If Only They Had Lived Longer

I'm sorry they died too young
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1.
Heath Ledger
When hunky, twenty-year-old heart-throb Heath Ledger first came to the attention of the public in 1999, it was all too easy to tag him as a "pretty boy" and an actor of little depth. He spent several years trying desperately to sway this image, but this was a double-edged sword. Heath Ledger was born on the fourth of April 1979...
“ Date of Birth
4 April 1979, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Date of Death
22 January 2008, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA (accidental overdose of prescription drugs) ” - evenifthereisnotomorrow
 
2.
River Phoenix
River Phoenix was born River Jude Bottom in Madras, Oregon. His mother, Arlyn (Dunetz), a Bronx-born secretary, and his father, John Bottom, a carpenter, met in California in 1968. They worked as itinerant fruit pickers, and later joined the Children of God religious group (John was originally Catholic...
“ Date of Birth
23 August 1970, Madras, Oregon, USA

Date of Death
31 October 1993, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA (drug-induced heart failure) ” - evenifthereisnotomorrow
 
3.
Brittany Murphy
Brittany Murphy was born Brittany Anne Bertolotti on November 10, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia, to Sharon Kathleen Murphy and Angelo Joseph Bertolotti. Her father's ancestry is Italian, and her mother is of Irish and Slovak descent. Her father moved the family back to Edison, New Jersey as a native New Yorker and to be closer to other siblings from previous marriages...
“ Date of Birth
10 November 1977, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Date of Death
20 December 2009, Los Angeles, California, USA (pneumonia, anemia and drug intoxication) ” - evenifthereisnotomorrow
 
4.
Patrick Swayze
Actor, Ghost
Patrick Wayne Swayze was born on August 18, 1952 in Houston, Texas, to Patsy Swayze (née Yvonne Helen Karnes), a choreographer, and Jesse Wayne Swayze, a chemical plant engineer draftsman. His mother owned a dance school in Houston, where Patrick was also a student. His father passed away in 1982...
“ Date of Birth
18 August 1952, Houston, Texas, USA

Date of Death
14 September 2009, Los Angeles, California, USA (pancreatic cancer) ” - evenifthereisnotomorrow
 
5.
Tony Scott
Producer, Man on Fire
Tony Scott was a British-born film director and producer. He was the youngest of three brothers, one of whom is fellow film director Ridley Scott. He was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England to parents Jean and Colonel Francis Percy Scott. As a result of his father's career in the British military...
“ Date of Birth
21 June 1944, North Shields, Northumberland, England, UK

Date of Death
19 August 2012, San Pedro, California, USA (suicide) ” - evenifthereisnotomorrow
 
6.
Bernie Mac
Bernard Jeffrey McCollough was born in Chicago in 1957. He grew up in Chicago, in a rougher neighborhood than most others, with a large family living under one roof. This situation provided him with a great insight into his comedy, as his family, and the situations surrounding them would be what dominated his comedy...
“ Date of Birth
5 October 1957, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Date of Death
9 August 2008, Chicago, Illinois, USA (complications from pneumonia) ” - evenifthereisnotomorrow
 
7.
John Lennon
Music Department, A Hard Day's Night
John Winston (later Ono) Lennon was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England, to Julia (Stanley) and Alfred Lennon, a merchant seaman. He was of Irish, and some Welsh and English, ancestry. In the mid-1950s, he formed his first band, The Quarrymen (after Quarry Bank High School, which he attended) who, with the addition of Paul McCartney and George Harrison, later became The Beatles...
“ Date of Birth
9 October 1940, Liverpool, Lancashire, England, UK

Date of Death
8 December 1980, New York City, New York, USA (murdered by gunshot) ” - evenifthereisnotomorrow
 
8.
Elvis Presley
Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in East Tupelo, Mississippi, to Gladys Presley (née Gladys Love Smith) and Vernon Presley (Vernon Elvis Presley). He had a twin brother who was stillborn. In September 1948, Elvis and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee where he attended Humes High School...
“ Date of Birth
8 January 1935, Tupelo, Mississippi, USA

