Dead Actors and Actresses of 2014

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RIP, cinematic greats. You will be missed. This list of famous actors and actresses who have died in 2014 is a complete list of those who have gone to the great screen in the sky in 2014. A roster of the celebrity actors who have passed on this year, continuously updated as actors die, including all the actresses who have ODed, the actors who died in accidents, and the personalities who died of natural causes in 2014. The world is a little duller without these talented performers in it to bring us their antics.

If you're wondering what famous actors and actresses have died in 2014, this is the place to look. Included are not just Hollywood movie stars and TV personalities, but also thespians who were notable Broadway stars. From child stars to Oscar nominees to scandal-tinged fallen stars, If a notable actor or performer from the Golden Age of cinema to today's movie industry dies this year, they'll sadly be on the list. Each actor's obituary is linked to in their biography below their photo. 

2014 actor deaths are complete on this list, but check out Celebrity Deaths 2014 for other cinematic talents and other entertainers and famous people who have left this world.

What actor died today? (Hopefully none!) But if they did. They'll be on this list. Don't be too sad. Every time an actor dies, heaven gets another star.

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    Beau Kazer

    12/30/2014: Best known as Brock Reynolds in CBS's The Young and the Restless, Beau Kazer passed away at the age of 63. Much of Kazer's almost 40 year career was spent on Y&R. He most recently appeared on the daytime soap in 2013. Kazer leaves behind his wife, Sharon Alkus.

    “The Young and the Restless has lost another of its own… RIP Beau Kazer (Brock) I remember the first time I heard your voice and thought wow! This guy should have been in radio! Then I watched u act and was blown away with how natural and honest your performances always were. God Bless,” costar Daniel Goddard (Cane Ashby) shared on Facebook

    For more Beau Kazer obituaries:
     Soap Opera Network, People Magazine, Daily Mail, The Wrap

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    12/31/2014: Edward Herrmann, who played Rory's grandfather on all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls, died at the age of 71. He passed away at a hospital in New York, after battling brain cancer. Hermmann had been in ICU for three and a half weeks before his death.

    Hermann was also known for his role in Richie Rich. He is survived by his second wife, Star, and three children.

    Source: TMZ

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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., USA
    • Profession: Spokesperson, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, Presenter, + more
    • Credits: The Lost Boys, Gilmore Girls, The Aviator, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Annie, + more
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    11/11/2014: Carol Ann Susi, best know for playing the voice of Mrs. Wolowitz on the hugely popular CBS sitcom Big Bang Theory, died at the age of 62 after a brief battle with cancer.

    Although she was never seen on camera on the show, Susi's distinctive voice and humor made her a fan favorite. Executive producer Chuck Lorre, "the Mrs. Wolowitz character became a bit of mystery throughout the show's eight seasons. What was not a mystery, however, was Carol Ann's immense talent and comedic timing.

    Source: TMZ

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: The Big Bang Theory, Death Becomes Her, Just Go With It, My Blue Heaven, The Secret of My Success, + more
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    11/11/2014: Beloved character actor Warren Clarke died at the age of 67, after a 50 year career on stage and screen. Best known to British audiences as the star of long-running police drama Dalziel & Pascoe, Clarke also appeared in BBC One’s acclaimed 2005 adaptation of Bleak House.

    More recently, he could be seen in Call The Midwife, and filmed his last role (in BBC’s remake of romantic epic Poldark) last year.

    Source: The Telegraph

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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: England, Oldham
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: A Clockwork Orange, Top Secret!, Joseph, Firefox, Chuggington, + more
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    10/13/2014: Actress Elizabeth Norment passed away at the age of 61. The news was announced by The Hollywood Reporter, and confirmed by Norment's sister, Kate. She died at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, though the cause of death was not known.

    Norment was known for her roles on Party of Five, ER, Mad About You, and Law & Order. She also portrayed Frank Underwood's (Kevin Spacey) executive secretary Nancy Kaufberger on Netflix's House of Cards. She was also known for her extensive theatre work.

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    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: House of Cards, The Runaway, The Woman in Red
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    10/27/2014: Actress Marcia Strassman died after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 66 years old. Her death was confirmed by her sister, Julie Strassman saying, "She was the funniest, smartest person I ever met."

    Strassman was best known for her roles on Welcome Back Kotter and in the Honey I Shrunk the Kids films.


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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Activist, Model, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, + more
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    10/21/2014: Actor Gerard Parkes died of natural causes in Toronto. He was 90 years old. Parkes was born in Dublin, Ireland, before immigrating to Canada in 1956. He was best known for his role on the Muppets series Fraggle Rock and the film The Boondock Saints.

    According to his agent Gerry Jordan, Parkes had been ill for several years. Pakres won a best actor Canadian Film Film Award for his role in Isabel and is survived by his longtime partner, Sheelagh Norman.


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    • Age: age 79
    • Birthplace: Republic of Ireland, Dublin
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: The Boondock Saints, Fraggle Rock, The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, Short Circuit 2, An American Christmas Carol, + more
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    10/14/2014: Actress Elizabeth Pena passed away at the age of 55 years old. The reportedly died of natural causes following a brief illness. Pena had a decades long career spanning over 40 years, including roles in Lone Star, Transamerica, and The Incredibles.

    Pena also played the role of Sofia Vergara's mother on the hit series "Modern Family." She was widely loved by the Hollywood community.

    UPDATE: According to Pena's autopsy, the illness from which she was suffering was cirrhosis of the liver, due to alcohol.


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    • Age: Died at 55 (1959-2014)
    • Birthplace: USA, Elizabeth, New Jersey
    • Profession: Television director, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: The Incredibles, Rush Hour, Jacob's Ladder, Batteries Not Included, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, + more
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    10/9/2014: Former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Jane Hooks has died at the age of 57. No cause of death was immediately announced, but it TMZ reported that the actress and comedian had been battling a series illness for some time.

