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If you're new, Subscribe! → http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-Grunge Death: an unfortunate, inescapable part of life, and it'll eventually come for everyone - even the famous. So, when actors in the middle of filming a hit TV series pass away, the cast, crew, and even audience are frequently left with friend-shaped hole in their hearts. But the show must go on, right? Here are some of TV's most memorable characters who were written off after the actors playing them passed away. Beware of spoilers, and probably a couple of tears... Mister Hooper | 0:29 Coach | 1:46 Bill McNeal | 3:04 John Ritter | 4:07 Leo McGarry | 5:15 Owen Granger | 6:30 Finn Hudson | 7:39 Debbie Wolowitz | 8:43 Read more here → http://www.grunge.com/120352/tv-deaths-happened-actor-really-died/ TV Lists and Features https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbvw8GqH5MekXBHmJue5Ezcb1fPhPjo-0 The Most Bizarre Subliminal Messages Buried In Popular TV Shows https://youtu.be/J-PZMIATFYY?list=PLbvw8GqH5MekXBHmJue5Ezcb1fPhPjo-0 5 Cliffhangers We'll Never See Resolved https://youtu.be/iZi3cGFrqUE?list=PLbvw8GqH5MekXBHmJue5Ezcb1fPhPjo-0 The Ashton Kutcher Curse No One Seems to Notice https://youtu.be/84XUI8Ch1mQ?list=PLbvw8GqH5MekXBHmJue5Ezcb1fPhPjo-0 Kids Show Episodes That Were Too Risque To Air On TV https://youtu.be/Rx6vMOyyTPY?list=PLbvw8GqH5MekXBHmJue5Ezcb1fPhPjo-0 Biggest Myths About Wrestling People Actually Believe https://youtu.be/23p6YRmOE8Y?list=PLbvw8GqH5MekXBHmJue5Ezcb1fPhPjo-0 The Real Reason Why Saturday Morning Cartoons Disappeared https://youtu.be/3cpUDtW1cV8?list=PLbvw8GqH5MekXBHmJue5Ezcb1fPhPjo-0 Website → http://www.grunge.com/ Like us → https://www.facebook.com/GrungeHQ/ Instagram → https://www.instagram.com/grungehq/ The world is pretty weird...in fact, it's a whole lot weirder than you think. If you haven't learned something new today, you're missing out. Grunge is the place to immerse yourself in fun facts and cool tidbits on history, entertainment, science, and plenty more. It's just like reading books...but exciting!
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Grunge (2 months ago)
Which of these passings affected you the most?
bigastrofan1966 (9 hours ago)
+Pete Lind I remember that. Sad.
bigastrofan1966 (9 hours ago)
Mine was Miguel Ferrer. I didn't know he was actually dieing in the last few episodes.
Benedict Chaplin (12 hours ago)
John Ritter was best known to me..
Candace Bolton (1 day ago)
John Ritter hurt me so BSD,like I knew him personality
Jeanette Alexander (5 days ago)
John Ritter and Phil Hartman
My Boring Opinion (7 hours ago)
I heard Henry Winkler was going to be in the episode of 8 simple rules that was being filmed when John Ritter died.
That's What "i" Said (16 hours ago)
Ha. I'm obviously older than you. Did you say COLD-Chack? (cringe) (That's what I heard every time you said it. Do you mean Kojak? If yes, it's pronounced CO-jack)
Anthony L (22 hours ago)
Wasn't John Ritter back on TV before 8 Simple Rules, in the show Hooperman?
Herbie Schwartz (1 day ago)
I didn't know who half these people were. Oy Vey!