Date of Death
16 August 1977, Memphis, Tennessee, USA (cardiac arrhythmia) ” - evenifthereisnotomorrow
 
9.
Brad Renfro
Brad Renfro was born on July 25, 1982 in Knoxville, Tennessee, to Angela Denise McCrory and Mark Renfro, a factory worker. He was discovered at age 10 by director Joel Schumacher and was cast in the motion picture The Client, which starred Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones. Although this would be his zenith...
“ Date of Birth
25 July 1982, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

Date of Death
15 January 2008, Los Angeles, California, USA (heroin overdose) ” - evenifthereisnotomorrow
 
10.
Dana Plato
Dana Michelle Plato was born in Maywood, California, on Saturday 7 November 1964. Her first excursion into the film world occurred when she was eleven in the television film Beyond the Bermuda Triangle. Dana never really made an impact on the TV screen until she landed the part of Kimberly Drummond in the TV hit sitcom Diff'rent Strokes from 1978-1984...
“ Date of Birth
7 November 1964, Maywood, California, USA

Date of Death
8 May 1999, Moore, Oklahoma, USA (suicide by overdose) ” - evenifthereisnotomorrow
 
11.
Bridgette Andersen
Bridgette Andersen was born on July eleventh, 1975 to Frank Glass and Teresa Andersen in Inglewood, California and grew up in Malibu. She always considered it good luck to have her birthday read as 7-11 rather than of July 11th. She would always kiss the first two fingers on her right hand and then touch any digital clock that read 7:11...
“ Date of Birth
11 July 1975, Inglewood, California, USA

Date of Death
18 May 1997, Los Angeles, California, USA (accidental overdose of alcohol & drugs) ” - evenifthereisnotomorrow
 
12.
Judy Garland
One of the brightest, most tragic movie stars of Hollywood's Golden Era, Judy Garland was a much-loved character whose warmth and spirit, along with her rich and exuberant voice, kept theatre-goers entertained with an array of delightful musicals. She was born Frances Ethel Gumm on 10 June 1922 in Minnesota...
“ Date of Birth
10 June 1922, Grand Rapids, Minnesota, USA

Date of Death
22 June 1969, Chelsea, London, England, UK (accidental barbiturate overdose) ” - evenifthereisnotomorrow
 
13.
Tupac Shakur
Soundtrack, Django Unchained
Born in New York City, Tupac grew up primarily in Harlem. In 1984, his family moved to Baltimore, Maryland where he became good friends with Jada Pinkett Smith. His family moved again in 1988 to Oakland, California. His first breakthrough in music came in 1991 as a member of the group Digital Underground...
“ Date of Birth
16 June 1971, East Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Date of Death
13 September 1996, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (homicide) ” - evenifthereisnotomorrow
 
14.
Brandon Lee
Actor, The Crow
Born in Oakland, California, USA, Brandon Lee spent the first eight years of his life in Hong Kong. By the time he was able to walk, he was already involved in learning about martial arts from his father, martial arts expert and famed actor Bruce Lee. After Bruce Lee's untimely death, Brandon...
“ Date of Birth
1 February 1965, Oakland, California, USA

Date of Death
31 March 1993, Wilmington, North Carolina, USA (accidental gunshot wound from faulty prop revolver) ” - evenifthereisnotomorrow
 
15.
Aaliyah
Soundtrack, Boyhood
On January 16th 1979 the world was blessed with the birth of Aaliyah Dana Haughton in Brooklyn, New York. Aaliyah was raised by her father, mother and brother Rashad Haughton in Detroit. At age 9 she appeared on Star Search, the TV program and sang "My Funny Valentine", a song which her mother had sung years earlier...
“ Date of Birth
16 January 1979, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Date of Death
25 August 2001, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Island, Bahamas (airplane crash) ” - evenifthereisnotomorrow
 
