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

Stevie Ray Vaughn

Completely faked the crash!

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Thursday, 5 March 2020 16:07 (three weeks ago) link

Dean Stockwell, 84

Life is a banquet and my invitation was lost in the mail (, Friday, 6 March 2020 00:38 (three weeks ago) link

do we have a "surprised they're so old" thread?

just read Gerhard Richter is 88, I would have been off by 15 years at least

Webcam Du Bois (Hadrian VIII), Friday, 6 March 2020 11:47 (three weeks ago) link

Dionne Warwick, only 79.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 6 March 2020 12:27 (three weeks ago) link

idk "famous" but i learned john mccains mother lives on, shes 108

johnny crunch, Friday, 6 March 2020 13:06 (three weeks ago) link

Wow. Not just outliving her son but outliving everyone.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 6 March 2020 13:29 (three weeks ago) link

Everyone but Catherine Deneuve's mother, who is ca. 5 months older.

Load up your rubber wallets (Tom D.), Friday, 6 March 2020 13:34 (three weeks ago) link

Sidney Poitier

flappy bird, Saturday, 7 March 2020 03:46 (three weeks ago) link

curtis fuller, 85

budo jeru, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 06:38 (two weeks ago) link

Mel Brooks, just saw him on Twitter with his son.

And Dick Van Dyke repping for Bernie too.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Tuesday, 17 March 2020 07:27 (two weeks ago) link

Musical "legend" Anita Bryant, who turns 80 soon. Was thinking god called her home to her eternal reward.

That Imitation Brass Looks Real Good on You (I M Losted), Tuesday, 17 March 2020 14:06 (two weeks ago) link

Nah, she just went to Branson.

pplains, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 14:52 (two weeks ago) link

All I know about her is that she's rudely mentioned in a Dead Kennedys song

akb23 (Matt #2), Tuesday, 17 March 2020 15:04 (two weeks ago) link

vicious homophobic demagogue, and orange juice spokesperson --- these became creatively linked by gay rights activists through an OJ boycott.

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 15:25 (two weeks ago) link

“Haven’t seen anything like this since the Anita Bryant concert”

Mr. Snrub, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 15:44 (two weeks ago) link

Local gay actor here used to do a show called Pieface about her at the Orlando Fringe fest every five years or so.

I do believe he did not care for her.

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 17 March 2020 18:23 (two weeks ago) link

Bob Wellings, BBC Nationwide presenter, 85.

the grateful dead can dance (anagram), Thursday, 19 March 2020 12:08 (one week ago) link

Mel Brooks, just saw him on Twitter with his son.

And Dick Van Dyke repping for Bernie too.

― in twelve parts (lamonti), Tuesday, March 17, 2020 3:27 AM (four days ago

And Carl Reiner, 98, completes a triple.

Robbie Shakespeare’s Sister Lovers (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 21 March 2020 23:00 (one week ago) link

jackson browne!

(bcz i always confuse him with warren zevon lol)

mark s, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 16:24 (one week ago) link

i keep thinking Rick Stein is dead, i must confuse him with Keith Floyd or something

Let's kill the Queen and be legends (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 26 March 2020 11:26 (six days ago) link

i mean apparently he's dead now but

Let's kill the Queen and be legends (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 26 March 2020 11:27 (six days ago) link

Drunk Rick Stein chef crushed to death chasing after train to retrieve forgotten coffee

Kyle Kusano-Puffett, who had also taken the drug MDMA, realised he had forgotten his beverage after climbing out of the window of the carriage door

this is what I found from Rick Stein dead

calzino, Thursday, 26 March 2020 11:33 (six days ago) link

Might as well add Rick Stein and Keith Floyd to the "oh I always mix these two people up", for I do, too.

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 26 March 2020 11:34 (six days ago) link

but isn't Rick Stein a charmless unreconstructed Tory prick* whereas Keith Floyd was a quite amusing variety of Tory wanker.

*I'm just guessing this - I have never knowingly watched him.

calzino, Thursday, 26 March 2020 11:40 (six days ago) link

In my mind they are one and the same chef who enjoyed drinking way too much tbf

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 26 March 2020 11:45 (six days ago) link

It's good that the third person mentioned on this thread, over 16 years ago, is still with us.

Michael Jones, Thursday, 26 March 2020 12:12 (six days ago) link

Oh there's another chef I always mix up with Rick Stein, the Scottish seafood one.

Bridge Over Thorley Waters (Tom D.), Thursday, 26 March 2020 12:24 (six days ago) link

Nick Nairn. Except Rick Stein is the seafood one. My interest in chefs is less than zero.

Bridge Over Thorley Waters (Tom D.), Thursday, 26 March 2020 12:26 (six days ago) link

OK, so you can make some nice food, who gives a flying fuck?

Bridge Over Thorley Waters (Tom D.), Thursday, 26 March 2020 12:27 (six days ago) link


Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 26 March 2020 12:30 (six days ago) link


Bridge Over Thorley Waters (Tom D.), Thursday, 26 March 2020 12:33 (six days ago) link

jimmy carter.

i could have sworn i read a bunch of obituaries about a month ago.

treeship., Thursday, 26 March 2020 18:14 (six days ago) link

Uderzo, or at least until he had died when i read his obit .
Hadn't realised he'd been around at all.

Stevolende, Thursday, 26 March 2020 18:53 (six days ago) link

Donald Trump.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 26 March 2020 18:55 (six days ago) link

I'm sure if we all wish really hard at the same time. Or is taht what we've been doing for the last 3 years.

Stevolende, Thursday, 26 March 2020 19:00 (six days ago) link

treesh when Carter dies it'll be hard to miss, flags at half mast, lying in state at the captiol, Trump feeling one-upped and having a tantrum etc

Yanni Xenakis (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 26 March 2020 20:46 (six days ago) link

irritating tory and brexiteer joan collins

karmic blowback for dissing pip and jane baker (Autumn Almanac), Friday, 27 March 2020 12:46 (five days ago) link

I also thought she had died but realised I was thinking of Elizaveth Taylor

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 27 March 2020 12:56 (five days ago) link

Boris Johnson

coco vide (pomenitul), Friday, 27 March 2020 13:30 (five days ago) link

xp Alexis Morell Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan is active on Twitter, where you'll see her posing with various candidates for this thread

Josefa, Friday, 27 March 2020 14:24 (five days ago) link

Tatsuya Nakadai, who appeared in Harakiri, Samurai Rebellion, Kwaidan, Yojimbo, Ran and a shitload more - 87 and still acting.

i was joking about the cat soup thing (Matt #2), Saturday, 28 March 2020 22:47 (four days ago) link

Penderecki (RIP)

change display name (Jordan), Sunday, 29 March 2020 16:12 (three days ago) link

likewise :(

mark s, Sunday, 29 March 2020 16:18 (three days ago) link

Jack Jones

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 30 March 2020 18:18 (two days ago) link

Larry Flynt! A sprightly 77.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 1 April 2020 01:24 (nineteen hours ago) link

John Astin turned 90 yesterday!

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 01:37 (nineteen hours ago) link

julian priester. 84

budo jeru, Wednesday, 1 April 2020 17:14 (three hours ago) link

He plays on Alice by Sunn O))) right? Which is a good 10 years ago but still. Glad to hear he's still kicking.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 18:09 (two hours ago) link

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