Forever Young-In Memorium

by Imaginary_Artemis | created - 16 Dec 2014 | updated - 30 Dec 2018 | Public

A list of actors and actresses who have tragically died under the age of 40.

If there is anybody that isn't listed please let me know and I'll add them.

Also, I have many people listed with "unknown causes" cited as their cause of death. If anyone knows the real reason please leave a comment at the bottom.

1. Anita Mui

Actress | Yim ji kau

With a career that began in her early childhood, Anita Mui is the queen of Hong Kong's pop-music industry. After she won a singing contest in 1982, her life in the limelight began. In the early stages of her career her image was a little bit tomboy-ish and sexy (which was the reason she was called ...

She died on the 30th December 2003 aged 40 after a brief battle with cervical cancer.

2. Jonathan Brandis

Actor | Seaquest DSV

Born in Danbury, Connecticut, USA, to Greg and Mary, Jonathan Brandis began his career at age 5, acting in several television commercials. He also appeared in small parts in several films and TV shows before his first starring role in the 1990 film The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter (1990). ...

Jonathan died as a result of injuries he sustained whilst trying to commit suicide by hanging on the 12th November 2003. He was only 27.

3. Brad Renfro

Actor | Apt Pupil

Brad Renfro was born on July 25, 1982 in Knoxville, Tennessee, to Angela Denise McCrory and Mark Renfro, a factory worker. He was discovered at age 10 by director Joel Schumacher and was cast in the motion picture The Client (1994), which starred Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones. Although this ...

He died aged 25 on the 15th January 2008 as a result of a heroin overdose.

4. Judith Barsi

Actress | The Land Before Time

The only child of Jozsef Barsi and Maria Benko, Judith Eva Barsi beat 10,000-to-1 odds when she was discovered at a San Fernando Valley skating rink at age 5 1/2 in 1983 and mistaken for a three-year-old. Her first commercial was for Donald Duck Orange Juice and she went on to appear in anywhere ...

She was only 10 years old when she involved in a murder-suicide committed by her Father on the 25th July 1988.

5. Caryll Ann Ekelund

The Blue Bird

Caryll Ann Ekelund was born on May 6, 1935 in Cottonwood, California, USA. She was an actress, known for The Blue Bird (1940). She died on November 3, 1939 in Los Angeles, California.

She tragically died aged 4 on 3rd November 1939 when a lantern set fire to the costume she was wearing causing first and second degree burns.

6. Peg Entwistle

Actress | Thirteen Women

Peg Entwistle's name as her birth occurred, was Lillian Millicent Entwistle, on Wednesday, July 1st, 1908 in Port Talbot, Wales, United Kingdom. Growing up, she was interested in the stage and when she became older she worked primarily as a stage actress. Peg wanted to have a shot at Hollywood. She...

She died aged 24 on the 16th September 1933 after committing suicide by jumping off the "H" of the then Hollywoodland sign.

7. Ashleigh Aston Moore

Actress | Now and Then

Ashleigh Ashton Moore was born as Ashley Rogers on September 30, 1981. Her parents were Cynthia Moore, a CNA (Certified nursing assistant) and James Moore, who wasn't around for much of her life. She attended a private school in Sunnyvalle until third grade when she left to spend full time on her ...

She died 11th December 2007 after an alleged heroin overdose aged 26.

8. Justin Pierce

Actor | Kids

Born in London, England to a Welsh mother and an Australian father, Justin Charles Pierce was raised in the Marble Hill section of Manhattan, New York City. He attended P.S. 7 in the Bronx for Elementary School and J.H.S. 141 in the Riverdale section of the Bronx for Junior High School. Pierce's ...

He died aged 25 on the 10th July 2000 after committing suicide by hanging.

9. Heather O'Rourke

Actress | Poltergeist

Heather Michele O'Rourke was born on December 27, 1975 in Santee, San Diego, California, to Kathleen, a seamstress, and Michael O'Rourke, a construction worker. She had German, Danish, English, and Irish ancestry.

Heather entered American cinematic pop-culture before first grade. She was sitting ...

She died aged 12 on the 1st February 1988 due to cardiac arrest caused by a misdiagnosed intestinal stenosis.

10. Cory Monteith

Actor | Glee

Cory Monteith was born on May 11, 1982 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada as Cory Allan Michael Monteith. He was an actor, known for playing the singing jock Finn on the American TV show Glee (2009) and films such as Monte Carlo (2011), and Final Destination 3 (2006). He died on July 13, 2013 in Vancouver...

He died aged 31 on the 13th July 2013 after a drugs overdose.

11. Carole Lombard

Actress | My Man Godfrey

Carole Lombard was born Jane Alice Peters in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on October 6, 1908. Her parents divorced in 1916 and her mother took the family on a trip out West. While there they decided to settle down in the Los Angeles area. After being spotted playing baseball in the street with the ...

