No, Betty White Isn’t the Last Surviving ‘MTM’ Veteran …

Cute snap of MTM co-workers Ted Knight & Ed Asner taken during the show's 1970-1977 run.

The original main cast members of Mary Tyler Moore (1970-1977) have all died, but as many on social media argue, Betty White, who hits age 100 in January, should count as a main cast member, if not an original one. White became a memorable part of the series, yet was on just 45 of 168 episodes, debuting in Season 3.

No time for chuckling, Mare! (GIF via GIPHY)

Either way, MTM's most prominent cast members largely had fairly long lives compared to many other series. Of the main cast members — by any reasonable definition —most of the main cast achieved 80, if not 90:

She who laughs last! (Image via CBS)

Betty White, 99 and still with us — 45 episodes as Sue Ann Nivens

Leachman with Bobby Diamond (1943-2019) at a reunion of Twilight Zone actors in 2014 (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

Cloris Leachman, 94 (1926-2021) — 35 episodes as Phyllis Lindstrom

Ed Asner, 91 (1929-2021) — 166 episodes as Lou Grant

Slaughter is the best medicine (Image via CBS)

Gavin MacLeod (1931-2021) — 168 episodes as Murray Slaughter

Mary Tyler Moore, 80 (1936-2017) — 168 episodes as Mary Richards

Valerie Harper, 80 (1939-2019) — 92 episodes as Rhoda Morgenstern

Georgia Engel, 70 (1948-2019) — 57 episodes as Georgette Franklin

Ted Knight, 62 (1923-1986) — 165 episodes as Ted Baxter

Joyce Bulifant, Ed Asner & Valerie Harper in 2017 (Image via Matthew Rettenmund)

For purists who want to include actors who had prominent recurring roles, the great news is there are still three with us:

Joyce Bulifant, 83 — 11 episodes as Murray Slaughter's wife Marie

John Amos, more famous for Good Times, as seen in 2012 (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

John Amos, 81 — 14 episodes as weatherman Gordy Howard

Lisa as Bess with Cloris as Phyllis (Image via CBS)

Lisa Gerritsen, 63 — 10 episodes as Phyllis Lindstrom's daughter Bess

Other actors who recurred did so with fewer than 10 episodes. They include, living:

Larry Wilde, 93 — 5 episodes as an emcee

Gino Conforti, 89 & still with us — 2 episodes as Roy

Jack De Mave, 85 & still with us — 2 episodes as Armond

Beverly Sanders, 81 & still with us — 3 episodes as a waitress

J. Benjamin Chulay, 69 & still with us — 2 episodes as Pete

Robbie Rist, 57 & still with us — 3 episodes as Ted & Georgette's adopted son David

Robbie was there for the end of MTM ... and the end of The Brady Bunch! (Images via CBS & by Matthew Rettenmund)

As for actors who recurred with fewer than 10 episodes who are no longer with us:

Mr. Mooooom! (Image via CBS)

Nanette Fabray, 97 (1920-2018) — 2 episodes as Dottie, Mary's mom

Jack Manning, 93 (1916-2009) — 2 episodes as a maitre d'

Dick Balduzzi, 91 (1928-2020) — 2 episodes as Philly, 1 more as another character

Mary's perfect date, the late John Gabriel as Andy (Image via video still)

John Gabriel, 90 (1931-2021) — 5 episodes as Mary's date Andy

Irene Tedrow, 87 (1907-1995) — 2 episodes as Congresswoman Margaret Geddes

Harold Gould, 86 (1923-2010) — 2 episodes as Rhoda's dad Martin Morgenstern

Richard Schaal, 86 (1928-2014) — 3 episodes as Howard/Paul Arnell (2 others as other characters)

Jerry Van Dyke, 86 (1931-2018) — 2 episodes as Wes Callison

Michael Tolan, 85 (1925-2011) — 3 episodes as Dan Whitfield

Eileen Heckart as Aunt Flo, who came around periodically (Image via CBS)

Eileen Heckart, 82 (1919-2001) — 3 episodes as Flo

Bill Quinn, 81 (1912-1994) — 3 episodes as Mary's dad Walter

Steve Franken, 80 (1932-2012) — 2 episodes as Jonas Lasser

Patrick Campbell, 78 (1924-2003) — 4 episodes as an announcer

Penny, for your thoughts (Image via CBS)

Penny Marshall, 75 (1943-2018) — 2 episodes as Paula Kovacs, 1 more as another character

Robert Rothwell, 75 (1930-2006) — As the station's floor manager

David Ogden Stiers, 75 (1942-2018) 3 episodes as Mel Price

Sheree North, 73 (1932-2005) 2 episodes as Charlene Maguire

Phillip R. Allen, 72 (1939-2012) 2 episodes as Gus Brubaker

Nancy Walker, 69 (1922-1992) — 4 episodes as Ida Morgenstern

"Marry" Tyler Moore — Priscilla Morrill as Edie Grant (Image via CBS)

Priscilla Morrill, 67 (1927-1994) — 5 episodes as Lou's estranged wife Edie

Ted Bessell, 61 (1935-1996) — 2 episodes as Joe Warner

Barbara Colby, 36 (1939-1975) — 2 episodes as Sherry

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