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    17 Actors Whose Final Film Was A Fitting End To A Long And Impressive Career

    "Night at the Museum 3 was Robin Williams' last on-screen role. And maybe it was the emotion of the thing, but his whole final speech was so poignant and perfect."

    Recently, Reddit user xwhy posed the question, "Whose final film was a fitting end to a long career?," to the fine folks of r/movies. And, unsurprisingly, their responses were quite emotional and heartfelt. Here's what they said...

    Note: People excluded any voice work and stuck with last on-screen roles.

    1. Desmond Llewelyn as Q in The World is Not Enough (1999).

    Pierce Brosnan as 007 and Desmond Llewelyn as Q in the world is not enough

    Llewelyn — who had many uncredited roles before taking over the part of Q in the second Bond film, From Russia with Love — died on Dec. 19, 1999 after a car accident. The World is Not Enough had premiered just one month before.

    Desmond as Q in M's office with Sean Connery as James Bond

    Watch Llweywen in his final role (and scene 🥲) as Q in The World is Not Enough here:

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    2. Fred Gwynne as Judge Chamberlain Haller in My Cousin Vinny (1992).

    Gwynne as Judge Chamberlain, holding his hands up and talking in court

    Gwynne — who famously played the role of Herman Munster in The Munsters earlier in his career — died of complications from pancreatic cancer on July 2, 1993, roughly one year after My Cousin Vinny's release.

    Gwynne as Herman Munster holding Lily's hand

    Watch Gwynne in his final role as Judge Chamberlain Haller in My Cousin Vinny here:

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    3. Robin Williams as Theodore Roosevelt in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)

    Wiliams as Roosevelt, with round wire glasses and a large hat, in Night at the Museum

    Williams — who famously broke out with Mork & Mindy and had a beloved career that spanned nearly 40 years with on Oscar win for his role in Good Will Hunting — died on Aug. 11, 2014, by suicide. He was later diagnosed with Lewy body dementia following an autopsy on his brain.

    A headshot photo of Willias as Mork with his trademark rainbow suspenders

    Watch Robin Williams in his final on-screen role (and scene 🥲) as Theodore Roosevelt in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb here:

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    4. Paul Newman as John Rooney in Road to Perdition (2002).

    Newman and Tom Hanks sitting in a church in Road to Perdition

    Newman — who had a long and storied film career for over 50 years, with six Oscar nominations and a win for The Color of Money — died on Sept. 26, 2008 from cancer.

    Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    Watch Paul Newman in his final on-screen role as John Rooney in Road to Perdition here:

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    5. Peter Finch as Howard Beale in Network (1976).

    Finch in promotional still photo dressed in a trench coat and sweaty on the set of Network

    Finch — who, as mentioned above, died just two months before the 49th Academy Awards — became the first person to win a posthumous Oscar in an acting category for his role in Network. He died on Jan. 14, 1977, from a heart attack.

    Finch looking serious in a headshot photo when he was younger

    Watch Peter Finch in his final role as Howard Beale in Network here:

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    6. Burt Lancaster as Dr. Archibald "Moonlight" Graham in Field of Dreams (1989).

    Lancaster wearing a flat cap in the film

    Lancaster — who was nominated for four Oscars (and won for Elmer Gantry) and was also well-known for classic films like From Here to Eternity and The Rainmaker — died on Oct. 20, 1994 of a heart attack, five years after Field of Dreams was released.

    Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr get passionate on a beach in the classic love scene from Fred Zinnemann's 'From Here to Eternity'

    Watch Burt Lancaster in his final role as Dr. Archibald "Moonlight" Graham in Field of Dreams here:

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    7. Ethel Merman as Lieutenant Hurwitz in Airplane! (1980)

    Ethel dancing in pajamas in the military hospital in Airplane

    Merman — who was well-known for her leading roles in musical comedies on Broadway like Anything Goes, Annie Get Your Gun, Gypsy, and Hello, Dolly! — died on Feb. 15, 1984, from a brain tumor.

    Ethel dressed glamorously with jewels and a nice dress in a headshot photo when she was young

    Watch Ethel Merman in her final role as Lieutenant Hurwitz in Airplane! here:

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    8. John Cazale as Stanley in The Deer Hunter (1978).

    Cazale in a scene from the deer hunter wearing a tuxedo and a fur hat

    Cazale — who, as mentioned above, had a short, but incredible acting career that lasted just seven years — died on March 13, 1978 from lung cancer. Despite a terminal diagnosis, Cazale chose to continue working with his final role in The Deer Hunter, alongside his romantic partner Meryl Streep and other longtime friends like Robert DeNiro.

    John Cazale as Fredo Corleone in 'The Godfather '

    Watch John Cazale in his final role as Stanley in The Deer Hunter here:

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    9. Raul Julia as General M. Bison in Street Fighter (1994).

