THE STATS



After a ten day multi-beer odyssey, we were able to input, review and cut the OBE data six ways to Sunday. Below are some of the more interesting facts about the 2019 Old Blue Eyes Memorial Celebrity Death Watch. The more beer you consume, the more interesting the information becomes...

A total of 148 Death Watchers are playing this year. That's down 1.3% from last year's count of 150 participants.

Death Watchers from 32 states in the U.S. are playing as are Death Watchers from three other countries. The states represented and the number of Death Watchers from each are: AL(1), CA(14), CO(8), CT(1), FL(7), GA(4), IL(6), IN(12), KS(1), LA(3), MA(5), MD(1), ME(2), MI(2), MN(1), MO(5), MS(2), NC(1), NE(5), NJ(14), NY(9), OH(7), OR(1) PA(7), TN(5), TX(5), VA(2), VT(1), WA(2), WI(4) and WV(3). The countries represented and the number of Death Watchers from each are: Australia(3), Canada(3), and England(1).

One Alternate was exercised this year. One player entered a list in early November. The player had George Bush Sr. on their list. If ya didn't here, George croaked. The former president's death caused the alternate to be exercised.

148 lists should result in 1924 total picks entered. However, several factors reduced the total pick count (as is typical). Have some popcorn, open that second beer and read on, you'll find out all about it. We're presuming That first beer was done somewhere between KS and WV.

We had some crazy stuff happen this year. We had one player submit a list with no number five position, no number 11 position and two number 12 positions. That basically means the player had 12 instead of 13 picks. We also had a second player enter a list one pick short in the number 13 position. This player also will play with only 12 picks. So, we're down to 1922 picks now.

Check this out. We had two players list the same pick twice on their lists. Yup, one player listed Kirk Douglas twice (they must REALLY want that guy to go). The other player (and we really can't believe this one) listed Don Rickles twice. We can't believe it because Don Rickles died in 2017!! And they listed him TWICE! So, we removed one of the doubles from each list making the pick total 1920. We'll remove the remaining Don Rickles (who is still dead) when we discuss dead picks below. If you're counting, we're down to 1920 picks.

It's true, someone always picks a dead person. In fact, seven someones picked dead people this year. We really can't believe this still happens. It's called Google folks. You put in the Celebrity name. It tells you if they're alive. Simple. None-the-less, one player each picked the already deceased Ernest Borgnine, Peter Falk, Mary Carlise and the aforementioned Don Rickles. Since you can't score on people who are already dead (ewww, that's an unpleasant double entendre), an additional three (3) picks were removed, making our pick total 1917. Note Don Rickles was only removed once here because the second (also dead) Don Rickles was removed in the last paragraph. Seriously. Grab another beer and go back and have a look. Also note that Mary Carlise is not being removed here. Why? Because we would have deemed her ***Not A Celebrity*** anyway (which we did in 2014 when she was still alive). So Mary will be removed with our next topic, explained in the paragraph below. Probably time for another beer.

Oh, and then late in January 2019, the death of Morton Sobell was announced. Thing is, he died on December 26, 2018. That means the death didn't count in the 2018 OBE (it was announced after the Jan 10 deadline). Also, three players had Morton on their 2019 lists. Each of those lists was submitted on December 31, 2018, AFTER Mr. Sobell died. So, none of those lists got to exercise their Alternate either. Crazy stuff from old Mort bringing the count down to 1914 active picks.

Hopefully you grabbed two beers, you might need them. 61 new names were entered as picks this year. That's down from the 83 new picks entered last year. Of the 61 new names entered, 42 (68.8%) were deemed to be celebrities. If you've been using your fingers and toes, you've figured out that 19 new names were deemed ***Not A Celebrity***. These 19 names occupied 24 pick positions across 20 lists. That means the loss of 24 more pick positions, making our active pick total 1890.

