UPDATED: Check out the actors and actresses who died in 2021.
With all of the exciting news that comes out of tinseltown, there must also come the bad news, such as recent Hollywood deaths. It’s certainly the less glamorous and more depressing side of the news, but if you were wondering about famous people that died today, this is the list to check. This page will always be updated to show which, if any, actors died today. If you've ever found yourself asking, "Which actor died this week?" then you may want to bookmark this page.
Though we want to imagine celebrities to be immortal, the sad truth is, there will be movie stars that died in 2020. It's a part of life. Documenting recent notable actor deaths is something we take no pleasure in, but we want to make sure you are up to date on which actor passed away. This list answers questions such as, "Which actor died recently?" and "What celebrity died yesterday?" If you were wondering which actor died yesterday - and on the same date last year - you can look up those morbid anniversaries by checking out older lists, such as actors and actresses who died in 2019.
Here we will keep track of Hollywood deaths 2020, while also telling a little bit about the famous person we have lost. Wondering who died this year? This is the macabre list for you. Harry Hains, from American Horror Story, is one of the first actors who died in 2020. Other actor deaths today include Stan Kirsch, who famously appeared as Monica’s far too young fling on Friends. He was 51 years old.
Read more about recent actor deaths below, and bookmark this page if you’d like to keep track of the dead actors from 2020.
- Photo: Election / Paramount Pictures
Jessica Campbell passed away on December 29, 2020, in Portland, OR. The former actress turned naturopathic physician collapsed after seeing patients at her practice. No cause of death was given. She was 38.
Campbell was probably best known for appearing as Amy Andrews in Freaks and Geeks, and as Tammy Metzler in the 1999 comedy Election, alongside Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick. The role earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for best debut performance. She also appeared alongside Sarah Jessica Parker in the 1992 TV movie In the Best Interest of the Children, with Glenn Close and Dermot Mulroney in The Safety of Objects, and in Junk and Dad's Day.
- Age: Dec. at 38 (1982-2020)
- Birthplace: USA, Oklahoma, Tulsa
Jeremy Bulloch, best known for playing Mandalorian warrior and bounty hunter Boba Fett, from the original Star Wars trilogy, passed away on December 17, 2020. His fan page confirmed the sad news, revealing that he had passed due to health complications, including those having to do with Parkinson's disease.
The fan page also read, "He spent his final weeks in the wonderful care of staff at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, close to the house where he and his wife Maureen had lived together for more than fifty years. Maureen and two of his sons, Jamie and Robbie, were with him during his final days. Jeremy had a long and happy life as an actor and was best known for his roles in the films Summer Holiday, Star Wars and James Bond; TV series the Newcomers, Doctor Who, Agony and Robin of Sherwood, and several West End theatre productions. Away from the screen Jeremy was a talented footballer and cricketer. He also supported a number of charities including Great Ormond Street Hospital who saved his granddaughter’s life. He was devoted to his wife, three sons and ten grandchildren, who all love him dearly and will miss him terribly."
- Age: Dec. at 75 (1945-2020)
- Birthplace: Market Harborough, England
- Photo: Laverne & Shirley / ABC
Actor David L. Lander passed away December 4, 2020, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after fighting MS for decades. He was 73.
He is most known for playing Andrew “Squiggy” Squiggman on sitcom Laverne & Shirley. He and Michael McKean released the album, Lenny and Squiggy Present Lenny and the Squigtones in 1979.
Lander first chose to hide his MS diagnosis, which he received in 1983, as he was afraid it would end his acting career. However, in 1999, he released the memoir, Fall Down Laughing: How Squiggy Caught Multiple Sclerosis and Didn't Tell Nobody.
In addition to Laverne & Shirley, Lander had over 120 film credits, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Scary Movie, and Used Cars. He worked as an animation voice actor as late as 2017.
- Age: Dec. at 73 (1947-2020)
- Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
Sean Connery, the first James Bond in film and an Academy Award winner, passed away on October 31st at the age of 90. According to his son, Jason, he passed away peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by family in the Bahamas where he lived after having felt "unwell for some time." The BBC also reported him saying "A sad day for all who knew and loved my dad and a sad loss for all people around the world who enjoyed the wonderful gift he had as an actor."
Aside from his iconic role in the first five bond movies (and two later ones), Connery was also known for films like The Untouchables, Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie, The Hunt for Red October, Highlander, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and The Rock. Later in life he launched his own production company and founded an educational trust to aid underprivileged children in Scotland.
His second wife, Micheline Roquebrune, his sons, Jason and Stefane, and his brother, Neil, survive him.
- Age: 91
- Birthplace: Fountainbridge, United Kingdom