THE STATS

Thanks to several very long days with our handy TRS 80 (look it up), we are able to present to you, dear Death Watcher, a breakdown of some of the more interesting statistics for the 2017 Old Blue Eyes Memorial Celebrity Death Watch. Go ahead and grab a six pack and some popcorn. The fun is just starting...

A total of 148 Death Watchers are playing this year. That's up 11.3% from last year's count of 133 participants.

Death Watchers from 33 states in the U.S. are playing as are Death Watchers from the District of Columbia and three other countries. The states represented and the number of Death Watchers from each are: AL(1), CA(12), CO(9), DC(1), FL(8), GA(2), HI(1), IL(3), IN(10), KS(1), LA(7), MA(3), MD(2), ME(2), MI(2), MN(1), MO(5), MS(1), NC(1), NE(5), NH(1), NJ(13), NY(9), OH(5), OR(3) PA(7), SD(1), TN(4), TX(6), VA(4), VT(1), WA(3), WI(3) and WV(3). The countries represented and the number of Death Watchers from each are: Australia(2), Canada(5), and England(1).

Thirteen Alternates were exercise this year. We have Zsa Zsa Gabor, John Glenn, and Debbie Reynolds to thank for that. In fact, there were three lists where the Alternate was exercised and a second pick died before the new game. Furthermore, one of those three lists had a third pick die before the new game. As per the rules, these lists will play short for the year. Bet these Death Watchers will wait a little longer before submitting their lists next year.

148 lists should result in 1924 total picks entered (Really! Try it on YOUR TRS 80!). However, several factors reduced the total pick count. Have some popcorn, open another beer and read on, you'll find out all about it.

As mentioned above, three lists expereinced post-Alternate pick deaths before the new game started. That resulted in the loss of four (4) pick postions. Additionally, one list was submitted with only 12 picks and one list was submitted with only 11 picks. That reduced the pick count by three (3). So, according to the TRS 80, we're down to 1917 picks.

But wait, someone always picks a dead person, right? Yup. One list had one (1) pick that was already dead, one list had two (2) picks that were already dead and one list had (better take a swig of beer for this one) seven (7) picks that were already dead. Sheesh, how did that happen? That brings the pick count down to 1907.

Here's the part everybody loves to hate...82 new names were entered as picks this year. That's down 17% from the 99 new picks entered last year. For the first time since Elizabeth Edwards, we removed the ***Not a Celebrity*** status from for a pick. We did this as we believe the pick now has sufficient name recognition based on his dastarly acts. That pick is Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.

Of the 82 new names entered, 71 (86.6%) were deemed to be celebrities. If you've been looking at your TRS 80, you've figured out that 11 new names were deemed ***Not a Celebrity***. These 11 names occupied 11 pick positions across 10 lists. That means the loss of 11 more pick positions, making our active pick total 1896.

A quick comment here. Two of the picks that were eliminated, Y.A. Tittle and Nehemiah Persoff, had been posted on the website for all of 2016 as ***Not a Celebrity***. Why? Because we knocked them off lists last year also.

To see who got deemed ***Not a Celebrity*** Go to the NOT CELEBRITIES portion of our website. To see our entire existing database or people who are celebrities, click on Frank Sinatra's image on the home page for the OBE or just click HERE. Oh, and please don't forget the Ronnie Hawkins Requirement which 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***.

Oh? What's that? Donations? Sure we have some statistics on donations too. 75 players (50.6%) donated to the OBE this year. Last year 68 players donated. This year, about 50% of our players presumed the other 50% would support them. Sounds like the current tax structure in the U.S.! 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 check the PO Box (which we don't do very often after the Death Watch is under way).

Lot's of information so far, right? It's enough to make your head hurt. Maybe you ought to open up another beer. Go ahead, we'll wait.....Pop. Sip. Sip. Gulp. Ah! Okay, now let's get back to things.

We're at 1896 active picks across 148 lists. Those 1896 active picks are comprised of 415 different celebrities (26 more than last year!). Of the 415 celebrities picked to keel over, 216 (52.0%) were on only one list (the Tad Szulcs), 79 (19.0%) were on only two lists (the double whammmies), 37 (9.0%) were on three or four lists (the mortage a trois) and the remaining 83 (20.0%) were on five or more lists.

The number one pick this year has been a top five pick since 2005! That pick is Kirk Douglas. Mr. Douglas appears on a whopping 99 (66.9%) lists. Billy Graham took the number two spot, appearing on 81 (54.7%) lists. The number three most frequent pick was Olivia de Havilland with her name appearing on 73 (49.3%) lists.