A few comments and thoughts. As we mentioned, one pick that we eliminated, Mary Carlise, had also been deemed ***Not A Celebrity*** back in 2014. To make matters worse, Mary is also dead (August 1, 2018). Five other ***Not A Celebrity*** picks had also been deemed ***Not A Celebrity*** in prior years. One of those five, Kamala "The Ugandan Giant" appeared on the website's ***Not A Celebrity*** page throughout 2018 as Kamala was also picked for the 2018 Death Watch and denied. Still someone picked him. Interestingly, one pick who had been deemed ***Not A Celebrity*** in the past (2009) was accepted this year. The reason for this is that the pick's notoriety has increased in the last decade, making her name readily known to us. That pick was Mavis Staples. This has only happened once before (in 2015 with Paul Allen).

To see who got deemed ***Not A Celebrity*** Go to the NOT CELEBRITIES portion of our website. To see our entire existing database of people who are celebrities, click on Frank Sinatra's image on the home page for the OBE or just click HERE. Now, have another beer, go to the rules page and reread the Ronnie Hawkins Requirement. This Requirement clearly prohibits a player from "belly-aching, whining, sniveling, wincing, guffawing, or donning of faux expressions of shock" about their pick(s) being deemed ***Not A Celebrity***. We struggled with several of these ***Not A Celebrity*** decisions this year. In the end however, we applied the criteria outlined in the rules and the tried and true method of asking a cross section of folks some of the names. You get what you get and you don't get upset. Now let's get that beer.

"Guys! Guys! What about donations?" 75 players (50.6%) donated to the OBE this year. Last year 75 players donated too. This year, 51% of our players presumed the other 49% would support them. That's so not right. Fortunately, it's not too late to rectify this situation. We take donations all year long via mail and PayPal. If you mail a donation after January 10, please let us know via email so we're sure to visit the PO Box (which we don't do very often after the Death Watch is under way). One more thing about donations. Three people who are not playing made donations (very thoughtful).

Lot's of information so far, right? Lot's of beer too if you've been doing what we told you. So, before we get into the nitty gritty, why not get a beer...

We're at 1890 active picks across 148 lists. Those 1890 active picks are comprised of 387 different celebrities (10 less than last year). Of the 387 celebrities picked to keel over, 192 (49.6%) were on only one list (the Tad Szulcs), 63 (16.3%) were on only two lists (the double whammmies), 48 (12.4%) were on three or four lists (the mortage a trois) and the remaining 84 (21.7%) were on five or more lists.

The number one pick this year has been a top five pick since 2005! That pick is Kirk "I'm the new Zsa Zsa" Douglas. Mr. Douglas appears on 110 (74.3%) lists!! We're amazed that the other 38 of you DIDN'T pick Kirk! Bob Dole took the number two spot this year, appearing on 75 (50.7%) lists. Olivia de Havilland rounds out the top three appearing on 74 (50.0%) lists.

A complete breakdown of celebrities and how many players picked 'em is presented below for your reading pleasure. It's most definitely time for another beer.


