Updated: Jan 29
We Lost Legends in 2020. What a year it has been for the world of cinema, streaming on demand, distributors and audiences around the world. May be pay tribute to those who dedicated their lives to the art of creating and entertaining in the world of Film & Television.
"Saying goodbye is never easy, especially when it comes to icons and stars fans have grown to love. A number of such celebrities passed away in 2020 including Kobe Bryant, Chadwick Boseman, Naya Rivera', and Sean Connery.
The award-winning Italian composer, who was best known for creating the score for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, died at age 91 on July 6 after being hospitalized for a fall that broke his leg.
The actor, best known for his portrayal of James Bond, died in October at age 90 following a long illness. Eon Productions, the film studio that produced the James Bond films, confirmed the news on October 31.
"We are devastated by the news of the passing of Sean Connery," producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli wrote. "He was and shall always be remembered as the original James Bond whose indelible entrance into cinema history began when he announced those unforgettable words — 'The name's Bond ... James Bond' — he revolutionized the world with his gritty and witty portrayal of the sexy and charismatic secret agent. He is undoubtedly largely responsible for the success of the film series and we shall be forever grateful to him."
The Black Panther star died on AUgust 28, surrounded by his wife and family, his team said in a statement. "Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last four years as it progressed to stage IV," the statement began. "It was the honor of his career to bring King T'Challa to life in Black Panther."
The screenwriter, best known for The Graduate and cocreating the 1960s series Get Smart, died on January 8 in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack. The legendary writer, whose credits include The Garry Moore Show and Catch-22, was 89 when he passed.
The Jeopardy! host died at age 80 on November 8 after battling stage IV pancreatic cancer. "Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex," the game show's official account tweeted.
The Spartacus actor died at the age of 103 on February 5. His son Michael Douglas confirmed the news in a statement posted to Instagram. “It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103,” Michael said. “To the world, he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in set a standard for all of us to aspire to.”
The former L.A. Lakers player died at the age of 41 after his private helicopter crashed in Calabasas, California, on January 26. The NBA great was traveling with eight other people when a fire reportedly broke out on the aircraft. Fire Capt. Tony Imbrenda told KTLA that witnesses reported the helicopter went down quickly and slammed into the ground. Bryant's 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, was also killed in the crash.
The Monty Python troupe cofounder died at age 77 on January 21 after what his family described as a “long, extremely brave but always good humored battle with a rare form of dementia.” He is survived by his wife, Anna Soderstrom, and three children, Bill, Sally and Siri.
The writer and producer was found dead on January 7, from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Variety reported. He was 45. Horta, whose body was discovered in a Miami hotel room, was best known for creating Ugly Betty and Jake 2.0.
The Australian actor, who appeared in one episode of American Horror Story: Hotel in 2015, died at age 27 on January 7. “[He] had the world at his feet . But sadly he struggled with mental illness and addiction,” his mother, actress Jane Badler, wrote on Instagram. “A brilliant spark shone bright too short a time .. I will miss you Harry every day of my life.”
The veteran stage actor, who was best known for her role as Magda on Sex and the City, died on February 14, according to Variety. She was 86. Cohen made a name for herself on Broadway, starring in Orpheus Descending and Ivanov, and also played Mags in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
The former Glee actress died in July at the age of 33. Her body was recovered from Lake Piru in the Ventura County area of Los Angeles on July 13, after she was declared missing five days earlier. Rivera was first reported missing when she was late to return her boat rental during an outing with her 4-year-old son, Josey. A boater located the vessel, along with Josey that afternoon, but she was nowhere to be found.
On March 2, James Lipton died at 93. He was best known for creating and hosting Inside the Actors Studio. His wife revealed he had been battling bladder cancer.
The Great British Bake Off season 5 finalist died in late October, the show confirmed on November 3. The British graphic designer turned baker was 48 when he passed after battling esophageal cancer.
The 1993 Miss America winner died at age 49 on October 28 after being hospitalized for a head injury. “Leanza had a bright and beautiful spirit and her laugh was infectious. We know she meant so much to so many, including all of you,” the Miss America Organization said in a statement via Facebook. Cornett is survived by her sons, Kai and Avery, whom she shared with ex-husband Mark Steines.
The filmmaker died from bile-duct cancer in his liver on October 16 at age 58. “We’re heartbroken. He lived a beautiful, impactful life & was loved by many. He will be deeply missed,” tweeted James’ wife of 32 years, Kyle Redford, with whom he shared two children. His father, actor Robert Redford, said in a statement, “The grief is immeasurable with the loss of a child. Jamie was a loving son, husband and father. His legacy lives on through his children, art, filmmaking and devoted passion to conservation and the environment.”
The actress, who appeared in Broadway productions of In the Heights and Mrs. Doubtfire and TV shows including Law & Order and The Good Wife, died at age 56 on October 17 after a sudden ailment. “Doreen didn’t just light up the stage, she brightened the light in all of those around her,” Montalvo’s manager, Steve Maihack, said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “She was having quite the year with two films in the can and a new Broadway show ... but she would be so happy to know she will live on through these projects and the outpouring of love from every corner of the business.”
