Comedy Stars who died 2022

Robert Bruce, a cast member from Kevin Smith’s AMC reality-TV series Comic Book Men, was found dead on Friday. He was 62.

Bob Saget,
stand-up comedian and actor beloved for his role as Danny Tanner on the 1990s sitcom Full House, died on 9th January at the age of 65.

Dwayne Hickman, who starred as the hopelessly in love high school kid on the popular CBS comedy series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, has died aged 87.

Gary Waldhorn, who most famously played David Horton in The Vicar of Dibley, died at the age of 78.

,Louie Anderson, the iconic Emmy-winning comedian, actor and game show host, died 21st in Las Vegas after battling cancer. He was 68.

Peter Robbins, who voiced Charlie Brown in the classic 1960s Peanuts cartoons, has died. The former actor committed suicide last week He was 65.

Howard Hesseman, who was part of the ensemble that made WKRP in Cincinnati a television staple and later starred on Head of the Class, also played Capt. Pete Lassard in Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment, Sam Royer on One Day at a Time and struggling screenwriter Craig Plager on The Bob Newhart Show. He was 81

Barry Cryer, beloved comedian, script writer,  TV and radio presenter died at the age of 86.
Among the comedians that Cryer wrote for were  Spike Milligan, Tommy Cooper, Les Dawson, the Two Ronnies and Morecambe and Wise. Mike Yarwood, Billy Connolly, Russ Abbot, Bobby Davro, Jasper Carrott, Stanley Baxter, Dick Emery, Dave Allen and Frankie Howerd.

Cryer was made an OBE in 2001 and received a lifetime achievement award in 2018 for his comedy career from the British Music Hall Society.

, the British actress and comedian who starred in the legendary BBC show I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again, has died aged 83.


George Spiro Dibie, the Jerusalem-born cinematographer who collected five Emmy Awards as he shot such sitcoms as Barney MillerNight CourtGrowing Pains and Sister, Sister, has died. He was 90.

Paul Byrne, the  much loved live comedy director and brother of comedian Ed Byrne, died aged just 45

Ivan Reitman, celebrated filmmaker behind Ghostbusters and Animal House, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his Montecito, California home. He was 75.

Beryl Vertue, the renowned British television producer and founder of Hartswood Films has died, she was 90.

P.J. O’Rourke, considered to be one of the sharpest satirists of the last 40 years, passed away at the age of 74. 

JackSmethurst, who played the bigoted factory worker Eddie Booth in the controversial 1970s ITV sitcom, Love Thy Neighbour, died at the age of 89

Anna Karen, still best remembered as Olive in On The Buses, has died in a house fire in East London. She was 85

Johnathan Szeles, magician and comedian , famed for his gory tricks in his persona as ‘The Amazing Johnathan’, died at the age of 63.

Ralph Ahn,
the actor best known for his recurring role as Tran on Fox’s New Girl, has died. He was 95.


Johnny Brown, the easygoing actor, comedian and singer best known for portraying the housing project superintendent Nathan Bookman on Good Times, has died. He was 84.

Tim Considine, who co-starred on the television serials The Adventures of Spin and Marty and The Hardy Boys before portraying the oldest brother on the first five seasons of My Three Sons, has died. He was 81.

Farrah Forke, probably best known for her co-starring role on the 1990s NBC sitcom Wings, died February 25 of cancer at her home in Texas. She was 54.

Ron Pember, prolific actor best remebered for the role of Baz, chair of the tenants’ association, in a 1983 episode of the iconic series, entitled Homesick. He was 87.

Peter Bowles, best known for playing Richard DeVere alongside Dame Penelope Keith in To The Manor Born, died from cancer at the age of 85.

Alan ‘Aynuk’ Smith, the Black Country comedy legend who played thousands of shows as one half of the Aynuk and Ayli comedy duo in a career spanning across seven decades died aged 84.

Maggie Fox, co-director of award-winning comedy duo LipService Theatre with Sue Ryding and also known for her roles in Coronation Street and Shameless, has died aged 58.

Lynda Baron probably best know as Nurse Gladys Emanuel alongside Ronnie Barker in Open All Hours and Aunty Mabel on BBC’s children show Come Outside


Estelle Harris, who memorably played George’s mother Estelle Costanza on “Seinfeld” and was the indelible voice of Mrs. Potato Head in the “Toy Story” franchise, died  93 years old, 

Gilbert Gottfried, the controversial and one-of-a-kind comedian and actor with a voice as unique as his comedy, died after a lengthy illness He was 67.

Liz Sheridan, the former Broadway dancer who had a memorable recurring role as Jerry’s supportive mother on Seinfeld and played the nosy neighbor Mrs. Ochmonek on ALF, died Friday. She was 93.

Robert Morse, star of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying who impressed a new legion of fans as the eccentric head of the Sterling Cooper ad agency on Mad Men. He was 90.

