Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2006: B

 

Bacall, Lauren
Born 16 September 1924  (New York, New York, USA)
Actress (The Big Sleep, How To Marry A Millionaire, Murder On The Orient Express etc etc), born Betty Joan Perske. Formerly married to Humphrey Bogart. Still working after 60 years in movies.
[Picture of Lauren Bacall]

 

Baker, Kenny
Born 24 August 1934  (Birmingham, England)
Dwarf actor who played R2D2 in "Star Wars".
[Picture of Kenny Baker]

 

Baker, Tom
Born 20 January 1934  (Liverpool, England)
Actor who played Doctor Who from 1974-81.
[Picture of Tom Baker]

 

Baldwin, Alec
Born 3 April 1958  (Massapequa, Long Island, New York, USA)
Hollywood actor, whose breakthrough year was 1988, when he starred in no fewer than 5 films. Went on to appear in The Hunt For Red October, Glengarry Glen Ross and Mercury Rising among others, and was married to Kim Basinger for 8 years. His brothers William, Stephen and Daniel are also screen actors.
[Picture of Alec Baldwin]

 

Ball, Johnny
Born 23 May 1938  (Bristol, England)
Former TV presenter - Zoe's dad and hence Fatboy Slim's father-in-law.
[Picture of Johnny Ball]

 

Barbera, Joseph Joseph Barbera is no longer with us
Born 24 March 1911  (New York, New York, USA)

Died 18 December 2006  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 95  (read death notice)
One half of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon-producing duo. Worked with William Hanna at MGM before they decided to go it alone in 1956, and ended up creating such classics as Tom and Jerry, Scooby-Doo, Yogi Bear and The Flintstones.
[Picture of Joseph Barbera]

 

Baring, Norah (Died in 1985)
Born 26 November 1905  (London, England)
Actress in early Hitchcock movies. Actually died way back in 1985 - shockingly poor research by the teams who've picked her!
[Picture of Norah Baring]

 

Barrett, Syd Syd Barrett is no longer with us
Born 6 January 1946  (Cambridge, England)

Died 7 July 2006  (Cambridge, England)

Age at death: 60  (read death notice)
Pink Floyd's original frontman, guitarist and songwriter. Born Roger Keith Barrett, he went to school in Cambridge (where he was given the nickname Syd) with Roger Waters and Dave Gilmour. In 1965, he was a founder member of the group, which went through several name changes before settling on a combination of the names of two American bluesmen, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council. However, the other band members booted him out in 1968, his erratic LSD-induced behaviour having got right on their tits.
[Picture of Syd Barrett]

 

Barrymore, Michael
Born 4 May 1952  (Bermondsey, London, England)
Entertainer and game show host, born Kiernan Michael Parker. In March 2001, an unfortunate incident involving a dead homosexual in his swimming pool wrecked his career and made some DDPers feel that suicide may be on the cards.
[Picture of Michael Barrymore]

 

Basayev, Shamil Shamil Basayev is no longer with us
Born 14 January 1965  (Vedeno, Chechnya)

Died 10 July 2006  (Yekazhevo, Ingushetia)

Age at death: 41  (read death notice)
Chechen rebel, reputedly responsible for numerous terrorist attacks in Russia, including (according to his own claims) the Beslan school massacre of September 2004.
[Picture of Shamil Basayev]

 

Bassey, Shirley
Born 8 January 1937  (Cardiff, Wales)
Singer who had several hits in the 1950s and '60s, as well as singing the theme tunes to 3 James Bond films. Had a minor comeback in the late '90s as an ironic cult heroine.
[Picture of Shirley Bassey]

 

Baugh, Sammy (Died in 2008)
Born 17 March 1914  (Texas, USA)
American football player, coach and Hall of Fame member.
[Picture of Sammy Baugh]

 

Baxter, Raymond Raymond Baxter is no longer with us
Born 25 January 1922  (Ilford, Essex, England)

Died 15 September 2006  (Reading, Berkshire, England)

Age at death: 84  (read death notice)
Former World War II fighter pilot and presenter of BBC TV science programme "Tomorrow's World".
[Picture of Raymond Baxter]

 

Baylis, Trevor
Born 13 May 1937  (Kilburn, London, England)
Inventor of the wind-up radio, which was an absolute godsend for many in the developing world. More importantly, though, he was voted Pipe Smoker of the Year 1999.
[Picture of Trevor Baylis]