Gary Korzec (1 day ago)
What about Selma and Flo from Night Court and Redd Fox also. He died off a sitcom when he passed in real
אריאל גולני (3 days ago)
Jim Sorensn (3 days ago)
Freddie Prinz Jr and Det Frost on Rizzoli and isles
Peter Williams (3 days ago)
Hoss Cartwright (Dan Blocker)
I know the black Mr. Hooper.
irishbreakfast (4 days ago)
thank you for giving mr. hooper the number 1 spot. his death was the first time we little kids of the 70s/early 80s heard about anyone dying. t.v. didn't discuss that possibility in the 70s especially on childrens shows. we all knew mr. hooper and couldn't believe it was true. even the smartest of us thought he was written out after quitting the job. I remember my mother telling me that he died in real life also, and it wasn't just an act, that he really was dead for real. I was devastated to hear that along with the rest of our generation that understood what dead meant at the time. to this day I cant accept anyone else as the propieter of that corner store on sesame street. and not once ever did big bird say his name correctly even after he died! lol!
Per Shop (4 days ago)
Coach is such a familiar and well-known character in Cheers. I didn't realize he was only there for 3 seasons.
Alex Lala (4 days ago)
Phil Hartman, not one mention as troy mcclure
OLBICHL (4 days ago)
The beginning speech rubbed me the wrong way... death is inescapable? I'll gladly be one of the first people to defy that... if necessary, I rather let a group of the most talented surgeons and scientists remove my brain and keep it in a containment (the body is just a tool afterwards), with it almost 100% undamaged and ready to be genetically modified, bringing the aging process to a halt and be put either in a cloned or a synthetic body. Yes, immortality is against our nature... but I think the meaning of life is to surpass those boundaries.
Allie Vruggink (4 days ago)
Wilson from home improvement hit me pretty hard
Steve Craig (4 days ago)
Phil Hartman. yep a fine Canadian. From Brantford Ontario - Same town that was named for the Thayendanega Mokawk chief Joseph Brant who led his people there during the American Revolution as well as the home towns of Alexander Graham Bell and Wayne Gretzky. Phil, Alex and Wayne all went to the States to make their fortune (Wayne already had it in Canada) while Joe left the States to make his legacy here in Canada.
reblchemst (4 days ago)
Lee Thompson Young's death was written into Rizolli & Isles. His character was killed in a car crash returning from vacation.
Susan Kennedy (4 days ago)
Its kojak not cole jack 😳
catshavesouls (5 days ago)
Holy shit, that was depressing!
Samantha Williams (5 days ago)
In my opinion... These producers dont giva damm about these people dien... All they ask them... Is.. "Are u ok"..? Then the rats wont even respect them enough to call out they was at fault for pushing them
Cathy Vickers (5 days ago)
The actor/character dying that had the most impact on me was Will Greer, who played Grampa Zeb Walton on the long-running family drama, The Waltons. The shows great strength was acknowledging the passage of time & the fact that the child actors playing the younger Walton kids were getting older. They did this by emphasizing the series' historical setting: it had originally been set during the Great Depression, so it made sense to develop storylines where the older girls got married, & the boys & the girls' husbands were conscripted into the military to fight World War II. When the actor Will Greer died, the show addressed the loss of Grampa Walton with warmth, seriousness, & the profound sense of loss that the cast & crew shared with the fans. Later, when the actress playing Grandma Walton had a stroke, which limited her ability to act, this was also handled appropriately within the show, until such time as the actress felt she could no longer continue in the role, so she was given a graceful exit. During the 80s, after the weekly series had transitioned into TV movies to complete the story, a special Christmas movie paid homage to Will Greer. In the story, one of the grandkids gets lost in the woods on Walton's Mountain, prompting the siblings staying at the family home to go out into the frigid night looking for him. Meanwhile, he's been kept calm & safe by someone off screen. When the boy is finally rescued & rushed back to the house, he tells his worried parents & aunts & uncles that he wasn't scared, because a nice man kept him company. Of course, no one believes him. In the epilogue, he sees a photo of Grampa in a photo album & tells his astonished elders: that's the man who had kept him company! (It's a still from the show.) He had never met his grandfather.
