Who’s Alive From Classic Television Shows

Ron Howard and Jim Nabors are only Andy Griffith stars still alive.

Andy Griffith Show

The Who’s Alive and Who’s Dead website lists Ron Howard 59 and Jim Nabors 80 as the only surviving stars of the Andy Griffith Show. Howard McNear who portrayed Floyd the Barber was the first cast member to die, since he passed away in 1969 the year after the show left the air. He died at a comparatively young 63. Frances Bavier (Aunt Bee) died 20 years later in 1989 at the age of 86.

Batman

Adam West (Batman) 85 and Burt Ward (Robin) 68 are two of four surviving members of the Batman cast.

Two actresses who played Catwoman are the only other surviving members of the cast. Yvonne Craig is now 76 and Julie Newmar is 78. Madge Blake who portrayed Aunt Harriet died in 1969 at the age of 69. The next one on Batman to die was Stafford Repp who played Chief O’Hara, who died in 1974 at the age of 56.

Donna Douglas 80 who portrayed Elly May and Max Baer Jr. 76 are the last members of Beverly Hillbillies cast that is still alive.

Beverly Hillbillies

Irene Ryan who played Granny on Beverly Hillbillies was the first to die, at the age of 70 in 1973. Raymond Bailey who portrayed banker Milburn Drysdale died next at the age of 75 in 1980.

David Canary who played Candy Canaday on Bonanza is only surviving member of the show at the age of 75 and Bonanza was on the air from 1959-1973.

Bonanza

Dan Blocker who portrayed Hoss Cartwright died before the show finished its run dying, at the age of only 43 in 1972 due to a pulmonary blood clot. Michael Landon who played Little Joe Cartwright died at the age of 54 in 1991 from pancreatic cancer.

Robert Reed who portrayed Mike Brady on the Brady Bunch and Allan Melvin who played Sam the butcher are only actors on the show who have died at the age of 59 and 85 respectively.

Brady Bunch

Ann B.  Davis 87 who played Alice on Brady Bunch is one of several Brady Bunch actors and actresses still alive. Florence Henderson is now 85 and portrayed Carol Brady. Barry portrayed Greg Brady and is now 59. Maureen McCormick who played Marcia Brady is now 57. Christopher Knight is now 56 and was Peter Brady on the show. Eve Plumb played the part of Jan Brady and is 55 years old. Mike Lookinland is now 53 and played Bobby Brady. Susan Olsen is the youngest surviving Brady at the age of 52. She played Cindy Brady on the show.

To check to see what other celebrities are alive and which ones have passed on:

http://www.whosaliveandwhosdead.com/default.asp

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Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

9 thoughts on “Who’s Alive From Classic Television Shows”

  1. The 3 leads of 77 Sunset Strip are still with us. Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Roger Smith and Edd Byrnes. As is Jacqueline Beer & Robert Logan. I haven’t looked it up, but I imagine that is a pretty good record.

  2. 77 Sunset Strip was my favorite show back then, but I have tried watching a few episodes recently and I just can’t get into them, and I can’t figure out why. I thoroughly enjoy watching shows like Cheyenne, Have Gun, Will Travel, My Little Margie, etc., so I really don’t understand my feelings about 77.
    I will probably keep trying though. I wish The Bob Cummings show was on now somewhere, but I never see it. It had some amazing ladies in it that would be fun to revisit, especially Joi Lansing, who was a very smart and nice girl in real life and left us far too early.

    1. Ken, Know what you mean. Some shows like Life of Riley don’t seem as funny today, as they were back then. Probably why it is not in reruns anywhere that I know of. I remember Ann. B. Davis from Brady Bunch, when she was on the Bob Cummings show.

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