11 Amazing Final Performances That Actors Didn’t Know Would Be Their Last

11 Amazing Final Performances That Actors Didn’t Know Would Be Their Last

You never know when you’ll kick the bucket. You won’t know what will be your last meal, what will be the last song you whistled, or where you will take your last step. It’s that uncertainty that both haunts and motivates us as humans. It’s the same with performers. They'll never know which role will be the last time they'll step in front of the camera.

Sometimes, final performances are not the ones actors wish to be remembered by. Yet for a lucky bunch, some final performances end up becoming the best work they’ve ever done. Not many people have the opportunity to leave on a high note, so while it is sad when an actor passes away, it’s rather nice that they left behind a great work before moving on to whatever is next, probably community theater in heaven.

Here’s a list of 11 final performances that left audiences cheering and provided posthumous honors.

HEATH LEDGER got help from famous friends IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS Ledger was only halfway through filming when he unexpectedly passed. His unfilmed scenes featured his character on the other side of a mirror, sO his reflection was played by Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell.


PETER FINCH was mad as hell NETWORK MOSC 12 10 Network was billed as an outrageous black comedy SO of course every bit of it came true. Finch earned a posthumous Oscar for his role as a news anchor who spews whatever bile erupts from his brain.


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