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

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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


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

len lesser

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

Herbert Lom

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

(I keep being surprised, sorry)

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

Ken Dodd, and Patrick Moore.

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

Doris Day

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

G Gordon Liddy

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

lauren bacall

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

wilford brimley
ernest borgnine

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

two months pass...

Dick Van Dyke

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

Ray Bradbury, 92, from this list.

The Painter of Blight™ (Sanpaku), Monday, 16 April 2012 05:37 (eight years ago) link

Burt Young, who is only in his 70s.

Raymond Dubious Davies (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 16 April 2012 05:56 (eight years ago) link

Seems to happen to me regularly when i see/hear obituaries on people. Keep thinking that i'd heard they'd died a few years back.
Certainly happened with Spike Milligan and Don van vliet

Stevolende, Monday, 16 April 2012 06:19 (eight years ago) link

"Muhammad Ali 70 Bufferfly/Bee"


Waxahachie Swap (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Monday, 16 April 2012 06:26 (eight years ago) link

don rickles

ma ck ro ma ck ro (mackro mackro), Monday, 16 April 2012 06:27 (eight years ago) link

Fats Domino, off that list

Waxahachie Swap (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Monday, 16 April 2012 06:28 (eight years ago) link

seven months pass...

mido departs barnsley

first u get the flower, then u get the honey, then u get the stamen (darraghmac), Thursday, 13 December 2012 15:42 (seven years ago) link

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

Nilmar Honorato da Silva, Thursday, 13 December 2012 15:44 (seven years ago) link

Dave Brubeck... when his death was announced.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Thursday, 13 December 2012 15:45 (seven years ago) link

sherman hemsley. when he died i experienced deja vu. i could have sworn that he died several years earlier and even had faint memories of reading his obituaries.

sadkdsajkldaskjdsajklasdkl (Pat Finn), Thursday, 13 December 2012 16:34 (seven years ago) link

Ravi Shankar, as of a couple days ago

One Way Ticket on the 1277 Express (Bill Magill), Thursday, 13 December 2012 17:12 (seven years ago) link

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

Was gonna say OdH but I didn't realize her sister was still around too! Guess they're each determined to outlive the other.

Faster than food (Myonga Vön Bontee), Thursday, 13 December 2012 20:08 (seven years ago) link

six months pass...

Mary Tyler Moore

The Reverend, Wednesday, 19 June 2013 04:00 (seven years ago) link

ha, I've posted Dick van Dyke and MTM itt!

The Reverend, Wednesday, 19 June 2013 04:01 (seven years ago) link

Olivia De Havilland and Joan Fontaine

polyphonic, Wednesday, 19 June 2013 04:47 (seven years ago) link

Martin Landau.

Sleep Deprivation Thriver (B.L.A.M.), Wednesday, 19 June 2013 05:24 (seven years ago) link

lisa kudrow

Treeship, Wednesday, 19 June 2013 05:27 (seven years ago) link

I always seem to think that Ennio Morricone is dead, but he's still working!

Dan I., Wednesday, 19 June 2013 10:02 (seven years ago) link

kirk douglas

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 19 June 2013 10:10 (seven years ago) link

Denis Healey

Bees Against Racism (Tom D.), Wednesday, 19 June 2013 10:47 (seven years ago) link

Slim Whitman...but he's dead now :-(

Mr. Mojo Readin' (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 19 June 2013 14:57 (seven years ago) link

Esther Williams (til recently)

ballin' from Maine to Mexico (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 19 June 2013 15:01 (seven years ago) link

Horace Silver and Clark Terry. Both fortunately still alive.

(Terry might be the last surviving member of any of Duke Ellington's orchestras)

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Wednesday, 19 June 2013 15:07 (seven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

found myself at I.M. Pei's wikipedia page just now. he is 96 years old and STILL ALIVE. i thought he died in the 80s for some reason.

Treeship, Sunday, 7 July 2013 16:41 (seven years ago) link

architects seem to live forever though.

Treeship, Sunday, 7 July 2013 16:41 (seven years ago) link

Ronnie Hawkins

Mr. Mojo Readin' (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 7 July 2013 17:21 (seven years ago) link

seven months pass...

H. Rap Brown

imago draggin' (The Reverend), Sunday, 2 March 2014 06:40 (six years ago) link

Jerry Lee Lewis

Mark G, Sunday, 2 March 2014 09:16 (six years ago) link

(Oof, I had no idea about his background:


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budo jeru, Friday, 7 August 2020 07:19 (five days 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 (five days 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 days ago) link

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