Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2006: A


Abbas, Mahmoud
Born 26 March 1935  (Safed, Palestine)
President of the Palestinian Authority.
[Picture of Mahmoud Abbas]


Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, King
Born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  (exact date unknown)
Became King of Saudi Arabia in August 2005, following the death of his half-brother, King Fahd. Born 1924.
[Picture of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia]


Abramovich, Roman
Born 24 October 1966  (Saratov, USSR)
Billionaire oil baron and owner of Chelsea FC.
[Picture of Roman Abramovich]


Abse, Leo (Died in 2008)
Born 22 April 1917  (Cardiff, Wales)
Labour MP for Pontypool, 1958-1987. Introduced Private Member's Bill (fnarr!) that led to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.
[Picture of Leo Abse]


Adams, Richard
Born 9 May 1920  (Newbury, Berkshire, England)
Author of "Watership Down".
[Picture of Richard Adams]


Adie, Kate
Born 19 September 1945  (Sunderland, England)
Fearless BBC journalist.
[Picture of Kate Adie]


Adler, Steven
Born 22 January 1965  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Former Guns & Roses drummer.
[Picture of Steven Adler]


Ahmadinejad, Mahmoud
Born 28 October 1956  (Garmsar, Iran)
Plainly bonkers, holocaust-denying President of Iran.
[Picture of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad]


Akihito of Japan, Emperor
Born 23 December 1933  (Tokyo, Japan)
First son of Emperor Hirohito, acceded to the Imperial throne on the death of his father in 1989.
[Picture of Emperor Akihito of Japan]


Alani, Abdel Haq
Born in Iraq  (exact date unknown)
Defence lawyer in the Saddam Hussein trial.
[Picture of Abdel Haq Alani]


al-Douri, Izzat Ibrahim
Born 1 July 1942  (Tikrit, Iraq)
The highest-ranking member of the former Iraqi regime who is still at large - the King of Clubs in the famous pack of cards. Thought to be masterminding attacks on coalition forces, and a $10m reward has been offered for his capture. Strangely Scottish-looking, with his ginger moustache. Reported to have died of leukaemia in late 2005, but no official confirmation as yet.
[Picture of Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri]


Aldrin, Buzz
Born 20 January 1930  (Montclair, New Jersey, USA)
Second man on the Moon. Gets very angry if anyone says the moon landings were faked. Will this lead to a fatal heart-attack?
[Picture of Buzz Aldrin]


Alexander, Jean
Born 24 February 1926  (Liverpool, Merseyside, England)
Best known as Hilda Ogden in Coronation Street.
[Picture of Jean Alexander]


Al-Fayed, Mohammed
Born 27 January 1929  (Bakos, Alexandria, Egypt)
Owner of Harrods and Fulham FC. Not overly popular in many quarters, but at least he lives in Switzerland now.
[Picture of Mohammed Al-Fayed]


Ali, Muhammad
Born 17 January 1942  (Louisville, Kentucky, USA)
Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, ditched his "slave name" in 1964. Won an Olympic gold boxing medal at age 18 and went on to become world heavyweight champion. Now suffering from Parkinson's Disease.
[Picture of Muhammad Ali]


al-Jaafari, Ibrahim
Born in Karbala, Iraq  (exact date unknown)
Elected Prime Minister of Iraq in January 2005. Born 1947.
[Picture of Ibrahim al-Jaafari]


Alkhanov, Alu
Born 20 January 1957  (Taldy-Kurganskaya oblast', Kazakhstan)
Current President of the highly-unstable Chechen Republic.
[Picture of Alu Alkhanov]


Allawi, Iyad
Born in Iraq  (exact date unknown)
Was the interim Prime Minister of Iraq from June 2004 to April 2005, and as such a favourite assassination target for insurgents. Born in 1945.
[Picture of Iyad Allawi]


Allen, Clarence Ray Clarence Ray Allen is no longer with us
Born 16 January 1930  (place of birth unknown)

Died 17 January 2006  (San Quentin, California, USA)

Age at death: 76  (read death notice)
On Death Row in San Quentin penitentiary, California. Executed just after midnight on 17 Jan 2006.
[Picture of Clarence Ray Allen]


Allen, Patrick Patrick Allen is no longer with us
Born 17 March 1927  (Nyasaland (now Malawi))

Died 28 July 2006  (London, England)

Age at death: 79  (read death notice)
Actor, whose clear, booming voice brought him plenty of work as a narrator, most notably on "Two Tribes" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood and in public information films.
[Picture of Patrick Allen]


Allen, Woody
Born 1 December 1935  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Comedy film actor/writer/director, born Allen Stewart Konigsberg.
[Picture of Woody Allen]


Allingham, Henry (Died in 2009)
Born 6 June 1896  (Clapham, London, England)
First World War veteran who is now Britain's oldest man.
[Picture of Henry Allingham]