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


The Celebrity
Why are they Celebrities?
How Many
Picked 'Em?
Kirk Douglas
Actor
99
Billy Graham
Evangelist
81
Olivia de Havilland
Actress
73
George Bush Sr.
Ex-President-Read Blue Lips
62
Jerry Lewis
Dean's Ex-Partner
46
Prince Philip
Mr. Queen Elizabeth
41
Glen Campbell
Singer
37
Irwin Corey
DEAD - Professor
32
David Rockefeller
DEAD - Rich Guy's Brother
31
Herman Wouk
Author
31
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen of England
31
Valerie Harper
Actress
31
Jimmy Carter
Ex President
30
Norman Lloyd
Actor
30
Bob Dole
Politician
27
Doris Day
Actress
26
Carol Channing
Weird Looking Actress
24
Don Rickles
DEAD - Comedian
21
Vera Lynn
"We"ll Meet Again"
21
Beverly Cleary
Ramona At My Funeral
20
Bob Barker
Game Show Fur Activist
20
Jake LaMotta
Boxer
20
June Foray
Hey Bullwinkle, I Can't Breathe
19
Hugh Hefner
Matt's Idol
18
IM Pei
Architect
18
Jimmy "Super Fly" Snuka
DEAD - Wrestler
18
Rose Marie
Actress/Comedian
18
Joseph Wapner
DEAD - Judge Wapner
17
Stan Lee
Comic Book Legend
17
Henry Kissinger
Talks Funny
16
Mary Tyler Moore
DEAD - Actress
15
Hugh Downs
Old News Guy
14
Burt Reynolds
Actor
13
Monty Hall
Let's Make A Deal Dude
13
Nanette Fabray
Actress
13
Betty White
Golden Gal
12
Carl Reiner
Writer/Actor
12
Dick Van Dyke
Actor/Comedian
12
Mel Stottlemyre
Baseball Player
12
Chuck Berry
DEAD - Rock - N - Roller
11
Norman Lear
TV Producer
11
Shannon Doherty
Actress
11
Stephen Hawking
Smart Guy
11
Bill Cosby
Jello Pudding Guy
10
Val Kilmer
He's Your Huckleberry
10
Donald Trump
Rich Kid
9
Pope Benedict XVI
Retired Pope
9
Bobby Doerr
Baseball Great
8
Della Reese
Touched By An Angel (perhaps soon)
8
Tommy Chong
Comedian
8
Chuck Yeager
Pilot
7
Clive James
Author
7
Ethel Kennedy
Another Kennedy
7
Jim Nabors
Gomer Pyle
7
Joanne Woodward
Woodbound
7
John Paul Stevens
Supreme Court Justice
7
Larry Storch
Actor
7
Marge Champion
1/2 Of The Champions
7
Sumner Redstone
Media Mogul
7
Angela Lansbury
Murder We Wish
6
Cher
Scary
6
Fats Domino
Singer
6
Jerry Maren
Lollipop Guild Member
6
Joe Jackson (Dad)
Mike, Janet, & LaToya's Pop
6
Joni Mitchell
Singer
6
Joyce Randolph
Actress
6
June Lockhart
Actress
6
Lamar Odom
Hope He Wore a Sleeve
6
Mel Brooks
Comedian/Actor
6
Mike Connors
DEAD - Actor
6
Barbara Bush
Georges Old Lady
5
Bart Starr
The Football Player
5
Bill Macy
Mr. Maude
5
Dick Cheney
Politician
5
Ed Asner
Shut Up, Would Ya?
5
Hal Holbrook
Actor
5
Hosni Mubarak
President of Egypt
5
Lee Iacocca
The First Auto Bailout Guy
5
O. J. Simpson
Murderer
5
Penny Marshall
Actress
5
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Judge
5
Tom Brokaw
News Reader
5
Tony Bennett
Singer
5
Aretha Franklin
Singer
4
Bill Dana
DEAD - His Name José Jiménez
4
Charlotte Rae
Facts of Life Gal
4
Cloris Leachman
Phyllis
4
Dina Merrill
DEAD - Calamity Jan!
4
Eva Marie Saint
Actress
4
George Shultz
Politico
4
Harry Belafonte
Singer
4
Jerry Lee Lewis
Cradle Robber
4
Kanye West
Rapper
4
Keith Richards
Rock & Roll Pharmacist
4
Lindsay Lohan
Skank
4
Little Richard
Musician
4
Pierre Cardin
Designer
4
Robert Blake
Actor
4
Sean Connery
Actor
4
Sidney Poitier
Actor
4
Tim Curry
Actor
4
