It has been a sad year for Hollywood which has lost many stars to old age, Covid-19 or illnesses. From Oscar winners to groundbreaking directors, from legendary actresses to TV stars, 2021 has taken away some of the brightest names in the industry. Let’s take a look at these wonderful celebrities who won’t be welcoming us in 2022.
Hal Holbrook was one of the few actors to be nominated for an Oscar and won both the coveted Emmy Awards as well as a Tony Award for his work. The veteran actor played the main antagonist in Clint Eastwood’s Magnum Force in 1973 and was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in Into The Wild in 2007.
Add to that his performance as “Deep Throat” in All the President’s Men and his dominating presence on Wall Street, The Firm, and Lincoln, and you had a performer who couldn’t do anything wrong on camera. He died at his Beverly Hills home on January 23, three weeks before his 96th birthday.
Christopher Plummer rose to fame in the mid-1960s with The Sound of Music where he excelled as Captain Georg von Trapp, a tough father of young children, who adopted music to change their lives. Years later, he was nominated not for one, but for three Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor and ultimately won the Shield for his performance in Beginners (2010), making him the oldest actor – at the time – to win the Oscar. He died at the age of 91 on February 5, nearly three weeks after a fall that resulted in a blow to the head.
The iconic Bond Villain Yaphet Kotto – the only black man to challenge Agent 007 – who played Mr. Big in Live and Let Die has had an eventful career in film and television. Before passing away at the age of 81 on March 15, he had worked in countless movies and TV shows, including the sci-fi classic Alien, the comedy Midnight Run in addition to roles in Homicide: Life on the Street and The A-Team.
In 1968 and 1973, Clarence Williams III was at his peak. He starred in the hit television series The Mod Squad. After the series, he will pursue an impressive career in film, television and on stage. He had memorable roles in Purple Rain, Tales from the Hood and Half Baked, but his fans still remember him as Lincoln “Linc” Hayes, the African American of the Colorful Team. He died at the age of 81 on June 4 from colon cancer.
Ned Beatty, 83, rose to prominence in the 1970s after appearing in a hit series like Nashville (1975), All the President’s Men (1976) and Superman (1978). While he made a name for himself as a villain, it was his performance in Network (1976) that earned him the recognition he aspired to and was even nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1976.
Young children remember him as the voice behind Lotso, the main villain of Toy Story 3 in 2010, while to adult audiences he was the quintessential Senator or Congressman. That’s why when there was a need for someone to play the part in Shooter and Charlie Wilson’s War, Ned Beatty was the right man. He died in Los Angeles of natural causes on June 13.
Usually the supporting actors in TV series come and go, but only a few like Willie Garson make an impact that lasts forever. The actor has appeared in more than 75 films, including The Rock, There’s Something About Mary and Being John Malkovich, but he is most recognized for his performance on television. As the Stanford Blatch he was a regular on the Sex and the City TV series as well as its two films, while as Mozzie in White Collar he was the go-to man whenever his crook friend turned up. found it in trouble. He died of pancreatic cancer in Los Angeles on September 21 at the age of 57, leaving his fans and friends sad.
Once or twice in an actor’s life, a character comes along that fits him so perfectly that people start to refer to him as that character. For James Michael Tyler, the character of Gunther did the same in Friends, and it wouldn’t be wrong to say that he was the “seventh” friend of the long series between 1994 and 2004. He played the character of a losing. named Gunther who worked as a barista in a cafe and was a secret admirer of one of the customers, Rachel (played by Jennifer Aniston). He has battled prostate cancer in private since 2018 and died there on October 25.
For someone who played alongside Frank Sinatra and Errol Flynn, Dean Stockwell has had a long career. He started his acting career as a child actor and immersed himself in film and television until his last breath. His most famous role remains that of Admiral “Al” Calavicci in the hit science fiction television series Quantum Leap in the 90s where he appeared as a hologram to aid the main character.
