granddaughter Autumn.

The Bronx-born actor reportedly made quite the name for himself in the boxing ring while serving in the U.S. Navy, but his career path swerved when he met legendary B-movie producer Roger Corman. Miller began collaborating with Corman way back in 1950s. His biggest Corman role came towards the end of the decade, when he starred as murderous busboy Walter Paisley in 1959's A Bucket of Blood. Miller went on to play different versions of Paisley in several films, one of which (Hollywood Boulevard) was directed by Joe Dante.

Dante (who later directed Gremlins) was another filmmaker who returned to Miller time and again. "I always looked for a role for Dick, not just because he was my friend, but because I loved watching him act," Dante said in a tribute tweet. "But he leaves behind over 100 performances, a bio and a doc [2015's That Guy Dick Miller]. Not bad for a guy who hardly ever enjoyed a starring role." Miller also worked with Martin Scorsese (New York, New York) and James Cameron (The Terminator).

Paul Koslo

Another veteran character actor who left us in January of 2019, Paul Koslo sadly lost his battle with pancreatic cancer just nine days into the new year. He was 74 years old. According to a statement from the family (per Deadline), Koslo passed away in his California home surrounded by loved ones. The German-born Canadian began his acting career in the '60s, but wouldn't arrive on the scene proper until the following decade, when he became one of Hollywood's go-to guys for a villain and/or untrustworthy type.

The most notable movie from this period in his career is undoubtedly Nam's Angels (aka The Losers), an action flick that follows a gang of bikers tasked with rescuing an American diplomat from the clutches of the Vietnamese during the days of the war. Koslo's character, Limpy, drives a modified three-wheel Harley equipped with .50 caliber machine guns and a rocket launcher. It all sounds a little ridiculous, but Nam's Angels became a firm cult classic over the years, even getting a mention in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction.

Koslo did attempt to move away from the villainous roles in the days before he was typecast, delivering one particularly memorable, against-type performance alongside Charlton Heston in the sci-fi classic The Omega Man. "It was my first big movie," the actor said in an interview conducted in 2001. "I like it because it's different, totally different from any other film I've ever made. And being it was with Charlton Heston. He was a phenomenon… I loved that movie. "

Steven Levy (aka Steve Bean)

We weren't even a week into February when we got news of another death in the acting world, with Steven Levy (known professionally as Steve Bean) sadly succumbing to a rare form of cancer. Levy was diagnosed with sino-squamous cell carcinoma (otherwise known as nose cancer) in 2016. The comedian and actor went into great detail about his shock diagnosis in an essay titled My Year Without a Nose (published by Mel magazine in 2018), revealing that he'd been given a year to live. 

"My sense of humor came back about a month ago," he wrote. "Not a moment too soon either: The latest scans show yet another recurrence of the cancer. The doctors tell me I have nine to twelve months to live." Levy (who underwent several extensive facial surgeries as doctors repeatedly tried to stop the disease from claiming his life) managed to fight on for a while, passing away towards the end of January. He was 58.

According to Varietythe Massachusetts-native got his start on the stand-up scene, becoming a household name in Boston. He later moved to Los Angeles and started writing for the Tim Conway Show and ABC's Dot Comedy, which gave him a foot in the door. He scored minor parts in shows like Quantum Leap and Murder, She Wrote, carving out a career as a dependable television actor. He worked right up until his diagnosis, appearing in Shameless and Ray Donovan in 2016. Levy is survived by his wife, Caroline Carrigan, and his son, Jacob Randall Levy.

Carmen Argenziano

Sci-fi fans will no doubt recognize him as guest-star-turned-regular Jacob Carter from Stargate SG-1, but Carmen Argenziano actually played a variety of roles throughout a long career in the business. He got his start in the early '70s, appearing in minor roles in gangster flicks like The Godfather: Part II and Capone. The Pennsylvania native settled into a career as a character actor in the decades that followed, becoming a regular on our TV screens. Argenziano's rep confirmed his death to People, while his personal appearance agent released a statement via Facebook.

"It is with a heavy heart and more sadness than anyone can realize right now that I announce the passing of client Carmen Argenziano at the age of 75," Event Horizon Talent said, calling the actor "a consummate gentleman" as well as a friend. The statement made special mention of Stargate SG-1, claiming that the late actor had "relished" being on the show for seven years. When he spoke to fan site Gateworld back in 2007, Argenziano said that the moment he found out he'd passed the Stargate SG-1 audition was one of the absolute highlights of his career.

"Very seldom an actor gets a role that affects his life in such a wonderful, dramatic way as this role has," he said. "Because journeyman actors don't usually have a kind of regular working situation where they're employed on a regular basis. And Stargate offered that to me, and I'm forever grateful." According to The Sun, Argenziano is survived by his wife, Lisa, and his three children.

Bob Einstein

Many will remember him as overly optimistic stuntman Super Dave Osborne, but writer and actor Bob Einstein was probably best-known for Curb Your Enthusiasm when he passed away in January 2019, just a few days into the new year. He died aged 76, not long after being diagnosed with cancer. Einstein and Larry David shared some truly memorable scenes on the cult HBO show, which Einstein relished being a part of. "Never have I seen an actor enjoy a role the way Bob did playing Marty Funkhouser on Curb," David said in a statement (via Deadline). "It was an amazing, unforgettable experience knowing and working with him. There was no one like him, as he told us again and again. We're all in a state of shock."

Einstein emerged as one of the funniest writers in Tinseltown during the early 1970s. He won his first Emmy for his early work on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and picked up his second win for Dick Van Dyke's mid-70s vehicle, Van Dyke and Company. He didn't have a whole bunch of feature-length appearances to his name (his most notable film role came in 2007 when he popped up as Agent Caldwell in Ocean's 13), but Einstein's pinpoint comic timing and unique, gravelly voice made him a regular on American television.

There was no official confirmation on the exact cause of death, but the Einstein family asked for any donations to be made out to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, according to Los Angeles Times.

Carol Channing

It seemed as though Carol Channing was going to go on forever, but the smiley star of enduring Broadway musical Hello Dolly! sadly died in January 2019. She was 97 years old. The Seattle-born actress won a Tony for her career-defining portrayal of matchmaker Dolly Levi in the long-running production, which paid tribute to her after learning of her death. "We are deeply saddened by the passing of the one and only Carol Channing," the current Hello Dolly! touring company said in a statement (via CNN). "She was a 'Dolly' for the ages, and a true icon of the American Theater."

