Posthumous Performers – 5 Actors Remembered

A look at five performers that delivered after their time with cinema had ended…

gandolfiniWith the recent passing of the talented character actor James Gandolfini, the staff and I discussed on this week’s Power Hour, some of the great posthumous performances from many actors that went too soon.  With many of us put on the spot, it was hard to think of some prime occurrences.  I’ve taken to task and looked for some of the greatest performances of actors that may have never seen their works on the big screens.  I’m sure there’s one certain performance in a superhero film that many will be screaming from the rooftops and it is perhaps our finest example as it stands today.

To make it clear, this is not a “best of” list and should not be treated as such.  These are five examples of some stunning works that may or may not have gained notice.  If you have any choices or citations, please include it in the comment section.

As for James Gandolfini, he completed two works that will be released in the next two years.  The first is the Untitled film from writer/director Nicole Holofcener.  The film tells the story of a divorced woman who decides to start dating but then realizes he is her friend’s ex-husband.  Labeled as a comedy, the film may not have any chance at awards traction but you never know.  The film also stars Academy Award nominee Toni Collette and Emmy Winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Next year, Gandolfini may have a substantial shot as he will have a role in Michael R. Roskam’s Animal Rescue, a film based on a novel by Dennis Lehane who wrote “Shutter Island.”  The film stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and Matthias Schoenaerts and tells the story of a lost pit bull, a scam artist, and a killing, and how their all connected.

Check out the list of posthumous performers:


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Written by Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He also founded the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association, the first Latino-based critics’ organization in the United States. He’s also an active member of the African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times,, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.


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