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Remember whatshisname? He played the guy in that dumb movie with whoziss. What ever happened to him? Specifically, is he dead yet?
Here's where to find out. The Dead People Server is simply a list of interesting celebrities who are, or might plausibly be dead, and even those who have been spaced, with information as to who has really Rung Down the Curtain and Joined the Choir Invisible, and who's Just Resting. To help the terminally confused, I've been building a Quash Those Death Rumors page. I sometimes add cryptic comments which frequently have nothing to do with death. Or, sometimes they do. While not normally a fan of prose-poems, I heard a very interesting one on the radio the other day, Lines to be Engraved on the Pedestal of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
"Interesting," in the previous paragraph, means "I felt like putting them on this list." Your mileage will vary. If you're curious how I decide to add folks to the list, see the Guidelines.
Hey, I'm not alone in my preoccupation, and neither are you! Check out the Friends of the D.P.S.. And if you're really tired about those exact same video clips being rerun endlessly around the death of a celebrity, check out the all new Cliche page. I'm also sharing some of my E-mail on the Letters to the Curator page. This site has won a few Awards and I've made a few appearances to talk about DPS.
If you find this kind of stuff amusing, you might want to follow The Lee Atwater Invitational Dead Pool for 1998. I even entered this year. You have to have a very strong sense of the perverse, but what-the-hell. Since "Z. Love" says that "research is all" I should be in good shape for next year's Dead Pool....;-> You're welcome to use DPS for research for this or any of the other Dead Pools that are out on the Web.
If you can't find the answer here to your search, and you're looking for a movie or TV celebrity, go to the Internet Movie Database, an amazingly-complete database of anyone who's ever been on celluloid. Many birth and death dates are also included. I usually link to an individual's biography in IMDb by putting this graphic beside the entry. (By contrast, Eonline has the poorest excuse for biographical info anywhere online. While it contains partial filmographies for most people, almost every biography I've ever tried to check there has said "No information available." I don't even bother to try to use their site for research anymore.)
The best search engine these days seems to be Infoseek, though Northern Light is pretty good. I also get dates from almanacs, the Entertainment Tonight birthday list, from the Pathfinder (Time/Warner magazines) database, and from the Encyclopaedia Britannica CD-ROM and from my own fairly random memory.
The wonderful site Nonagenarians and Centernarians has reappeared. Thanks, Elli Winer, for pointing it out to me!
I also find interesting stuff in Panati's Extraordinary Endings of Practically Everything and Everybody buy it the next time you see it at a used bookstore (it's currently out of print). (Did you know at least one president died from medical malpractice rather than from a gunshot wound? Lots of fascinating stories, and most of them are even accurate.) A friend just gave me the 1998 Celebrity Death Calendar, a listing of 365 different death dates of celebrities. A reader has suggested that I find The Encyclopedia of the Strange by A. Cohen.
When appropriate, I've also been linking individuals to information in , a site about literary award winners that I've been building since October 1994. I'm also an Amazon associate, so I've been linking appropriate books, videos, or CDs back to Amazon.
Entries added/changed after September 30 are marked with this symbol: .
Disclaimer: Information is provided by a variety of sources, not all of them reliable. Accuracy not guaranteed, so DPS accepts no responsibililty for incorrect data. I do check all material against at least two sources, and do not include purely bogus material.
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