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 (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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I was surprised that Bosko even lived.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 14 June 2004 16:15 (thirteen 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 (nine years ago) Permalink

Zsa Zsa Gabor just turned 91 a few days ago.

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

abe vigoda

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

I think Ernest Borgnine is still at it too.

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

doris day

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

she's getting a grammy tomorrow

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

two years pass...

Shirley Temple

lol @ dog w/ sunglasses (Pillbox), Thursday, 23 September 2010 19:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

!!!

Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Thursday, 23 September 2010 19:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

Leonard skinner, but he's now dead.

Your cousin, Marvin Cobain (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 23 September 2010 19:08 (seven 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 (seven years ago) Permalink

j.d. salinger, but then he died not long after i found out

just1n3, Thursday, 23 September 2010 19:24 (seven years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Louie Anderson

Godzilla vs. Rodan Rodannadanna (The Yellow Kid), Friday, 18 February 2011 06:17 (six years ago) Permalink

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

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

Jane Russell

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

Clive Dunn

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

Gene Chandler

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 22 June 2017 19:20 (six months ago) Permalink

Gena Rowlands

it me, Thursday, 22 June 2017 19:25 (six months ago) Permalink

Gene Hackman

you yourself have seen plenty bananas in your life (Old Lunch), Thursday, 22 June 2017 19:29 (six months ago) Permalink

Jake Lamotta

Wet Pelican would provide the soundtrack (Myonga Vön Bontee), Thursday, 22 June 2017 22:13 (six months ago) Permalink

Carl Reiner

﴿→ ☺ (Doctor Casino), Friday, 23 June 2017 03:02 (six months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Herb Alpert

charlie brown from outta town (GM), Wednesday, 12 July 2017 14:12 (six months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Amazed that Mary Ward who played 'Mother' in Prisoner Cell Block H is still alive, at 103

Ste, Thursday, 3 August 2017 19:02 (five months ago) Permalink

Ilyich Ramírez Sánchez/Carlos the Jackal. Was even in court earlier this year for one of his 1974 attacks.

clemenza, Monday, 7 August 2017 03:43 (five months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

horrible Minneapolis sports columnist Sid Hartman, who, I just learned, was also the general manager for the Minneapolis Lakers basketball dynasty—in 1949

it me, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 20:44 (four months ago) Permalink

Harry Dean Stanton, until yesterday. I could have sworn he died at some point in the last two or three years and that I already experienced the media discussion of his passing.

joygoat, Saturday, 16 September 2017 11:38 (four months ago) Permalink

^ proving the point I was making on the HDS thread.

The Doug Walters of Crime (Tom D.), Saturday, 16 September 2017 11:51 (four months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Wink Martindale is still kicking.

― WilliamC, Sunday, October 1, 2017 1:28 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 1 October 2017 17:39 (three months ago) Permalink

tbf he's only 83 but if you'd asked me i'd've guessed that's how old he was in 1990.

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 1 October 2017 17:41 (three months ago) Permalink

Lt. William Calley

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 1 October 2017 18:48 (three months ago) Permalink

New Yorker cartoonist George Booth

it me, Friday, 6 October 2017 23:32 (three months ago) Permalink

REALLY?

pplains, Saturday, 7 October 2017 18:58 (three months ago) Permalink

I thought he might've died in the 70s!

pplains, Saturday, 7 October 2017 18:58 (three months ago) Permalink

Ross Perot

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 7 October 2017 22:28 (three months ago) Permalink

I knew he was alive, but I've been really surprised that he's kept silent (as far as I know) on the last three elections at least. He must have been constantly sought out for opinions and quotes.

clemenza, Saturday, 7 October 2017 22:31 (three months ago) Permalink

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 6:25 AM (two years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

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

alimosina, Monday, 9 October 2017 20:10 (three months ago) Permalink

Bill Maynard, whose birthday is today.

Thomas Gabriel Fischer does not endorse (aldo), Monday, 9 October 2017 21:41 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Sumner Redstone (94)

.oO (silby), Thursday, 7 December 2017 22:21 (one month ago) Permalink

i thought gary oldman was dead. i thought it happened last year and there was a heap of news about it. i can even remember being surprised.

rove mcmanus island (Autumn Almanac), Friday, 8 December 2017 09:50 (one month ago) Permalink

Alan Rickman/Gary Oldman?

StanM, Friday, 8 December 2017 09:57 (one month ago) Permalink

that occurred to me too, but i thought i remembered them dying in different months

rove mcmanus island (Autumn Almanac), Friday, 8 December 2017 10:05 (one month ago) Permalink

you got Mandela'd my friend

Number None, Saturday, 9 December 2017 17:05 (one month ago) Permalink

Not really famous, but pretty surprising: John McCain's mom.

