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    Actors Who Died During the Run of A TV Show


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    I Remember when (1) Hexum
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    (Reeves) all died..except for Reeves, he died 6 years before my birth..TY cool info
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    also...

    Bea Benaderet (Petticoat Junction)
    Ann Sheridan (Pistols and Petticoats)
    George Cleveland (original Lassie)
    Alice Pearce (Bewitched)

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    William Frawley (My 3 Sons)

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    That link made my computer go apeshit!

    Didn't Redd Foxx and the dude who played Rerun in What's Happenin' both die when they had new stuff coming out?

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    The father from Gimme a Break (Dolph Sweet).
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    I've always thought the manner that "Barney Miller" handled the death of Jack Soo set the bar for other shows. For those of you who haven't seen it, they did an entire episode in which the main cast members spoke about him and introduced various clips of the scenes that contained his best lines and acting on the show. At the end of the episode they gathered on the set and raised a toast of coffee mugs (his character was known for always making horrible coffee on the show) to him.

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    The old lady Bailiffs on Night Court.
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    Freddie Prinze - Chico and the Man
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    Quote Originally Posted by ichabodius View Post
    The old lady Bailiffs on Night Court.
    Selma Diamond and Florence Halop
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    Heres a comprehensive list (click on the live action tv tab):
    http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TheCharacterDiedWithHim

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    David Strickland "Suddenly Susan"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mammy View Post
    That link made my computer go apeshit!

    Didn't Redd Foxx and the dude who played Rerun in What's Happenin' both die when they had new stuff coming out?
    I remember Redd Foxx dying during his new show (collapsed during rehearsal or taping)
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    Diane Hyland (Eight is enough)
    Michael Conrad (Hill Street Blues)
    Jim Davis (Dallas)
    Nicholas Colasanto (Cheers)
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    Barton Yarborough, who portrayed Joe Friday's original partner Ben Romero in the radio and TV versions of Dragnet and died of a heart attack after only the first three episodes of the first season of the TV show had been completed.

    IIRC, his death was not mentioned on the fledgling TV show, but the radio episode they dedicated to Yarborough's memory, "The Big Sorrow", was classy and very touching. In it, Ben Romero also died suddenly of a heart attack.

    Think I'll make myself a Mexican omlette this morning in his honor.



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    Wasnt Coach from Cheers in this thing ? I thought Coach died during taping of the show.

    mammys right the link froze and shut down my putter so I wont try to reclick it again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Desert Ghost View Post
    I've always thought the manner that "Barney Miller" handled the death of Jack Soo set the bar for other shows. For those of you who haven't seen it, they did an entire episode in which the main cast members spoke about him and introduced various clips of the scenes that contained his best lines and acting on the show. At the end of the episode they gathered on the set and raised a toast of coffee mugs (his character was known for always making horrible coffee on the show) to him.
    my favorite and in my opinion the most respectful tribute of a passing cast member. both to the memory of the actor but also respectful to the fans of the show.
    i still recall at the very end when max gail tried a couple times to get through his last comment and completely broke down. it was clear that the entire cast enjoyed and respected jack soo.
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    I don't understand what the problem is with the link that some of you are experiencing. I have all the firewall, anti-virus, spam blocker, (all that crap) and it works fine for me. Sorry for any inconvience.

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    Nancy Marchand, Tony's mother on "The Sopranos"

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    comic actor Richard Beckinsale, father of actresses Kate and Samantha.....still working on long-forgotten BBC comedy series Bloomers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forever-27 View Post
    Wasnt Coach from Cheers in this thing ? I thought Coach died during taping of the show.

    mammys right the link froze and shut down my putter so I wont try to reclick it again
    Yeah, he was in the original post.

    fwiw I go to listverse all the time and have never had a problem with it, link worked fine for me.

    The only ones I remember were David Strickland on Suddenly Susan and the mom on Sopranos.
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    John Spencer-The West Wing

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    I haven't read through all the posts so forgive me if this has already been mentioned, but I thought of Michael Conrad (Sgt Esterhouse) from Hill Street Blues.
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    Andy Whitfield of Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

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    Yea betttie, that's when the link sent my pc into meltdown. I didn't see that

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    Zara Cully- The Jeffersons "Mother Jefferson"

    Joseph Kearns- Dennis the Menace "George Wilson"

    Jim Davis- Dallas- "Jock Ewing"

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    David Strickland from Suddenly Susan.

