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psychonaut
03-18-2015, 04:27 AM
Are there any famous people who have suddenly, voluntarily, and so completely vanished from public life that no fan or journalist has ever been able to track them down?

The prototypical example I'm thinking of is Deep Purple and Captain Beyond singer Rod Evans (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod_Evans). He involved himself in an unauthorized Deep Purple "reunion" tour in 1980, got sued, and then completely disappeared from public life. There have been rumours that he got a medical degree and became a hospital director in California, though AFAIK no journalist has ever succeeded in finding him to confirm this. His whereabouts since 1980 have been a complete mystery to the public.

Are there any other cases comparable to that of Rod Evans? Note that I'm not talking about famous people, like Bill Watterson, whose whereabouts are known but who nowadays usually decline to give interviews or attend public events. Nor am I talking about people like Glenn Miller or Jimmy Hoffa who were probably killed in an accident, in a crime, or in combat. I'm talking about people who are widely believed to be alive and well but who cannot be tracked down despite active efforts on the part of their fans or the media.

GreenElf
03-18-2015, 04:47 AM
Bettie Page and Doris Day

psychonaut
03-18-2015, 05:08 AM
Bettie Page and Doris DayCare to explain further? Their respective Wikipedia articles don't give any particularly long gaps in their biographies (though I suppose the details might have come from research or interviews following any disappearance).

GreenElf
03-18-2015, 05:12 AM
Sorry, it's late at night and I didn't read your final paragraph, so they wouldn't really qualify.

rsat3acr
03-18-2015, 06:06 AM
And Bettie Page is dead so...

psychonaut
03-18-2015, 06:11 AM
Well, I'd be happy to discuss any historical cases provided they otherwise meet the criteria of my question.

Superdude
03-18-2015, 06:31 AM
No one ever hears from Jack Chick (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_T._Chick) until a new tract comes out. No one knows what he looks like, or he has only given one professional interview since 1975.

Quartz
03-18-2015, 07:01 AM
Dave Trampier (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_A._Trampier) and Carl Sargent are famous examples in the D&D sphere. Trampier was the artist behind the Wormy cartoon in Dragon Magazine and just stopped. Sargent disappeared shortly after moving to America - IIRC there were rumours of an accident

psychonaut
03-18-2015, 07:40 AM
Dave Trampier (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_A._Trampier) and Carl Sargent are famous examples in the D&D sphere. Trampier was the artist behind the Wormy cartoon in Dragon Magazine and just stopped. Sargent disappeared shortly after moving to America - IIRC there were rumours of an accidentThanks for the link! Trampier's story is just as fascinating as Evans's—even more so, actually, because of his freak rediscovery after his unexplained 20-year absence.

Biffy the Elephant Shrew
03-18-2015, 08:18 AM
Licorice McKechnie (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Licorice_McKechnie) of the Incredible String Band hasn't been heard from since 1990.

Ethilrist
03-18-2015, 08:20 AM
Cecil Adams.

TriPolar
03-18-2015, 08:26 AM
Bambi Woods (Bambi Woods), perhaps born Barbara Woodson. She was the star of the hugely successful film Debbie Does Dallas along with a few sequels. There have been unconfirmed reports of her death while some insist she is still alive.

Wendell Wagner
03-18-2015, 08:37 AM
J. D. Salinger and Thomas Pynchon

buddy431
03-18-2015, 08:38 AM
Wallace Fard Muhammad (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wallace_Fard_Muhammad), who sort of founded the nation of Islam

Ethilrist
03-18-2015, 08:57 AM
D.B. Cooper. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._B._Cooper)

Fuzzy_wuzzy
03-18-2015, 10:13 AM
Bambi Woods (Bambi Woods), perhaps born Barbara Woodson. She was the star of the hugely successful film Debbie Does Dallas along with a few sequels. There have been unconfirmed reports of her death while some insist she is still alive.

There is a reported recent telephone interview with her somewhere on the internet. In the interview Woodson says she is still in contact with another "disappeared" porn starlet, Desiree Cousteau.

Ruth Anne Moorehouse, one of the Manson family members has still not been found.

TCMF-2L
03-18-2015, 10:29 AM
I am not sure whether this counts but if I started a new thread I would probably be suspected of ramping.

Satan's Empire.

In the late 1970s the UK music scene saw an influx of home grown Heavy Rock and Heavy Metal bands who were often collected under the banner NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal). Quite a few bands became popular in the UK general charts (Saxon, Tygers of Pang Tang to name two) and existing bands saw increased chart action (Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Gillan).

Many of the new bands were signed to (or began by signing to) Newcastle based NEAT Records. NEAT released a cassette only compilation album called Lead Weight. (I think it was cassette only but could be wrong.)

One of the tracks on Lead Weight was "Soldiers of War" by the aforementioned Satan's Empire.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acBi4YLac-k

I've always loved it. While it doesn't particularly break new ground it has, as they say, good singing, good playing and despite wooly production is quite "epic" in a modest way.

However it appears to be the only thing the band ever recorded. Four Scottish lads had enough talent to generate a decent rock track, release it as a self pressed single, signed for Neat and have it released on a compilation and then... Nothing. Disappeared.

No Wikipedia page. Even searching Google doesn't seem to show anything much, just repeated sites mentioning Soldiers of War as their only recorded track. There only seems to be one picture of the band and it is tiny and badly scanned.

TCMF-2L

Snowboarder Bo
03-18-2015, 11:18 AM
Hermann Szobel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermann_Szobel) released a fantastic album of highly complex melodic jazz (reminiscent of Frank Zappa) back in 1976. A little over a year later, he just disappeared; he has not been seen or heard since AFAIK. I've spent quite a bit of time trying to track him down, too, and despite good info that he is in Israel, I've yet to locate him.

psychonaut
03-18-2015, 11:24 AM
Cecil Adams.His latest column was published five days ago. I think you need to set your "completely disappeared from public life" bar just a teensy bit higher.