Dan I., Sunday, 10 December 2017 04:22 (one month ago) Permalink

Larry Storch

A is for (Aimless), Sunday, 10 December 2017 04:29 (one month ago) Permalink

Dick Van Dyke

― 3.5" flopson (The Reverend), Friday, May 6, 2011 1:40 AM (six years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

© louis jagger/richards (Pillbox), Sunday, 10 December 2017 06:35 (one month ago) Permalink

John McCain's mom - wow, she looks amazing for 105!

© louis jagger/richards (Pillbox), Sunday, 10 December 2017 06:37 (one month ago) Permalink

Lee Iacocca

pplains, Thursday, 14 December 2017 15:21 (one month ago) Permalink

June Lockhart (b. 1925), best known as a TV mom on Lassie and a mom-scientist on Lost In Space.

I saw her last night in a small but memorable part in Meet Me In St. Louis (as an east-coast romantic rival who turns out to be good-hearted) and it was driving me crazy who she looked like, until I realized it was Heather Graham on Arrested Development; Graham, of course, appeared in the godawful film version of Lost in Space as the daughter to Mimi Rogers's version of Lockhart's old character. (Lockhart is also in the film, in a cameo as a holographic space principal.)

Newb Sybok (Doctor Casino), Friday, 22 December 2017 17:27 (three weeks ago) Permalink

John Cullum, who I saw in the Christine Chubbuck movie last night. I would have sworn he died 5-7 years ago, and that's why they stopped having him as Lee Garner Sr. on Mad Men.

Never Learn To Mike Love (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 23 December 2017 03:56 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Kenneth Anger

methanietanner, Saturday, 23 December 2017 04:05 (three weeks ago) Permalink

doris day, 95yo

Mordy, Sunday, 24 December 2017 17:06 (three weeks ago) Permalink

ugly dave gray

rove mcmanus island (Autumn Almanac), Monday, 25 December 2017 10:21 (three weeks ago) Permalink

lulu

rove mcmanus island (Autumn Almanac), Thursday, 28 December 2017 23:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Sydney Devine.

Thomas Gabriel Fischer does not endorse (aldo), Friday, 29 December 2017 08:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Dick Van Dyke

― 3.5" flopson (The Reverend), Friday, May 6, 2011 1:40 AM (six years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

― © l0u1s jagg3r/richards (Pillbox), Sunday, December 10, 2017 6:35 AM (two weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

You just had to point it out.

finlay (fionnland), Friday, 29 December 2017 11:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Oops I misread the announcement, it's Rose Marie that died. RIP.

finlay (fionnland), Friday, 29 December 2017 11:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Leslie Phillips

Chunky Backgammon (onimo), Monday, 1 January 2018 13:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

John Simon, because Clemenza said he died on the Critical Vendettas thread, and I was all like, "Yeah, he did", but then I looked it up, and he's still chuggin' on at 92.

Never Learn To Mike Love (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 1 January 2018 19:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

johnny young

rove mcmanus island (Autumn Almanac), Monday, 1 January 2018 21:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

paul sorvino

mookieproof, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 16:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'm not surprised he's alive, but I'll just say that there are some days in which I take comfort knowing that Tom T. Hall is still out there somewhere, hopefully not in a cold hotel bar in Des Moines.

pplains, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 16:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Jackie Mason.

Dan Worsley, Saturday, 6 January 2018 10:20 (one week ago) Permalink

As a collective, it is surprising to me that basically all of the James Bond girls of the 1960s are still alive. Ursula Andress, Honor Blackman, Shirley Eaton, Daniela Bianchi, Claudine Auger, Luciana Paluzzi, Martine Beswick, Mie Hama, and Diana Rigg - all in their 70s, 80s, or 90s (Blackman). A semi-exception is Karin Dor, who played a villain in You Only Live Twice.

Josefa, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 18:41 (one week ago) Permalink

Clarissa Eden, wife of Anthony Eden (British Prime Minister from 1955-1957) - and she's not even the oldest living Prime Minister's spouse, as Mary Wilson is more than four years older than her.

― Camaraderie at Arms Length, Wednesday, November 30, 2016 1:39 PM (one year ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Mary Wilson still going and is 102 as of today

soref, Friday, 12 January 2018 16:17 (five days ago) Permalink

That's cool, congratulations, Mary.

Whiney Houston (Tom D.), Friday, 12 January 2018 16:26 (five days ago) Permalink


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