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Posthumous Credit

An actor or someone who worked on a film or some other type of media has been dead for some time and the project they worked on have come out, but they will still get credit for their contributions.

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

They often happen to be dedicated to those who died.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Phil Hartman recorded for the English dub of Kiki's Delivery Service. He received a posthumous credit when the movie was released to VHS a few months after his wife killed him in a murder-suicide.
  • You Inoue had died in 2003, before the Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation Compilation Movies were created, but she was nevertheless credited as portraying Sayla Mass for the character's cameo in the third thanks to the use of archived audio of the character.

    Films — Animation 
  • Roddy McDowall 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 in 2005, 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.
  • Animator Don Williams who was most well known for his work for Walter Lantz and Looney Tunes passed away in 1980, two films he had worked on prior to The Grinch Grinches The Cat In The Hat and Heidi's Song'' were both released in 1982.
  • Orson Welles voiced Unicron in The Transformers: The Movie, which was released about a year after his death.
  • Joe Alaskey, who voiced the Wizard of Oz, Butch, and Droopy in Tom and Jerry: The Wizard of Oz, reprised all these roles in the sequel Tom and Jerry: Return to Oz, which was released several months after his death.
  • Verna Felton (who voiced Winifred Hathi the Elephant) died of a stroke on December 14th, 1966, a year before the release of The Jungle Book.

    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 2017 revival of Twin Peaks features several deceased actors who either appear in archival footage from the original series (as with Frank Silva) or filmed their scenes for Season 3 before their passing (as with Catherine E. Coulson, Miguel Ferrer, and Warren Frost). Some of the episodes in which they appear are dedicated to their memory.

  • The co-librettist of the 1946 Broadway musical St. Louis Woman, Countee Cullen, died shortly before rehearsals began.
  • Clifford Odets died during the first week of rehearsals of The Musical adaptation of his play Golden Boy. Odets nevertheless remained the only credited librettist until William Gibson, with considerable misgivings, agreed to rewrite the show during its troubled tryout.

    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.
  • Miyu Matsuki passed away in October 2015, but managed to complete her voice work for Chihaya Mifune in Persona 5, which was released in September 2016.
  • Satoru Iwata passed away in June 2015, but still served and was credited as executive producer for a number of Nintendo titles that ended up being released posthumously, some coming out months or even years after his passing.

    Web Animation 
  • Monty Oum, the creator of RWBY, was posthumously credited as a writer for most of Volume 3. He had passed away between volumes.

    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 in December 2008.
    • Writer Don Payne, who died in March 2013, was credited on the episodes "Labor Pains" and "White Christmas Blues".
    • Phil Hartman's last Simpsons appearance was playing Troy McClure in "Bart the Mother", which aired five months after his death in May 1998. The episode was dedicated to him and his characters Lionel Hutz and Troy McClure were retired.
    • Marvin Hamlisch played a younger version of himself in "Gone, Abie, Gone", which aired 3 months after his passing in August 2012.
  • 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.
  • Family Guy: Carrie Fisher had the recurring role of Angela until she suddenly passed away in December 2016. According to Seth MacFarlane, she recorded dialogue for least two more episodes, but has yet to decide what should happen to Angela afterwards.
  • The final episode of Samurai Jack reintroduces Stock Footage of the first four seasons' Opening Narration, as well as a recreation of the scene from the end of Episode 1. This allowed Mako to be credited a final time years after his passing.
  • Tex Avery was in the middle of producing The Kwicky Koala Show before he died. The show came out about a year later.
  • Jean-Ives Raimbaud died before the first episode of Oggy and the Cockroaches was completed. He still receives creator credit on the show years later.