Snowboarder Bo
03-18-2015, 11:32 AM
That Satan's Empire track is pretty good, TCMF-2L. It looks like most of the band kept gigging after they broke up in 1983, mostly in other local bands. I did find info that the guitar player (Sandy Ritichie) and the drummer (Billy Masterson) recorded an EP called The Art of Terror in the mid '90s under the moniker Partners In Rhyme, but so far I haven't been able to track down a label or find a copy.

astorian
03-18-2015, 11:57 AM
I can name MANY celebrities who have disappeared from the public eye, but I've never tried to find them, so I have no idea if it would be difficult for a determined reporter to track them down.

If, for instance, o former Yankee outfielder or the star of a once-popular sitcom is now living quietly in a non-descript house in a small town in South Dakota, he may have "vanished" as far as his old fans are concerned, but he hasn't really "disappeared," has he? He could probably be found by a journalist or detective. But if the public has pretty much forgotten him, and tracking down would take a lot of effort, most likely nobody will bother to look him up.

For example, Rick Moranis was once a big TV and movie star, but he's been totally out of the public eye for ages. He's not hiding in the woods like JD Salinger- he just left show biz and never felt an overwhelming urge to go back.

There are probably many celebs like Moranis. Hardly any who are in complete seclusion.

Stephe96
03-18-2015, 12:11 PM
Bridget Fonda.

She used to be pretty popular in the '90s but according to the IMdB she hasn't worked since 2002.

psychonaut
03-18-2015, 12:21 PM
Bridget Fonda.

She used to be pretty popular in the '90s but according to the IMdB she hasn't worked since 2002.She's married to Danny Elfman. She can't have vanished as he refers to her occasionally in interviews.

Stephe96
03-18-2015, 12:33 PM
She's married to Danny Elfman. She can't have vanished as he refers to her occasionally in interviews.

She hasn't worked in 13 years and is occasionally mentioned in interviews?
I'd say that qualifies as 'vanished' for a once-popular Hollywood actress.

fiddlesticks
03-18-2015, 12:33 PM
J. D. Salinger and Thomas Pynchon

Pynchon was on the The Simpsons! :) He just doesn't talk to reporters. Though he once appeared in a New York City crowd scene on CNN (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9k_TNk2mtTA).

LurkerInNJ
03-18-2015, 12:34 PM
Bettie Page and Doris Day

Doris Day had a huge 90th birthday bash last year. People magazine covered the event. She looked great.

She still gives interviews, mostly print and radio. There was one on NPR a couple of years ago.

TriPolar
03-18-2015, 01:34 PM
Bridget Fonda.

She used to be pretty popular in the '90s but according to the IMdB she hasn't worked since 2002.

That's not really vanished. She's not hiding, anybody looking for her can find evidence of where she lives quite easily. There may be some vanished celebrities who could be found with some effort not yet exerted, but it has to take some effort. And a lack of people looking for someone makes them forgotten, not vanished. There won't be many people that qualify from here on out, it's pretty tough to disappear these days.

buddy431
03-18-2015, 02:30 PM
J. D. Salinger and Thomas Pynchon

Pynchon and Salinger didn't really drop off the map. They didn't like to talk to the media, and at times their location has been unknown, but they've generally been in semi-regular contact with the outside world. Hell, Pynchon was on the Simpsons a few years ago.

astorian
03-18-2015, 03:02 PM
A few years ago, when that awful Johnny Depp remake of The Lone Ranger came out, I seem to recall that quite a few journalists tried to track down Klinton Spilsbury, the star of an equally awful Lone Ranger movie in the Eighties

That movie was pretty much the beginning and end of Spilbury's movie career; by many accounts, he was a jerk on the set, and his voice was so bad that James Keach was hired to re-dub his lines.

But nobody seemed to know where he is now, and presumably, he likes it that way.

Again, I'm sure a bill collector who needed to find him could find him! But he's totally out of show biz, and flying under the media's radar.

Amateur Barbarian
03-18-2015, 03:10 PM
Michael O'Hare, who was a fine stage actor as well as a minor Hollywood figure, spent his last ten years out of the public eye. It wasn't until he died that JMS - who had confirmed MOH was okay after fan inquiries a year earlier - told B5 fans and others that he suffered from a crippling mental illness that was a major part of the reason he was written down after the first season. The other stories were largely a cover-up. He was still slightly accessible until about 2005, then disappeared off the radar. (I tried to contact him to ask a few questions about a B5 hero prop I own, and got one polite non-answer from his wife and then nothing further.)

Zsa Zsa Gabor, in a coma or something like it for the last decade - maybe that doesn't count, but she's hidden away pretty well.

L. Ron Hubbard went to another plane and AFAIK there was never any legal followup or closure.

The people of the small town Salinger lived in delighted in giving invaders bogus directions that took them to the furthest possible garbage dump, police station or mental hospital.

Cazzle
03-18-2015, 03:27 PM
Jason Mewes, who played Jay in the Clerks films and the lead in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, disappeared for two years in the early 2000s.

Ellis Aponte Jr.
03-18-2015, 04:06 PM
Maybe not quite an ideal answer to the question, but there is the case of Richey Edwards, who was a popular member of the well-known Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers in the early 1990s. He suddenly vanished in 1995 on the eve of a promotional tour to the US and has never been located. His parents refused to declare him "legally dead" but he finally became officially "presumed dead" in 2008.

Although what happened is still a mystery, it would probably be wrong to say he is "widely believed to be alive and well."

