the last famous person you were surprised to discover was actually still alive

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That guy from the Von Bondies

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

Ursula Moray Williams

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

Reg Varney

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

Dave Allen

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

GENE WILDER. I swear he died.

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

Reg Varney's still alive?

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

richard pryor.

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

Windsor Davies

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

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

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

Zsa Zsa Gabor just turned 91 a few days ago.

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

abe vigoda

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

I think Ernest Borgnine is still at it too.

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

doris day

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

she's getting a grammy tomorrow

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

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

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

Jane Russell

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

Clive Dunn

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


Alba, Friday, 18 February 2011 09:02 (eight years ago) link

len lesser

flopson, Friday, 18 February 2011 09:03 (eight years ago) link

Herbert Lom

Alba, Friday, 18 February 2011 09:12 (eight years ago) link

(I keep being surprised, sorry)

Alba, Friday, 18 February 2011 09:12 (eight years ago) link

One of the people who was in Hitler's bunker when he shot himself
Lee Harvey Oswald's wife (not even that old - still in her sixties)

Ismael Klata, Friday, 18 February 2011 09:31 (eight years ago) link

Ken Dodd, and Patrick Moore.

Mark G, Friday, 18 February 2011 09:47 (eight years ago) link

Doris Day

Inevitable stupid dubstep mix (chap), Friday, 18 February 2011 10:50 (eight years ago) link

Every time I think Peter O'Toole is dead he scores a new role. This has been going on for more than 20 years.

egregious fannydangling (Autumn Almanac), Sunday, 20 February 2011 21:59 (eight years ago) link

G Gordon Liddy

the butthead frond (rip van wanko), Sunday, 20 February 2011 22:06 (eight years ago) link

I have a distinct (and apparently false) memory of reading Rolf Harris's obituary about six months ago, even though I barely knew he was then and barely know who he is now.

uncle twikkelingssteurnissen (unregistered), Sunday, 20 February 2011 22:11 (eight years ago) link

also Bob Hope's wife has no business being alive in 2011, although I'm not really surprised about it.

uncle twikkelingssteurnissen (unregistered), Sunday, 20 February 2011 22:14 (eight years ago) link

lauren bacall

Mordy, Sunday, 20 February 2011 22:26 (eight years ago) link

wilford brimley
ernest borgnine

David Allah Coal (sexyDancer), Sunday, 20 February 2011 22:28 (eight years ago) link

I follow BFI on Twitter and part of the pleasure I get from it is them linking to onstage chats with visiting Hollywood legends who are always Surprisingly Still Alive. Borgnine was one (super-sharp too); George Kennedy another.

Michael Jones, Sunday, 20 February 2011 23:19 (eight years ago) link

two months pass...

Dick Van Dyke

3.5" flopson (The Reverend), Friday, 6 May 2011 05:40 (eight years ago) link

four months pass...

sort of thought nelly furtado was dead

diouf est le papa du foot galsen merde lè haters (nakhchivan), Thursday, 29 September 2011 13:20 (eight years ago) link

four weeks pass...

Walter Mondale

The Reverend, Friday, 28 October 2011 23:16 (eight years ago) link

five months pass...

Didn't know there were two threads for this concept. Anyway, Alby Mangels is not dead.

Autumn Almanac (Schlafsack), Monday, 16 April 2012 01:29 (seven years ago) link

Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland, currently at ages 94 and 95, respectively.

Look at how funky he is! (jer.fairall), Monday, 16 April 2012 03:03 (seven years ago) link

... also she was the French dubbing voice for Olivia de Havilland, a mere slip of a girl at 103.

The Inner Mounting Phlegm (Tom D.), Thursday, 12 September 2019 11:29 (three months ago) link

maybe I'll watch The Heiress tonight... but I don't want to jinx Olivia...

flappy bird, Thursday, 12 September 2019 20:47 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Silent film star ‘Baby Peggy’,

Dan Worsley, Sunday, 29 September 2019 16:59 (two months ago) link

wow that's wild to contemplate

weird ilx but sb (Doctor Casino), Monday, 30 September 2019 23:44 (two months ago) link

She went into residential care a couple years ago, but there's been no news since.

