Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2005: M


MacGowan, Shane
Born 25 December 1957  (Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England)
Dentally challenged singer-songwriter who used to front the Pogues, and latterly the Popes (though recently he went back to the Pogues for a reunion tour). Constantly rumoured to be on the brink of death due to non-stop drinking, smoking and drug-taking. At one stage, for example, he was said to be taking fifty tabs of acid a day - smoke your heart out, Shaun Ryder!
[Picture of Shane MacGowan]


Mackay, Dave
Born 14 November 1934  (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Ex-footballer - member of the Spurs double-winning side of 1960-61 who later managed Derby County to two League Championships in the early/mid '70s. Eventually retired due to health problems, including, unusually, cancer of the lip.
[Picture of Dave Mackay]


MacLaine, Shirley
Born 24 April 1934  (Richmond, Virginia, USA)
Oddball Hollywood actress who has starred in countless films, such as "Some Came Running" (1958), "The Apartment" (1960), "Sweet Charity" (1969) and "Postcards from the Edge" (1990). Pointlessly changed her name from Shirley MacLean Beaty, and indeed is the sister of Warren, who pointlessly changed his surname to Beatty. Doctors described her as being "in tip-top shape" in 2002, though this probably applies to her physical health only. A big believer in reincarnation, and New Age horseshit in general, she claims to have had an affair with the late Swedish prime minister Olof Palme, who apparently was a reincarnation of Emperor Charlemagne; symmetrically, she was a lover of Emperor Charlemagne in a previous life. Oh, and aliens have landed on her front porch as well.
[Picture of Shirley MacLaine]


Macnee, Patrick
Born 6 February 1922  (London, England)
Actor - played the suave Steed in "The Avengers".
[Picture of Patrick Macnee]


Madden, John
Born 10 April 1936  (Austin, Minnesota, USA)
Former head coach of the Oakland Raiders (overseeing their victory in Superbowl XI), who has been an NFL commentator on TV for over twenty years. He's also a best-selling sports author who, in a stroke of genius, gave his first book the title "Hey, Wait a Minute, I Wrote a Book!"
[Picture of John Madden]


Mae, Vanessa
Born 17 October 1978  (Singapore)
[Picture of Vanessa Mae]


Magnusson, Magnus (Died in 2007)
Born 12 October 1929  (Reykjavik, Iceland)
Long-time host of "Mastermind" and probably the only famous Icelander apart from Björk; he's started, but will this be the year he finishes?
[Picture of Magnus Magnusson]


Magri, Charlie
Date and place of birth unknown
East End boxer-turned-sports shop owner.
[Picture of Charlie Magri]


Mahfouz, Naguib (Died in 2006)
Born 11 December 1911  (Cairo, Egypt)
Egyptian novelist who won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature.
[Picture of Naguib Mahfouz]


Majors, Lee
Born 23 April 1940  (Wyandotte, Michigan, USA)
Actor, born Harvey Lee Yeary, famous as Colonel Steve Austin, "The Six Million Dollar Man".
[Picture of Lee Majors]


Malden, Karl (Died in 2009)
Born 22 March 1912  (Gary, Indiana, USA)
Serbian immigrant (real name Mladen Sekulovich) and former steelworker who became a bit-part movie actor. However, he was better known as Detective Lieutenant Mike Stone in the '70s TV series 'The Streets of San Francisco'.
[Picture of Karl Malden]


Mandela, Nelson (Died in 2013)
Born 18 July 1918  (Umtata, South Africa)
Leader of the African National Congress, which was outlawed in 1948, when apartheid was legalised in South Africa. He was imprisoned for allegedly being involved in a bomb plot, and spent 27 years inside, before being freed as part of President FW de Klerk's reforms in 1990. Mandela himself became President from 1994-99.
[Picture of Nelson Mandela]


Mandela, Winnie
Born 26 September 1934  (Bizana, Pondoland, Transkei, South Africa)
The first black First Lady of South Africa, and now estranged wife of Nelson.
[Picture of Winnie Mandela]


Manning, Bernard (Died in 2007)
Born 13 August 1930  (Ancoats, Manchester, England)
Larger-than-wife stand-up performer from the old school of comedy, known for his racist and sexist jokes and general refusal to accept political correctness. He has recently retired on grounds of ill health, leaving the running of his Embassy Club to son Bernard, Jr.
[Picture of Bernard Manning]


Mara, Wellington Wellington Mara is no longer with us
Born 14 August 1916  (New York City, New York, USA)