RenoVega88 (6 days ago)
Most robotic voice ever
MattShizzle (6 days ago)
I remember Mr Hooper. Born 1974, stopped watching Sesame Street in 1981 or 1982 and learned he died when it was on the news soon after. I know I stopped watching before he died.
Jazzy 🌸🎀💖 (6 days ago)
Very sad. Bless them and their family
Bingo Hall (6 days ago)
While I do miss the actors that I watched as a child as I got older TV became of less and less importance and lost interest. Have not watched it from around 2007 we don't have one in the home. Children grew up without it they have no interest either. I give much more weight to the off screen staff that make it possible for the actors to bring their work to life.
Rita Ann Secrease (6 days ago)
DooMLorD (6 days ago)
Paul Walker
Liv Any (6 days ago)
Glee was never the same when Cory monteith died 😭
Sir Alucard (6 days ago)
All of these guys dying between 55 and 65 of heart attack.
Emily Allman (6 days ago)
Cory I miss you!😣😣😣😣😣😣😣
Darian Caplinger (6 days ago)
I remember the Mr Hooper death episode very well. I was 7 years old, and the show was my favorite. I just happened to be home sick from school, and I cried through most of it. I also cried when Snuffy was finally revealed to all of Big Bird's friends, not just because they never believed him, but because of what was hanging on the wall behind everyone... the drawing of Mr Hooper from the death episode.
HufflepuffAngel (6 days ago)
Frost from Rizzoli and Isles wasn't in this.. his death hit hard
Ronald Dreimanis (6 days ago)
You forgot Edith Bunker you skunker!!
LoveClassicMusic0205 (6 days ago)
Jean Stapleton left the show. She didn't die until many years later.
Tony Antonakas (7 days ago)
Sesame Street really handled Will Lee's (Mr. Hooper) death well. They turned it into a teaching moment to teach kids about death and how it s just a pat of life.
Iris Galixia (7 days ago)
May they all Rest in peace
Iris Galixia (7 days ago)
I loved John Ritter in problem. child RIP John
Iris Galixia (7 days ago)
Phil hartman so sad drugs r part of the devils plan RIP Phil n wife
Meng Pant (7 days ago)
none affected me, let them die and make space for new people!
Alucard Hellsing (7 days ago)
Sesame street made the right call.
lancerooke (7 days ago)
I didn't even know Miguel Ferrer's name, but I knew the characters he played. Very sad that he passed.
THE JOKER (7 days ago)
Debbie wolowitz, I love The Big Bang Theory
Frost770 (7 days ago)
How did they miss Sgt. Esterhaus (Michael Conrad) from Hill Street Blues? "Let's be careful out there..." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tv5Aqt_y8kA
Michael Carnes (7 days ago)
Richard Gilmore on _Gilmore Girls_ ! Edward Herrmann died after the series ended and his death was a major plot point during the reboot. Richard was the glue that held the Gilmore family together. Without him, Emily would have driven Lorelei and possibly Rory away irrevocably many times.
Keith Hoffmaster (7 days ago)
Phil Hartman also did the voice of Gigi in Pixar's dub of Kiki's Delivery Service....they even put a memorial to him in the credits...
glendale6 (7 days ago)
Was FarrarA smoker ?
MATTHEW ILES (8 days ago)
I'm sorry if this sounds harsh but if you fuck around with drugs and alcohol like Finn Hudson did, you won't get any sympathy from me. If you fuck around with drugs you're better off dead.
daniel ferstendig (8 days ago)
lunch lady doris was retired out of respect of doris garu
Adam Zimmerman (8 days ago)
Mr. Hooper’s death really got to me 😢
Tracy Nash (8 days ago)
And the actor who played the dad on Gimme a Break? He was a cop on the show raising 3 girls with Nell, who played his housekeeper.
Nell Carter too!
LoveClassicMusic0205 (6 days ago)
Dolph Sweet.
Tracy Nash (8 days ago)
You forget Detective Barry Frost from Rizzoli &Isles. The actor committed suicide.
