Isn’t Max Von Sydow still alive? He’d be pretty old by now. He played Christ in “The Greatest Story Ever Told”, I believe, which was made in the '60s. (I’ll have to check imdb.com, though, to confirm which film he was in - but I know he played Christ at some point.)
And Willem Defoe is still alive. It’s been over 10 years since he played in “The Last Temptation of Christ”.
Kaga ‘Chairman Kaga’ Takeshi from Iron Chef was the first Japanese Jesus in the Japanese production of Jesus Christ Superstar in 1976. He’s fine as far as I know. I just hope he doesn’t decide to be the first Japanese Superman…
Ted Neeley played the lead role in the movie version of “Jesus Christ Superstar” in 1973, and has pretty much been performing that same role on Boradway and in touring companies ever since. I saw him in a traveling company of JCS in 1997.
If you do the math, you’ll notice that Ted had been playing Jesus for almost 27 years, nearly as long as Jesus himself managed to.
Ian (Deep Purple) Gillan, the original Jesus in “Jesus Christ SUperstar” is still alive, too- though he will undoubtedly die one day, and when he does, it will seem untimely to himself and his loved ones.
For PEte’s sake, EVERYONE dies, and few of us die at precisely the moment we’d like. That’s tue whether you’re an actor or a convenience store clerk, and it’s true whether you’ve played Jesus or Sherlock Holmes.
No, really, I think this guy’s on to something. I checked, and from the 12th century up through the early part of the 20th century, over 30,850,000 individuals have played the role of Christ and EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM is now dead. I’d say that’s more than just coincidence.