In Memoriam: Remembering the TV stars we lost in 2021

We said goodbye to favorites from The Rifleman, The Love Boat, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and more.

As we reach the midway point of the year, we want to take a moment to reflect upon the beloved television talents that have passed away in 2021.

Over the past six months, we have had to say goodbye to Emmy legends, beloved captains, barrier breakers, former child stars, and more. Thankfully, their wonderful work lives on.

Here are some of the losses that hit the TV industry in 2021. Visit our remembrances page to read more obituaries.

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Cloris Leachman, Phyllis from Mary Tyler Moore and most awarded actress in Emmy history

The actress appeared on television in eight different decades. She was 94. 

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Johnny Crawford, Mark McCain on The Rifleman and original Mouseketeer

The former teen idol was 75.

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Gavin MacLeod of The Love Boat and The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Before becoming Stubing and Slaughter, he made memorable appearances in Mayberry. He was 90.

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Cicely Tyson, a pioneering TV icon who garnered countless awards

She was the first black actor with a lead role in a primetime television drama.

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Hal Holbrook, the Mark Twain impersonator who replaced Perry Mason

The recurring star of TV movies, miniseries and Evening Shade was 95.

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Jessica Walter, the 'Arrested Development' star with six decades of TV credits

She worked with everyone from Ron Howard and William Shatner to Wonder Woman and Mannix.

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George Segal, Oscar-nominated comedy legend of TV and film

He was a go-to leading man for rom-coms in the 1970s.

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Arlene Golonka, love interest to both Howard and Sam in Mayberry

The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry R.F.D. actress was 85.

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Christopher Plummer, legendary screen star in The Thorn Birds and The Moneychangers miniseries

He brought his striking stage presence to many live television productions in the 1950s.

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Dustin Diamond, who became a Nineties icon as Screech in Saved by the Bell

The former child star passed away at the age of 44.

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Richard Gilliland, actor on 'Designing Women' and 'The Waltons'

He played Mary Ellen Walton's second husband and married his 'Designing Women' costar in real life.

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Frank Bonner, the colorful Herb Tarlek of WKRP in Cincinnati

The Arkansas native played one of the great characters of Seventies sitcoms.

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Clarence Williams III, the hip undercover detective Linc on The Mod Squad

The former paratrooper later had memorable roles in Purple Rain and Twin Peaks. He was 81.

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Norman Lloyd, 106-year-old television star and entertainment icon

Who else can claim to have worked with both Hitchcock and LeBron James?

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Charles Grodin, beloved comedy star of TV and film

He was a master of droll, deadpan humor.

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Joanne Linville, who had memorable roles in Star Trek and The Twilight Zone

She was the first woman to play a Romulan in the Trek universe. She was 93.

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Billie Hayes, the wicked witch known as Witchiepoo from H.R. Pufnstuf

The Broadway veteran was 96 years old.

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Felix Silla, Cousin Itt of The Addams Family and Twiki on Buck Rogers

Silla was one of the few surviving cast members of The Addams Family. He was 84.

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Henry Darrow, star of 'The High Chaparral'

He later became the first Latino actor to play Zorro on television.

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James Hampton, F Troop bugler and Michael J. Fox's dad in Teen Wolf

The Oklahoma native also played a ranch hand on The Doris Day Show.

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Gloria Henry, the mom on Dennis the Menace

The actress behind Mrs. Mitchell died one day following her 98th birthday.

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Robert Hogan, the namesake of the Col. Hogan character on Hogan's Heroes

He played a helicopter pilot on 'M*A*S*H' and the love interest of Alice on 'Alice'.

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Bruce Kirby, who played a sergeant on both Columbo and M*A*S*H

The father of Bruno Kirby was truly the only other regular on Columbo besides Peter Falk.

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Amy Johnston, Vinnie Barbarino's love on Welcome Back, Kotter

She also played Buddy Holly's girlfriend in The Buddy Holly Story.

