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Average listal rating (8 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating
1. Judith Barsi
June 6, 1978 – July 27, 1988
Age: 10
Cause of death: murder (shot by father)

Notable role(s):
- Ducky in The Land Before Time
- Anne-Marie in All Dogs Go to Heaven

Average listal rating (61 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
2. Heather O'Rourke
December 27, 1975 – February 1, 1988
Age: 12
Cause of death: cardiac arrest caused by septic shock brought on by intestinal stenosis

Notable role(s):
- Carol Anne Freeling in the Poltergeist trilogy

Average listal rating (6 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating
3. Anissa Jones
March 11, 1958 – August 28, 1976
Age: 18
Cause of death: accidental drug overdose (Cocaine, PCP, Quaaludes and Seconal were found in her body during an autopsy. The coroner who examined Jones reported she had died from one of the most severe drug overdoses he had ever seen.)

Notable role(s):
- Ava Elizabeth 'Buffy' Patterson-Davis on Family Affair (138 episodes)

Average listal rating (3 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating
4. Robert Knox
August 21, 1989 – May 24, 2008
Age: 18
Cause of death: murder (stabbed outside a bar in Sidcup, England when he intervened in a fight to protect his brother)

Notable role(s):
- Marcus Belby in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Average listal rating (10 ratings) 9.3  IMDB Rating
5. Dorothy Dell
January 30, 1915 – June 8, 1934
Age: 19
Cause of death: automobile accident (the car left the highway, hit a telephone pole, bounced off a palm tree and hit a boulder)

Notable role(s):
- Toy in Wharf Angel
- Bangles Carson in Little Miss Marker

Average listal rating (2 ratings) 5.5  IMDB Rating
6. Josh Ryan Evans
January 10, 1982 – August 5, 2002
Age: 20
Cause of death: complications related to a congenital heart condition

Notable role(s):
- Timmy on Passions (132 episodes)

Average listal rating (9 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating
7. Matthew Garber
March 25, 1956 – June 13, 1977
Age: 21
Cause of death: hemorrhagic necrotising pancreatitis (Garber had contracted hepatitis — probably from eating "bad meat" — while traveling in India in 1976, and it had already spread to his pancreas when his father brought him back to England the following year.)

Notable role(s):
- Michael Banks in Mary Poppins

Average listal rating (6 ratings) 3.8  IMDB Rating
8. Rebecca Schaeffer
November 6, 1967 – July 18, 1989
Age: 21
Cause of death: murdered by Robert John Bardo, an obsessed fan who had been stalking her for three years

Notable role(s):
- Patti Russell on My Sister Sam (44 episodes)

Average listal rating (198 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating
9. Aaliyah
January 16, 1979 – August 25, 2001
Age: 22
Cause of death: plane crash

Notable role(s):
- Trish O'Day in Romeo Must Die
- Queen Akasha in Queen of the Damned
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Average listal rating (11 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating
10. Dominique Dunne
November 23, 1959 – November 4, 1982
Age: 22
Cause of death: murder (strangled to death by her former boyfriend)

Notable role(s):
- Dana Freeling in Poltergeist

Average listal rating (6 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating
11. Freddie Prinze
June 22, 1954 – January 29, 1977
Age: 22
Cause of death: suicide (shot himself with a small semi-automatic pistol)

Notable role(s):
- Chico Rodriguez on Chico and the Man (62 episodes)

Average listal rating (305 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating
12. River Phoenix
August 23, 1970 – October 31, 1993
Age: 23
Cause of death: drug overdose of heroin and cocaine

Notable role(s):
- Chris Chambers in Stand by Me
- Mike Waters in My Own Private Idaho
- Danny Pope in Running on Empty
- Young Indy in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
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Average listal rating (444 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating
13. James Dean
February 8, 1931 – September 30, 1955
Age: 24
Cause of death: car crash

Notable role(s):
- Cal Trask in East of Eden
- Jim Stark in Rebel Without a Cause
- Jett Rink in Giant
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Average listal rating (86 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating
14. Brad Renfro
July 25, 1982 – January 15, 2008
Age: 25
Cause of death: overdose, acute heroin/morphine intoxication

Notable role(s):
- Mark Sway in The Client
- Huck Finn in Tom and Huck
- Young Michael Sullivan in Sleepers
- Josh in Ghost World
- Marty Puccio in Bully

Average listal rating (207 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating
15. Tupac Shakur
June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996
Age: 25
Cause of death: murder (shot four times and died six days later of respiratory failure and cardiac arrest)

Notable role(s):
- Lucky in Poetic Justice
- Tank in Bullet

Average listal rating (108 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating
16. Jean Harlow
March 3, 1911 – June 7, 1937
Age: 26
Cause of death: cerebral edema, a side effect of renal or kidney failure

