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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

(Richard Widmark)

Gear! (Gear!), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 10:54 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Saddam Hussein, obv

Ste (Fuzzy), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 11:01 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Stanley Baxter

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 12:21 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

(Inverting the question completely) Thora Hird.

Nick Southall (Nick Southall), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 12:22 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

she was famous.

RJG (RJG), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 13:25 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Clive Dunn is the obvious one.

Chriddof (Chriddof), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 14:43 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Dennis Hopper, every time.

TOMBOT, Wednesday, 24 December 2003 14:51 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Mickey Rooney

Bryan (Bryan), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 14:59 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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

Nick Southall (Nick Southall), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 15:12 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

So I guess it's only half-inverted.

Nick Southall (Nick Southall), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 15:12 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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

Huckleberry Mann (Horace Mann), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 15:14 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I'm always vaguelly confused that he even exists.

Nick Southall (Nick Southall), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 15:15 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

George Jones.

Carey (Carey), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 15:19 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Elvis Presley

jewelly (jewelly), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 19:25 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 19:26 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

That guy from the Von Bondies

Lynskey (Lynskey), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 19:53 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Ursula Moray Williams

robin carmody (robin carmody), Thursday, 25 December 2003 20:19 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Reg Varney

Bob Six (bobbysix), Friday, 26 December 2003 19:35 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Dave Allen

stevem (blueski), Friday, 26 December 2003 19:50 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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

jaymc (jaymc), Friday, 26 December 2003 20:01 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

GENE WILDER. I swear he died.

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

Reg Varney's still alive?

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Saturday, 27 December 2003 02:01 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

richard pryor.

cozen (Cozen), Saturday, 27 December 2003 02:22 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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

isadora (isadora), Sunday, 28 December 2003 08:39 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Windsor Davies

Ricardo (RickyT), Sunday, 28 December 2003 21:45 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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

s1utsky (slutsky), Sunday, 28 December 2003 21:52 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

five months pass...
Bosko Balaban Stats For Season

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Avg Minutes Played Per Start 0
Goals 0
Avg Goal Mins When Starting 0.0
Avg Mins Played/Goal Scored 0
Goals Scored As Sub 0
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bosko, Monday, 14 June 2004 16:14 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I was surprised that Bosko even lived.

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

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Zsa Zsa Gabor just turned 91 a few days ago.

Roz, Friday, 8 February 2008 07:03 (eleven years ago) Permalink

abe vigoda

remy bean, Friday, 8 February 2008 07:11 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I think Ernest Borgnine is still at it too.

nickn, Friday, 8 February 2008 07:52 (eleven years ago) Permalink

doris day

Frogman Henry, Friday, 8 February 2008 08:00 (eleven years ago) Permalink

she's getting a grammy tomorrow

tremendoid, Friday, 8 February 2008 08:03 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Shirley Temple

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

!!!

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

Leonard skinner, but he's now dead.

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

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 (eight years ago) Permalink

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

just1n3, Thursday, 23 September 2010 19:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Louie Anderson

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

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

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

Kenneth Mars, but once again after he was dead.

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

Jane Russell

Alba, Friday, 18 February 2011 09:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

Clive Dunn

Alba, Friday, 18 February 2011 09:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

OTM. He's not that old, Duane Eddy, well he's 80 but he was young when he had his hits.

Lammy's Show (Tom D.), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 12:14 (two months ago) Permalink

Angela Lansbury

flappy bird, Wednesday, 20 March 2019 16:40 (two months ago) Permalink

Angie is shipshape and takes her meds

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 16:43 (two months ago) Permalink

Vera Lynn (who turned 102 yesterday!)

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 16:44 (two months ago) Permalink

XP A lot less murder in her life as well.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 16:45 (two months ago) Permalink

(today, rather) xp

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 16:45 (two months ago) Permalink

Jessica <3

flappy bird, Wednesday, 20 March 2019 16:52 (two months ago) Permalink

lulu

― rove mcmanus island (Autumn Almanac), Friday, 29 December 2017 10:46 (one year ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this just happened again

seedy ron (Autumn Almanac), Saturday, 30 March 2019 06:28 (two months ago) Permalink

What, she's alive again?

Mark G, Saturday, 30 March 2019 17:26 (two months ago) Permalink

stacy keach

maura, Saturday, 30 March 2019 18:34 (two months ago) Permalink

Saw him as Lear in DC in…2009 it says here.

moose; squirrel (silby), Saturday, 30 March 2019 18:56 (two months ago) Permalink

Alex Jones

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 30 March 2019 18:56 (two months ago) Permalink

William Daniels, who played Dustin Hoffman's father in the graduate, is 92 today.

Non, je ned raggette rien (onimo), Sunday, 31 March 2019 22:56 (two months ago) Permalink

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

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 31 March 2019 23:01 (two months ago) Permalink

*Norman

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 31 March 2019 23:01 (two months ago) Permalink

wow.

pplains, Sunday, 31 March 2019 23:20 (two months ago) Permalink

Watched part 2 of CNN's Nixon special tonight. A lot of Roger Mudd (most memorably, almost speechless after LBJ's I-will-not-accept address)--still alive at 91.

clemenza, Monday, 1 April 2019 02:09 (two months ago) Permalink

Already mentioned but Carl Reiner (97).

