Famous People - Alive or Dead?

Can you guess whether these celebrities and world leaders are still with us?
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Last updated: September 17, 2019
First submittedAugust 17, 2019
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1. Elizabeth Taylor
Alive
Dead
d. 2011
2. Willie Nelson
Alive
Dead
3. Margaret Thatcher
Alive
Dead
d. 2013
4. Rick Moranis
Alive
Dead
5. Martin Sheen
Alive
Dead
6. Lucille Ball
Alive
Dead
d. 1989
7. Sophia Loren
Alive
Dead
8. Nick Nolte
Alive
Dead
9. Patrick Swayze
Alive
Dead
d. 2009
10. Ian McKellen
Alive
Dead
11. Judi Dench
Alive
Dead
12. Catherine Zeta-Jones
Alive
Dead
Very much alive. Born in 1969.
13. Carrie Fisher
Alive
Dead
d. 2016
14. Neil Armstrong
Alive
Dead
d. 2012
15. Muhammad Ali
Alive
Dead
d. 2016
16. Keith Richards
Alive
Dead
17. John Cleese
Alive
Dead
18. Boris Yeltsin
Alive
Dead
d. 2007
19. Rodney Dangerfield
Alive
Dead
d. 2004
20. Olivia Newton-John
Alive
Dead
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Level 73
Aug 17, 2019
Oops got Moranis wrong. If I kill him, do I get that fifth point?
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Level 78
Dec 12, 2019
ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Level 81
Aug 17, 2019
Broadest appeal for a pop culture quiz ever.
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Level 79
Aug 17, 2019
This one will need plenty of updating over the years.
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Level 75
Aug 19, 2019
Only 11 times. After that it can rest in peace
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Level 72
Sep 17, 2019
Once that happens it will become a very easy quiz...
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Level 71
Aug 17, 2019
Sophia is the only one I got wrong. I hadn't heard about her in so long I was certain she was dead.
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Level 45
Aug 17, 2019
Good one!
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Level 71
Aug 17, 2019
I think I would be insulted if people thought I was dead and I was still alive
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Level 58
Aug 17, 2019
yes, and vice versa!
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Level 70
Aug 27, 2019
Interestingly, Alfred Nobel's own premature obituary caused him to feel remorse for his invention of dynamite, and spurred him on to create the Nobel Prize

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_premature_obituaries

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Level 60
Sep 17, 2019
I think it would be an honor if random people around the world even recognized my name. Legends never die.
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Level 47
Aug 17, 2019
Good one-got 100%.
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Level 68
Aug 17, 2019
I don't see the "undead" option for Keith Richards.
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Level 80
Aug 17, 2019
He should count for both alive and dead.
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Level 72
Aug 17, 2019
That photo. I don't think I realized how much current Al Gore looks like old Boris Yeltsin.
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Level 72
Aug 18, 2019
Merde! I never saw it before, but you are totally right!
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Level 75
Aug 18, 2019
I saw John Cleese's stage show 'Last Time To See Me Before I Die.' But then he did another tour. I'm so confused!
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Level 67
Sep 17, 2019
I saw that show too.
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Level 77
Aug 19, 2019
Kirk Douglas, Donald Sutherland, Jack Nicholson, ...?

Also everybody here

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Level 79
Dec 9, 2019
Kirk - still alive - turns 103 today!
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Level 83
Feb 6, 2020
Two months later, goodbye Kirk.
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Level 77
Aug 19, 2019
I can see Keith Richards outliving everyone on this list...
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Level 67
Sep 17, 2019
He was on the rolling stones list of "people most likely to die this year" for like 10 years in a row before they just gave up.
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Level 83
Aug 22, 2019
17% think Lucille Ball is still alive? She'd be 108!
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Level 69
Aug 29, 2019
Or like me they have never heard of her.

Rodney Dangerfield could probably do with being replaced. Those of us from outside North America have limited chance of knowing who he is. I had to Google him and I still wouldn't have recognised him.

