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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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

(Oof, I had no idea about his background:

And I bet you're NOT EVEN MAKING THIS UP.

pplains, Friday, 7 August 2020 01:44 (two months ago) link

Wonder if there was ever any some sort of Southeastern-style rivalry between him and Lewis Grizzard.

pplains, Friday, 7 August 2020 01:45 (two months ago) link

Constance Towers, of The Naked Kiss fame, age 87, and she just ended a 20-plus year run on General Hospital last year.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 7 August 2020 07:00 (two months ago) link

(Oof, I had no idea about his background:

And I bet you're NOT EVEN MAKING THIS UP.

― pplains, Thursday, August 6, 2020 8:44 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

lmao

budo jeru, Friday, 7 August 2020 07:19 (two months ago) link

I keep forgetting whether Terry Rypdal is dead or alive -- guess I'm confusing him with late jazz guitar greats like Jon Abercrombie and Larry Coryell?

and he just had the nerve to release a single titled As If The Ghost … Was Me!?, so maybe he's just as confused as I am 🤔

panburger partner (unregistered), Friday, 7 August 2020 15:27 (two months ago) link

Paco Rabanne
(as featured in the Sopranos line "You smell like Paco Rabanne crawled up your ass and died")

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 10 August 2020 19:46 (two months ago) link

Ned Beatty. John Madden. Both of them stocky guys I considered OLD circa 1993 but who were only then in their mid 50s.

Sam Weller, Friday, 14 August 2020 10:21 (two months ago) link

Ralph Nader, 86.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 14 August 2020 13:49 (two months ago) link

Former superstar produced Arthur Baker. He's only 65, but I don't know what that translates to in cocaine years.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 18 August 2020 14:36 (two months ago) link

Alain Delon, 84.

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Tuesday, 18 August 2020 14:39 (two months ago) link

Hal Lindsey, who wrote The Late, Great Planet Earth. Still hosts a TV show about biblical prophecy at age 90. He may live to see the end of the world after all.

Josefa, Friday, 28 August 2020 17:26 (one month ago) link

Peter Yarrow was just interviewed on TV about the DC march.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 28 August 2020 18:41 (one month ago) link

Pat Buchanan, 81. Do people still publish him or put him on TV?

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 28 August 2020 18:42 (one month ago) link

Only on The 700 Club on Disney's Freeform, which is contractually obligated to air the show forever.

wasdnous (abanana), Saturday, 29 August 2020 06:32 (one month ago) link

lol no wait, that's pat robertson. buchanan is on the mclaughlin group on some pbs affiliate.

wasdnous (abanana), Saturday, 29 August 2020 06:38 (one month ago) link

Shel Talmy

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 31 August 2020 17:49 (one month ago) link

Harry Belafonte!

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 31 August 2020 20:33 (one month ago) link

Monica Vitti

Two Little Hit Parades (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 31 August 2020 21:55 (one month ago) link

Tommy James (73).

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 31 August 2020 22:31 (one month ago) link

archie shepp

mark s, Tuesday, 1 September 2020 09:33 (one month ago) link

Glynis Johns (96)

fetter, Tuesday, 1 September 2020 10:21 (one month ago) link

Tippi Hedron, 90.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 1 September 2020 12:51 (one month ago) link

Glynis Johns is one of the handful of surviving villains from the '60s Batman show. IIRC, the others are Julie Newmar, John Astin, Joan Collins, and Barbara Rush.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 1 September 2020 13:29 (one month ago) link

Hello everyone! This is Vin Scully here. Delighted to join you on twitter. Have a great day! #VinScully pic.twitter.com/RKbSzCiWwq

— Vin Scully (@TheVinScully) September 2, 2020

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 21:00 (one month ago) link

Tippi Hedron, 90.

― Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 1 September 2020 13:51 (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

All the more remarkable for what she's managed to survive!

tangenttangent, Wednesday, 2 September 2020 21:24 (one month ago) link

Chris Holmes out of WASP.

Mud... jam... failure (aldo), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 21:28 (one month ago) link

Sadaharu Oh. (I also thought he'd be older than 80.)

clemenza, Monday, 7 September 2020 01:03 (one month ago) link

eric burdon

mark s, Monday, 7 September 2020 18:14 (one month ago) link

thought he was dead too, have now realised I was confusing him with Reg Presley

Anti-Cop Ponceortium (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 7 September 2020 18:40 (one month ago) link

I met his cousin once, but now he's dead tooinstead.

