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  1. 5minutes at |

    Did you include Tiffany’s career in the Jetsons?

    BTW: one of the saddest death rates for a film I’m aware of comes from the 70′s, not the 80′s – 1974, to be precise: Blazing Saddles. Of the 112 credited and non-credited actors in that movie, there are only 18 people left alive (that I can confirm through IMDB or other sources), giving us an 83.9% death rate. Of the movie’s primary actors, only Gene Wilder (Jim), Mel Brooks (Gov. Lepetomane), and Burton Gilliam (Lyle) are still alive.

    Several of the Johnsons from the town are still kicking (David Huddleston aka Olson Johnson aka The Big Lebowski, John Hillerman aka Howard Johnson aka Higgins from Magnum PI, and Carol Arthur aka Harriet Johnson), as is the governor’s secretary.

    The most interesting bit player still living is Craig Littler who played a guy named Tex, a commercial actor who has also been the Gorton Fisherman and the guy who uttered the famous “Pardon me, but would you have any Grey Poupon” in that commercial.

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    1. Jim Ciscell at |

      I did include Tiffany as part of the Jetsons. The interesting part of that one is that Janet Waldo (who was the original voice of Judy Jetson) is the only original Jetson that is still alive. Waldo recorded for the movie and then the studio put in Tiffany to try and increase box office. But yes, if you go back to the 1970s, the rates really go up. As a matter of fact, if you look at the classic Mel Brooks movies in general, the results are rather sad on how many are no longer with us. That is one of the reasons why I did the 1980 cut off. Thank you for your comment.

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      1. Jim Ciscell at |

        While I am on the Jetsons, how sad was it that Dana Hill was in the voice cast for that movie?For those that may not be aware of the name, she was also the young woman who was Audrey in National Lampoon’s European Vacation. She had health problems throughout her life and died of a stroke at the age of 32.

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        1. 5minutes at |

          Yeah, Tiffany’s still alive, but her career is dead. :P

          And yeah, Dana Hill was a tragedy.

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  2. FMH at |

    The Danish series The Kingdom (later remade by Stephen King as “Kingdom Hospital”) could not make it into a third season because three of the ten main actors had died. No wonder, it was pretty morbid.

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  3. Roger at |

    For the record, the most tragic death from Transformers: The Movie is Optimus Prime

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  4. Joey at |

    Owen Hart wasn’t at Wrestlemania V, but his brother, Bret, was.

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