Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2006: H


Hagman, Larry (Died in 2012)
Born 21 September 1931  (Fort Worth, Texas, USA)
Son of famous actress Mary Martin. His own career took off when he took the part of Major Anthony Nelson in the '60s US sitcom "I Dream of Jeannie", and he went on to star as J.R. Ewing in "Dallas" and "Knots Landing". An active anti-smoking campaigner, he's nevertheless not averse to the odd drink or ten, and needed a liver transplant in 1995 due to cirrhosis. Has reportedly been hitting the bottle again over the past couple of years.
[Picture of Larry Hagman]


Hall, Monty
Born 25 August 1923  (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
Host of various American game shows, well-known (over there, at least) for presenting "Let's Make a Deal".
[Picture of Monty Hall]


Hammud al-Obeidi, Ghazi (Died in 2007)
Date and place of birth unknown
Baath Party official who was one of Saddam Hussein's top aides, and is now the 2 of Hearts on the most-wanted deck of cards. Born 1940.
[Picture of Ghazi Hammud al-Obeidi]


Hanover, Prince Ernst August of
Born 26 February 1954  (Hanover, Germany)
Husband of Princess Caroline of Monaco. Renowned for his foul temper, and has a conviction for GBH.
[Picture of Prince Ernst August of Hanover]


Harald V of Norway, King
Born 21 February 1937  (Skaugum, Oslo, Norway)
The first King of Norway to be born in the country since 1370. Acceded to the throne on the death of his father, Olav V, in 1991. He was a member of several of Norway's Olympic sailing teams. In September 2003 it was announced that he has bladder cancer.
[Picture of King Harald V of Norway]


Harris, Rolf
Born 30 March 1930  (Perth, Western Australia, Australia)
Cartoonist, TV presenter, singer, wobble-board player and general cult hero. Absolutely incredible to think he's now in his mid-70s, as he still looks and sounds the same as ever.
[Picture of Rolf Harris]


Harry, Debbie
Born 1 July 1945  (Miami, Florida, USA)
Lead singer of Blondie.
[Picture of Debbie Harry]


Harryhausen, Ray
Born 29 June 1920  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Stop-motion animation genius, best known for the months of work that produced the swordfight with an army of skeletons in his 1963 masterpiece, "Jason and the Argonauts".
[Picture of Ray Harryhausen]


Hart, Tony (Died in 2009)
Born 15 October 1925  (Maidstone, Kent, England)
Much-loved, somewhat camp TV artist and creator of Morph. "Oooh, passss me the rough-backed hessssian, Mr Bennett".
[Picture of Tony Hart]


Hartley, Alison
Date and place of birth unknown
BBC Essex presenter who has taken a sabbatical and is writing an online blog about her brain tumour, ŕ la Ivan Noble.
[Picture of Alison Hartley]


Harvey, Brian
Born 8 August 1974  (London, England)
Former lead singer of boy band East 17, whose already stalled career sank to a new low when he appeared on Z-list TV programme "I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here". In May 2005, he managed to fall out of his car and run himself over in a bizarre apparent suicide bid, prompting "I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out From Under Here" jokes.
[Picture of Brian Harvey]


Harvey, Paul (Died in 2009)
Born 4 September 1918  (Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA)
US radio personality - presenter of the daily "The Rest of the Story" show.
[Picture of Paul Harvey]


Haughey, Charles Charles Haughey is no longer with us
Born 16 September 1925  (Castlebar, Co Mayo, Republic of Ireland)

Died 13 June 2006  (Dublin, Ireland)

Age at death: 80  (read death notice)
Former accountant who turned to politics and was elected to the Dáil (Irish Parliament) in 1957, becoming Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of the Republic of Ireland 3 times in the 1980s and early '90s.
[Picture of Charles Haughey]


Havel, Vaclav (Died in 2011)
Born 5 October 1936  (Prague, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic))
Political dissident and human rights activist who was imprisoned 4 times, spending almost 5 years behind bars for his views. Elected President of Czechoslovakia in 1989 and President of the Czech Republic in 1992.
[Picture of Vaclav Havel]


Hawke, Hazel (Died in 2013)
Born in Perth, Australia  (exact date unknown)
Wife of former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke, born in 1929. Announced in November 2003 that she has Alzheimer's, and then, 5 minutes later, announced that she has Alzheimer's.
[Picture of Hazel Hawke]


