Tanya Roberts

The film world lost some true greats in 2020, from James Bond legend Sean Connery to Hollywood titan Kirk Douglas to the Black Panther himself, Chadwick Boseman. But just because 2020 shifted into 2021, that didn’t stop the cruel march of time or the inevitability that all things must pass — including beloved figures of the big and small screen. And sadly, 2021 has been a busy year for Tinseltown obituaries.

We’ve lost stars to everything from hit-and-runs to COVID-19. Some were screen legends of a bygone era. Others were young actors still in their primes. Some were little-known bit players who made you laugh every time they stepped on screen, others were respected character actors who could inhabit any role imaginable, and some were Oscar-winning titans who played in bona fide classics.

Updated on November 29, 2021: It’s been a tragic year for the performing arts, and we want to pay our respects and remember these amazing stars and the projects they worked on. So we’ve updated this list to honor the actors who made their final bow in 2021.

Marion Ramsey
Deezer D
Barbara Shelley in period costume, 1955
John Reilly
Mira Furlan in Lost
Gregory Sierra in Sanford and Son
Cloris Leachman
Cicely Tyson
Dustin Diamond
Hal Holbrook
Christopher Plummer
Trisha Noble
Christopher Pennock interview
A Lonely Place Martha Stewart sits in a living room
Ronald Pickup
Mark Jennings in Dynasty
Yaphet Kotto
Henry Darrow smiling
Roger Moore sips champagne beside Tanya Roberts
George Segal
Jessica Walter smiling
Craig 'muMs' Grant smiling
Houston Tumlin in Talladega Nights
Richard Gilliland posing
Adam in Dark Shadows
Gary Busey sitting with Amy Johnston
Paul Ritter smiling
Walter Olkewicz
James Hampton smiling
DMX performing
Joseph Siravo smiling
Lee Aaker
Timothy Patrick Quill
Helen McCrory smiling
Felix Silla smiling
Gloria Henry on phone
Johnny Crawford smiling
Nathan Jung wearing hat
Olympia Dukakis smiling
André Maranne looking surprised
Frank McRae with smoking ears
Billie Hayes smiling
Norman Lloyd in 2019
Charles Grodin smiling
Chuck Hicks smiling
Paul Mooney smiling
Tawny Kitaen smiling
Kevin Clark smiling
Samuel E. Wright smiling
Desiree Gould holding bag
Mark York in The Office
Gavin MacLeod smiling
Arlene Golonka smiling
Joe Lara as Tarzan
Robert Hogan in The Wire
Romy Walthall posing
Ernie Lively with his daughter, Blake Lively
Ned Beatty smiling
Lisa Banes smiling
John Gabriel talking
John Paragon smiling
Frank Bonner as Herb Tarlek in WKRP in Cincinnati
Joanne Linville smiling
Jackie Lane as Dodo Chalet
Devin and Ann Ratray smiling
Lorina Kamburova selfie
Stuart Damon smiling
Ray MacDonnell as Dr. Joe Martin in All My Children
Daniel Mickelson posing
Robert Downey Sr. smiling
Suzzanne Douglas smiling
Charlie Robinson accepts award
William Smith wearing hat
Robert Sacchi posing
Sonny Chiba smiling
Ed Asner posing
Michael K Williams smiling
Art Metrano, Police Academy 3
Norm MacDonald live
James Michael Tyler smiling
Anthony Johnson interview
Dean Stockwell smiling
Art LaFleur posing
Joey Morgan smiling
Heath Freeman wearing purple shirt
Jonshel Alexander wearing pearl earrings
Rhonda Stubbins White smiling
Sayaka Kanda smiling