More on the case:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richey_Edwards

don't mind me
03-18-2015, 04:21 PM
Former NFL player Joe Don Looney (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Don_Looney)After his retirement from football he converted to Hinduism and joined the Siddha Yoga movement led by Swami Muktananda. Looney died at the age of 45, on September 24, 1988, near Luna Vista north of Terlingua, Texas when his motorcycle ran off a rural highway and crashed into a fence.[6]

Gatopescado
03-18-2015, 04:23 PM
Who's gonna be first to suggest Andy Kaufman?

Amateur Barbarian
03-18-2015, 04:37 PM
Who's gonna be first to suggest Andy Kaufman?
You mean the dead one? I'm kinda glad he's not in the public eye any more...

Worth tossing in the mysterious "disappearance" of Agatha Christie, although reasonable speculations can be made about that one... from a modern viewpoint.

Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam comes to mind, although he seems to have quietly resurfaced and performs from time to time.

eschereal
03-18-2015, 04:38 PM
Anyone familiar with the turbulent membership of Jethro Tull is familiar with people just dropping out of sight. Where are Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond, Barriemore Barlow or John Evan – prominent former members of the band? (Not to mention the Dee Palmer thing.)

Mr. Miskatonic
03-18-2015, 04:47 PM
Bobby Fischer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Fischer)would vanish for years at a time. He did pop back up, however, and say stupid shit.

silenus
03-18-2015, 04:49 PM
Maybe not quite an ideal answer to the question, but there is the case of Richey Edwards, who was a popular member of the well-known Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers in the early 1990s.

Oxymoron.

eschereal - 3 minutes on Google tells me whet everybody you mentioned is doing these days, or at least in the last few years. "Not touring with a major rock group" doesn't equal "disappeared from the face of the earth."

Ellis Aponte Jr.
03-18-2015, 05:04 PM
Oxymoron.


I acknowledge the joke, but in truth the Manic Street Preachers have had about six Top 10 albums and many Top 10 singles in the UK

nearwildheaven
03-18-2015, 05:06 PM
For example, Rick Moranis was once a big TV and movie star, but he's been totally out of the public eye for ages. He's not hiding in the woods like JD Salinger- he just left show biz and never felt an overwhelming urge to go back.

There are probably many celebs like Moranis. Hardly any who are in complete seclusion.

His high school classmate John Rutsey pretty much did the same thing after he left Rush following the recording of their first album. There were some stories that he was fairly prominent in the world of drug-free bodybuilding for a while, and stayed out of the public eye altogether until his death from Type I diabetes in 2008, which also turned out to be the REAL reason why he left Rush.

nearwildheaven
03-18-2015, 05:09 PM
On a related note, last week I was at a meetup and some other people there were talking about a TV series featuring James Spader, and expressed surprise that a middle-aged man would suddenly rise to fame out of nowhere. I replied that he was a very popular actor in the late 1980s, and withdrew from public life when he had children. The money he made from his box office success enabled him to do local theater and other acting parts where he would not have to go on location, and decided to take bigger parts when his kids were grown.

He did what was right for him.

Gregg Rolie of Journey did a similar thing.

RickJay
03-18-2015, 06:14 PM
I For example, Rick Moranis was once a big TV and movie star, but he's been totally out of the public eye for ages. He's not hiding in the woods like JD Salinger- he just left show biz and never felt an overwhelming urge to go back.
He's actually done some comedy recordings, and was up for the Grammy for Best Comedy Album back in 2006.

He got out of movies (with the exception of some voice over work) because he found it hard to raise his kids and do films, as his wife had died, so he picked his kids.

Jim's Son
03-18-2015, 07:02 PM
There was a good baseball player in the 1960s named Tony Horton who had mental problems. He once struck out on Steve Hamilton's "folly floater" and crawled back on his hands and knees to the dugout. People didn't know of his inner turmoil and assumed he was joking. He left the game and disappeared. A couple decades later a writer tracked him down in Silicon Valley. The writer said from the brief glance he got Horton looked to be in shape, just gray hair. But he and his father refused to give an interview and slammed the door.
In the 1890s there was a great base ball player named George Davis. In the 1950s a researcher named Lee Allen noticed Davis had disappeared from the baseball community around 1915 and no one knew what happened. After an extensive search, Allen found Davis had died in 1940. Davis was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1998.

JohnGalt
03-18-2015, 07:07 PM
The person I first thought of is Sarah Holcomb of Animal House and Caddyshack fame. Shortly after those she disappeared, supposedly due to drug addiction problems she picked up while doing Animal House.

According to the comments on IMDB, it appears that her whereabouts are known to people who lived around her family, but she is gone from the public eye. I don't think that fans could find her, and when she didn't participate in the Caddyshack reunion in 2013 I'd like to know if it's because she refused to attend, or if they just couldn't find her.

Lord Mondegreen
03-18-2015, 09:32 PM
While he probably doesn't completely fit in with the requirements of the OP, Jimmie Nicol (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmie_Nicol) was a celebrity for a little while, having played drums for the Beatles during their Australian tour when Ringo was ill.

Statements like:
In 1988 it was rumoured that Nicol had died, but an article in 2005 by the Daily Mail confirmed that he was still alive and living in London as a recluse. satisfy the requirement (at least to me) of having "completely vanished." That's 17 years between a rumour that you've died and the confirmation that you haven't, and even that event was 10 years ago.

Anesthesia Romanov
03-18-2015, 10:43 PM
J. D. Salinger and Thomas Pynchon

Salinger died back in 2010.

Quercus alba
03-18-2015, 10:52 PM
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.


Aw...crap, there they are again.
I keep hoping...:smack:

Gatopescado
03-18-2015, 11:15 PM
......well-known Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers ......

Oxymoron.



Hey! This band is responsible for me singing, "You picked the corn from my shiiiiiiit!" while driving around in city traffic.

That has to count for something.

