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20 Actors You didn’t Realize Passed Away in 2017



Life is short, so they say. Any moment someone can die and when death strikes all we can do is mourn the departed soul and wish that it rest s in eternal peace. Unfortunately, death isn’t selective about who should go and who should remain on earth. Over the past few years, we have lost some of the greatest men and women who brought us unforgettable memories. 2017 hasn’t been any different. Since the beginning of the year, we Hollywood has lost some of its finest stars. From Roger Moore to George Romero, we remember some of the greatest actors that we have had to say goodbye to in 2017.


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Nelsan Ellis – (True Blood)

He played the role of Lafayette Reynolds in the movie titled “The True Blood.” According to his manager, Nelson was not only a gifted artist, but he was a very kind human with a gentle soul who cared about everyone he met. He died at a tender age of 39 years after developing complications arising from heart failure.



John Hurt

John announced in 2015 that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic. He featured in Harry and the Alien films. He also played the role of a lead character in Elephant Man and Midnight Express. During his acting career, he was nominated for two Oscars. He succumbed to pancreatic cancer on January 27 at the age of 77.


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Jerry Lewis

Lewis was one of the greatest comedians in the history of comedy. He was known for his slapstick routines and became enormously famous when he teamed up with Dean Martin in 1946.



George Romero

He greatly featured in many horror films, the most notable one being the Night of the Living Dead. His zombie movies quickly turned into social commentaries with so many people imitating his character and acting skills. He died on July 16, after a long battle with lung cancer. He died aged 77.


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June Foray

June Foray was the voice behind so many popular animated characters such as Granny, Witch Hazel in Looney Tunes, Rocky the Flying squirrel in The Rocky, Aunt May in Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends and Granny. She died on July 26 at the age of 99. She was a great behind-the-scenes actor.



Adam West

Adam West was well known as the best actor in the 1960’s Batman TV series. The fans of the show loved him due to his exceptional acting skills. The great actor died on June 9, 2017.


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Michael Nance

He was a great reality star who featured on Emily Maynard’s season 8 of the series titled “The Bachelorette.” He died at the age of 31 on May 29, 2017. He was described as a great actor who was passionate about filmmaking.



Bill Paxton

Do you remember Apollo 13, or Titanic, or Twister? Well, Bill Paxton featured in all these blockbusters. He was a prolific and charismatic actor who always took memorable roles in various films. Apart from featuring in different Blockbusters he also cherished his work in his other low-budget films such as One False Move. He died on February 25 from complications arising from a surgery he had previously had. He was aged 61.


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Roger Smith

Roger played the role of Detective Jeff Spencer on the hit series titled “ABC” between 1958 and 1963. At some point, he quit acting to manage the career of his second wife. He also featured in the 77 Sunset Strip movie. He died on June 4 at the age of 84.



Martin Landau

He was widely referred to as the chameleon-like actor. He gained fame when he featured on the TV show titled “Mission Impossible” as the crafty master of disguise in 1960’s. He went on to star in so many movies in an award-filled acting life. He died on July 15th aged 89 after developing “unexpected complications.”


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Peter Sallis

He was widely recognized for the role he played in voicing Wallace in the clay animation series titled Wallace and Gromit. Peter died peacefully with his family members beside him on June 2nd aged 96 years.



Mary Tyler Moore

She is probably the most honored actresses in the history of television. She starred in various comedies that once dominated the TV screens in America. She died on January 25, at the age of 80 years.


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Erin Moran

Erin shot to fame for her role as Joanie Cunningham on the ‘70s sitcom Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi. She also featured in Joanie Loves Chachi movie alongside Scott Baio although the lifespan of the production was short-lived. On April 22, she was found dead at her Harrison County home. The cause of her death was described as complications from stage IV cancer.



Jeanne Moreau

Her film acting career spun over seven decades and was characterized by award after award.  Winning awards for movies such as ‘Seven Days…Seven Nights’ and ‘Viva Maria!.’ As a result of her great talent, she had the opportunity of working with some of the world’s top directors before dying at the age of 89 on July 31, 2017.


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Antonia Gorga

It is believed that Antonia had a long struggle with unknown illness before she finally took her last breath in early March at the age of 66. She greatly featured in Real House wives of New Jersey (Mother of Teresa Giudice).



Judge Joseph Wapner

Joseph rose to fame after starring on the series title The people’s Court for a record 12 seasons between 1981 and 1993.Judge Joseph Wapner died on February 26 aged 97 years. He had been under hospice care for quite a while.


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Emannuelle Riva

Emannuelle was an iconic French actress who featured in several TV shows and series. The most famous movies she starred in were 1959’s Hiroshima Mon Amour and 2012’s Amour.  She died on January 27 at the age of 89 years. She was a talented actress who was recognized worldwide.



Sam Shepherd

He was an award-winning author, playwright, director, screenwriter, and actor. His career in the film industry was characterized by various awards and International recognition. He succumbed to complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or what is widely known as the Gehrig’s disease on July 27, 2017, aged 73.


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Chris Penn

Some people might not know that Sean Penn’s brother was also an actor. Indeed, Chris Penn turned up in movies as famous as Reservoir Dogs – where he memorably played Nice Guy Eddie – and Footloose. However, both Penn’s career and his 2006 death from cardiomyopathy at the age of just 40 may have been somewhat overshadowed by his more famous sibling’s life and work.



Rob Knox

British star Rob Knox may look familiar thanks to his turn as Marcus Belby in the movie adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. He was all set to appear in the franchise’s follow-up film as well but, heartbreakingly, was murdered while backing up his brother during a fracas in 2008. The young actor was only 18 years old.

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