the last famous person you were surprised to discover was actually still alive

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Who knew?

Gear! (Gear!), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 10:53 (seventeen years ago) link

(Richard Widmark)

Gear! (Gear!), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 10:54 (seventeen years ago) link

Saddam Hussein, obv

Ste (Fuzzy), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 11:01 (seventeen years ago) link

Stanley Baxter

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 12:21 (seventeen years ago) link

(Inverting the question completely) Thora Hird.

Nick Southall (Nick Southall), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 12:22 (seventeen years ago) link

she was famous.

RJG (RJG), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 13:25 (seventeen years ago) link

Anita O'Day: though I had never heard of her until the time I also learned that she was still alive.

the pinefox, Wednesday, 24 December 2003 13:26 (seventeen years ago) link

Clive Dunn is the obvious one.

Chriddof (Chriddof), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 14:43 (seventeen years ago) link

Dennis Hopper, every time.

TOMBOT, Wednesday, 24 December 2003 14:51 (seventeen years ago) link

Mickey Rooney

Bryan (Bryan), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 14:59 (seventeen years ago) link

She was famous, yeah, but I thought she was alive and she's not.

Nick Southall (Nick Southall), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 15:12 (seventeen years ago) link

So I guess it's only half-inverted.

Nick Southall (Nick Southall), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 15:12 (seventeen years ago) link

J.D. Salinger, every time I hear it, I'm surprised.

Huckleberry Mann (Horace Mann), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 15:14 (seventeen years ago) link

I'm always vaguelly confused that he even exists.

Nick Southall (Nick Southall), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 15:15 (seventeen years ago) link

George Jones.

Carey (Carey), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 15:19 (seventeen years ago) link

Elvis Presley

jewelly (jewelly), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 19:25 (seventeen years ago) link

Joe Namath - I could have sworn he had a heart attack years ago!

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 19:26 (seventeen years ago) link

Red Auerbach, who I had to make sure was still alive by going to Dead or Alive?

oops (Oops), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 19:31 (seventeen years ago) link

Wait, didn't Studs Terkel die? That site lists him as alive. Or am I thinking of Irv Kupcinet?

oops (Oops), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 19:38 (seventeen years ago) link

That guy from the Von Bondies

Lynskey (Lynskey), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 19:53 (seventeen years ago) link

I feel particularly bad for this, having been such a huge fan of his music, but only earlier in 2003 did I learn that Mr. Sly Stone in fact did not die sometime in the early 80s.

nickalicious at granny's crib, Thursday, 25 December 2003 17:35 (seventeen years ago) link

Ursula Moray Williams

robin carmody (robin carmody), Thursday, 25 December 2003 20:19 (seventeen years ago) link

Reg Varney

Bob Six (bobbysix), Friday, 26 December 2003 19:35 (seventeen years ago) link

Dave Allen

stevem (blueski), Friday, 26 December 2003 19:50 (seventeen years ago) link

I couldn't believe Christopher Lee was alive when I found out he was doing Saruman (and then the Star Wars dingus). He's like, 80!!!

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 26 December 2003 20:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Oops: Kupcinet just kicked the bucket about a month ago. Studs is alive and well.

jaymc (jaymc), Friday, 26 December 2003 20:01 (seventeen years ago) link

GENE WILDER. I swear he died.

TEH ONE AN ONLEY DEANN GULBAREY (deangulberry), Friday, 26 December 2003 20:54 (seventeen years ago) link

Reg Varney's still alive?

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Saturday, 27 December 2003 02:01 (seventeen years ago) link

richard pryor.

cozen (Cozen), Saturday, 27 December 2003 02:22 (seventeen years ago) link

i read something saying Nina Simone only died this year. Can that be right?

isadora (isadora), Sunday, 28 December 2003 08:39 (seventeen years ago) link

Windsor Davies

Ricardo (RickyT), Sunday, 28 December 2003 21:45 (seventeen years ago) link

gene wilder recently had a bout with cancer, which thank god he survived.

s1utsky (slutsky), Sunday, 28 December 2003 21:52 (seventeen years ago) link

five months pass...
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bosko, Monday, 14 June 2004 16:14 (sixteen years ago) link

I was surprised that Bosko even lived.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 14 June 2004 16:15 (sixteen years ago) link

three years pass...

Telma Hopkins!

but that was last week.

today it was ARNOLD STANG!!!!

don't know why i though telma hopkins died.

tremendoid, Friday, 8 February 2008 06:25 (twelve years ago) link

Zsa Zsa Gabor just turned 91 a few days ago.

