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

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

(Richard Widmark)

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

Saddam Hussein, obv

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

Stanley Baxter

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

(Inverting the question completely) Thora Hird.

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

she was famous.

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

Clive Dunn is the obvious one.

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

Dennis Hopper, every time.

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

Mickey Rooney

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

So I guess it's only half-inverted.

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

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

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

I'm always vaguelly confused that he even exists.

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

George Jones.

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

Elvis Presley

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

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

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

That guy from the Von Bondies

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

Ursula Moray Williams

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

Reg Varney

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

Dave Allen

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

GENE WILDER. I swear he died.

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

Reg Varney's still alive?

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

richard pryor.

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

Windsor Davies

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

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

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

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

I was surprised that Bosko even lived.

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


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

Leonard skinner, but he's now dead.

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

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

just1n3, Thursday, 23 September 2010 19:24 (nine 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

Ole "Gunner" Solskjaer

GK Chessington's World of Adventure (Noodle Vague), Friday, 24 January 2020 16:35 (three weeks ago) link


mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 24 January 2020 16:43 (three weeks ago) link

Beverly Cleary still going strong at 103!

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 24 January 2020 17:26 (three weeks ago) link

henry woolf of rutland weekend TV (90)

mark s, Sunday, 26 January 2020 12:41 (three weeks ago) link

Colin Jeavons, oftimes weaselly British character actor, 90.

Duncan Disorderly (Tom D.), Sunday, 26 January 2020 12:59 (three weeks ago) link

Oh wow to both of those

GK Chessington's World of Adventure (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 26 January 2020 13:10 (three weeks ago) link

tom lehrer

― norway srna (nakhchivan), Saturday, February 28, 2015 4:27 PM (four years ago)

Tom Lehrer.

Come to think of it, this phenomenon would make good subject matter for a Tom Lehrer song.

― a defense for Euro-Blackface (Bananaman Begins), Thursday, April 21, 2016 9:28 AM (three years ago)

Still alive!

it's after the end of the world (Matt #2), Sunday, 26 January 2020 13:42 (three weeks ago) link

Only Stanley Baxter has more mentions I think.

Duncan Disorderly (Tom D.), Sunday, 26 January 2020 13:46 (three weeks ago) link

to even things up: olivia de havilland olivia de havilland olivia de havilland olivia de havilland

mark s, Sunday, 26 January 2020 13:52 (three weeks ago) link

Rhonda Fleming (96)

Judi Dench's Human Hand (methanietanner), Sunday, 26 January 2020 13:53 (three weeks ago) link

Jules Feiffer (91 today!)

... (Eazy), Sunday, 26 January 2020 14:22 (three weeks ago) link

Beverly Cleary still going strong at 103!

― a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, January 24, 2020 12:26 PM bookmarkflaglink

Beezus Christ!

... that's Traore! (Neanderthal), Sunday, 26 January 2020 14:40 (three weeks ago) link

Angela Lansbury (94)

Mr. Snrub, Sunday, 26 January 2020 18:15 (three weeks ago) link

Lindsay Lohan (33)

wasdnuos (abanana), Sunday, 26 January 2020 20:38 (three weeks ago) link

sad lol

Gene Hackman, 89.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 26 January 2020 20:50 (three weeks ago) link

Briefly thought Cormac McCarthy had passed. Still alive, 86.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 28 January 2020 23:38 (three weeks ago) link

des o'connor

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 28 January 2020 23:39 (three weeks ago) link

Jean-Luc Godard (89)

― van dyke parks generator (anagram), Friday, January 24, 2020 7:17 AM (one week ago) bookmarkflaglink

his most recent movie was his best! (2018)

flappy bird, Sunday, 2 February 2020 06:57 (two weeks ago) link

Bill Tidy.

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 5 February 2020 19:27 (two weeks ago) link

Good one.