Whitey Ford
Baseball Player
4
Willie Nelson
Singer
4
"Superstar" Billy Graham
Wrestler
3
Adam West
DEAD - Holy Octogenarian Batman
3
Al Jaffee
MAD Magazine Guy
3
Barbara Hale
DEAD - Della On Perry Mason
3
Barbara Walters
Broad with Funny Speaking Voice
3
Burt Bacharach
Singer and Songwriter
3
Charles Osgood
Commentator
3
Desmond Tutu
South African Religious Leader
3
Gloria Henry
Actress, Alice Mitchell
3
Kaye Ballard
Actress
3
Marty Allen
Comic
3
Mel Tillis
Ssssssinger
3
Regis Philbin
Host
3
Robert Mugabe
Not a Real Nice Person
3
Tina Turner
Singer
3
Wilford Brimley
Actor
3
Yoko Ono
Leach
3
Alan Alda
Actor
2
Alan Greenspan
Money Man
2
Anthony Hopkins
Actor
2
Barbara Barrie
Actress
2
Barbara Rush
Actress
2
Bernie Madoff
Prick
2
Berry Gordy
Mr. Mowtown
2
Bill Clinton
Got Oral From Intern
2
Bill Daily
Actor
2
Bill Russell
Basketballer
2
Bob Newhart
Actor
2
Bobby "The Brain" Heenan
Wrestling Promoter
2
Brian Wilson
Beach Boy
2
Buck Henry
Writer/Comedian
2
Buzz Aldrin
Astronaut
2
Charles Manson
Nutcase
2
Charlie Sheen
Actor
2
Christopher Plummer
Actor
2
Chuck Barris
DEAD - Gong Show Guy/Secret Agent
2
Clint Walker
Actor
2
Conrad Janis
Actor
2
David Attenborough
Broadcaster/Naturalist
2
David Crosby
Singer
2
Diana Serra Cary
Baby Peggy
2
Doc Severinsen
Band Leader
2
Dorothy Mengering
DEAD - Letterman's Mom
2
Elton John
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
2
Estelle Parsons
Actress
2
Gaston Glock
Gun Dude
2
Gene Shalit
Movie Critic - Wacky Look
2
George Chakaris
Actor (A Shark)
2
Gloria Vanderbilt
Fashion Designer
2
Harry Dean Stanton
Actor
2
Hillary Clinton
Stood By Her Man
2
Honor Blackman
Pussy Galore
2
Jackie Mason
Comedian
2
Jackie Stallone
A Real Piece of Work
2
Jacques Chirac
Something About Anti-Americanism
2
James Earl Jones
Voice
2
Jane Withers
We bet she does.
2
Jim Kelly
Mr. Buffalo Bill
2
John Astin
Gomez
2
John Hurt
DEAD - Actor
2
John Madden
Turkey Eater
2
John Szeles
The Amazing Jonathon
2
Joseph Campanella
Actor
2
Julie Newmar
9th Life and Counting
2
Kim Jong Un
Rodman's Pal
2
Larry Flynt
Okay, Maybe This is Matt's Idol
2
Larry King
Old Fart
2
Lee Meriwether
Actress (A Catwoman)
2
Lyndon LaRouche
Doesn't He Always Run For Pres.?
2
Martin Landau
Guy from Space 1999
2
Michael Douglas
Kirk's Boy
2
Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Racer
2
Michelle Phillips
A Momma
2
Mike Pence
Veep
2
Mikhail Gorbachev
Former Ruskie Leader
2
Ozzy Osbourne
Singer
2
Pat Robertson
Religious Dude
2
Peter Marshall
Circle Get The Square
2
Raul Castro
Fidel's Stand-in
2
Richard Simmons
Strange Little Man
2
Rob Kardashian
WTF?
2
Robert Guillaume
Actor - Benson
2
Robert Wagner
Actor
2
Rod Carew
Baseball Player
2
Ross Perot
Guy With Charts
2
Ruth Westheimer
Sex Gal
2
Shelley Berman
Comedian
2
Shelley Duvall
Olive Oyl
2
Stephen Sondheim
Composer
2
Tommy Lasorda
Hefty Baseball Coach
2
Vera Miles
Actress
2
Vic Damone
Singer
2
Walter Mondale
Vice President
2
William "Refrigerator" Perry
Big Dude
2
Willie Mays
Say Hey
2
Woody Allen
Director/Writer/Dick
2
Abdullah The Butcher
Large Wrestler and Rib Slinger
1
Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi
ISIS Leader
1
Alan Arkin
Actor
1
