We’ve made mention of several actors who died before seeing their final film, but taking it a step further, many individuals, as well as several others, passed away while they were still working on their projects. This creates a tricky scenario for producers and directors, who must try to figure a way to finish a film and deliver a product to a studio. Here are 12 actors and actresses who died after being cast in a project, and how the creative team managed to finish the films and TV shows without them.
12. Diana Hyland
Diana Hyland was really enjoying some career spoils when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1977. At the time of her illness, she was romantically involved with John Travolta, the two of them having become close while working together on The Boy in The Plastic Bubble. Diana was a cast member of Eight Is Enough, and was only four episodes in when she received the tragic news of her cancer. She endured a mastectomy, and engaged in additional treatment, but the disease metastasized and Diana’s health waned at an increasing pace. According to Hollywood lore, she was comforted, and died in the arms of John Travolta in March of 1977. Eight Is Enough used her illness as part of the story line, hopeful for her recovery. When she passed away, they incorporated her death into the world of the show.