Robert163
03-18-2015, 11:17 PM
Sixto Rodriguez, Otherwise know and Rodriguez. Musician form the 70's that no one could find. They made a very interesting documentary on him. The Documentary was called Searching for Sugar Man.

buddha_david
03-19-2015, 12:56 AM
Where are Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond, Barriemore Barlow or John Evan – prominent former members of the band? (Not to mention the Dee Palmer thing.)
John Evan formed his own construction company, and later moved to Australia. Jeffrey Hammond became a painter, his primary passion. Barlow continued work as a session drummer and managed some indie rock bands, though he doesn't seem to have done much lately. All of them have shown up in Jethro Tull retrospectives from time to time.

And then there's David Palmer... "Er, he's gone for a piss (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWwIahbkxUY&t=712) but he'll be right back...ah, David's back! Give it a good shake (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWwIahbkxUY&t=988), did you? Huh?? You did WHAT with it?!?!?"

Anyway...in the era of 21st century globalization, it seems well nigh impossible for any ex-celebrity to remain completely incognito, as long as someone has the means and desire to track them down. Even the ur-example Rod Evans has remained enough in touch with his former colleagues to repeatedly refuse to participate in any reunion for Captain Beyond (his post-Purple band.)

An example that didn't turn out so well: Philip Taylor Kramer (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Taylor_Kramer), bass player for Iron Butterfly, mysteriously vanished in 1995. Four years later, his body was found inside his vehicle at the bottom of a deep canyon near L.A. The precise circumstances of his death were never determined, but it's presumed to have been suicide. :(

Critical1
03-19-2015, 02:24 AM
Betty Davis (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6OsV6HdDgo), She released 2 albums that were decades ahead of their time, the line up on her first is nuts (pointer sisters singing back up, Neil Schon and a handful of other outstanding performers) then she just vanished, Totally gone until the guys from Seattles Light in the Attic label picked up the rights to her first album. They managed to track her down so they could pay her Royalties for the first time on any of her music.

That first album is one of my all time favorites.

Claverhouse
03-19-2015, 03:07 AM
No one ever hears from Jack Chick (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_T._Chick) until a new tract comes out. No one knows what he looks like, or he has only given one professional interview since 1975.


Has there ever been any suggestion that he may not have been utterly sincere in his beliefs, and instead of living in his deranged world he just lucked into a sweet gig pretending his theses and using his evident artistic gifts to con the world, including fundie christians and outraged atheists, making money, as a grand Épater la Bourgeoisie ?

Alessan
03-19-2015, 03:45 AM
How does Chick make money?

Lord Feldon
03-19-2015, 05:04 AM
How does Chick make money?

He sells tracts and other religious...literature.

There's even a special discount if you buy 10,000 or more of one title.

Wendell Wagner
03-19-2015, 05:39 AM
Anesthesia Romanov writes:

> Salinger died back in 2010.

Yes, of course I knew that.

Robert163 writes:

> Sixto Rodriguez, Otherwise know and Rodriguez. Musician form the 70's that no
> one could find. They made a very interesting documentary on him. The
> Documentary was called Searching for Sugar Man.

And there are certain ways in which that documentary wasn't accurate:

http://www.cracked.com/article_20585_6-famous-documentaries-that-were-shockingly-full-crap_p2.html

Tibby
03-19-2015, 06:27 AM
Cat Stevens (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_Stevens) doesn't fit all OP criteria because he didn't completely disappear, but I’m submitting him because he did disappear from the eyes of his once huge fan-base, and his is an interesting story worth learning for those (young whippersnappers) not familiar with his career.

Cat abandoned his productive pop music career for a ~25 year hiatus, after converting to Islam in ’77, changing his name to Yusaf Islam and living primarily in the Muslim community, involving himself in philanthropy and creating some controversy. He did briefly pop up again into the pop music scene, but didn't make much of a stir.

Loach
03-19-2015, 06:43 AM
Jason Mewes, who played Jay in the Clerks films and the lead in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, disappeared for two years in the early 2000s.

I'm not sure if "on the lam" is the same as "vanished." He was heavily using heroin and had warrants in New Jersey so he couldn't return home. He was unemployable due to drug use and did not have stable living arrangements. But he did not disappear.

Smid
03-19-2015, 07:21 AM
Maybe not quite an ideal answer to the question, but there is the case of Richey Edwards, who was a popular member of the well-known Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers in the early 1990s. He suddenly vanished in 1995 on the eve of a promotional tour to the US and has never been located. His parents refused to declare him "legally dead" but he finally became officially "presumed dead" in 2008.

Although what happened is still a mystery, it would probably be wrong to say he is "widely believed to be alive and well."

Just passed 20 years now:

Recent story in bristol post (http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/20-years-mystery-missing-star-unsolved/story-25926959-detail/story.html)

I didn't realise about him taking money out and getting passport at the time. I remember reading about his car being found near severn bridge, and people thinking that he had committed suicide, all from NME...

astorian
03-19-2015, 09:38 AM
He's actually done some comedy recordings, and was up for the Grammy for Best Comedy Album back in 2006.

He got out of movies (with the exception of some voice over work) because he found it hard to raise his kids and do films, as his wife had died, so he picked his kids.

I was aware of his family circumstances, but didn't know about his recordings.

I was just picking him as an example of a big star who seemed to "disappear" as far as the public was concerned, but who hadn't really vanished. He was still alive and well and living an ordinary life. He wasn't a recluse, after all- he just wasn't in the spotlight any more.

MANY celebs who "disappear" are in a similar boat.

RivkahChaya
03-19-2015, 10:15 AM
Ruth Anne Moorehouse, one of the Manson family members has still not been found.
IIRC, she had a baby that was very likely Manson's. If she's trying to keep this fact from the kid, she really doesn't want to be found.
Bobby Fischer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Fischer)would vanish for years at a time. He did pop back up, however, and say stupid shit.And all of America wished he'd shut up and go away again.