She lost out to Marilyn Monroe when Hollywood adapted her first theatrical hit (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) for the big screen in the '50s, but that didn't stop Channing from trying to crack the whole moving picture thing. The following decade, she succeeded. The actress won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award after a memorable performance in 1967's Thoroughly Modern Millie. Despite this, the Academy failed to recognize her during the in memoriam segment at the 2019 Oscars. 

Channing's publicist took to Facebook to complain about the omission, slamming the Academy over the snub. "I am inconsolably heartsick that the Motion Picture Academy would ignore one of its own members and an Academy award nominee, Carol Channing, in the in memoriam," Harlan Boll wrote. "It's inexcusable." Boll claims he was told that Channing just "wasn't that important" by a member of the Academy (via Fox News).

Albert Finney

Countless actors have played the role of Ebenezer Scrooge, but the Albert Finney-led version of A Christmas Carol (released in 1970 under the name Scrooge) became one of the most endearing, and is still beamed into households across the UK every December. The Brit went on to play another famous literary character (Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot) in 1974's Murder on the Orient Express, but younger film fans will probably recognize him from Erin Brockovich (2000) and Skyfall (2012).

By the time he appeared in the critically-acclaimed James Bond flick, Finney had already fought kidney cancer and won. He was diagnosed in 2007, but was given the all-clear following some intense chemotherapy. "I didn't feel anything on the first two, then the third one, I thought, that's funny, I feel bad," he told the Manchester Evening News in 2012. "That got worse. It took me about a year or a year and a half to feel it was out of my system. But it saved me."

Finney stopped working, but he was able to go on for five more years before passing away aged 82 after a "short illness," his family confirmed (via BBC). In life, he shunned the limelight. Finney turned down a knighthood from the queen and was nominated for Oscars on no less than five occasions (four of those in the Best Actor category), but never showed up to the ceremony once. "It seems silly to go over there and beg for an award," he said.

Kaye Ballard

January 2019 was a sad month for Broadway. Just a week after we lost Carol Channing, a lawyer acting on behalf of Kaye Ballard confirmed that she had also passed away, aged 93. Ballard's name wasn't anywhere near as well-known as Channing's, but those who follow the theater know just how hard this hilarious actress worked over the course of her lengthy career. She worked well into her 70s, touring with traveling shows long after peers of her age had given up. 

When it comes to Broadway, Ballard's career highlights were Carnival! and The Golden Apple. The first-generation American (her parents immigrated from Italy) had "well-regarded runs" on both shows according to The New York Times, but in the mainstream, she became best-known for '60s sitcom The Mothers-In-Law. Despite her dedication to the theater, it was this short-lived NBC show that stuck in the public's memory. The actress played meddlesome mother-in-law Kaye Buell for two seasons.

"The show was on just long enough to typecast me as a loudmouth Italian actress, but not long enough to ensure that I would earn the kind of money where I wouldn't have to worry about being typecast," Ballard said in her memoir How I Lost 10 Pounds in 53 Years. Shortly before her death she attended the Palm Springs International Film Festival to watch a screening of Kaye Ballard: The Show Goes On, a documentary about her extraordinary career. "She received a serenade of applause," festival chairman Harold Matzner told USA Today.

Julie Adams

She was described as a "comely brunette with the cascading curls" in The Hollywood Reporter's obituary, and that's how most of us will remember the late Julie Adams. She was one of Universal's leading ladies during the 1950s, starring in classic monster picture Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). According to THR, the studio once declared her legs "the most perfectly symmetrical in the world" and even insured them to the tune of $125,000, a staggering amount for the day. In February 2019, her son (TV editor Mitchell Danton) informed the Hollywood trade that Adams had passed away in Los Angeles. She was 92.

Her turn as Kay Lawrence (object of the lagoon-dwelling creature's affections) went down in horror movie history, but Adams was way more than just a damsel in distress. She starred opposite legends Elvis Presley (1965's Tickle Me) and John Wayne (1974's McQ) and made several forays into television over the course of a long career. And when we say long, we mean long — she made her first appearance in 1949 and her last (a short titled "The Lucky Southern Star") in 2018.

Guillermo del Toro (whose Oscar-winning film The Shape of Water was something of a spiritual successor to Creature from the Black Lagoon) was among the famous mourners. "I mourn Julie Adams passing," the Mexican filmmaker tweeted. "It hurts in a place deep in me, where monsters swim." Actor Patton Oswalt also left a tribute on Twitter, calling Adams' work in Creature from the Black Lagoon "iconic forever."

Louisa Moritz

Louisa Moritz was in the news right before her death, though sadly the headlines had nothing to do with her talents as an actress. When she passed in January 2019 at the age of 72, Moritz was in the middle of a lawsuit against shamed entertainer Bill Cosby. "Louisa Moritz was a brave woman who stood up against a powerful Hollywood icon, Bill Cosby, in an effort to restore her good name and reputation, after he publicly branded her a liar when she made public her allegations of sexual abuse and assault by Mr. Cosby," Moritz's attorney Joseph Cammarata said (via The Hollywood Reporter).

Moritz (who died of natural causes related to the heart, THR confirmed) was much more than a victim, however. Beyond Cosby, she leaves a legacy that spans back to the 1960s, when she made her first appearances in film and television. She would continue to jump between the two mediums in the coming decades, but she's best remembered for her work in two game-changing movies.

Moritz starred alongside Jack Nicholson in 1975's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, a film that is "generally considered to have left a lasting impact on the field of psychiatry," per The Telegraph. Her other notable film appearance left an indelible mark on stoner culture; she appeared alongside Cheech and Chong in 1978's Up in Smoke. "Critics hated it but it's now considered a comedy classic and is widely credited as being responsible for establishing the stoner comedy genre," Forbes reports.

Kristoff St. John

When 52-year-old The Young and the Reckless actor Kristoff St. John was found dead at his Los Angeles home in February 2019, authorities could not immediately confirm the cause. An announcement was put off "pending additional investigation," though St. John's ex-wife seemed to believe that he had taken his own life. Shortly after his shock passing, Mia St. John spoke to Entertainment Tonight, revealing that her former husband had never really recovered from the suicide of their son four years earlier.

A tearful Mia told of how she had spoken to the troubled star on the day that he died. St. John apparently claimed that he could see his late son, Julian, while on the phone with his former partner. "'Julian is at the door, I gotta get the door,'" Mia recalled her ex-husband saying. "[He] said, 'Okay, let's talk to Julian, bring Julian in.' Julian came in and he said, 'Julian is gonna take me for a walk now,' and I said, 'No you aren't going for a walk right now.'" 