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Level 72
Sep 17, 2019
No way should the great Rodney Dangerfield be removed just because you haven’t heard of him!
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Level 80
Sep 17, 2019
Yeah, like the man said, he gets no respect.
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Level 72
May 15, 2020
I'm from outside the USA and know of the legend that is Rodney Dangerfield. he gets no respect at all,I tells ya ,no respect at all.seriously look him up on YouTube he was great.
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Level 69
Sep 17, 2019
If Ian McKellen gets his 'Sir', surely Judi Dench should get her 'Dame'?
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Level ∞
Sep 17, 2019
Good point. Removed the "Sir" from Ian McKellen's name.
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Level 71
Sep 17, 2019
She has
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Level 72
Sep 17, 2019
I never knew that Boris Yeltsin died. I just assumed that he was hanging around in Russia, being sad about how things have shaped up under Putin (and because of how his own legacy turned out).
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Level 24
Sep 17, 2019
19/20 with 3:21 to go. Sorry Sophia Loren, my bad.
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Level 72
Sep 17, 2019
Famous??? I've only heard of 4!
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Level 73
Sep 17, 2019
That doesn't make them not famous.
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Level 67
Sep 17, 2019
Interestingly, fame has nothing to do with whether or not YOU have heard of them and everything to do with the fact that millions of people do know who these people are.
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Level 60
Sep 17, 2019
I cried a little inside as i clicked "dead" for Muhammad Ali. What an amazing person. I still can't believe he actually existed.
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Level 37
Sep 17, 2019
It's amazing how many people revere Mohammed Ali, and barely remember the other great fighter, Joe Frazier, whom the fictional character "Rocky" was modeled after. Ali had the gift of gab, but Frazier had the gift of jab.
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Level 65
Dec 9, 2019
Really? I thought the fictional Rocky was largely modeled after real life Rocky Marciano...
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Level 78
Dec 12, 2019
Ostensibly based upon Frazier Marciano Chuck Wepner, the "Bayonne Bleeder".
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Level 64
Sep 17, 2019
The picture of Boris Yeltsin looks like Al Gore in an alternate universe where he won the 2000 U.S. Presidential election
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Level 69
Sep 17, 2019
Why am I not surprised that Keith Richards features on this list. At this point, we're all pretty much assuming that he CAN'T die.
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Level 65
Sep 17, 2019
Like a record, baby.
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Level 57
Sep 17, 2019
I am sorry, Sir Ian McKellen, I thought you were dead.
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Level 59
Sep 18, 2019
LOL Keith Richards! He cannot NOT be in such a list even if everybody knows that he can't die! As for Dangerfield I didn't know who the hell he was either (I'm from Italy). After I googled him I instantly recognized his face, even remembered a couple movies he did, I just didn't know that that face was called Rodney Dangerfield.
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Level 80
Sep 18, 2019
Are we voting on whether or not these people get to live?
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Level 81
Dec 8, 2019
Well, seeing as I always get Ian McKellen wrong, whoever he is. It would help me get 100%.
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Level 47
Dec 9, 2019
do you seriously not know who he is? XMen and he said You shall not pass!
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Level 81
Mar 16, 2020
Still no clue. I know X-Men has a guy with ridiculous sideburns and Halle Berry has white hair. I don't watch computer animation except an occasional bona fide cartoon and cannot stand comic book crap.
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Level 81
Mar 16, 2020
Iron Man was made for this quiz however.
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Level 78
Dec 12, 2019
Just wanted to point out that Willie Nelson is still not dead again today.
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Level 36
Jan 28, 2020
I wish Patrick Swayze was still alive.
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Level 43
Apr 28, 2020
Wow - several of these I'd never heard of, but I still got them right! Must be my lucky day. Willie Nelson... Rodney Dangerfield... Carrie Fisher... I am so ignorant