Early death, but not forgotten!

by willi-beckenlehner | created - 07 Jul 2011 | updated - 02 Jan 2012 | Public

See also my lists: die too young and the best die young!

1. Christopher Reeve

Actor | Superman

Christopher D'Olier Reeve was born September 25, 1952, in New York City, to journalist Barbara Johnson (née Barbara Pitney Lamb) and writer/professor F.D. Reeve (Franklin D'Olier Reeve). He came from an upper-class family; his paternal grandfather was CEO of Prudential Financial, and one of his ...

Was also a Superhero in Real Life!

2. Dana Reeve

Actress | Everyone's Hero

Dana Reeve was born on March 17, 1961 in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA as Dana Charles Morosini. She was an actress, known for Everyone's Hero (2006), Above Suspicion (1995) and Law & Order (1990). She was married to Christopher Reeve. She died on March 6, 2006 in Manhattan, New York City, New York,...

3. Corey Haim

Actor | The Lost Boys

Corey Haim was born in Toronto, Ontario, to Judy Haim, an Israeli-born data processor, and Bernie Haim, a clothing sales representative. He has a sister, Carol, and a half-brother, Daniel. His family is Jewish. He was raised mostly in Willowdale.

Corey appeared in 26 episodes of the early 1980s ...

4. Stephen Boyd

Actor | Ben-Hur

Stephen Boyd was born William Millar on July 4, 1931, at Glengormley, Northern Ireland, one of nine children of Martha Boyd and Canadian truck driver James Alexander Millar, who worked for Fleming's on Tomb Street in Belfast. He attended Glengormley & Ballyrobert primary school and then moved on to...

5. Buddy Holly

Soundtrack | Mr. Nobody

Buddy Holly was born on September 7, 1936 in Lubbock, Texas, USA as Charles Hardin Holley. He was married to Maria Elena Santiago. He died on February 3, 1959 in Clear Lake, Iowa, USA.

6. Helga Anders

Actress | Mädchen, Mädchen

Helga Anders was born on January 11, 1948 in Innsbruck, Tirol, Austria as Helga Scherz. She is known for her work on Girls, Girls (1967), Im weissen Rößl (1967) and The Brutes (1970). She was married to Roger Fritz. She died on March 31, 1986 in Haar, Bavaria, Germany.

7. Brittany Murphy

Actress | Just Married

Brittany Murphy was born Brittany Anne Bertolotti on November 10, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia, to Sharon Kathleen Murphy and Angelo Joseph Bertolotti. Her father's ancestry is Italian, and her mother is of Irish and Slovak descent. Her father moved the family back to Edison, New Jersey as a native New...

8. Ritchie Valens

Soundtrack | Grease

Ritchie Valens was born on May 13, 1941 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Richard Steven Valenzuela. He died on February 3, 1959 in Clear Lake, Iowa, USA.

Died with The Big Bopper and Buddy Holly at a plane crash!

9. The Notorious B.I.G.

Soundtrack | Bad Boys

Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. Biggie Smalls, was born on May 21, 1972 in Brooklyn, New York. He was the son of Jamaican parents, Voletta Wallace, a pre-school teacher, and George Latore, a welder and small-time politician. He was raised in the poor Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant. ...

10. Roy Black

Actor | Hilfe, ich liebe Zwillinge

Roy Black was born on January 25, 1943 in Straßberg, Bobingen, Bavaria, Germany as Gerhard Höllerich. He was an actor, known for Help, I Love Twins (1969), The Heath Is Green (1972) and Alter Kahn und junge Liebe (1973). He was married to Silke Vagts. He died on October 9, 1991 in Heldenstein, ...

11. Michael Jackson

Soundtrack | Michael Jackson: Thriller

Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana, and entertained audiences nearly his entire life. His father, Joe Jackson (no relation to Joe Jackson, also a musician), had been a guitarist, but was forced to give up his musical ambitions following his marriage to Michael's ...

12. Aaliyah

Soundtrack | Romeo Must Die

Talented. Beautiful. Modest. These three words described R&B singer-turned-actress Aaliyah perfectly.

Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Diane (Hankerson) and Michael Haughton. Her uncle was music manager Barry Hankerson and her brother is director Rashad Haughton. Aaliyah was ...

