EppsNet Archive: People I Thought Were Dead

People I Thought Were Dead

3 Jan 2015 /
  • Al Kaline – baseball player, Detroit Tigers
  • Wink Martindale – game show host

People I Thought Were Dead

19 Sep 2014 /
Close to You (Johnny Mathis album)

I got an email this afternoon notifying me that priority tickets are now available for a Johnny Mathis concert Nov. 8 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. If you’d asked me this morning if Johnny Mathis is still alive, I would have said “I don’t think so.”


Don Pardo, 1918-2014

18 Aug 2014 /
Don Pardo

Don Pardo

In February 2002, I published a list of people I (incorrectly) thought were dead:

  • Joey Bishop – TV host
  • Ernest Borgnine – actor
  • Red Buttons – actor
  • Kitty Carlisle – game show panelist
  • Alistair Cooke – TV host
  • Buddy Ebsen – actor
  • Glenn Ford – actor
  • Eugene McCarthy – U.S. senator
  • Jack Paar – TV host, “The Tonight Show”
  • Don Pardo – TV announcer
  • Artie Shaw – clarinetist and bandleader
  • Byron White – U.S. supreme court justice
  • Richard Widmark – actor

With the death of Don Pardo this evening, all of those people are actually dead:

  • Joey Bishop – died 10/17/2007, age 89
  • Ernest Borgnine – died 7/8/2012, age 95
  • Red Buttons – died 7/13/2006, age 87
  • Kitty Carlisle – died 4/18/2007, age 96
  • Alistair Cooke – died 3/30/2004, age 95
  • Buddy Ebsen – died 7/6/2003, age 95
  • Glenn Ford – died 8/30/2006, age 90
  • Eugene McCarthy – died 12/10/2005, age 89
  • Jack Paar – died 1/27/2004, age 85
  • Artie Shaw – died 12/30/2004, age 94
  • Byron White – died 4/15/2002, age 84
  • Richard Widmark – died 3/24/2008, age 93

R.I.P. Don Pardo


Eli Wallach, 1915-2014

24 Jun 2014 /

Legendary character actor dies at age 98.


People I Thought Were Dead

26 May 2014 /

Updates

  • Chuck Barris – died 3/27/2017, age 87
  • Fidel Castro – died 11/25/2016, age 90
  • Pete Fountain – died 8/6/2016, age 86
  • Zsa Zsa Gabor – died 12/18/2016, age 99
  • Dick Gregory – died 8/19/2017, age 84
  • Dean Jones – died 9/2/2015, age 84
  • Grant Tinker – died 11/29/2016, age 90
  • Y. A. Tittle – died 10/9/2017, age 90
  • Gene Wilder – died 8/29/2016, age 83

People I Thought Were Dead

30 Dec 2011 /
  • Norman Lear – television producer

People I Thought Were Dead

6 Aug 2011 /

Updates

  • Bill Dana – died 6/15/2017, age 92
  • Dale Robertson – died 2/26/2013, age 89
  • Mickey Rooney – died 4/6/2014, age 93
  • Earl Weaver – died 1/18/2013, age 82

People I Thought Were Dead

9 May 2010 /
  • Marty Allen – comedian
  • Ed Ames – actor
  • Lauren Bacall – actress
  • Roger Bannister – runner
  • Ben Bradlee – editor, The Washington Post
  • George Kennedy – actor
  • Ralph Kiner – Hall of Fame baseball player
  • Jake LaMotta – boxer, middleweight champion
  • Shirley Temple – actress

Updates

  • Lauren Bacall – died 8/12/2014, age 89
  • Ben Bradlee – died 10/21/2014, age 93
  • George Kennedy – died 2/28/2016, age 91
  • Ralph Kiner – died 2/6/2014, age 91
  • Jake LaMotta – died 9/19/2017, age 95
  • Shirley Temple – died 2/10/2014, age 85

People I Thought Were Dead

10 Apr 2010 /
  • Barbara Hale – actress
  • Hal Holbrook – actor
  • Celeste Holm – actress
  • Carl Reiner – actor, writer, director
  • Eli Wallach – actor

Updates

  • Barbara Hale – died 1/26/2017, age 94
  • Celeste Holm – died 7/15/2012, age 95
  • Eli Wallach – died 6/24/2014, age 98

People I Thought Were Dead

26 Jan 2008 /
  • Charlie Callas – comedian
  • Robert Clary – actor, “Hogan’s Heroes”
  • Mike Connors – actor, “Mannix”
  • Jackie Cooper – actor
  • Ann B. Davis – actress, “The Brady Bunch”
  • Joan Fontaine – actress
  • Shecky Greene – comedian
  • Ray Harryhausen – film producer, “Jason and the Argonauts”
  • Tom Kennedy – game show host
  • Gina Lollobrigida – actress
  • Peter Marshall – game show host, “The Hollywood Squares”
  • Jack Narz – game show host
  • Joyce Randolph – actress, “The Honeymooners”
  • Ravi Shankar – sitar player
  • Gale Storm – actress
  • Mort Walker – cartoonist, “Beetle Bailey”