LurkerInNJ
03-19-2015, 11:36 AM
IIRC, she had a baby that was very likely Manson's. If she's trying to keep this fact from the kid, she really doesn't want to be found.


There are Manson case fanatics who have tracked her and everyone else involved down and go over every detail in their forums.

CA has fairly open public records.

johnspartan
03-19-2015, 02:15 PM
Matt Drudge has gone the slightly-less-bat-crap-crazy-version-of Howard Hughes route.

There's even some interesting articles out there about trying to track him down, and just general senses of where he lives.

Octarine
03-19-2015, 02:25 PM
John Lennon faked his death to escape fame really convincingly. So did Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, Sam Cooke, Freddy Mercury . . .

(I can dream, can't I?)

Cazzle
03-19-2015, 03:20 PM
I'm not sure if "on the lam" is the same as "vanished." He was heavily using heroin and had warrants in New Jersey so he couldn't return home. He was unemployable due to drug use and did not have stable living arrangements. But he did not disappear.

My recollection is that, at the time, there was speculation that he might be dead. No one knew where he was. It's been more than a decade so my recollection might be wrong.

Yes, he disappeared because there were warrants out for him. If we eliminate those who have a good reason to disappear, it will severely limit the scope of this conversation :)

TBG
03-19-2015, 03:47 PM
I don't think anyone's seen Elvis since that time he was spotted working at a convenience store in Kalamazoo, MI back in the 80's.

Loach
03-19-2015, 03:47 PM
My recollection is that, at the time, there was speculation that he might be dead. No one knew where he was. It's been more than a decade so my recollection might be wrong.

Yes, he disappeared because there were warrants out for him. If we eliminate those who have a good reason to disappear, it will severely limit the scope of this conversation :)

I believe that it was pretty widely known that he was openly living in California. The charges weren't important enough for the state to extradite from that far.

Chefguy
03-19-2015, 04:05 PM
Actress Greta Garbo pretty much vanished into private life in 1941 at age 35. No husband, no kids, little contact with the outside world.

astorian
03-19-2015, 04:34 PM
Actress Greta Garbo pretty much vanished into private life in 1941 at age 35. No husband, no kids, little contact with the outside world.

But everyone knew where she lived- on 52nd Street in Manhattan.

True, she dropped out of show biz and never returned, but she wasn't living in the middle of nowhere. She walked around the streets of New York, alone and/or with friends. She had a social life. It just didn't include any other celebrities.

Nobody ever had to ask "Where is she?" Everyone knew exactly where she was. But hardly anyone from the press or from her old life ever tried to contact her, and that's the way she wanted it.

Rodgers01
03-19-2015, 06:29 PM
Bobby Driscoll (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Driscoll), a child actor who starred in early Disney movies like "Song of the South" and "So Dear to My Heart" and provided the voice for the animated Peter Pan, disappeared some time in 1967. In March 1968 his body was found in New York, but no one knew who he was until a fingerprint match identified the body over a year and a half later. This wasn't released to the public till a few years after that, so for all that time he effectively "vanished."

nearwildheaven
03-19-2015, 06:36 PM
Anesthesia Romanov writes:

> Salinger died back in 2010.

Yes, of course I knew that.

Robert163 writes:

> Sixto Rodriguez, Otherwise know and Rodriguez. Musician form the 70's that no
> one could find. They made a very interesting documentary on him. The
> Documentary was called Searching for Sugar Man.

And there are certain ways in which that documentary wasn't accurate:

http://www.cracked.com/article_20585_6-famous-documentaries-that-were-shockingly-full-crap_p2.html

There were a lot of holes in that story, that's for sure. It was still a good movie.

Amateur Barbarian
03-19-2015, 06:53 PM
Actress Greta Garbo pretty much vanished into private life in 1941 at age 35. No husband, no kids, little contact with the outside world.
As she was gay or at least a fem-leaning bi, the latter isn't too surprising. But as astorian notes, she didn't hide out - she just didn't hang at Elaine's. She went back to being a private citizen.

eschereal
03-19-2015, 07:04 PM
John Lennon faked his death to escape fame really convincingly. So did Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, Sam Cooke, Freddy Mercury . . .

(I can dream, can't I?)

Jimi most certainly did not fake his death. We sat upon his grave, passed a joint around and decorously left the roach for him. He was definitely down there.

The one you are thinking of is Jim Morrison. He faked his death and fled to a quiet, peaceful existence on a small farm in SW Ireland, just out of view of Craggy Island. Eno mentioned having a brief visit after doing that Father Ted episode.

Mahaloth
03-19-2015, 07:12 PM
No one ever hears from Jack Chick (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_T._Chick) until a new tract comes out. No one knows what he looks like, or he has only given one professional interview since 1975.

One picture did come out a few years ago, but yeah, he's very private. (http://jimmyakin.typepad.com/defensor_fidei/images/2007/04/13/jackchick.jpg)

Sixto Rodriguez, Otherwise know and Rodriguez. Musician form the 70's that no one could find. They made a very interesting documentary on him. The Documentary was called Searching for Sugar Man.

1. I think the main issue was that folks in S. Africa did not know his full name, where he was from, or pretty much who he was. The internet fixed that problem.

2. He did do a few tours that the movie ignored. He didn't totally disappear.

He lives not far from me, by the way. Neat.


And all of America wished he'd shut up and go away again.

Are you referencing Bobby Fisher? 'Cause that dude has shut up permanently. He dead.

Superdude
03-19-2015, 07:34 PM
One picture did come out a few years ago, but yeah, he's very private. (http://jimmyakin.typepad.com/defensor_fidei/images/2007/04/13/jackchick.jpg)


Wow...he looks like an old Stephen Colbert.

