Actors and Actresses Who Died in 2018

Recent Hollywood deaths are never easy, especially when a particularly iconic actor or actress passes. When you see headlines regarding famous people that died today, you may find yourself devastated if you see the name of one of your favorites. It can be jarring to find out about an actor or actress's death in an unexpected fashion. 

If you're having trouble tracking all the Hollywood deaths of 2018, this list has you covered. It is a comprehensive list of all the recent actress and actors who died in 2018. Instead of googling "recent actor deaths" or "actors deaths today," you can browse this list to stay up to date on who died this year.

This list will keep your informed on all the dead actors and actresses of 2018. Make sure to check this list regularly to stay up to date and when you're done, see what actors died in 2019

  • Penny Marshall
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    After a battle with diabetes-related complications, Penny Marshall passed away on December 17, 2018. She was 75. Marshall is best known for her role as Laverne on the hit sitcom Laverne & Shirley, but she also starred in and directed a broad range of productions, including A League of Their Own and Big.

    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Film Director
    • Credits: Laverne & Shirley, The Hard Way, Alice Upside Down, Big
  • Beloved magician and actor Ricky Jay passed away on December 1, 2018 at the age of 72. While he may have been best known for his magic tricks, Jay also appeared in over 40 movies and television shows, including Boogie Nights, Magnolia, and Tomorrow Never Dies.

    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Screenwriter, Author, Actor, Voice acting, Writer
    • Credits: Boogie Nights, The Prestige, Deadwood, Magnolia, The Illusionist
  • Kim Porter
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    Actress Kim Porter, who shares three children with rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs, was found unresponsive in her home on November 15, 2018 and pronounced dead at the scene. She was 47. At the time of reports, no cause of death had been determined.  

    • Birthplace: Columbus, GA
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: The Brothers, Mama, I Want to Sing!, Wicked Wicked Games
  • James Karen
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    James Karen, who was best known for his role of Frank on The Return of the Living Dead passed away on October 23, 2018. He was 94. 

    In addition to his aforementioned role of Frank, Karen also made numerous appearances in a range of horror films, including Poltergeist, Invaders from Mars, and Piranha. With a career spanning decades, the beloved actor made well over 200 appearances throughout television and film.

    • Birthplace: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Poltergeist, Superman Returns, All the President's Men, Mulholland Drive, Any Given Sunday
  • Scott Wilson

    Long-time actor and The Walking Dead star Scott Wilson died on October 6, 2018. Wilson played Hershel Green on Walking Dead from 2011 to 2014, though he was also known for his roles in The Ninth ConfigurationIn the Heat of the Night, and The Host

    • Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: The Walking Dead, In the Heat of the Night, Pearl Harbor, The Last Samurai, The Right Stuff
  • Paul John Vasquez

    On September 24, 2018, actor Paul John Vasquez, who appeared in shows such as Sons of Anarchy, Justified, NYPD Blue, and ER, passed away. The actor was 48 years old. He was found unconscious in his father's house in San Jose, CA. The exact cause of death is unknown, but TMZ reports he suffered a heart attack. 

    “This news has come as a surprise to us,” the actor's rep told People. “Our hearts are heavy. He was a kind, creative and loving man. He will be missed.”

    Another Sons of Anarchy alum, Alan O'Neill, also passed away unexpectedly in June 2018.