This article will help you remember the 10 best actors who died young. These actors died young and will forever be missed by fans and filmmakers. Here is a list of of the best young actors who left great legacies before they died.

  1.  Rebecca Schaeffer, 21. The beautiful Rebecca was a star on the rise as an actor on the television show "My Sister Sam." Rebecca's young life was ended by a delusional stalker. Her death brought about changes in California's laws to help protect the privacy of celebrities.

  2. Aaliyah, 22. The lovely young Aaliyah was a popular R&B singer and actress. Aaliyah died in a plane crash shortly before the release of her second film, "Queen Of The Damned."

  3.  River Phoenix, 23. River is the older brother of Joaquin Phoenix. River was nominated for an Oscar for his role in the movie "Running On Empty," his young life was ended by heart failure, which was brought on by drug use.

  4. James Dean 24. James was cool, and a rising star until he was instantly killed while driving a car. James' acting career had just started. He made only three films before his accidental death.

  5. Tupac Shakur, 25. Tupac is a hip-hop icon, he was also a promising film actor. Tupac's young life was cut short by a murderer's bullets. His murder is thought to have been caused by an east coast-west coast rap war.

  6. Brad Renfro, 25. Brad was the young star of two successful films, "Apt Pupil," and "The Client." He was found dead in his home and is thought to have accidentally caused his own death by mixing alcohol and Xanax.

  7. Sharon Tate, 26. The young Sharon Tate was the star of "Valley Of The Dolls." Sharon was the pregnant wife of director Roman Polanski when she was murdered by followers of Charles Manson.

  8.  Bruce Lee, 32. Bruce Lee was a martial arts icon even before he died of a Cerebral Edema. Bruce was the star of "Enter The Dragon," one of the most celebrated martial arts films ever made.

  9. Jane Mansfield, 34. The beautiful young Jane was a sex symbol during the '50s and '60s, she was the first major actress to appear nude on screen. Jane appeared nude in the film "Promises Promises," before dying in a car accident.

  10. Marilyn Monroe, 36. The gorgeous Marilyn is a Hollywood legend. Her young life was shortened by the use of drugs, she died of an overdose. Marilyn was the star of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," and "The Seven Year Itch."