Bobby Driscoll (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Driscoll), a child actor who starred in early Disney movies like "Song of the South" and "So Dear to My Heart" and provided the voice for the animated Peter Pan, disappeared some time in 1967. In March 1968 his body was found in New York, but no one knew who he was until a fingerprint match identified the body over a year and a half later. This wasn't released to the public till a few years after that, so for all that time he effectively "vanished."

This makes me think of actor Joe Pilcher (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Pichler), who was in a couple of Beethoven movies. He disappeared after playing cards with friends in 2006. His car was found, but he has never been heard from since.

TBG
03-19-2015, 09:38 PM
But everyone knew where she lived- on 52nd Street in Manhattan.

True, she dropped out of show biz and never returned, but she wasn't living in the middle of nowhere. She walked around the streets of New York, alone and/or with friends. She had a social life. It just didn't include any other celebrities.

Nobody ever had to ask "Where is she?" Everyone knew exactly where she was. But hardly anyone from the press or from her old life ever tried to contact her, and that's the way she wanted it.

Look Smithers, Garbo is coming!

Skywatcher
03-20-2015, 11:09 AM
Quirky girl Michelle Meyrink had vanished for some 15 years when someone tracked her down. I have no idea if she's still in the same location a dozen years later.

psychonaut
03-20-2015, 11:30 AM
Wow...he looks like an old Stephen Colbert.
Give him a pipe and he could pass for MAD cartoonist Dave Berg (http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/scale_small/6/69951/1601126-dave_berg.jpg).

ftg
03-20-2015, 12:17 PM
Not sure if Playboy Playmates of The Month qualify as celebrities, but quite a few have gone missing after their pictorial.

But one in particular stands out: Melinda Windsor (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melinda_Windsor), May Playmate, February 1966. She used a pseudonym and promptly disappeared. Very little is known about her before, during or after.

Amateur Barbarian
03-20-2015, 02:45 PM
Mozart, of course. No one's seen him in centuries, and no one knows where he went.

Amateur Barbarian
03-20-2015, 02:48 PM
Not sure if Playboy Playmates of The Month qualify as celebrities, but quite a few have gone missing after their pictorial.

But one in particular stands out: Melinda Windsor (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melinda_Windsor), May Playmate, February 1966. She used a pseudonym and promptly disappeared. Very little is known about her before, during or after.
Quite a few men's-mag nudies posed under pseudonyms, and not a few never had any idea their photo shoot ended up in such a magazine... at least, not in the lesser titles. While Playboy tends to shoot its own pictorials, especially centerfolds, they have bought just as many outright (see: Marilyn Monroe) and made up entirely fictitious names and histories for the subjects. All legal; the models signed away all rights.

So I don't find it too unusual that even a Playboy POTM did a vanishing act. Probably more than that one, if the full record was examined.

Superdude
03-20-2015, 03:16 PM
Quirky girl Michelle Meyrink had vanished for some 15 years when someone tracked her down. I have no idea if she's still in the same location a dozen years later.

According to wiki, she retired from acting, had three kids, and opened her own acting school in Canada.

snowthx
03-20-2015, 03:36 PM
Joe Millionaire (http://www.usmagazine.com/entertainment/news/joe-millionaire-evan-marriott-is-unrecognizable-photo-details-2015203).

Jake (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Schoeffling), from Sixteen Candles.

Rick Kitchen
03-20-2015, 03:43 PM
Sixto Rodriguez, Otherwise know and Rodriguez. Musician form the 70's that no one could find. They made a very interesting documentary on him. The Documentary was called Searching for Sugar Man.

But he isn't missing, as the documentary proved.

Michele Miscavige (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michele_Miscavige), the wife of the current head of the Church of Scientology, hasn't been seen in public since 2007.

Rick Kitchen
03-20-2015, 03:50 PM
Mozart, of course. No one's seen him in centuries, and no one knows where he went.

He's decomposing.

River Hippie
03-20-2015, 06:51 PM
I was going to nominate A.J. Langer (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0486277/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1). She played Rayanne on My So Called Life. I read, years ago, that she married some European aristocrat and left Hollywood behind. Then I IMBd'd her and it turns out she's been working all along. Just nothing I was aware of.

Superdude
03-20-2015, 06:54 PM
I've been in lust with AJ Langer since "Drexel's Class," which also included a young Brittany Murphy.

Crafter_Man
03-22-2015, 01:51 PM
Steve McPeak

He was a daredevil back in the 1970s, and held many Guinness records for tightrope walking, bicycling, etc. At one point I believed he owned the longest vehicle in the world (an arctic vehicle with many large wheels).

Not sure what happened to him. I couldn't find much via a google search.

Amateur Barbarian
03-22-2015, 04:59 PM
Steve McPeak

He was a daredevil back in the 1970s, and held many Guinness records for tightrope walking, bicycling, etc. At one point I believed he owned the longest vehicle in the world (an arctic vehicle with many large wheels).

Not sure what happened to him. I couldn't find much via a google search.
Interesting addition to the list. I remember reading the GBWR and rolling my eyes every time I hit another McPeak record.

I guess he didn't have much of a life other than that, so profuse listing in the Book *is* his whole biography. I suspect a lot of those records got purged with the other ephemeral, nonsense ones.

ETA: He'd be about 71 now. Not surprised he's no longer in the public eye, if all he had was his fitness-based exploits.

ETA2: He seems to be living in Pagosa Springs, CO. He's in various white pages listings.

Just Asking Questions
03-24-2015, 11:58 AM
Cat abandoned his productive pop music career for a ~25 year hiatus, after converting to Islam in ’77, changing his name to Yusaf Islam and living primarily in the Muslim community, involving himself in philanthropy and creating some controversy.

