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 (seventeen years ago) link

I was surprised that Bosko even lived.

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

Zsa Zsa Gabor just turned 91 a few days ago.

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

abe vigoda

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

I think Ernest Borgnine is still at it too.

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

doris day

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

she's getting a grammy tomorrow

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

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

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

Jane Russell

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

Clive Dunn

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

talk show host Bob Eubanks, just now, in a press release about some TV show he's doing.

charlie brown from outta town (GM), Monday, 9 August 2021 18:25 (one month ago) link

Netflix's DVDs-by-mail service.

Alba, Monday, 9 August 2021 21:02 (one month ago) link

uh oh i think i owe them some DVDs

mark s, Monday, 9 August 2021 21:40 (one month ago) link

My brother has done DVDs he had t returned in over five years

Bo Burzum (Boring, Maryland), Tuesday, 10 August 2021 01:27 (one month ago) link

“Some”

Bo Burzum (Boring, Maryland), Tuesday, 10 August 2021 01:27 (one month ago) link

Somewhere, I have a DVD that I own Netflix...

heyy nineteen, that's john belushi (the table is the table), Tuesday, 10 August 2021 20:57 (one month ago) link

Owe?

No Particular Place to POLL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 10 August 2021 22:36 (one month ago) link

Dominic Chianese, fuckin Uncle June!

chap, Tuesday, 10 August 2021 22:42 (one month ago) link

I saw him in person once! He sang some kind of Italian folk song.

No Particular Place to POLL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 10 August 2021 23:42 (one month ago) link

bobbie gentry, 79

apparently just went pynchon/salinger 39 years ago?

mookieproof, Tuesday, 10 August 2021 23:59 (one month ago) link

Television's James Burke, 84. Radio 4 listeners (i.e. not me) may know him from this:

In 2019 he produced a series of five 15-minute programmes for BBC Radio 4 with the title James Burke's Web of Knowledge, in each of which he traced the connections between two widely separated people or themes, the first programme connecting Mozart to the helicopter.[13]

keeping myself to myself (Matt #2), Sunday, 15 August 2021 14:21 (one month ago) link

frances sternhagen (mom of cliff in cheers) still alive at 91

mark s, Monday, 16 August 2021 14:39 (one month ago) link

Clu Gulager, 92.

Has his own reserved seat at Tarantino's only-shows-actual-film rep cinema, and will (as of 2017) hang in the lobby and chat about the last feature to other viewers.

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Monday, 16 August 2021 15:42 (one month ago) link

The Smothers Brothers

Ann Blyth, from the original Mildred Pierce, turns 93 today.

“Heroin” (ft. Bobby Gillespie) (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 16 August 2021 16:51 (one month ago) link

Newton N. Minow, head of the FCC under President Kennedy, known for describing television as a “vast wasteland” (95).

Josefa, Thursday, 19 August 2021 10:43 (one month ago) link

this is the cover of an album with tony bennett and bill evans in 1977!

https://i.imgur.com/QUbrCWk.jpg

professional anti- (Karl Malone), Friday, 20 August 2021 15:29 (one month ago) link

he has had 23402 martinis

professional anti- (Karl Malone), Friday, 20 August 2021 15:29 (one month ago) link

Lalo Schifrin

Alba, Sunday, 22 August 2021 02:28 (four weeks ago) link

Wow

Hitsville Ukase (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 22 August 2021 11:05 (four weeks ago) link

Louis Gossett Jr.

peace, man, Sunday, 22 August 2021 11:16 (four weeks ago) link

Jack Hedley (90), lead actor in the 1977 BBC series Who Pays the Ferryman?

AlanSmithee, Tuesday, 24 August 2021 16:01 (three weeks ago) link

Sirhan Sirhan

visiting, Friday, 27 August 2021 22:56 (three weeks ago) link

Scottish film and TV director, Joseph McGrath, 93.

"Bobby Gillespie" (ft. Heroin) (Tom D.), Tuesday, 31 August 2021 20:19 (two weeks ago) link

Vera Miles, 92.