Updates

  • Charlie Callas – died 1/27/2011, age 83
  • Mike Connors – died 1/26/2017, age 91
  • Jackie Cooper – died 5/3/2011, age 88
  • Ann B. Davis – died 6/1/2014, age 88
  • Joan Fontaine – died 12/15/2013, age 96
  • Ray Harryhausen – died 5/7/2013, age 92
  • Jack Narz – died 10/15/2008, age 85
  • Ravi Shankar – died 12/11/2012, age 92
  • Gale Storm – died 6/27/2009, age 87

People I Thought Were Dead

8 Oct 2007 /
  • Earl Butz – U.S. secretary of agriculture
  • Oral Roberts – preacher

Updates

  • Earl Butz – died 2/2/2008, age 98
  • Oral Roberts – died 12/15/2009, age 91

Ingmar Bergman, 1918-2007

30 Jul 2007 /

Ingmar Bergman died today, age 89. I swear to God I though he was already dead.


Lady Bird Johnson, 1912-2007

11 Jul 2007 /
7-Eleven marks 80 years with free Slurpees
Dallas Morning News, July 11, 2007
Former first lady Lady Bird Johnson dies
Dallas Morning News, July 11, 2007

She was 94 years old. I actually thought she was already dead.

I hope she got her free Slurpee . . .


People I Thought Were Dead

17 Feb 2007 /

Updates

  • Gene Barry – died 12/9/2009, age 90
  • Van Cliburn – died 2/27/2013, age 78
  • Richard Dawson – died 6/2/2012, age 79
  • Bo Diddley – died 6/2/2008, age 79
  • Patti Page – died 1/1/2013, age 85
  • Abigail Van Buren – died 1/16/2013, age 94

People I Thought Were Dead

24 Nov 2006 /
  • Bowie Kuhn – Major League Baseball commissioner

Updates

  • Bowie Kuhn – died 3/15/2007, age 80

People I Thought Were Dead

9 Oct 2006 /
  • Norm Crosby – comedian
  • Jane Goodall – primatologist

People I Thought Were Dead

30 Jun 2006 /
  • Art Buchwald – columnist
  • Mike Douglas – TV talk show host
  • Lena Horne – singer
  • E. Howard Hunt – Watergate conspirator
  • Bil Keane – cartoonist, “The Family Circus”
  • Deborah Kerr – actress
  • Jack Klugman – actor
  • Lyndon LaRouche – U.S. presidential candidate
  • Claude Levi-Strauss – anthropologist
  • Herbert Lom – actor, “The Pink Panther”
  • Rose Marie – actress/game show panelist
  • Dick Martin – TV host, “Laugh-In”
  • George Martin – music producer, The Beatles
  • Harry Morgan – actor
  • Maureen O’Hara – actress
  • Jane Russell – actress
  • Gloria Vanderbilt – fashion designer
  • Kurt Waldheim – U.N. secretary-general
  • Esther Williams – swimmer
  • Efrem Zimbalist Jr. – actor

Updates

  • Art Buchwald – died 1/17/2007, age 81
  • Mike Douglas – died 8/11/2006, age 81
  • Lena Horne – died 5/9/2010, age 92
  • E. Howard Hunt – died 1/23/2007, age 88
  • Bil Keane – died 11/8/2011, age 89
  • Deborah Kerr – died 10/16/2007, age 86
  • Jack Klugman – died 12/24/2012, age 90
  • Claude Levi-Strauss – died 11/3/2009, age 100
  • Herbert Lom – died 9/27/2012, age 95
  • Dick Martin – died 5/24/2008, age 86
  • George Martin – died 3/8/2016, age 90
  • Harry Morgan – died 12/7/2011, age 96
  • Edwin Newman – died 8/13/2010, age 91
  • Maureen O’Hara – died 10/24/2015, age 95
  • Jane Russell – died 2/28/2011, age 89
  • Kurt Waldheim – died 6/15/2007, age 88
  • Esther Williams – died 6/6/2013, age 91
  • Efrem Zimbalist Jr. – died 5/2/2014, age 95

People I Thought Were Dead

4 Jun 2006 /
  • George McGovern – U.S. Congressman, Senator, and Democratic presidential nominee.

Updates

  • George McGovern – died 10/21/2012, age 90

People I Thought Were Dead

6 Jun 2004 /
  • James Arness – actor
  • Doris Day – actress
  • Yvonne DeCarlo – actress
  • Lady Bird Johnson – U.S. first lady
  • Art Linkletter – TV host
  • Maharishi Mahesh Yogi – spiritual guru
  • Fess Parker – actor
  • Paul Winchell – voice of Tigger

Updates

  • James Arness – died 6/3/2011, age 88
  • Yvonne DeCarlo – died 1/10/2007, age 84
  • Lady Bird Johnson – died 7/11/2007, age 94
  • Art Linkletter – died 5/26/2010, age 97
  • Maharishi Mahesh Yogi – died 2/5/2008, age 91
  • Fess Parker – died 3/18/2010, age 85
  • Paul Winchell – died 6/25/2005, age 82

People I Thought Were Dead

16 Sep 2002 /
  • Idi Amin – General, dictator & President of Uganda (1971-79)

Updates

  • Idi Amin – died 8/16/2003, age 77 or 80

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