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The actor died at age 90 on March 8. He was best known for his roles in The Exorcist, Game of Thrones and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The actress, who starred in Plaza Suite and The Great White Hope on Broadway, died on February 20 at the age of 82. The Pennsylvania native also appeared as a recurring character on Melrose Place (playing Constance Fielding). Her family announced her passing via a Los Angeles Times obituary, revealing she died at her home in Los Angeles while in hospice care.
Dusay, best known for her roles in Star Trek and All My Children, died on January 28. The late actress’ stepdaughter Elizabeth Perine issued a statement about Dusay’s death via Facebook, writing: “She was quite a woman and had quite a grand life.” She was 83.
The author of Sahara, a book that was turned into an action-adventure film in 2005 starring Matthew McConaughey, passed away on Monday, February 24. He was 88.
“It is with a heavy heart that I want to share the sad news that my husband, Clive passed away on Monday,” a statement on the late author’s Facebook page read on February 26. “It has been a privilege and a great honor to share in his life. I want to thank you, his fans and friends for all the support, for all the good times and all the adventures you have shared with him. He was the kindest, most gentle man I ever met. I know, his adventures will continue.”
The Two and a Half Men actress died on October 12, at the age of 77, following complications of cardiac arrest. The star, who was best known for playing housekeeper Berta on the comedy, was surrounded by family at Sherman Oaks Hospital in Sherman Oaks, California, at the time of her passing, Deadline reported.
The actress and model, who was famously covered in gold paint in the James Bond movie Goldfinger and also appeared in The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night, died at age 76 on October 5.
The Blacklist and Twin Peaks star died at age 63 on October 4 from West Nile Virus. "Clark was a beautiful soul who spent a lifetime defying limits and advocating for people with disabilities," his wife, Elissa, said.
The star of CBBC's So Awkward and the son of actor Nicholas Lyndhurst died at age 19. The network said in a statement on October 1 that Archie had been battling "a short illness."
The Japanese actress was found dead by her husband, actor Taiki Nakabayashi, in their Tokyo apartment in the early hours of September 27. She was 40. The Japan Times reported that her death was being investigated as an apparent suicide. Takeuchi, best known for her roles in the Hulu and HBO Asia drama Miss Sherlock and the 1998 horror hit Ring, was the mother of two boys and welcomed her youngest son in January.
The actor best known for playing James Bond villain Hugo Drax in 1979’s Moonraker died at age 87 on September 21.
The Japanese actress, known for roles in Silk, Nanase: The Psychic Wanderersand Kamen Rider Hibiki, died by suicide on September 14 at the age of 36. The Fukushima, Japan, native was found her dead in her apartment in Tokyo by her brother after she stopped answering phone calls and messages one day prior, Variety reported.
The Game of Thrones alum died at age 82 on September 10, six months after being diagnosed with cancer. A rep for the actress, who was also known for roles in British series The Avengers and in 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service, told the BBC that she passed away at home surrounded by family members. "Dame Diana was force of nature who loved her work and her fellow actors," the rep added.
Coleman, the star of the Netflix documentary Audrie & Daisy, died by suicide on August 4. Coleman’s mother, Melinda Coleman, confirmed her daughter’s passing via Facebook, writing, “She was my best friend and amazing daughter. I think she had to make it seem like I could survive without her. I can’t.” Daisy, who was a sexual assault survivor and later advocate, was 23.
Santoni, known for his roles in Dirty Harry and Seinfeld, passed away at age 81 on August 1 while under hospice care in Los Angeles. He died of natural causes following his years-long health struggles. “He was the funniest man I’ve ever known,” Tracy Newman, a close pal of Santoni’s, said in a statement to Fox News. “Besides being a terrific actor, he was a legendary improviser. He will be missed.”
The actor known for his roles in films like Cocoon, The Natural and Absence of Malice and for being the longtime spokesperson for Quaker Oats and diabetes education died in Utah on August 1, according to TMZ. He was 85. The Salt Lake City native also starred in the 1980s TV show Our House and made guest appearances in series including Seinfeld and Walker, Texas Ranger.
The British director died on July 31 after facing a long illness, something that wasn’t immediately specified. He was 76. “From Fame to Midnight Express, two-time Oscar nominee Alan Parker was a chameleon,” the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tweeted. “His work entertained us, connected us, and gave us such a strong sense of time and place. An extraordinary talent, he will be greatly missed.”
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The Hollywood legend died at home in Paris on July 26, her rep confirmed to Us. She was 104. De Havilland is best known for her portrayal of Melanie Hamilton in the classic 1939 film Gone with the Wind, which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
The legendary television host died on July 24, his family revealed in a statement. "We are deeply saddened to share that our beloved Regis Philbin passed away last night of natural causes, one month shy of his 89th birthday," the statement read. "His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him – for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about. We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss."
The Big C alum died of natural causes on July 16, Entertainment Tonightreported. She was 76. The actress started her career at age 9 in an episode of Guiding Light. She went on to star in Stoker, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Outsiders. She also played Mrs. Henry DuBose in the stage play To Kill a Mockingbird.
The actress, who had roles in RoboCop 2, Twin Peaks and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, died from cancer on July 14, one day before her 56th birthday.