13. Melanie Thornton

Soundtrack | A Night at the Roxbury

Melanie Thornton was born on May 13, 1967 in Charleston, South Carolina, USA as Melanie Janene Thornton. She was married to Christian Thornton. She died on November 24, 2001 in Zurich, Switzerland.

14. River Phoenix

Actor | My Own Private Idaho

River Phoenix was born River Jude Bottom in Madras, Oregon. His mother, Arlyn (Dunetz), a Bronx-born secretary, and his father, John Bottom, a carpenter, met in California in 1968. They worked as itinerant fruit pickers, and later joined the Children of God religious group (John was originally ...

15. Lucy Gordon

Actress | Spider-Man 3

Lucy Gordon was born on May 22, 1980 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. She was an actress, known for Spider-Man 3 (2007), The Four Feathers (2002) and Serendipity (2001). She died on May 20, 2009 in Paris, France.

16. John Ritter

Actor | Sling Blade

Jonathan Southworth Ritter was born in Burbank, California, on September 17, 1948. He was the son of legendary country singer/actor Tex Ritter and his wife, actress Dorothy Fay. The couple married in 1941 and had their first child, Tom Ritter, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. John was ...

17. Sharon Tate

Actress | Valley of the Dolls

Sharon's early life was one of constant moving as her father served in the military. When she lived in Italy, she was voted "Homecoming Queen" of her high school. After being an extra in a few Italian films, Sharon headed to Hollywood where she would again start as an extra. Her first big break ...

18. Montgomery Clift

Actor | From Here to Eternity

Edward Montgomery Clift (nicknamed 'Monty' his entire life) was born on October 17, 1920 in Omaha, Nebraska, just after his twin sister Roberta (1920-2014) and eighteen months after his brother Brooks Clift. He was the son of Ethel "Sunny" Anderson (Fogg; 1888-1988) and William Brooks Clift (1886-...

19. Judy Garland

Actress | The Wizard of Oz

One of the brightest, most tragic movie stars of Hollywood's Golden Era, Judy Garland was a much-loved character whose warmth and spirit, along with her rich and exuberant voice, kept theatre-goers entertained with an array of delightful musicals.

She was born Frances Ethel Gumm on 10 June 1922 in ...

20. Chris Penn

Actor | Reservoir Dogs

Christopher Shannon Penn was born on October 10, 1965 in Los Angeles, California, the third son of actress Eileen Ryan (née Annucci) and director, actor, and writer Leo Penn. His siblings are musician Michael Penn and actor Sean Penn. His father was from a Lithuanian Jewish/Russian Jewish family, ...

21. Grace Kelly

Actress | Rear Window

On November 12, 1929, Grace Patricia Kelly was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to wealthy parents. Her girlhood was uneventful for the most part, but one of the things she desired was to become an actress which she had decided on at an early age. After her high school graduation in 1947, Grace ...

22. Guillaume Depardieu

Actor | Ne touchez pas la hache

Guillaume Depardieu was born on April 7, 1971 in Paris, France as Guillaume Jean Maxime Antoine Depardieu. He was an actor, known for The Duchess of Langeais (2007), Pola X (1999) and Tous les matins du monde (1991). He was married to Elise Ventre. He died on October 13, 2008 in Garches, ...

23. Barbara Rudnik

Actress | Solo für Schwarz - Tod im See

Born 1958 in Wehbach an Der Sieg and raised in Kassel, Germany. After finishing Realschule (high school) she worked as book club agent. Her job led her to Munich, where she was discovered as an actress by students of the academy for film and theater. In 1978 she started her education in the Zinner ...

24. Heavy D

Actor | Big Trouble

Heavy D was born on May 24, 1967 in Mandeville, Jamaica as Dwight Arrington Myers. He is known for his work on Big Trouble (2002), The Cider House Rules (1999) and Life (1999). He died on November 8, 2011 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

25. Michael Landon

Actor | Little House on the Prairie

Michael Landon was born Eugene Maurice Orowitz, on Saturday, October 31st, 1936, in Forest Hills, Queens, New York. In 1941, he and his family moved to Collingswood, New Jersey.