(includes digression on farting) (Tom D.), Wednesday, 5 February 2020 20:17 (two weeks ago) link

Earl holliman

Judi Dench's Human Hand (methanietanner), Wednesday, 5 February 2020 20:22 (two weeks ago) link

george shultz (99)

mookieproof, Thursday, 6 February 2020 00:59 (two weeks ago) link

Mamie Van Doren, 89

it's after the end of the world (Matt #2), Saturday, 8 February 2020 00:25 (one week ago) link

Earl Holliman

The main cast of Police Woman are all still alive: Ed Bernard (80); Charles Dierkop (83); Angie Dickinson (88), and Earl Holliman (90)

Josefa, Saturday, 8 February 2020 00:48 (one week ago) link

Joss Ackland

Michael Jones, Saturday, 8 February 2020 23:19 (one week ago) link

Johnny Mathis.

(These last two because I was convinced both had passed away sometime in the late '00s)

Michael Jones, Sunday, 9 February 2020 16:22 (one week ago) link

yr first post sent me off down a rabbithole to remind myself of the details abt joss ackland and paula yates, those detals being (it turns out) that i have him confused with jess yates

mark s, Sunday, 9 February 2020 16:35 (one week ago) link

I just discovered Bruce Dern isn’t dead.

akm, Monday, 10 February 2020 02:23 (one week ago) link

just smells that way

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Monday, 10 February 2020 02:28 (one week ago) link

Hal Holbrook

(Prompted by seeing someone who looked like him (but wasn’t) make a cameo appearance in a Lionel Richie video. Hey, I’m working from home and I like to watch the old pop videos channel while I’m on my lunch break.)

Michael Jones, Monday, 10 February 2020 14:49 (one week ago) link

All right, I'm asking: In which Lionel Richie video is there a Hal Holbrook lookalike running around?

pplains, Monday, 10 February 2020 15:11 (one week ago) link

David Hockney

alimosina, Monday, 10 February 2020 23:59 (one week ago) link

As Dan Bern sang, Warhol’s dead, David Hockney’s still alive, I don’t need to paint.

Swilling Ambergris, Esq. (silby), Tuesday, 11 February 2020 00:02 (one week ago) link

I am not surprised that Eric Bentley is alive at 103. He will never die.

alimosina, Tuesday, 11 February 2020 17:06 (one week ago) link

Lionel Richie video: Running With The Night. At 02:42, the street drinker...

It doesn't really look like him now I've seen it again!

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 11 February 2020 20:27 (one week ago) link

Mamie Van Doren, 89

I always mixed her up with Monique van Vooren. Monique van Vooren missed this topic a couple of weeks ago.

alimosina, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 17:13 (one week ago) link

Chuck Yeager, 97 today.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 13 February 2020 13:40 (one week ago) link

Speaking of St. Elsewhere alums, Norman Lloyd is still alive at 104.

Now 105! "Years active 1923–present"

alimosina, Thursday, 13 February 2020 16:26 (one week ago) link

Define "active."

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 13 February 2020 16:44 (one week ago) link


sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Thursday, 13 February 2020 16:47 (one week ago) link

"Have you ever done a Century?"

nickn, Thursday, 13 February 2020 17:20 (one week ago) link

shocked just now by Bob Dole

Piven After Midnight (The Yellow Kid), Thursday, 13 February 2020 19:01 (one week ago) link

Sam & Fred from the Impressions.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 13 February 2020 20:21 (one week ago) link

Radio legend Art Laboe, the original oldie but goodie, is still on-air after nearly 80 years

nickn, Thursday, 13 February 2020 22:23 (one week ago) link

Mitzi Gaynor, 88.

Load up your rubber wallets (Tom D.), Saturday, 15 February 2020 12:19 (five days ago) link

sam donaldson

mookieproof, Saturday, 15 February 2020 22:22 (five days ago) link

Statler 2020

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Sunday, 16 February 2020 01:50 (four days ago) link

Jimmy Tarbuck!

Andrew Farrell, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 15:29 (yesterday) link

Julian Bream, 86

ymo sumac (NickB), Wednesday, 19 February 2020 15:34 (yesterday) link

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