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Posthumous Credit

An actor or someone who worked on a film has been dead for some time and the film(s) he worked on have come out. He will still get credit for his contributions.

This is pointing out those who died and contributed for a film released after their death.

These films are usually dedicated to those who died.


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    Films — Animation 
  • Roddy Mc Dowall voiced the queen's adviser in A Bug's Life, which was released a month after his death.
  • While The Little Mermaid was in Development Hell in the late 1930s, Kay Nielsen helped create concept art for the proposed production. When the film went into full production in the 1980s, Nielsen's work was used as inspiration for the film's design, and he received a posthumous "visual development" credit.
  • The Rescuers:
    • John Lounsbery died before the release of the film, which he co-directed.
    • Also, Joe Flynn, the voice of Mr. Snoops, died three years before it was released.
  • John Fiedler appeared in two more films after his death, Kronk's New Groove and Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie.
  • George O'Hanlon and Mel Blanc died during the production of Jetsons: The Movie. Jeff Bergman filled in for them as George Jetson and Mr. Spacely to record lines they hadn't recorded yet.
  • Anne Bancroft died three years before the release of Delgo.
  • The Thief and the Cobbler:
    • Vincent Price died in 1993 before the release, the dialogue for which he recorded twenty years before.
    • Also five of the veteran animators who worked on the film Ken Harris, Art Babbitt, Emery Hawkins, Grim Natwick, and Cliff Nordberg had since passed away, all except Natwick were credited in "The Princess and the Cobbler" cut.
  • Joe Ranft died in 2005, before the releases of Cars (for which he was a writer and co-director) and Corpse Bride (for which he was an executive producer).
  • Bernie Mac died before the release of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.
  • Fred Moore died in 1952, but he was credited on Peter Pan and the shorts The Simple Things, Football (Now and Then) and Casey Bats Again.
  • Jim Varney passed away in 2000, nearly a year and a half before the release of Atlantis: The Lost Empire in which he provided the voice of Cookie. Additional dialogue that had yet to be recorded prior to his death was provided by Steve Barr.
  • Rod Scribner died in 1976. The Peanuts movie Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown, which he provided animation for, was released two years later.
  • Mako Iwamatsu died more than one year before the release of TMNT, on which he voiced Splinter.

    Films — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 
  • Judith Barsi was credited on the Growing Pains Series Finale in a flashback, three years after her murder.
  • One of the leads on the HBO series Silicon Valley, Christopher Evan Welch, died of lung cancer in December 2013, 4 months before the series' premiere. At the time of his death, only 5 of the 8 planned episodes had been shot. According to show creator Mike Judge, instead of recasting him, his character was written out of the last few episodes. They did a proper death and funeral for his character in the next season.

  • The co-librettist of the 1946 Broadway musical St. Louis Woman, Countee Cullen, died shortly before rehearsals began.
  • Clifford Odets contributed to The Musical adaptation of his play Golden Boy, but died during the first week of rehearsals.

    Video Games 
  • Mike Pilotti worked in the color animation cells for first two games of Earthworm Jim but died victim of an Avalanche before the release of the second game. The credits of the second game was dedicated to him.
  • Robin Sachs, voice of Zaeed in the Mass Effect trilogy, died in a month before the final DLC for the third game, Citadel, was released.
  • Wayne Allwine passed away in May 2009, but completed voice work as Mickey Mouse one final time for Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days which was released the following fall, as well as for episodes of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

    Western Animation 
  • The Simpsons:
    • Eartha Kitt recorded her voice for the episode "Once Upon a Time in Springfield", which aired more than a year after her death.
    • Writer Don Payne, who died in March 2013, was credited on the episodes "Labor Pains" and "White Christmas Blues".
  • Mary Kay Bergman received a few credits after her suicide, including the South Park episodes "Starvin' Marvin in Space" and "Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics" and the direct-to-video films Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders and Balto II: Wolf Quest.