Unfortunately, we say farewell to these actors and actresses who died in 2017. Whether these celebrity deaths were caused by freak accidents or natural causes, it's tragic to have lost these famous Hollywood stars. Families, friends, and fans mourn for these actors and actresses who have passed away this year, while remembering their great contributions to the world of entertainment. Let's also not forget the actors and actresses who died in 2016.
If you're curious to know which actors and actresses have died this year, this list has them all. However, you might get sad finding out which Hollywood stars have passed away in 2017. Consisting of award-winning legends and beloved TV icons, these are the actors and actresses we have lost in 2017. When an actor dies this year, this list will contain the cause of death and famous roles that actor has performed.
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Actor Martin Landau - most known for his role on the Mission: Impossible series - died on July 15. He was 89.
Landau got his start in acting at age 22, after he auditioned for the Actors Studio. His first role was on Broadway in the play Middle of the Night in 1957. Two years later, he landed a role in Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest, and his career took off. He starred in Cleopatra and The Greatest Story Ever Told before landing a role on the TV series Mission: Impossible.
We won an Oscar for his portrayal of actor Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood. He went on to have several parts in movies and TV shows, including up until his death. His most recent film - The Last Poker Game - was released three months before he died. He was known for his range of characters.
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Actor Nelsan Ellis - most known for his role as Lafayette Reynolds on True Blood - died on July 8. He was 39 years old.
Ellis was born near Chicago, but had a troubled childhood moving around from place to place. He eventually went to Illinois State University where he studied acting, and at age 22, he was accepted in the Juilliard School to receive his master's degree. In 2007, he got his breakout role as Reynolds on HBO's True Blood. He went on to portray Martin Luther King Jr., in The Butler, Bobby Byrd in Get on Up, and on several other television shows and movies.
According to his family, Ellis died from heart failure stemming from drug and alcohol abuse. He was attempting to withdrawal from alcohol without medical supervision, and his body began to shutdown.
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Comedian and YouTube star Stevie Ryan died on July 1 after committing suicide. According to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office, she hung herself at her Los Angeles home. She was 33.
Ryan rose to fame after her YouTube channel "Little Loca" went viral. Ryan moved to Los Angeles when she was 19 and quickly began writing and producing her own online web shorts. She quickly caught the attention of producers, who gave her a show on VH1 called Stevie TV.
Ryan was open about her struggle with depression. A few days before she died, her beloved grandfather passed away.
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Stephen Furst - an actor and director most know for his role in National Lampoon's Animal House - died on June 16. He was 63.
Furst started pursuing acting in the 1970s while working as a pizza delivery guy. He would hand out his headshot with the pizzas hoping someone might discover him. Matty Simmons - a film producer - did, and cast him as Flounder in National Lampoon's Animal House. He reprised his role in the 1979 spin-off Delta House. He went on to star in several films and TV shows, including St. Elsewhere and Babylon 5.
In the 1990s he shifted his career toward animated films, voicing characters on Freakazoid!, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, and The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea. He began directing in the 2000s.
He died from complications of diabetes at his Moorpark, CA, home.
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