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 (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 (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

Good one.

Duncan Disorderly (Tom D.), Thursday, 1 April 2021 23:18 (one month ago) link

Shirley (Lady) Porter, 90.

Duncan Disorderly (Tom D.), Friday, 2 April 2021 19:36 (one month ago) link

Lee Elder, 86 (somewhat famous).

clemenza, Monday, 5 April 2021 13:21 (one month ago) link

Decades did a weekend marathon of Police Woman, leading me to the trivia that it's currently the earliest US TV show where all the main cast is still alive.

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 5 April 2021 21:59 (one month ago) link

That's why I've been calling for a Police Woman revival for ages. But one could make a case that the same applies to The Time Tunnel (1966-1967) because from that we still have James Darren (84), Robert Colbert (89), - those are the two main guys - and Lee Meriwether (85).

Josefa, Monday, 5 April 2021 22:37 (one month ago) link

Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot, 86

Andy the Grasshopper, Monday, 5 April 2021 23:05 (one month ago) link

Jürgen Habermas, 91

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Sunday, 11 April 2021 15:56 (one month ago) link

The film, "Buck and the Preacher", is on just now and I'm watching it thinking, "Yeah, Harry Belafonte, he's always turing up in this thread, but I wonder when Sidney Poitier died?", then I find out Sidney Poitier is still alive too! Is, in fact, 94 too! Born 9 days before Belafonte to be precise.

Duncan Disorderly (Tom D.), Wednesday, 14 April 2021 12:54 (one month ago) link

Kenneth Cope, 90 today

Call of Scampi: Slack Nephrops (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 14 April 2021 12:59 (one month ago) link

It has occurred to me that four of the principal female cast of Fellini's 8 1/2 are still alive:

Claudia Cardinale (83 today)
Anouk Aimée (89 this month)
Sandra Milo (87)
Barbara Steele (83)

(Rossella Falk who died in 2013 would've been the only other to belong to that group).

Josefa, Thursday, 15 April 2021 15:34 (one month ago) link

Winnie Ewing, 91.

Authoritarian Steaks (Tom D.), Wednesday, 28 April 2021 10:18 (two weeks ago) link

Freddie 'Parrot Face' Davies, after he tweeted about being old and irrelevant after he was a question on The Chase answered incorrectly.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Friday, 30 April 2021 10:19 (two weeks ago) link

Swiss film director Alain Tanner, 91.

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 30 April 2021 11:22 (two weeks ago) link

Bruce "father of Crispin" Glover, 89, who I could swear died years ago but seems not.

electrical wizard (Matt #2), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 00:58 (one week ago) link

Unless I saw wrong, pretty much (all?) the entire original Tropicalia crew is still alive and kicking. Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Tom Zé ...

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 4 May 2021 01:05 (one week ago) link

René Schérer, philosopher and brother of Éric Rohmer, 98.

Authoritarian Steaks (Tom D.), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 14:17 (one week ago) link

I didn't know that the philosopher Jürgen Habermas was still alive until yesterday, when a news article came up about him rejecting an award being given by the UAE. I thought he'd been dead for years! He's 91, soon to be 92.

it's like edging for your mind (the table is the table), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 17:30 (one week ago) link

What's the borderline age for assuming someone is no longer alive? Somewhere above 80? 90?

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 17:43 (one week ago) link

It's a sliding scale. 90 for philosophers, 80 for ingenues of yesteryear...

Josefa, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 19:15 (one week ago) link

50 for junkie rock stars

electrical wizard (Matt #2), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 19:49 (one week ago) link

funnily enough I also nominated Habermas just upthread

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 19:58 (one week ago) link

I think for me someone can be in their 70s as long as I haven’t heard about them for ages.

Alba, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 20:48 (one week ago) link

RIP Lloyd Price, who I am surprised to learn was still alive until very recently.

ian, Friday, 7 May 2021 22:10 (one week ago) link

Wow, me too.

I always assumed it was his "Stagger Lee" that inspired the Clash's nod on "London Calling."

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 7 May 2021 22:22 (one week ago) link

Johnny Rivers

Andy the Grasshopper, Friday, 7 May 2021 22:51 (one week ago) link

There's an old "Tales of the Unexpected" on just now, starring French actress, Micheline Presle, who Wiki tells me is still alive at 98.

