In Memoriam: Deaths in the 2020s

by trainmaster-24948 | created - 8 months ago | updated - 2 days ago | Public

List of people that died in the 2020s Note: This list may contain controversial figures!

1. Kobe Bryant

Producer | Dear Basketball

Kobe Bryant was born on August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Kobe Bean Bryant. He was a producer and writer, known for Dear Basketball (2017), Daddy's Home (2015) and The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2018: Live Action (2018). He was married to Vanessa Laine Bryant. He died on ...

2. Gianna Bryant

Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant was an American middle school basketball player that attended Harbor Day School in Newport Beach, California. Born in Los Angeles, California to Kobe Bryant and Vanessa Laine Bryant, Gianna was raised with her older sister Natalia and two younger sisters, Bianka and Capri....

3. George Floyd

George Floyd was born on October 14, 1973 in Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA as George Perry Floyd. He died on May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

4. Terry Jones

Writer | Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Terry Jones was born in Colwyn Bay, North Wales, the son of Dilys Louisa (Newnes), a homemaker, and Alick George Parry Jones, a bank clerk. His older brother is production designer Nigel Jones. His grandparents were involved in the entertainment business, having managed the local Amateur Operatic ...

5. Jack Burns

Writer | The Muppet Movie

Jack Burns was born on November 15, 1933 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as John Francis Burns. He was an actor and writer, known for The Muppet Movie (1979), The Muppet Show (1976) and We've Got Each Other (1977). He was married to Violet Ruth Torre. He died on January 27, 2020 in Toluca Lake, ...

6. Kirk Douglas

Actor | Spartacus

Cleft-chinned, steely-eyed and virile star of international cinema who rose from being "the ragman's son" (the name of his best-selling 1988 autobiography) to become a bona fide superstar, Kirk Douglas, also known as Issur Danielovitch Demsky, was born on December 9, 1916 in Amsterdam, New York. ...

7. Charles Portis

Writer | True Grit

After high school, Portis worked as an auto mechanic, until 1952, when at age 18, he joined the Marines over the objections of his father, who was a teacher. He served in the Korean war and left the service as a sergeant.

8. James Lipton

Writer | Inside the Actors Studio

James Lipton was an actor, academic, author, choreographer, interviewer, scriptwriter, and producer for stage and television projects. He was known for creating and hosting the noted and popular TV series Inside the Actors Studio (1994), where successful and prominent actors discussed their craft ...

9. Kenny Rogers

Soundtrack | Faster

Born in Houston, Texas on August 21, 1938, Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, actor, record producer and entrepreneur Kenneth Ray Rogers was the fourth of eight children born to a carpenter father who worked in a shipyard and a mother who was a hospital nurse's assistant. Of humble Irish and Native...

10. Albert Uderzo

Writer | Astérix & Obélix contre César

Albert Uderzo is a French comic book writer and artist, of Italian descent. Albert was born in 1927 in the town of Fismes, in the Marne department of north-eastern France. Marne was created from the remains of the older province of Champagne, and the local capital is Chalons-en-Champagne.

Alnert's ...

11. Julie Bennett

Actress | Hey There, It's Yogi Bear

Glamorous, red-haired American radio, stage and screen actress of effervescent personality, best known for her work in voice-overs. Julie was born in Manhattan but grew up in Los Angeles where she attended Beverly Hills High School and subsequently studied drama under Max Reinhardt and Florence ...

12. Bill Withers

Soundtrack | The Bodyguard

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Bill Withers was born on July 4, 1938 in the small coal-mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia and was raised in the nearby town of Beckley. He was the youngest of six children of Mattie (Galloway), a maid, and William Withers, a miner. His father died when Withers...

13. Honor Blackman

Actress | Goldfinger

Comparing this sultry-eyed blonde to Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich may seem a bit overzealous, but Honor Blackman's stylish allure cannot be denied.

One of four children, Blackman was born in London's East End, to Edith Eliza (Stokes), a homemaker, and Frederick Thomas Blackman, a statistician ...

14. Buck Henry

Writer | The Graduate

Prolific, multi-talented comedy writer, story editor, actor and director. His father was an Air Force general (Paul Steinberg Zuckerman) turned stockbroker and his mother was silent screen star Ruth Taylor, formerly a member of Mack Sennett's bathing beauties. Buck Henry's first fling with comedy ...