When a friend showed up to check on him, St. John was unresponsive. According to People, he was pronounced dead on the scene. "They found him on the floor," Mia confirmed. "They tried CPR and he was already gone." Mia has since started a foundation to battle mental illness. "I'm going to make my boys proud," she said. 

If you or anyone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Katherine Helmond

Sitcom veteran Katherine Helmond died in February 2019 of complications from Alzheimer's disease. She was 89 years old. Her talent agency confirmed that Helmond, whose film career started in the mid-1950s with biblical epic Wine of Morning, passed away at home in Los Angeles. "She taught me so much about life and inspired me indelibly by watching her work," former co-star Judith Light said (via Deadline). "Katherine was a gift to our business and to the world, and will be deeply missed."

Many will remember Helmond from Soap, a controversial parody of the conventional soap opera. She starred as naïve socialite Jessica Tate from 1977 until 1981, when the ABC show (which made Billy Crystal a star) stopped airing. Helmond reunited with ABC in 1984 when she agreed to play Mona Robinson in Who's the Boss?, the role that she would ultimately become best-known for. The two-time Golden Globe winner was on Who's the Boss? for eight years, appearing in almost 200 episodes in that time.

Helmond remained a sitcom stalwart in the years that followed (she popped up in Everybody Loves Raymond sporadically for the better part of a decade), but she was more than a TV star. She was a regular Terry Gilliam collaborator, appearing in three of the Monty Python vet's movies: she portrayed Mrs. Ogre in cult classic Time Bandits (1981), the surgery-loving mother in Brazil (1985), and she even had a role in drug-fueled tour de force Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), playing the hotel clerk.

Jan-Michael Vincent

Jan-Michael Vincent passed away in February 2019, but news of his death didn't reach the press until the following month when TMZ obtained a copy of the actor's death certificate. "Jan-Michael actually died back on February 10 after suffering cardiac arrest while a patient at a North Carolina hospital," the celebrity gossip site confirmed. "We're told no autopsy was performed and he was later cremated." He was 73 years old.

In terms of his career, Vincent was best-known for '80s TV series Airwolf. The Denver native portrayed cello-playing helicopter pilot Stringfellow Hawke on the show, a slight diversion from the tough guys and rebels he was used to playing. "The character is stiff," Vincent once said, according to The Guardian. "But as we've gone along we've been able to loosen him some. Now you'll sometimes see him crack a smile and say something funny. Even Clint Eastwood is mellowing, although I'll never be Burt Reynolds."

Away from the camera, Vincent had his troubles with the law. He pleaded guilty to drunk driving in 1997 after breaking his own neck in a collision, though he avoided jail. He wasn't so lucky in 2000, when he was sentenced to 60 days behind bars for assaulting his girlfriend. The actor reportedly struggled with alcoholism and clearly had some demons, but Vincent still had friends in Hollywood when he passed away. "God bless you Jan-Michael Vincent in the spiritual realm," Gary Busey (who appeared alongside the late actor in '70s surfer flick Big Wednesday) said in a tweet.

Luke Perry

He became a teen heartthrob playing Dylan McKay on decade-defining '90s drama Beverly Hills, 90210 and he'd experienced a recent resurgence on the CW show Riverdale, but the continuing career of Luke Perry was sadly cut short in March 2019. The actor was rushed to the hospital after suffering what his rep described as a "massive stroke" at his California home. He remained under observation for a further five days before passing away with his family by his bedside. He was 52 years old.

"The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning," Perry's rep told People. "No further details will be released at this time." The actor's fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer (who had been in a near-12 year relationship with Perry at the time of his passing) later opened up about losing him. "The past 11 and a half years with Luke were the happiest years of my life, and I am grateful to have had that time with him," she said.

Perry's Riverdale colleagues took the news hard, but star Cole Sprouse was determined to remember the good times. "Luke was one of those guys that I think would much rather have us laughing and telling stories about his life than lamenting it, but he was a good man," he told James Corden (via Teen Vogue). "He was one of the guys that you never heard a bad word said about him ever in Hollywood."

Jed Allan

Luke Perry isn't the only former Beverly Hills, 90210 cast member to pass away in 2019. Jed Allan (who played Steve Sanders' dad on the hit show) died in his California home at the age of 84, his family confirmed via his Facebook fan page. "So sorry to post the very sad news of my father's passing tonight," Allan's son Rick Brown said (via USA Today). "He died peacefully and was surrounded by his family and loved so much by us and so many others. Thank you for all who are part of this wonderful tribute to my dad on Facebook."

Allan's death was also mourned by his onscreen son, Beverly Hills, 90210's Ian Ziering. "So sad to hear we've lost another 90210 castmate," Ziering said in an Instagram tribute. "I had the pleasure of working with Jed Allan from 94 to 99. He played Rush Sanders, Steve's father. Such a great guy to work with, he will be missed." Prior to 90210, Allan was known for his time on Days of Our Lives. He appeared on the long-running show 102 times, but that was nothing compared to his lengthy stint on another soap opera, Santa Barbara — he played powerful patriarch C.C. Capwell over a thousand times between 1986 and 1993.

He may have passed away in California, but Allan was actually born in the Bronx. He made a living as a cabbie in New York before he caught the acting bug while working on off-Broadway productions.

Joseph Pilato

If you're a horror fan, chances are you'll recognize character actor Joseph Pilato, who passed away in March 2019 at the age of 70. Pilato starred in a number of genre films in the early stages of his career, which began in 1978 when zombie movie master George A. Romero gave him a minor role in Dawn of the Dead. He would go on to work with Romero in 1981's Knightriders (he played the disgruntled fairground worker in the bizarre biker-gang caper) and again in 1985's Day of the Dead, which marked Pilato's most famous film appearance. The Pittsburgh actor played mentally unstable antagonist Captain Rhodes in the grisly sequel, turning in a memorable performance despite being the character's polar opposite in real life.

"I was pretty left of center politically and was very influenced by my anti-Vietnam war experience," Pilato said during a 2010 interview with the Horror Channel, revealing that he was "chased and maced" by tactical police during protests. "Rhodes was everything antithetical to my political belief and it's usually very easy to play an opposite or villainous character. And Rhodes was the epitome." His name will forever be associated with Romero's cult zombie franchise, but what you probably don't know about Pilato is that he almost appeared in one of the most influential movies of the 1990s — he was cast as a Dean Martin lookalike in Quentin Tarantino classic Pulp Fiction, though unfortunately for him his scene wound up getting cut from the final film.