Quit It And Hit It Sideways (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 7 September 2020 20:18 (one month ago) link

Pat Suzuki (90 this month)

Josefa, Friday, 11 September 2020 15:07 (one month ago) link

Songwriting team Alan and Marilyn Bergman. Alan turned 95 yesterday, Marilyn is 90.

Josefa, Saturday, 12 September 2020 14:05 (one month ago) link

was recently surprised to discover that brecht scholar and theatre critic eric bentley is alive and about to turn 99

also nice to know j.p. donleavy is still pottering around his irish estate

― no lime tangier, Monday, August 31, 2015 5:25 AM (five years ago)

Donleavy checked out last month, but Bentley's still here at 101!

― alimosina, Monday, October 9, 2017 3:10 PM (two years ago)

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

― alimosina, Tuesday, February 11, 2020 12:06 PM (seven months ago)

rip eric bentley

no lime tangier, Friday, 18 September 2020 06:55 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

Tom Vu

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 18:17 (two weeks ago) link

Melvyn Hayes.

Dan Worsley, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 18:40 (one week ago) link

Donald Trump.

mirostones, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 20:20 (one week ago) link

oh, and angela lansbury

― it me, Monday, April 27, 2015 10:59 PM (five years ago) bookmarkflaglink

95 today.

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Friday, 16 October 2020 18:16 (one week ago) link

Joe Turkel

AlanSmithee, Saturday, 17 October 2020 21:24 (six days ago) link

RIP Sid Hartman, forever. The worst thing that can be said about you is that you repped your set.

https://www.startribune.com/legendary-columnist-sid-hartman-dies-at-100/572788662/

it me, Monday, 19 October 2020 08:06 (four days ago) link

Henry Silva

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 19 October 2020 23:22 (four days ago) link

John Cairney, 90 (older than Robert Burns and Robert Louis Stevenson put together). Also his brother Jim, who was a footballer, is still going at 89.

Young Boys of Bernie (Tom D.), Monday, 19 October 2020 23:28 (four days ago) link

Joe Turkel

Still with us? Goddamn a true lifer and a life.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 19 October 2020 23:35 (four days ago) link

Betty Boothroyd, 91. I'm not really surprised the old fucker is still going but I remember thinking she must be at least 91 at some point like 2006 or similar.

calzino, Monday, 19 October 2020 23:37 (four days ago) link

lots of melty folk getting excited about Betty excoriating Boris Johnson in the House of Lords is a perfect illustration of a what a degenerate shithole the UK is. But I enjoyed much more listening to her on the British Audio Archives talking about living through the 30's depression in Dewsbury when her mum was working in a factory and her dad was an unfashionable house-husband.

calzino, Monday, 19 October 2020 23:55 (four days ago) link

Tom Lehrer.

pedantly admonishment (aldo), Tuesday, 20 October 2020 19:00 (three days ago) link

I could have sworn Sheldon Adelson was dead.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 20 October 2020 21:47 (three days ago) link

Bobby Seale

it me, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 07:14 (two days ago) link

I could have sworn Sheldon Adelson was dead.

You're not alone on this -- I thought he was dead too!

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 10:30 (two days ago) link

Stanley Baxter

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

11 years on and still going strong, errrrr, Stanley Baxter that is, not Dom. Can't be sure about Dom.

― Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Tuesday, 20 October 2015 15:32 (five years ago) bookmarkflaglink

still alive at 90. which for a glaswegian man is positively methuselahesque

― *-* (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 20 October 2016 17:49 (four years ago) bookmarkflaglink

Still kicking around at 92.

― Non, je ned raggette rien (onimo), Sunday, 25 November 2018 11:28 (one year ago) bookmarkflaglink

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 year ago) bookmarkflaglink

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

― Elitist cheese photos (aldo), Sunday, 26 May 2019 10:47 (one year ago) bookmarkflaglink

Only Stanley Baxter has more mentions I think.

― Duncan Disorderly (Tom D.), Sunday, 26 January 2020 13:46 (eight months ago) bookmarkflaglink

Stanley Baxter

Young Boys of Bernie (Tom D.), Wednesday, 21 October 2020 12:05 (two days ago) link

Glen Michael.

― Horizontal Superman is invulnerable (aldo), Wednesday, 30 November 2016 10:45 (three years ago) bookmarkflaglink

93 and counting

― Non, je ned raggette rien (onimo), Thursday, 2 May 2019 07:52 (one year ago) bookmarkflaglink

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

― Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Sunday, 26 May 2019 11:15 (one year ago) bookmarkflaglink

Annie gone this year :( However Glen still with us at 94, he is eight days older than Stanley Baxter.

Young Boys of Bernie (Tom D.), Wednesday, 21 October 2020 12:07 (two days ago) link


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