The Celebrity
Why are they Celebrities?
How Many
Picked 'Em?
Kirk Douglas
Actor
110
Bob Dole
Politician
75
Olivia de Havilland
Actress
74
Prince Philip
Mr. Queen Elizabeth
68
Jimmy Carter
Ex President
49
Beverly Cleary
Ramona At My Funeral
48
Bob Barker
Game Show Fur Activist
48
Herman Wouk
DEAD - Author
47
Norman Lloyd
Actor
42
Vera Lynn
"We'll Meet Again"
41
Carol Channing
DEAD - Weird Looking Actress
40
Doris Day
DEAD - Actress
40
Hugh Downs
Old News Guy
31
IM Pei
DEAD - Architect
31
Henry Kissinger
Talks Funny
26
Tim Conway
DEAD - Comedian
26
Olivia Newton-John
Singer
25
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Judge
25
Betty White
Golden Gal
24
Carl Reiner
Writer/Actor
22
Valerie Harper
DEAD - Actress
20
Larry Storch
Actor
18
John Paul Stevens
DEAd - Supreme Court Justice
16
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen of England
16
Bob Newhart
Actor
15
Bill Cosby
Jello Pudding Guy
14
Pope Benedict XVI
Retired Pope
14
Bart Starr
The Football Player
12
Dick Van Dyke
Actor/Comedian
12
Mel Brooks
Comedian/Actor
12
Chuck Yeager
Pilot
11
Little Richard
Musician
11
Robert Mugabe
DEAD - Not a Real Nice Person
11
Beth Chapman (Smith)
DEAD - Dog's Gal
10
Ed Asner
Shut Up, Would Ya?
10
Loretta Lynn
Singer/Crystal Gayle's Sister
10
Angela Lansbury
Murder We Wish
9
Barbara Walters
Broad with Funny Speaking Voice
9
George Shultz
Politico
9
Marge Champion
1/2 Of The Champions
9
Norman Lear
TV Producer
9
Artie Lange
Comedian
8
Hal Holbrook
Actor
8
Pete Davidson
Comedian
8
Sumner Redstone
Media Mogul
8
Tommy Lasorda
Hefty Baseball Coach
8
Yoko Ono
Leach
8
Cloris Leachman
Phyllis
7
Ethel Kennedy
Another Kennedy
7
Eva Marie Saint
Actress
7
Pierre Cardin
Designer
7
Tommy Chong
Comedian
7
Tony Bennett
Singer
7
Bill Macy
DEAD - Mr. Maude
6
Clive James
Author
6
Glynis Johns
Actress
6
Harry Belafonte
Singer
6
Hosni Mubarak
President of Egypt
6
John Madden
Turkey Eater
6
Katherine Jackson
Got The Little Jacksons
6
Keith Richards
Rock & Roll Pharmacist
6
Kevin Spacey
Spoiler Alert - Keyser Soze
6
Lee Iacocca
DEAD - The First Auto Bailout Guy
6
Rosalynn Carter
Jimmy's Squeeze
6
Tina Turner
Singer
6
William Shatner
Kirk
6
Willie Mays
Say Hey
6
Willie Nelson
Singer
6
Al Jaffee
MAD Magazine Guy
5
Betty Lynn
Thelma Lou
5
Burt Bacharach
Singer and Songwriter
5
Buzz Aldrin
Astronaut
5
Charlie Sheen
Actor
5
Demi Lovato
Former Disney Kid
5
Dick Cheney
Politician
5
Donald Trump
Rich Kid
5
Joanne Woodward
Woodbound
5
John Astin
Gomez
5
Joni Mitchell
Singer
5
Joyce Randolph
Actress
5
June Lockhart
Actress
5
Mikhail Gorbachev
Former Ruskie Leader
5
Regis Philbin
Host
5
Val Kilmer
He's Your Huckleberry
5
Bernie Madoff
Prick
4
Clint Eastwood
Make My Day
4
David Prowse
Darth Vader
4
Desmond Tutu
South African Religious Leader
4
Diana Serra Cary
Baby Peggy
4
Gene Hackman
Popeye Doyle
4
Gloria Henry
Actress, Alice Mitchell
4
Heather Locklear
Bit of a Trainwreck
4
Jane Withers
We bet she does.
4
Javier Perez de Cuellar
Former UN Secretary-General
4
Jerry Lee Lewis
Cradle Robber
4
Larry King
Old Fart
4
Peter Marshall