She died aged 33 on the 16th January 1942 after the plane she was in crashed killing all the passengers on board.

12. Chaney Kley

Actor | Darkness Falls

Chaney Kley was born on August 20, 1972 in Manassas, Virginia, USA as Chaney Kley Minnis. He was an actor and writer, known for Darkness Falls (2003), Legally Blonde (2001) and NCIS (2003). He died on July 24, 2007 in Venice, California, USA.

Sadly died aged 34 on the 24th July 2007 due to sleep apnea

13. 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 ...

He died aged 23 on the October 31st 1993 outside the nightclub The Viper Room then owned by Johnny Depp from an apparent drugs overdose.

14. Brent Chalem

Actor | The Monster Squad

A native of Westlake Village, Los Angeles, he was a popular child actor in the '80s, although he only had very small roles in nearly all but two of the movies he appeared in. He can be seen playing the (almost) central character "Horace" or "Fat Kid" in The Monster Squad (1987). He appeared in TV ...

Probably best known for his portrayal of Horace "Fat Kid" in The Monster Squad he died aged 22 on December 9th 1997 due to pneumonia.

15. 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...

Died aged 32 on the February 4th 2010 the primary cause being stated as pneumonia.

16. Shawn Phelan

Actor | Toy Soldiers

Shawn Phelan was born on January 7, 1975 in Stoughton, Massachusetts, USA as Shawn Michael Phelan. He was an actor, known for Toy Soldiers (1991), Grand (1990) and Breaking the Rules (1992). He died on September 27, 1998.

He died aged 23 on the 27th September 1998 following a road accident that had left him comatose for 4 years before sadly passing away.

17. Mark Frankel

Actor | Young Catherine

Mark Frankel was born on June 13, 1962 in London, England. He was an actor, known for Young Catherine (1991), Fortune Hunter (1994) and Kindred: The Embraced (1996). He was married to Caroline Frankel. He died on September 24, 1996 in West London, England.

Sadly died aged 34 on the 24th September 1996 following a road accident.

18. 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 ...

Died aged 22 on the 25th August 2001 after a plane crash.

19. James Dean

Actor | East of Eden

James Byron Dean was born February 8, 1931 in Marion, Indiana, to Mildred Marie (Wilson) and Winton A. Dean, a farmer turned dental technician. His mother died when Dean was nine, and he was subsequently raised on a farm by his aunt and uncle in Fairmount, Indiana. After grade school, he moved to ...

Died aged 24 on September 30th 1955 after an automobile accident.

20. Sheng Fu

Actor | Jue dai shuang jiao

Born Chang Fu-Sheng to a wealthy family on October 20th, 1954, in Hong Kong. His English adopted name was Alexander. He was the ninth of 11 siblings. He was considered his father's favorite. Unlike the rest of his family, he showed little interest in academic and had no desire to try his hand in ...

Died aged 28 on July 7th 1983 in a car accident almost 10 years after the death of Bruce Lee.

21. Bruce Lee

Actor | Meng long guo jiang

Bruce Lee remains the greatest icon of martial arts cinema and a key figure of modern popular media. Had it not been for Bruce Lee and his movies in the early 1970s, it's arguable whether or not the martial arts film genre would have ever penetrated and influenced mainstream North American and ...

Died aged 32 on 20th July 1973 after suffering an cerebral edema.

22. Freddie Prinze

Actor | Chico and the Man

Freddie Prinze was born Frederick Karl Pruetzel in New York City, New York, to a Puerto Rican mother, Aurea Elena Ruiz, and a German immigrant father, Edward Karl Pruetzel. Freddie grew up in the Washington Heights section of New York City. As a chubby child, he was often bullied, but was quite ...

Died aged 22 on 29th January 1977 after committing suicide

23. Brandon Lee

Actor | The Crow

Born on February 1, 1965 to Bruce Lee (Martial Arts idol) and Linda Lee Cadwell. Brother to Shannon Lee. In 1970-71, they moved to Hong Kong where Brandon became fluent in Cantonese by the age of 8. He attended Boston's Art-Oriented Emerson College in Massachusetts. He studied Martial Arts and ...

Died aged 28 on 31st March 1993 after being fatally shot whilst filming his movie The Crow (1994).

24. Chris Farley

Actor | Tommy Boy

Christopher Crosby Farley was born on February 15, 1964, in Madison, Wisconsin, to Mary Anne (Crosby) and Thomas Farley, who owned an oil company. Among his siblings are actors Kevin P. Farley and John Farley. He was of Irish heritage. Farley studied theatre and communications on Marquette ...

He died aged 33 on 18th December 1997 after a drugs overdose of cocaine and heroin.

