15 Dead Celebs Who Left Us Wanting More
13. Heath Ledger
Talk about being cut down in a prime. Heath Ledger coming from a young actor with potential in 10 Things I Hate About You (opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt, nonetheless) to award nominated and winning performances in Brokeback Mountain and The Dark Knight… he was writing his own ticket. Sadly, it seemed that Heath became obsessed with an elusive fulfillment that claims so many creative artists. You achieve everything you have ever dreamed of, and it’s still not enough. He threw himself so completely into his roles, they took a personal toll. Portraying the Joker pressed him into habitual sleepless nights, manic behavior and ultimately illness. He was only 29 when he died, and would have been 36 this year. If we could have him for one more performance? The Han Solo spin-off currently in the works.
12. Gilda Radner
She was as sharp as a tack, and played unassuming to such perfection that it earned her Emmy gold. Gilda Radner is responsible for popularizing the female voice in comedy, yet she has never enjoyed the kudos she deserves. She was beloved in the 1970s during her stint on Saturday Night Live, and she was a fearless performer. She wasn’t afraid of physical comedy, and she wasn’t afraid to find comedy in subtlety — she could do it all. It says a lot that she found a real life romance with the legendary Gene Wilder. The two were married for a few years before she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, which claimed her life. If it hadn’t, we can imagine her in the mix of the upcoming Ghostbusters remake and she definitely would have been in Tina Fey’s mix on 30 Rock.