15. Hal Willner

Music_department | Short Cuts

Renowned for his eclectic approach, Hal Willner is a Music Producer based in New York, associated with the performance venue The Knitting Factory. He has a wide ranging interest in Film and Theatre Music, Jazz, Rock and Comtemporary Classical.

16. Mort Drucker

Writer | The Mad Magazine TV Special

Mort Drucker was born on March 22, 1929 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Morris Drucker. He is known for his work on The Mad Magazine TV Special (1974), When We Went MAD! and Another Froggy Evening (1995). He was married to Barbara Hellerman. He died on April 9, 2020 in Woodbury, Long Island, New York.

17. Rick May

Actor | Star Fox 64

Rick May was born on September 21, 1940 in Seattle, Washington, USA as Richard J. May. He was an actor and writer, known for Star Fox 64 (1997), Team Fortress 2 (2007) and Expiration Date (2014). He died on April 8, 2020 in Seattle.

18. S. Ann Sullivan

Art_department | Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Ann Sullivan, an animator and ink-and-paint artist who worked on iconic films of the Disney Renaissance. Born in Fargo, North Dakota, followed her sister Helen to California, and after studying at the Art Center in Pasadena, landed a job at Walt Disney in the animation paint lab in the early 1950s....

19. Gene Deitch

Director | Obri

Gene Deitch was an animator at UPA. He later joined Terrytoons in 1955. He created characters like "John Doormat", "Clint Clobber", "Gaston Le Crayon", "Sidney", and "Foofle". In early 1958, his theatrical cartoon Sidney's Family Tree (1958) was nominated for Academy Award. In August, 1958, he was ...

20. Jason Davis

Actor | Rush Hour

Jason Davis was born on October 14, 1984 in the USA. He was an actor, known for Rush Hour (1998), Beverly Hills Ninja (1997) and 7th Heaven (1996). He died on February 16, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

21. Sam Lloyd

Actor | Scrubs

Sam Lloyd was born on November 12, 1963 in Springfield, Vermont, USA as Samuel Lloyd Jr. He was an actor, known for Scrubs (2001), Galaxy Quest (1999) and Flubber (1997). He was married to Vanessa Lloyd. He died on April 30, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

22. Little Richard

Soundtrack | Predator

Richard Wayne Penniman, better known as Little Richard, the self-proclaimed "Architect of Rock 'n' Roll", traveled in his early days with the legendary vaudeville star Spencer "Snake" Anthony. One of Richard's early bands had the young, then unknown singer James Brown (the Godfather of Soul), a ...

23. Andre Harrell

Producer | Honey

Andre Harrell was born on September 26, 1960 in Harlem, New York City, New York, USA as Andre O'Neal Harrell. He is known for his work on Honey (2003), New York Undercover (1994) and Strictly Business (1991). He was married to Wendy Credle. He died on May 7, 2020 in West Hollywood, California, USA.

24. Betty Wright

Soundtrack | Speed 2: Cruise Control

Soul and R&B singer Betty Wright was born December 21, 1953 in Miami, Florida. She started out as a member of her family's own gospel group The Echoes of Joy and began working as a backup vocalist for other singers at age thirteen. She recorded her 1968 debut album "My First Time Around" when she ...

25. Jerry Stiller

Actor | Hairspray

As the short, straight man counterpart of the stellar husband-and-wife comedy team "Stiller & Meara," Jerry Stiller and wife Anne Meara were on top of the comedy game in the 1960s, a steady and hilarious presence on television variety, notably The Ed Sullivan Show (1948), on which they appeared 36 ...

26. Kumiko Okae

Actress | Neko no ongaeshi

Kumiko Okae was born on August 23, 1956 in Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan. She was an actress, known for The Cat Returns (2002), Attack No. 1 (2005) and Lucky Seven (2012). She was married to Baku Ohwada. She died on April 23, 2020 in Tokyo.

27. Fred Willard

Actor | Best in Show

Fred Willard radiated a unique charm that established him as one of the industry's most gifted comic actors, first coming to prominence as ambitious but dimwitted sidekick Jerry Hubbard to Martin Mull's smarmy talk-show host Barth Gimble in the devastating satirical series Fernwood Tonight (1977). ...

28. Rob Gibbs

Writer | Pocahontas

Rob Gibbs was born on October 17, 1964 in Escondido, California, USA as James Robert Gibbs. He is known for his work on Pocahontas (1995), Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) and WALL·E (2008). He died on April 24, 2020.

