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 (sixteen years ago) link

(Richard Widmark)

Gear! (Gear!), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 10:54 (sixteen years ago) link

Saddam Hussein, obv

Ste (Fuzzy), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 11:01 (sixteen years ago) link

Stanley Baxter

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 12:21 (sixteen years ago) link

(Inverting the question completely) Thora Hird.

Nick Southall (Nick Southall), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 12:22 (sixteen years ago) link

she was famous.

RJG (RJG), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 13:25 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

Clive Dunn is the obvious one.

Chriddof (Chriddof), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 14:43 (sixteen years ago) link

Dennis Hopper, every time.

TOMBOT, Wednesday, 24 December 2003 14:51 (sixteen years ago) link

Mickey Rooney

Bryan (Bryan), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 14:59 (sixteen years ago) link

She was famous, yeah, but I thought she was alive and she's not.

Nick Southall (Nick Southall), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 15:12 (sixteen years ago) link

So I guess it's only half-inverted.

Nick Southall (Nick Southall), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 15:12 (sixteen years ago) link

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

Huckleberry Mann (Horace Mann), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 15:14 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm always vaguelly confused that he even exists.

Nick Southall (Nick Southall), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 15:15 (sixteen years ago) link

George Jones.

Carey (Carey), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 15:19 (sixteen years ago) link

Elvis Presley

jewelly (jewelly), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 19:25 (sixteen years ago) link

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

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 19:26 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

That guy from the Von Bondies

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

Ursula Moray Williams

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

Reg Varney

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

Dave Allen

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

GENE WILDER. I swear he died.

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

Reg Varney's still alive?

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

richard pryor.

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

Windsor Davies

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

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

s1utsky (slutsky), Sunday, 28 December 2003 21:52 (sixteen 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 (twelve years ago) link

Zsa Zsa Gabor just turned 91 a few days ago.

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

abe vigoda

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

I think Ernest Borgnine is still at it too.

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

doris day

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

she's getting a grammy tomorrow

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

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

Wacky Way Lounge (Evan), Friday, 18 February 2011 06:41 (nine 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 (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

I just looked up Jennifer Slept Here and watched the opening credits + like 15 sec of the show
nothing sends me hurtling back into the past like Ann Jillian!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 3 April 2020 14:46 (one month ago) link

Clive Revill.

Bridge Over Thorley Waters (Tom D.), Friday, 3 April 2020 23:14 (one month ago) link

... who is 89. Michael Craig however is 92.

Bridge Over Thorley Waters (Tom D.), Friday, 3 April 2020 23:29 (one month ago) link

watching mulan with my daughter, had a moment of panic when i realised i couldn’t remember if james hong was still alive, relieved to find he’s still kicking at 91

bam! Free bees! (bizarro gazzara), Saturday, 4 April 2020 14:00 (one month ago) link

I could have sworn James Hong died 1-2 years ago because we discussed his career on ILX but it turns out that's because he came up in this thread back in Aug. 2018

Josefa, Saturday, 4 April 2020 14:19 (one month ago) link

Vera Lynn (103)

Appleman Appears: 20/2/2020. Whose Cider You On? (Bananaman Begins), Saturday, 4 April 2020 14:20 (one month ago) link

Watched ‘The Brasher Doubloon’, a film noir from 1947 and was surprised to find that Carol Janis who played one of the main characters is still alive at 92. Probably better known at all for being Mindy’s dad in ‘Mork and Mindy’.

Dan Worsley, Saturday, 4 April 2020 14:25 (one month ago) link

Hardy Krüger, 91.

Did somebody just say eat? (Tom D.), Sunday, 5 April 2020 12:53 (one month ago) link

Nehemiah Persoff at 100! he paints now

Boris Johnson

fauci wally (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 14:49 (one month ago) link

Dr. Know from Bad Brains. I guess he recovered from that serious health scare a couple of years back?

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 7 April 2020 21:10 (one month ago) link

I think his health problems were 2015? Harley Flanagan did a big fundraiser for him in 2018 I think.

all the best people go on holiday to Fife (aldo), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 21:43 (one month ago) link

Jean-Luc Godard, 89. For some reason I thought he died a few years ago.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 21:23 (one month ago) link

Tom Lehrer (92)

MarkoP, Thursday, 9 April 2020 21:39 (one month ago) link

Wow, I saw birthday posts for him on Twitter and assumed they were of the posthumous type that are always about.

all the best people go on holiday to Fife (aldo), Thursday, 9 April 2020 21:58 (one month ago) link

whoa had no idea godard was still alive

treeship., Thursday, 9 April 2020 22:06 (one month ago) link

Mike Yarwood.

all the best people go on holiday to Fife (aldo), Thursday, 9 April 2020 22:18 (one month ago) link

I am too young to remember Mike Yarwood being on TV and I will be 41 in a few months.
What has he been doing with half of his life?

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 9 April 2020 22:40 (one month ago) link

He is not as old as you think for someone whose career was over 30-odd years ago.

