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 (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

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 months ago) Permalink

That's cool, congratulations, Mary.

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

two weeks pass...

Imelda Marcos

it me, Friday, 26 January 2018 21:22 (four months ago) Permalink

read an article in this week's TLS about Louis-Ferdinand Céline and discovered that his widow Lucette is still alive, 105 years old

soref, Sunday, 4 February 2018 01:30 (four months ago) Permalink

Clu Gulanger

Never Learn To Mike Love (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 4 February 2018 02:49 (four months ago) Permalink

^^ Outlived his co-star in The Killers Lee Marvin by 30 years. Although his other co-star Angie Dickinson is still alive as well.

Gina. Lollobrigida is 90 and finally got her star on Hollywood Blvd. yesterday. She seems determined not to go before Sophia Loren.

Josefa, Sunday, 4 February 2018 06:20 (four months ago) Permalink

kenneth anger

flappy bird, Sunday, 4 February 2018 06:28 (four months ago) Permalink

also Ann Blyth, the daughter in Mildred Pierce

flappy bird, Sunday, 4 February 2018 06:31 (four months ago) Permalink

Charles Aznavour will return to the Royal Albert Hall for one final time on June 30.

The 93-year-old French vocalist, who last played the London venue in 2015, will perform his greatest hits from his collection of 294 albums.

mark s, Saturday, 17 February 2018 21:21 (four months ago) Permalink

Liv Ullmann

flappy bird, Saturday, 17 February 2018 21:25 (four months ago) Permalink

Maybe I should run over to FF to see her

Prometheus Freed's Rock and Roll Pâté (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 17 February 2018 21:54 (four months ago) Permalink

I saw The Magician yesterday at 2pm, and when I was leaving, there was a big crowd for another Bergamn (The Devil's Eye I think, in 35mm), and when I was walking to the bathroom Liv was there being fawned over by someone: "you're such an inspiration it's such a pleasure!!" it was cool

flappy bird, Saturday, 17 February 2018 22:00 (four months ago) Permalink

whenever i read her name i think of howie morris as professor little-old-man in high anxiety: "lillOman! lillOman!"

mark s, Saturday, 17 February 2018 22:19 (four months ago) Permalink

Gloria Jean (nee Schoonover). I know her best as W.C. Fields' niece in Never Give a Sucker an Even Break.

Polly of the Pre-Codes (, Saturday, 17 February 2018 23:16 (four months ago) Permalink

xps Lotta Bergman actresses are doing well, seemingly. Gunnel Lindblom, Harriet Andersson, and Margit Carlqvist are all 86. Bibi Andersson's 82.

Josefa, Sunday, 18 February 2018 00:59 (four months ago) Permalink

Both of the Smothers Brothers. They seemed really old to me when I watched their revived TV series as a 10-year-old in 1988.

Hans Holbein (Chinchilla Volapük), Friday, 2 March 2018 06:01 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Harry Belafonte just on this Nat King Cole documentary, not so much 'surprised to find still alive' as if he had died we'd have heard about it.

Mark G, Saturday, 14 April 2018 01:40 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Craig Breedlove

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 16 May 2018 05:18 (one month ago) Permalink

Topol (83)

valorous wokelord (silby), Thursday, 17 May 2018 01:39 (one month ago) Permalink

Er, 82 for now. Hence I also just learned that at the time of the film of Fiddler he was 36. Wild.

valorous wokelord (silby), Thursday, 17 May 2018 01:43 (one month ago) Permalink

Tom Wolfe only just dying was a surprise. Thought I'd heard that a few years ago, maybe he'd just been badly ill.

Stevolende, Thursday, 17 May 2018 06:33 (one month ago) Permalink

Stan Lee.

Poisoned by Johan's pea soup. (Tom D.), Thursday, 17 May 2018 07:45 (one month ago) Permalink

Engelbert Humperdinck

Colonel Poo, Thursday, 17 May 2018 07:58 (one month ago) Permalink

Stan Lee.

