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Actors Who Died in 2013

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This list of famous actresses and actors who died in 2013 commemorates the stars that we lost that year. It includes all actors who sadly ODed, actors who died in accidents, and the personalities who died of natural causes. The world is a little duller without these talented performers in it to brighten up our screens. Among the celebrities that died in 2013 is the young Paul Walker, the legendary James Gandolfini, and childhood favorite James Avery, who played Uncle Phil in the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Many fans were crushed when Cory Monteith died in the summer of 2013 because he was so young and such a promising talent. All of these actors that died in 2013 are remembered by their fans, family, and friends and are honored for their great work. 

If you're wondering what famous actors and actresses have died in 2013, this is the place to look. If a notable actor or performer died in this year, they'll be on the list.


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    12/31/13: James Avery, popularly known for his portrayal as Uncle Phil on "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," died on New Year's Eve. Avery passed away after complications from open-heart surgery. After his role as Philip Banks, the actor continued working on television and movie projects up until September of 2013. He was 68.


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    • Age: Died at 68 (1945-2013)
    • Birthplace: Suffolk, USA, Virginia
    • Profession: Soldier, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: The Blues Brothers, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Prince of Egypt, Fletch, + more
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    John Fortune
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    12/31/13: John Fortune, a satirist and actor on the British series "Bremner, Bird, and Fortune" as well as the movie Match Point, has died of leukemia. He was 74.

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1939-2013)
    • Birthplace: Bristol, England
    • Profession: Comedian, Screenwriter, Satirist, Actor
    • Credits: Calendar Girls, The Tailor of Panama, Saving Grace, Bremner, Bird and Fortune, + more
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    Joseph Ruskin
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    12/28/13: Joseph Ruskin, a prolific actor of stage and screen who appeared in The Magnificent Seven, Indecent Proposal, and Prizzi's Honor as well as TV shows like "The Twilight Zone" and "Star Trek," has died of natural causes. He was 89.

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    • Age: Died at 89 (1924-2013)
    • Birthplace: USA, Massachusetts, Haverhill
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: The Magnificent Seven, The Scorpion King, Smokin' Aces, Indecent Proposal, Captain America, + more
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    Peter O'Toole
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    12/15/13: Peter O'Toole, an eight time Oscar nominee, has died after a long illness. The star of Lawrence of Arabia shot to fame with just a few minor parts preceding the role that would garner him the first of his eight Oscar nominations for the 1962 film (his last was in 2006 for the film Venus).

    O'Toole was also a lauded stage actor, having appeared in many Shakespearian plays, such as Hamlet and Macbeth, on major stages around the world. He was 81.

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1932-2013)
    • Birthplace: Republic of Ireland, Connemara
    • Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Lawrence of Arabia, Ratatouille, Prometheus, Troy, The Last Emperor, + more
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    12/2/13: Christopher Evan Welch, a star of stage and screen who appeared most recently in the TV series "Nurse Jackie" and "Elementary" as well as movies such as War of the Worlds, The Good Shepherd, and Vicky Christina Barcelona, has died following a short illness. He was 48.

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    • Age: Died at 48 (1965-2013)
    • Birthplace: Fort Belvoir
    • Profession: Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Lincoln, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, The Master, Synecdoche, New York, + more
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    11/30/13: Paul Walker, star of the Fast & Furious movie series, died in a car accident in Valencia, a town about 30 miles north of Hollywood. Walker was the passenger in a Porsche being driven by his friend and racing team partner Roger Rodus, who also died in the crash. The pair had been in attendance at a event for Walker's charity earlier in the afternoon and slammed into a tree while out on a ride. The car burst into flames, trapping the men inside and preventing onlookers wielding fire extinguishers from saving the men. Walker was 40.

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    • Age: Died at 40 (1973-2013)
    • Birthplace: USA, Glendale, California
    • Profession: Film Producer, Model, Actor
    • Credits: The Fast and the Furious, Fast & Furious 6, Fast Five, Varsity Blues, Flags of Our Fathers, + more
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    Jay Leggett
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    11/24/13: Jay Leggett, an improv comedian and cast member of "In Living Color," has died of natural causes following a hunting trip. He was 50.

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    • Age: Died at 50 (1963-2013)
    • Birthplace: Tomahawk, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Without a Paddle, Another Day in Paradise, Employee of the Month, Division III: Football's Finest, Live Nude Girls, + more
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    Marcia Wallace
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    10/25/13: Marcia Wallace, who won an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of "Simpsons" teacher Edna Krabappel, has died of pneumonia. The actress had over four decades of appearances on popular television shows as well as game shows like "Password" and "The Hollywood Squares." Prior to her tenure on "The Simpsons," she was best known as Carol Kester, a role she originated on "The Bob Newhart Show" and reprised later on "Murphy Brown." She was 70.