 

Beadle, Jeremy (Died in 2008)
Born 12 April 1948  (Hackney, London, England)
Withered-handed TV know-it-all.
[Picture of Jeremy Beadle]

 

Bean, Orson
Born 22 July 1928  (Burlington, Vermont, USA)
American comedian, actor and TV personality.
[Picture of Orson Bean]

 

Beatty, Ned
Born 6 July 1937  (Louisville, Kentucky, USA)
Stocky, genial-looking supporting actor.
[Picture of Ned Beatty]

 

Beatty, Warren
Born 30 March 1937  (Richmond, Virginia, USA)
US actor, lothario in his early days, now tamed by wife Annette Bening. Brother of Shirley MacLaine, ex-boyfriend of most of the celebrity female world.
[Picture of Warren Beatty]

 

Beck, Aaron
Born 18 July 1921  (Rhode Island, USA)
Psychologist. Founder of Cognitive Therapy.
[Picture of Aaron Beck]

 

Bedser, Sir Alec (Died in 2010)
Born 4 July 1918  (Reading, Berkshire, England)
Legendary former England cricketer.
[Picture of Sir Alec Bedser]

 

Beefheart, Captain (Died in 2010)
Born 15 January 1941  (Glendale, California, USA)
Musician, born Don Glen Vliet (later changed to Don van Vliet). Teenage friend of Frank Zappa, and, like Zappa, didn't enjoy much commercial success, but he and his Magic Band influenced many other artists.
[Picture of Captain Beefheart]

 

Belafonte, Harry
Born 1 March 1927  (Harlem, New York, USA)
Easy-listening singer, popular for many decades now. Survived a fight with prostate cancer.
[Picture of Harry Belafonte]

 

Bell, Andy
Born 25 April 1964  (Peterborough, England)
Ex-lead singer of Erasure, who announced in 2004 that he is HIV positive.
[Picture of Andy Bell]

 

Bell, Judy
Born in Wichita, Kansas, USA  (exact date unknown)
Former president of the United States Golf Association. Diagnosed with cancer in September 2001.
[Picture of Judy Bell]

 

Benaud, Richie
Born 6 October 1930  (Penrith, NSW, Australia)
Half-decent spin-bowler turned vaguely irritating cricket commentator.
[Picture of Richie Benaud]

 

Benedict XVI, Pope
Born 16 April 1927  (Marktl am Inn, Bavaria, Germany)
Former member of the Hitler Youth and professor of theology who was elected Pope following the death of his predecessor, John Paul II, in April 2005.
[Picture of Pope Benedict XVI]

 

Benn, Tony
Born 3 April 1925  (London, England)
Veteran radical left-wing politician, despite being born into the nobility. Full name Anthony Neil Wedgwood "Wedgie" Benn.
[Picture of Tony Benn]

 

Bennett, Alan
Born 9 May 1934  (Leeds, West Yorkshire, England)
Lugubrious playwright.
[Picture of Alan Bennett]

 

Bentsen, Lloyd Lloyd Bentsen is no longer with us
Born 11 February 1921  (Mission, Texas, USA)

Died 23 May 2006  (Houston, Texas, USA)

Age at death: 85  (read death notice)
Decorated WWII pilot, US senator for Texas, and Secretary of the Treasury under the Clinton government.
[Picture of Lloyd Bentsen]

 

Berg, Rabbi Philip (Died in 2013)
Born in New York, New York, USA  (exact date unknown)
Kabbalah guru, born 1928. Now wheelchair-bound, with his health in decline following a stroke last year.
[Picture of Rabbi Philip Berg]

 

Bergman, Ingmar (Died in 2007)
Born 14 July 1918  (Uppsala, Uppland, Sweden)
Scriptwriter and film director. Has been married 5 times, and has at least 8 children, of whom 4 also work in the film industry.
[Picture of Ingmar Bergman]

 

Bernhard, Ruth Ruth Bernhard is no longer with us
Born 14 October 1905  (Berlin, Germany)

Died 18 December 2006  (San Francisco, California, USA)

Age at death: 101  
California-based photographer who worked almost exclusively in black and white.
[Picture of Ruth Bernhard]

 