Roz, Friday, 8 February 2008 07:03 (twelve years ago) link

abe vigoda

remy bean, Friday, 8 February 2008 07:11 (twelve years ago) link

I think Ernest Borgnine is still at it too.

nickn, Friday, 8 February 2008 07:52 (twelve years ago) link

doris day

Frogman Henry, Friday, 8 February 2008 08:00 (twelve years ago) link

she's getting a grammy tomorrow

tremendoid, Friday, 8 February 2008 08:03 (twelve years ago) link

two years pass...

Shirley Temple

lol @ dog w/ sunglasses (Pillbox), Thursday, 23 September 2010 19:06 (ten years ago) link

!!!

Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Thursday, 23 September 2010 19:07 (ten years ago) link

Leonard skinner, but he's now dead.

Your cousin, Marvin Cobain (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 23 September 2010 19:08 (ten years ago) link

I was surprised that Bosko even lived.

― Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, June 15, 2004 4:15 AM (6 years ago) Bookmark

dying here

had no idea Sam Beckett lived until 1989 until the other day

CharlieS, Thursday, 23 September 2010 19:12 (ten years ago) link

j.d. salinger, but then he died not long after i found out

just1n3, Thursday, 23 September 2010 19:24 (ten years ago) link

four months pass...

Louie Anderson

Godzilla vs. Rodan Rodannadanna (The Yellow Kid), Friday, 18 February 2011 06:17 (nine years ago) link

He was on Tim & Eric a year or two ago.

Wacky Way Lounge (Evan), Friday, 18 February 2011 06:41 (nine years ago) link

Kenneth Mars, but once again after he was dead.

Your cousin, Marvin Cobain (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 18 February 2011 07:56 (nine years ago) link

Jane Russell

Alba, Friday, 18 February 2011 09:00 (nine years ago) link

Clive Dunn

Alba, Friday, 18 February 2011 09:01 (nine years ago) link

Peter Brook, 95.

Eggbreak Hotel (Tom D.), Saturday, 19 December 2020 17:05 (four weeks ago) link

John McPhee, 89

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Tuesday, 22 December 2020 21:22 (three weeks ago) link

Geneviève Page, 93.

Eggbreak Hotel (Tom D.), Tuesday, 22 December 2020 21:35 (three weeks ago) link

Spanish film director Carlos Saura, 88.

Halfway there but for you, Tuesday, 22 December 2020 21:40 (three weeks ago) link

Leslie Bricusse, 89

Josefa, Tuesday, 22 December 2020 21:45 (three weeks ago) link

abbe lane, 88

budo jeru, Wednesday, 23 December 2020 04:40 (three weeks ago) link

Leslie Bricusse, 89

Good one!

Whamagideon Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 23 December 2020 04:40 (three weeks ago) link

Huey "Piano" Smith, 86

Dan Worsley, Thursday, 24 December 2020 14:37 (three weeks ago) link

oh, wow!

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 24 December 2020 15:07 (three weeks ago) link

Seconded

Whamagideon Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 24 December 2020 15:24 (three weeks ago) link

never realized how young he started his career. maybe the "hidey hidey ho" vocals made me assume he came up in an earlier scene?

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 24 December 2020 16:13 (three weeks ago) link

Lloyd Price, 87

"what are you DOING to fleetwood mac??" (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 24 December 2020 22:52 (three weeks ago) link

I actually thought he might still be alive and he is: Nehemiah Persoff, 101 years young.

Eggbreak Hotel (Tom D.), Friday, 25 December 2020 16:03 (three weeks ago) link

Wow. Knew that must have been you who posted that.

And Then There’s Maudit (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 25 December 2020 19:50 (three weeks ago) link

Joe Bussard

Mr. Snrub, Sunday, 27 December 2020 00:30 (three weeks ago) link

Tina Louise, 86

"what are you DOING to fleetwood mac??" (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 30 December 2020 20:19 (two weeks ago) link

Bernard Cribbins, 92

meanwhile back at the song (Matt #2), Thursday, 31 December 2020 01:51 (two weeks ago) link

Persoff isa painter and lives in cambria!

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 31 December 2020 01:56 (two weeks ago) link

Sidney Poitier, 94

mirostones, Saturday, 2 January 2021 16:34 (two weeks ago) link

Prolific TV actor since the 1950s Peter Mark Richman (formerly Mark Richman), 93. He's such a journeyman it's hard to say what his most famous role is, perhaps as Blake Carrington's lawyer on Dynasty.

Just caught Nehemiah Persoff in a 1968 episode of Hawaii Five-O and he looked well into middle age then!

Josefa, Wednesday, 6 January 2021 13:01 (one week ago) link

(peter) mark richman: the other martin landau

mookieproof, Wednesday, 6 January 2021 15:47 (one week ago) link

lol yes, that guy.