Denise DuBarry Hay

Denise DuBarry Hay was making a real difference in the world when she was cruelly struck down by a rare fungal infection. The Flying Misfits star (she played nurse Samantha Green in the NBC military drama) passed away in March 2019 shortly after her 63rd birthday, her husband confirmed to the Desert SunDuBarry Hay did her most notable onscreen work in the '70s and '80s, but in the decades that followed she started to make a name for herself as a savvy businesswoman and dedicated philanthropist.

DuBarry Hay was named the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998, and Response Magazine said that she was one of the people "leading us into the 21st century" in a write-up published in 2000. She made her biggest impact in the Coachella Valley area, where she had been working tirelessly with Olive Crest, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping abused and at-risk children. Speaking to the Desert Sun, movie producer and Olive Crest board member Kim Waltrip revealed that she "fell through the floor" when she received a text message confirming that her friend and colleague had died.

"She was ahead of her time in terms of women supporting women," Waltrip said. "She was super-ambitious and always supportive of everything everybody did. I got her involved in Olive Crest and she donated money for those houses [for the children]. When Denise gets involved, she goes all-in and she hosted fundraisers at her house. She just made sure Olive Crest had everything it needed."

Richard Erdman

Richard Erdman's career in Hollywood spanned a whopping seven decades. He made his big-screen breakthrough when World War II was still ongoing, appearing as Scooper Nolan in 1944's Janie, an Oscar-nominated wartime rom-com. "We walked into a big room, and director Michael Curtiz came in," Erdman told The Oklahoman in 2015. "He looked at me and immediately said I was perfect for the role of Scooper. Warner Bros. signed me to a contract right away." 

WWII was also the setting of what was arguably his biggest movie, Billy Wilder's 1953 POW dramedy Stalag 17Much like Janie, Erdman won his part based on looks alone. "Mr. Wilder took one look at me and said 'You are Hoffy,'" he recalled. "And I got the role of Sgt. Hoffman." His biggest achievement, however, was the fact that he was still active when he passed away in March 2019, aged 93. Film buff and good friend Alan K. Rode told The Hollywood Reporter that Erdman had been suffering from age-related dementia.

Rode shared the sad news via Twitter, where some of Erdman's former co-stars made tributes of their own. The Oklahoma native played elderly student Leonard Rodriquez on hit show Community from 2009 to 2015, earning the respect of his younger colleagues. "Such a good and funny man," star Joel McHale tweeted. Ken Jeong used Facebook to deliver his tribute, thanking Erdman for "blessing us" with his brilliance. "Sweet, gentle and fearless," Jeong said. "Nailed every take. Always made me laugh hard."

Mitzi Hoag

She was born in 1932 as Margaret Myrtle Hoag, but this Cleveland actress became known as Mitzi Hoag professionally. She was primarily known for her work in television, making over a hundred appearances on the small screen during a lengthy career. Hoag passed away in February 2019 at the age of 86, her family confirmed. "She loved nature and animals, fostering wild birds, taking in strays and volunteering for many environmental and conservation organizations," her obituary revealed.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hoag learned how to act at the world renowned Actor's Studio in New York City. She then cut her teeth in off-Broadway productions before heading out west. The aspiring film star arrived in Los Angeles in the late '50s and would eventually land a role in the 1963 Peter Fonda movie Tammy and the Doctor. She worked with Fonda again in 1967's The Trip, but in the years that followed she gravitated toward television.

Of her many TV roles, the one's she'll be best remembered for are Miss Essie, the schoolteacher wife of Bo Svenson's Big Swede on ABC's Here Come the Brides, and Evie Green, the adoptive mother of Mindy Cohn's Natalie Green in NBC's The Facts of Life. She also starred in short-lived CBS sitcom We'll Get By as Liz Platt, wife of lawyer George Platt (Paul Sorvino, pictured above with Hoag). She is survived by her husband of 47 years as well as a daughter, two grandsons, and the "numerous others for whom she was a loving presence," the family said.

Bibi Andersson

Best known for her work with influential Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, screen veteran Bibi Andersson passed away in April 2019. She was 83. "She has been sick for many years, but it is sad," director Christina Olofsson told Stockholm's Aftonbladet (via The Wrap). To simply call Andersson a Bergman collaborator would be a drastic understatement. As one of his muses, she appeared in 10 feature films and three TV movies by the celebrated filmmaker, not to mention a commercial that Bergman was forced to make when times got hard. A 15-year-old Andersson played a fairy-tale princess who gives a young farmer 100 kisses in exchange for soap. It wasn't exactly high art, but it was the start of a long and fruitful relationship.

The Scandinavian star was still acting as recently as 2010 (she reprised the role of Moder Rikissa when Swedish epic Arn was adapted for TV), but she did her most memorable work in the '50s and '60s under Bergman. The Seventh Seal (1957), Wild Strawberries (1957), and Persona (1966) were all dubbed masterpieces by The Guardian, which praised the latter film in particular. "With Persona, Andersson became internationally recognised as a performer capable of great depth and complexity," the British newspaper said in its obituary. Andersson opened up about her relationship with Bergman during her promotion of the movie. "I've been influenced by Bergman's ideas on theatre and on cinema," she told reporters (via Europe of Cultures). "Even if I haven't been influenced in the human sense, if you will, in all of the roles."

Seymour Cassel

A veteran character actor with over 200 screen credits to his name, Seymour Cassel passed away in April 2019 following complications from Alzheimer's disease. Cassel's daughter confirmed the passing of her father, who was 84. Younger film fans will no doubt recognize Cassel from his work with Wes Anderson, but long before he caught the eye of the whimsical director, he was best known for his collaborations with indie auteur John Cassavetes. The inexperienced Cassel made his debut in Cassavetes' Shadows (1958), and when the director decided to move to Los Angeles the following year, he took the actor with him. The arrangement was mutually beneficial — Cassel was nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for his turn as free-spirited swinger Chet in 1968's Faces, one of Cassavetes' standout films.

The pair went on to work together in 1971's Minnie and Moskowitz, 1974's The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, and 1984's Love Streams, but by the mid '80s, Cassel wasn't in a good place. His marriage imploded after he was forced to spend time behind bars on cocaine charges, and the death of Cassavetes in 1989 seemed to be the end of his career. The versatile actor bounced back in 1992, however, delivering a memorable performance in Alexandre Rockwell's The Soup, a performance that would get him noticed by Wes Anderson. Cassel played Jason Schwartzman's dad in 1998's Rushmore, and from then on he became one of Anderson's regular collaborators, later appearing in 2001's The Royal Tenenbaums and 2004's The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.