Notable role(s):
- Anne Courtland in The Secret Six
- Gwen Allen in The Public Enemy
- Vantine in Red Dust

Average listal rating (12 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating
17. Jon-Erik Hexum
November 5, 1957 – October 18, 1984
Age: 26
Cause of death: firearms accident on the set of Cover Up

Notable role(s):
- Phineas Bogg in Voyager from the Unknown
- Phineas Bogg on Voyagers! (20 episodes)
- Mac Harper on Cover Up (7 episodes)

Average listal rating (148 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating
18. Sharon Tate
January 24, 1943 – August 9, 1969
Age: 26
Cause of death: murder (stabbed multiple times)

Notable role(s):
- Janet Trego on The Beverly Hillbillies (15 episodes)
- Sarah Shagal in The Fearless Vampire Killers
- Jennifer North in Valley of the Dolls

Average listal rating (43 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating
19. Jonathan Brandis
April 13, 1976 – November 12, 2003
Age: 27
Cause of death: suicide (hanging)

Notable role(s):
- Bastian Bux in The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter
- Lucas Wolenczak on SeaQuest 2032 (57 episodes)

Average listal rating (2 ratings) 5  IMDB Rating
20. Justin Mentell
December 16, 1982 – February 1, 2010
Age: 27
Cause of death: car accident

Notable role(s):
- Garrett Wells on Boston Legal (16 episodes)
- Terrell in G-Force

Average listal rating (13 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating
21. Thuy Trang
December 14, 1973 - September 3, 2001
Age: 27
Cause of death: car accident

Notable role(s):
- Trini Kwan / The Yellow Ranger on Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers (80 episodes)

Average listal rating (40 ratings) 5.6  IMDB Rating
22. Lucy Gordon
May 22, 1980 – May 20, 2009
Age: 28
Cause of death: suicide (hanging)

Notable role(s):
- Jennifer Dugan in Spider-Man 3

Average listal rating (1482 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating
23. Heath Ledger
April 4, 1979 – January 22, 2008
Age: 28
Cause of death: overdose, resulting from the abuse of prescription medications

Notable role(s):
- Patrick Verona in 10 Things I Hate About You
- Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain
- Joker in The Dark Knight
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Average listal rating (148 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating
24. Brandon Lee
February 1, 1965 – March 31, 1993
Age: 28
Cause of death: accidentally shot and killed in North Carolina while filming The Crow

Notable role(s):
- Eric Draven in The Crow

Average listal rating (23 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating
25. Lee Thompson Young
February 1, 1984 – August 19, 2013
Age: 29
Cause of death: suicide (self-inflicted gunshot wound)

Notable role(s):
- Jett Jackson / Silverstone on The Famous Jett Jackson (67 episodes)
- Chris Comer in Friday Night Lights
- Detective Barry Frost on Rizzoli & Isles (50 episodes)

Average listal rating (3 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating
26. David Strickland
October 14, 1969 – March 22, 1999
Age: 29
Cause of death: suicide (hanging)

Notable role(s):
- Todd Styles on Suddenly Susan (71 episodes)

Average listal rating (11 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
27. Bobby Driscoll
March 3, 1937 – c. March 1968
Age: 31
Cause of death: heart failure caused by an advanced hardening of the arteries due to longtime drug abuse

Notable role(s):
- Johnny in Song of the South
- Jim Hawkins in Treasure Island
- Peter Pan (voice) in Peter Pan

Average listal rating (146 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating
28. Cory Monteith
May 11, 1982 – July 13, 2013
Age: 31
Cause of death: "a mixed drug toxicity" consisting of heroin and alcohol

Notable role(s):
- Finn Hudson on Glee (89 episodes)

Average listal rating (59 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating
29. Rudolph Valentino
May 6, 1895 – August 23, 1926
Age: 31
Cause of death: Developed peritonitis after surgery for appendicitis and gastric ulcers. A few days later he was stricken with a severe pleuritis relapse that developed rapidly in his left lung.

Notable role(s):
- Ahmed, the Sheik's Son in The Son of the Sheik

Average listal rating (323 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating
30. Bruce Lee
November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973
Age: 32
Cause of death: When the doctors announced Lee's death officially, it was ruled a "death by misadventure"

Notable role(s):
- Kato on The Green Hornet (26 episodes)
- Chen Zhen in Fist of Fury
- Tang Lung (a.k.a. Dragon) in Return of the Dragon

Average listal rating (737 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating
31. Brittany Murphy
November 10, 1977 – December 20, 2009
Age: 32
Cause of death: pneumonia, with secondary factors of iron-deficiency anemia and multiple drug intoxication

Notable role(s):
- Tai in Clueless
- Daisy Randone in Girl, Interrupted
- Fay Forrester in Riding in Cars with Boys
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Average listal rating (25 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating
32. Glenn Quinn
May 28, 1970 – December 3, 2002
Age: 32
Cause of death: accidental heroin overdose

