10 Great Actors Who Died Way Too Early

There aren’t too many actors out there that have a profound effect on people.  I mean we see them in movies and we like the way they portray certain characters but it doesn’t really mean we think about them too much after we see the movie nor do we pay much attention to what happens to them in the news.

However, there are some people who do in fact have an effect on us.  And once in a while some people come along who have an amazing talent that should shine for multiple decades.

Unfortunately for these 10 actors, their lives were cut way too short for us to see their full potential……

Heath Ledger – 28

We know this one is pretty obvious but it still must be mentioned.  I think of all the people on this list Ledger had the most promise in terms of having the potential to be known as one of the greatest actors of his generation.   The guy just kept getting better in every film he was in and it’s a shame he went when he did.

River Phoenix – 23

I almost feel like Phoenix was a Heath Ledger before there was a Heath Ledger.   River started his career earlier and was a successful child actor.  As he got older his roles weren’t so great and I’m not sure how good an actor he became.  However there was no doubting his talent. Clearly the drug and alcohol abuse got in the way.

Raul Julia – 54

Julia was the oldest of this bunch but that doesn’t mean he didn’t die late.  The  man was young for today’s day and age and he still had plenty of good movies left in him.  He had an incredible singing voice and such presence on screen.  I wish I could have seen him more.

John Belushi – 33

Belushi was a Chris Farley before there was a Chris Farley.   Belushi was one of those guys who was just funny for doing nothing.  You could watch the guy for 5 minutes and laugh.  Was he a great actor?  Yes, in the comedic sense.  I feel like he’d have had a very Adam Sandler like career had he not been such a party animal.  I could see Belushi in serious roles.

James Dean – 24

He wasn’t just a good looking guy.  The man could act.   He’ll go down as one of the most “he shouldn’t have died that early” guys in history.

John Candy – 43

It’s always a terrible thing when someone this likable dies.  I mean who didn’t love John Candy?  Every single movie this guy was in had a redeeming quality:  him!   Candy made every character fun to watch and you knew what you were going to get with him.   It’s a shame he couldn’t keep his body under control as it finally caught up with him.

Brad Renfro – 25

Renfro was just a bad seed.  He was one of those guys that never really had a straight life to begin with.   The guy was doing drugs at a very early age and never really got it together.  However,  all the films I ever saw him in, he did an excellent job.  I really thought that if he pulled it together he’d have been a big star.

Bernie Mac – 50

Probably one of the funniest guys in a long time.  Mac had a funny way about him without having to do anything either.  You just sort of looked at the guy and laughed.  I miss his roles in the Ocean’s movies.

John Ritter – 54

I’m glad to see his son is carrying on his name in the right way.  Ritter was just a good guy and a prime example of how some good guys die just way too early.  No one will ever forget Jack Tripper.

Chris Farley – 33

I’m pretty sure I don’t need to get into detail on Farley.  Guy was a legend in comedy.   Weird that he died at the same age as Belushi.


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