25. John Belushi

Actor | Saturday Night Live

John Belushi was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on January 24, 1949, to Agnes Demetri (Samaras) and Adam Anastos Belushi, a restaurant owner. His father was an Albanian immigrant, from Qytezë, and his mother was also of Albanian descent. He grew up in Wheaton, where the family moved when he was ...

He died aged 33 on March 5th 1982 after an accidental drugs overdose of cocaine and heroin

26. Dana Plato

Actress | Diff'rent Strokes

Dana Michelle Plato was born in Maywood, California, on Saturday, November 7, 1964. Her first excursion into the film world occurred when she was 11 in the television film Beyond the Bermuda Triangle (1975). Dana never made an impact on the TV screen until she landed the role of Kimberly Drummond ...

She died aged 34 on 8th May 1999 after overdosing on prescription medication.

27. Jayne Mansfield

Actress | The Girl Can't Help It

One of the leading sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s, film actress Jayne Mansfield was born Vera Jayne Palmer on April 19, 1933 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, the only child of Vera J. (nee Palmer; later Peers) and Herbert W. Palmer. Her parents were well-to-do, with her father a successful attorney ...

Died aged 34 on 29th June 1967 along with two others following an automobile accident.

28. Andy Kaufman

Actor | Taxi

Referred to by some as a dadaistic comedian, Andy Kaufman took comedy and performance art to the edges of irrationality and blurred the dividing line between reality and imagination. Born in New York City on January 17, 1949, the first son of Stanley and Janice Kaufman, Andy grew up on New York in ...

He sadly died aged 35 on 16th May 1984 of kidney failure caused by lung cancer.

29. Marilyn Monroe

Actress | Some Like It Hot

Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, comedienne, singer, and model. She became one of the world's most enduring iconic figures and is remembered both for her winsome embodiment of the Hollywood sex symbol and her tragic personal and professional struggles within the film industry. Her life and ...

She died aged 36 on 5th August 1962 following a reported barbiturate overdose. Although some have speculated that there is a conspiracy surrounding her death and this may not be entirely true.

30. 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 ...

He died aged 37 on 12th February 1976 after being stabbed to death in the alley behind the apartment where he lived.

31. 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 ...

She died aged 39 on 8th February 2007 after an accidental overdose of prescription medication.

32. Paul Walker

Actor | The Fast and the Furious

Paul William Walker IV was born in Glendale, California. He grew up together with his brothers, Caleb and Cody, and sisters, Ashlie and Amie. Their parents, Paul William Walker III, a sewer contractor, and Cheryl (Crabtree) Walker, a model, separated around September 2004. His grandfather, William ...

He died aged 40 30th November 2013 following injuries sustained in a car accident.

33. Heath Ledger

Actor | Brokeback Mountain

When hunky, twenty-year-old heart-throb Heath Ledger first came to the attention of the public in 1999, it was all too easy to tag him as a "pretty boy" and an actor of little depth. He spent several years trying desperately to sway this image, but this was a double-edged sword. His work comprised ...

He died aged 28 on 22nd January 2008 following an accidental overdose of prescription painkillers.

34. 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 ...

Sadly died aged 38 on 10th March 2010 of pneumonia.

35. Misty Upham

Actress | August: Osage County

Misty Anne Upham, born in Kallispell, Montana, grew up in south Seattle, the fourth of five children. She began her career at the age of thirteen when she joined a community theater group, Red Eagle Soaring. What began as a summer workshop soon turned into a full-time job. By the age of fourteen ...

Best known for Frozen River (2008) she died aged 32 on 5th October 2014 due to blunt force injuries to her head and torso.

36. Andy Whitfield

Actor | Spartacus: Blood and Sand

Andy Whitfield was born on October 17, 1971 in Amlwch, Anglesey, Wales. He was an actor, known for Spartacus (2010), Gabriel (2007) and Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011). He was married to Vashti Whitfield. He died on September 11, 2011 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Sadly died aged 39 on 11th September 2011 of non-Hodgkin lymphoma only 18 months after his initial diagnosis.

37. Jean Harlow

Actress | Bombshell

Harlean Carpenter, who later became Jean Harlow, was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 3, 1911. She was the daughter of a successful dentist and his wife. In 1927, at the age of 16, she ran away from home to marry a young businessman named Charles McGrew, who was 23. The couple pulled up ...

She died aged 26 on 7th June 1937 from kidney disease (she had suffered scarlet fever when she was 15 which may have contributed to her untimely death).

38. Skye McCole Bartusiak

Actress | Don't Say a Word

Skye McCole Bartusiak was born on September 28, 1992 in Houston, Texas, USA. She was an actress and producer, known for Don't Say a Word (2001), The Patriot (2000) and Love Comes Softly (2003). She died on July 19, 2014 in Houston.

Sadly died aged 21 in her sleep on 19th July 2014, her death was ruled as an accidental overdose.