Berry, Chuck
Born 18 October 1926  (San Jose, California, USA)
Rock 'n' roll guitarist and singer, who has a string of dodgy misdemeanours in his past. Reportedly not in the best of health, but still active.
[Picture of Chuck Berry]

 

Best, Pete
Born 24 November 1941  (Madras, India)
Member of The Beatles from 1959-62, when he was fired and replaced by Ringo Starr, who, unlikely though it may seem, was considered a better drummer than him.
[Picture of Pete Best]

 

Bezzerides, A. I. (Died in 2007)
Born 9 August 1908  (California, USA)
Screenwriter, responsible for classic Western movies "Rawhide", "Bonanza" and "The Virginian".
[Picture of A. I. Bezzerides]

 

Biggs, Ronnie (Died in 2013)
Born 8 August 1929  (Lambeth, London, England)
Sentenced to 30 years for his part in the 1963 Great Train Robbery, but escaped from Wandsworth Prison after only 15 months and ended up living in Brazil, from where he could not be extradited. He returned to Britain in 2001 for medical treatment and was promptly arrested. Since then, he has suffered two heart attacks, three strokes, two epileptic seizures, pneumonia and MRSA, which have apparently left him partially paralysed, barely able to speak, and being fed through a tube. Apart from that, though, he's in great health.
[Picture of Ronnie Biggs]

 

Bilk, Acker
Born 28 January 1929  (Pensford, Somerset, England)
Jazz clarinetist of "Stranger on the Shore" fame.
[Picture of Acker Bilk]

 

Billington, Tom
Born 5 December 1958  (Golborne, Lancashire, England)
Ex-professional wrestler known as 'Dynamite Kid', now in a wheelchair.
[Picture of Tom Billington]

 

bin Laden, Osama (Died in 2011)
Born 10 March 1957  (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
17th of about 52 (!) children of a multi-millionaire Saudi construction magnate, al-Qaeda terrorist leader bin Laden was already on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, but on September 11th, 2001, he secured his position at no. 1 on this list. Despite this, he's a questionable DDP pick, due to the difficulty of establishing his whereabouts and hence whether he's alive or dead.
[Picture of Osama bin Laden]

 

Bishop, Joey (Died in 2007)
Born 3 February 1918  (The Bronx, New York, USA)
Born Joseph Abraham Gottlieb. Last surviving member of the so-called Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr et al). Later hosted his own chat show on American TV. Credited with coining the phrase "son of a gun".
[Picture of Joey Bishop]

 

Bjelke-Petersen, Lady Flo
Born 11 August 1920  (Brisbane, Australia)
Widow of Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, who was the ex-Premier of Queensland.
[Picture of Lady Flo Bjelke-Petersen]

 

Black, Cilla
Born 27 May 1943  (Liverpool, Merseyside, England)
Former cloakroom attendant at Liverpool's Cavern Club and then pop singer, now presenter of cheesy TV shows. So proud to be a Scouser that she's lived in Surrey for the past 30 years.
[Picture of Cilla Black]

 

Blackman, Honor
Born 12 December 1927  (London, England)
English actress, who has played upon her sex siren status since appearing as Pussy Galore in Goldfinger.
[Picture of Honor Blackman]

 

Blaine, David
Born 4 April 1973  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Twat. Really, really annoying, attention-seeking, box-dwelling twat.
[Picture of David Blaine]

 

Blair, Lionel
Born 12 December 1931  (Montreal, Canada)
Camp, tap-dancing, fixed-grinning TV personality.
[Picture of Lionel Blair]

 

Blair, Tony
Born 6 May 1953  (Edinburgh, Scotland)
MP for Sedgefield, County Durham since 1983, elected Labour leader in 1994 and Prime Minister in 1997. Not a popular DDP pick, as he's youngish and apparently in good health, but maybe he'll die of embarrassment if Cherie decides to sing in public again.
[Picture of Tony Blair]

 

Bleicher, Hugo (Died in ????)
Born in Germany  (exact date unknown)
A businessman (born 1899) who was recruited by the Nazis during World War II because of his knowledge of many languages. He worked against the French Resistance in German-occupied France and was responsible for the arrest of many of its prominent members. At the end of the war, he was arrested and imprisoned by the Allies.
[Picture of Hugo Bleicher]

 