Circle Get The Square
4
Shannon Doherty
Actress
4
Sidney Poitier
Actor
4
Tim Curry
Actor
4
Tom Brokaw
News Reader
4
Whitey Ford
Baseball Player
4
Wilford Brimley
Actor
4
Alan Alda
Actor
3
Barbara Rush
Actress
3
Chris Mortensen
Sports Journalist, Sportscaster
3
David Attenborough
Broadcaster/Naturalist
3
David Crosby
Singer
3
Doc Severinsen
Band Leader
3
Donald Sterling
Quite the Clippers Owner
3
Helen Reddy
Actress
3
Honor Blackman
Pussy Galore
3
Jack Nicholson
Actor
3
Jacques Chirac
DEAD - Something About Anti-Americanism
3
Johnny Depp
Six foot Depp
3
Joseph Lowery
Civil rights and hate whitey type
3
Justin Bieber
Maybe He'll Get Fever
3
Lindsay Lohan
Skank
3
Liza Minnelli
Friend of Sinatra
3
Mel Stottlemyre
DEAD - Baseball Player
3
Michael Douglas
Kirk's Boy
3
Michael J. Fox
Actor
3
Nichelle Nichols
Lt. Uhura
3
Rhonda Fleming
Actress
3
Robert Blake
Actor
3
Robert Wagner
Actor
3
Sean Connery
Actor
3
Shecky Greene
Shecky Blue
3
Terry Jones
Member of Monty Python
3
Vera Miles
Actress
3
William "Refrigerator" Perry
Big Dude
3
Woody Allen
Director/Writer/Dick
3
"Superstar" Billy Graham
Wrestler
2
Aaron Carter
Aaron's Funeral (Come Get It)
2
Abdullah The Butcher
Large Wrestler and Rib Slinger
2
Alan Greenspan
Money Man
2
Arlene Dahl
Journey to the Center of The Earth
2
Arte Johnson
DEAD - Actor
2
Barbara Eden
We STILL Dream of Jeannie
2
Bill Clinton
Got Oral From Intern
2
Bob Dylan
Singer
2
Bob Eubanks
Newlywed Host
2
Bob Uecker
Mr. Baseball
2
Brian Wilson
Beach Boy
2
Charles Osgood
Commentator
2
Cher
Scary
2
Chevy Chase
Comedian
2
Christopher Plummer
Actor
2
Corey Feldman
Kid Actor
2
David Soul
Hutch
2
Don Shula
Football Great, Steakhouse Great
2
Ed Ames
Actor/Singer
2
Ernest Angley
Touch the screen, touch it
2
Estelle Parsons
Actress
2
F. Lee Bailey
Attorney
2
Franco Zeffirelli
DEAD - A Time For Him, Some Day There'll Be
2
Gene Shalit
Movie Critic - Wacky Look
2
Ginger Baker
DEAD - Cream Drummer
2
Gloria Vanderbilt
DEAD - Fashion Designer
2
Gordon Lightfoot
Singer
2
Harvey Weinstien
Miramax Chief
2
James Randi
Amazing
2
Jared Fogle
Subway Dude
2
Joe Namath
Brady Bunch Cameo
2
John Travolta
Actor
2
Julie Newmar
9th Life and Counting
2
Kaye Ballard
DEAD - Actress
2
Kenny Rogers
You Gotta Know When to Fold 'Em
2
Lamar Odom
Hope He Wore a Sleeve
2
Lee Grant
Actress
2
Lil Wayne
Rapper
2
Linda Ronstadt
That'll Be The Day
2
Marion Ross
Mrs. C
2
Matt Lauer
Button, button, whose got the button
2
Max Von Sydow
Father Merrin
2
Michael Caine
Actor
2
Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Racer
2
Mike Ditka
Iron Mike, Football Coach
2
Ozzy Osbourne
Singer
2
Pat Robertson
Religious Dude
2
Prunella Scales
Fawlty Towers
2
Randy Travis
Another Country Music Train Wreck
2
Ric Flair
Pro Wrestler
2
Rod Carew
Baseball Player
2
Ron Jeremy
Porn Guy
2
Ron Wood
Stones
2
Roy Horn
Sigfried's Boy
2
Sandra Day O'Connor
Justice
2
Ted Turner
Media Magnate
2
Teri Garr
Actress
2
Tina Louise
Ginger
2
Vanessa Redgrave
Actress
2
Vin Scully
Ball Announcer
2
Willard Scott
Goofy Weather Man
2
William Daniels
Actor
2