Eric Chappell
has died. He was 88.Most celebrated for  ITV sitcom Rising Damp, he also wrote Duty Free, Home To Roost, The Squirrels and The Bounder

George Yanok, who earned two Emmy Awards for co-writing Lily Tomlin TV specials in the 1970s, died Friday in Nashville aged 83

David Birney, who starred in Bridget Loves Bernie, a 1972 sitcom that would be one of the most controversial TV shows of its era, died Friday at his home in Santa Monica. He was 83.

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Mike Hagerty, beloved character actor best known for his role as Mr Treeger, the building super in Friends and Ed Miller in Somebody, Somewhere, died April 29th, he was 67.


Dennis Waterman who appeared in comedies On The Up and Stay Lucky was probably better known for his role as Terry McCann in Minder and George Carter in The Sweeney. He was 74

Robin Parkinson, was a familiar face in the comedy world in the 1970s and 1980s, playing Monsieur Ernest Leclerc in the sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo! from series seven. He was 92.

George Shapiro, a manager and producer who guided the careers of major comedy talent, George was a founding Advisory Board member of the National Comedy Center. He was 91

Patricia Brake,  character actress probably best remembered for her role as Ingrid Fletcher, the daughter of Norman Stanley Fletcher, in BBC’s sitcoms Porridge and Going Straight. She was 79.

Gary Nelson, director of the Disney films Freaky Friday and The Black Hole, and who directed 23 episodes of the 60’s comedy Get Smart. He was 87. 


Frank Williams, best known for his role as Timothy Farthing, the Walmington-on-Sea vicar, in the BBC series Dad’s Army has died at the age of 90. 

Nick Nemeroff,
Canadian-born comedian, passed away suddenly on Monday at age 32. Nemeroff, who made appearances on Conan and performed at Just for Laughs in Montreal


Mona Hammond, best known for her role playing Blossom Jackson in the BBC soap EastEnders and as Susu in the 90s sitcom Desmond’s, died at the age of 91.

Larry Storch died at the age of 99. The actor was best known for his role as Corporal Randolph Agran in the 1960s sitcom F Troop.

Busisiwe “Busi” Lurayi, who starred in Netflix’s comedy series How to Ruin Christmas, has died. She was 36.

Jak Knight, stand-up comedian, writer and actor, who played an eccentric stockroom worker in the Peacock comedy series Bust Down which he co-created was just 28

Rebecca Balding
, the actress  appeared opposite Billy Crystal on Soap and portrayed Alyssa Milano’s newspaper boss on Charmed. She was 73

Tony Dow,
  who portrayed “the perfect big brother” Wally Cleaver on the TV comedy Leave It to Beaver and its 1980s sequel, has died. He was 77.

Pat Carroll, Emmy-winning comedienne who was a television mainstay for decades before a voiceover career that included portraying the villainous sea witch Ursula in The Little Mermaid. She was 95.

Bernard Cribbins, who narrated The Wombles and starred in the film adaptation of The Railway Children, died aged 93. The veteran actor also starred in Doctor Who, an episode of Fawlty Towers several Carry On movies and with Peter Sellars in Two Way Stretch and as Nervous O’Toole in Wrong Arm of the Law.

“Bernard’s contribution to British entertainment is without question. He was unique, typifying the best of his generation, and will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing and working with him.”


Teddy Ray
, comedian whose viral social media presence marked him as a comedy star to watch. Ray was a writer and actor on the comedy series How to Be Broke,  He was 32

Duggie Brown, comedian was best known as one of the regular comics in Granada’s popular television series ”The Comedians” (1971-1993). He was 82

Bruce Montague acted in over 300 television productions during his long career, notably playing Leonard Dunn in the television sitcom Butterflies  opposite Wendy Craig, going on to play in stage musicals on both sides of the Atlantic

Josephine Tewson, best-known for her roles as Elizabeth “Liz” Warden in Keeping Up Appearances and Miss Davenport in Last of the Summer Wine,  has died aged 91, 

Richard Roat, a character actor with 130-plus credits spanning nearly a half-century who appeared in Seinfeld, Friends, Cheers and Happy Days, has died. He was 89.


David A. Arnold, comedian, actor, writer and producer who headlined two Netflix comedy specials and was a writer/producer on the Fuller House reboot. He was 54.

Gwyneth Powell, who appeared in the BBC series Grange Hill for 10 years and as the mother of Welsh comic Greg Davies’ character in Channel 4 comedy Man Down. She was 76

Gayle S. Maffeo, the three-time Emmy-nominated producer who worked on the first season of Roseanne and all eight seasons of hit ABC sitcom Home Improvement. She was 81.

Harry Landis, mostly remembered for his portrayal of Mr. Morris in Friday Night Dinner. As well as the mischievous character in the Channel 4 show, who outrageously dated the Goodmans’ grandma, he played barber Felix Kawalski in Eastenders from 1995 to 1997,  He was 90

Dale McRaven, comedy writer and producer who co-created Mork & Mindy and the long-running Perfect Strangers. Also wrote on The Dick Van Dyke Show. He was 83.