Blessed, Brian
Born 9 October 1937  (Mexborough, Yorkshire, England)
Large, bearded actor whose presence and booming voice has landed him parts in everything from Shakespeare adaptations to Robin Hood to Star Wars.
[Picture of Brian Blessed]

 

Blofeld, Henry
Born 23 September 1939  (Hoveton, Norfolk, England)
BBC Radio 4 cricket commentator. His father went to school with Ian Fleming, who borrowed his surname for James Bond's long-time nemesis, Ernst Stavro.
[Picture of Henry Blofeld]

 

Bloodvessel, Buster
Born 6 September 1958  (Hackney, London, England)
Formerly 30-stone (420 lb) frontman of ska group Bad Manners. Collapsed and almost died during a gig in Italy in 2001, since when he is reputed to have lost a lot of weight. His real name is Douglas Trendle.
[Picture of Buster Bloodvessel]

 

Bol, Manute (Died in 2010)
Born 16 October 1962  (Khartoum, Sudan)
7'7" former NBA basketball player who was renowned for being able to slam-dunk without leaving the ground. Retired to his native Sudan and unsuccessfully attempted to fund the overthrow of the Islamic government, before being forced to flee back to the US.
[Picture of Manute Bol]

 

Bolden, Elizabeth Elizabeth Bolden is no longer with us
Born 15 August 1890  (Somerville, Tennessee, USA)

Died 11 December 2006  (Memphis, Tennessee)

Age at death: 116  (read death notice)
At the time of her death, or rather in the moment before it, the oldest living American. Was thought to be the world's oldest person until Maria Esther de Capovilla, almost a year her senior, turned up in Ecuador. However, she regained the title after de Capovilla's death in August.
[Picture of Elizabeth Bolden]

 

Bongo, Ali (Died in 2009)
Born in Bangalore, India  (exact date unknown)
Magician, born William Wallace in 1929 - a direct descendant of the Scottish folk hero of the same name. Author and illustrator of several books on comedy magic.
[Picture of Ali Bongo]

 

Bono
Born 10 May 1960  (Ballymun, Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
U2-fronting, Africa-saving singer. Real name Paul Hewson.
[Picture of Bono]

 

Booth, Tony
Born 9 October 1931  (Liverpool, England)
Political activist, actor (most notably in 'Till Death Us Do Part'), ex-alcoholic, ex-husband of the late Pat Phoenix and father-in-law of Tony Blair, whose wife Cherie is one of Booth's eight daughters.
[Picture of Tony Booth]

 

Borgnine, Ernest (Died in 2012)
Born 24 January 1917  (Hamden, Connecticut, USA)
Five-times married, surprisingly prolific TV & film actor, whose portly stature ensured that he specialised in playing tough or just downright fat characters.
[Picture of Ernest Borgnine]

 

Botha, P. W. P. W. Botha is no longer with us
Born 12 January 1916  (Paul Roux, South Africa)

Died 31 October 2006  (Wilderness, Western Cape, South Africa)

Age at death: 90  (read death notice)
Former President of South Africa (1978-89), the last to uphold apartheid. Kept a quieter profile after a stroke in 1989, and an even quieter one since his death in October 2006. P. W. = Pieter Willem.
[Picture of P. W. Botha]

 

Bough, Frank
Born 15 January 1933  (Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England)
British TV presenter, mainly on daytime television or sports programmes. Wearer of bad sweaters and target of unlikely sex allegations. Had a liver transplant in 2001.
[Picture of Frank Bough]

 

Bourgeois, Louise (Died in 2010)
Born 25 December 1911  (Paris, France)
French-American sculptor, the first to exhibit in the Tate Modern's Turbine Hall ('Maman', that big spider thing).
[Picture of Louise Bourgeois]

 

Bouteflika, Abdelaziz
Born 2 March 1937  (Oujda, Morocco)
President of Algeria since 1999.
[Picture of Abdelaziz Bouteflika]

 

Boutros-Ghali, Boutros
Born 14 November 1922  (Cairo, Egypt)
UN Secretary-General between 1992-96, whose name became a catchphrase on "The Fast Show".
[Picture of Boutros Boutros-Ghali]

 

