Ghanaian actors who are dead oozed exceptional talent, and some were still young and energetic. Their deaths hurt many, and no one will ever fill the void they left in the entertainment sector. Since acting does not have a definite retirement age, some actors had active careers till their 70s and 80s. As a result, they had a massive fan base countrywide.
Some of the dead Ghanaian actors and actresses encountered devastating deaths. People will never get over the tragic deaths of actors who were only a few years into the industry. In addition, the country misses the veteran actors who kept them entertained for decades.
List of Ghanaian actors who are dead
Ghanaian actors and actresses who died left a wide gap in the hearts of many. Whenever a famous star dies, their families, friends, and fans grieve in devastation. Since some Ghanaian actors and actresses who are dead were international stars, some people abroad might not know celebrities who passed away. Here are dead Ghanaian actors in 2022:
1. Psalm Adjeteyfio - 8th April 2022
- Year of birth: 1966/1967
- Date of death: 8th April 2022
Psalm Adjeteyfio (aka TT) was born in the US in 1948 and is one of the few Ghana actors who died recently. The celebrity died on Friday, 8th April 2022, at age 55.
He revealed that doctors diagnosed him with end-stage heart failure a couple of weeks before news of his demise broke out. Psalm Adjeteyfio is best known for his lead role in the Ghanaian TV series Taxi Driver.
2. Osei Tutu - 17th May 2022
- Date of birth: 12th May 1971
- Date of death: 17th May 2022
Kumawood actor, Osei Tutu, died on Tuesday morning, 17th May 2022, while asleep. He was 51 years old and had recovered from an ailment some months back. The actor had been in the US to shoot a movie.
Osei began acting in the early 2000s and became a rapper in 2010. However, his music had not yet gained popularity. As of June 2022, Osei Tutu is the only Ghana actor who died recently.
3. Kwadwo Boaben - 12th March 2016
- Year of birth: 1954
- Date of death: 12th March 2016
Kwadwo Boaben was an actor and comedian. He was popularly known as Bishop Bob Okala, the father of comedy in Ghana.
Kwadwo was born in 1954. Before joining the Key Soap Concert Party TV show, he was part of the Kusum Agoromma drama group in Dzorwulu, Accra.
Fans baptized him the Bishop nickname when he was a goalkeeper and Okala when he became a comedian. The name Okala originated from a Nigerian, Emmanuel Okala.
Kwadwo acted in movies like Koti Academy and received four Best Comedian awards in Ghana. He died on Saturday, 12th March 2016, at the Koforidua Jackson Park after a short illness. The actor was 62 years old.
4. Ebenezer Donkor - 14th November 2016
- Year of birth: 1938
- Date of death: 14th November 2016
Ebenezer Donkor, alias Katawere, will always be remembered for his performances on the Efiewura series since the 1990s. Katawere worked in the movie industry for over thirty years and starred in more than nineteenth Kumawood movies.
The actor was born in 1938 and died on 14th November 2016 at age 78 after suffering an undisclosed illness and being admitted to Opoku Ware Hospital in Cantonments, Accra.
5. Asonaba Kwaku Darko - 13th February 2018
- Year of birth: 1934
- Date of death: 13th February 2018
Asonaba Kwaku Darko was a comedian and actor. He was born in 1934 and died on 13th February 2018 at the Swedru Government Hospital in the Central Region. The veteran actor was age 84.
Many Ghanaians knew the actor as known as Super OD. He began acting in the early 1970s as part of the Osofo Dadzie Drama Group. Some of Super OD's most famous movies are Akan Drama, Double Cross, Diabolo and Cross Fire, and Obra.
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6. Michael Moncar - 8th March 2013
- Year of birth: 1962
- Date of death: 8th March 2013
Moncar was born in 1962 and died on 8th March 2013 at the Korle Bu Teaching hospital. He was 51 years old and has starred in many movies, including the Efiewura TV Series. Moncar was sick for a week before his death.
7. Solomon Sampah - 22nd January 2016
- Year of birth: 14th February 1945
- Date of death: 22nd January 2016
Actor Solomon Nii Otokonor Sampah was born in 1949. He fell ill on 22nd January 2016 and was rushed to Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, where he passed away. The 70-year-old veteran actor had been sick for three months and was barely a month away from turning 71.
Sampah was famously known as Pap Solo, Paa Solo, and Quench Walahi. He featured in the original Hacks commercial and starred in several films, including Queen’s Bride, Foul Play, Owuo Safoa, and the Ultimate Paradise TV series.
8. Kwame Owusu Ansah - 2nd May 2008
- Year of birth: 1969
- Date of death: 2nd May 2008
The talented Kwame Owusu died on 2nd May 2008 after sustaining injuries from an automobile accident on the Tema Motorway in Accra. The actor was 39 years old, and his career was at its peak.
Kwame was a poet, teacher, radio broadcaster, and public relations practitioner. He is known for his contributions to Ghana's entertainment industry. He is among the most notable Ghana celebrities who died from 2000 to June 2022. Kwame appeared in more than 60 films before his demise.
