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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

(Richard Widmark)

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

Saddam Hussein, obv

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

Stanley Baxter

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

(Inverting the question completely) Thora Hird.

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

she was famous.

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

Clive Dunn is the obvious one.

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

Dennis Hopper, every time.

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

Mickey Rooney

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

So I guess it's only half-inverted.

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

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

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

I'm always vaguelly confused that he even exists.

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

George Jones.

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

Elvis Presley

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

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

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

That guy from the Von Bondies

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

Ursula Moray Williams

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

Reg Varney

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

Dave Allen

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

GENE WILDER. I swear he died.

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

Reg Varney's still alive?

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

richard pryor.

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

Windsor Davies

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

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

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

five months pass...
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bosko, Monday, 14 June 2004 16:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I was surprised that Bosko even lived.

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

Zsa Zsa Gabor just turned 91 a few days ago.

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

abe vigoda

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

I think Ernest Borgnine is still at it too.

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

doris day

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

she's getting a grammy tomorrow

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

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

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

Jane Russell

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

Clive Dunn

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

Huh, I had to look that up - he was the producer of Death Race 2050, and he has an executive producer credit on the 2018 Death Race: Beyond Anarchy. Last directed a film in 1990 (not that I'm suggesting you were suggesting that he directed Death Race 2050 - I think I misinterpreted the 'did' in your sentence.)

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 28 August 2018 17:50 (three months ago) Permalink

yes, I didn't mean to suggest that -- but he initiated the film, licensed the rights back from Universal who are still making remake-sequels regularly (that's the exec producer credit for 2018), actively produced it etc. one assumes (possibly unfairly) a lot of the Sharktopus / Pirahnaconda stuff he produces for cable is more plug-and-play into a spreadsheet template of budgets and shooting days.

(he didn't direct the original Death Race 2000 either)

▫◌▫ (sic), Tuesday, 28 August 2018 18:59 (three months ago) Permalink

Interesting - and impressive in its way, that his hucksterish impulses are still p strong at the age of 92!

Have never seen a Sharktopus/Pirahanaconda film - am I missing out?

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 28 August 2018 19:19 (three months ago) Permalink

Death Race 2050 is the only post-70s Corman anything I've seen. (It's good! Or good at what it's intending to be. I saw it projected from DVD in the back room of a pub, which was a suitable audience and setting.)

▫◌▫ (sic), Tuesday, 28 August 2018 20:18 (three months ago) Permalink

Joe Biden's mother

Mark G, Thursday, 30 August 2018 19:20 (three months ago) Permalink

John mccains mother

I've has a beer, soz

Mark G, Thursday, 30 August 2018 19:21 (three months ago) Permalink

I.M. Pei. 101 years old!

🦅 (Trϵϵship), Thursday, 30 August 2018 21:48 (three months ago) Permalink

John McCain's mom is not really famous, any more than she would be if she'd had her tubes tied in 1935, but then he wouldn't be either

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 30 August 2018 23:30 (three months ago) Permalink

He's not as old as I would have guessed (77) but I was happy to see Dr Demento was at the Weird Al Hollywood star reception.

Liquid Plejades, Friday, 31 August 2018 03:45 (three months ago) Permalink

Dr. Demento's career is still a little mind-blowing when I realize that he was also a roadie for Spirit and Canned Heat and pals with John Fahey back in 1965. There's a great audio interview out there of him and Fahey interviewing Son House in 1965

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 31 August 2018 04:35 (three months ago) Permalink

Don Garlits

Ubering With The King (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 2 September 2018 21:29 (three months ago) Permalink

o snap

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Monday, 3 September 2018 01:22 (three months ago) Permalink

i'm aalive

🦅 (Trϵϵship), Monday, 3 September 2018 03:06 (three months ago) Permalink

Fred Melamed (I just for some reason thought he died)

Andrew Farrell, Monday, 3 September 2018 06:54 (three months ago) Permalink

Current Sling TV pitch-person Dr. Ruth.