Bowen, Jim
Born 20 August 1937  (Heswall, Cheshire, England)
Super, smashing, great. The avuncular presenter of ITV's "Bullseye" (1981-93) ensured that no-one ever went home empty-handed, even if they were so laughably bad at darts and hopeless at spelling that they ended up with 7 and a pewter tankard between 2 people. You can't beat a bit of Bully!
[Picture of Jim Bowen]

 

Bowie, David
Born 8 January 1947  (Brixton, London, England)
Sang with Mark Bolan and Bing Crosby in 1977; days later, both were dead. Suffered a heart attack in 2004.
[Picture of David Bowie]

 

Boyd, Dorothy (Died in 1996)
Born 14 April 1907  (Sanderstead, Surrey, England)
British actress of the '20s and '30s, with 27 film credits to her name. Online movie database IMDb.com reports that she died in 1996, but gives no further details. 
[Picture of Dorothy Boyd]

 

Brabham, Sir Jack
Born 2 April 1926  (Hurstville, Sydney, Australia)
3 times Formula 1 champion. First F1 racer to be knighted, still drives in historic races, although mostly retired. In good health, but now completely deaf.
[Picture of Sir Jack Brabham]

 

Bradbury, Ray (Died in 2012)
Born 22 August 1920  (Waukegan, Illinois, USA)
Sci-fi author, best known for "Fahrenheit 451".
[Picture of Ray Bradbury]

 

Brady, Ian
Born 2 January 1938  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Moors Murderer, in prison since 1966, having been caught just 4 weeks after the death penalty for murder was abolished in the UK. Has a tendency to go on somewhat half-hearted hunger strikes. Since the death of his accomplice, Myra Hindley, in 2002, DDP interest in him has picked up.
[Picture of Ian Brady]

 

Brady, Sarah
Born 6 February 1942  (Missouri, USA)
Advocate of gun control ever since her husband Jim was seriously wounded in the 1981 assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan. Now suffering from lung cancer.
[Picture of Sarah Brady]

 

Braid, Hilda (Died in 2007)
Born 3 March 1932  (Gravesend, Kent, England)
English actress, best known as dotty Nana Moon in BBC's "EastEnders".
[Picture of Hilda Braid]

 

Brancato Jr, Lillo
Born 1 August 1976  (Bogota, Colombia)
Actor of "A Bronx Tale" and "The Sopranos" fame.
[Picture of Lillo Brancato Jr]

 

Branson, Sir Richard
Born 18 July 1950  (Sharnley Green, Surrey, England)
Entrepreneur since the age of 16, when he started a national student magazine. Now boss of the Virgin records/banking/airline/etc empire.
[Picture of Sir Richard Branson]

 

Brecker, Michael (Died in 2007)
Born 29 March 1949  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
Probably the most respected and imitated jazz saxophonist of the post-Coltrane era. As of 2005, he has won 11 Grammys as both performer and composer.
[Picture of Michael Brecker]

 

Briers, Richard (Died in 2013)
Born 14 January 1934  (Merton, Surrey, England)
Very popular British actor & comedian, best known for "The Good Life".
[Picture of Richard Briers]

 

Bronstein, David David Bronstein is no longer with us
Born 19 February 1924  (Bila Tserkva, Ukraine)

Died 5 December 2006  (Minsk, Belarus)

Age at death: 82  (read death notice)
Leading chess grandmaster and writer.
[Picture of David Bronstein]

 

Brooks, Mel
Born 28 June 1926  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Comic actor and film director.
[Picture of Mel Brooks]

 

Brown, Bill (Died in 2008)
Born 31 July 1912  (Toowomba, Queensland, Australia)
Ancient former cricketer, one of Bradman's 1948 "Invincibles".
[Picture of Bill Brown]

 

Brown, James James Brown is no longer with us
Born 3 May 1933  (Macon, Georgia, USA)

Died 25 December 2006  (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)

Age at death: 73  (read death notice)
"Ow! I feel good!" yelled the Godfather of Soul on his 1966 hit "I Got You", but that feeling couldn't last for ever.
[Picture of James Brown]

 

Brown, June
Born 16 February 1927  (Needham Market, Suffolk, England)
Actress who plays Dot Cotton in EastEnders.
[Picture of June Brown]

 

Bruce, Jack
Born 14 May 1943  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Former frontman of Cream, who also wrote most of their songs. Underwent a liver transplant in October 2003, after being diagnosed with cancer of the liver.
[Picture of Jack Bruce]