When Eugene was in high school, he participated -- and did very well -- in track and field, especially javelin throwing, ...

26. Dan Blocker

Actor | Bonanza

Dan Blocker is one of the true television immortals, having played Hoss Cartwright -- the heart and soul of Bonanza (1959) -- for 13 seasons, before his untimely death in 1972 at the age of 43. "Bonanza" was the most popular TV series of the 1960s, ranked #1 for three straight seasons (1964-65 ...

27. Natasha Richardson

Actress | Asylum

Natasha Jane Richardson was born in Marylebone, London, England, to director and producer Tony Richardson and actress Vanessa Redgrave. She was the sister of actress Joely Richardson, the niece of actors Corin Redgrave and Lynn Redgrave, and the granddaughter of actors Michael Redgrave and Rachel ...

28. Matthew Garber

Actor | Mary Poppins

Matthew Garber was a British child actor. Both of his parents were theatrical actors, but neither was particularly famous.

In 1963, Garbet came to the attention of actor Roy Dotrice (father of Karen Dotrice) who was seeking potential child actors. Roy recommended Garber to the casting department of ...

29. Andy Hallett

Actor | Angel

Andy Hallett is from the tiny Cape Cod village of Osterville, part of the town of Barnstable. He attended Barnstable High School and then Assumption College in Worcester. Always shy, he didn't begin singing until Patti LaBelle invited him onstage at a concert. After moving to Los Angeles he worked ...

30. Bob Crane

Actor | Hogan's Heroes

Handsome Bob Crane had many careers including working as a disc jockey for a while. He started acting around the age of 33. One of his first acting jobs was in Return to Peyton Place (1961). After a guest appearance on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) and a supporting role on The Donna Reed Show (1958)...

31. Phil Hartman

Actor | NewsRadio

Phil Hartman was born Philip Edward Hartmann on September 24, 1948, in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. His surname was originally "Hartmann", but he later dropped the second "n". He was one of eight children of Doris Marguerite (Wardell) and Rupert Loebig Hartmann, a salesman. He was of German, Irish, ...

32. Pete Duel

Actor | Alias Smith and Jones

Born on 24 February 1940 in Rochester, New York, Pete Duel moved to West Hollywood in 1963 following a tour with the National Road Company's "Take Her, She's Mine". After landing small guest spots on various TV series, Pete was cast in a recurring role alongside Sally Field on Gidget (1965) in 1965...

33. Adrienne Shelly

Actress | Waitress

The late Adrienne Shelley was born in Queens, New York, to Sheldon Levine and Elaine Langbaum. After graduating Jericho High School, located in Jericho, New York, she enrolled at Boston University, and majored in film production. After her junior year, she dropped out and moved to Manhattan where ...

34. Leslie Howard

Actor | Pygmalion

Leslie Howard Steiner was born in London, to Lilian (Blumberg) and Ferdinand "Frank" Steiner. His father was a Hungarian Jewish immigrant, and his English mother was of German Jewish, and mostly English, descent. Leslie went to Dulwich College. After school, he worked as a bank clerk until the ...

35. Bobby Driscoll

Actor | Peter Pan

Bobby Driscoll was a natural-born actor. Discovered by chance at the age of five-and-a-half in a barber shop in Altadena, CA. and then convincing in anything he ever undertook on the movie screen and on television throughout his career spanning 17 years (1943-1960). Includes such notable movie ...

36. Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer

Actor | Night 'n' Gales

Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer was born on August 7, 1927 in Paris, Illinois, USA as Carl Dean Switzer. He was an actor, known for Night 'n' Gales (1937), Rushin' Ballet (1937) and Feed 'em and Weep (1938). He was married to Dian Collingwood. He died on January 21, 1959 in Mission Hills, California, USA.

37. Mary Kay Bergman

Actress | South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

Mary Kay Bergman did not have a face known to many - her voice was recognized more than anything else in the world. Although she was a big voiceover star in the 1990s, her true claim to fame was Trey Parker and Matt Stone's critically acclaimed adult animated television series, South Park (1997), ...