The Broadway and Raising Miranda star died at age 47 on July 14 after battling acute myeloid leukemia. In Black’s obituary, her family remembered her “infectious smile and laugh which could light even the darkest of days.”
The electrical engineer, who cohosted MythBusters from 2005 to 2014, died unexpectedly at age 49 on July 13 after suffering a brain aneurysm.
The Jerry Maguire actress died at age 57 on July 12 after secretly battling breast cancer for two years. “She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many,” John Travolta wrote via Instagram of his wife of 28 years, with whom he shared daughter Ella and son Benjamin. Preston was predeceased by the couple’s eldest son, Jett, who died at age 16 in 2009.
Lisa Marie Presley's only son died on July 12 at the age of 27. TMZ reported that the grandson of Priscilla Presley and the late Elvis Presley died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The musician and actor's mother was "entirely heartbroken, inconsolable and beyond devastated," her rep said in a statement to Us, who added that Lisa Marie was "trying to stay strong for her 11-year-old twins and her oldest daughter, Riley [Keough]. She adored that boy. He was the love of her life." Benjamin's father was Lisa Marie's first husband, Danny Keough.
The Broadway star died on July 5 at the age of 41 from coronavirus complications. The Waitress actor was hospitalized in L.A. a little over three months earlier, where he was initially diagnosed with pneumonia before testing positive for COVID-19. Cordero, who is survived by his wife, Amanda Kloots, and infant son, Elvis, had his right leg amputated in April due to blood flow issues related to the virus. "God has another angel in heaven now," Kloots wrote on Instagram as she confirmed his death. "My darling husband passed away this morning. He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth."
Disney Channel Latin America confirmed the death of the Once star on July 4. He was 24 and died from a heart attack while training. "We regret the departure of Sebastián Athié and we will always remember him for his talent, companionship, professionalism and above all enormous heart,” the network wrote via Instagram. “We accompany his family, friends and fans in his farewell."
The broadcaster, who cohosted the Today show from 1962 to 1971 and 20/20from 1978 to 1999, died at age 99 on July 1 at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The legendary actor, comedian and director, who was best known for creating The Dick Van Dyke Show, died of natural causes at age 98 on June 29.
The popular Indian influencer reportedly died by suicide on June 25. She was 16 years old at the time. Her talent manager, Arjun Sarin, confirmed the heartbreaking news via Instagram on the day of her death, writing, "No more words
Elizabeth Hurley’s ex and father of her son, Damian, jumped to his death on June 22 in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Century City. Us confirmed that a 55-year-old male had jumped from a building in the area, but the LAPD and LAFD wouldn’t release his name.
The director behind St. Elmo’s Fire, The Lost Boys and Batman & Robin died on June 22 at age 80 after a yearlong battle with cancer.
The actor best known for playing Secret Service agent James T. West in the 1960s TV hit The Wild Wild West died at the age of 84, his family confirmed on February 8. Known for doing his own stunts, Conrad starred in Hawaiian Eye and Baa Baa Black Sheep and was also a singer who released music in the 1950s and ’60s as Bob Conrad. He also appeared in films including Sudden Death and Samurai Cowboy and hosted a radio show called The PM Show With Robert Conrad.
The Lord of the Rings actor died at age 88 on June 19 from an illness related to Parkinson’s disease. His agent remembered him as “a genius of stage and screen” who was “charming, kind and ferociously talented.”
The This Is Us writers’ Twitter account confirmed Waters’ death on June 10. “The entire #ThisIsUs family was devastated to learn of Jas Waters passing,” the statement read. “In our time together, Jas left her mark on us and ALL over the show. She was a brilliant storyteller and a force of nature. We send our deepest sympathies to her loved ones. She was one of us. RIP @JasFly.” The former reporter, who was 39 when she died, was most recently part of the Kiddingwriting team.
The character actor, best known for his roles as Mr. Wilhelm on Seinfeld and Admiral Owen Paris on Star Trek: Voyager, died in his Los Angeles home on May 26 due to complications with cancer. He was 87 years old. Herd is survived by his wife, Patricia, daughter Erica, son Rick and stepdaughter Alicia.
The pro wrestler, best known for starring on the Netflix reality series Terrace House, died on May 23 at the age of 22. "We are very sorry to report that our Hana Kimura has passed away," Kimura's wrestling company announced in a statement. "Please be respectful and allow some time for things to process, and keep your thoughts and prayers with her family and friends. We appreciate your support during this difficult time."
The Baskets alum died by suicide in Kentucky on May 19 following an altercation with his daughter’s mother, Erica Price. Price told police that the actor shot her before turning a gun on himself. Mills was 29.
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The Twilight actor was found dead at the age of 30 on May 13 in his Las Vegas condo. His girlfriend, Natalie Adepoju, was also found passed away at the scene.
The actor, best known for his role as Eddie Haskell on Leave It to Beaver, passed away on May 18 at the age of 76. "He was an incredibly kind and wonderful father," Osmond’s son Eric said in a statement to Variety. "He had his family gathered around him when he passed. He was loved and will be very missed." " // This Article and more can be found here.