It’s always shocking when a celebrity dies. Even though you don’t know them personally, it still feels like you’ve lost someone you know.
Some actors, however, slip away under the radar. We’ve put together a list of recent celebrity deaths of actor’s who were all a part of a successful TV show who’s deaths you may have missed.
Mary Kay Bergman
Bergman was a prolific voice actor, but she is probably most known for her work on South Park. For the first three seasons, she voiced almost all the female characters on the show, including the Kyle, Stan, and Cartman’s moms and Wendy Testaburger. Unfortunately, she committed suicide on November 11, 1999. Her last appearance on South Park was the Christmas musical episode, which features a (surprisingly) touching tribute to her during the final song.
Spencer played the White House Chief of Staff Leo McGarry on The West Wing, a role for which he won an Emmy. He played the character up until his death on December 16, 2005, during the show’s final season, but his name was left in the opening credits for the remainder of the show’s run.
For the first six seasons of the USA show Monk, Kamel played the main character’s psychiatrist until the actor’s recent celebrity death on April 8, 2008 from heart attack.
Lisa Robin Kelly
Kelly played the older brother of Topher Grace’s character for the first three seasons of That ‘70s Show, and made a few guest appearances after that. She died of a drug overdose on August 15, 2013.
A highly recognizable actor with a long and prolific career, one of Rebhorn’s final roles was that of Frank Mathison, father of Claire Danes’ character on the show Homeland. He died recently — March 21, 2014.
During the first season of Mad Men, Allport played Andrew Campbell, father of the character Pete Campbell. After his death on January 25, 2008, his character was killed off on the show as well.
Lee Thompson Young
Young appeared in many TV shows, but his last role as series regular Detective Barry Frost on Rizzoli and Isles was his most notable. He died on August 19, 2013 at the age of 29 from an apparent suicide.
Jessie ‘Jet Set’ Hudson
Most of Jet Set’s TV work is listed as “uncredited,” aside from his role on the Comedy Central hit Workaholics, where he played a character named, appropriately enough, Jet Set Hudson. He appeared during the show’s first three seasons before his death on December 14, 2012.
Its always hard when a cast member dies during a show’s run, but for Spartacus: Blood and Sand, the actor portraying its main character died. After completing work on the first season, Whitfield died from lymphoma on September 11, 2011. The role of Spartacus was recast and the show ran another two seasons.
Known for the role of Boner on the hit show Growing Pains, Koenig also lent his voice talents to the cartoon G.I. Joe. He died on February 14, 2010.
Lyon was a contestant on the reality show Survivor in 2005, where she had an impressive run but unfortunately did not win. She died from cancer on January 19, 2010.
Hindman was most famous for a role where his face was never seen. He played Wilson, the helpful neighbor during the entire run of Home Improvement. He died of lung cancer December 29, 2003.
Len Lesser and Barney Martin
Both actor’s appeared regularly on Seinfeld, Martin played Seinfeld’s father for the show’s run, and Lesser made regular appearances as Seinfeld’s Uncle Leo. Martin died on March 21, 2005 and Lesser on February 16, 2011.
Lou Albano and Danny Wells
Albano and Wells played the titular Mario brothers on the Super Mario Bros. Super Show! Albano as Mario and Wells as Luigi. Unfortunately, Albany died October 14, 2009 and Wells died November 28, 2013.
Wallace had a long and successful career. When she died on October 25, 2013, she was currently voicing the character of Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons, a role she been playing since 1990.
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