6 stars who are the last surviving cast members of classic TV shows

Let's celebrate Trixie, Lois, Jethro, Eb, Officer Reed and Jeannie.

Let's celebrate living legends. We are fortunate to still have TV icons with us, like Dawn Wells and Tina Louise from Gilligan's Island, all of the Brady kids, or Ron Howard and Betty Lynn from The Andy Griffith Show

However, in some cases, only one main cast member remains.

Here are some stars will keep the legacy of these beloves series alive. Raise a toast!

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1. Joyce Randolph of The Honeymooners

Randolph was neither the first nor last actor to portray Trixie Norton (Elaine Stritch and Jane Kean take claim to that, respectively) but she is most associated with the character. After all, Stritch lasted a single episode and Kean came about in the later, color reunions of the 1960s. Michigan native Randolph — once called "the Garbo of Detroit" — played Ed's wife on The Honeymooners half-hour sitcom, "The Classic 39." A key part of a relatively small cast, Randolph recently celebrated her 95th birthday. 

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2. Phyllis Coates of Adventures of Superman

Two women portrayed fearless reporter and Clark Kent love interest Lois Lane on Adventures of Superman (1952–58). Noel Neill (1920–2016) appeared in more episodes — and was the first live-action Lois in the film serials of the 1940s — but in between those two stints, Phyllis Coates starred in season one of Adventures alongside George Reeves. Born Gypsie Ann Evarts Stell, this former chorus girl first played Lois in Superman and the Mole Men (1951), the first feature film featuring the Man of Steel.

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3. Max Baer Jr. of The Beverly Hillbillies

Son of boxing champ and eventual film star Max Baer, Junior began his own acting career in earnest in the 1960s. Best known as Jethro Bodine, Baer Jr. not only outlived his castmates (Donna Douglas passed away in 2015), he wisely profited of his signature role. He obtained some Hillbillies sublicensing rights for products such as food and slot machines. For decades, he has envisioned a casino themed around the sitcom that has yet to come to fruition. The plans for the Nevada attraction called for a 200-foot replica oil derrick. In 1986, Baer attempted to get the film rights to Madonna's "Like a Virgin."

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4. Tom Lester of Green Acres

The man behind Eb Dawson was an honest-to-goodness farmer. Tom Lester was not your typical Hollywood star. You know him as the friendly farmhand on Green Acres. A Mississippi native, Lester remained a country boy at heart. It is said that Lester beat out 400 other actors for the role of Eb because he actually knew how to milk a cow. After Green Acres ended in 1971, Lester returned home to Laurel, Mississippi. He moved back in with his parents. He later became the owner of a 250-acre timber farm in Vossburg, Mississippi. In 1997, he was the recipient of Mississippi's "Wildlife Farmer of the Year" award.

5. Kent McCord of Adam-12

When it comes to police shows and sci-fi, few actors have the resume and reputation of Kent McCord. He began his career as the picture-perfect street cop, with a chiseled jaw and neat hair. No wonder his iconic character Jim Reed appeared on so many shows beyond Adam-12. Later, he landed regular roles on Galactica 1980 (the Battlestar Galactica sequel series), SeaQuest 2032 and Farscape. Along the way, he often reteamed with his old partner Martin Milner — and became an important power-player in Hollywood unions. Milner passed away in 2015. William Boyett (Sgt. MacDonald), Fred Stromsoe (Officer Woods), Gary Crosby (Officer Wells), and Claude Johnson (Officer Brinkman) had all previously passed. Well, one other voice from Adam-12 survives. Shaaron Claridge, the uncredited dispatcher who was an LAPD dispatcher in real life.

Image: The Everett Collection

6. Barbara Eden of I Dream of Jeannie

Following the deaths of Larry Hagman (Tony), Bill Daily (Roger), Hayden Rorke (Dr. Bellows), Jeannie herself is the last remaining regular cast member of I Dream of Jeannie. She recently played Mrs. Claus in the 2019 holiday movie My Adventures with Santa.