16.
Kurt Cobain
Soundtrack, Moulin Rouge!
Kurt Cobain was born on February 20 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. Kurt and his family lived in Hoquiam for the first few months of his life then later moved back to Aberdeen, where he had a happy childhood until his parents divorced. The divorce left Kurt's outlook on the world forever scarred. He became withdrawn and anti-social...
“ Date of Birth
20 February 1967, Aberdeen, Washington, USA

Date of Death
5 April 1994, Seattle, Washington, USA (suicide by gunshot) ” - evenifthereisnotomorrow
 
17.
Whitney Houston
Actress, The Bodyguard
Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born into a musical family on 9 August 1963, in Newark, New Jersey, the daughter of gospel star Cissy Houston, cousin of singing star Dionne Warwick and goddaughter of soul legend Aretha Franklin. She began singing in the choir at her church, The New Hope Baptist Church in Newark...
“ Date of Birth
9 August 1963, Newark, New Jersey, USA

Date of Death
11 February 2012, Beverly Hills, California, USA (accidental drowning caused by heart disease and cocaine use) ” - evenifthereisnotomorrow
 
18.
Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee remains the greatest icon of martial arts cinema and a key figure of modern popular media. Had it not been for Bruce Lee and his movies in the early 1970s, it's arguable whether or not the martial arts film genre would have ever penetrated and influenced mainstream North American and European cinema and audiences the way it has over the past four decades...
“ Date of Birth
27 November 1940, San Francisco, California, USA

Date of Death
20 July 1973, Hong Kong (cerebral edema) ” - evenifthereisnotomorrow
 
19.
Bob Marley
Bob Marley was born on February 6, 1945, in Nine Miles, Saint Ann, Jamaica, to Norval Marley and Cedella Booker. His father was a Jamaican of English descent. His mother was a black teenager. The couple planned to get married but Norval left Kingston before this could happen. Norval died in 1955, seeing his son only once...
“ Date of Birth
6 February 1945, Nine Miles, St. Ann, Jamaica

Date of Death
11 May 1981, Miami, Florida, USA (Metastatic skin cancer) ” - evenifthereisnotomorrow
 
20.
Martin Luther King
Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. His father, Martin Luther King Sr., was a pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. His mother was a schoolteacher. For Martin the civil rights movement began one summer in 1935 when he was six years old. Two of his friends did not show up to play ball with him and Martin decided to go looking for them...
“ Date of Birth
15 January 1929, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Date of Death
4 April 1968, Memphis, Tennessee, USA (assassination by gunshot) ” - evenifthereisnotomorrow
 
21.
Marilyn Monroe
Probably the most celebrated of all actresses, Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926, in the charity ward of the Los Angeles General Hospital. Prior to her birth, Marilyn's father bought a motorcycle and headed north to San Francisco, abandoning the family in Los Angeles. Marilyn grew up not knowing for sure who her father really was...
“ Date of Birth
1 June 1926, Los Angeles, California, USA

Date of Death
5 August 1962, Los Angeles, California, USA (drug overdose) ” - evenifthereisnotomorrow
 
22.
Buddy Holly
Soundtrack, Big Fish
“ Date of Birth
7 September 1936, Lubbock, Texas, USA

Date of Death
3 February 1959, Clear Lake, Iowa, USA (plane crash) ” - evenifthereisnotomorrow
 
23.
“ Date of Birth
28 November 1967, Houston, Texas, USA

Date of Death
8 February 2007, Hollywood, Florida, USA (accidental prescription drug overdose) ” - evenifthereisnotomorrow
 
24.
James Dean
James Byron Dean was born February 8, 1931 in Marion, Indiana, to Mildred Marie (Wilson) and Winton A. Dean, a farmer turned dental technician. His mother died when Dean was nine, and he was subsequently raised on a farm by his aunt and uncle in Fairmount, Indiana. After grade school, he moved to New York to pursue his dream of acting...
“ Date of Birth
8 February 1931, Marion, Indiana, USA

