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Actors Who’ve Sadly Died So Far In 2019

2019 has seen the loss of a myriad of hugely
talented actors with a range of different backgrounds, from movies to television to
the Broadway stage. But while they may have made their names in
different worlds, they are all connected by a true dedication to their craft, and by the
many fans who will miss them dearly. Three years after the death of R2-D2 actor
Kenny Baker, the man who brought Chewbacca to life in the original Star Wars trilogy
also passed away. In a statement, the family of Peter Mayhew
confirmed that the towering actor died at his Texas home on April 30th 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. It read: “As the films released and became more well-known
he had his eyes opened to the possibilities of what he could achieve. For more than 30 years Peter traveled all
over the world spending time with his fans and friends.” “Laugh it up, fuzzball.” But Mayhew did a lot more than just the convention
circuit. Over the years, he became heavily involved
with the 501st Legion, Wounded Warriors, Make-A-Wish, and other non-profit organizations. In a tribute tweet, Mayhew’s Star Wars co-star
Mark Hamill wrote: “He was the gentlest of giants. 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. He may have been just 20 when he passed away
in his sleep following a seizure, but, according to Disney, Cameron Boyce was, quote, “already
a veteran to show business.” The actor played the mischievous Luke Ross
in almost 100 episodes of the Disney series Jessie, and later portrayed Carlos De Vil
in the Descendants franchise. Boyce also popped up in a number of more adult-oriented
projects, he was in K-horror remake Mirrors, and also appeared in the Adam Sandler comedy
Grown Ups as well as its 2012 sequel. Boyce’s final project was Mrs. Fletcher, an
HBO comedy series that’s due for release in Fall 2019. On behalf of Boyce’s family, a Disney Channel
spokesperson told CNN: “From a young age, Cameron Boyce dreamed of
sharing his extraordinary artistic talents with the world. 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. Adam Sandler wrote: “Too young. Too sweet. Too funny. Just the nicest, most talented, and most decent
kid around. Loved that kid.” Though he played founding MiB member Zed in
1997’s Men in Black and dozens of other roles, Rip Torn will always be remembered as Artie
from The Larry Sanders Show. After Torn’s passing in July 2019, Variety
wrote: “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.” Torn was nominated for an Emmy for every single
season in which he appeared on The Larry Sanders Show, and he got another nod in 2008 after
a memorable guest appearance on 30 Rock, playing Jack Donaghy’s high-flying boss, Don Geiss. “Oh, hair like a Viking. God bless you.” His work on the big screen was lauded, too,
with the multi-talented Torn nominated for an Oscar in the Best Supporting Actor category
after portraying Mary Steenburgen’s shotgun-happy father in 1984’s Cross Creek. According to his publicist, the Texas-born
actor passed away peacefully at his home in Connecticut. He was 88. Best-known to international audiences for
his engrossing performance as Blade Runner antagonist Roy Batty, Rutger Hauer passed
away in July 2019 after a short illness. He was 75. Blade Runner was Hauer’s second American movie,
though he was already a veteran in the Netherlands by that point. The towering Dutchman entered the industry
after serving in the military, striking up a fruitful working relationship with his fellow
Dutchman, Paul Verhoeven. The auteur cast him in the eponymous role
for his TV series Floris, and they would later work together on period drama Katie Tippel,
WWII epic Soldier of Orange, and art-house drama Spetters. And while 1982’s Blade Runner was a critical
flop upon release, the movie soon went on to become a cult classic. Hauer’s “tears in rain” monologue, which he
wrote himself, is now considered an iconic moment in the history of cinema, and a perfect
example of his “gentle giant” nature. “All those moments will be lost in time.” After Hauer’s passing, Blade Runner director
Ridley Scott said: “I don’t know who was more nervous on that
first morning of the first day on set. We helped each other through the entire process
because it was very challenging. I’ll miss him.” Hauer became a prolific character actor in
the years that followed, popping up in Sin City, Batman Begins, True Blood and countless
genre films. He is survived by his wife of 50 years and
his daughter. Actress and former model Peggy Lipton, who
first made a name for herself in the late ’60s playing hippie cop Julie Barnes on The
Mod Squad, passed away from cancer in May 2019. In a statement, Lipton’s daughters, Parks
and Recreation actress Rashida Jones and her sister Kidada, said that their mother passed
away surrounded by family at the age of 72. The statement read: “She made her journey peacefully with her
daughters and nieces by her side. 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
on The Mod Squad, Lipton once took a long break from acting, sitting out most of the
’80s. She appeared back on the scene in 1990, however,
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 on the show’s critically-acclaimed comeback, Lipton recalled
her first meeting with Lynch. She said: “I arrived and he and Mark Frost, his co-writer
and producer, sat at a large table with nothing on it but my photo. I shot the pilot and the feeling inside me
was pure excitement. I loved being Norma.” Maine-born actress Stephanie Niznik passed
away unexpectedly in California on June 23rd, 2019, at the age of 52. Niznik majored in Russian and theater and
would go on to hone her acting skills at the California Institute of the Arts. After graduating from Cal Arts she landed
a part in the Dan Aykroyd led comedy Exit to Eden, her feature film debut. Niznik became a TV regular in the years that
followed, and is perhaps best-known for her time on the WB show Everwood, in which she
portrayed caring next door neighbor Nina Feeney. In a joint statement after her passing, Everwood’s
creators said: “She continued that role off-screen by being
an incredible friend, a nurturing mother figure to our younger cast members and an artist
who brought warmth, compassion and humor to every episode and our set. Everyone who was lucky enough to know and
work with her will miss her dearly.” Niznik was also well-known to Star Trek fans;
she played Trill Starfleet Ensign Kell Perim in 1998 feature film Star Trek: Insurrection. She also later popped up in the Star Trek:
Enterprise TV series, appearing as a humanoid Wraith in the season one episode “Rogue Planet”. Famed New York socialite and two-time Oscar
nominee Sylvia Miles passed away in June 2019. She was 94. Speaking to Page Six, actress Geraldine Smith
revealed that Miles had recently moved out of a care home. Smith, a longtime friend of Miles, said: “She didn’t want to die there. 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, Miles revealed
that she was always on the guest list for the top shindigs, because she knew how to
have a good time. She explained: “I get invited because I’m fun. 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. Manhattan-born railroad heiress Gloria Vanderbilt
passed away at her New York home in June 2019, having recently been diagnosed with an advanced
form of stomach cancer. She was 95. Vanderbilt began her acting career in 1957,
but she was already well-known by the time she made her debut. She 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. After that, 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, quickly 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, becoming particularly known as a fashion designer. Her son, Anderson Cooper, was keen to highlight
this in his statement after her passing. He said: “Gloria Vanderbilt was an extraordinary woman,
who loved life, and lived it on her own terms. She was a painter, a writer, and designer
but also a remarkable mother, wife, and friend.” 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. He wrote: “We don’t know how much time it will take
for us to overcome this pain. 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. In a second Instagram post that has since
been deleted, he wrote: “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. Depression has taken the lives of so many
beautiful, wonderful, talented people such as my beloved wife, Stefanie.” Sadly, these aren’t the only actors who have
left us in 2019. Here are some of the other stars who enhanced
our lives before leaving us all too soon. Russi Taylor Carmine Caridi Geneviève Waïte Barbara Perry If you or anyone you know is having suicidal
thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


