Some celebrities are so famous that when they pass away the world mourns almost as if they were beloved friends or family members. These familiar faces, though, seemingly didn’t live long enough to become that iconic, as even if their own fans grieved for them, their deaths were noted with only the minimum of fanfare – making their early passings arguably all the more tragic. Indeed, you may recognize them and love the roles in which they starred and yet may not even have realized that they had died.
40. Chris Penn
Some people might not know that Sean Penn’s brother was also an actor. Indeed, Chris Penn turned up in movies as famous as Reservoir Dogs – where he memorably played Nice Guy Eddie – and Footloose. However, both Penn’s career and his 2006 death from cardiomyopathy at the age of just 40 may have been somewhat overshadowed by his more famous sibling’s life and work.