29. Mel Winkler

Actor | Doc Hollywood

Mel Winkler was born on October 23, 1941 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Melvin R. Winkler. He was an actor, known for Doc Hollywood (1991), Crash Bandicoot: Warped (1998) and Devil in a Blue Dress (1995). He died on June 11, 2020 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.

30. Denny O'Neil

Writer | Batman: The Animated Series

Dennis O'Neil began as Stan Lee's editorial assistant in the mid-1960s. He wrote comic stories for Batman starting in the 1970s, and was one of the guiding forces behind returning the Batman character to its dark roots from the campiness of the '60s. He's written several novels, comics, short ...

31. Richard Herd

Actor | All the President's Men

Utilitarian character actor Richard Herd was one of those stern familiar faces you saw countless times on film and TV but couldn't quite place the name. The stage-trained actor, who shared a striking resemblance to actor Karl Malden, never found the one role that would make him a household name, ...

32. Vera Lynn

Soundtrack | Kong: Skull Island

Vera Lynn was born on March 20, 1917 in East Ham, London, England as Vera Margaret Welch. She was married to Harry Lewis. She died on June 18, 2020 in Ditchling, East Sussex, England.

33. Joel Schumacher

Director | The Phantom of the Opera

Joel Schumacher was born on August 29, 1939 in New York City, New York, USA as Joel T. Schumacher. He was a director and writer, known for The Phantom of the Opera (2004), Batman & Robin (1997) and 8MM (1999). He died on June 22, 2020 in New York City.

34. Kelly Asbury

Director | Gnomeo & Juliet

Among Kelly Asbury's many achievements, he directed UglyDolls (2019) and Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017). He also co-wrote the 3D computer-animated feature film Gnomeo & Juliet (2011).

Asbury's other past directorial efforts include the Oscar-nominated films, Shrek 2 (2004) and Spirit: Stallion ...

35. Milton Glaser

Animation_department | You've Got Mail

In 1977, William S. Doyle, Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Commerce hired advertising agency Wells Rich Greene to develop a marketing campaign for New York State. Doyle also recruited Milton Glaser, a productive graphic designer to work on the campaign, and he created the "I...

37. Carl Reiner

Actor | Ocean's Eleven

Carl Reiner was a legend of American comedy, who achieved great success as a comic actor, a director, producer and recording artist. He won nine Emmy Awards, three as an actor, four as a writer and two as a producer. He also won a Grammy Award for his album "The 2,000 Year Old Man", based on his ...

38. Hugh Downs

Self | Live from Lincoln Center

Hugh Downs was born on February 14, 1921 in Akron, Ohio, USA as Hugh Malcolm Downs. He was an actor, known for Live from Lincoln Center (1976), Car 54, Where Are You? (1961) and Concentration (1958). He was married to Ruth Shaheen. He died on July 1, 2020 in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.

39. Pop Smoke

Actor | Pop Smoke Feat. 50 Cent, Roddy Ricch: The Woo

Pop Smoke was born on July 20, 1999 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Bashar Barakah Jackson. He was an actor and composer, known for Pop Smoke Feat. 50 Cent, Roddy Ricch: The Woo (2020), Pop Smoke Feat. Quavo: Shake the Room (2020) and Pop Smoke: Got It on Me (2020). He died on February...

40. Huey

Soundtrack | Stomp the Yard

Huey died on June 25, 2020 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

41. Nick Cordero

Actor | Going in Style

Nick Cordero was born on September 17, 1978 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada as Nicholas Eduardo Alberto Cordero. He was an actor, known for Going in Style (2017), Don Juan (2011) and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999). He was married to Amanda Kloots. He died on July 5, 2020 in Los Angeles, ...

42. Ennio Morricone

Composer | The Hateful Eight

A classmate of director Sergio Leone with whom he would form one of the great director/composer partnerships (right up there with Eisenstein & Prokofiev, Hitchcock & Herrmann, Fellini & Rota), Ennio Morricone studied at Rome's Santa Cecilia Conservatory, where he specialized in trumpet. His first ...

43. Kelly Preston

Actress | Battlefield Earth

Kelly Preston was born on October 13, 1962 in Honolulu, Hawaii. A talented and captivating performer, she first garnered international attention with her role as "Marnie Mason" in Ivan Reitman's Twins (1988), starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito. With her diverse character portrayals in ...