Tracy Nash (8 days ago)
They had him killed in a car crash.
LudacrisJ (8 days ago)
The narrator sounds like a mix of robot and human...
Jeff Burdette (8 days ago)
In Star Trek Beyond Spock was mentioned to have passed by the younger Spock after Leonard Nimoy's death
MrCzechers (8 days ago)
Don't forget Selma Diamond, who played Selma on Night Court.
MrCzechers (5 days ago)
LoveClassicMusic0205 (6 days ago)
And also her replacement Florence Halop.
MisterHot (8 days ago)
Mr Looper er Hooper's passing really hit me in the gut. 😢
Mark Allen (8 days ago)
Will Ferrell during the Walton's.
Mark Allen (6 days ago)
God I could've sworn I'd written here.
LoveClassicMusic0205 (6 days ago)
I think you mean WIll Geer.
Mel Teague (8 days ago)
Out with Coach, and in with WOODY.
Pauline 062553 (8 days ago)
Jim Davis on Dallas died just as the show was reaching very high ratings. The solution to Who Shot JR aired in 1980 and Jim Davis died in 1981. His death was written into the show. The show continued until 1991 and he was constantly referred to til the end.
Bob Marioni (9 days ago)
Why does the dialog say Died and the Closed Captions say "passed". Is dying offensive?
Darlene (9 days ago)
leo mcgarry of west wing and mrs holowitz of big bang theory
Michael Palmieri (9 days ago)
Shortly after the "Sesame Street" episode where it was revealed that Mr. Hooper had died, there was talk about having the Muppet character Ernie pass away from leukemia (a form of cancer) because Muppet creator Jim Henson, the long-time voice of Ernie, had died in real life. However, this idea was eventually scraped when somebody else was hired to do Ernie's voice.
Xorcist Bat (10 days ago)
I'm gonna stop you there and correct you about Miguel Ferrer in that everyone knows Twin Peaks brought gravity and closure to an amazing human being who chose to live his life in the company of Ghandi and King and on behalf of the entire planet and the cosmos beyond, I can reassuringly proclaim that we, as a collective, love you Miguel. See you on the other side.
Sinister One (10 days ago)
Hartman was a classic due was funny as hell
Retro PAT (10 days ago)
I re-watch cheers at lease once a year...And Coach's passing always gets to me. He was such a lovable character and the crew loved him. He was the Father of Cheers. Thx for the laughs and good times Mr.Colasanto.
Joey Woodpieces (10 days ago)
This, this was nice. But her voice was just as dead as everyone in this video.
Danny Bertou (10 days ago)
The one I missed most in this (I'm from the Netherlands, so I know some, but not all of the actors mentioned in this video) was David Strickland from 'Suddenly Susan'. His death made quite an impact on me, because I was still a teenager when I first watched that episode, and because he committed suicide (I checked Wikipedia, and he wasn't even thirty at the time). So I think he should have been mentioned in this video, but that's just my opinion.
Gilbert Lavery (10 days ago)
Many more death's should be covered on another video. Was watching the wire recently and they did something similar when the actor who played Ray Cole died from a battle with cancer. The show writers wrote the characters death into the show and even held a public funeral with a double to pay respects to him.
vxy357 (10 days ago)
You forgot about the Chief on "Gimmie a Break". Also, "My Sister Sam" Jerry Orbach on "Law & Order" and the desk captain on "Hill Street Blues".
DUncle316 (10 days ago)
Red Foxx (most famously Fred G Sanford on Sanford and Son) died while making the show King of the Family. :/
D.E. Latham (11 days ago)
Dolph Sweet, Chief Kaniski, "Gimme A Break", 1985
Heisenberg (11 days ago)
Knowing how all these Hollywood elite feel about our president Trump, fuck em, I hope they die twice.
Asia white (11 days ago)
Life gets real
bopma thews (11 days ago)
I thought MIchael Conrad (Sgt Phil Esterhaus, Hill Street Blues) would have been mentioned or Jim Davis (Jock Ewing, Dallas)
bicanoo_magic (11 days ago)
Good riddance to Owen Whinger!!