Are Animated Dads Getting Hotter? (Tom D.), Sunday, 9 May 2021 09:42 (six days ago) link

Julio Iglesias, 77

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 9 May 2021 15:44 (six days ago) link

actor norman lloyd (not ~famous~ but you’d probably recognize him) is 106

mookieproof, Sunday, 9 May 2021 19:18 (six days ago) link

Tommy Steele, a sprightly 84 years old

A viking of frowns, (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Sunday, 9 May 2021 19:19 (six days ago) link

Jazz bassist Richard Davis is 91 and apparently still alive. I learned this while researching a piece on pianist Andrew Hill (Davis played on almost all of Hill's Blue Note albums).

but also fuck you (unperson), Sunday, 9 May 2021 19:42 (six days ago) link

Yep, he got a street named after him in Madison (where he still resides) a couple years ago:

And when Springsteen played Milwaukee in ‘08, he brought Davis onstage for “Meeting Across The River”:

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 9 May 2021 19:52 (six days ago) link

Jazz bassist Richard Davis is 91 and apparently still alive. I learned this while researching a piece on pianist Andrew Hill (Davis played on almost all of Hill's Blue Note albums).

B-b-but is he still making his students sing scales?

Working in the POLL Mine (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 9 May 2021 20:30 (six days ago) link

In high school I played in a couple of bands with a bassist who went on to study with Davis, and currently owns the bass that Davis played on Out To Lunch!, the Hill dates, at Coltrane’s funeral with Albert Ayler’s group, Astral Weeks, and just about every other significant recording he was involved in.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 9 May 2021 21:59 (six days ago) link

Mike Stoller of Leiber & Stoller fame, 88.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Monday, 10 May 2021 14:22 (five days ago) link

woah, yeah, that shocks me.

Bobo Honk, real name, no gimmicks (Doctor Casino), Monday, 10 May 2021 14:23 (five days ago) link

But Jerry died a little while back.

Working in the POLL Mine (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 10 May 2021 14:28 (five days ago) link

gena rowlands (90)

na (NA), Monday, 10 May 2021 14:30 (five days ago) link

Still sometimes kick myself that I didn't go to see Leiber and Stoller when they did a book tour to promote Hound Dog. Someone I know, with whom you are probably familiar, actually interviewed both of them.

Working in the POLL Mine (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 10 May 2021 14:46 (five days ago) link

Robert Wagner, 91. Just caught a glimpse of him looking huge and old in an episode of NCIS - playing opposite David McCallum, a mere 87.

Ward Fowler, Monday, 10 May 2021 20:51 (five days ago) link

Not totally surprised by that, RJ seems to have signed some Beat the Devil deal.

Working in the POLL Mine (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 10 May 2021 20:59 (five days ago) link

Ray Reardon

mahb, Tuesday, 11 May 2021 21:01 (four days ago) link

Norman Loyd (Daniel Auschlander on St. Elsewhere) died today. I remember being surprised he was still alive about four years ago. He was 106.

akm, Tuesday, 11 May 2021 21:57 (four days ago) link

CBA to search (impossible right now anyway, as I’m on Zing), but I watched a Grace & Frankie episode last night with Ed Asner as a guest star, and was... surprised.

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 11 May 2021 23:06 (four days ago) link

ed asner is active on twitter, i seem to remember.

he's also a 9/11 truther!

《Myst1kOblivi0n》 (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 11 May 2021 23:09 (four days ago) link

actor norman lloyd (not ~famous~ but you’d probably recognize him) is 106

― mookieproof, Sunday, May 9, 2021 3:18 PM (two days ago)

oh shit i killed him

mookieproof, Tuesday, 11 May 2021 23:12 (four days ago) link


《Myst1kOblivi0n》 (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 12 May 2021 00:05 (three days ago) link


pplains, Wednesday, 12 May 2021 01:19 (three days ago) link

Holy buckets! Norman Lloyd was in Hitchcock's Saboteur. That is definitely one of them movies were you'd reasonably expect everyone involved in it was now well and truly checked out. Well like, but not just yesterday!

calzino, Wednesday, 12 May 2021 07:24 (three days ago) link

Jasper Johns, 91 today.

calzino, Saturday, 15 May 2021 10:06 (ten hours ago) link

My guy

Clara Lemlich stan account (silby), Saturday, 15 May 2021 13:49 (six hours ago) link

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