Georgia Engel

We know that five-time Emmy nominee Georgia Engel passed away in New Jersey during the month of April, though her cause of death remains a mystery. According to her friend and executor John Quilty, Engel was a Christian Scientist and therefore did not seek medical attention when she fell ill, preferring to put her faith in God rather than doctors. "I know the world will be sad and sorry," agent Jacqueline Stander said of the actress, who was 70 (via ABC). "She touched so many people."

Engel was best known for her time on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The Washington-born actress played Georgette, a super sweet girl with a super sweet voice to match. Engel actually spoke in that same high-pitched tone in real life, which was why she used to dread dealing with the press. She was apparently much more comfortable in character. "It was such a magical time, and we made lifelong friends," she said of her The Mary Tyler Moore Show colleagues while speaking to the Denver Post in 2016. "I just happen to be very, very fortunate." 

The actress also had memorable runs on Everybody Loves Raymond and Hot in Cleveland. Tributes began to pop up on Twitter in the hours following Engel's death, with former co-stars and colleagues grieving her loss. "Georgia Engel was the sweetest, kindest, dearest woman, and crazy talented," Hot in Cleveland star Valerie Bertinelli tweeted, while Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal said that "we'll love and miss you and your brilliant talent always."

Mya-Lecia Naylor

There have been some shocking and unexpected deaths in the acting world in 2019, but the case of Mya-Lecia Naylor is particularly heartbreaking. The British actress was just 16 years of age when she died, leaving her family, friends and co-workers devastated. "It is with the deepest sorrow we have to announce that on Sunday 7th April Mya-Lecia Naylor, very sadly, died," London-based theatrical agency A&J Management confirmed in a tweet. "Mya-Lecia was hugely talented and a big part of A&J, we will miss her greatly. Our love and thoughts are with all her family and friends at this difficult time."

Naylor was well-known to kids and parents across the U.K., having starred in two popular shows on CBBC, the children's division of the BBC. When E! News reached out for comment, CBBC director Alice Webb said that they were "distraught and so terribly sad" over Naylor's untimely death. "It's unthinkable that she won't be part of our journey going forward," Webb said. "She was hugely popular with our audience, a very talented actress, dancer and singer, and a real role model for her young fans."

One neighbor told the Daily Mail that Naylor had "collapsed" prior to her passing, but the cause of death is still being investigated. Sadly, the talented teen appeared to be on the verge of going international when she died. She had a small part in 2012's Cloud Atlas as a kid, but more recently she was part of the pilot for Netflix's adaptation of The Witcher.

Tania Mallet

Tania Mallet only ever starred in one movie, but it was a truly iconic one. The beautiful Brit was earning good money as a model when she was offered the chance to act opposite Sean Connery in 1964's Goldfinger, which wasn't exactly a huge payday for her. "The money was dreadful," she told Bond website MI6 in 2003, revealing that she earned as little as £150 per week on the film. In the end, it was a sacrifice worth making — Goldfinger went on to become one of the most iconic entries in the long-running spy franchise. It was the official 007 Twitter account that announced Mallet's passing on March 31, 2019. She was 77. "We are very sorry to hear that Tania Mallet who played Tilly Masterson in Goldfinger has passed away," the tweet read. "Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time." 

One family member who was hit particularly hard by the news was Helen Mirren, Mallet's cousin. "My sister and I grew up with her," Mirren told People. "She showed her Russian heritage in her very beautiful bone structure and eyes, that made her into one of the top models of the early '60s. However she was never vain, but a kind and generous person who used her model earnings to put her half brothers through school." Mallet returned to modeling after her stint as a Bond Girl. "I was always more comfortable in a small studio with just the photographer and his assistant," she told MI6.

Nadja Regin

2019 has not been the best year for Bond Girls. Not long after we lost Tania Mallet, Nadja Regin passed away at the age of 87, the official 007 Twitter account confirmed. Regin played nightclub dancer Bonita in 1964's Goldfinger, her second appearance in the franchise. A year earlier, the Serbian portrayed the mistress of MI6 boss Ali Kerim Bey in From Russia With Love. "I think [Goldfinger] was maybe given to me as compensation because I was meant to have more scenes in From Russia With Love," Regin once told 007 Magazine.

According to the BBC, the multi-lingual Regin (she spoke Serbo-Croat, Russian, English, French and German) moved to the U.K. in the 1950s and appeared in several British films prior to her Bond days. Post-Bond, she worked behind the scenes at fabled horror house Hammer and later co-founded her own publishing company. She released a book in 2016, a WWII-set novel called The Victims and the Fools. Sadly, the actress was able to draw from real life experience. 

In another interview with 007 Magazine, Regin revealed that her father (a Russian lecturer living in Serbia) was murdered by the Germans during a retaliatory massacre. "During the Partisan attack 50 Germans were killed and they took a hundred Serbs for each German killed," Regin recalled. "They collected 5,000 people in all; amongst them was my father. Somebody intervened to try to save him, because he was a Russian emigrant, but he refused to abandon his friends."

Larry 'Flash' Jenkins

His character in Ferris Bueller's Day Off didn't even have a name (he was credited as Attendant's Co-Pilot), but Larry "Flash" Jenkins had one memorable line in John Hughes' coming-of-age classic. Remember the scene in which the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California belonging to Cameron's dad is taken for a joyride by a valet? Jenkins was the guy in the passenger seat. "Yeah, man, we gotta do this again," he says as the pair return the stolen vehicle. That small contribution means Jenkins, who passed away from a heart attack at the age of 63, will always have his place in pop culture history.

Jenkins was represented by Spectrum Global Agency, who confirmed his passing in an email to Entertainment Weekly. "We have represented Larry theatrically for over eight years now," an agency rep said. "He was such a talented actor, producer, and director." According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jenkins produced and directed gospel films in the latter stages of his career. In terms of acting, he did way more than just steal a Ferrari.

Outside of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Jenkins is best-remembered as Gummy from the Chevy Chase vehicle Fletch (1985). He also popped up in several TV shows over the years, including an early appearance in M.A.S.H. and a stint on the NBC sports drama Bay City Blues. Actor Shavar Ross paid tribute to Jenkins in a tweet, sharing a photo of them together from the 2009 Frank and Son Collectable Show.