Ubering With The King (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 3 September 2018 07:36 (three months ago) Permalink

Shelley Duvall

flappy bird, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 14:59 (three months ago) Permalink

Matt Drudge

(I think maybe I confused him with Breitbart?)

ilxor-com-dog-meat-drawer-7-840-x-600.jpg (unregistered), Friday, 7 September 2018 01:30 (three months ago) Permalink

easy mistake to make. also because Drudge never gives interviews and rarely has his picture taken.

flappy bird, Friday, 7 September 2018 16:41 (three months ago) Permalink

Martial Solal

calzino, Saturday, 8 September 2018 11:37 (three months ago) Permalink

I wouldn't expect someone who played with Sidney Bechet and did the Breathless soundtrack to be still here.

calzino, Saturday, 8 September 2018 11:39 (three months ago) Permalink

Peregrine Worsthorne

I think it is the wasp thread got me thinking of him : "you'd sting me with a wasp?" "is this a conversation".

calzino, Monday, 10 September 2018 20:30 (three months ago) Permalink

Walter Laqueur

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Tuesday, 11 September 2018 07:53 (two months ago) Permalink

Hal Holbrook!

flappy bird, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 07:06 (two months ago) Permalink

Richard "Les Nessman" Sanders (who's not as old as I thought--was in his late 30s when WKRP started)

Ubering With The King (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 07:21 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Frank Bough. For some reason I thought he'd died years ago and then I saw a Twitter account under his name, thought that someone had maybe just set one up under his name and then checked....he's 85 now.

Grandpont Genie, Tuesday, 2 October 2018 19:25 (two months ago) Permalink

Gene Shalit (92)

Ubering With The King (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 2 October 2018 19:31 (two months ago) Permalink

bill hayden

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 3 October 2018 11:20 (two months ago) Permalink

Jan Troell, director of The Emigrants and The New Land.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 17:09 (two months ago) Permalink

Sandy Gall, Richard Baker.

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 14:40 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Shirley Williams

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Saturday, 27 October 2018 22:37 (one month ago) Permalink

Hank Aaron

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Saturday, 27 October 2018 22:41 (one month ago) Permalink

sandy koufax

maura, Sunday, 28 October 2018 13:38 (one month ago) Permalink

Willie Mays

Mr. Snrub, Thursday, 1 November 2018 16:12 (one month ago) Permalink

tsk tsk, keep up w/ yr Hall of Famers

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 1 November 2018 16:13 (one month ago) Permalink

Whitey Ford just turned 90 btw

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 1 November 2018 16:17 (one month ago) Permalink

want to go to seder with Sandy Koufax

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Thursday, 1 November 2018 16:49 (one month ago) Permalink

(xp) At least one old geezer called Whitey has lived to see 90 without being beaten to death and having their tongue ripped out.

Alma Kirby (Tom D.), Thursday, 1 November 2018 16:59 (one month ago) Permalink

Gangster boss Whitey Bulger now being wheeled out of sight of the cameras, pleading with the other inmates for...for some kind of sanity.

Uh oh and a barrage of locks now knocking Whitey unconscious.

Wow, this is...this is a great day for Boston.

omar little, Thursday, 1 November 2018 17:08 (one month ago) Permalink

Rod Laver

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Sunday, 4 November 2018 08:46 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

had him on my deadpool long list a few years back

adam the (abanana), Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:43 (two weeks ago) Permalink

oh, that wasn't a new message i was replying to.

adam the (abanana), Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Ed Meese

The Poppy Bush AutoZone (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 21 November 2018 13:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Dušan Makavejev

flappy bird, Thursday, 22 November 2018 02:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Twenty One contestants Herbert Stempel and Charles Van Doren.

Mr. Snrub, Thursday, 22 November 2018 14:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink


old yeller-at-clouds (darraghmac), Thursday, 22 November 2018 15:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Kirk Douglas, when his son Michael had a recent photo of his 102 year old wheelchair bound self at a publilc event. MIchael Douglas getting a star or something?
MD was on Stephen colbert a couple of days ago.

Stevolende, Thursday, 22 November 2018 15:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Holland, Dozier and Holland are all still alive. they're not even that old.

Trϵϵship, Saturday, 24 November 2018 07:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Mr. Blobby

StanM, Saturday, 24 November 2018 10:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Stanley Baxter
― Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 12:21 (fourteen years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Still kicking around at 92.

Right... I've had to keep this under wraps for ages. We've just finished editing a Christmas special (90') on Stanley Baxter for C5 He;'s 92, on top form, and he allowed our cameras into his house. He's v.v. funny. Details closer to transmission. Press pls go to Mark Borkowski

— Victor Lewis-Smith (@TVOFFAL) November 25, 2018

Non, je ned raggette rien (onimo), Sunday, 25 November 2018 11:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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