Died 25 October 2005  (Rye, New York, USA)

Age at death: 89  
Owner of the New York Giants American football team.
[Picture of Wellington Mara]


Maradona, Diego
Born 30 October 1960  (Lanús, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Short, fat Argie footballer whose 'Hand of God' antics knocked England out of the 1986 World Cup. Now a cash-strapped recovering cocaine addict.
[Picture of Diego Maradona]


Marceau, Marcel (Died in 2007)
Born 22 March 1923  (Strasbourg, France)
Thanks to the lack of sophistication of the French sense of humour, Marceau has managed to make a living as a mime artist for over 50 years, mainly playing his white-faced Ronald McDonald lookalike character, Bip. With self-conscious irony, he had the only speaking part in Mel Brooks' film 'Silent Movie' (1976).
[Picture of Marcel Marceau]


Marcos, Imelda
Born 2 July 1929  (Manila, Philippines)
Former beauty queen, lavish-living, obsessive shoe-collector and widow of former Filipino president Ferdinand Marcos. After his death, she was acquitted of embezzlement in the US, but convicted of the crime of 'graft', whatever that is, in the Philippines.
[Picture of Imelda Marcos]


Marin, Pedro Antonio (Died in 2008)
Born 13 May 1928  (Colombia)
Founder of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group.
[Picture of Pedro Antonio Marin]


Marsden, Paul
Born 18 August 1968  (place of birth unknown)
Liberal Democrat MP for Shrewsbury & Atcham. Defected from the Labour Party in 2001 after objecting to the war on Afghanistan and allegedly being assaulted by Labour whips in the House of Commons bar.
[Picture of Paul Marsden]


Marshall, Sir Arthur (Died in 2007)
Born 4 December 1903  (place of birth unknown)
Member of the British team in the 1924 'Chariots of Fire' Olympic Games in Paris, who went on to become a leading figure in the aviation industry.
[Picture of Sir Arthur Marshall]


Martin, Derek
Born 11 April 1933  (Bow, London, England)
TV actor - Charlie Slater in "EastEnders".
[Picture of Derek Martin]


Mashaal, Khaled
Born in Silwad, West Bank  (exact date unknown)
Believed by many, including Israel's intelligence services, to be the leader of the Islamic terrorist group Hamas. Born 1956.
[Picture of Khaled Mashaal]


Mathis, Johnny
Born 30 September 1935  (Gilmer, Texas, USA)
Easy-listening musician. Your granny's probably got his Greatest Hits album in the attic.
[Picture of Johnny Mathis]


Maynard, Bill
Born 8 October 1928  (Heath End, Farnham, Surrey, England)
Comic actor who played Selwyn in the sitcom "Oh No! It's Selwyn Froggit" and Claude Greengrass in the soporific TV drama "Heartbeat". After leaving the series due to a stroke suffered while filming, he returned to play the same character in the equally gentle spin-off "The Royal".
[Picture of Bill Maynard]


Mayr, Ernst Ernst Mayr is no longer with us
Born 5 July 1904  (Kempten, Germany)

Died 3 February 2005  (Bedford, Massachusetts, USA)

Age at death: 100  (read death notice)
Eminent evolutionary biologist and zoologist.
[Picture of Ernst Mayr]


McCain, John
Born 29 April 1936  (Coco Solo, Panama)
Vietnam veteran who went on to become a US Senator and invent oven chips. Probably.
[Picture of John McCain]


McCartney, Paul
Born 18 June 1942  (Liverpool, England)
Younger of the 2 surviving Beatles.
[Picture of Paul McCartney]


McGavin, Darren (Died in 2006)
Born 7 May 1922  (San Joaquin, California, USA)
Actor, well remembered on the other side of the pond as the dad in "A Christmas Story".
[Picture of Darren McGavin]


McGoohan, Patrick (Died in 2009)
Born 19 March 1928  (Astoria, New York, USA)
Actor - Number Six in "The Prisoner".
[Picture of Patrick McGoohan]


McKellen, Sir Ian
Born 25 May 1939  (Burnley, Lancashire, England)
Shakespearean and Harrypotterean actor.
[Picture of Sir Ian McKellen]


McMahon, Ed (Died in 2009)
Born 6 March 1923  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Sidekick to Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show".
[Picture of Ed McMahon]


Messner, Tammy Faye (Died in 2007)
Born 7 March 1942  (International Falls, Minnesota, USA)
Ex-wife of disgraced former TV evangelist Jim Bakker. Single-handedly keeps numerous cosmetics factories in business.
[Picture of Tammy Faye Messner]