Larry Lee Moniz (12 days ago)
Michael Conrad was the Emmy Award winning actor that played Sgt. Phil Esterhaus on Hill Street Blues. He died from urethral cancer in November 1983 during the fourth season of Hill Street Blues. His character (who was missing, but mentioned in several episodes of the show) was killed of by suffering a heart attack while making love to his girlfriend Grace Gardner (Barbara Babcock).
Undeterred (12 days ago)
I don't mean to nitpick but why did you use the names of the characters who died for everyone except John Ritter?
Bruce Stuckey (12 days ago)
Phil Hartman also played the PlayStation video game character Blasto
L. Salisbury (12 days ago)
Bill Owen ("Compo")- Last of the Summer Wine
vanityfair001 (13 days ago)
Nice job.
Steve Turowski (13 days ago)
Monks Dr.Kurger died.Stanly I forget his last name.
Janet P (13 days ago)
what does technically born in Canada mean?
HuskyLad (14 days ago)
Subliminal at 9:16! Listen closely!
elteescat (14 days ago)
You forgot Mrs. Chancellor from Young and the Restless.
MrPhoenix1138 (14 days ago)
What kind of challenged monkey triggered by a simple word wrote the subtitles? Some of those don't even make sense.
I wasn't a Glee fan at the time of Cory's death and hadn't seen the show at all but, hearing about it still hit me so hard. It's true that a lot of people are lost to cancer and heart issues but so many are also lost due to mental health issues. It's really important to listen to the voice of mental health. You never know who is facing what, and the time you have to help them and love them needs to be taken.
Helena Weeks (15 days ago)
Mr. HOOOOPER!!!!!!!!!
kev3d (15 days ago)
"Oh yeah.." Damn, get with the program, Big Bird.
Carl Franks (15 days ago)
Also Ralph Waite who played Jack Gibbs on NCIS. In season 11 they had a tribute episode to where it was written in that Gibbs' father had lost his life.
kimberly harless (16 days ago)
John Ritter - Was the voice of Clifford the Big Red Dog. He will be greatly missed.
Joseph Panini (17 days ago)
Surprised they didn’t mention that Phil Hartman also voiced Troy McClure on the simpsons
Kevinttcolaw (17 days ago)
I just realized that happened to Kaley twice.
Charles Clark (17 days ago)
oldchickenlady (18 days ago)
what about Darin Stevens on Bewitched......
Vicky Abramowitz (15 days ago)
The original Darren Stephens, Dick York, left 'Bewitched' due to illness, however, he didn't die until many years later.
Klaus Cartesius (19 days ago)
No one "rests in peace", they're just dead. "Euthanised" animals aren't "put to sleep", they are killed. Realism, people, or you'll just censor your lives away in a pink cloud of double standards. Junkie overdosers should be publicly shamed for being weak, deaths that could have been avoided should not be treated emotionally, but instead lead to action to prevent such things in the future.
Aidan Furuhashi (22 days ago)
Ronnie Peels (23 days ago)
What about Ron Ron Debuckooodafoooo!?
FreddyKurganNimmo (23 days ago)
Highlander: The Series first season recurring character of Darius was killed off-screen in the season finale "The Hunters" because of Werner Stocker's untimely death of a brain tumor at 38, less than a week before they planned on filming the episode
Vlad the Inhaler (23 days ago)
Coach was hilarious as hell, great character.
Leandro Aude (23 days ago)
You forgot Doctor Kroger from Monk. monk.wikia.com/wiki/Charles_Kroger
Mujangga (23 days ago)
*Stop saying PASSED or PASSING when the word is DEATH, DEATH!!!! Stop being PUSSIES!!!*
Manuell (22 days ago)
"quit smoking"
Mujangga (23 days ago)
Technically born in Canada...? How can one be _technically_ born?

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