Bolding mine. That's a bit of an understatement.

I don't think anyone's seen Elvis since that time he was spotted working at a convenience store in Kalamazoo, MI back in the 80's.

He died in the 90s sometime. (And not from battling an immortal Egyptian soul-sucking demon, either.)

Kimballkid
03-24-2015, 01:42 PM
Joe Millionaire (http://www.usmagazine.com/entertainment/news/joe-millionaire-evan-marriott-is-unrecognizable-photo-details-2015203).

Actually (http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/2015/03/joe-millionaire-resurfaces-you-wont-believe-what-he-looks-like-n/)

Kimballkid
03-24-2015, 01:44 PM
Mozart, of course. No one's seen him in centuries, and no one knows where he went.

He's decomposing.

Rimshot (http://instantrimshot.com/)

Mister Rik
03-24-2015, 01:46 PM
I was going to nominate A.J. Langer (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0486277/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1). She played Rayanne on My So Called Life. I read, years ago, that she married some European aristocrat and left Hollywood behind. Then I IMBd'd her and it turns out she's been working all along. Just nothing I was aware of.

She's actually English nobility now:

Langer married attorney Charles Courtenay, Lord Courtenay, the son of the Hugh Courtenay, 18th Earl of Devon, in a civil ceremony in 2004. A formal wedding took place on April 30, 2005, in Los Angeles, California.[2] In January 2014, Langer and Courtenay permanently relocated their family to London. Upon the death of the current Earl, Langer (who holds the courtesy title "Lady Courtenay") will assume the title of Countess of Devon, and will relocate to the family seat at Powderham Castle.

On another note, I saw a scene in a compilation porn video I rented in 1995, where I would swear the actress was A.J. Langer (who would have been 21 years old in '95). I mean, I know it was unlikely (and Internet research has turned up nothing to suggest she may have done porn), but holy crap, the actress looked like Langer's Rayanne character in every way except for the multi-colored hair, and had the same voice and mannerisms. Not to mention that the acting in that scene was probably the best I have ever seen in a porn video, suggesting that the couple in the scene were genuine, trained actors.

Don Draper
03-24-2015, 02:15 PM
Has anyone mentioned Jimmy Hoffa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Hoffa) yet?

River Hippie
03-24-2015, 03:43 PM
She's actually English nobility now:





Back in 1999-2001 there was a TV show called It's Like, You Know... (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0168340/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_7). It was supposed to be the L.A. version of Friends. I haven't seen it since but I recall really liking it at the time. Apparently it was just me.

She was in that but I didn't remember until I looked her up on IMDb.
Also in that show was Evan Handler, who plays Charlie Runkle on Californication.

psiekier
03-26-2015, 03:34 PM
I don't think anyone's seen Elvis since that time he was spotted working at a convenience store in Kalamazoo, MI back in the 80's.
He died in the 90s sometime. (And not from battling an immortal Egyptian soul-sucking demon, either.)
We all know the real Elvis switched places with Sebastian Haff. ;)

Bobby Driscoll (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Driscoll), a child actor who starred in early Disney movies like "Song of the South" and "So Dear to My Heart" and provided the voice for the animated Peter Pan, disappeared some time in 1967.
There's a similar thing going on with Michelle Stacy (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0821094/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm), the little girl who provided the voice of Penny in the first The Rescuers movie. IMDB notes she had a small part in the Logan's Run TV show and was in some Peter Pan Peanut Butter commercials way back when, but seems to have disappeared after that.

Not sure if Playboy Playmates of The Month qualify as celebrities, but quite a few have gone missing after their pictorial.
A lot of people wondered where Roberta Pedon had disappeared to, but once Al Gore invented The Internet, those in the know reported to the world that she had died of liver disease in 1982 at only 28 years old.

Loach
03-26-2015, 03:44 PM
Jake (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Schoeffling), from Sixteen Candles.

Found him.

"Schoeffling lives with his wife, Valerie L. Robinson of Virginia, also a former model, in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. They have two children, Scarlet and Zane."

Oh that was from your cite. Not acting anymore is not the same as disappearing. Lots of people have to stop acting.

Harvey The Heavy
03-27-2015, 09:50 AM
Vinnie Vincent (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinnie_Vincent), who was in KISS for a few years in the 80's and then had a brief solo career, is currently MIA I believe. He lived for years as a hermit somewhere outside of Nashville, where he passed his time by suing Gene Simmons, beating his wife (http://www.nashvillescene.com/nashvillecream/archives/2011/06/22/vinnie-vincent-update-former-kiss-guitarists-court-date-for-domestic-assault-charge-retired-ordered-to-attend-anger-management-course), scamming his fans, and being a general crazy person (http://www.contactmusic.com/kiss/news/vinnie-vincent-opens-up-about-dead-dog-mess_1222538). At one point he started the "Official Vinnie Vincent Message Board" and was charging some outrageous membership fee to post on it. The board turned out to be mostly Vinnie posting rants and other gibberish behind various sock puppets. Anyway, I heard that his house in TN was suddenly vacated about a year ago, and no one has seen him. I assume he's holed up somewhere hiding from creditors/lawsuits.

Superdude
03-28-2015, 11:12 PM
Found him.

"Schoeffling lives with his wife, Valerie L. Robinson of Virginia, also a former model, in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. They have two children, Scarlet and Zane."

Oh that was from your cite. Not acting anymore is not the same as disappearing. Lots of people have to stop acting.
If only we could convince Nic Cage that it's okay to quit acting...

psychonaut
03-29-2015, 03:39 AM
Has anyone mentioned Jimmy Hoffa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Hoffa) yet?I did, in the original post of this thread.