"Bobby Gillespie" (ft. Heroin) (Tom D.), Wednesday, 1 September 2021 12:55 (two weeks ago) link

Tom, I've often wondered: what is your methodology for finding all these not-dead people?

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Wednesday, 1 September 2021 15:41 (two weeks ago) link

Usually I'm watching a film they were involved in and that drives me to check up on Wiki.

"Bobby Gillespie" (ft. Heroin) (Tom D.), Wednesday, 1 September 2021 15:45 (two weeks ago) link

Ah, gotcha. Was secretly hoping for some sort of agency of the not-dead.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Wednesday, 1 September 2021 15:47 (two weeks ago) link

In the case of the last two, "The Great McGonagall" (abysmal) and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Vallance" (not abysmal).

"Bobby Gillespie" (ft. Heroin) (Tom D.), Wednesday, 1 September 2021 15:55 (two weeks ago) link

New memoir out from Hayley Mills, 75.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 5 September 2021 14:09 (two weeks ago) link

Funnily enough, I was just watching "Carry On Jack" with Juliet Mills, 79, and Bernard Cribbins, 92.

How does Spock's brain come into this? (Tom D.), Sunday, 5 September 2021 14:23 (two weeks ago) link

Hailey Mills MERELY 75!

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Sunday, 5 September 2021 14:35 (two weeks ago) link

Geoffrey Chater, English actor, appeared in numerous TV programmes and films, best known role as the chaplain in "if....", 100 years old earlier this year.

How does Spock's brain come into this? (Tom D.), Friday, 10 September 2021 21:50 (one week ago) link

Sandra Day O'Connor, 91

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 11 September 2021 01:00 (one week ago) link

yet again on his death Jean Paul Belmondo . I keep thinking that people have died years earlier. Jus been watching his early stuff and not really watched much contemporary French stuff though Maybe I'll change that now I'm getting into subtitles again.

Stevolende, Saturday, 11 September 2021 07:15 (one week ago) link

Eva Marie Saint, 97

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 14 September 2021 02:04 (six days ago) link

Duane Eddy, a mere 83.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 14 September 2021 03:35 (six days ago) link

But Link Wray has passed, correct?

What Does Blecch Mean to Me? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 14 September 2021 11:11 (six days ago) link

Yes, Link Wray is definitely dead

edited to reflect developments which occurred (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 14 September 2021 11:21 (six days ago) link

Benny Golson, 92.

How does Spock's brain come into this? (Tom D.), Tuesday, 14 September 2021 11:30 (six days ago) link

Art Rupe, who started Specialty Records (Little Richard, the Soul Stirrers, many, many others), is 104.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 14 September 2021 11:32 (six days ago) link

Lou Donaldson still around at 94!

xp

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 14 September 2021 11:33 (six days ago) link

Toni Basil is older than Debbie Harry, but just barely

Andy the Grasshopper, Tuesday, 14 September 2021 19:00 (six days ago) link

Julius "Dr. J" Erving, a mere 71.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 20 September 2021 12:56 (seven hours ago) link

Trinidadian Calypso Singer Mighty Sparrow (real name: Slinger Francisco) - aged 86

Andy the Grasshopper, Monday, 20 September 2021 15:58 (four hours ago) link

Oh wow

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Monday, 20 September 2021 15:59 (four hours ago) link

Yeah I imagine famous Calypso singers as all being from the 30s-50s, looks like he was right at the tail end of that.

edited to reflect developments which occurred (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 20 September 2021 16:13 (three hours ago) link

Betty White (99) once again

nashwan, Monday, 20 September 2021 16:22 (three hours ago) link

"Slinger" definitely deserves a revival as a baby name

Andy the Grasshopper, Monday, 20 September 2021 16:38 (three hours ago) link

Sparrow played NYC last month!

When Young Sheldon began to rap (forksclovetofu), Monday, 20 September 2021 16:57 (three hours ago) link


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