Hawking, Stephen
Born 8 January 1942  (Oxford, England)
Born on the 300th anniversary of Galileo's death. Whilst studying at Oxford, was diagnosed with a rare and progressive neuromotor disease, which has left him in a wheelchair, talking like a Dalek. Now a world-famous theoretical physicist who specialises in studying black holes, and wrote the incomprehensible "A Brief History of Time". Recent allegations suggest that he has been regularly assaulted by his carers over a lengthy period of time, and in November 2005 his heart temporarily stopped.
[Picture of Stephen Hawking]


Hawkins, Jenna
Born 24 July 1919  (Little Rock, Arkansas, USA)
George W. Bush's mother-in-law.
[Picture of Jenna Hawkins]


Healey, Denis
Born 30 August 1917  (Bradford, Yorkshire, England)
Bushy-eyebrowed Labour MP who rose to join Harold Wilson's Cabinet, then became Chancellor of the Exchequer, before taking his seat in the House of Lords in 1992 as Baron Healey of Riddlesden.
[Picture of Denis Healey]


Healey, Edna (Died in 2010)
Date and place of birth unknown
Wife of Denis Healey. Born 1918.
[Picture of Edna Healey]


Heenan, Bobby
Born 1 November 1940  (Beverly Hills, California, USA)
American pro-wrestler/manager, nicknamed "The Brain" for possibly ironic reasons.
[Picture of Bobby Heenan]


Heesters, Johannes (Died in 2011)
Born 5 December 1903  (The Netherlands)
Musical performer.
[Picture of Johannes Heesters]


Hefner, Hugh
Born 9 April 1926  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Founder of the Playboy empire.
[Picture of Hugh Hefner]


Helms, Jesse (Died in 2008)
Born 18 October 1921  (Monroe, North Carolina, USA)
Former Senator from North Carolina with some highly questionable racial views.
[Picture of Jesse Helms]


Henson, Lou
Born 10 January 1932  (Okay, Oklahoma, USA)
Head basketball coach at New Mexico State University; reported in the summer of 2003 to be suffering from an advanced stage of cancer. Probably too obscure on this side of the pond to get a UK obituary, but we could be surprised...
[Picture of Lou Henson]


Heseltine, Michael
Born 21 March 1933  (Swansea, Wales)
One-time prime mover in the Tory party, known as 'Tarzan'.
[Picture of Michael Heseltine]


Hester, Laurel Laurel Hester is no longer with us
Born 15 August 1956  (USA)

Died 18 February 2006  (Point Pleasant, New Jersey, USA)

Age at death: 49  
New Jersey police officer who fought for the legal recognition of gay and lesbian partners in the US. Her battle against lung cancer was less successful.
[Picture of Laurel Hester]


Heston, Charlton (Died in 2008)
Born 4 October 1924  (Evanston, Illinois, USA)
Chisel-featured star of 150 films and TV series, among them "The Ten Commandments", "Ben Hur" and "The Planet of the Apes". Now a sad, shambling shadow of his former self who fronts the American National Rifle Association, believes that it is "man's God-given right" to own guns, and makes a point of organising NRA rallies in towns where multiple shootings have recently occurred.
[Picture of Charlton Heston]


Higgins, Alex (Died in 2010)
Born 18 March 1949  (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Irish snooker player. Famously volatile, a heavy drinker and smoker. Known as "Hurricane" due to his rapid style of play, which he adopted because he was trying to finish the frame before last orders.
[Picture of Alex Higgins]


Hill, Paddy Joe
Date and place of birth unknown
One of the Birmingham Six.
[Picture of Paddy Joe Hill]


Hill, Steven
Born 24 February 1922  (Seattle, Washington, USA)
American actor - Adam Schiff in "Law and Order".
[Picture of Steven Hill]


Hillary, Sir Edmund (Died in 2008)
Born 20 July 1919  (Auckland, New Zealand)
First person to climb Mount Everest.
[Picture of Sir Edmund Hillary]


Hinckley, Gordon B. (Died in 2008)
Born 23 June 1910  (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)
Head of the Church of Latter Day Saints, aka the Mormons.
[Picture of Gordon B. Hinckley]