He was also present in David Lynch’s version of Dune as well as Blue Velvet, as he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Married to the Crowd. He died at the age of 85 on November 7, at his home of natural causes.
Actor Ed Asner was best known for his Emmy-winning performance as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, but the new generation remembers him as the guy who voiced that old character on Up. He spent his career playing a wide range of characters and passed away on August 29 at the age of 87, leaving behind a legacy of good work and great characters.
From starring in the final season of Charlie’s Angels to the role of the Bond girl in Roger Moore’s latest outing, A View To A Kill, Tanya Roberts had done it all in the world of espionage and adventure. The 65-year-old actress died on January 4 from a urinary tract infection and left a legacy that will keep her alive for her fans for a long time.
New audiences may remember Cicely Tyson as the mother of Annelise Keating in How To Get Away With Murder, but the legendary actress was more than she looks. She was one of the first African American actresses to be recognized around the world for her acting skills and paved the way for Whoopi Goldberg and Co with her powerful performances. She was part of the Hollywood film and television circuit for seven decades and was known for her portrayal of strong African American women.
Whether it was her performance as Jane Foster on the East Side / West Side in the 1960s or as Rebecca Morgan in Sounder in 1972, she was loved no matter what character she played. In fact, even in her 90s, she was nominated five times for an Emmy Award for Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Ophelia Harkness in How to Get Away With Murder. Cicely Tyson was named the 2015 Kennedy Center Fellow while five years before her death at 96 on Jan. 28, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest civilian honor for her fight as a African-American actress and her services to the industry.
Emmy winner Jessica Walter also left for her heavenly abode this year; she died in her sleep at home on March 24 at the age of 80. She starred alongside Clint Eastwood in Play Misty for Me and continued to work in television into the latter part of her career. His memorable roles in Arrested Development and Archer will continue to inspire generations of actors who want to have a long career in showbiz.
And then there was Helen McCrory who died of cancer at age 52 on April 16, but left a tremendous work legacy. She was a stage, television, and film veteran, but was popular for playing Narcissa Malfoy in the last three Harry Potter films. She also played Polly Gray in Peaky Blinders and played Tony Blair’s wife in The Queen and an MP in Skyfall.
Fans of network television in the United States can never forget the contribution of Jean Hale who remained active as an actress for nearly four decades. Her most memorable role was without a doubt that of Polly, the girl in the hat on Batman television, as she regularly appeared on popular shows like Bonanza, Hawaii Five-O, McHale’s Navy and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour for n ‘ to name a few. She was there as Flint’s daughter in one of the many James Bond In Like Flint parodies where James Coburn played the US version of Agent 007. She died at the age of 82 in California on August 3. .
Hollywood’s Golden Age actress Jane Powell also made her last outing this year when she died aged 92 on September 16. She has appeared in many classic films, including Royal Wedding with Fred Astaire and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Many would also remember her appearances on Fantasy Island, Love Boat and Murder, She Wrote, where she continued to impress generations born after her reign as Hollywood’s Grand Lady.
British director Roger Michell, who directed Notting Hill, Changing Lanes and Morning Glory, also breathed his last on September 22. The 65-year-old filmmaker was the man behind Venus who earned Peter O’Toole an Oscar nomination, and My Cousin Rachel with Rachel Weisz in the title role.
And then there was Richard Donner who made generations feel that a man can fly. The man behind the world’s first superhero movie, Superman, directed The Goonies in the 1980s, the Lethal Weapon franchise that spanned more than two decades, and even Sylvester Stallone’s thriller Assassins in the 1990s. The “Maverick” director is also responsible for the rise of Marvel Comics in the movies, as he was the executive producer of the first X-Men movie when no one wanted anything to do with the Marvel movies .
In the latter part of his career, he directed two of the most interesting thrillers, Timeline and 16 Blocks, which performed well at the box office. At 91, the director was about to make his comeback with Lethal Weapon 5, but life did not give him time to start the project.