As 2021 comes to a close, let us look back at many of the celebrities we lost this year. From music and writing to acting, producing, and more, let’s commemorate the most prominent stars lost in 2021…
Television and Movie Stars
One of the hardest losses of this year came to the television world. Who can ever forget Larry King, the radio and TV icon who hosted the world-famous news show, Larry King Live, from 1985 to 2010? On his program, King managed to convince even the most cagey and closed-off politicians and celebrities to talk. How? His easy demeanor and, according to the man himself, his “dumb questions!” He passed away in late January, as a result of COVID and sepsis, the body’s extreme response to an infection.
Among all the movie stars in the world, there were few more famous than Captain Von Trapp himself, Christopher Plummer. While the actor may not have adored his time on the set of the 1965 classic The Sound of Music, it catapulted him to fame. Afterward, he starred in many of the greatest movies ever made, including The Man Who Would Be King, A Beautiful Mind, Malcolm X, and, most recently, Knives Out. Sadly, after suffering a fall, Plummer passed away in February of this year.
Of course, these are just two of the amazing actors and actresses we lost this year. Fans also said goodbye to Sean Locke (stand-up comedian), Jessica Walter (Arrested Development), Michael K. Williams (The Wire), Helen McCrory (Peaky Blinders), and James Michael Taylor (Friends), among many others.
Heroes Throughout Entertainment
The world did not only lose actors and actresses this year. The music world also lost its fair share of incredible geniuses that we never hoped to say goodbye to, including the one and only Charlie Watts. Best known as the drummer and a founding member of the Rolling Stones, there’s no question that Watts was one of the most influential rock stars of all time. However, unlike many other rock stars, the drummer was not known for his wild antics or conspiracy theories. Instead, through it all, he remained focused on the music. Watts even toured with the band through the beginning of 2021 before taking a break. He passed away at the age of 80, in August.
Meanwhile, the literary world also lost one of its brightest stars – and one of the best-selling authors of all time – Anne Rice. From vampiric fiction and erotic thrillers to modern retellings of classic Christian stories, Rice did it all. Still, she remains most famous for her first novel, Interview with the Vampire, which was turned into a movie of the same name starring Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, and Kirsten Dunst. “As a writer, she taught me to defy genre boundaries and surrender to my obsessive passions,” her son, Christopher Rice, said in a statement.
Rest in peace to all the stars we lost in 2021.