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 (eighteen years ago) link

(Richard Widmark)

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

Saddam Hussein, obv

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

Stanley Baxter

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

(Inverting the question completely) Thora Hird.

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

she was famous.

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

Clive Dunn is the obvious one.

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

Dennis Hopper, every time.

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

Mickey Rooney

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

So I guess it's only half-inverted.

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

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

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

I'm always vaguelly confused that he even exists.

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

George Jones.

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

Elvis Presley

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

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

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

That guy from the Von Bondies

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

Ursula Moray Williams

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

Reg Varney

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

Dave Allen

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

GENE WILDER. I swear he died.

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

Reg Varney's still alive?

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

richard pryor.

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

Windsor Davies

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

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

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

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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 (fourteen years ago) link

Zsa Zsa Gabor just turned 91 a few days ago.

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

abe vigoda

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

I think Ernest Borgnine is still at it too.

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

doris day

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

she's getting a grammy tomorrow

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

two years pass...

Shirley Temple

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


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

Leonard skinner, but he's now dead.

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

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

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

four months pass...

Louie Anderson

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

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

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

Jane Russell

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

Clive Dunn

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

Roger Corman (b.April 5, 1926) Happy Birthday, Roger!

dow, Monday, 4 April 2022 18:40 (one month ago) link

Keep thinking Tony Bennett is dead.

bookmarkflaglink (Darin), Monday, 4 April 2022 19:47 (one month ago) link

Love For Sale, his recent album with Lady Gaga, is airport lounge vroom, and got me through Thanksgiving.

dow, Monday, 4 April 2022 20:13 (one month ago) link

Clive Davis turned ninety yesterday.

Came Here to Roll the Microscope (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 5 April 2022 13:58 (one month ago) link

Relative of famous person Buddy Holly - his older brother Larry Holley, 96.

Also Buddy’s wife, María Elena, 89.

Keeping with the Buddy Holly theme:

Jerry Allison, 82, and Sonny West, co-writer of "Rave On" and "Oh, Boy!", 84. Heck, let's mention Buddy's friend and tour-mate Dion DiMucci, 82. I watched an enjoyable interview with Dion on Youtube recently where he remembered introducing Buddy to Parmesan cheese.

Basically anyone who knew Buddy Holly is a legend in my book and I'm glad so many of them are still around.

Sam Weller, Wednesday, 6 April 2022 08:23 (one month ago) link

Rona Barrett! Aged 85

Andy the Grasshopper, Thursday, 7 April 2022 23:29 (one month ago) link

xpost Sam I share your passion for all things Holly, which just seems to deepen over time

He was 22 when he died, just insane the amount of quality material he produced

Andy the Grasshopper, Thursday, 7 April 2022 23:31 (one month ago) link

In an interview included with the Criterion edition of the Naked City, Jules Dassin mentions a couple times how much he loved working with fellow blacklistee Marsha Hunt. She's 104 now, with her last credit in 2008, and the oldest member of the Academy.

bulb after bulb, Friday, 8 April 2022 05:09 (one month ago) link

Roy Thinnes, 84

a rector is haunting doo-wop (Matt #2), Friday, 8 April 2022 07:52 (one month ago) link

Bob Cousy, 93

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 11 April 2022 03:13 (one month ago) link

Terry Gibbs, 97.

Rick O'Shea (Tom D.), Wednesday, 13 April 2022 21:14 (one month ago) link

Not to be confused with the much younger Gerry Gibbs.

Anita Quatloos (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 13 April 2022 21:57 (one month ago) link

Or Michael Gibbs.

Rick O'Shea (Tom D.), Wednesday, 13 April 2022 21:58 (one month ago) link

Or Barry Gibbs.

peace, man, Wednesday, 13 April 2022 22:00 (one month ago) link

Or country singer Terri Gibbs

Josefa, Wednesday, 13 April 2022 23:26 (one month ago) link

James Lovelock

― Michael Jones, Saturday, 22 February 2020 11:48 (two years ago) bookmarkflaglink

blimey i interviewed lovelock when he was a spry and youthful 70

― mark s, Saturday, 22 February 2020 11:58 (two years ago) bookmarkflaglink

still with us at 102-and-a-half

reminded bcz i just came across my notes for my article abt gaia for arena magazine back in like 1991? (the one they left my byline off ffs)

doubly reminded when i read a scribble at the top of the interview with him which says his dad was born in 1873 lol

mark s, Thursday, 21 April 2022 11:42 (one month ago) link

Schlocky B-movie horror director/special effects man, Bert I. Gordon, 99 (100 in September).

Was Hitler a Hobbit? (Tom D.), Friday, 22 April 2022 20:07 (one month ago) link

Also 99 (100 in November), René Schérer, philosopher and younger brother of Éric Rohmer.

Was Hitler a Hobbit? (Tom D.), Saturday, 23 April 2022 22:23 (one month ago) link

Carol Burnett (a mere 88)

Muad'Doob (Moodles), Sunday, 24 April 2022 01:25 (one month ago) link

Leslie Phillips, 98, what the fuck why doesn't everyone go on all the time about how Leslie Phillips is still alive, this is genuinely shocking to me, I wish I'd never posted on this thread before (no I haven't done a Ctrl-F).