44. Adam Schlesinger

Music_department | Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Adam Schlesinger was born on October 31, 1967 in Manhattan, New York, New York, USA as Adam Lyons Schlesinger. He is known for his work on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015), That Thing You Do! (1996) and Music and Lyrics (2007). He was married to Katherine Michel. He died on April 1, 2020 in Poughkeepsie,...

45. Grant Imahara

Actor | Star Trek Continues

Electronics wizard Grant Imahara has been behind the scenes of many top Hollywood films for years. An expert at animatronics, his skills were used extensively at George Lucas's Industrial Light & Magic, where his talent was demonstrated on various features including the Matrix sequels, the three ...

46. Joanna Cole

Writer | The Magic School Bus

She held jobs answering letters to the editor at Newsweek, as a school librarian, and as a magazine and children's book editor before becoming a full-time author. Her first childrens' book, published in 1971, was Cockroaches.

47. Regis Philbin

Actor | Little Nicky

TV-talk show host, game-show host, singer, author, and TV personality, Regis Philbin became one of the most popular talk-show hosts in America and in Canada, especially. Growing up as an only child in The Bronx, New York, Philbin went to the University of Notre Dame and got a degree in sociology. ...

48. John Saxon

Actor | A Nightmare on Elm Street

John Saxon appeared in nearly 200 roles in the movies and on television in a more-than half-century-long career that has stretched over seven decades since he made his big screen debut in 1954 in uncredited small roles in It Should Happen to You (1954) and George Cukor's A Star Is Born (1954). Born...

49. Olivia de Havilland

Actress | The Heiress

Olivia Mary de Havilland was born July 1, 1916, in Tokyo, Japan, to British parents, Lilian Augusta (Ruse), a former actress, and Walter Augustus de Havilland, an English professor and patent attorney. Her sister, Joan, later to become famous as Joan Fontaine, was born the following year. Her ...

50. Wilford Brimley

Actor | Cocoon

Wilford Brimley was born on September 27, 1934 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA as Anthony Wilford Brimley. He was an actor, known for Cocoon (1985), The Thing (1982) and The Natural (1984). He was married to Beverly Berry and Lynne Brimley. He died on August 1, 2020 in St. George, Utah.

51. Joe Ruby

Producer | Rumpelstiltskin

Joe Ruby was born on March 30, 1933 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Joseph Clemens Ruby. He was a producer and writer, known for Rumpelstiltskin (1995), Planet of the Apes (1974) and Alvin & the Chipmunks (1983). He was married to Carole. He died on August 26, 2020 in Westlake Village, ...

52. Chadwick Boseman

Actor | Black Panther

Chadwick Boseman was an American actor. He is known for his portrayal of T'Challa / Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from 2016 to 2019, particularly in Black Panther (2018), and for his starring roles as several pioneering Americans, Jackie Robinson in 42 (2013), James Brown in Get on...

53. Sue C. Nichols

Writer | Aladdin

Sue C. Nichols was born on June 10, 1965 in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, USA as Susan Carol Nichols. She is known for her work on Aladdin (1992), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) and The Princess and the Frog (2009). She was married to Chester "JR" Maciorowski. She died on September 1, 2020 in...

54. Tom Lester

Actor | Benji

Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Lester was brought up on his grandfather's farm, shucking corn, fishing, hunting, and picking cotton. He graduated from the University of Mississippi, majoring in Chemistry. He taught science and biology at a school in Purcell, Oklahoma, before moving to California. He...

55. Neil Peart

Soundtrack | Small Soldiers

Neil Peart was one of the most universally respected rock drummers, and was best known for his nearly superhuman, pyrotechnic drum playing, and for providing intellectual lyrics for his band's songs. Neil served as both drummer and lyricist for the rock band Rush since 1974, joining bassist/...

56. Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Self | RBG

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born on March 15, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Joan Ruth Bader. She was married to Martin D. Ginsburg. She died on September 18, 2020 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA.

57. Ron Cobb

Production_designer | Conan the Barbarian

Artist, writer, film conceptual designer, and cartoonist Ron Cobb was born in 1937 in Los Angeles, California. Cobb began his career in the mid-1950's as an inbetweener/breakdown artist on the classic Walt Disney animated feature "Sleeping Beauty." Ron was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1960 and ...

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