UPDATED: Read about actors and actresses who died in 2020.
Movies play a key part in so many people's lives, and there is always sadness when a beloved actor or actress passes away and Hollywood loses a star. Recent actor deaths infuse their old roles with a powerful kind of emotion, and it can be shocking that people who were important parts of film history are no longer a part of this world. When a name you recognize from your favorite movies is listed among famous people who died today, it can be deeply upsetting. Even if some actors deaths of 2019 were the unsurprising result of old age or long-term health issues, other actor and actress deaths of 2019 came as a shock.
There are so many memorable actors in the world and it can be hard to keep track of actors who died recently, especially when their music and names are kept alive in our playlists. If you are finding it hard to track of actors who died in 2019, this complete list of recently deceased actors and actresses will help.
Although their beautiful talents were lost this year and we won't get to see them in any new films, this list of 2019 helps us remember them. If you're having trouble recalling all the actors that were recently lost, check out these lists of dead actors of 2018, 2017 and 2016 to refresh your memory.
Jack BurnsPhoto: Elite Academy of Dance- Greenocks Royal Academy Classical Ballet School / Facebook / Fair Use
Child ballet star Jack Burns, 14, died on December 11, 2019. His cause of death is not yet known. Metro UK reported that the police are not treating Burns's death as suspicious. Burns, a talented dancer, appeared on several television series including Outlander and Plain Sight.
He was a member of the Elite Academy of Dance, which released a statement about their student: "Jack was an inspiration to everyone at Elite and touched the hearts of everyone who had the pleasure of working and dancing with him since 2012. We and all of Jack’s family and friends are naturally completely devastated and at a loss for words and answers."
- Age: 14
- Photo: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel / Prime Video
Brian Tarantina, known for playing a comedy club emcee on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, passed on November 2, 2019 after an overdose on multiple drugs, including cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl, according the the NYC Chief Medical Examiner. They've ruled his death accidental.
Aside from playing Jackie on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, he was known for his roles on One Life to Live and Gilmore Girls. He is survived by a son, a sister, and a brother.
- Age: Dec. at 60 (1959-2019)
- Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
Cameron Boyce passed away in his sleep due to a seizure at age 20, on July 6, 2019. The seizure had been due to an ongoing medical condition the actor had, that he was being treated for.
The actor and dancer was best known for starring as Luke Ross on Disney Channel series Jessie, as well as for playing the teenaged son of Cruella De Vil in the Disney Channel Original Movies Descendants, Descendants 2, and the upcoming Descendants 3. He also starred in Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2 with Adam Sandler, Eagle Eye, and Mirrors, and had been recently announced as an addition to the cast of HBO's upcoming Mrs. Fletcher.
- Age: Dec. at 20
- Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California
Mya-Lecia NaylorPhoto: CBBC / BBC
Sixteen-year-old actress Mya-Lecia Naylor, passed on April 7, 2019, after collapsing. First appearing on Absolutely Fabulous as a toddler, Naylor had most recently held roles on the CBBC shows Millie Inbetween and Almost Never, with a recent film role in both Cloud Atlas.
An aspiring model and singer, in a recent interview with Tresa Magazine Naylor mentioned that she was a part of "some amazing projects out real soon." Both CBBC and Almost Never shared tributes to the teen star and gave their young fans resources for emotional support.
- Age: Dec. at 16 (2002-2019)
- Birthplace: Warwickshire, England