Notable role(s):
- Mark Healy on Roseanne (74 episodes)
- Allen Doyle on Angel (11 episodes)

Average listal rating (126 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
33. John Belushi
January 24, 1949 – March 5, 1982
Age: 33
Cause of death: drug-related accident (speedball, a combined injection of cocaine and heroin)

Notable role(s):
- John Blutarsky in Animal House
- Various characters on Saturday Night Live (85 episodes)
- Jake in The Blues Brothers

Average listal rating (156 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating
34. Chris Farley
February 15, 1964 – December 18, 1997
Age: 33
Cause of death: cardiac arrest caused by a drug overdose

Notable role(s):
- Tommy in Tommy Boy
- Various characters on Saturday Night Live (99 episodes)
- Haru in Beverly Hills Ninja

Average listal rating (116 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating
35. Carole Lombard
October 6, 1908 – January 16, 1942
Age: 33
Cause of death: plane crash

Notable role(s):
- Irene Bullock in My Man Godfrey
- Jane Mason in Made for Each Other
- Maria Tura in To Be or Not to Be

Average listal rating (47 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating
36. Ryan Dunn
June 11, 1977 – June 20, 2011
Age: 34
Cause of death: alcohol-related car crash

Notable role(s):
- Himself on Jackass
- Himself in Jackass: The Movie, Jackass Number 2 and Jackass 3D
- Himself on Viva La Bam

Average listal rating (125 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
37. Jayne Mansfield
April 19, 1933 – June 29, 1967
Age: 34
Cause of death: automobile accident

Notable role(s):
- Rita Marlowe in Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?
- Sandy Brooks in Promises! Promises!

Average listal rating (12 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating
38. Dana Plato
November 7, 1964 – May 8, 1999
Age: 34
Cause of death: suicide (overdose on prescription medication)

Notable role(s):
- Kimberly Drummond on Diff'rent Strokes (142 episodes)

Average listal rating (32 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating
39. Andy Kaufman
January 17, 1949 – May 16, 1984
Age: 35
Cause of death: kidney failure, caused by metastasized large-cell lung carcinoma (he had previously been diagnosed with a rare type of lung cancer)

Notable role(s):
- Latka Gravas on Taxi (114 episodes)

Average listal rating (789 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating
40. Marilyn Monroe
June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962
Age: 36
Cause of death: acute barbiturate poisoning, resulting from a "probable suicide"

Notable role(s):
- Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
- The Girl in The Seven Year Itch
- Sugar Kane Kowalczyk in Some Like It Hot
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Average listal rating (34 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating
41. Sal Mineo
January 10, 1939 – February 12, 1976
Age: 37
Cause of death: murder (stabbed to death in the alley behind his West Hollywood apartment building)

Notable role(s):
- John 'Plato' Crawford in Rebel Without a Cause
- Angel Obregón II in Giant
- Dov Landau in Exodus

Average listal rating (68 ratings) 5.9  IMDB Rating
42. Corey Haim
December 23, 1971 – March 10, 2010
Age: 38
Cause of death: accidental overdose

Notable role(s):
- Sam in The Lost Boys

Average listal rating (2 ratings) 9.5  IMDB Rating
43. Imogen Hassall
August 25, 1942 – November 16, 1980
Age: 38
Cause of death: suicide by overdosing on Tuinal tablets

Notable role(s):
- Dolores in El Condor
- Ayak in When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth

Average listal rating (467 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating
44. John Lennon
October 9, 1940 - December 8, 1980
Age: 40
Cause of death: murder (shot by Mark David Chapman outside his New York City apartment building)

Notable role(s):
- John in A Hard Day's Night
- John in Help!

Average listal rating (140 ratings) 5.9  IMDB Rating
45. Chris Penn
October 10, 1965 – January 24, 2006
Age: 40
Cause of death: "nonspecific cardiomyopathy" (heart disease), with the prescription drug promethazine with codeine and an enlarged heart being possible contributing circumstances

Notable role(s):
- Willard Hewitt in Footloose
- Nice Guy Eddie Cabot in Reservoir Dogs
- Nicky Dimes in True Romance

Average listal rating (27 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating
46. Adrienne Shelly
June 24, 1966 – November 1, 2006
Age: 40
Cause of death: murder, found hanging by a bed sheet from a shower rod in the bathtub

Notable role(s):
- Maria Coughlin in Trust
- Dawn in Waitress

Average listal rating (5 ratings) 5.4  IMDB Rating
47. Andrew Koenig
August 17, 1968 – February 14, 2010
Age: 41
Cause of death: suicide (hanging)

Notable role(s):
- Richard 'Boner' Stabone in Growing Pains (25 episodes)

Average listal rating (151 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating
48. John Cazale
August 12, 1935 – March 12, 1978
Age: 42
Cause of death: terminal lung cancer

Notable role(s):
- Fredo Corleone in The Godfather I and II
- Sal in Dog Day Afternoon
- Stan in The Deer Hunter

Average listal rating (537 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating
49. Elvis Presley
January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977
Age: 42
Cause of death: The official coroner's report lists "cardiac arrhythmia" as the cause of Presley's death, but this was later admitted to be a ruse entered into by the Presley family along with autopsy physicians to cover up the real cause of death, a cocktail of ten prescribed drugs, taken in doses no doctor would prescribe.

