Sidney Poitier smiling at Oscars

They say that nothing is certain in life apart from death and taxes, and being a famous Hollywood actor does not exempt you from either. We lost some real icons of the film and TV world towards the end of 2021, with Betty White, Norm Macdonald, Sonny Chiba, and Robert Downey Sr. all taking their final bows. Things showed no signs of slowing down in the new year, either: 2022 began with a spate of high profile deaths, from Emmy-earning comedians and history-making Oscar winners to sitcom icons and young Marvel stars.

The World Health Organization’s Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus provided tentative optimism regarding the COVID-19 pandemic in a December 2021 press conference (via Politico), but the virus was still very much a threat when 2022 commenced. For Tinseltown’s older residents, it remained an especially big concern. Many of the actors we’ve said goodbye to in 2022 died of illness, while others were involved in freak accidents. We’re paying tribute to them right here.

Updated on September 26, 2022: Sadly, we expect to lose even more high-profile actors before the year is out. When that happens, you can read about it right here. We’re always updating this list to make sure the actors who died in 2022 are properly honored, so be sure to check back.

Meat Loaf laughing
Bob Saget smiling with glasses
Gaspard Ulliel wearing black tuxedo
Louie Anderson holding Emmy Award
Sidney Poitier smiling in tuxedo
Peter Robbins thinking at podium
Moses J. Moseley wearing black
Dale Critchlow as Farmer Lyle
William Hurt smiling
Estelle Harris in blue sweater
Nehemiah Persoff looking downward
Gilbert Gottfried giving a thumbs up
Liz Sheridan on Seinfeld
Robert Morse smiling at event
Mike Hagerty in glasses
Fred Ward smiling hugely
Ray Liotta smirking
Philip Baker Hall smirking
Joe Turkel glasses
James Caan grinning
Larry Storch in F Troop hat
Gregory Itzin smiling
Tony Sirico smiling
David Warner smiling
Paul Sorvino grinning
Tony Dow smiling
Mary Alice as The Oracle
Nichelle Nichols at 2009 BET Awards
Olivia Newton-John smiling
Anne Heche smiling 2015
Henry Silva screencap
Nurse Ratched looking stern