9. Bernard Nyarko - 2nd May 2020
- Year of birth: 1965
- Date of death: 2nd May 2020
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 was born in 1965 and passed away on 2nd May 2020 at age 55. Doctors said the actor died from cancer, but Mama Yaa (a woman claiming to be his caretaker) alleged that Bernard's sickness was a spiritual attack.
Bernard Nyarko featured in films like Hero: Service to Humanity, John and John, and Sidechic Gang. He was a full-time preacher when he died.
10. John Evans Kwadwo - 30th May 2002
- Year of birth: 1965
- Date of death: 30th May 2002
Many fans of John Evans Kwadwo Bosompem knew him as Bob Santo. He was one of the most valued Kumawood actors. Some of Kwadwo's notable films include 419, Double Sense, Efiewura, Marijata, and Abawa Mary.
The actor passed on 30th May 2002 at West End Hospital, Kumasi, Ghana. Fake news had it that cocaine the 67-year-old was transporting in his stomach burst and killed him. Actress Auntie B confirmed that he did not die of drug trafficking as rumours alleged.
11. Margaret Quainoo - 12th July 2006
- Date of birth: 12th December 1941
- Date of death: 12th July 2006
Margaret Quainoo graced Ghanaian TV screens for decades. Viewers loved her and the warmth she brought to shows and nicknamed her the Araba stamp.
Quainoo's love for acting made her drop out of school to join the Brigade Drama Group at Nungua in Accra. She is remembered in films like I Told You So, the Efiewura TV series, and Numerous Key Soap Concert Parties.
The actress passed away on 12th July 2006 at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra after a short illness. She was 64 years and 7 months old.
12. Gyearbuor Asante - 2nd August 2000
- Date of birth: 4th November 1941
- Date of death: 2nd August 2000
Frederick Christopher Kwabena Gyearbuor Asante died on 2nd August 2000 at age 58. The actor had tremendous experience in the international film industry because he lived between Ghana and the United Kingdom.
Gyearbuor shared his skills back home after studying at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in Britain. Some of his popular films were The Dogs of War, Mind Your Language, The Professionals, and Local Hero.
13. Sam Sarpong - 26th October 2015
- Date of birth: 19th December 1975
- Date of death: 26th October 2015
Sarpong spent most of his time in England and the US but often visited his Ghanaian parents. The 40-year-old actor passed away on 26th October 2015 after jumping from the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena, California.
The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner ruled out his death as suicide. Sarpong featured in more than 100 TV shows and films, including Love Don’t Cost a Thing, Keeping Up With the Steins, and Carmen the Hip Hopera. He also hosted MTV’s Yo Momma for some time.
14. Mac Jordan Amartey - 5th July 2018
- Year of birth: 1936
- Date of death: 5th July 2018
Mac Jordan Amartey's fans called him Sugar Daddy, and he is among the most beloved Ghanaian actors who are dead. Jordan's sudden demise on 5th July 2018 at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital overwhelmed many. The actor was 82 years old at the time of death.
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).
15. Sussy Williams - 8th September 2005
- Year of birth: 1982
- Date of death: 8th September 2005
Death robbed the beautiful Ghanaian actress from her family and fans when she still had so much potential to explore. The actress died in a car accident on 8th September 2005 at age 23.
She featured in several major Ghanaian films like The Comforter, Mother’s Heart, Bloody Mary, and Calamity. The star was born in 1982 and had just entered her career peak when her death hit the film industry.
16. Samuel Kwesi Oppong - 3rd December 2001
- Year of birth: 1946
- Date of death: 3rd December 2001
SK Oppong was a musician and one of the most established Ghanaian actors who are dead. He once headed the SK Oppong Drama Group (former Osofo Dadzie Group). Oppong's successful career ran from the 1960s to the 1990s. The popular TV artiste showcased classic performances in many films before his demise on 3rd December 2001 at age 55.
Which Ghanaian actor died recently?
As of June, the dead Ghana actors in 2022 are Psalm Adjeteyfio and Osei Tutu.
List of dead Ghanaian actors and actresses
Some of the most renowned Ghana actors who died between 2000 to June 2022 are:
- Gyearbuor Asanten - 2000
- Samuel Kwesi - 2001
- John Evans Kwadwo Bosompem - 2002
- Suzzy Williams - 2005
- Margaret Quainoo - 2006
- Solomon Sampah - 2008
- John William Kwame Owusu Ansah - 2008
- Nana Bosompra II - 2010
- Michael Moncar - 2013
- Eric Asante - 2013
- Kwame Atafuah Boakye - 2014
- Lily Ameyaw - 2015
- Rev. Eddie Coffie - 2015
- Samuel Nii Odoi Mensah - 2016
- Ebenezer Donkor - 2016
- Kwadwo Boaben - 2016
- Yaw Donkor - 2016
- George Brigars Williams - 2016
- John Koomson - 2017
- Nurudeen Abass - 2018
- Asonaba Kwaku Darko - 2018
- Mac Jordan Amartey - 2018
- Kojo Antwi - 2019
- Asuo Tano - 2019
- Bernard Nyarko - 2020
- Psalm Adjeteyfio - 2022
- Osei Tutu - 2022
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