38. Sal Mineo

Actor | Rebel Without a Cause

Salvatore (Sal) Mineo Jr. was born to Josephine and Sal Sr. (a casket maker), who emigrated to the U.S. from Sicily. His siblings were Michael, Victor and Sarina. Sal was thrown out of parochial school and, by age eight, was a member of a street gang in a tough Bronx neighborhood. His mother ...

39. Christa Helm

Actress | Let's Go for Broke

Christa Helm was born on November 11, 1949 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA as Sandra Lynn Wohlfeil. She was an actress, known for Let's Go for Broke (1974), Legacy of Satan (1974) and Wonder Woman (1975). She was married to Gary Clements. She died on February 12, 1977 in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, ...

40. The Big Bopper

Soundtrack | True Romance

The Big Bopper was born on October 24, 1930 in Sabine Pass, Texas, USA as Jiles Perry Richardson Jr. He was married to Adrianne Joy Fryon. He died on February 3, 1959 in Clear Lake, Iowa, USA.

41. Natalie Wood

Actress | Rebel Without a Cause

Natalie Wood was born on July 20, 1938 in San Francisco, California as Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko. Her parents, Maria Zudilov and Nikolai Zakharenko, were Russian-born émigrés who spoke barely comprehensible English; they changed the family name to Gurdin after becoming US citizens. When she was...

42. Anna Nicole Smith

Actress | Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult

Anna Nicole Smith was born on November 28, 1967 in Houston, Texas, USA as Vickie Lynn Hogan. She is known for her work on Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994), Be Cool (2005) and Illegal Aliens (2007). She was married to J. Howard Marshall II and Billy Smith. She died on February 8, 2007 in ...

43. Haing S. Ngor

Actor | The Killing Fields

Haing S. Ngor was a native of Cambodia, and before the war was a physician (obstetrics) and medical officer in the Cambodian army. He became a captive of the Khmer Rouge during the and was imprisoned and tortured; in order to escape execution he denied being a doctor or having an education. He ...

44. Dieter Schidor

Producer | Kurze Kindheit, langer Abschied

Dieter Schidor was born on March 6, 1948 in Bienrode [now Brunswick], Lower Saxony, Germany. He was an actor and producer, known for Kurze Kindheit, langer Abschied (1987), Group Portrait with a Lady (1977) and Cold in Columbia (1985). He was married to Michael McLernon. He died on September 17, ...

45. Manfred Seipold

Actor | Il nocciolo della questione

Manfred Seipold was born on March 7, 1941 in Berlin, Germany. He is known for his work on The Heart of the Matter (1983), La nouvelle malle des Indes (1981) and Von Mäusen und Menschen (1968). He died on March 26, 1989 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

46. Werner Pochath

Actor | Joko invoca Dio... e muori

Werner Pochath was born Werner Pochlatko on September 29, 1939 in Vienna, Austria. A champion skating figure in his youth, Pochath studied acting at the prestigious Max Reinhardt Seminar in his native Vienna. Werner made his stage debut in a 1959 theatrical production of "Die Courage." Pochath ...

47. Sam Cooke

Soundtrack | Innerspace

Sam Cooke was born January 22, 1931 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He was one of eight children of Charles Cook Sr., a Baptist minister. When Sam sang as a little boy in church, everyone made note that his voice had "something special". He sang in church and in local gospel choirs until a group called...

48. Diether Krebs

Actor | Sketch-up

Diether Krebs was born on August 11, 1947 in Essen, Germany. He was an actor and writer, known for Sketch-up (1984), Bei Aufschlag Mord (1996) and Möbius (1993). He was married to Bettina Freifrau von Leoprechting. He died on January 4, 2000 in Hamburg, Germany.

49. Jeffrey Hunter

Actor | The Searchers

Jeffrey Hunter was born Henry Herman McKinnies Jr. on November 25, 1926 in New Orleans, Louisiana, an only child. His parents met at the University of Arkansas, and when he was almost four his family moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In his teens, he acted in productions of the North Shore Children's ...

50. Lee Quigley

Actor | Superman

Lee Quigley was born on August 13, 1976 in Lambeth, London, England as Lee John Quigley. He was an actor, known for Superman (1978). He died on March 10, 1991 in Eastbourne, England.

Plays Superman as Baby Kal-El! Dies much to young with 14 Years!



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