Eggbreak Hotel (Tom D.), Wednesday, 6 January 2021 16:08 (one week ago) link

I see that Asner was recently mentioned on his birthday but it really should be remarked: every time I see him in something from the '70s (most recently, the 1977 Christmas TV movie The Gathering) he seemed moderately old, like at least late middle age, 40+ years ago. And then I almost immediately wind up seeing him in something current (most recently, Cobra Kai) and thinking, wow Asner got himself some good genes.

Suffering from a Surfeit of Savoir Faire (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 6 January 2021 16:21 (one week ago) link

Three of the main cast of The Time Tunnel (1966-1967) are still with us: James Darren (84), Lee Meriwether (85) and Robert Colbert (89).

Josefa, Thursday, 7 January 2021 22:16 (one week ago) link

^pvmic

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 7 January 2021 23:29 (one week ago) link

I can't help myself, sorry

Josefa, Thursday, 7 January 2021 23:41 (one week ago) link

Would watch a Time Tunnel revive where the original cast takes a time tunnel back to 1966.

Also I need an original cast Police Woman revive.

Josefa, Thursday, 7 January 2021 23:46 (one week ago) link

No worries. I love this stuff.

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 7 January 2021 23:47 (one week ago) link

Went down a Burt Bacharach rabbit hole each of the past two years where I came across this, maybe I posted on another thread:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBLMbJnN69c

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 7 January 2021 23:49 (one week ago) link

Weird thing is that Burt met Angie through his parents, but maybe you knew that.

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 7 January 2021 23:49 (one week ago) link

I didn't!

One great thing about Police Woman is whenever on the show Angie goes into a cocktail lounge there's a musician in the background playing a Bacharach tune

Josefa, Thursday, 7 January 2021 23:54 (one week ago) link

wow, great detail!

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 7 January 2021 23:54 (one week ago) link

Larry Storch, 98 today.

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Friday, 8 January 2021 18:01 (one week ago) link

Who says I’m young?

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 8 January 2021 18:03 (one week ago) link

Prompted by a Bill James piece this morning, Luis Aparicio. 86, not all that old, but for me he does belong to a world before the world before this one (broke in the year Jackie Robinson retired).

clemenza, Sunday, 10 January 2021 17:15 (one week ago) link

I know he was just in "Knives Out," but I rewatched "Blood Simple" last night and even back in 1984 M. Emmet Walsh did not seem long for this world. Currently 85.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 12 January 2021 03:03 (five days ago) link

Frederic Raphael (89)

Eggbreak Hotel (Tom D.), Friday, 15 January 2021 01:31 (two days ago) link

Wow!

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 15 January 2021 01:39 (two days ago) link

Prolific TV actor since the 1950s Peter Mark Richman (formerly Mark Richman), 93. He's such a journeyman it's hard to say what his most famous role is, perhaps as Blake Carrington's lawyer on Dynasty.

― Josefa, Wednesday, January 6, 2021 8:01 AM (one week ago)

Welp, he died today. RIP.

Josefa, Friday, 15 January 2021 04:53 (two days ago) link

...or rather, may his memory be a blessing

Josefa, Friday, 15 January 2021 04:59 (two days ago) link

Michael Aspel, 87

a degree in bullshit from glasters uni (Matt #2), Friday, 15 January 2021 11:32 (two days ago) link

I went looking for one of his performances on Crackerjack, a take off of Pagliaci doing "Funny Funny" by The Sweet, as part of the final musical play that week. Looks like it was wiped, which is a shame, full makeup and deadpan, absolutely killed me at the time.

Mark G, Friday, 15 January 2021 19:09 (two days ago) link

i remember reading a puff piece interview with michael aspel about 15 years ago where he mentioned in passing that although he does get joy out of his life and likes when his children/grandchildren visit, "the darkness" often comes in.

Fenners' Pen (jim in vancouver), Friday, 15 January 2021 19:42 (two days ago) link

which became our familial term for depression henceforth

Fenners' Pen (jim in vancouver), Friday, 15 January 2021 19:43 (two days ago) link

Bob Newhart, 91

"what are you DOING to fleetwood mac??" (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 16 January 2021 03:27 (yesterday) link

rules

mookieproof, Saturday, 16 January 2021 03:29 (yesterday) link

Still here, L.Q. Jones, 93.

Waterloo Subset (Tom D.), Saturday, 16 January 2021 13:31 (yesterday) link

I was convinced Mandy Patinkin was dead. Like certain. And then there he is, on WTF alive and well.

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, 16 January 2021 13:55 (yesterday) link

sure I remember Bob Newhart dying a few years ago

٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶ (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 16 January 2021 13:59 (yesterday) link

He did an "Elf" cast reunion read through, Christmas just gone.

Mark G, Saturday, 16 January 2021 21:12 (yesterday) link


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