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Posthumous Credit

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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 has come out, but they will still get credit for their contributions.

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

They often happen to be dedicated to those who died.


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    Film — 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 a half year later.
  • Mako Iwamatsu died more than one year before the release of TMNT, on which he voiced Splinter. Greg Baldwin filled in for the lines Mako was unable to record.
  • Animator Don Williams, who was best known for his work for Walter Lantz and Looney Tunes, passed away in 1980; two films he had worked on prior to his death, 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.
  • Joseph Kaufmann who voiced the main character Michael Corleone in Heavy Traffic was killed in a plane crash two weeks before the film was released in theaters.
  • The Fox and the Hound:
    • Animator Cliff Nordberg died in 1979. This film, which was his last project for Disney, was which was released two years later.
    • Jack Albertson, who voiced Amos Slade, lost his battle with colorectal cancer four months before the film's release.
  • Mary Kay Bergman died in 1999, but Balto II: Wolf Quest came out in 2002. Her fox character is one of her last credited roles.
    • The direct-to-video film Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders was also released after her suicide.
    • She also did Jessie's yodeling voice in Toy Story 2, which had its debut screening on November 13, 1999, two days after her suicide.
  • Both of child actress Judith Barsi's voice-over roles for Don Bluth's The Land Before Time and All Dogs Go to Heaven were released after she was murdered by her father, the former was released 4 months after and the other a year later.
  • Don Rickles, who voiced Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story series, died of kidney failure in April 2017, two years before the release of Toy Story 4. He had not recorded any new dialogue for the movie prior to his death, yet Pixar was reluctant to recast the role. With the blessing of Rickles's estate, a new performance was constructed using years' worth of unused recordings from Rickles portraying the character.
  • Pixar gave a similar posthumous credit to Paul Newman reprising his role as Doc Hudson in Cars 3, released almost ten years after his death, with his performance consisting of unused dialogue from the first film.
  • Looney Tunes animator Russ Dyson committed suicide in 1956; several cartoons he worked on were released after his death, including Wideo Wabbit, ''The Honeymousers, Boston Quackie, and Tabasco Road.
  • Pat Buttram voiced the Possum Park Emcee in A Goofy Movie, which was released a year after his death.
  • Miguel Ferrer passed away in January of 2017, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract in which he voiced Deathstroke was released three months later.
  • Lisa Michelson, the voice of Satsuki in the Streamline dub of My Neighbor Totoro died in a car accident in 1991, three years before said dub got a theatrical release in the US.
  • Mary Wickes, who voiced Laverne in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, succumbed to surgical complications in October 1995. By the time of the film's release, Wickes had completed most of her dialogue, but a few additional lines were done by Jane Withers, who later voiced Laverne in the direct-to-video sequel.
  • Joseph Calleja, aka Joe C. of Kid Rock, passed away from celiac disease in November 2000. He appeared in Osmosis Jones, released a year later, as the backup singer for Kidney Rock.
  • Cliffords Really Big Movie was released seven months after the death of John Ritter, who voiced the titular character.
  • John Fiedler appeared in two movies after his death: Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie and Kronk's New Groove. He never finished recording all of Piglet's dialog for the former, so Travis Oates recorded those lines for him.
  • Audrey Wells died of ovarian cancer two years before the release of Over the Moon, which she wrote the screenplay for.

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    Live-Action TV 
  • Judith Barsi was credited on the Growing Pains Grand 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). One notably unique case reuses archival footage of David Bowie as Phillip Jeffries from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, but at Bowie's own request, his voice is overdubbed by an actual Louisianan actor (presumably due to Bowie's dissatisfaction with his own attempt at a Louisianan dialect). Some of the episodes in which these characters appear are dedicated to their memory.
  • Several episodes of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood that were made after composer Johnny Costa died credit him for music. This is because the showrunners were able to reuse some of the songs he had already composed, most notably the piano tune that plays before the theme song starts.
  • Several Sesame Street sketches featuring Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch being performed by Caroll Spinney premiered well after had died. This is because the show being prone to reusing older segments in new episodes and most episodes being filmed a year in advance. Subverted with the last episode he worked on prior to retiring; he did the voices for his characters on the set and it aired four months after his death, but his vocals went unused in the final cut.
    • Amazingly enough, subverted in regards to Jim Henson's work on Sesame Street: the final sketches he recorded as Kermit and Ernie, as well as one more he taped earlier, all aired by March 1990, two months before his passing. However, played straight in that both he and puppeteer Richard Hunt (who passed away in 1992) were credited among the Sesame Street puppeteers through 2001 and 2000, respectively.
    • In the Jerry Nelson tribute episode, the Count's dialogue at the end is cobbled together from Nelson's outtakes.
  • Joe Raposo died on the day the second episode of Shining Time Station, a show which he wrote several songs for, aired. All episodes of the series have his name in the credits, being that he wrote the theme song and performed and wrote several musical numbers in the first season.
  • The final six episodes of Bear in the Big Blue House aired in the United States long after Lynne Thigpen, the voice of Luna, had died.
  • The Twilight Zone (1985): "Our Selena is Dying" is based on a story written by Rod Serling which was never produced during his lifetime. The script was written by J. Michael Straczynski but Serling received the story credit when it was made in 1988, 13 years after his death.
  • Happened to Jonathan Demme, who died the same day an episode of the miniseries Shots Fired that he directed aired.
  • Some episodes of Sneaky Pete featuring Ricky Jay aired a year after he died.
  • Zero Mostel was the only guest star on The Muppet Show to pass away between the taping of his episode and it airing.
  • The last TV production Marie Trintignant starred in, Colette, une femme libre, was released in April 2004. A Fake Shemp had to be used in some scenes.
  • The fifth and final season of The Sarah Jane Adventures aired after Elisabeth Sladen's passing.

  • Dr. Demento Covered in Punk featured a cover of the novelty song "The Thing" sung by Adam West. The album was released seven months after Adam West passed away.
  • Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries was in London recording vocal tracks for the band's upcoming album when she drowned in her hotel's bathtub. Sometime later, the other band members went over her recordings and discovered she had recorded enough songs for a full album. They went back into the studio a few months later. The resulting album, In The End, was released the following year after which the surviving members went their separate ways.

  • 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.

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    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.

    Web Original 
  • Animator Jacques Muller passed away in November of 2018, The Looney Tunes Critic's commentary for Who Framed Roger Rabbit for which he participated in was released five months later.

    Western Animation 


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