Allyson, June June Allyson is no longer with us
Born 7 October 1917  (The Bronx, New York, USA)

Died 8 July 2006  (Ojai, California, USA)

Age at death: 88  (read death notice)
American movie actress, fairly prolific in the 1940s and '50s but not much heard of since.
[Picture of June Allyson]


Almond, Marc
Born 9 July 1956  (Southport, Lancashire, England)
Flamboyantly gay singer, formerly frontman of Soft Cell and Coil. Was seriously injured in a motorbike accident in October 2004.
[Picture of Marc Almond]


Alpert, Herb
Born 31 March 1935  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Trumpeter and record company executive. The A in A&M Records and the man responsible for (or should that be "guilty of"?) signing The Carpenters.
[Picture of Herb Alpert]


al-Sadr, Moqtada
Born in Baghdad, Iraq  (exact date unknown)
Leader of a major insurgent force in Iraq, who made noises about "going legit" for the 2005 elections, but is still wanted by the US on a "capture or kill" basis. Born 1974, exact date unknown.
[Picture of Moqtada al-Sadr]


al-Tikriti, Barzan Ibrahim El-Hasan (Died in 2007)
Born in Tikrit, Iraq  (exact date unknown)
Half-brother (born 1951) of Saddam Hussein and former leader of the Iraqi secret service. Was the 5 of Clubs in the famous deck of cards, but was captured by the Americans in April 2003.
[Picture of Barzan Ibrahim El-Hasan al-Tikriti]


Altman, Robert Robert Altman is no longer with us
Born 20 February 1925  (Kansas City, Missouri, USA)

Died 20 November 2006  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 81  (read death notice)
Director of over 70 films, including M*A*S*H and Prêt-à-Porter.
[Picture of Robert Altman]


al-Yawar, Ghazi
Born in Mosul, Iraq  (exact date unknown)
Vice-President of Iraq, born 1958.
[Picture of Ghazi al-Yawar]


al-Zahar, Mahmoud
Born in Gaza, Gaza Strip  (exact date unknown)
One of the founding members of Hamas in 1987, becoming its first press spokesman. Born 1945.
[Picture of Mahmoud al-Zahar]


al-Zarqawi, Abu Musab Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is no longer with us
Born 20 October 1966  (Zarqa, Jordan)

Died 7 June 2006  (Baquba, Iraq)

Age at death: 39  (read death notice)
Was one of the world's most wanted men and a leading insurgent, especially in Iraq. Was thought to have escaped to Syria, but an air raid on a house in Iraq killed him in June 2006.
[Picture of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi]


Amin, Rizgar Mohammed
Born in Sulaimaniya, Iraq  (exact date unknown)
Chief judge in the Saddam Hussein trial. Born 1958.
[Picture of Rizgar Mohammed Amin]


Ammash, Dr Huda Salih
Born in Iraq  (exact date unknown)
Nasty chemical warfare woman, dubbed 'Mrs Anthrax' by the Western media.
[Picture of Dr Huda Salih Ammash]


Born 17 September 1973  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Pop singer ("I'm Outta Love", "One Day In Your Life"). Has had Crohn's disease since the age of 13, and now battling breast cancer as well.
[Picture of Anastacia]


Andrews, Jane
Born in Lincolnshire, England  (exact date unknown)
Sarah Ferguson's ex-maid. Serving a life sentence for the murder of her boyfriend, she ended up on a life support machine after a suicide attempt in October 2003.
[Picture of Jane Andrews]


Andrews, Julie
Born 1 October 1935  (Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England)
Actress - star of "The Sound of Music".
[Picture of Julie Andrews]


Andrews, Patty (Died in 2013)
Born 16 February 1918  (Mound, Minnesota, USA)
Was one-third of The Andrews Sisters, along with her older (and now dead) siblings Laverne and Maxene. Their best-known song was probably "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree". Patty is the one in the middle in the photo.
[Picture of Patty Andrews]


Angelica, Mother
Born 20 April 1923  (Canton, Ohio, USA)
Born Rita Antoinette Rizzo, she went on to found the Eternal World Television Network (EWTN), the largest Catholic cable network with an audience of about 66 million households in 43 countries.
[Picture of Mother Angelica]


Angle, Kurt
Born 9 December 1968  (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)
Yet another wrestler.
[Picture of Kurt Angle]


Anne, Princess
Born 15 August 1950  (London, England)
The Princess Royal, the second child and only daughter of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.
[Picture of Princess Anne]


Ant, Adam
Born 3 November 1954  (London, England)
New Romantic singer - a pin-up in his heyday, but now old, fat and suffering from depression. Was detained under the Mental Health Act in 2002 after throwing a car alternator through a pub window.
[Picture of Adam Ant]


