Though they may have left us way before their time, the seven silver screen legends below will forever be immortalized in our minds as some of the finest actors of their generation. Gone but far from forgotten…

7. John Cazalei-knew-it-was-you-rediscovering-john-cazale-1024John Cazale was the only actor in history, to have every film he appeared in nominated for an Oscar. He is best remembered for: The Godfather, The Deer Hunter and Dog Day Afternoon.

6. Marilyn Monroe
Famous for playing ‘dumb blondes’ Marilyn Monroe has remained one of the most popular sex symbols in cinematic history. She is best remembered for: The Seven Year Itch, Some Like It Hot and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

5. Philip Seymour HoffmanPhillip Seymour Hoffman won an Oscar for his remarkable performance as Truman Capote in ‘Capote’. He is best remembered for: The Hunger Games, Almost Famous and Mission Impossible III

4. Heath LedgerEveryone’s favorite Aussie and perhaps the greatest cinematic super-villain of all-time, Ledger won an Oscar for his performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight. Other films he is remembered for include: 10 Things I Hate About You and the Mel Gibson-starrer The Patriot.

3. James Dean
Tragically lost in a car crash aged 24, James Dean was the first actor ever to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He is best remembered for: Rebel Without A Cause, East of Eden and Giant.

2. Paul Walker
Also tragically lost in a car crash, Fast & Furious frontman Paul Walker passed away at age 40. He is best remembered for: Eight Below and Joyride.

1. Bruce Lee
Without a doubt the greatest martial artist in cinematic history, Bruce Lee passed away at the tender age of 32. He is best remembered for: Enter the Dragon, The Game of Death and The Way of the Dragon.