2016 taking away some great people away from us is a story that has been covered as much as anything, and rightly so. But in the last several years, numerous great actors who might not be considered celebrities passed away, and you might have completely missed it. Although they might not be as widely known as David Bowie, many of these people have left a mark on our lives through their performances and will be missed nonetheless.
1. Richard Attenborough
The brother of wildlife documentary filmmaker David Attenborough, Richard was a famous and successful actor, director and filmmaker. He was the President of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). He won two Academy Awards for Gandhi in 1983, and starred in numerous films, including The Great Escape and Jurassic Park. He passed away in 2014.
2. Michael Clarke Duncan
He played the larger than life, good-natured giant in The Green Mile among other notable roles. He died from a heart attack in 2012.
3. Jean Stapleton
Stapleton is best remembered for her role as Archie Bunker’s high-pitch voiced wife Edith on All In The Family. She passed away from natural causes at the age of 90 back in 2013.
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4. James Avery
Most famous for the role of Uncle Phil on The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, James Avery remains widely loved and emblematic of 1990s television. He died in 2013 aged only 68.
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5. Harold Ramis
You might not recognize the name, but you won’t have any trouble recognizing the man. Ramis strutted his stuff in legendary movies such as Ghostbusters, Stripes, Animal House, Caddyshack, Groundhog Day and many more. He passed away in 2014.
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6. Gregory Hines
The famous dancer, choreographer and actor is another familiar face from the 1990s. He appeared in Law & Order and films such as The Muppets Take Manhattan and The Preacher’s Wife. He died from liver cancer in 2003.
7. Leonard Nimoy
Every Trekkie in the world was mourning Leonard Nimoy’s death back in 2015, but some others might have missed the news that the actor and musician who played Mr. Spock had passed away.
8. Marcia Wallace
The name probably won’t ring a bell but, does Edna Krabappel mean anything to you? The voice behind Bart Simpson’s teacher passed away in 2013.
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9. Chris Penn
Sean Penn’s brother, who made a name for himself in Reservoir Dogs and Starsky and Hutch, sadly passed away in 2006 at the young age of 40.
10. James Rebhorn
James Rebhorn, who embodies that “where do I know this actor from?” question as much as anyone, died after a lengthy battle with melanoma in 2014. He found success later in his career for his role on Homeland.
11. Lisa Robin Kelly
Lisa delivered an unforgettable role as Eric’s bully of an older sister in That ’70s Show. She struggled with substance abuse in her private life which lade to her untimely death in 2013, aged 43.
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12. John Cazale
Who could forget Michael Corleone older brother Fredo from the first two Godfathers? He was perfectly embodied by John Cazale, who also had memorable roles in classics lile The Deer Hunter and Dog Day Afternoon. Many don’t know the iconic actors passed away young in 1978 as a result of lung cancer.
Source: The Godfather Wiki
13. John Spencer
The actor who was best known for his role as White House Chief of Staff Leo McGarry in West Wing died of a heart attack in 2005 at the age of 58. He was recognized with an Emmy Award in 2002.
14. Cory Monteith
In 2013, aged only 31, the popular Canadian actor who was best known for starring on Glee, passed away after a long battle with depression and addiction.
15. John Ritter
The actor and comedian who won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe in 1984 for his performance on Three’s Company was named “the greatest physical comedian on the planet” by Don Knotts. He passed away suddenly from an aortic dissection in 2003 aged 54.