    Julia as M. Bison wearing military garb and a silk robe over it

    Julia — widely considered to be one of the best actors who never received an Oscar nomination and well-loved for his role in films like The Addams Family — died on Oct. 24, 1994, from complications of a stroke. He had been diagnosed with stomach cancer three years earlier.

    Julia is shown posing here with his hand supporting his head in this closeup photo

    Watch Raul Julia in his final role as General M. Bison in Street Fighter here:

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    10. Oliver Reed as Antonius Proximo in Gladiator (2000).

    Reed in a simple roman-era gown and long shaggy hair and beard in Gladiator

    Reed — a popular leading man in the '60s and '70s with starring roles in films like Oliver! and Women in Love — died on May 2, 1999, from a heart attack in Malta while still working on Gladiator.

    Oliver Reed in Oliver!, dressed as a pauper with dirty hair and raggedy clothes

    Watch Oliver Reed in his final role as Antonius Proximo in Gladiator here:

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    11. Albert Finney as Kincade, the Skyfall estate's gamekeeper in Skyfall (2012).

    Finney with a thick beard in Skyfall

    Finney — who was nominated for an Oscar five times for films like Tom Jones and Erin Brockovich — disclosed in 2011 that he'd been receiving treatment for kidney cancer. He died on Feb. 7, 2019, of a chest infection.

    Finney smiling as Tom Jones with long floppy hair

    Watch Albert Finney in his final role as Kincade in Skyfall here:

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    12. Harry Dean Stanton as "Lucky" in Lucky (2017).

    Stanton in worn out clothes and a cowboy hat smoking a cigarette in lucky

    Stanton — who frequently collaborated with David Lynch and had a career that spanned more than six decades with roles in iconic films like Cool Hand Luke, The Godfather Part II, Alien, and Pretty in Pink to name a few — died on Sept. 15, 2017 from heart failure.

    Standon younger in cool hand look with clean cut hair

    Watch Harry Dean Stanton in his final role as "Lucky" in Lucky here:

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    13. Diana Rigg as Ms. Collins in Last Night in Soho (2021).

    Rigg in Last night in Soho with her hair done up and wearing a cardigan

    Rigg — who many of you will know from her iconic role as Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones — had a brilliant career spanning five decades including her role as Emma Peel in The Avengers TV series and as Teresa di Vicenzo, the only woman to ever marry James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Rigg died on Sept. 10, 2020 from cancer.

    George Lazenby and Diana Rigg as happy newlyweds in a scene from the film 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'

    Watch Diana Rigg in her final role as Ms. Collins in Last Night in Soho here (fair warning, big spoiler ahead):

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    14. Edward G. Robinson as Solomon Roth in Soylent Green (1973).

    Robinson in a promotional photo for soylent green wearing a beret with wirey hair and a beard

    Robinson — who was a popular star during the golden age of Hollywood and appeared in over 100 films — died on Jan. 26, 1973 from bladder cancer, just two months after completing the film.

    Robinson as a younger man wearing a suit and hat with scruff on his face

    Watch Edward G. Robinson in his final role as Solomon Roth in Soylent Green here:

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    15. Pete Postlethwaite as Fergus "Fergie" Colm in The Town (2010).

    Postlethwaite with a shaved head and mustache in the town

    Postlewaith — who starred in numerous big hits like Alien 3, The Usual Suspects, Romeo + Juliet, and earned an Oscar nom for In the Name of the Father — died on Jan. 2, 2011, from pancreatic cancer. He was posthumously nominated for a Bafta for his role in The Town.

    Postlethwaite with a clean face and short hair resting his head on his hand in a younger photo

    Watch Pete Postlethwaite in his final role as Fergus "Fergie" Colm in The Town here:

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    16. Jason Robards as Earl Partridge in Magnolia (1999).

    Julianne Moore sitting on the edge of Robards' hospital bed in Magnolia

    Robards — who was one of only 24 performers to earn the "triple crown of acting," i.e. Oscar, Emmy, Tony — died on Dec. 26, 2000, from lung cancer. Robards, who played a man dying of cancer in Magnolia, had actually come out of a coma and "off his own sickbed" for the part.

    Robards as a younger man with clean shaven face and a mock turtleneck sweater

    Watch Jason Robards in his final role as Earl Partridge in Magnolia here:

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    17. Finally, Chris Farley as Jimmy "No-Nose" in Dirty Work (1998).

    Farley in a scene from Dirty Work where the tip of his nose has been surgically repaired

    Farley — who quickly rose to fame on Saturday Night Live before launching a celebrated comedic film career died on Dec. 18, 1997, of an overdose of cocaine and morphine. Dirty Work was released the following year in June 1998.

    Chris Farley as Tom Arnold, Victoria Jackson as Roseanne on SNL

    Watch Chris Farley in his final role as Jimmy "No-Nose" in Dirty Work here:

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