Antonioni, Michelangelo (Died in 2007)
Born 29 September 1912  (Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
Italian film director.
[Picture of Michelangelo Antonioni]


Arcese, Pat
Date and place of birth unknown
9/11 rescue worker who was struck down by cancer shortly thereafter, due, he maintains, to exposure to toxins at Ground Zero.
[Picture of Pat Arcese]


Armstrong, Neil (Died 2012)
Born 5 August 1930  (Wapakoneta, Ohio, USA)
First man on the moon...or actor in an unconvincing Hollywood film set, depending on who you believe.
[Picture of Neil Armstrong]


Armstrong, R. G. (Died 2012)
Born 7 April 1917  (Birmingham, Alabama, USA)
Stage, film and TV actor, best known for playing evil Lewis Vendredi in the TV adaptation of "Friday the 13th". R. G. = Robert Golden.
[Picture of R. G. Armstrong]


Arnheim, Rudolf (Died in 2007)
Born 15 July 1904  (Berlin, Germany)
German writer and perceptual psychologist, author of the gripping "Art and Visual Perception" (1974). "A page-turner...one of those books you just can't put down" (Garry Bushell, The Sun).
[Picture of Rudolf Arnheim]


Arnold, Eddy (Died in 2008)
Born 18 May 1918  (Madisonville, Tennessee, USA)
Country & western singer. His hits include "That's How Much I Love You" (1946), "Kentucky Waltz" (1951), and "Make the World Go Away" (1965). Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1966. Nicknamed 'The Tennessee Plowboy'.
[Picture of Eddy Arnold]


Arnold, Eve (Died 2012)
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA  (exact date unknown)
American photojournalist, who now lives in Britain. Born 1913.
[Picture of Eve Arnold]


Arthur, Bea (Died in 2009)
Born 13 May 1923  (New York, New York, USA)
Stage and TV actress, born Bernice Frankel. Best remembered as the tall one out of The Golden Girls who looked like a man in drag. Won an Emmy for her role in it, as did the other three main cast members.
[Picture of Bea Arthur]


Arvizo, Gavin
Date and place of birth unknown
The teenage cancer sufferer (born December 1989) who accused Michael Jackson of sexually abusing him.
[Picture of Gavin Arvizo]


Ashbery, John
Born 8 July 1927  (Rochester, New York, USA)
Poet who has won nearly every major award going.
[Picture of John Ashbery]


Ashley, April
Born 25 April 1935  (Liverpool, England)
Transsexual former model (born George Jamieson), who was once married to a Lord.
[Picture of April Ashley]


Ashley of Stoke, Lord (Died 2012)
Born 6 December 1922  (place of birth unknown)
Former Labour MP (in fact he was the UK's first totally deaf MP) and now member of the House of Lords.
[Picture of Lord Ashley of Stoke]


Aspel, Michael
Born 12 January 1933  (London, England)
Host of "This Is Your Life" and "Antiques Roadshow", who has been suffering from cancer. Still continues to work, however.
[Picture of Michael Aspel]


Asplund, Lillian Lillian Asplund is no longer with us
Born 21 October 1906  (Worcester, Massachusetts, USA)

Died 6 May 2006  (Worcester, Massachusetts, USA)

Age at death: 99  (read death notice)
Titanic survivor - not any more.
[Picture of Lillian Asplund]


Astin, John
Born 30 March 1930  (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)
Actor - starred as Gomez Addams in "The Addams Family", and has mainly appeared in TV comedies since.
[Picture of John Astin]


Aston, Sam
Born in Bury, Lancashire, England  (exact date unknown)
"Coronation Street" actor, plays Chesney Brown. Born 1993, and has 8 siblings.
[Picture of Sam Aston]


Astor, Brooke (Died in 2007)
Born 30 March 1902  (Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA)
New York socialite and philanthropist, who has given around $200m in grants to various organisations.
[Picture of Brooke Astor]


Atkinson, Big Ron
Born 18 March 1939  (Liverpool, England)
Former League football player, manager and now TV pundit. Renowned for his eclectic style of commentary, which involves saying things like "'There's a few tired limbs in the blue legs" and "van Nistelrooy, predating as usual...".
[Picture of Big Ron Atkinson]


Attenborough, Sir Richard
Born 29 August 1923  (Cambridge, England)
Oscar-winning film director, general luvvie, and brother of David.
[Picture of Sir Richard Attenborough]


Auerbach, Red Red Auerbach is no longer with us
Born 20 September 1917  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)

Died 28 October 2006  (Washington, USA)

Age at death: 89  (read death notice)
Former head coach of the NBA's Boston Celtics. They play basketball, apparently.
[Picture of Red Auerbach]


Aznavour, Charles
Born 22 May 1924  (Paris, France)
Watery-eyed French crooner.
[Picture of Charles Aznavour]

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