39. Lee Thompson Young

Actor | Friday Night Lights

Lee Thompson Young was born as the son of Velma Love and Tommy Scott Young. When he was in second grade his parents split up and he went to live with his mother. At age ten, he portrayed Dr. Martin Luther King in a play called "A Night of Stars and Dreams". That's when Lee decided he wanted to be ...

He died aged 29 on 19th August 2014 by a gunshot to the head which was ruled as a suicide.

40. Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer

Actor | Feed 'em and Weep

Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer was born on August 7, 1927 in Paris, Illinois, USA as Carl Dean Switzer. He was an actor, known for Feed 'em and Weep (1938), Rushin' Ballet (1937) and Johnny Doughboy (1942). He was married to Dian Collingwood. He died on January 21, 1959 in Mission Hills, California, USA.

"Our Gang" alumni died aged 31 on 21st January 1959 after being shot following an altercation with an acquaintance who believed owed him money.

41. Anissa Jones

Actress | To Rome with Love

Anissa Jones was born on March 11, 1958 in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA as Mary Anissa Jones. She was an actress, known for To Rome with Love (1969), Family Affair (1966) and The Trouble with Girls (1969). She died on August 28, 1976 in Oceanside, California, USA.

She sadly died aged 18 on 28th August 1976 following a massive drugs overdose.

42. Bridgette Andersen

Actress | Savannah Smiles

Bridgette Andersen was born on July eleventh, 1975 to Frank Glass and Teresa Andersen in Inglewood, California and grew up in Malibu. She always considered it good luck to have her birthday read as 7-11 rather than of July 11th. She would always kiss the first two fingers on her right hand and then...

She died aged 21 on 18th May 1997 after an overdose of drugs and alcohol.

43. 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 ...

He died aged 31 on March 30th 1968 due to heart failure which was likely caused by his prolonged substance abuse.

44. Josh Ryan Evans

Actor | Passions

Despite being one of the smallest actors in Hollywood at 37 inches, Josh proved quality early on in life. By creating and distributing his own business cards before he was even a teenager, Josh landed a spot on "The Dancing Baby" ice cream commercial, which led to his role in Baby Geniuses (1999), ...

He died aged just 20 on 5th August 2002 following complications during heart surgery.

45. Christopher Pettiet

Actor | Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead

Born in Plano, Texas, Christopher Pettiet began career as a child actor making appearances in television series, made-for-television movies and films. He starred in two hit flicks, Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991) and Point Break (1991), and then joined the cast of the Western TV series ...

He died aged 24 on 12th April 2000 after an accidental drugs overdose.

46. Robert Knox

Actor | Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Son of Colin and Sally Knox. Brother of Jamie Knox.

Stabbed to death in bar brawl in London on 24 May 2008, while protecting his 16-year-old brother, four days after his last scene on Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was shot. His attacker was convicted of his murder on 4 March 2009.

He died aged 18 on 24th May 2008 defending his younger brother from a man wielding a knife. He was best known for portraying Marcus Belby in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009).

47. Michelle Thomas

Actress | The Young and the Restless

Michelle Thomas was born in Boston but raised in New York and New Jersey. She attended the Montclair School of Arts and the Broadway Dance Center. She is survived by her parents, Phynjuar Thomas (a stage actress and acting coach) and Dennis D.T. Thomas (a founder and current member of the 1970s ...

She died aged 30 December 22nd 1998 from a rare form of stomach cancer.

48. Dana Hill

Actress | National Lampoon's European Vacation

Dana Hill was born Dana Lynne Goetz on May 6, 1964, in a suburb of Los Angeles, to parents Sandy Hill and Ted Goetz, a commercial director. Despite diabetes ending a promising future in athletics when she was just ten years old, Dana gamely threw herself into acting when still in her early teen ...

She sadly died aged 32 on 15th July 1995 following a stroke after complications from Type 1 diabetes.

49. 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, Garber 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 ...

Sadly died aged 21 on 13th June 1977 after unknowingly contracting hepatitis which had spread to his pancreas. He died of pancreatitis. Best known for portraying Michael Banks in Mary Poppins (1967).

50. Tara Correa-McMullen

Actress | Rebound

Tara Correa-McMullen was born on May 24, 1989 in Westminster, Vermont, USA as Shalvah McMullen. She was an actress, known for Rebound (2005), Judging Amy (1999) and Zoey 101 (2005). She died on October 21, 2005 in Inglewood, California, USA.

She sadly died aged just 16 on 21st October 2005 after being shot in front of her apartment in Inglewood, California.

51. Scotty Beckett

Actor | A Date with Judy

Scotty Beckett was one of the cutest, most successful child actors of the 1930s and 1940s. His descent into a life of alcoholism, drugs, and crime remains one of the most tragic of Hollywood stories.

