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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 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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    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Animator Cliff Nordberg died in 1979, his last project for Disney was The Fox and the Hound which was released two years later.
  • 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.
  • 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' estate, a new performance was constructed using years worth of unusued 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 10 years after his death, with his performance consisting of unusued 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 3 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 passed away in October of 1995, the film was released 8 months later, she completed most of her dialogue but a few additional lines were done by Jane Withers who later voiced her in the direct to video sequel.
  • Joseph Calleja aka Joe C. of Kid Rock passed away in November of 2000, he appeared in Osmosis Jones as the backup singer for Kidney Rock which was released one year later.

    Film — Live-Action 

    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 post-1996 episodes of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood credit Johnny Costa for composing their music. This is because the show was able to reuse some of the songs he had already composed for the show, 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 of the show being prone to reusing older segments in new episodes and most episodes being filmed a year in advance.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 colour 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 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. Among the last was The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, nearly two years after he died.
  • Taken Up to Eleven with Fire Emblem Fates. Rokuro Naya, the Japanese voice of Gunter, passed away two months before the game was even announced, let alone released.
  • Unshou Ishizuka passed away four months before the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, in which he voiced Incineroar. Before passing away, he also completed the voiceworks for Brad Wong in Dead or Alive 6 as well as Jet Black in his appearance in Super Robot Wars T
  • Parodied in Left 4 Dead, in where at the conclusion of an escape sequence, if any players have died or fallen down by the time everyone else has entered the escape vehicle. In place of "The survivors have escaped!", you get "In memory of: (name of fallen survivors)".

    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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