Jessie Lawrence Ferguson

Despite his age, Jessie Lawrence Ferguson's death came as a shock to his family. The 76-year-old actor (best known for playing crooked cop Officer Coffey in '90s classic Boyz n the Hood) appeared to be in perfect health when he passed away suddenly at his home in California. Speaking to TMZ, his son Jace revealed that he found his dad next to his bed with the television on. While the cause of death is unknown, sources say the police are not treating it as suspicious. "He was a strong, beautiful intelligent black man and he wanted the best for his son and all people," Jace said of his father. Ferguson's Officer Coffey was not such a nice guy, however. 

The actor was so convincing that his performance later drew comparisons to Samuel Jackson's Stephen from Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained. "I feel some type of way about this," one Twitter user said after news of Ferguson's death broke. "Only behind the character Stephen from Django he played the most hated black man in cinema." Coffey wasn't Ferguson's only contribution to cinema, however. After making his debut on a 1979 episode of Starsky and Hutch, he worked steadily in television throughout the 1980s. He made one-off appearances in a number of well-known TV shows of the time, from The A-Team to Star Trek: The Next Generation. Ferguson's other notable film appearances include Prince of Darkness, Darkman, and The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.

Peter Mayhew

Three years on from the death of R2-D2 actor Kenny Baker, the man who brought Chewbacca to life in the original Star Wars trilogy has also passed away. In a statement, the family of Peter Mayhew confirmed that the towering actor died at his Texas home on April 30, 2019. The statement celebrated Mayhew's life, focusing on the experiences and lifelong friendships that came from his time as part of the Star Wars family. "As the films released and became more well-known he had his eyes opened to the possibilities of what he could achieve," it read. "For more than 30 years Peter traveled all over the world spending time with his fans and friends."

Mayhew did a lot more than just swan around the convention circuit, however. Over the years he became "heavily involved with the 501st Legion, Wounded Warriors, Make-A-Wish, and other non-profit organizations," his family added. This was the man that Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill knew. "He was the gentlest of giants," Hamill said in a tribute tweet. "A big man with an even bigger heart who never failed to make me smile and a loyal friend who I loved dearly. I'm grateful for the memories we shared and I'm a better man for just having known him. Thanks Pete."

Against all odds, the previously wheelchair-bound Mayhew returned to play Chewbacca in 2015's The Force Awakens, his final on-screen appearance as the iconic Wookiee. He is survived by his wife, Angie Mayhew, and their three children.

Stefanie Sherk

Canadian actress Stefanie Sherk, wife of Oscar-nominee Demian Bichir, passed away "peacefully" in April 2019. The actor confirmed his wife's death in a heartbreaking Instagram post, calling it "the saddest and toughest time" of his life. "We don't know how much time it will take for us to overcome this pain," he captioned a photo of his late partner. "Stefanie's beautiful, angelical and talented presence will be immensely missed." The cause of death was soon confirmed as suicide.

After the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner made the information public, Bichir went into more detail about the "invisible affliction" that Sherk had been dealing with. "It was our hope that we would have some time to heal and grieve before we could talk about this issue that affects way too many people around the globe," the Mexican American actor said in a second Instagram post. "Depression has taken the lives of so many beautiful, wonderful, talented people such as my beloved wife, Stefanie."

Sherk made her feature debut in 2003 with a small role in the rom-com Easy. 2016 was the biggest year of her career — she popped up in CSI: Cyber and played Kay in Bichir's directorial debut, Un Cuento de Circo & A Love SongThe pair last worked together on the Sam Raimi-produced reboot of The Grudge, due for release in 2020.

If you or anyone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Pua Magasiva

To international audiences, Samoan-born actor Pua Magasiva was best known for Power Rangers, having portrayed the Red Wind Ranger in the Ninja Storm season of the long-running show. At home in New Zealand, however, he was most recognized as nurse Vinnie Kruse from popular Kiwi soap opera Shortland Street. Magasiva's seven-year run as the character came to a sudden end in May 2019 when he was found dead at his home in Wellington (via Stuff). The circumstances were not suspicious, police said, and the cause of death was not revealed. He was 38.

South Pacific Pictures said that it was "absolutely devastated" in a statement, calling Magasiva "a much loved member of the South Pacific Pictures family." The actor's passing left his family in an "acute stage of grief" (via Otago Daily Times) and his friends took the news hard, too. "My heart goes out to the Magasiva family and the extended television alumni who had the honor of seeing the glint in his eye and the sound of his hearty laugh close hand," actor Shane Cortese said.

Magavisa's Power Rangers co-star Jason Chan also posted a touching tribute, calling him "the center of energy on set and off." Some Power Rangers fans paid their respects by creating compilations of the popular actor's best moments from the show and posting them to YouTube, where Ninja Storm was popular with reviewers. Magavisa is survived by his wife of one year and his daughter from his first marriage.

Peggy Lipton

Actress and former model Peggy Lipton, who first made a name for herself in the late '60s playing hippie cop Julie Barnes in groundbreaking counterculture show The Mod Squad, passed away from cancer in May 2019, her daughters confirmed. In a statement, Parks and Recreation actress Rashida Jones and her sister Kidada (Lipton's children with music mogul ex-husband Quincy Jones) said that their mother passed away surrounded by family at the age of 72. "She made her journey peacefully with her daughters and nieces by her side," the statement read (via Sky). "We feel so lucky for every moment we spent with her. We can't put all of our feelings into words right now but we will say: Peggy was, and will always be our beacon of light, both in this world and beyond."

Despite winning a Golden Globe for her work in The Mod Squad, Lipton took a break from acting, sitting out most of the '80s. She re-announced herself on the scene in 1990 when she appeared as Norma Jennings in David Lynch's surreal TV series Twin Peaks. Speaking to the Georgian Journal in 2017 (the year she reprised the role in the critically-acclaimed comeback), Lipton recalled her first meeting with Lynch. "I arrived and he and Mark Frost, his co-writer and producer, sat at a large table with nothing on it but my photo," the actress said. "I shot the pilot and the feeling inside me was pure excitement. I loved being Norma."

Isaac Kappy

In May 2019, actor Isaac Kappy leapt to his death from a highway bridge. According to the Arizona Daily Sun, two teenagers stopped their car when they saw Kappy perched on the edge and tried to physically restrain him, but were unable to stop him from jumping. He was 42.

