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...
Bosko Balaban Stats For Season

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Team Aston Villa
Total Appearances 0
Starts 0
Substituted 0
Total Minutes Played 0
Avg Minutes Played Per Start 0
Goals 0
Avg Goal Mins When Starting 0.0
Avg Mins Played/Goal Scored 0
Goals Scored As Sub 0
Number of Bookings 0
Total Booking Minutes 0
Avg Bookings Per Start 0
Number of Red Cards 0
Total Red Card Minutes 0
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Avg Booking Minutes When Starting 0.0

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 (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 (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

wtf! Was she found in that black sarcophagus?

calzino, Saturday, 14 July 2018 09:24 (two months ago) Permalink

Tommy Docherty

Mark G, Saturday, 21 July 2018 19:53 (one month ago) Permalink

Lester Piggott

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Friday, 3 August 2018 08:27 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah i was mildly surprised

the Joao looked at Jonny (Noodle Vague), Friday, 3 August 2018 08:30 (one month ago) Permalink

you can't help having the phiz you are born with, but there is an aristo-haughtiness to that ugly bassa that I always found deeply irritating. Looking at his wiki it seems his family's involvement with horse racing goes back to the 18th century, probably bred like horses in the same stables! I once ripped the piss out of a work colleague who did a tribute painting to Piggott in their workplace, it was a badly drawn montage and was entitled The King of Epsom or something like that!

calzino, Friday, 3 August 2018 08:58 (one month ago) Permalink

Richard Hell - for some reason I thought he died around when Jim Carroll did

louise ck (milo z), Tuesday, 7 August 2018 03:53 (one month ago) Permalink

in solidarity?

16, 35, DCP, Go! (sic), Tuesday, 7 August 2018 03:56 (one month ago) Permalink

He seems to stil be writing, did a memoir a few years ago.
Not sure about playing. I did see an interview with him when the reissue of Blank Generation happened ast year too thouogh.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 08:27 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah. You not thinking of Robert Quine?

Mark G, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 08:40 (one month ago) Permalink

Phil Donahue

flappy bird, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 22:46 (one month ago) Permalink

Richard Hell still does readings a lot at local events.

Yerac, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 22:54 (one month ago) Permalink

John Dean

Ubering With The King (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 19 August 2018 22:05 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Marge Champion

tokyo rosemary, Sunday, 19 August 2018 22:12 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Andre Previn

devvvine, Sunday, 19 August 2018 22:25 (four weeks ago) Permalink

James Hong, Chinese-American actor. I know him from various appearances on the original Hawaii Five-O, but he was also in Chinatown, Airplane!, and a zillion other things. He was a Chinese restaurant waiter in a 1975 episode of All in the Family as well as the maître d' in the Seinfeld episode "The Chinese Restaurant." Daniel Dae Kim claims he has more credits than any other actor, living or dead.

Josefa, Monday, 20 August 2018 01:51 (four weeks ago) Permalink

L.Q. Jones (it's his 90th birthday)

methanietanner, Monday, 20 August 2018 03:10 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Gervasio Gallardo - the artist who painted most of the cool covers for Ballantine's adult fantasy line in the 60s/70s

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 20 August 2018 04:19 (four weeks ago) Permalink

always rly loved james hong

funny bit in tank girl-- like a parody of cameos-- where a nameless character enters with face covered speaking thru a voice modulator, and then is dramatically revealed to be james hong

difficult listening hour, Monday, 20 August 2018 04:45 (four weeks ago) Permalink

hope that daniel dae kim claim is true because it certainly feels right. will never forget seeing a direct-to-tv apocalyptic-space-artifact movie in the early 2000s (think maybe something was inexorably drilling towards the earth's core?) and feeling a sudden powerful premonition when someone shouted "call the chinese ambassador!"-- CUT TO the chinese ambassador staring grimly out a rainy window, and yup, sure enough

difficult listening hour, Monday, 20 August 2018 04:54 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Hah, he played an Ambassador 4 times in 2000-2002 - Epoch (which I think is the one you're thinking of), Wesley-Snipes-with-a-gun The Art of War, and two episodes of The West Wing. Also Dallas, in 1981.

I like that for a new generation, he's Po's dad in Kung Fu Panda.

Andrew Farrell, Monday, 20 August 2018 10:21 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Roger Corman

it me, Friday, 24 August 2018 06:08 (three weeks ago) Permalink

'cheep cheep'

Mark G, Friday, 24 August 2018 12:34 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Roger Corman OTM.

Mavis Nicholson.

Scottish Country Twerking (Tom D.), Friday, 24 August 2018 12:50 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Overheard a couple talking about PJ Proby being interviewed and I thought, hang on he's dead. Nope, still going.

Dan Worsley, Friday, 24 August 2018 13:11 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Hadn't heard from James Darren in a while, but he's still around and looking pretty damned good. Has been married to Miss Denmark 1958 for 58 years now.

Josefa, Tuesday, 28 August 2018 16:18 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Corman did a new Death Race in 2016 with Malcolm McDowell as an unsubtly-coiffed god-emperor of the USA

▫◌▫ (sic), Tuesday, 28 August 2018 17:04 (three weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks ago) Permalink

Joe Biden's mother

Mark G, Thursday, 30 August 2018 19:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

John mccains mother

I've has a beer, soz

Mark G, Thursday, 30 August 2018 19:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I.M. Pei. 101 years old!

🦅 (Trϵϵship), Thursday, 30 August 2018 21:48 (two weeks 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 (two weeks 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 (two weeks 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 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Don Garlits

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

o snap

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

i'm aalive

🦅 (Trϵϵship), Monday, 3 September 2018 03:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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

Andrew Farrell, Monday, 3 September 2018 06:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Current Sling TV pitch-person Dr. Ruth.

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

Shelley Duvall

flappy bird, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 14:59 (two weeks 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 (one week 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 (one week ago) Permalink

Martial Solal

calzino, Saturday, 8 September 2018 11:37 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week ago) Permalink

Walter Laqueur

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

Hal Holbrook!

flappy bird, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 07:06 (six days 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 (six days ago) Permalink

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