The Corbynite Maneuver (Tom D.), Thursday, 9 April 2020 22:46 (one month ago) link

The wikipedia entry is kind of fascinating

Yarwood career declined from the early 1980s. Most of his most famous subjects, such as Heath and Wilson, retired from public life or died and he was unable to master new prominent figures, most significantly, the country's first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher (she was played on his show by Janet Brown). As late as 1985 he was still sending up Heath, Wilson and Callaghan, years after all three had left frontbench politics. Also with the emergence of alternative comedy in the 80s which took a far more mordant and satirical attitude towards politicians (Yarwood saw himself as an all round family entertainer rather than a satirist), his career never recovered and the loss of some of his most loved characters and its fragility was directly linked to the politicians he impersonated. In addition, his battle with alcoholism and stage fright further affected his career, making him unreliable and affecting the quality of his output. It also contributed to the break-up of his marriage in 1985.[citation needed]
In February 1986, Yarwood was banned from driving for two years and fined £200 after being found to be nearly three times over the drink drive limit.[4]
His Thames TV show was cancelled at the end of 1987,[5] and he concentrated on stage work. However, subsequent attempts to resurrect his television career failed, although he did make an appearance on the satirical show Have I Got News for You in November 1995.[6]
In the mid-1990s, Yarwood had the chance to return to the stage as prime minister John Major, but failed to re-establish himself before Major's premiership ended. He claimed that one of the difficulties in impersonating John Major and Tony Blair was that they were "nice guys".

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 9 April 2020 22:48 (one month ago) link

his impressions got so good you just don't spot him when he's on TV, which is all the time

mark s, Thursday, 9 April 2020 22:49 (one month ago) link

Connie Francis, 81

flappy bird, Saturday, 11 April 2020 04:53 (one month ago) link

max gillies, 78

karmic blowback for dissing pip and jane baker (Autumn Almanac), Saturday, 11 April 2020 04:59 (one month ago) link

frances sternhagen (cliff’s mother in cheers), 90

karmic blowback for dissing pip and jane baker (Autumn Almanac), Saturday, 11 April 2020 11:39 (one month ago) link

bob dole, 96

mookieproof, Saturday, 11 April 2020 20:12 (one month ago) link

^ would make a good bumper sticker for some.

pplains, Saturday, 11 April 2020 21:35 (one month ago) link

sandy nelson, 81

budo jeru, Sunday, 12 April 2020 05:22 (one month ago) link

i keep seeing a car in my neighborhood with a bob dole '96 bumper sticker on one side and a bernie sticker on the other, and i feel just as confused every time i see it

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Sunday, 12 April 2020 05:24 (one month ago) link

is the car old enough for the Dole '96 to have been affixed to it in 1996? If not I figure there's a 95% chance of irony

silby, Sunday, 12 April 2020 05:27 (one month ago) link

like people born in 1996 can vote now and Bob Dole is a guy from a Viagra commercial that they are also too young to remember, basically a camp figure

silby, Sunday, 12 April 2020 05:28 (one month ago) link

i didn't know penderecki was still alive until he died

doo rag, Sunday, 12 April 2020 06:59 (one month ago) link

Bamber Gascoigne, I could swear he died but it seems not

sonatas and interludes for prepaid nando's (Matt #2), Sunday, 12 April 2020 09:25 (one month ago) link

Maybe J.D., they're just big fans of pineapple and chicken.

pplains, Sunday, 12 April 2020 14:24 (one month ago) link

Beverly Cleary is 104 today.

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Sunday, 12 April 2020 20:06 (one month ago) link

Sweet Beezus!

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 12 April 2020 20:18 (one month ago) link

crazy that she was born 6 months before Roald Dahl!

I'm a little surprised every time I google Walter Wangerin and find that he's still alive. he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 2006 and has been staring death down as long as I've been aware of him. saw a video of him from a couple years ago where he's giving a sermon with an oxygen tank strapped to his back

anatomy of a buttless wonder (unregistered), Sunday, 12 April 2020 20:25 (one month ago) link

Kenneth Cope

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 15 April 2020 13:40 (one month ago) link

anatomy of a buttless wonder (unregistered), Saturday, 18 April 2020 22:03 (one month ago) link

Herb Alpert, again

it me, Saturday, 25 April 2020 05:34 (one month ago) link

who is not only alive but was still playing gigs as of this year

it me, Saturday, 25 April 2020 05:37 (one month ago) link

I had the same experience when I saw the "save City Lights bookstore" notice recently on fb, Lawrence Ferlinghetti is still alive.

nickn, Saturday, 25 April 2020 06:25 (one month ago) link

Saw Herb Alpert play a cabaret gig last year and he looked great and was chatty, in a good way (December 2019, which now seem like ages ago)

Josefa, Saturday, 25 April 2020 14:16 (one month ago) link

Quentin Blake!

'Sunshine Travellers'The first in a new series of illustrations by Quentin, drawn during lockdown #IsolationArtwork

— Sir Quentin Blake HQ (@QuentinBlakeHQ) May 2, 2020

Andrew Farrell, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 21:07 (two weeks ago) link

William Smith, B-Movie action legend.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 21:44 (two weeks ago) link

xp I didn't realise he was more than 16 years the junior of Roald Dahl, assumed they were roughly the same age, but of course they aren't.

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 22:02 (two weeks ago) link

By looking into many things Fred Willard today, I discovered his fellow early Second City trouper Mina Kolb is still going in her mid-90s!

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 17 May 2020 01:49 (one week ago) link

I might've put Willard down as around 72, maybe 75. Not freakin' 86.

pplains, Sunday, 17 May 2020 02:19 (one week ago) link

I hadn't seen him in anything for ages and was surprised how frail he appeared on Modern Family in the last ep he appeared in, but he was as hilarious as always.

think my favorite role of his was in Waiting for Gufman, but his cameo in Spinal Tap always cracks me up

I am a free. I am not man. A number. (Neanderthal), Sunday, 17 May 2020 02:43 (one week ago) link

French actor, Michael Lonsdale, 88 - who it turns out isn't 'French', having an English father and Irish mother, hence the name.

Is Lou Reed a Good Singer? (Tom D.), Sunday, 17 May 2020 11:20 (one week ago) link

Eva Marie Saint, 95.

Is Lou Reed a Good Singer? (Tom D.), Monday, 18 May 2020 16:38 (one week ago) link

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