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    David Dukes (used to be on Dawson's Creek. Died filming Rose Red.)




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    John Hexum
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    Quote Originally Posted by Town Without Pity View Post
    John Hexum
    That was really sad when that happened!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NewEnglander View Post
    That was really sad when that happened!
    Yes it was, just another reason there is no reason to be messing around with gun, "Loaded or Not". Don't get me wrong, I grew up around guns, can shoot a bullseye 9 out of 10 times. Never played with guns, to much tragedy.
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    No kidding Zoe, I just watched that on sci fi channel a few days ago. Duke's charector was killed off in rose red. I didn't know he died during the filming

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    [QUOTE=Zoe_Zeppelin;1251987]David Dukes (used to be on Dawson's Creek. Died filming Rose Red.)




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    Quote Originally Posted by Desert Ghost View Post
    I've always thought the manner that "Barney Miller" handled the death of Jack Soo set the bar for other shows. For those of you who haven't seen it, they did an entire episode in which the main cast members spoke about him and introduced various clips of the scenes that contained his best lines and acting on the show. At the end of the episode they gathered on the set and raised a toast of coffee mugs (his character was known for always making horrible coffee on the show) to him.
    I remember that episode and it was done well.

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    I remember when Jim Davis died and later when the writers had Jock Ewing die in a helicopter crash. Davis' character was replaced by Clayton Farlow (a widower), played by Howard Keel, an old flame of Ellie, and they later married which JR didn't like at all and fodder more sub-plots. But it was a shock when Davis died, being that Dallas was so popular.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bonzosrightfoot View Post
    I don't understand what the problem is with the link that some of you are experiencing. I have all the firewall, anti-virus, spam blocker, (all that crap) and it works fine for me. Sorry for any inconvience.

    its cool man not your fault. Some of our computers probably need flash updates and so forth. Not everyone is running windows. I am running Ubuntu (Linix) I had to update my drivers and i can see everything now. So its all good

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    I am SHOCKED nobody brought up Jim Henson creator of the Muppetts and voice of Kermit.
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    I love how the phil hartman entry says he played a tv anchor when the name of the damned show was Newsradio! lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by radiojane View Post
    I love how the phil hartman entry says he played a tv anchor when the name of the damned show was Newsradio! lol
    Man I was totally bummed out when this happened. Phil was one of a kind. Tragic ending. Everytime I hear his voice or see NewsRadio on I say a little prayer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bonzosrightfoot View Post

    Nancy Marchand, Tony's mother on "The Sopranos"
    If you watch the last episode she was in, in her very last scene she is in a chair in her home talking (arguing, rather) to Tony and one of the kids. When the camera turns to her for her parts of the conversation, you will notice she has a different hair-do in three consecutive shots. It looked like they cobbled together out-takes from previous episodes to contrive her conversation. Also from the behind shots it is evident a double was portraying her.

    Did Peter Duel off himself while Alias Smith & Jones was still running?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MagnusDippytack View Post
    Did Peter Duel off himself while Alias Smith & Jones was still running?
    Without looking it up as I know there is a write up on him on the site, as I recall yes he did commit suicide during that show, which sucked, I like that show...the replacement just didn't make it. Peter had such a smile.
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    Ward Bond on the old TV western "Wagon Train."

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    Samantha Smith (Lime Street)

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    Will Geer - The Waltons - 4/22/78
    John Ritter - 8 Simple Rules - 9/11/03

    Does Steve Irwin count (9/4/06)? Wasn't he filming a TV Documentary?

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    I don't know if soaps count in this list but Philip Carey passed away during "One Life to Live"s run.

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    also, Rebecca Schaeffer during "My Sister Sam"

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    Billy Mays died while "Pitchmen" was in its first season

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    Bewitched lost 2 reoccuring stars Alice Pearce the original Gladys Kravitz in 1966, and Marion Lorne who played Samantha's aunt Clara in 1968 both posthumously won emmys after they died. Bea Benaderet & Smiley Burnette on Petticoat Junction. 2 CBS soap actresses : Helen Wagner and Darlene Conley

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