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan
Wrestler
1
Abby Dalton
Actress
1
Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi
DEAD - ISIS Leader
1
Al Franken
Comedy Writer, Senator, Same Thing
1
Ali Khamenei
Some Ayatollah
1
Andre Previn
DEAD - Pianist, Conductor, Composer
1
Andy Dick
Comedian
1
Angie Dickinson
Some Old Broad
1
Avery Brooks
Actor
1
Ayman al-Zawahiri
Head of Al-Qaeda
1
Barbara Feldon
Agent 99
1
Barry Gibb
A Bee Gee
1
Barry Manilow
Singer/Songwriter
1
Bashar al Assad
Syrian Leader
1
Bernie Fine
Basketball Coach. Falsely accused of molestation.
1
Bernie Sanders
Feel The Bern
1
Berry Gordy
Mr. Mowtown
1
Bill Medley
A Righteous Brother
1
Bill Wyman
Gather Some Moss
1
Billie Hayes
Witchee-Poo
1
Billie Jean King
Tennis Great
1
Billy Connolly
Comedian
1
Billy Dee Williams
Lando Calrissian
1
Billy Joel
Pianoham
1
Bob McGrath
He's Bob From Sesame Street
1
Bobby Hull
Some Hockey Dude
1
Bobcat Goldthwait
Comedian
1
Brian Dennehy
Actor
1
Brigitte Bardot
Ooo-la-la
1
Bryan Singer
Director, Writer, Actor, Abuser?
1
Bud Selig
Mr. Baseball
1
Burt Ward
Robin
1
Caitlyn (Bruce) Jenner
Used To Be For Running
1
Carl Palmer
Emerson, Lake and. . .
1
Carole Cook
Actress
1
Caroll Spinney
Big Bird
1
Cat Stevens
It's a wild world!
1
Charley Pride
Pride comes before a fall
1
Charlie Rose
Charlie shows (us his undies)
1
Chris Watts
Murderer
1
Christopher Lloyd
Actor- Rev. Jim
1
Chubby Checker
Musician
1
Cicely Tyson
Actress
1
Connie Stevens
Singer, Actress
1
Conrad Janis
Actor
1
Courtney Love
Hole
1
Dabney Coleman
Actor
1
David Dinkins
Wasn't the City Grand Then?
1
David Koch
DEAD - The Other Koch Brother
1
Dawn Wells
Mary Ann
1
Dean Torrence
Dead Man's Curve
1
Dennis DeYoung
Man, Styx Sucked
1
Diana Ross
Singer
1
Dick Dale
DEAD - Surf Guitar Master
1
Dickey Betts
An Allman Bros.
1
Dominic Chianese
"Junior" Soprano
1
Don Everly
An Everly Brother
1
Don Imus
Radio Douche
1
Don Murray
Actor
1
Donald Rumsfeld
Something About Defense
1
Eddie Van Halen
Man, He Got Valerie
1
Elton John
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
1
Elvis Costello
Musician
1
Ennio Morricone
Composer
1
Fred Willard
Comedian
1
G. Gordon Liddy
The Plumber
1
Gale Sayers
Football Player and Author
1
Garrett Morris
Comedian
1
Gaston Glock
Gun Dude
1
Gavin Macleod
Merrill Stubing
1
George Maharis
Actor - Route 66
1
George Soros
Rich Guy
1
George Wendt
Norm!
1
Gerard Depardieu
Didn't he rape someone?
1
Gladys Knight
Empress of Soul
1
Hank Aaron
Baseball Legend
1
Huey Lewis
In The News?
1
Ian McKellan
Actor, Wizard, Super Villain
1
Iris Apfel
Fashion Icon
1
Jackie Mason
Comedian
1
Jackie Stallone
A Real Piece of Work
1
Jake "The Snake" Roberts
Wrestler
1
James Brolin
Blinders And Ear Plugs Ma'man
1
James Lipton
Inside the Actor's Studio Dude
1
James Tolkan
Actor
1
Jan Michael Vincent
DEAD - Messed-up Actor
1
Jane Powell
Actress
1
Janis Paige
Actress
1
Jaye P. Morgan
Why'd Ya Gong 'Em?
1
Jean Kasem
Not A Nice Lady
1
Jerry Sandusky
He Touched My Nay-Nay Spot
1
Jerry Stiller
Comedian/Actor
1
Jill St. John
Actress
1
Jim Bakker
