The year of 2009 saw some massive celebrity deaths, including Michael Jackson, Ed McMahon and others, here are some of the biggest Movie personalities who passed in 2009:
Famous for his role as the Latin host on Fantasy Island and as the evil Khan in both the original series and Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, Montalban was 88 years old when he passed from complications of a sweet-ass life.
Brittany Murphy: Nov 10, 1977 – Dec 20, 2009
Apparently the personification of insecurity, this pretty and talented young actress had carved a niche out for herself as the bouncy young woman full of hope in roles in Clueless and Uptown Girl. She also sharpened her acting chops with roles in 8-Mile and Girl, Interupted. In the end fame may have gotten the best of Brittany who lived the Hollywood dream to its tragic end.
James Whitmore: Oct 1, 1921 – Feb 9, 2009
Whitmore is on this list because his role in Shawshank Redemption is one of those that means a lot in the real world. Despite roles in Tora! Tora! Tora! and Give ‘em Hell, Harry he will be best remembered as Brooks Hatlen who couldn’t find his way in the world after being released from Shawshank. He was 87.
Natasha Richardson: May 11, 1963 – Mar 18, 2009
The tragic death of Natasha Richardson rippled through the media because of her young age and the seemingly benign way in which she died. A slight tumble at the ski slopes and the shooing away of paramedics cost the talented Richardson her life. A member of the famed Redgrave acting family and married to actor Liam Neeson, Natasha had built her own name on the big screen and on Broadway.
Marilyn Chambers: April 22, 1952 – April 12, 2009
The aLink here shows bare female breasts, Chambers’ to be specific, if that sort of thing offends you) pusged through racial barriers, ahem, when she appeared to be the first white woman to make sweet passion on screen with a black man. The movie was seen in porn-theaters, garages and basements across the country by blushing puritanical Americans who added porn to their menu of entertainment. She later said she regretted her porn career and advised people to ‘find a day job and keep it’. She was also the Palmolive Pure Dish Soap Girl and could never establish herself as a mainstream actress.
Dom DeLuise: Aug 1, 1933 – May 4, 2009
Everybody’s favorite comedic fat man, DeLuise was known for his comedy roles opposite Burt Reynolds in films like Cannonball Run and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. DeLuise was an icon of 70s and 80s comedy and made it all the way to 75.
David Carradine: Dec 8, 1936 – June 3, 2009
Sadly, Carradine’s life may be forever overshadowed by the punch line of his over-the-top death at the hands of Thai hookers and a long shoe lace, I kid, I kid. It seems he liked to tie himself up, and apparently he was pretty good at it. He was in over 100 films and will best known forever as Caine from the TV show Kung Fu. He also appeared in Quentin Tarantino film Kill Bill.
Farrah Fawcett: Feb 2, 1947 – June 23, 2009
One of the quintessential Hollywood beauties, Fawcett owned Charlie’s Angels and was the best selling calendar girl ever. Although her acting in film might not be that great, she was hot! Doesn’t that count for anything in Hollywood? Her death was taken hard by her family and friends but she put up a noble fight against cancer.
Karl Malden: Mar 22, 1912 – July 1, 2009
Malden is a legend for his roles in classic Hollywood films like A Streetcar Named Desire and On the Waterfront. Being the star of the TV series The Streets of San Francisco and the spokesman for American Express didn’t hurt his fame either. Malden passed at the ripe old age of 97.
Patrick Swayze: Aug 18, 1952 – Sept 14, 2009
Swayze was one of those guys that could do almost anything. He was a great dancer in Dirty Dancing, a tough guy in Roadhouse, a lover in Ghost and heroic to the end.