Yet another Reba cast member dies… In the last ten years, at least ten Reba cast members have died, out of over 150 credited Reba TV show cast members (2001 to 2007).
Fiona Hale Reba Cast Member Death
Fiona Hale (1926–2014) played an old woman in the Grannies Gone Wild episode of Reba TV Series in 2005. Fiona Hale was born in New York. She passed away at the age of 88. As an actress, she was known for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Seven Pounds and Minority Report.
James Avery Reba Cast Member Dies
James Avery (1945–2013) played Judge Samuel Bennett in The Feud episode of Reba McEntire in 2003. James Avery was best known as the uncle and judge “Philip Banks” on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He was Born in Pughsville (now Suffolk), Virginia. He died in Glendale, California, USA – he was 68. Cause of death: complications of open heart surgery. He was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean near Los Angeles area.
Dennis Burkley Reba Show Cast Member Death
Dennis Burkley (1945–2013) played Fred in the He’s Having a Baby episode in 2002. Dennis Burkley was born in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, CA. He died in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, US, at the age of 67. He was known for The Doors, Tin Cup and Mask as an actor.
Kathryn Joosten Reba TV Show Cast Member Dead
Kathryn Joosten (1939–2012) played a director in the Brock’s Got Stones episode in 2006. Kathryn is best known for portrayal of “Karen McCluskey” on Desperate Housewives and “Mrs. Landingham”, secretary to the President on the drama The West Wing. Cause of death: lung cancer. She was 72.
Lupe Ontiveros Reba Cast Member Dies
Lupe Ontiveros (1942–2012) played Penny in the Reba and the Nanny episode in 2005. Lupe Ontiveros was born in El Paso, Texas, and died in Whittier, California. She passed away at 69. She is known for As Good as It Gets, The Goonies and Real Women Have Curves.
Dona Hardy Reba Cast Member Death
Dona Hardy (1914–2011) played Mrs. Wolf in the Mommy Nearest episode in 2002. Dona Hardy passed away at 98. Dona Hardy was known for Superbad, The Truman Show and When Harry Met Sally…
Stanley Kamel (1943–2008) played Mac in one episode in 2005. Stanley Kamel was born in New Jersey, USA. He had a recurring role as a psychiatrist on Murder One and recurring roles on Melrose Place and Beverly Hills, 90210. Kamel was also known for Dr. Charles Kroger on Monk.
He died of a heart attack in his Hollywood home. He was 65 years old.
Steve Ryan (1947–2007) played Mr. Lewis in the Proud Reba episode in 2002. Steve Ryan was born
in Manhattan, New York. He died in Duarte, California, at only 60. He was known for Crime Story, D.A.R.Y.L. and Entry Level.
Myrna Niles (1933–2005) played Gladys Horsted in the She Works Hard for Their Money Reba TV show episode in 2002. Myrna Niles was born and died in Los Angeles, California at the age of 72. She was known for The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle, As Good as Dead and Reasons of the Heart. She died of complications from a fall.
Nell Carter (1948–2003) played Dr. Susan Peters in three episodes in 2001. Nell was born in Birmingham, Alabama. She died in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA – she was only 54 yrs old. Nell was a cast member in three episodes of Reba TV show: Someone’s at Gyno with Reba, The Honeymoon’s Over or Now What and Pilot. She played Dr. Susan Peters. Nell was known for “Ain’t Misbehavin'” and Gimme a Break! Nell collapsed in her home and was found dead. Had undergone brain operations in 1992 to fix aneurysms.
Every time I hear that yet another Reba cast member dies, my heart fills with sadness… I loved Reba, and this television sitcom has been a large part of my life. As the follower of the show, I know the names of many of the cast members, read up on where they are now, and hope for the show actors’ reunion. If you also liked this comedy-drama and know of any other Reba cast member deaths, please share so we can post their names here in Memoriam.