HEATH LEDGER: His performance as the Joker in the summer blockbuster “The Dark Knight” earned rave reviews, died months before the film hit theaters.
TUPAC SHAKUR: The rapper, 25, was killed in a 1996 drive-by shooting after completing two films, “Gridlock’d” and “Gang Related,” both of which were released the following year.
CHRIS FARLEY: The pudgy SNL funnyman died of a drug overdose in 1997. His final film, “Almost Heroes,” was released the following year.
BRANDON LEE: The son of martial arts film star Bruce Lee died in a mishap on the set of “The Crow” just eight days before filming was to be completed.
BRUCE LEE: The martial arts star died at 32 from a cerebral edema, one month before the release of his last film, “Enter the Dragon.”
JEAN HARLOW: Harlow was just 26 when she died of kidney disease just a month before release of her 1937 film “Saratoga.”
JAMES DEAN: “Rebel Without a Cause” was released one month after Dean, 24, was killed in a 1955 car accident.
CLARK GABLE: Gable died of a heart attack at 59 before the 1960 release of the film “The Misfits.”
PHIL HARTMAN: SNL star was shot and killed by his wife, Brynn Hartman, in a 1998 murder-suicide two months before the release of his film “Small Soldiers.”
NATALIE WOOD: The “West Side Story” starlet drowned in 1981 just before the completion of the science-fiction thriller “Brainstorm.”
MARILYN MONROE: Died in 1962 before premiering “Something’s Got to Give.”
SPENCER TRACY: The 67-year-old screen star died of a heart attack after completing “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.”
AALIYAH: The R&B star died in a 2001 Bahamas plane crash before the release of vampire flick “Queen of the Damned.”