"Troopers were called to Interstate 40 eastbound at Transwestern Road for a subject who forced himself off the Transwestern Road bridge onto Interstate 40," Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves said in a statement (via People). "He was then struck by a passing car… Mr. Kappy died on-scene." The vehicle that struck Kappy was a Ford pickup truck, leaving him with little chance of survival. What caused him to take his life this way?

Kappy had a small part in Terminator Salvation, popped up as a prisoner in Breaking Bad and played the pet store clerk in Thor, but he hadn't appeared in anything since 2016. In recent years, he'd made headlines for all the wrong reasons. In 2018 he was accused of choking Paris Jackson at a party, and was also investigated over alleged harassment and stalking of actor Seth Green and his wife, Clare. In an Instagram post he made hours before his death, his fragile mental state was clear to see. "I have been a pretty bad guy throughout my life," Kappy wrote.

If you or anyone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Barbara Perry

Younger viewers might remember Barbara Perry from How I Met Your Mother, but this star of the stage and screen plied her trade on numerous classic shows over a lengthy career. Perry appeared on The Twilight ZoneThe Dick Van Dyke Show and The Andy Griffith Show in the 1960s, and later popped up in long-running '80s hits St. Elsewhere, Newhart, and Quantum Leap. She died of natural causes in May 2019, Deadline confirmed, at the age of 97.

Perry was just four years old when she made her stage debut, appearing in Madame Butterfly at New York's Metropolitan Opera. She was trained in ballet, but the Virginia native always had a passion for tap. "I was born wearing tap shoes," she once said. "I just danced, morning, noon, and night, even wore my tap shoes to bed." Her dancing took her to some of the swankiest clubs around. From London's iconic Café de Paris to the Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles, Perry performed at all the happening spots, opening for the likes of Lena Horne and Peggy Lee on occasion.

She made her big screen bow in pre-code drama Counsellor at Law in 1933. Perry (who was married to veteran Disney animator Art Babbitt) returned to London in the '50s to train at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, which led to a leading lady role in George Formby musical Zip Goes a Million. "My London career was the most sterling part of my life," she said.

Geneviève Waïte

Geneviève Waïte was perhaps best known for her relationship with John Phillips (member of the Mamas and the Papas), but the South African model-turned-actress had a career of her own. Waïte made her big-screen debut in 1967's The Professor and the Beauty Queena South African drama. The following year she starred in the most notable movie of her career, playing the titular art student in London-set mod culture drama Joanna. "My mother's role in Joanna was groundbreaking for racial divides," said daughter Bijou Phillips, who revealed that the actress "passed away in her sleep" in a statement released to People. She was 71.

"She was a beautiful soul, and born from another planet," the statement read. "Her ideas, her songs, her voice, and her heart beat to a beautiful African rhythm no one else had and I am so thankful she was able to share it. She was a light, a fairy, and a gift of a creature… She was like a child in a way, who was too smart for her own good." The multi-talented Waïte went on to release music in the '70s. With Phillips' help, she recorded the album Romance Is on the Rise, dubbed "a masterpiece of music" by their proud daughter.

Bijou has happily followed in her mother's footsteps, dabbling in modeling and music as well as some acting. She had a complicated relationship with her late father, however — she filed for emancipation at the age of 14.

Lisa Sheridan

She was probably best-known for her engagement to Office Space star Ron Livingston at one stage (the pair met on the set of 2000's Beat), but Lisa Sheridan managed to hold her own in the industry after they split in 2003. She made appearances in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Without a Trace the following year, and in 2005 joined the cast of Invasion, starring in the ABC mystery series for two seasons. She would go on to land various supporting parts in a number of TV shows, but Invasion turned out to be an early peak in a career cut short.

In February 2019, Sheridan's manager confirmed that the actress had passed away, aged just 44. "We all loved Lisa very much and are devastated by the loss we all feel," Mitch Clem told People. "She passed away Monday morning, at home, in her apartment in New Orleans. We are waiting for a coroners report on cause of death." Former co-star Donna D'Errico paid tribute to Sheridan in a Facebook post, while filmmaker, journalist, and longtime friend Michael Dunaway lamented her loss on Instagram.

The wording of Dunaway's post apparently led some to believe that Sheridan took her own life (the director said he was comforted by the fact that she had left her "struggles and pain and grief" behind), but relatives have strongly denied this was the case. "The family has unequivocally confirmed that this is not a suicide," Clem's statement continued. "Any suggestion to the contrary is absolutely, 100 percent unfounded."

Gloria Vanderbilt

Manhattan-born railroad heiress Gloria Vanderbilt passed away at her New York home in June 2019, friends and family by her side. She had recently been diagnosed with an advanced form of stomach cancer, her son (CNN's Anderson Cooper) confirmed. She was 95.

Vanderbilt began her acting career in 1957, but she was already well-known by the time she made her debutShe was just 10 years old when she became the subject of a high-profile court battle between her widowed mother, Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, and her paternal aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, both of whom sought "custody of her and control over her trust fund," as Deadline put it.

Vanderbilt set out to prove she was more than the "poor little rich girl" portrayed by the newspaper headlines. She landed roles on several Golden Era anthology shows during the late '50s and early '60s, including Studio One in Hollywood, Shirley Temple's Storybook and The Dick Powell Theatre, establishing herself as an actress. She also appeared in Adventures in Paradise, an exotic ABC show about a Korean War vet living in the Pacific, and The Love Boat, a cruise ship-set comedy that ran from 1977 to 1987.

She was known for much more than her acting, however, and her son was keen to highlight this in his statement. "Gloria Vanderbilt was an extraordinary woman, who loved life, and lived it on her own terms," Cooper said. "She was a painter, a writer, and designer but also a remarkable mother, wife, and friend."

Carmine Caridi

New Yorker Carmine Caridi, who played Carmine Rosato in The Godfather: Part II and Albert Volpe in The Godfather: Part III, died in May 2019. The actor, who was 85, was hospitalized after a fall and later developed pneumonia. "From Broadway, to film and television, Carmine spent over six decades entertaining audiences, and nothing made him happier," his manager said in a statement to TMZ. "His talent, wit, warmth and charm will be missed. Carmine passed peacefully, surrounded by friends and family."

Outside of the Godfather franchise, Caridi's most notable movie role was Brad Shirk, one of the two contractors working on Tom Hanks and Shelley Long's house in the 1986 comedy The Money Pit. He also plied his trade on a number of classic TV shows over the years (Starsky and Hutch, Fame and NYPD Blue to name but a few) and was still working before his fall — he made his last-ever appearance in a 2019 episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. He never did get the chance to make up with the Academy, however.