Date of Death
30 September 1955, Cholame, California, USA (car accident) ” - evenifthereisnotomorrow
 
25.
Christopher Reeve
Actor, Superman
Christopher D'Olier Reeve was born September 25, 1952, in New York City, to journalist Barbara Johnson (née Barbara Pitney Lamb) and writer/professor F.D. Reeve (Franklin D'Olier Reeve). He came from an upper-class family; his paternal grandfather was CEO of Prudential Financial, and one of his maternal great-grandfathers was Supreme Court justice Mahlon Pitney...
“ Date of Birth
25 September 1952, New York City, New York, USA

Date of Death
10 October 2004, Mount Kisco, New York, USA (heart failure) ” - evenifthereisnotomorrow
 
26.
The Notorious B.I.G.
Soundtrack, Superbad
Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. Biggie Smalls, was born in Brooklyn, New York, May 21, 1972. He was the son of Jamaican parents, Voletta Wallace, a pre-school teacher, and George Latore, a welder and small-time politician. He was raised in the poor Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant as the son of a preschool teacher...
“ Date of Birth
21 May 1972, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Date of Death
9 March 1997, Los Angeles, California, USA (homicide) ” - evenifthereisnotomorrow
 
27.
Andy Kaufman
Actor, Taxi
Referred to by some as a dadaistic comedian, Andy Kaufman took comedy and performance art to the edges of irrationality and blurred the dividing line between reality and imagination. Born in New York City on January 17, 1949, the first son of Stanley and Janice Kaufman, Andy grew up on New York in the town of Great Neck...
“ Date of Birth
17 January 1949, New York City, New York, USA

Date of Death
16 May 1984, Los Angeles, California, USA (lung cancer) ” - evenifthereisnotomorrow
 
28.
Jean Harlow
Harlean Carpenter, who later became Jean Harlow, was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 3, 1911. She was the daughter of a successful dentist and his wife. In 1927, at the age of 16, she ran away from home to marry a young businessman named Charles McGrew, who was 23. The couple pulled up stakes and moved to Los Angeles...
“ Date of Birth
3 March 1911, Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Date of Death
7 June 1937, Los Angeles, California, USA (uremic poisoning brought on by acute nephritis) ” - evenifthereisnotomorrow
 
29.
Sharon Tate
Sharon's early life was one of constant moving as her father served in the military. When she lived in Italy, she was voted "Homecoming Queen" of her high school. After being an extra in a few Italian films, Sharon headed to Hollywood where she would again start as an extra. Her first big break came when she was cast as the shapely bank secretary...
“ Date of Birth
24 January 1943, Dallas, Texas, USA

Date of Death
9 August 1969, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA (homicide) ” - evenifthereisnotomorrow
 
30.
Michael Clarke Duncan
Michael Clarke Duncan was born on December 10, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. Raised by his single mother, Jean, a house cleaner, on Chicago's South Side, Duncan grew up resisting drugs and alcohol, instead concentrating on school. He wanted to play football in high school, but his mother wouldn't let him, afraid that he would get hurt. He then turned to acting, dreaming of becoming a famous actor...
 
31.
Steve Jobs
Steven Paul Jobs was born on 24 February 1955 in San Francisco, California, to students Abdul Fattah Jandali and Joanne Carole Schieble who were unmarried at the time and gave him up for adoption. He was taken in by a working class couple, Paul and Clara Jobs, and grew up with them in Mountain View, California...
 
32.
Paul Walker
Paul Walker was an American actor. Walker began his career guest-starring in several television shows such as The Young and the Restless and Touched by an Angel. Walker gained prominence with breakout roles in coming of age and teen films such as She's All That and Varsity Blues. In 2001, Walker gained international fame for his portrayal of Brian O'Conner in the street racing action film The Fast and the Furious...
“ Date of Birth 12 September 1973 , Glendale, California, USA
Date of Death 30 November 2013 , Valencia, Santa Clarita, California, USA (car accident) ” - evenifthereisnotomorrow