  1. Debbie Major Photography Author

    So why did some people get a lot of recognition from you and others, at the end, just get their name thrown up? Thumbs down for this insensitivity.

  2. Nick Hogan Author

    To anyone reading this, you are not alone. Talk, vent, scream , whatever. Never feel like you don't matter, we all do. Sometimes its easy and sometimes it's hard, but the loss of you is a tragedy to everyone you know. Bless everyone in this video, and remember the clock is ticking for all of us, so live life

  3. jurnagin Author

    Anderson Cooper's mother was a famous actor, wow, that goes to show it ain't what you know it's who you know!

    You'll be surprised who's related to who!

  4. Tom Fuller Author

    The Romans considered actors, artists, and dancers to be low lifes ranked just above prostitutes, and denied citizenship to all three.

  5. Jon Alarcon Author

    Rudger Howell was a fantastic actor what he said in blade runner when he was dying was classic, it still haunts me to this day God bless him !!!!!!

  6. Raymond Charles Author

    No matter who you are, how rich or you are, death don't respect anyone…. just looked at all the greats who has passed and long gone…. Bruce Lee, Elvis, Michael, just to name a few….. this is why we all must put Jesus Christ our Lord and savior first, and always in our lives…he was here with us and he is God Almighty….him alone have powers over death….and no one great or small will never escape death everlasting unless you trust in God…. this is the second death…. and only God can save you from that what to come … people put your trust in Jesus… he's the only savior…. can't you all see that we are dying down here in this sinful world.

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  8. Uncle Quack Author

    So just what was Chewbacca supposed to be? an alien big foot? or some kind of a monkey man? he reminded me of an over size Chukka from Land of the lost.

  9. Leathea Gray Author

    Looper, you are wrong about Rip Torn’s character in the movie Cross Creek. He did NOT play Marjorie’s (Mary Steenburgen) father. He was a neighbor and friend. I hope you are able to correct this in your narrative.

  10. Pamela Nelson Author

    Let's not forget Rutger Howers performance as the great grandson of Josh Randall (Steve McQueen"s character from Wanted Dead or Alive).

  11. Stella Ormes Author

    Just read of the sad loss of Valerie Harper who stared as Rhoda in Mary Tyler show and later stared in Rhoda. I loved her character in both series.

  12. Anderjon Author

    Very first sentence in: ‘ a myriad of’. Nope. There’s no ‘a’ or ‘of’ when it comes to myriad. Think of it as similar to ‘many’; you wouldn’t say ‘a many of …’.

    Myriad talented actors. Not a myriad of talented actors.

  13. CokeyNuts Author

    I was a kid when Star Wars came out and all I wanted to do was hang out with Chewy and be his pal. Rest in peace Peter Mayhew. Rest in Peace to all the actors who dedicated their lives to bringing to life all the fantastic, iconic characters they played.

  14. Lithus17 Author

    " depression takes the lives of so many around the globe "
    Depression doesnt take lives, people do. Millions get depressed and dont kill themselves. When will we start taking responsibility for ourselves? Food by itself doesnt make you fat. Alcohol doesn't make you an alcoholic. You make the choice to do these things.

  15. al calhoun Author

    Ppl die every day , you ppl must live apathetic life that you think so much of someone because they can act, shit my grandson does on days he doesn't want to go to school. This just shows that life goes on and just how forgettable these ppl just like all of us will be


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