― Poisoned by Johan's pea soup. (Tom D.), Thursday, 17 May 2018 08:45 (two days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

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

Non, je ned raggette rien (onimo), Friday, 18 May 2018 23:30 (one month ago) Permalink

Meh, comics and comics stuff, what do I care?

Poisoned by Johan's pea soup. (Tom D.), Saturday, 19 May 2018 07:03 (one month ago) Permalink

If Stan Lee had come up with something as good as 8 Ace I'd have some respect, but spidey can get fucked!

calzino, Saturday, 19 May 2018 07:20 (one month ago) Permalink

I'll always love his "It's the enemy that comes disguised as a friend"

Ace describing the 8-ace, obv.

Mark G, Saturday, 19 May 2018 08:44 (one month ago) Permalink

Robin Leach

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 20 May 2018 08:42 (one month ago) Permalink

Oddly, Bob Dylan?! I do not know when I acquired this false memory/belief. Even having just googled this, I had a feeling of uncertainty- is he alive or not!

MrDasher, Wednesday, 30 May 2018 00:50 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Jerry Maren may not be particularly famous, but he was a munchkin from the Lollipop Guild in the 1939 Wizard of Oz and he's alive, against all my expectations. He's 98.

A is for (Aimless), Wednesday, 30 May 2018 01:48 (three weeks ago) Permalink

also in planet of the apes and lord of the rings (the bakshi one)

adam the (abanana), Wednesday, 30 May 2018 05:16 (three weeks ago) Permalink

lollipop guild guy blows my fucking mind. and his wiki entry points to another surviving cast member, judy garland's understudy caren marsh doll (now 99). i mean, there are plenty of people who are 98 and 99, even in hard-living hollywood, but that film has an aura, to me, that makes it feel like it came from practically the silent era.

noel gallaghah's high flying burbbhrbhbbhbburbbb (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 30 May 2018 05:22 (three weeks ago) Permalink

yeah what the fuck

flappy bird, Wednesday, 30 May 2018 05:43 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Well good job on reminding Death, guys.

I'm Finn thanks, don't mention it (fionnland), Thursday, 7 June 2018 06:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yellow card to those that post obits here..

Keep it to people still alive, yeah?

Mark G, Thursday, 7 June 2018 07:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Video review points out that referring to the death of someone mentioned four posts back is perfectly legit.

Andrew Farrell, Thursday, 7 June 2018 08:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Two posts back, and the only subsequent one was reacting to it.

we used to get our kicks reading surfing MAGAzines (sic), Thursday, 7 June 2018 08:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

John Calder, who published most of Beckett's prose works.

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Thursday, 7 June 2018 09:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The House of Fraser

We can be herpes (Tom D.), Thursday, 7 June 2018 13:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Julian Bream

William Thinkpiece Hackery (NickB), Thursday, 7 June 2018 13:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Fair enough, Yellow Card withdrawn.

Mark G, Thursday, 7 June 2018 13:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Anybody keeping track of how many people mentioned on this thread subsequently died within 4 posts? (Could be that this thread is a crowd-sourced version of that cat that likes to snuggle up to people high on the reaper's list at the old folks home.)

henry s, Thursday, 7 June 2018 18:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I saw his obit on PBS last night, and remembered the posts on this thread mentioning him and falsely remembered it was in the obit thread. Fucking weird. Sorry man

flappy bird, Thursday, 7 June 2018 18:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Julian Bream

You scared me there for a second

And Nobody POLLS Like Me (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 7 June 2018 18:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Stanley Donen

dat, Sunday, 10 June 2018 17:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Just got this presser and went What?

pplains, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 15:45 (six days ago) Permalink

I mean, maybe he is dead. If anyone could pull that one off, it'd be him.

pplains, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 15:46 (six days ago) Permalink

Kreskin still alive at 83!

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 15:48 (six days ago) Permalink

We had him on as a guest for low-rated midday talk show. Let me tell ya, Kreskin on the radio is one unique guest.

pplains, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 16:12 (six days ago) Permalink

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