Superdude
03-29-2015, 03:54 AM
Does anyone know the current whereabouts of Question Mark (of ? And the Mysterians fame...the guys who performed "96 Tears").

Wiki has him mentioned up through the middle 2000s, then says that the band still plays without him.

Koxinga
03-29-2015, 08:36 AM
Bobbie Gentry apparently hasn't been seen in any public capacity since 1981.

Ellis Aponte Jr.
03-29-2015, 10:32 AM
Bobbie Gentry apparently hasn't been seen in any public capacity since 1981.

That's a good one. She was unusually talented and one would think her style would go over really well today and she herself would be in great demand. She's only slightly older than Dolly Parton.

Chefguy
03-29-2015, 11:30 AM
I just read this article (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/02/magazine/evermans-war.html?_r=0) about Jason Everman, a musician who managed to get kicked out of both Nirvana and Soundgarden before they became huge. He kicked around the music scene for awhile, then joined the Army and ended up in Special Forces. He completely avoided publicity, although he was occasionally recognized by hard-core rock fans. The reporter who wrote the article was a friend of his from the early days and tracked him down to the remote cabin he now lives in. He hasn't disappeared completely, but pretty close to it.

No umlaut for U
03-30-2015, 06:17 PM
Lisa Gerritsen, of My World and Welcome to It, and recurring character on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. There's some evidence she worked in the computer industry.

Gerry Rafferty, of Stealer's Wheel and solo albums. Wasn't he missing for many years before turning up dead?

Obeseus
03-30-2015, 09:28 PM
Not sure if she counts as famous enough, but Kitty Burke, a nightclub entertainer, walked onto the field and batted for the Cincinnati Reds in a game in 1935. The Reds wanted to commemorate the event in 1985, but they couldn't figure out what ever happened to Kitty Burke.

nearwildheaven
03-30-2015, 09:34 PM
Gerry Rafferty, of Stealer's Wheel and solo albums. Wasn't he missing for many years before turning up dead?

Not missing, but reclusive is what I heard.

Apparently his alcoholism ruined his career and killed him in the end. :(

astorian
03-31-2015, 11:11 AM
For purposes of this thread, if a formerly big star now has a mundane, ordinary job, leads an ordinary middle-class family life, and no longer performs, that that person "vanished"?

Last I heard, disco chanteuse Anita Ward, who had a huge hit with "Ring My Bell" back in my college days, was a high school math teacher. Has she "vanished"? Well, as far as the public is concerned, I suppose. But she's not JD Salinger, hiding from the world. It's more that the world has stopped caring about her, except to the extent that periodically someone listening to an oldies radio stations wonders, "What ever happened to her?"

Many of us know that Peter Ostrum of Willy Wonka fame never made another movie, and is a country veterinarian somewhere. Does that count as "vanishing"? Well, no. He can be found. He's probably in the phone book wherever he lives. He's just totally out of the spotlight, and has been for 40 years.

journeyman_southpaw
04-13-2015, 07:45 PM
In the hard rock/heavy metal world the guy for this thread is Vinnie Vincent, who played in Kiss for a couple years and then formed his own band, Vinnie Vincent Invasion, which made a couple albums before it kinda morphed into Slaughter without him. That might not sound like a whole lot, but Kiss fans on the internet are utterly fascinated with the guy to this day, yet his current whereabouts remain a mystery. Here's a Rolling Stone article (http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/the-long-kiss-goodbye-the-search-for-vinnie-vincent-20140408) from last year about him.

PlumBob
04-14-2015, 07:41 AM
How about Betty Page? She seemed to have vanished from the 60's through the 80's.

salinqmind
04-14-2015, 08:13 AM
How about Betty Page? She seemed to have vanished from the 60's through the 80's.

Someone will be along to explain in depth, but you might check out her Wikipedia page for some eye-openers.

BobLibDem
04-14-2015, 08:21 AM
Does anyone know the current whereabouts of Question Mark (of ? And the Mysterians fame...the guys who performed "96 Tears").

Wiki has him mentioned up through the middle 2000s, then says that the band still plays without him.

This is the latest I could find on him. (http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2012/10/fifty_years_later_question_mar.html)

PlumBob
04-15-2015, 06:55 AM
Someone will be along to explain in depth, but you might check out her Wikipedia page for some eye-openers.

Oops, she didn't quite fit the OP's criteria. If only I had posted this in 1989 ; )

Ms Boods
04-15-2015, 10:49 AM
There's a similar thing going on with Michelle Stacy (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0821094/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm), the little girl who provided the voice of Penny in the first The Rescuers movie. IMDB notes she had a small part in the Logan's Run TV show and was in some Peter Pan Peanut Butter commercials way back when, but seems to have disappeared after that.




After you've done this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEVTQHiAQRA

you're left with no place to go but retirement, really.

Koxinga
04-16-2015, 10:34 AM
If he counts as a WWII celebrity of sorts, young Arthur MacArthur IV seems to have disappeared himself quite effectively over the past 50 years.

Gyrate
04-16-2015, 10:52 AM
Many of us know that Peter Ostrum of Willy Wonka fame never made another movie, and is a country veterinarian somewhere. Does that count as "vanishing"? Well, no. He can be found. He's probably in the phone book wherever he lives. He's just totally out of the spotlight, and has been for 40 years.He did a "where are they now?" reunion show a while ago (probably when the Tim Burton film came out). Michael Bollner (Augustus Gloop) is a tax attorney in Munich. The girls actually attempted to have acting careers, with mixed success.

DrForrester
04-16-2015, 03:32 PM
Rodriguez (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2125608/) I would tell you how it all turns out, but that would be a spoiler....

handsomeharry
04-16-2015, 06:36 PM
Are you referencing Bobby Fisher? 'Cause that dude has shut up permanently. He dead.

Be careful what you wish for...

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