The Ghanaian film industry is one of the best in Africa. Actors and actresses in Ghana ooze raw talent, skills and have all the energy ready when on set. That is why it is usually agonizing when people talk of dead Ghanaian actors. Unlike many other jobs, acting does not have a definite retirement age. Actors can go on with their careers even in their 80s and 90s. It is usually a distressing affair when actors die in their 20s or just when they start their careers.
The list of dead Ghanaian actors and actresses is devastating to look at. Many had tragic deaths when some passed on right after launching their careers. It is never a good thing to see talent being taken away by death.
List of dead Ghanaian actors and actresses
Ghanaian actors and actresses who have died in the past few years have left a wide gap that is still being filled. Here are 10 that will always be remembered:
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1. Kwame Owusu Ansah
The talented Kwame Owusu passed on at the age of 39. The man was known for his acting skills and his contributions to different sectors in the entertainment industry. He was among the most notable Ghana celebrities by his death.
Kwame was a poet, teacher, radio broadcaster, and public relations practitioner. He died at the peak of his career in 2008. His cause of death was a road accident. His career saw him appear in more than 60 films.
2. Bernard Nyarko
Many people are still mourning dead Ghanaian actors like Bernard Nyarko. The Kumasi based actor’s death came as a shocker for many Ghanaian film lovers. The actor, comedian and gospel minister passed away in May 2020.
Bernard Nyarko died after a short illness. At the peak of his career, he was featured in films like Hero: Service to Humanity, John and John, and Sidechic Gang
3. John Evans Kwadwo
Many of John Eans fans knew him as Bob Santo. The actor was a famous face in Akan movies and was loved for how outspoken and outstanding he was in his roles. He was one of the most valued Kumawood actors.
Some of the notable films he was cast in include 419, Double Sense, Efiewura, Marijata, and Abawa Mary. The famous actor passed on in 2002 when he was 67 years old.
4. Margaret Quainoo
Margaret Quainoo graced Ghanaian TV screens for decades. Both old and young viewers loved her because of how warm she was. Also known as Araba stamp, Margaret Quainoo’s love for film started early, even leading her to drop out of school and join the Brigade Drama Group at Nungua in Accra.
Major films she is remembered in are I Told You So, Efiewura television Series, and Numerous Key Soap Concert Parties. The beloved actor passed on in 2006 at the age of 70.
5. Gyearbuor Asante
Gyearbuor Asante died at 58 years old. He died a natural death in 2000. Having lived in Ghana and the United Kingdom, the actor had been exposed to the international film industry.
He would bring his skills back home after studying at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in Britain. Popular films where the late actor was featured include The Dogs of War, Mind Your Language, The Professionals, and Local Hero.
6. Benjamin Kojo Afandoh
His fans loved the Fanti-speaking actor because he went out to perform in a role. He wore many hats, including a teacher, composer, and playwright.
Whether it was stage dramas or films, Benjamin Kojo Afandoh outdid everyone on set. Some of the movies the veteran actor was part of include Sika Sunsum, I Told You So, Had I Known, Heritage Africa, Kae Dabi, Kanana, and Okukuseku.
7. Sam Sarpong
Sam Sarpong passed away in 2015 at the age of 40. Though he lived most of his life in England and the United States, he had Ghanaian parents and often visited his home country whenever he could. He was featured in more than 100 TV shows and films.
Some of them include Love Don’t Cost a Thing, Keeping Up With the Steins, and Carmen the Hip Hopera. He also hosted MTV’s Yo Momma for a while.
8. Mac Jordan Amartey
Mac Jordan Amartey is among Kumawood actors who died recently. If you are a keen follower of Kumawood and Ghana movies, you will know that Mac Jordan Amartey, or Sugar Daddy, as known by his fans, was loved by all.
His sudden passing in 2018 overwhelmed many. Mac made a name for himself in the acting industry for his impeccable acting and the vast vocabulary he used. Major films he was featured in include Matters of the Heart (1993), The Returnee 2(1995), Victim of Love (1998), and Black Star (2006).
9. Sussy Williams
Sussy Williams had so much potential when death robbed the beautiful and sassy Ghanaian actor from her family and her fans. The actress died at only 23 years old in a car accident in 2005.
Sussy had already featured in major Ghanaian films like The Comforter, Mother’s Heart, Bloody Mary, and Calamity. Barely in her peak, her death was a significant hit in the Ghanaian film industry. She left a gap yet to be filled.
10. Samuel Kwesi Oppong
S.K. Oppong was an established musician and actor. At some point in his career, the talented soul was the leader of Osofo Dadzie Group, a drama group later known as the S. K. Oppong Drama Group.
Oppong had a successful career that ran from the 1960s to the 1990s. He was excellent in drama and hailed as a popular TV artiste with an exclusive classic performance. He died in 2001 at the age of 55.
Fans always remember dead Ghanaian actors through the films they were part of before their passing. Overall, a good movie will have fans hold impactful conversations even decades after passing.
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