Brian Reich
, veteran comedy writer known for his work on Late Night With Conan O’Brien died Sept. 12 in Los Angeles. He was 53.


Joan Hotchkis, who appeared as Oscar Madison’s girlfriend on ABC’s The Odd Couple and in films including Breezy and Ode to Billie Joe before becoming a playwright, screenwriter and feminist performance artist, has died. She was 95.

Raymond Allen
, best known for creating the 1970s BBC sitcom Some Mother Do ‘Ave ‘Em,  he also penned more than 30 plays over the course of his career and also wrote sketches for Frankie Howerd, Dave Allen, Hale and Pace, Jimmy Cricket and Little and Large. He was 82.


Judy Tenuta, the eclectic comedienne known as “The Love Goddess” and “Aphrodite of the Accordion” to her legions of fans, has died. She was 72.

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Robbie Coltrane, the comic and actor known for, Tutti Frutti,  as Fitz in the crime series Cracker and Hagrid in the Harry Potter movie franchise. He was 72.


Leslie Jordan
, Emmy-winning actor, writer and singer best known for his roles in “Will & Grace,” “American Horror Story” and “Hearts Afire.” He was 67.


Stephen C. Grossman, who served in various producing capacities on all eight seasons of the acclaimed 1982-90 CBS sitcom Newhart. He was 76.


David Davis, the Emmy-winning writer and producer whose work included sitcoms The Mary Tyler Moore ShowRhodaThe Bob Newhart Show and Taxi. He was 86.

Leslie Phillips, the comic actor starred in more 200 films, TV and radio series over his eighty year career, including Carry On Films and the voice of the Sorting Hat at Hogwarts. He was 98.


Tom Owen Last Of The Summer Wine actor who played Tom Simmonite, the long lost son of Compo. Tom also appeared in other TV shows including The Bill, The Onedin Line and Upstairs Downstairs.

Susan Tolsky, the comic character actress who sparkled as the winsome Biddie Cloom on Here Come the Brides and as the shy secretary Bernadette Van Gilder on Madame’s Place. She was 79.

Gallagher, the comedian famously known for smashing watermelons became one of the most popular and recognizable comedians in America, after appearing on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. He was 76

Rich Eustis, half of the writing team Eustis and Elias, who together created the hit show Head of the Class, which premiered in 1986 and ran for five seasons on ABC. He was 86

Robert Clary, the French actor, singer and Holocaust survivor who portrayed POW Corporal LeBeau in the sitcom Hogan’s Heroes set in World War II. He was 96. 

Gene Perret, the comedy writer and producer who won three Emmy Awards for his work on The Carol Burnett Show and wrote jokes for Bob Hope for nearly three decades. He was 85.

Freddie Roman, a Borscht Belt staple whose comedy was long a part of the Friars Club roasts and was a fixture in big nightclubs, has died at 85

Nick Holly, the co-creator of the ABC improvisational comedy Sons & Daughters, also founded the management company Epiphany Alliance Inc. He was 51

Gabrielle Beaumont
was the first woman director on many ’80s and ’90s TV hits including  M*A*S*H, Archie Bunker’s Place. It is believed that she died at the end of October aged 80

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Kirstie Alley, the Emmy-winning comic actress known for her turns on CheersVeronica’s Closet and the three Look Who’s Talking films. She was 71.

Colin Cole
– the towering Australian comedian who was a familiar fixture on the UK stand-up circuit. Aged 66

Carl Kleinschmitt, writer on The Dick Van Dyke Show and M*A*S*H and created two series starring Sandy Duncan and the football comedy 1st and Ten. He was 85.

Helen Slayton-Hughes,  best known for her recurring role as court stenographer Ethel Beavers on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. She was 92

Ruth Madoc, who starred as Gladys Pugh in the BBC sitcom Hi-de-Hi! the 1980s sitcom about a holiday camp in the late 50s. Madoc’s career spanned many roles in theatre and musicals.

June Blair, a film actress who later appeared on the popular The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.” She appeared in 28 episodes of the popular series through 1966.

Victor Lewis-Smith, producer, writer, broadcaster and satirist known for his surreal style of comedy and his hoax calls targeting high-profile figures such as Diana, Princess of Wales. He was 65.

Brian Higginbottom,
widely regarded as a potent comedic talent and a widely-sought addition to lineups on any given night and in rooms all over the Boston area. 

Sonya Eddy, best known for her role as head nurse Epiphany Johnson on ABC’s General Hospital most recently appeared in PEN15, A Black Lady Sketch Show and Fresh Off The Boat. Aged 55.

John Bird, part of the TV satire boom of the 1960s, and well known for his many appearances opposite John Fortune alongside Rory Bremner in the Channel 4 TV series Bremner, Bird and Fortune.

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