    The actress and comedian was a cast member on "SNL" from 1986-1991, performing alongside Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, and Chris Farley. In 1998 she was nominated for an Emmy for her role on "3rd Rock from the Sun." She also appeared on "30 Rock," as Jenna Maroney's mother.


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    • Age: Died at 57 (1957-2014)
    • Birthplace: Georgia, USA, Decatur
    • Profession: Comedian, Actor
    • Credits: Batman Returns, Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Coneheads, Wildcats, Designing Women, + more
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    10/7/2014: Sarah Goldberg, who rose to fame on television series "7th Heaven" died on September 27, of natural causes. She was 40 years old. Her mother told the Chicago Sun-Times that she "went to sleep and didn't wake up."

    Goldberg starred as Sarah Glass Camden on the popular series.


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    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: The Dark Knight Rises, Gambit, Hindsight
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    10/6/2014: Marian Seldes, a Broadway legend and famous theatre actress died in her home in Manhattan at the age of 86. Throughout her illustrious career she performed plays by the likes of Tennessee Williams, Samuel Beckett, and Edward Albee.

    Seldes received a lifetime achievement award at the 2010 Tony awards and was nominated for a Tony for her performance in Deathtrap as well.


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    • Age: Died at 86 (1928-2014)
    • Birthplace: New York City, Manhattan, USA, New York
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Home Alone 3, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Haunting, August Rush, The Visitor, + more
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    Molly Glynn

    9/6/14: Molly Glynn, who was currently starring on the TV series "Chicago Fire," has died in a freak cycling accident. The star, a star of stage and screen who also appeared on "Early Edition," was hit by a tree that fell as a result of sudden weather. She was 46.


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    9/4/2014: The popular comedic entertainer and E! TV show host Joan Rivers has died at age 81. Sadly, Rivers’s health took a sudden sharp decline after she stopped breathing during elective throat surgery. She was taken to New York’s Mount Sinai hospital and was later reported to be on life support.

    "It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers," Melissa Rivers said in a written statement. "She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother."


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    • Age: Died at 81 (1933-2014)
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Talk show host, Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Spaceballs, Shrek 2, The Smurfs, Look Who's Talking, The Muppets Take Manhattan, + more
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    8/24/14: Sir Richard Attenborough, who was best known for his roles in films like Brighton Rock, The Great Escape, and Jurassic Park, has died. The actor's career spanned six decades and also included turns behind the camera as director for movies like Gandhi, for which he won two Academy Awards. Attenborough was 90.


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    • Age: Died at 91 (1923-2014)
    • Birthplace: England, Cambridge
    • Profession: Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Actor, Film Director
    • Credits: Jurassic Park, The Great Escape, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Gandhi, A Bridge Too Far, + more
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    8/18/14: Don Pardo, the longtime announcer for NBC's "Saturday Night Live," has died. A voice personality since the radio age, Pardo was also an announcer on "The Price Is Right" and "Jeopardy!". He was 96.


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    • Age: Died at 96 (1918-2014)
    • Birthplace: Westfield, Massachusetts, USA
    • Profession: Announcer, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Saturday Night Live, The Price Is Right, Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, Radio Days, + more
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    8/12/14: Lauren Bacall, a leading lady of the early era of film, has died of a stroke. A frequent co-star of Humphrey Bogart, the film noir actress had starring turns in Dark Passage, Key Largo, The Mirror Has Two Faces, and The Big Sleep. Bacall also appeared on stage and television, logging an honorary Oscar, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild statuettes (The Mirror Has Two Faces), the Cecil B. DeMille Award, Emmy nominations, and two Tony Awards (Applause, and Woman of the Year). 

    The star of stage and screen was 89.


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    • Age: Died at 90 (1924-2014)
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Spokesperson, Model, Author, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Misery, The Big Sleep, Murder on the Orient Express, The Shootist, To Have and Have Not, + more
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    8/11/2014: Robin Williams, beloved comedian and actor has died. With four Oscar nominations (Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, The Fisher King, and Good Will Hunting) and one win (Best Supporting Actor for Good Will Hunting), Williams was one of the most versatile actors of his time and one of the most successful comedians turned actors ever.

    From undeniably recognizable and quotable voice turns in movies like Aladdin and Happy Feet to dramatic roles in Awakenings and What Dreams May Come to his wacky and instantly memorable roles in films like Mrs. Doubtfire and Hook, Williams's resume reads like a best-of list and separates him from so many other actors of his generation.

    Williams died from asphyxiation at his home in Tiburon, California. He was 63. 


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    • Age: Died at 63 (1951-2014)
    • Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois
    • Profession: Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, Stand-up comedian
    • Credits: Aladdin, Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society, Mrs. Doubtfire, Hook, + more
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    8/9/14: Charles Keating, a soap star who won an Emmy Award for his role on "Another World," has died of cancer. He was 72.


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    • Age: Died at 73 (1941-2014)
    • Birthplace: London, England
    • Profession: Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Awakenings, The Bodyguard, The Thomas Crown Affair, Another World, Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, + more
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    8/8/14: Danny Murphy, a quadriplegic actor who appeared in several of friend Peter Farrelly's movies like Kingpin and There's Something About Mary, has died of cancer. He was 58.


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    • Age: Died at 59 (1955-2014)
    • Birthplace: Boston, USA, Massachusetts
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: There's Something About Mary, Shallow Hal, Fever Pitch, Hall Pass, Stuck on You, + more
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    J. J. Murphy

    8/8/2014: J.J. Murphy, whose parts included roles in Angela's Ashes, Mickybo and Me, and a part in the then still-filming "Game of Thrones" season 5, has died at 86. 


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