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Erin O'Brien, who played Andy Griffith's gal and the title character in the '77 Sunset Strip' pilot

The former Tonight Show singer made her final TV acting appearance on Perry Mason.

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Kim Tyler, former child star of 'Please Don't Eat the Daisies' and 'The Andy Griffith Show'

He played Opie's chum Billy Gray.

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Lee Aaker, child star who played Rusty in 'The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin'

He later became a carpenter. He was 77.

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John Reilly, soap opera star who got his start in Westerns with James Arness

He was also in everything from ‘The Love Boat’ to ‘Beverly Hills, 90210.’

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Peter Mark Richman, prolific TV and film actor in everything from The Twilight Zone to Three’s Company

He acted professionally on stage and screen for over six decades.

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Gregory Sierra, actor in everything from Gunsmoke to Barney Miller

He played tough cops, funny neighbors and even visited Walton’s mountain.

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Mark Wilson, magician host of Sixties Saturday morning series The Magic Land of Allakazam

His magic show ran alongside Bugs Bunny and Captain Kangaroo in the early '60s.

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Chuck Hicks, robot boxer in The Twilight Zone and frequent Clint Eastwood collaborator

The stuntman-actor was also one of The Untouchables. He was 93.

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practicaljokerfan 1 month ago
Metv
You missed actor John Paragon who passed away on April 3 2021 .
John Paragon was 66 years old and He
Played JAMBI the Genie on
Pee Wees Playhouse .
RIP
John Paragon
JAMBI
1955-2021
kikoski 2 months ago
So sad to see these wonderful talents depart..Thanks to METV their memory will live on....
JDWJDW2 2 months ago
I had no idea that some of these actors and actresses were even still alive. Now, I find out that they're dead. I've seen many of these people in so many different shows. They were versatile at their craft. They will all be missed.
stonegate2018 2 months ago
It is always sad to see people you admired has passed away. I want to say thank you for bringing great entertainment into people's lives. All are truly missed.
MrChrisM 2 months ago
It's a good thing we have MeTv to bring us shows that starred these people since we can't always buy DVD episodes of everyone we like
MrChrisM 2 months ago
I thought we lost a lot of talent in 2017 but wow and this year is not over yet!
troy3915 2 months ago
So sad to lose these wonderful actors, I'm glad to have Metv to keep their memories alive
Crazyjack 2 months ago
Rip Mark McCain you'll always b my favorite next to Colonel Hogan
Swifteagle 2 months ago
Only heaven has more stars than MeTV
Hawks2020 2 months ago
Such great actors. Last of the great American classic TV shows. RIP all.
mojometv 2 months ago
R.I.P Screech😔
He Died at 44
but we will remember him for 100 more
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stephaniestavr5 2 months ago
YOU HAVE BEEN FLAGGED!
drlouisawilliams 2 months ago
These wonderful actors were a major part of my childhood, it’s like a member of my family, my memories and a piece of my heart that are mourning. Thanks for the memories! I will never forget you. RIP!
jimmyvici 2 months ago
They’ll always be in our hearts and minds, forever immortalized through television.
2 months ago
I remember Lee Aaker...and RINTY!
Flash4001 2 months ago
Arlene Golonka played a prostitute that dated Larry Storch on an episode of "All In The Family"
jonethree 2 months ago
Didn’t Gavin MacLeod serve in McHales Navy?
Kenner jonethree 2 months ago
Yes, I believe the first few season. He played Happy somebody I’m to lazy to look it up. Also was in the movie Kelly’s heroes and was great.
WDWormack1955 Kenner 2 months ago
Yep, he was also one of Steve McGarret's arrested. Big Chicken, on the old Hawai'i Five-0
Kenner WDWormack1955 2 months ago
And a Luftwaffe general in hogans hero’s…his character was mixed up with the Russian woman…lol
JDWJDW2 jonethree 2 months ago
He also was in some episodes of Perry Mason. No matter what show, Gavin MacLeod was a great actor.
Kenner 2 months ago
All of these great actors…Never to read another line again. R.I.P. all of you.
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