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    • Age: Died at 71 (1942-2013)
    • Birthplace: Creston, Iowa, United States of America
    • Profession: Performer, Comedian, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: The Simpsons, The Simpsons Movie, The Bob Newhart Show, Teen Witch, Match Game, + more
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    Ed Lauter
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    10/16/13: Ed Lauter, a character actor whose credits include roles in The Rocketeer, The Longest Yard, and the Oscar winning film The Artist, has died of mesothelioma. He was 74.

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1938-2013)
    • Birthplace: USA, Long Beach, New York
    • Profession: Comedian, Actor
    • Credits: True Romance, The Rocketeer, The Artist, Seabiscuit, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, + more
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    10/10/13: Kumar Palana, best known for roles in The Royal Tenenbaums and The Terminal, has died at 94.

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    • Age: Died at 95 (1918-2013)
    • Birthplace: Indore, India
    • Profession: Juggler, Businessperson, Actor, Vaudeville Performer
    • Credits: The Royal Tenenbaums, The Terminal, Romance & Cigarettes, Another Earth, Duplex, + more
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    9/19/13: Better known as Amidou, Hamidou Banmessaoud, who had roles in Ronin, Spy Game, and Rules of Engagement, has died at 78.

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1935-2013)
    • Birthplace: Morocco, Rabat
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Spy Game, Ronin, Sorcerer, Rules of Engagement, And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen, + more
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    9/18/13: Marta Heflin, who had roles in A Star is Born, Come Back to the Five and Dime, and Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, has died at 68.

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1945-2013)
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., USA
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: The King of Comedy, A Star Is Born, Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, + more
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    Susan FitzGerald

    9/9/13: Susan FitzGerald, an actress best known for roles in theatre and in the movie version of Angela's Ashes, has died of cancer. She was 64.

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    9/8/13: Cal Worthington, the charismatic car dealer who appeared in his own commercials and urged buyers to "Go see Cal," has died of natural causes. He was 92.

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    • Age: Died at 93 (1920-2013)
    • Birthplace: Shidler, Oklahoma, United States of America
    • Profession: Salesperson
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    David Frost
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    8/31/13: David Frost, a veteran reporter and television host best known for his series of interviews with former US President Richard Nixon following his resignation from office, has died of a heart attack. The venerable interviewer began his career hosting a satirical news program called "That Was The Week That Was" and went on to sit down with nearly every British Prime Minister and U.S. President of his day. Former Prime Minister David Cameron remembers Frost as being "both a friend and a fearsome interviewer." He was 74.

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1939-2013)
    • Birthplace: England, Tenterden
    • Profession: Television presenter, Journalist, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: The Slipper and the Rose, A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman, Inside Edition, The Frost Report, Leadbelly, + more
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    Murray Gershenz

    8/25/13: Murray Gershenz, who capitalized on his age to land parts in The Hangover and I Love You, Man in addition to several television roles, has died at 91.

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    8/26/13: Gerard Murphy, whose diverse credits included roles in Batman Begins and Waterworld as well as a wealth of stage appearances, has died of prostate cancer. He was 64.

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1948-2013)
    • Birthplace: Newry, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Batman Begins, The King of Comedy, Waterworld, The Brink's Job, The Scarlet Pimpernel, + more
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    8/24/13: Julie Harris, a Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress whose credits include The Belle of Amherst, East of Eden, and soap opera "Knots Landing," has died of heart failure. She was 87.

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    • Age: age 94
    • Birthplace: Grosse Pointe, MI
    • Profession: Actress
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    Lee Thompson Young
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    8/19/13: Lee Thompson Young, best known for his role as the titular character on Disney Channel's The Famous Jett Jackson, has died in an apparent suicide. The actor, who will be remembered for his intelligence and good nature, also appeared on TV programs "Scrubs" and "FlashForward" and in several movies, most notably the 2004 film Friday Night Lights. He was working on a TNT show called "Rizzoli & Isles" at his time of death. He was 29 years old.

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    • Age: Died at 29 (1984-2013)
    • Birthplace: USA, South Carolina, Columbia
    • Profession: Screenwriter, Actor
    • Credits: Friday Night Lights, Rizzoli & Isles, Akeelah and the Bee, The Hills Have Eyes 2, Jett Jackson: The Movie, + more
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    8/16/13: August Schellenberg, best known for his appearances in movies like Free Willy and The New World, has died of lung cancer. He was 77.

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1936-2013)
    • Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Free Willy, The New World, Black Robe, Eight Below, Iron Will, + more
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