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dexman335 3 months ago
Sadly, with the recent passing of Tom Lester, the entire main cast of Green Acres is gone. ☹
Richie74 3 months ago
Marla Gibbs, Berlinda Tolbert and Damon Evans are the last surviving cast members of The Jeffersons.
However the entire cast of The Love Boat is still alive today.
ChrisRobinson 4 months ago
Technically, Burt Ward is the last surviving star of Batman. Julie Newmar was a "Guest Star" in all of her appearances
JJPerry 4 months ago
Heres another one Julie Kavner (Rhoda's kid sister Beth)
JJPerry 4 months ago
And one more....James Brolin (Dr.Kiley...Marcus Welby M.D.)
JJPerry 4 months ago
You forgot a couple...Terry Carter (The Phil Silvers Show)...and Marc Copage (Corey on Julia)
thomtv 4 months ago
Recently went to Lucille Balls hometown in New York. We went to her museum and enjoyed it immensely. The sets, the costumes and the story of Lucy took me back to my childhood. A great experience!
kkvegas 4 months ago
This got me thinking about how many stars of the Mary Tyler Moore Show are still alive: Betty White (98), Cloris Leachman (93), Ed Asner (90), and Gavin MacLeod (89).
CouchPotato19 kkvegas 3 months ago
Wow! At those ages, I would wager not for much longer.
DavidBartholomew 4 months ago
Noel Neill and Phyllis Coates (Lois Lane) ....

Noel was the Lois in the Serials in the 1940s, with Kirk Allyn. The 1950s TV show, George Reeves, Noel was doing a film, so Coates was hired for one season. Noel was in the rest of the shows. And, of course, Kirk Allyn and Neill played Lois Lane parents in the first Christopher Reeve Superman film.
Dato727 5 months ago
Paul O’Keefe played Ross on the Patty Duke Show
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SubVetSteve 5 months ago
David McCallum, Illya Kuryakin of the Man from U.N.C.L.E. My favorite show as a kid!
djw1120 SubVetSteve 5 months ago
Of course, he is still on NCIS as Dr. Donald (Ducky) Mallard - the chief medical examiner.
And has been since the first episode.
Barry22 5 months ago
Just guessing, but how about Ronnie Schnell(sp?) from Gomer Pyle and Butch Patrick from The Munsters.
ScarlettKaiju Barry22 5 months ago
Yes on Ronnie Schnell, but Butch Patrick is not the lone survivor of The Munsters. Marilyn Mach II, Pat Priest, is still with us. In fact, she and Butch are scheduled to appear together at Monster Bash in PA this June, if COVID-19 doesn't force cancellation.
Barry22 ScarlettKaiju 4 months ago
Actually just found out the actress who played Lou-Ann is still alive.
JDWJDW2 5 months ago
I was wrong about Dick Van Dyke. Carl Reiner is also still alive.
AaronHandyIII JDWJDW2 13 days ago
Not anymore...
JDWJDW2 5 months ago
Let's not forget Dick Van Dyke and Hogan's Heroes star Robert Clary. Both of them were great.
TCKirkham JDWJDW2 5 months ago
Kenneth Washington from the final season of Hogan's Heroes is also still with us...he also had a recurring role on "Adam-12" later on...
djw1120 TCKirkham 5 months ago
What was Kenneth Washington's role on "Adam-12"?
Also, how and why did Ivan Dixon leave?
MarkSpeck djw1120 3 months ago
I'm guessing Dixon left because he wanted to direct. A year or so after leaving Hogan's Heroes, Dixon began a lucrative career as a TV director, with numerous credits including The Mod Squad, The Rookies, Starsky & Hutch, The Rockford Files, Magnum P.I. and The Greatest American Hero.
DMJImmy 5 months ago
George Mahris is the only surviving cast member of Route 66 which turns 60 in September. At 92, he has found another career in painting. I talked to him today - what a gentleman!
jrm1017 5 months ago
Burt Ward & Julie Newmar of Batman
djw1120 jrm1017 5 months ago
We just saw Burt Ward on the "Crisis on Infinite Earths" cross-over with the DC shows on PIX-11 recently.
"Holy red skies of death!!!"
He was wearing a sweater in the colors of his costume while he was walking a dog.
DavidBartholomew djw1120 4 months ago
That dog was Ace, the Bat Hound!!
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