Michael, George
Born 25 June 1963  (London, England)
Pop star - originally one half of Wham! and then hugely successful solo artist.
[Picture of George Michael]


Michelmore, Cliff
Born 11 December 1919  (Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)
Presenter of TV travel programmes.
[Picture of Cliff Michelmore]


Miller, Arthur Arthur Miller is no longer with us
Born 17 October 1915  (New York, New York, USA)

Died 10 February 2005  (Roxbury, Connecticut, USA)

Age at death: 89  (read death notice)
Playwright ("Death of a Salesman") and ex-husband of Marilyn Monroe.
[Picture of Arthur Miller]


Miller, Mitch (Died in 2010)
Born 4 July 1911  (Rochester, New York, USA)
Pianist, oboist, conductor and singer who was head of A&R at Columbia Records from 1950 until 1965, signing Frankie Laine, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney and many others, in addition to firing Frank Sinatra. At the same time he had a highly successful performing career in the form of Mitch Miller and His Gang, and fronted the TV series "Sing Along With Mitch". After leaving Columbia (he hated rock 'n' roll and refused to move with the times) he pretty much disappeared from public life entirely.
[Picture of Mitch Miller]


Mills, Lady Mary Lady Mary Mills is no longer with us
Born 22 January 1914  (Shanghai, China)

Died 1 December 2005  (England)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
Playwright, novelist ("Whistle Down The Wind", written under her birth name of Mary Hayley Bell) and widow of Sir John.
[Picture of Lady Mary Mills]


Mills, Sir John Sir John Mills is no longer with us
Born 22 February 1908  (Felixstowe, Suffolk, England)

Died 23 April 2005  (Buckinghamshire, England)

Age at death: 97  (read death notice)
Veteran actor (Oh What A Lovely War, Ryan's Daughter, Gandhi etc). Grandfather of Crispian Mills, lead singer of Kula Shaker.
[Picture of Sir John Mills]


Milosevic, Slobodan (Died in 2006)
Born 29 August 1941  (Pozarevac, Yugoslavia (now in Serbia))
Former President of Serbia and "Butcher of the Balkans". Conveniently falls ill every time the UN tries to put him on trial for genocide.
[Picture of Slobodan Milosevic]


Minnelli, Liza
Born 12 March 1946  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Daughter of Judy Garland, and moderately successful singer/stage actress in her own right. Has suffered from ill health in recent years as a result of drug abuse, and has been a regular visitor to rehab clinics. Married film producer David Gest in March 2002.
[Picture of Liza Minnelli]


Mintoff, Dom (Died 2012)
Born 6 August 1916  (Cospicua, Malta)
Former Prime Minister of Malta.
[Picture of Dom Mintoff]


Mitchell, Warren
Born 14 January 1926  (London, England)
Actor who will forever be associated with the part he played as the bigoted Alf Garnett in the long-running British sitcoms "Till Death Us Do Part" (alongside Tony Booth) and its sequel "In Sickness and in Health".
[Picture of Warren Mitchell]


Modell, Art (Died 2012)
Born 23 June 1925  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Owner of the Baltimore Ravens American football team. Missed a home game for the first time in December 2003, due to respiratory problems.
[Picture of Art Modell]


Moody, Ron
Born 8 January 1924  (London, England)
Film, stage and TV actor, born Ronald Moodnick, remembered for his role as Fagin in 1968's film version of "Oliver!".
[Picture of Ron Moody]


Moon, Sun Myung (Died 2012)
Born 6 January 1920  (Kwangju Sangsa Ri, Korea (now North Korea))
Founder of the Unification Church, often referred to as "The Moonies". Has a finger in the pie of various conservative news organizations in America. Served a prison term for tax fraud in the 1980s.
[Picture of Sun Myung Moon]


Moore, Michael
Born 23 April 1954  (Davison, Michigan, USA)
Oscar-winning director of interesting but somewhat didactic documentary films.
[Picture of Michael Moore]


Moore, Patrick (Died in 2012)
Born 4 March 1923  (Pinner, Middlesex, England)
Eminent astronomer and xylophone-player, who has presented every one of BBC television's "The Sky at Night" programmes (which makes him the world's longest-serving presenter). Big mates with Brian May out of Queen, due to their shared interest in space, he was knighted by the Queen in 2001.
[Picture of Patrick Moore]