Tammy's former squeeze
1
Jim Carrey
So overrated.
1
Jim Kelly
Mr. Buffalo Bill
1
Jim Lovell
Astronaut
1
Joan Collins
Actress
1
Joan Kennedy
Former Mrs. *Hiccup* Ted
1
Joan Lunden
TV Host
1
Joe Arpaio
A Sheriff
1
Joe Perry
Guitarist
1
Joey Heatherton
Actress, Sex Symbol
1
John "Sonny" Franzese Sr.
Mobster
1
John Szeles
The Amazing Jonathon
1
John Williams
(De)Composer , Conductor and Pianist
1
Joy Behar
Talk about a misnomer
1
Joyce Bulifant
Actress
1
Kim Jong Un
Rodman's Pal
1
King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz
DEAD - House of Saud
1
Larry Nassar
Predator
1
Lee Meriwether
Actress (A Catwoman)
1
Leontyne Price
Opera Singer
1
Leslie Phillips
Actor, voice artist
1
Lloyd Kaufman
Troma Studios
1
Lou Brock
Baseball Player
1
Louie Anderson
We Think He Ate Andy Kaufman
1
Louis C.K.
"Rubbed" out?
1
Louis Farrakhan
Racist
1
Luke Halpin
Actor-Flipper
1
Lyle Waggoner
Actor
1
Madonna
Madonna
1
Mamie Van Doren
Actress, Sex Symbol
1
Mark Gastineau
NFL-Scab
1
Mavis Staples
Singer
1
Max Wright
DEAD - Mr. Tanner
1
Meatloaf
Who knows
1
Michael Constantine
My Big Fat Greek Funeral
1
Michael York
A Musketeer
1
Michelle Phillips
A Momma
1
Mick Jagger
The Stones
1
Mickey Gilley
Singer
1
Miley Cyrus
Tweener
1
Montel Williams
Talk Show Host
1
Nancy Olson
Actress
1
Naomi Judd
Singer
1
O. J. Simpson
Murderer
1
Orson Bean
Actor
1
Otis Williams
Big Daddy
1
Pat Carroll
Actress
1
Pete Townsend
The Who
1
Peter Tork
DEAD - Hey, Hey, He's a Monkee
1
Phil Spector
Wall Of Sound, Murderer
1
Phyllis Coates
Lois Lane
1
Pope Francis
The Pope
1
Quincy Jones
Musician/Producer
1
R. Kelly
Singer, Basketball, Sex Tapes, etc.
1
Ralph Lauren
Polo Guy
1
Randolph Mantooth
Emergency!
1
Raul Castro
Fidel's Stand-in
1
Ray Liotta
Actor
1
Reginald Veljohnson
Carl Winslow
1
Richard Carpenter
A Carpenter
1
Richard Simmons
Strange Little Man
1
Rip Torn
DEAD - Actor
1
Rob Kardashian
WTF?
1
Robert Conrad
Actor
1
Robert Durst
Murderer?
1
Robert Evans
Film Producer
1
Robert Redford
Actor
1
Roger Corman
Director, Producer
1
Roger Mudd
You're Name is Mudd
1
Ronnie Schell
Amazing early TV comedy face!
1
Rosey Grier
Football, Ministry, Singer
1
Ross Perot
DEAD - Guy With Charts
1
Rudy Guliani
NYC Mayor
1
Rush Limbaugh
Radio Guy
1
Ruth Westheimer
Sex Gal
1
Sacheen Littlefeather
Native American Activist
1
Sam Moore
Singer
1
Sammy Hagar
The Dead Rocker
1
Sandy Koufax
Baseball Player
1
Sinead O'Connor
I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got a Pulse
1
Sly Stone
Die To The Music
1
Stella Stevens
Actress
1
Stephen Collins
Actor
1
Stephen Sondheim
Composer
1
Stephen Stills
It's Getting To The Point
1
Steven Spielberg
Director
1
Stuart Whitman
Actor
1
T. Boone Pickens
DEAD - Energy Titan
1
Tanya Tucker
Singer
1
Tekashi 6ix9ine
Crazy Rapper
1
Tommy Lee Jones
Actor
1
Toni Morrison
DEAD - Author
1
Tracy Morgan
Actor
1
Valerie Simpson
Ashford's Gal
1
Walter Mondale
Vice President
1
Wavy Gravy
Hippie
1
Wayne Knight
Newman!
1
Whitey Herzog
Baseball Manager
1
Whoopi Goldberg
Comedian
1
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