Born Scott Hastings Beckett on October 4, 1929, in Oakland, California, he and his family moved to ...

He died aged 38 on 10th May 1968 following an overdose of barbiturates. He was best known for "Our Gang".

52. Lucille Ricksen

Actress | Judgment of the Storm

Lucille Ricksen was born Ingeborg Erickson on August 22, 1910, in Chicago, Illinois. She worked a child model and made her film debut at the age of five. Her parents separated and her mother took her to Hollywood in 1920. Ten year old Lucille was offered a contract with Samuel Goldwyn and starred ...

She died aged 14 on 13th March 1925 from tuberculosis.

53. J. Madison Wright

Actress | Earth 2

Jessica Madison Wright was born in Cincinnati on July 29th 1984, the eldest of four children. A pretty youngster who enjoyed dressing up and was very much a 'girlie' child, Madison began modeling at the age of five. Her interest in modeling and acting - something she shared with her younger sister ...

She died aged 21 on 21st July 2006 after a heart attack. She had just been married the day beforehand.

54. Norman 'Chubby' Chaney

Actor | Love Business

Norman 'Chubby' Chaney was born on October 18, 1914 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Norman Myers Chaney. He was an actor, known for Love Business (1931), Shivering Shakespeare (1930) and Pups Is Pups (1930). He died on May 29, 1936 in Baltimore.

Former "Our Gang" star died aged 21 on 29th May 1936 after receiving treatment for a glandular disorder. His death certificate lists him as having died from myocarditis.

55. Michael Cuccione

Actor | 2gether

Michael James Cuccione was born in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada on January 5th, 1985, to Domenic and Gloria Cuccione. In 1994, when he was only 9 years old, he was diagnosed with 2A Hodgkin's Disease. He recovered from two bouts of the cancer, but was left with permanent damage to and around ...

He died aged 16 on 31st January 2001 due to respiratory failure.

56. Billy 'Froggy' Laughlin

Actor | Rover's Big Chance

His mother enrolled him in a dramatic class to overcome his self-consciousness. His gravel voice was exploited by an MGM talent scout. After his test and positive public reaction he was signed to a term contract to Our Gang. His favorite sport was bicycling. After Our Gang was over, Froggy was ...

Another "Our Gang" alumni died aged 16 on 31st August 1948 after a truck collided with his scooter whilst he was out delivering newspapers.

57. Dorothy Dell

Actress | Little Miss Marker

Dorothy Dell was born to Elbert and Lillan Goff in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on January 30, 1915. She won the most beautiful baby in Hattiesburg beauty contest when she was thirteen months old. She lived in New Orleans from the age of ten. She attended the Sophie Wright High School for girls. ...

She died aged 19 on 8th June 1934 after an automobile accident.

58. Sammi Kane Kraft

Actress | Bad News Bears

Sammi Kane Kraft was born on April 2, 1992 in Livingston, New Jersey, USA. She was an actress, known for Bad News Bears (2005) and Today (1952). She died on October 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

She died aged 20 on 9th October 2012 after the car she was a passenger in collided with another car.

59. Lise Topart

Actress | Sylvie et le fantôme

Lise Topart was born on August 24, 1927 in Paris, France as Lise Alice Topart. She was an actress, known for Sylvie et le fantôme (1946), Cage of Girls (1949) and Counter Investigation (1947). She died on March 3, 1952 in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France.

She died aged 24 on the 3rd March 1952 after the plane she was in crashed. She died alongside two other french actresses.

60. Rami Sarmasto

Soundtrack | Lain ulkopuolella

Rami Sarmasto was born on August 24, 1938 in Sauvo, Finland as Raimo Sulo Virtanen. He was an actor, known for Beyond the Law (1987), Nuoruus vauhdissa (1961) and Hellsinki (2009). He died on February 13, 1965.

He died aged 26 on the 13th February 1965 after a road accident.

61. Fynn Henkel

Actor | Die schwarzen Brüder

Fynn Henkel was born on October 11, 1996. He was an actor, known for Die schwarzen Brüder (2013), A House of Animals (2010) and Be My Baby (2014). He died on August 17, 2015 in Budapest, Hungary.

He died aged 18 on 17th August 2015 after he was killed by a falling tree branch.

62. Nick Adams

Actor | Kaijû daisensô

Nick Adams, best known to audiences as Johnny Yuma of the TV series The Rebel (1959), played leads and supporting parts in many films of the 1950s, often cast in the same "troubled young man" mold as his good friend, James Dean. He was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in Twilight of Honor...

He died aged 36 on 7th February 1968 after a drugs overdose.