Notable role(s):
- Clint Reno in Love Me Tender
- Vince Everett in Jailhouse Rock
- Chad Gates in Blue Hawaii

Average listal rating (18 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating
50. Gilda Radner
June 28, 1946 – May 20, 1989
Age: 42
Cause of death: ovarian cancer

Notable role(s):
- Various characters on Saturday Night Live (107 episodes)


 

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Comments

Posted: 3 years, 12 months ago at Aug 3 10:33
Really good list! Awesome job! :)
Posted: 3 years, 12 months ago at Aug 6 1:30
oh my god.this is so sad.
they are so young!
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Nov 26 0:29
Great work was done on this list but it is sad to see so many dead young talented people.
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Nov 26 0:42
I had no idea Boner and Charles Rocket had killed themselves! Let's not forget Rocket's role as the sympathetic Lieutenant in Dances with Wolves.
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Nov 26 1:53
This is heartbreaking. Though, Gable was an old guy...
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Nov 26 2:30
fascinating.
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Nov 26 15:21
( TT_TT )
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Nov 26 16:20
Where is John Lennon?
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Nov 26 16:52
hey geo...if you're lucky enough to make it ti 59, i want you to tell everyone that you're an old guy, and you're ok with dying...
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Nov 27 6:43
geo - although Gable died at a much older age than most of the list, I decided to make the cut-off at 60 because he wasn't much older than Patrick Swayze when he died and I personally thought Swayze's death was heartbreaking and he was too young to go.

Nakki - I really wasn't looking at Lennon as an actor when I made this list, but he was in some films so I will add him when I make an update.
Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Mar 10 19:59
R.I.P
Posted: 3 years ago at Jul 24 17:10
I didn´t know about David Strickland... suicide?... Gosh!

Good (and sad) list...
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Oct 2 2:39
Great list...!
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Oct 2 15:23
one of the most important - Princess Dianna ?
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Oct 2 15:25
so many suicides and OD's it's a shame
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Oct 22 15:45
what about Haing S. Ngor the acadamy award winning actor of "The Killing Fields" who was murdered
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Jan 28 11:10
This is too sad, i'm tearing up
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Jan 28 11:50
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Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Jan 28 12:56
What a sad list...
really touching T_T
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Feb 1 16:58
Imogen Hassal - 60s starlet who OD when she didn't make the big time.
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Feb 1 22:07
Where's MJ?
Posted: 2 years, 5 months ago at Feb 12 3:05
Amy Winehouse? & Whitney Houston too now :/
Posted: 2 years, 5 months ago at Feb 15 2:53
Andy Kaufman, John Cazaly
Posted: 2 years, 4 months ago at Mar 15 15:47
this list is about actors, not famous people in general (I believe)...
Posted: 2 years, 4 months ago at Mar 27 10:19
judith barsi,,my lord thats not worth thinking about the poor little thing,beautiful little innocent thing, so young and takin in such a horrific manor. her own father,,, saddest hollywood story iv heard, RIP little ducky :(
Posted: 2 years, 3 months ago at Apr 28 21:36
The good ones always go sooner than the others. God rest their souls. :) Great list!
Posted: 2 years, 3 months ago at Apr 29 5:32
Very tragic and sad that so many had violent deaths or suicides.
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Posted: 2 years ago at Jul 17 18:15
Raul Julia (1940-1994), died of stomach cancer at age 54.

Notable roles: Valentin Arregui in "Kiss of the Spider Woman", Gomez Addams in "The Addams Family" & "Addams Family Values", M. Bison in "Street Fighter".
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Sep 23 1:36
Very sad.
Posted: 1 year, 8 months ago at Nov 15 22:32
:'(
Posted: 1 year, 6 months ago at Jan 3 23:23
you should add bully to brad renfro as marty
Posted: 1 year ago at Jul 26 15:16
ya know i dont feel bad for people that put themselves in harms way (e.g overdosing or suicides)

seek help. character is reflected by your actions.
Posted: 9 months, 3 weeks ago at Oct 6 10:37
You could add Steve McQueen died in 1980 aged 50 of pleural mesothelioma - a cancer associated with asbestos.
Posted: 9 months, 3 weeks ago at Oct 6 18:05
I can't believe I missed Steve McQueen. thanks!

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