 

Brunner, Alois
Born 8 April 1912  (Rohr, Austria)
Worked as assistant to Adolf Eichmann. It is unclear whether he is still alive, but if so, he would be the most wanted Nazi war criminal still at large.
[Picture of Alois Brunner]

 

Bruno, Frank
Born 16 November 1961  (Hammersmith, London, England)
Former WBC world heavyweight boxing champion and pantomime dame. Lost the plot somewhat after his wife left him, and was sectioned to a mental hospital in September 2003, although he was later released.
[Picture of Frank Bruno]

 

Bryan, Dora
Born 7 February 1924  (Southport, Lancashire, England)
Chirpy blonde British actress. Won a BAFTA for "A Taste of Honey" (1961).
[Picture of Dora Bryan]

 

Bryant, Anita
Born 25 March 1940  (Barnsdall, Oklahoma, USA)
Former model and singer turned rabid anti-gay political campaigner.
[Picture of Anita Bryant]

 

Buckley, William F. (Died in 2008)
Born 24 November 1925  (New York, New York, USA)
Right-wing US journalist, prominent in the 1960s. Not that well known over here, but some of his more outspoken remarks may prove quotable enough to earn him an obit.
[Picture of William F. Buckley]

 

Bulger, James 'Whitey'
Born 3 September 1929  (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
One of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. Charges against him include 18 counts of murder, plus racketeering, money laundering, and breaking wind on the Sabbath in Tennessee.
[Picture of James 'Whitey' Bulger]

 

Burnet, Alistair (Died in 2012)
Born 12 July 1928  (Sheffield, Yorkshire, England)
Former ITN newsreader.
[Picture of Alistair Burnett]

 

Burns, Pete
Born 5 August 1959  (Port Sunlight, Cheshire, England)
Androgynous frontperson of '80s electropopsters Dead Or Alive.
[Picture of Pete Burns]

 

Bush, Barbara
Born 8 June 1925  (Rye, New York, USA)
The wife of George Bush snr, not the namesake daughter of George W. Bush.
[Picture of Barbara Bush]

 

Bush (jnr), George W.
Born 6 July 1946  (New Haven, Connecticut, USA)
43rd and current President of the United States. What with allegations of vote-rigging, the events of 9/11, and the much-criticised war on Iraq, he hasn't exactly had the smoothest of rides. But he's still hanging on in there; as the man himself once said: "They misunderestimated me."
[Picture of George W. Bush (jnr)]

 

Bush (snr), George
Born 12 June 1924  (Milton, Massachusetts, USA)
Son of a senator and related to 4 previous US Presidents. Made his fortune in the oil industry and got involved in Texan politics before becoming US ambassador to the United Nations, vice-President under Ronald Reagan from 1980-88, and President from 1988-92. Was sometimes lambasted for not being overly bright, but then his son Dubya came along...
[Picture of George Bush (snr)]

 

Butcher, Susan Susan Butcher is no longer with us
Born 26 December 1954  (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)

Died 5 August 2006  (Seattle, Washington, USA)

Age at death: 51  
Four-time dog sled-racing champion, so it says here.
[Picture of Susan Butcher]

 

Butler-Sloss, Dame Elizabeth
Born 10 August 1933  (place of birth unknown)
Head of the Family Division of the Court of Appeal, which makes her the most senior family law judge in the UK.
[Picture of Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss]

 

Buttons, Red Red Buttons is no longer with us
Born 5 February 1919  (New York, New York, USA)

Died 13 July 2006  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 87  (read death notice)
Composer, actor, comedian and author.
[Picture of Red Buttons]

 

Butz, Earl (Died in 2008)
Born 3 July 1909  (Albion, Indiana, USA)
Gerald Ford's disgraced agriculture secretary.
[Picture of Earl Butz]

 

Bygraves, Max (Died in 2012)
Born 16 October 1922  (Rotherhithe, London, England)
Wartime radio comedian, later turned stage entertainer, singer, and over-user of the phrase "I wanna tell you a story".
[Picture of Max Bygraves]

 

Byrd, Robert (Died in 2010)
Born 20 November 1917  (North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, USA)
Former Klansman US Senator from West Virginia.
[Picture of Robert Byrd]

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