63. Natasha Collins

Actress | The 10th Kingdom

Natasha Collins was born on July 7, 1976 in Luton, Bedfordshire, England as Natasha Louise Collins. She was an actress, known for The 10th Kingdom (2000), See It Saw It (1999) and ChuckleVision (1987). She died on January 3, 2008 in St John's Wood, London, England.

She died aged 31 on 3rd January 2008 of a drugs overdose and severe scalds.

64. Megan Connolly

Actress | Home and Away

After making her film debut in "The Crossing", Megan was one of the leading soap stars in Australia. After her role in Paradise Beach ended in 1994, she co-hosted the morning kids show "The Zone" for a year. In late 1995 she hosted the Foxtel's fitness show "Body Corp" for cable television, before ...

She died aged 27 on 6th September 2001 following a drugs overdose.

65. Ryan Dunn

Actor | Close-Up

Ryan Dunn (June 11, 1977 - June 20, 2011) was an American reality television personality, actor and stunt man. He was a member of the Jackass and Viva La Bam crew.

Ryan Matthew Dunn was born in Medina, Ohio, to Linda Sue (Reese) and Ronald James Dunn. He came to prominence as a member of the CKY ...

He died aged 34 on 20th June 2011 after a car crash, he was over the legal limit for alcohol when the accident occurred.

66. Carole Landis

Actress | I Wake Up Screaming

Carole Landis was born on New Year's Day in 1919 in Fairchild, Wisconsin, as Frances Lillian Mary Ridste. Her father, a railroad mechanic, was of Norwegian descent and her mother was Polish. Her father walked out, leaving Carole, her mother and an older brother and sister to fend for themselves.


She died aged 29 on 5th July 1948 after an intentional drugs overdose.

67. Pascale Ogier

Actress | Les nuits de la pleine lune

Daughter of musician Gilles Nicolas. She was only two years old when her parents divorced. After a few hours spent at the Parisian club Le Palace, she spent the night with a friend and took drugs, an addiction she had since her teens. She died that same night from an overdose. She was buried in ...

She died aged 25 on 25th October 1984 after a heart attack.

68. 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, ...

He died aged 40 on 24th January 2006 of an enlarged heart after prolonged drugs use.

69. Glenn Quinn

Actor | Angel

Quinn was born in Dublin, Ireland, and moved to the United States with his mother and two sisters in 1988. His first role was as a pool shark in the Richard Marx video Satisfied. He later landed a major role in the John Travolta film Shout (1991), where he shared a screen kiss with Gwyneth Paltrow....

He died aged 32 on 3rd December 2002 after a drugs overdose.

70. Gail Russell

Actress | The Uninvited

Gail Russell was born in Chicago, Illinois, on September 21, 1924. She remained in the Windy City, going to school until her parents moved to California when she was 14. She was an above-average student in school and upon graduation from Santa Monica High School was signed by Paramount Studios.


She died aged 36 on 26th August 1961 after liver damage caused by alcoholism.

71. Edie Sedgwick

Actress | Ciao Manhattan

Edie Sedgwick was a bright social butterfly whose candle of fame burned brightly at both ends. Born into a wealthy White Anglo-Saxon Protestant family of impressive lineage, Edie became a "celebutante" for her beauty, style, wealth and her associations with figures of the 1960s counterculture.

Edie ...

She died aged 28 on 16th November 1971 after an overdose of barbiturates.

72. Lupe Velez

Actress | The Girl from Mexico

Lupe Velez was born on July 18, 1908, in San Luis de Potosi, Mexico, as Maria Guadalupe Villalobos Velez. She was sent to Texas at the age of 13 to live in a convent. She later admitted that she wasn't much of a student because she was so rambunctious. She had planned to become a champion ...

She died aged 36 on 13th December 1944 after a Seconal overdose.

73. Dominique Dunne

Actress | Poltergeist

Dominique Dunne was born to a life of privilege in Santa Monica, California, the daughter of Ellen Beatriz Griffin Dunne and Dominick Dunne, a producer, actor, and writer. Actor Griffin Dunne is her brother. After her parents' divorce, she moved first to New York, and then to a posh home in Beverly...

She died aged 22 on 4th November 1982 after her ex-boyfriend strangled her to death.

74. Rebecca Schaeffer

Actress | Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills

Rebecca began modeling at the age of 16, going off to New York on her own to begin her career. Four months later, she found herself in Japan, modeling. Eventually, she landed a co-starring role on My Sister Sam (1986), for which she is now best known. In 1989 she also became a spokesperson for ...

She died aged 21 on 18th July 1989 after she was shot by the man that had been stalking her for 3 years.

75. 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 ...

She died aged 26 along with her unborn son on 9th August 1969 after they were brutally murdered by the Manson Family.

76. 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 ...

She died aged 40 on 1st November 2006 after she was murdered in her own home.

