Sadly, 2020 has already proven to be a year in which we’ve lost some big names, even in just a few short months. From founding fathers of comedy and veteran character actors, to up-and-coming stars that never got a chance to shine, here are the actors we’ve lost in 2020 so far.

Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas, the patriarch of the Douglas dynasty, died in February 2020 at the age of 103. His son, actor Michael Douglas, confirmed his death via Instagram. He wrote:

“He leaves a legacy in film that will endure for generations to come.”

Born in New York as Issur Danielovitch, Douglas made his Broadway debut in 1941. His career was interrupted by the outbreak of World War II, but Douglas returned to the stage after being honorably discharged from the Navy in 1944 and before long, Hollywood beckoned. 1949’s Champion made him a star and gave him his first of three Oscar nominations, but his most famous picture is Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus. Douglas famously spoke out in favor of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, insisting that he was properly credited for his work on Spartacus. Douglas later wrote in his autobiography:

“I think one of the most important things in my career was the breaking of the blacklist.”

In the same book, Douglas also discussed his regrets. After starring in a stage adaptation of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, he tried for years to get a film version made. By the time it happened, Douglas was too old to reprise the role of McMurphy, which went to Jack Nicholson. Douglas wrote:

“I made more money from that film than any I acted in. And I would gladly give back every cent, if I could have played that role.”

Terry Jones, best known for his work with the groundbreaking British comedy troupe Monty Python, passed away in January 2020 after battling a rare form of dementia. In a statement, his family said:

“We have all lost a kind, funny, warm, creative and truly loving man whose uncompromising individuality, relentless intellect and extraordinary humor has given pleasure to countless millions across six decades.”

Jones was 77 years old. Early in his career, he had been instrumental in developing the unique stream-of-consciousness style that made Monty Python’s Flying Circus the game-changing TV show it was, and he would later go on to spearhead three of the group’s original feature films. 1975’s Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which he co-directed with Terry Gilliam, is regularly ranked among the funniest films ever made. Jones then went on to helm 1979’s Monty Python’s Life of Brian, in which he played the titular character’s cantankerous mother and delivered the film’s most iconic line.
Keep watching the video to see some of the actors who’ve sadly died in 2020.


Kirk Douglas | 0:16
Terry Jones | 1:28
Nikita Waligwa | 2:54
Jack Kehoe | 4:06
Harry Hains | 4:59
Stan Kirsch | 5:57
Norma Michaels | 6:52
William Bogert | 7:53
Marsha Kramer | 8:56
John Karlen | 9:48
Kevin Conway | 11:00
Lynn Cohen | 12:04
Kellye Nakahara | 13:29
Ja’Net DuBois | 14:22
Max Von Sydow | 15:42
In memoriam | 16:47

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