Ali Khamenei
Some Ayatollah
1
Amanda Bynes
Train Wreck
1
Andre Previn
Pianist, Conductor, Composer
1
Andy Dick
Comedian
1
Ann Blyth
Actress, Hostess Mom
1
Anne Jeffreys
Actress
1
Arlene Dahl
Journey to the Center of The Earth
1
Ashley Olsen
Half an Annoying Set
1
Avery Brooks
Actor
1
Barry Gibb
A Bee Gee
1
Bashar al Assad
Syrian Leader
1
Bella Thorne
Actress
1
Bernie Sanders
Feel The Bern
1
Betty Lynn
Thelma Lou
1
Bianca Jagger
Mick' Ex
1
Bill Medley
A Righteous Brother
1
Billie Hayes
Witchee-Poo
1
Billy Connolly
Comedian
1
Bob McGrath
He's Bob From Sesame Street
1
Bob Uecker
Mr. Baseball
1
Bobbie Gentry
Ode To Billie Joe
1
Bobby Hull
Some Hockey Dude
1
Bobby Knight
Nutty Basketball Coach
1
Bobby Vinton
The Polish Prince
1
Bret Michaels
From Poison to Reality TV Yee-Ha
1
Brigitte Bardot
Ooo-la-la
1
Britney Spears
Train Wreck
1
Burt Ward
Robin
1
Burton Cummings
American Woman
1
Caitlyn (Bruce) Jenner
Used To Be For Running
1
Camille Cosby
Jilted Wife Many Times Over
1
Carl Palmer
Emerson, Lake and. . .
1
Carol Burnett
Comedian
1
Carole Cook
Actress
1
Caroll Spinney
Big Bird
1
Charles Koch
A Koch Brother
1
Chevy Chase
Comedian
1
Chris Mortensen
Sports Journalist, Sportscaster
1
Christopher Lloyd
Actor- Rev. Jim
1
Cicely Tyson
Actress
1
Clarence Thomas
Justice
1
Cleo Laine
Queen of Jazz
1
Clifton James
Sheriff J.W. Pepper
1
Clint Eastwood
Make My Day
1
Dabney Coleman
Actor
1
David Clayton Thomas
Blood, Sweat & Tears
1
David Dinkins
Wasn't the City Grand Then?
1
David Koch
The Other Koch Brother
1
David Letterman
Late Show Host
1
David Prowse
Darth Vader
1
Dean Torrence
Dead Man's Curve
1
Diana Muldaur
Actress
1
Dick Smothers
Some Guys Brother
1
Dionne Warwick
Psychic
1
Dolly Parton
Two Great Ladies
1
Don Everly
An Everly Brother
1
Don Murray
Actor
1
Don Shula
Football Great, Steakhouse Great
1
Donald Rumsfeld
Something About Defense
1
Donald Sterling
Quite the Clippers Owner
1
Dorothy Malone
Actress
1
Earle Hyman
Russell Huxtable
1
Ed Ames
Actor/Singer
1
Edd Byrnes
Actor, 77 Sunset Strip
1
Emperor Akihito
Hirohito's Kid
1
Ennio Morricone
Composer
1
Ernest Angsley
Touch the screen, touch it
1
F. Lee Bailey
Attorney
1
Franco Zeffirelli
A Time For Him, Some Day There'll Be
1
Frankie Muniz
Actor
1
Fred Willard
Comedian
1
Gallagher
Splat!
1
Garrett Morris
Comedian
1
Gary Burghoff
Radar
1
Gary Sandy
Andy Travis at WKRP
1
Gena Rowlands
Actress
1
Gene Hackman
Popeye Doyle
1
George Wendt
Norm!
1
Gina Lollobrigida
Actress
1
Ginger Baker
Cream Drummer
1
Glynis Johns
Actress
1
Greg Allman
DEAD - Did Cher (eww) and is an Allman
1
Grover Norquist
Tax Reform Advocate
1
Harry Reid
Senator from Nevada
1
Helen Reddy
Actress
1
Helmut Kohl
DEAD - Formr Chancellor of Germany
1
Jack Nicholson
Actor
1
Jack Sheldon
School House Rock +
1
James Lipton
Inside the Actor's Studio Dude
1
James Randi
Amazing
1
James Tolkan
Actor
1
Jan Michael Vincent
Messed-up Actor
1
Jane Powell
Actress
1
Jared Fogle
Subway Dude
1
Javier Perez de Cuellar
Former UN Secretary-General
1
Jean Kasem
Not A Nice Lady
1
Jean Kennedy Smith
A Kennedy
1
Jerry Van Dyke
Actor
1
Jill St. John
Actress
1
Jim Bakker
Tammy's former squeeze
1
Joan Collins
Actress
1
Joan Lunden
TV Host