In 2004, Caridi was expelled for sharing VHS screeners. "I was doing a guy a favor and he screwed me," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "Perhaps Carmine's biggest regret was his involvement in a scandal that left him expelled from The Motion Picture Academy," the late actor's manager said. "While exonerated by police and the FBI, Carmine was always deeply saddened by what had transpired."

Sylvia Miles

Famed New York socialite and two-time Oscar nominee Sylvia Miles passed away in an ambulance en route to a Manhattan hospital in June, 2019. She was 94. Speaking to Page Six, actress Geraldine Smith revealed that Miles had recently moved out of a care home. "She didn't want to die there," Smith, a longtime friend, said. "We went out for a big lunch to celebrate her coming home. She was very excited and telling us to order whatever we wanted. 'Order drinks; order desserts!' We had a wonderful time."

Miles was well-known for being the life of the party and was frequently spotted at swanky social events with fellow New York resident Andy Warhol. Speaking to People in 1976, the Greenwich Villager revealed that she was always on the guest list for the top soirées because she knew how to have a good time. "I get invited because I'm fun," she told the first celebrity magazine, which was only two years old at the time. "I have a good sense of humor. I look good. I'm not bad to have at a party." 

One of her most notable films (1972's Heat) was produced by Warhol, but Miles will no doubt be best remembered for her sassy turns in 1969's Midnight Cowboy and 1975's Farewell, My Lovely. Amazingly, she was nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category for both movies, despite only being onscreen for a combined total of 11 minutes.

Leo the cat

Leo, the animal actor who starred as reanimated cat Church in the 2019 adaptation of Stephen King's Pet Sematary, passed away just weeks after the movie was released. Animal trainer Kirk Jarrett decided to adopt the Maine Coon cat (who was more cute than creepy in real life) after working with him on the horror film, setting up an Instagram account to keep fans up to date with little Leo. It was via this dedicated account that the public learned of his death. "It is with deep sadness that we tell you that Leo has passed away," the post read. "He will be forever missed by his human and fur family. May his star always shine bright."

Church was actually played by four different cats, but Leo was the stand-out. Speaking to the A.V. Club prior to Leo's passing, Kirk Jarrett called the super furry feline a "confident sit-stay cat" who was just perfect for the part. "That was his whole purpose, to be the poster child," the trainer said. "The cat you see all across the different platforms, and in the trailer, almost any time he's in the undead makeup — that was Leo."

Tributes to Leo started to appear on social media when word of his passing spread. Lorenzo the Cat (another famous Maine Coon) said that it was "such sad news," and he wasn't the only Twitter user to take it badly.

Cameron Boyce

He was just 20 when he passed away in his sleep following a seizure, but Cameron Boyce was "already a veteran to show business," Disney said in a statement. The actor (whose death was linked to an ongoing medical condition, his family confirmed) played the mischievous Luke Ross in almost 100 episodes of Mouse House series Jessie, and later portrayed Carlos De Vil (son of Cruella) in the Descendants franchise. The California native also popped up in a number of adult orientated projects — he was in K-horror remake Mirrors (2008), and he also appeared in Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups (2010) as well as its 2012 sequel, playing the star's son. Boyce's last project was Mrs. Fletcher, an HBO comedy series that's due for release in Fall 2019.

"From a young age, Cameron Boyce dreamed of sharing his extraordinary artistic talents with the world," a Disney Channel spokesperson told CNN on behalf of the family. "He was an incredibly talented performer, a remarkably caring and thoughtful person and, above all else, he was a loving and dedicated son, brother, grandson and friend. We offer our deepest condolences to his family, castmates and colleagues and join his many millions of fans in grieving his untimely passing. He will be dearly missed."

Those who knew Boyce professionally took to social media to share their shock and grief. "Too young. Too sweet. Too funny," a broken-hearted Adam Sandler said (via People). "Just the nicest, most talented, and most decent kid around. Loved that kid."

Rip Torn

He played founding MiB member Zed in 1997's Men in Black, but Rip Torn will always be remembered as producer Artie from The Larry Sanders Show. "The Emmy-winning performance was perhaps the best representation of Torn's unusual blend of toughness and tender sentimentality, a turn that was as often profane as it was unexpectedly moving," Variety said after Torn's passing in July 2019. According to his publicist (via The Hollywood Reporter), the Texas-born actor passed away peacefully at his home in Connecticut. He was 88.

Torn was nominated for an Emmy for every single season he appeared on The Larry Sanders Show (he plied his trade on the HBO series between 1992-1998), and he got another nod in 2008 after a memorable guest appearance on 30 Rock, playing Jack Donaghy's (Alec Baldwin) boss, Don Geiss. His work on the big screen was lauded, too. The multi-talented Torn was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Supporting Actor category after portraying Mary Steenburgen's shotgun-happy dad in 1984's Cross Creek. The actor was familiar with firearms in real life, too — in 2010, he broke into a bank after hours while drunk, a loaded revolver in hand.

This was just one of many incidents that gave Torn his reputation as a troublemaker, but he never let that bother him. "What do they say about all the guys that are tremendous actors?" he once told The New York Times. "Don't they say they have a volatile temper and emotions? Yeah, sure they do!"

Denise Nickerson

Denise Nickerson retired from acting at age 21 to concentrate on a career in nursing, but she'll always be remembered for her iconic turn in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The New Yorker played gum-chewing preteen Violet Beauregarde in the 1971 adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic novel, the second Golden Ticket winner to fall foul of the fanciful factory owner's inventions when Wonka's magic gum turns her into a human blueberry. The former actress suffered a devastating stroke in 2018, and complications left her in a coma-like state. She passed away in July 2019 after being removed from life-support, her family confirmed. She was 62.

"She's gone," her son Josh said (via Variety). "They just took off all the equipment. None of it was helping, but making her only more uncomfortable. We're telling her it's okay to let go." Sadly, Josh and his wife, Jasmine, were expecting a baby girl at the time. "He is just coming to terms with the reality of the situation and doesn't know how to process it," Jasmine said of her grieving husband. "He says to me a few minutes ago that she won't ever get to see or hold or know her granddaughter."

Nickerson was also known for her time as a member of the Short Circus on The Electric Company. She was apparently in contention to play Regan MacNeil in The Exorcist (her mother said no after seeing the script), and she reportedly auditioned for the part of Princess Leia, too.