77. Jenny Maxwell

Actress | Blue Hawaii

Jenny Maxwell was born on September 3, 1941 in New York City, New York, USA as Jennifer Helene Maxwell. She was an actress, known for Blue Hawaii (1961), Hawaiian Eye (1959) and Shotgun Wedding (1963). She was married to Ervin "Tip" Roeder and Paul W. Rapp. She died on June 10, 1981 in Los Angeles,...

She died aged 39 on 10th June 1981 after her and her husband were fatally shot in an alleged botched robbery.

78. Inger Stevens

Actress | Hang 'Em High

This enigmatic Stockholm-born beauty had everything going for her, including a rapidly rising film and TV career. Yet on April 30, 1970, at only 35, Inger Stevens would become another tragic Hollywood statistic -- added proof that fame and fortune do not always lead to happiness. Over time, a ...

She died aged 35 on 30th April 1970 after committing suicide by a lethal cocktail of barbiturates and alcohol. Most known for co-starring with Clint Eastwood in High 'Em High (1968)

79. Nicole DeHuff

Actress | Meet the Parents

Nicole DeHuff was born on 6 January 1975 in Oklahoma. She began her acting studies at the prestigious Carnegie Mellon Acting Conservatory. Her first screen role was in the comedy hit Meet the Parents (2000), in which she co-starred with Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller. Her character (Deborah Byrnes)...

She died aged 30 on 16th February 2005 from pneumonia. Her first film role was alongside Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller in Meet the Parents (2000)

80. Tupac Shakur

Soundtrack | Poetic Justice

Born in New York City, Tupac grew up primarily in Harlem. In 1984, his family moved to Baltimore, Maryland where he became good friends with Jada Pinkett Smith. His family moved again in 1988 to Oakland, California. His first breakthrough in music came in 1991 as a member of the group Digital ...

He died aged 25 on 13th September 1996 after he was shot during a drive-by

81. Merlin Santana

Actor | The Steve Harvey Show

Originally from New York, both of Merlin's parents were from the Dominican Republic. His mother pushed for a career in show business to keep him out of trouble and off the mean streets. He began as an advertising model for a fast-food chain at the age of 3. He first began getting noticed as Stanley...

He died aged 26 on 9th November 2002 after he was murdered whilst sitting in his car.

82. Jon-Erik Hexum

Actor | Voyagers!

In the early 1980s, this ruggedly handsome young man of Norwegian parentage was seen as the "next big thing", and then suddenly he was dead from an accident via a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Hexum was born and raised in Tenafly, New Jersey, where he was a musically gifted student at school playing...

He died aged 26 on 18th October 1984 by a self-inflicted accidental gunshot wound after he put the gun loaded with blanks to his temple and pulled the trigger.

83. 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 ...

He died aged 33 on 29th March 2009 of congestive heart disease. He was most famed for portraying "Lorne" in Angel (1999-2004).

84. Natina Reed

Actress | Bring It On

Natina Reed was born on October 28, 1980 in New York City, New York, USA as Natina Tiawana Reed. She was an actress and composer, known for Bring It On (2000), Honey (2003) and Blaque: I Do (1999). She died on October 26, 2012 in Duluth, Georgia, USA.

She died aged 32 on 26th October 2012 after she was struck by a car.

85. Gia Allemand

Actress | Ghost Trek: The Kinsey Report

Gia Allemand was born on December 20, 1983 in Howard Beach, Queens, New York City, New York, USA as Gia Marie Allemand. She was an actress, known for Ghost Trek: The Kinsey Report (2011), Ghost Trek: Goomba Body Snatchers Mortuary Lockdown (2013) and The Bachelor (2002). She died on August 14, 2013...

She died aged 29 on 14th August 2013 after she committed suicide by hanging.

86. Shain Gandee

Actor | Buckwild

Shain Gandee was born on November 1, 1991 in Sissonville, West Virginia, USA as Shain Lelyn Gandee. He was an actor, known for Buckwild (2013), Buckwild: WV to the NYC (2013) and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009). He died on April 1, 2013 in Sissonville.

He died aged 21 on 1st April 2013 of carbon monoxide poisoning.

87. Ben Woolf

Actor | American Horror Story

Ben Woolf was born on September 15, 1980 in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA as Benjamin Eric Woolf. He was an actor, known for American Horror Story (2011), Haunting Charles Manson (2014) and Woggie (2012). He died on February 23, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

He died aged 34 on 23rd February 2015 after he was struck by the wing mirror of a passing car whilst he was jaywalking.

88. Bolaji Badejo

Actor | Alien

Bolaji Badejo was born on August 23, 1953 in Lagos, Nigeria. He was an actor, known for Alien (1979). He died on December 22, 1992 in Ebute Metta, Lagos.

He died aged 39 on 22nd December 1992 of sickle cell anaemia. He was most famed for playing the "xenomorph" in Alien (1979). Due to his 6ft 10in frame he was perfect for the role.