Moore, Roger
Born 14 October 1927  (Stockwell, London, England)
The cheesiest of the actors to have played international man of mystery James Bond, he took over from Sean Connery in 1973, appearing in seven Bond films until 1985's "A View to a Kill". The ageing dinner-jacketed eyebrow-raiser now seemingly maintains the Bond persona for real, by living in Switzerland and Monte Carlo with his Swedish wife Christina "Kiki" Tholstrup, a former air stewardess.
[Picture of Roger Moore]


Morgan, Edwin (Died in 2010)
Born 27 April 1920  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Glasgow's first Poet Laureate.
[Picture of Edwin Morgan]


Morgan, Harry (Died in 2011)
Born 10 April 1915  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Prolific film and television actor, probably best known for playing Colonel Sherman T. Potter in long-running TV series "M*A*S*H". Real name Harry Bratsburg.
[Picture of Harry Morgan]


Morita, Pat Pat Morita is no longer with us
Born 28 June 1932  (Isleton, California, USA)

Died 24 November 2005  (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)

Age at death: 73  (read death notice)
That annoying "wax on, wax off" teacher out of the "Karate Kid" movies.
[Picture of Pat Morita]


Morricone, Ennio
Born 10 November 1928  (Rome, Italy)
Composer of musical scores for films, especially spaghetti Westerns.
[Picture of Ennio Morricone]


Morrison, Tommy (Died in 2013)
Born 2 January 1969  (Kansas City, Missouri)
Ex-boxer who once defeated George Foreman and appeared in "Rocky V". Tested positive for HIV in 1996.
[Picture of Tommy Morrison]


Morrison, Van
Born 31 August 1945  (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Celebrated Irish musician. Was once married to a woman called Janet Planet.
[Picture of Van Morrison]


Mortimer, John (Died in 2009)
Born 21 April 1923  (Hampstead, London, England)
Barrister turned playwright and novelist, who created Rumpole of the Bailey, but in his old age has become a tedious political rent-a-gob.
[Picture of John Mortimer]


Moss, Kate
Born 16 January 1974  (Croydon, Surrey, England)
Unattractively stick-thin fashion model.
[Picture of Kate Moss]


Mouskouri, Nana
Born 13 October 1934  (Chania, Crete, Greece)
Bespectacled Greek crooner and European Parliament member, who has recorded over 1500 songs in 15 languages, selling 250 million records in the process, which makes her arguably the most successful female singer ever.
[Picture of Nana Mouskouri]


Mubarak, Hosni
Born 4 May 1928  (Kafr-al Musailha, Egypt)
President of Egypt since Anwar Sadat's assassination in 1981. In November 2003 he collapsed in parliament during a televised address, but reappeared shortly afterwards, putting it down to flu.
[Picture of Hosni Mubarak]


Mugabe, Robert
Born 22 February 1924  (Kutama, Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe)
President of Zimbabwe, constantly immersed in allegations of vote-rigging and incitement to violence, whose primary gift to the world is the idea that "it's OK to be the president and wear a baseball cap". There has been at least one alleged plot to assassinate the Marxist-when-it-suits-him leader.
[Picture of Robert Mugabe]


Muhammad, Ruby (Died in 2011)
Born 29 March 1897  (Americus, Georgia, USA)
Wife of the late Elijah Muhammad, who founded the Nation of Islam. In 1986 Louis Farrakhan (Elijah Muhammad's successor as leader) named her "Mother of the Nation of Islam". The much-revered centenarian was said to be in excellent mental and physical health in 2003.
[Picture of Ruby Muhammad]


Murdoch, Rupert
Born 11 March 1931  (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
American media tycoon who used to be Australian, but cynically switched nationalities for business purposes. Diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2000.
[Picture of Rupert Murdoch]


Murray, Bill
Born 21 September 1950  (Wilmette, Illinois, USA)
Comic actor of "Ghostbusters", "Groundhog Day" and "Lost In Translation" fame.
[Picture of Bill Murray]


Musharraf, Pervez
Born 11 August 1943  (Delhi, India)
President of Pakistan, who survived two assassination attempts in as many months towards the end of 2003. Some believe al-Qaeda is on a mission to eliminate him at all costs.
[Picture of Pervez Musharraf]


Musial, Stan (Died in 2013)
Born 21 November 1920  (Donora, Pennsylvania, USA)
Legendary baseball player who enjoyed a 22-year career (1941-63) with the St Louis Cardinals.
[Picture of Stan Musial]

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