A Look Back at the Lives of Some of Our Favorite TV Celebrities Who Died

Over the last couple of months, many TV stars have died. Betty White, former star of The Golden Girls, is among the recent deaths. Here’s a look back at the life and career of dead celebrities from some of our favorite TV shows.

Betty White

Betty White poses on the red carpet at the 13th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor ceremony
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Bett White began her entertainment career in radio back in 1939. She then moved on to television. White was best known for playing Rose Nylund on the hit television series The Golden Girls. One of her early acting roles was in the 1945 short Time to Kill, in which she played the part of Lou’s Girl. In 1949, White played the part of a phone girl in Hollywood on Television. From 1952 to 1955, White played the title character for 40 episodes in the TV series Life with Elizabeth.

White’s other television appearances include The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Betty White Show, The Love Boat, Boston Legal, and Hot in Cleveland.As far as movies, many fans remember her for her role as Grandma Annie in The Proposal, alongside actors Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock.

Alex Trebek

Alex Trebek made his debut as a television host in 1962 on the show Vacation Time. Trebek was the host of many other game shows, including The Hollywood Squares (1974-1978), Double Dare (1976-1977), and The New Battlestars (1981-1983). He began hosting Jeopardy! in 1984 and continued to host for 36 years until his death.

He also has credits as a producer and actor. He made his production debut with a 1984 episode of Jeopardy! In 2018, he hosted a TV documentary titled Game Changers. His other production credits include the 2018 documentary Eyes of Faith and the 2019 short film Veil.

Trebek made his acting debut in a 1978 episode of the television series Vega$, in which he played the character Arthur Martin in an episode titled “The Games Girls Play.” In 1990, he made an appearance in Cheers in an episode titled “What is… Cliff Clavin?”

Charlotte Rae

Charlotte Rae is best known for starring in The Facts of Life alongside Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn, and Nancy McKeon. She made her television debut in 1951 when she appeared in Once Upon a Tune. She played the role of Rapunzel. The star is known for playing Sylvia Schnauser in the TV series Car 54, Where Are You?

 After appearances on several television shows, Rae became an even bigger household name once she began playing the role of Edna Garrett on Diff’rent Strokes alongside actors Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain, and Dana Plato. Rae’s acting talent did not go unnoticed. She was nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards in 1975 and 1982 for Queen of the Stardust Ballroom and The Facts of Life.

Bob Saget

One of Bob Saget’s early television roles was in a 1981 episode of Bosom Buddies titled “The Show Must Go On,” in which he played Bob the Comic. That year, he made his film debut as a sportscaster in Full Moon High. In 1985, Saget was a recurring character in the series New Love, American Style.

Saget rose to fame after starring in the hit TV series Full House. He played Danny Tanner from 1987 until 1995. His next role as a series regular was in Raising Dad. Saget played Matt Stewart from 2001 to 2002. After that, he appeared in 13 episodes of Surviving Suburbia. From 2005 to 2014, Saget was the narrator for the comedy How I Met Your Mother. Saget’s other roles include appearances in Fuller House and Entourage.

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