1
Joaquin Guzman
El Chapo
1
Joe Biden
Vice President
1
Joe Perry
Guitarist
1
John Byner
Comedian, Actor, Impressionist
1
John Cleese
Something Completely Different
1
John Conyers
Congressman
1
John Gavin
Actor
1
John Irving
Author
1
John McVie
A Fleetwood Macer
1
John Travolta
Actor
1
Johnny Manziel
What a Waste
1
Jonathan Demme
DEAD - Director
1
Justin Bieber
Maybe He'll Get Fever
1
Katherine Jackson
Got The Little Jacksons
1
Keely Smith
Singer with Prima
1
Ken Kercheval
Actor
1
Kim Richards
Actress
1
Larry Kramer
Seinfeld's Friend?
1
Lee Grant
Actress
1
Liam Neeson
Actor
1
Lil Wayne
Rapper
1
Linda Ronstadt
That'll Be The Day
1
Lionel Richie
Singer
1
Liz Smith
Gossip Lady
1
Liza Minnelli
Friend of Sinatra
1
Louis Farrakhan
Racist
1
Lyle Waggoner
Actor
1
Madonna
Madonna
1
Marie Fredrikson
Roxette
1
Marion "Suge" Knight
Rapper
1
Marion Ross
Mrs. C
1
Marla Gibbs
Florence
1
Martin Sheen
Actor
1
Mary Kate Olsen
Half an Annoying Set
1
Meatloaf
Who knows
1
Michael Caine
Actor
1
Michael J. Anderson
The Man From Another Place
1
Michael J. Fox
Actor
1
Michael Moore
Did He Do "Super Size it?"
1
Mickey Gilley
Singer
1
Miley Cyrus
Tweener
1
Mitch McConnell
Politician
1
Morgan Freeman
Actor
1
Morton Sobell
A Commie
1
Nancy Olson
Actress
1
Naomi Judd
Singer
1
Neil Simon
Playwright
1
Newt Gingrich
Former Speaker of the House
1
Nichelle Nichols
Lt. Uhura
1
Orson Bean
Actor
1
Otis Williams
Big Daddy
1
Pat Carroll
Actress
1
Paul Ryan
Speaker of the House
1
Pete Rose
Anyone Wanna Bet?
1
Peter Tork
Hey, Hey, He's a Monkee
1
Phil Spector
Wall Of Sound, Murderer
1
Piers Morgan
TV Talk Host
1
Piper Laurie
Actress
1
Quincy Jones
Musician/Producer
1
Rance Howard
Ron and Clint's Pop
1
Randolph Mantooth
Emergency!
1
Richard Anderson
Oscar Goldman
1
Richard Carpenter
A Carpenter
1
Richard Petty
Former NASCAR Racer
1
Rick Scott
Politician
1
Rick Snyder
Politician
1
Rip Torn
Actor
1
Rob Schneider
Comedian
1
Robbie Krieger
A Door
1
Robert Clary
LeBeau
1
Robert Conrad
Actor
1
Robert Durst
Murderer?
1
Robert Osborne
TCM Host
1
Robert Redford
Actor
1
Roger Moore
DEAD - Actor
1
Roger Mudd
You're Name is Mudd
1
Ron Jeremy
Porn Guy
1
Ron Popeil
Inventor and Pitch Man
1
Ron White
Blue Collar Comedy Guy
1
Ron Wood
Stones
1
Ronda Rousey
One Tough Chick
1
Rosemary Harris
Aunt May
1
Rush Limbaugh
Radio Guy
1
Russ Tamblyn
Actor
1
Sam Brownback
Politician
1
Sam Moore
Singer
1
Sandy Koufax
Baseball Player
1
Scott Hamilton
Ice Skater
1
Scott Walker
Politician
1
Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman
DEAD - Blind Terrorist (oops, we mean cleric)
1
Shirley Jones
Mrs. Partridge
1
Sophia Loren
Actress
1
Stan Mikita
Hockey Player
1
Stanley Donen
Director, Choreographer
1
Stella Stevens
Actress
1
Stephen Collins
Actor
1
Steven Tyler
Singer
1
Stuart Whitman
Actor
1
Tara Reid
Sharknado!
1
Tim Reid
Venus Flytrap
1
Tippi Hedren
Actress - The Birds
1
Tom Baker
Actor
1
Toni Morrison
Author
1
Valerie Simpson
Ashford's Gal
1
Vin Scully
Ball Announcer
1
Vincent Pastore
Big Pussy
1
Wavy Gravy
Hippie
1
Wayne Knight
Newman!
1
Wayne Newton
Mr. Las Vegas
1
William Daniels
Actor
1
William Shatner
Kirk
1
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