Alba, Monday, 25 April 2022 21:22 (one month ago) link

I have now Ctrl-Fed. Only four mentions, t'cha.

Alba, Monday, 25 April 2022 21:23 (one month ago) link

you jinxed javier pérez de cuéllar imo

mark s, Monday, 25 April 2022 21:28 (one month ago) link

Ding dong, the secretary general is dead.

Alba, Monday, 25 April 2022 21:43 (one month ago) link

he's gone back to his aliens

mark s, Monday, 25 April 2022 22:03 (one month ago) link

marina oswald and her teeth (now 80)

mark s, Tuesday, 26 April 2022 14:37 (four weeks ago) link

Experimental animator José Antonio Sistiaga, about to turn 90 next month.

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 28 April 2022 06:12 (three weeks ago) link

Julie Andrews

― flappy bird, Wednesday, October 16, 2019 8:11 PM (one year ago) bookmarkflaglink

Holy shit!

Just came to post this

Wile E. Is President (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 2 May 2022 10:32 (three weeks ago) link

Herb Alpert: trumpeter, Tijuana Brass impresario, cofounder of A&M Records, and last person to perform the Super Bowl rendition of the national anthem as an instrumental. Still around at 86 - just one of those people who I pictured as already being middle-aged in the mid-60s.

― Bobo Honk, real name, no gimmicks (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 10 July 2021 01:44 (nine months ago) bookmarkflaglink

87 now: i interviewed him in 1991 (abt north on south street, his hiphop LP lol) and just happened on the tape while sorting thru some stuff -- good to hear he is powering thru

mark s, Tuesday, 3 May 2022 10:19 (three weeks ago) link

Cool. I heard him and wife Lani Hall
interviewed a few years ago before some small tour they were doing. You probably know her voice from Sérgio Mendes and & Brasil ‘66 records.

Wile E. Is President (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 3 May 2022 10:30 (three weeks ago) link

And & and & and &

Wile E. Is President (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 3 May 2022 10:30 (three weeks ago) link

"And" six times in a row

.. finally!

Mark G, Tuesday, 3 May 2022 10:32 (three weeks ago) link

Thomas Pynchon.

Was Hitler a Hobbit? (Tom D.), Tuesday, 3 May 2022 10:34 (three weeks ago) link

Running out of time for that career-spanning Oprah interview

greyfriars boaby (Matt #2), Tuesday, 3 May 2022 10:53 (three weeks ago) link

well past time for another of his LONG books, the last two were mere slander pamphlets

mark s, Tuesday, 3 May 2022 10:56 (three weeks ago) link

Ooh, who was he slagging off?

Mark G, Tuesday, 3 May 2022 11:13 (three weeks ago) link

Glenda Jackson. I knew nothing of her political career until today, either.

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 4 May 2022 14:51 (three weeks ago) link

The former mayor of Mississauga, Ontario, Hazel McCallion, retired at 94 and is still around at 101.

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 5 May 2022 16:36 (two weeks ago) link

not entirely surprised as i follow several accounts which announce sun ra ark dates etc but:

marshall allen (97) alive and touring (he's at cafe oto next week but it's already sold out)

mark s, Friday, 6 May 2022 11:49 (two weeks ago) link

seeing him at Solid Sound Fest, very excited.

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Friday, 6 May 2022 14:48 (two weeks ago) link

Saw him about 4 years ago. He played for like 4 hours and would have probably played longer, he was more supple than most 30 year olds.

Was Hitler a Hobbit? (Tom D.), Friday, 6 May 2022 14:54 (two weeks ago) link

Ann Blyth, mentioned a couple times already but I just discovered this yesterday.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Friday, 6 May 2022 15:01 (two weeks ago) link

Marshall Allen is incredible, met him after a show a few years ago here in Philly, gracious and lovely person too

we need outrage! we need dicks!! (the table is the table), Sunday, 8 May 2022 20:19 (two weeks ago) link

kinda cool how the AV Club has become just an indistinguishable content farm, but every once in awhile Will Harris still pops out of the ether with a great Random Roles interview. (I mean, the latter half of that sentence is kinda cool. Not the first part.)

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Wednesday, 11 May 2022 18:50 (two weeks ago) link

Singer and activist Barbara Dane is 95 today. Has an autobiography and a documentary about her coming out this fall:

bulb after bulb, Thursday, 12 May 2022 21:13 (one week ago) link

Imelda Marcos

Alba, Friday, 13 May 2022 17:09 (one week ago) link


Doodles Diamond (Tom D.), Friday, 13 May 2022 17:21 (one week ago) link

otm even

Doodles Diamond (Tom D.), Friday, 13 May 2022 17:21 (one week ago) link

on the nose, as was

Mark G, Friday, 13 May 2022 17:45 (one week ago) link

Yes, I thought of that after I posted.

Doodles Diamond (Tom D.), Friday, 13 May 2022 18:02 (one week ago) link

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