Drug-related deaths and junkies who played roles in movies/tv.

by sebasnl | created - 25 Aug 2012 | updated - 25 Aug 2012 | Public

1. Nick Adams

Actor | Kaijû daisensô

Nick Adams, best known to audiences as Johnny Yuma of the TV series The Rebel (1959), played leads and supporting parts in many films of the 1950s, often cast in the same "troubled young man" mold as his good friend, James Dean. He was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in Twilight of Honor...

During the autopsy there was found enough paraldehyde, sedatives and other drugs in the body "to cause instant unconsciousness." The death certificate lists "paraldehyde and promazine intoxication" as the immediate cause of his death.

(July 10, 1931 – February 7, 1968)

2. Matthew Ansara

Actor | To Protect and Serve

Matthew Ansara was born on August 29, 1965 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Matthew Michael Ansara. He was an actor, known for To Protect and Serve (2001), One World (1998) and Con Games (2001). He was married to Julie Ansara. He died on June 25, 2001 in Monrovia, California.

He was found dead in his pickup truck outside a gas station in suburban Los Angeles, the result of an accidental heroin overdose.

(August 29, 1965 – June 25, 2001)

He died of a drug overdose in 1982 on the Lower East Side in New York City, in a seedy junk-house for heroin addicts.

(August 23, 1940 – September 2, 1982)

4. John Belushi

Actor | Saturday Night Live

John Belushi was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on January 24, 1949, to Agnes Demetri (Samaras) and Adam Anastos Belushi, a restaurant owner. His father was an Albanian immigrant, from Qytezë, and his mother was also of Albanian descent. He grew up in Wheaton, where the family moved when he was ...

The cause of death was a speedball; the combined injection of cocaine and heroin.

(January 24, 1949 – March 5, 1982)

5. Max Cantor

Actor | Dirty Dancing

Max Cantor was born on May 15, 1959. He was an actor, known for Dirty Dancing (1987), Fear, Anxiety & Depression (1989) and Diner (1983). He died on October 3, 1991 in New York City, New York, USA.

He became a heroin addict while researching addicts in New York and died from a heroin overdose .

(May 15, 1959 – October 3, 1991)

6. Megan Connolly

Actress | Home and Away

After making her film debut in "The Crossing", Megan was one of the leading soap stars in Australia. After her role in Paradise Beach ended in 1994, she co-hosted the morning kids show "The Zone" for a year. In late 1995 she hosted the Foxtel's fitness show "Body Corp" for cable television, before ...

She died from a heroin overdose.

(9 April 1974 – 6 September 2001)

7. Jeanne Eagels

Actress | The Letter

Jeanne Eagels, one of the most intriguing stars of late silent films and the early talkies, was born Amelia Jean Eagles on June 26, 1890 in Kansas City, Missouri, to Edward and Julia Sullivan Eagles. Young Jean was part of an impoverished family of eight, with three brothers and two sisters. She ...

Medical examiners disagreed on the cause of death—there were three separate coroner's reports, all reaching different conclusions—but the available evidence pointed to the effects of alcohol, a tranquilizer, or heroin.

(June 26, 1890 – October 3, 1929)

8. Chris Farley

Actor | Tommy Boy

Christopher Crosby Farley was born on February 15, 1964, in Madison, Wisconsin, to Mary Anne (Crosby) and Thomas Farley, who owned an oil company. Among his siblings are actors Kevin P. Farley and John Farley. He was of Irish heritage. Farley studied theatre and communications on Marquette ...

Drug overdose.

(February 15, 1964 – December 18, 1997)

9. Rosemarie Frankland

Actress | We Shall See

Rosemarie Frankland was a beautiful young girl in London, working behind the counter at Marks and Spencer, who ended up becoming Britain's first Miss World in 1961. She began an affair with Bob Hope that lasted more than twenty years. She even moved in to his home in Palm Springs at one point. ...

Unspecified prescription drug overdose. Suicide.

(February 1, 1943 - December 2, 2000)

10. Katie French

Self | Tubridy Tonight

Katie French was born on October 31, 1983 in Basel, Switzerland as Katy Ellen French. She died on December 6, 2007 in Navan, Ireland.

Brain damage most likely caused by cocaine use.

(31 October 1983 – 6 December 2007)

11. Talitha Pol

Actress | Return from the Ashes

Talitha Pol was born on October 18, 1940 in Java, Dutch East Indies as Talitha Dina Pol. She was an actress, known for Return from the Ashes (1965), Village of Daughters (1962) and We Shall See (1964). She was married to Paul Getty. She died on July 11, 1971 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

Heroin overdose.

(18 October 1940 – 14 July 1971)

12. Rodney Harvey

Actor | My Own Private Idaho

Rodney Harvey was born on July 31, 1967 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Rodney Michael Harvey. He was an actor, known for My Own Private Idaho (1991), The Outsiders (1990) and Twin Peaks (1990). He died on April 11, 1998 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

He died of a heroin and cocaine overdose on April 10, 1998 at the Hotel Barbizon in Los Angeles.

(July 31, 1967 – April 11, 1998)

13. James Hayden

Actor | Once Upon a Time in America

James Hayden was born on November 25, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Once Upon a Time in America (1984), The Nesting (1981) and The First Deadly Sin (1980). He was married to Barbara Daniels. He died on November 8, 1983 in New York City, New York.

Heroin overdose.

(November 25, 1953 – November 8, 1983)

14. Jackie Curtis

Actor | Women in Revolt

Jackie's friendship and professional association with Andy Warhol began in the mid-1960s. He appeared in director Paul Morrissey's Women in Revolt (1971) with Candy Darling and Holly Woodlawn and Flesh (1968) with Joe Dallesandro and Candy Darling, presented by Andy Warhol. For these unique films, ...

Heroin overdose.

(February 19, 1947 – May 15, 1985)

15. Gary Holton

Actor | Auf Wiedersehen, Pet

Gary Holton was born on September 22, 1952 in Clapham, London, England as Garry Frederick Holton. He was an actor, known for Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983), Breaking Glass (1980) and Minder (1979). He was married to Donna Campbell. He died on October 25, 1985 in London.

Heroin overdose.

(22 September 1952 – 25 October 1985)

16. Whitney Houston

Soundtrack | 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 ...