89. Susan Peters

Actress | Random Harvest

War-era MGM had a lovely, luminous star in the making with Susan Peters. She possessed a creative talent and innate sensitivity that would surely have reigned as a leading Hollywood player for years to come had not a tragic and cruel twist of fate taken everything away from her.

She was born Suzanne...

War-era MGM actress died aged 31 on 23rd October 1952 after suffering from kidney problems and pneumonia. It is also believed that starvation from a possible developing eating disorder contributed to her death as well.

90. 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.

She died aged 28 on 20th May 2009 after committing suicide by hanging.

91. Mabel Normand

Actress | Mickey

Mabel Normand was one of the comedy greats of early film. In an era when women are deemed 'not funny enough' it seems film history has forgotten her contributions. Her films debuted the Keystone Cops, Charlie Chaplin's tramp and the pie in the face gag. She co-starred with both Chaplin and Roscoe "...

She died aged 37 on 22nd February 1930 from tuberculosis. She was most famed for being a comedienne during the silent era often starring with the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle.

92. Renée Adorée

Actress | The Big Parade

Renee Adoree was born Jeanne de la Fontein in Lille in Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France, on September 30, 1898. She had what one could call a normal childhood. Her background is, perhaps, one of the most difficult to find information on any actress in existence. What we do know that her interest in ...

She died aged 35 on 5th October 1933 from tuberculosis.

93. Barbara La Marr

Actress | The Prisoner of Zenda

Reatha Watson (Barbara La Marr) is possibly most famous as supposedly being one of the first drug-related deaths in Hollywood, but while she had a serious drinking problem she in fact died of tuberculosis with complications of nephritis. She is notable for other reasons, among them her successes as...

She died aged 29 on 30th January 1926 from tuberculosis.

94. Lingyu Ruan

Actress | Tao hua qi xue ji

Ruan Lingyu was born Ruan Fenggen on April 26, 1910 in Shanghai, China. Her father died when she was a child and her mother worked as a maid to support them. When she was sixteen Ruan started acting as a way to earn money. She made her film debut in the 1927 Chinese language film A Married Couple ...

One of China's leading ladies in the early 1930s she died aged just 24 on 8th March 1935 after she committed suicide with an overdose of sleeping pills.

95. Olive Thomas

Actress | Beatrice Fairfax

Oliva R. Duffy was born on October 20, 1894, in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, the eldest of three children, with two younger brothers. Olive or Ollie, as she was known to family and friends, did not have much of a childhood. Life in industrial Pittsburgh was depressing and grim with its smoky factories ...

She died aged 25 on 10th September 1920 after accidentally ingesting bi-chloride of mercury from an incorrectly labelled bottle.

96. Jack Pickford

Actor | Brown of Harvard

Nepotism certainly has had its advantages in Hollywood, none more so than in the film career of Jack Pickford, whose famous older sis, "America's Sweetheart" Mary Pickford, saw to it that Jack had all the advantages her star weight could muster. Born in Toronto, Canada, in 1896, Jack was prompted ...

He was married to Olive Thomas until her death in 1920, he died aged 37 on 3rd January 1933 from progressive multiple neuritis.

97. Rudolph Valentino

Actor | The Sheik

Hollywood's original Latin Lover, a term that was invented for Rudolph Valentino by Hollywood moguls. Alla Nazimova's friend,Natacha Rambova (nee Winifred Hudnut) became romantically involved with Rudy and they lived together in her bungalow, from 1921 (during the filming of Camille) until they ...

He died aged 31 on 23rd August 1926 from a ruptured gastric ulcer and general peritonitis.

98. David Lochary

Actor | Pink Flamingos

Divine's former best friend, with dyed silver hair, met the future Waters star in beauty school in Baltimore, Maryland. Divine later claimed that he had "never even heard the word 'drag' before David," and that Lochary did his makeup and wigs at parties (prior to Van Smith). Divine introduced ...

Most noted for being one of Johns Water's "Dreamlanders" he died aged 32 on 29th July 1977 from an alleged overdose of PCP.

99. Simone Battle

Actress | What We Need

Simone Battle was born on June 17, 1989 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Simone Sherise Battle. She was an actress, known for What We Need (2014), Zoey 101 (2005) and Meanamorphosis (2012). She died on September 5, 2014 in West Hollywood, Los Angeles.

She died aged 25 on 5th September 2014 after committing suicide.

100. Kim Walker

Actress | Heathers

Known for her supporting roles, Kim Walker was an up and coming young actress in Hollywood before retiring from the business in the late 1990s. As a teen she landed a few guest roles in series such as Matlock (1986) and Highway to Heaven (1984) before moving on to supporting roles in feature films ...

She died aged 32 on 6th March 2001 from a brain tumor.

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