Anne Hedonia (, Tuesday, 1 October 2019 00:13 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Julie Andrews

flappy bird, Thursday, 17 October 2019 00:11 (one month ago) link

Tom T. Hall

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 17 October 2019 03:43 (one month ago) link

Martin LaSalle.

Anne Hedonia (, Thursday, 17 October 2019 11:57 (one month ago) link

Andre Gregory. For some reason I thought he died 15-20 years ago.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 17 October 2019 23:00 (one month ago) link

If I weren't such a fair-weather basketball fan I'd have known this, but I didn't realize Oscar Robertson was still alive (discovered while looking up the Kansas City Kings after buying my goddaughter's daughter a Kings hat). Actually just turned 80.

clemenza, Saturday, 19 October 2019 17:13 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...


wasdnuos (abanana), Monday, 4 November 2019 14:49 (one month ago) link


Number None, Monday, 4 November 2019 17:14 (one month ago) link

he always looked a bit older than he really was

Josefa, Monday, 4 November 2019 17:39 (one month ago) link

Norman Lloyd, 105 today. (Not a surprise in the parts of the Internet I frequent.) Surprise: He is reported to be attached to a pilot in development for ABC.

Anne Hedonia (, Friday, 8 November 2019 15:41 (one month ago) link

Mário Zagallo. Only 88, mind you, I thought he was older.

Michael Oliver of Penge Wins £5 (Tom D.), Friday, 8 November 2019 16:00 (one month ago) link

Dick Cavett. 82 but I would have thought older.

Anne Hedonia (, Saturday, 9 November 2019 03:14 (one month ago) link

Pete Doherty

StanM, Saturday, 9 November 2019 03:36 (one month ago) link

... 83.

'Skills' Wallace (Tom D.), Saturday, 9 November 2019 13:11 (one month ago) link

Vera Miles, 90.

flappy bird, Friday, 15 November 2019 20:28 (four weeks ago) link

Margarita Pracatan

ailsa, Thursday, 28 November 2019 13:11 (two weeks ago) link

Burt Young (thank you, Russian Doll

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Thursday, 28 November 2019 18:28 (two weeks ago) link

As mentioned in some other thread, Ken Rosewall, 85.

'Skills' Wallace (Tom D.), Thursday, 28 November 2019 18:29 (two weeks ago) link

Connie Francis, 81.

flappy bird, Saturday, 30 November 2019 02:46 (one week ago) link

Infamous Hollywood producer Joel Silver, 67.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 1 December 2019 03:20 (one week ago) link

Chanson singer Juliette Gréco. She joined the French Resistance in her teens, turned 92 this year.

Tuomas, Sunday, 1 December 2019 11:10 (one week ago) link

M. Emmet Walsh, who I genuinely thought had died until I saw Knives Out last night. (He's 84.)

I get him and J.T. Walsh mixed up all the time.

Also, I knew J.T. was dead, but thought he had died, like, in 2014 or something. Not 1998!

pplains, Tuesday, 3 December 2019 15:34 (one week ago) link

Happy birthday Kirk Douglas!

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Monday, 9 December 2019 14:46 (four days ago) link

Tuskegee Airman Colonel Charles McGee, 100 on 12/7/19.

Anne Hedonia (, Tuesday, 10 December 2019 17:26 (three days ago) link

As mentioned in some other thread, Ken Rosewall, 85

And Rod Laver, 81. What a doubles pair

van dyke parks generator (anagram), Tuesday, 10 December 2019 17:39 (three days ago) link

If we're partnering up, Fred Stolle (two Slams w/Rosewall '68-'69) and Roy Emerson (three Slams w/Laver '61-'71) are still knocking around too. Rosewall/Laver were US Open finalists in '73. Almost all of the Aussie greats from that period are still going. Lew Hoad (who died in 1994) is maybe the only one missing?

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 10 December 2019 17:56 (three days ago) link

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