Saw his name in the credit of a Parks and Rec episode he appeared on - in a moment of cognitive dissonance I thought “damn, Rob Reiner is looking old”

ed.b, Monday, 1 April 2019 06:49 (two months ago) Permalink

ed. pee

buzza, Monday, 1 April 2019 07:18 (two months ago) Permalink

huh?

ed.b, Monday, 1 April 2019 11:10 (two months ago) Permalink

Beverly Cleary, children's author. She's 103!!!

frogbs, Friday, 12 April 2019 17:45 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah she's my recurrent favorite one of these

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 13 April 2019 12:30 (two months ago) Permalink

Bernard Bailyn, historian of the American revolution

it me, Monday, 15 April 2019 20:38 (two months ago) Permalink

^"He has been a professor at Harvard University since 1953."

it me, Monday, 15 April 2019 20:40 (two months ago) Permalink

Joan Didion

flappy bird, Thursday, 18 April 2019 18:22 (one month ago) Permalink

Record producer Creed Taylor

pippin drives a lambo through the gates of isengard (Sparkle Motion), Friday, 19 April 2019 00:36 (one month ago) Permalink

Leslie Phillips, who was 95 yesterday

Ward Fowler, Sunday, 21 April 2019 16:02 (one month ago) Permalink

ding dong!

mark s, Sunday, 21 April 2019 18:04 (one month ago) Permalink

Bernard Bailyn, historian of the American revolution

I've been reading The Barbarous Years, which came out in 2012, and had assumed he was like 20 years younger than he actually is.

circles, Sunday, 21 April 2019 18:28 (one month ago) Permalink

Astronaut Michael Collins, who's a talking head on this ABC 1969 doc rn.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 24 April 2019 02:13 (one month ago) Permalink

beat poet gary snyder!

(he's only 88 and once lived in a californian cabin with kerouac) (where i believe they crunched candy corn and crackers)

mark s, Sunday, 28 April 2019 16:04 (one month ago) Permalink

About time for a Stanley Baxter update. Yes, still there, 93 next month.

Freddie Starr (Hitler in shorts) (Tom D.), Sunday, 28 April 2019 17:06 (one month ago) Permalink

Jackie Stallone. 97.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Sunday, 28 April 2019 17:33 (one month ago) Permalink

Hardy Kruger, 91.

Freddie Starr (Hitler in shorts) (Tom D.), Monday, 29 April 2019 18:40 (one month ago) Permalink

Glen Michael.

― Horizontal Superman is invulnerable (aldo), Wednesday, 30 November 2016 10:45 (two years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

93 and counting

Non, je ned raggette rien (onimo), Thursday, 2 May 2019 07:52 (one month ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Annie Ross, 88.

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Saturday, 25 May 2019 23:58 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Stanley Baxter, one of the patron saints of this thread, was 93 on Friday.

Elitist cheese photos (aldo), Sunday, 26 May 2019 10:47 (three weeks ago) Permalink

FFS bookmarked thread not showing Tom D said this a few weeks ago. IR Stupid.

Elitist cheese photos (aldo), Sunday, 26 May 2019 10:48 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Glen Michael, Stanley Baxter, Annie Ross... thread's turned very Caledonian.

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Sunday, 26 May 2019 11:15 (three weeks ago) Permalink

forgot to post the other week re Doris Day

nashwan, Sunday, 26 May 2019 12:07 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I swear I actually remember Doris Day dying about 5 years ago.

chap, Sunday, 26 May 2019 12:14 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Olivia de Havilland

flappy bird, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 06:40 (one week ago) Permalink

pat boone. and hoo boy how i found out

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BkiHZmUO6zM

maura, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 19:29 (one week ago) Permalink

Eugene Wright - bass player on Take Five, etc. 96!

Ned Trifle X, Saturday, 8 June 2019 08:09 (one week ago) Permalink

Dr. Ruth

Conceptualize Wyverns (latebloomer), Sunday, 9 June 2019 14:11 (one week ago) Permalink

Tony Britton

Elitist cheese photos (aldo), Monday, 10 June 2019 08:54 (one week ago) Permalink

armistead maupin!!

(he's not even old but for some reason i thought he died? anyway i'm glad he isn't! and i'm watching (return to) tales of the city on netflix, which is why i looked him up)

mark s, Sunday, 16 June 2019 19:23 (yesterday) Permalink

Lawrence Ferlinghetti (96!)

― EDB, Monday, 17 August 2015 05:45 (three years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

100!

John Harris is a Guardian columnist (Tom D.), Sunday, 16 June 2019 22:09 (yesterday) Permalink

beat poetry! who knew!?

(snyder is 89)

mark s, Sunday, 16 June 2019 22:13 (yesterday) Permalink

Desmond Morris

soref, Sunday, 16 June 2019 22:19 (yesterday) Permalink


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