Ho, Don (Died in 2007)
Born 13 August 1930  (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Musician and entertainer. 
[Picture of Don Ho]


Hobsbawm, Eric (Died in 2012)
Born 9 June 1917  (Alexandria, Egypt)
Marxist historian.
[Picture of Eric Hobsbawm]


Hockney, David
Born 9 July 1937  (Bradford, Yorkshire, England)
British artist, now based in California, whose (largely autobiographical) work is often described as Pop Art, although he himself has consistently shunned this label.
[Picture of David Hockney]


Hofmann, Albert (Died in 2008)
Born 11 January 1906  (Baden, Switzerland)
Chemist who, in 1938, became the first to synthesize LSD, although he was unaware of its hallucinogenic properties until 1943, when he had a trip after accidentally ingesting a small amount of it. Fifteen years later, he did the future hippy generation another favour when he produced psilocybin, which was to become the active ingredient of magic mushrooms.
[Picture of Albert Hofmann]


Hogan, Hulk
Born 11 August 1953  (Augusta, Georgia, USA)
Born Terry Gene Bollea. Professional wrestler since 1978. A part in "Rocky III" and a move to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) made him a star, and he proceeded to be at the centre of wrestling's transition from slightly suspect minority sport to multi-billion dollar camp pantomime spectacle.
[Picture of Hulk Hogan]


Holder, Noddy
Born 15 June 1946  (Walsall, Staffordshire, England)
Slade front man-turned-actor.
[Picture of Noddy Holder]


Hollingworth, Clare
Born 10 October 1911  (Knighton, Powys, Wales)
Former journalist who made her name as a war correspondent during WWII.
[Picture of Clare Hollingworth]


Holm, Ian
Born 12 September 1931  (Goodmayes, Essex, England)
Actor - played Bilbo Baggins in the "Lord of the Rings" films.
[Picture of Ian Holm]


Holness, Bob (Died in 2012)
Born 12 November 1928  (Vryheid, Natal, South Africa)
Presenter of cult TV quiz "Blockbusters". Once played James Bond in a South African radio dramatisation of "Moonraker". Good job it wasn't televised.
[Picture of Bob Holness]


Honeycombe, Gordon
Born 27 September 1936  (Karachi, India)
Indian-born but British TV newsreader who has now emigrated to Australia.
[Picture of Gordon Honeycombe]


Hope, Delores (Died in 2011)
Born 27 May 1909  (The Bronx, New York, USA)
Former singer and widow of the late Bob Hope, having been married to him for 69 years.
[Picture of Delores Hope]


Hopper, Dennis (Died in 2010)
Born 17 May 1936  (Dodge City, Kansas, USA)
Film actor who starred in, as well as directing and co-writing, the 1969 classic "Easy Rider".
[Picture of Dennis Hopper]


Horn, Roy
Born 3 October 1944  (Nordenham, Germany)
One half of the camp spectacle that is Siegfried & Roy. Was mauled on stage by one of their trademark white tigers in October 2003, allegedly after it mistook a big-haired woman in the front row for a lion and tried to drag him away from her. He suffered multiple injuries, serious blood loss and a stroke, and spent 3 months in hospital; the show has been cancelled indefinitely.
[Picture of Roy Horn]


Horne, Lena (Died in 2010)
Born 30 June 1917  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Jazz singer who sang 'Stormy Weather' and was a pioneer among African-American performers. Singing in the Cotton Club by the age of 16.
[Picture of Lena Horne]


Houllier, Gérard
Born 3 September 1947  (Therouanne, France)
An undistinguished football player who has nevertheless become a successful manager, running the French national side, taking Paris St Germain to the French league title, and leading Liverpool to various trophies since 1998.
[Picture of Gérard Houllier]


Houston, Whitney (Died in 2012)
Born 9 August 1963  (East Orange, New Jersey, USA)
Singer who claims to have been influenced by soul and R&B, and indeed is the daughter of gospel/blues singer Cissy Houston and niece of Dionne Warwick, although to listen to her brand of anodyne mass-market pop, you'd never guess. Has a famously rocky marriage to fellow singer Bobby Brown, and was erroneously reported dead in September 2001.
[Picture of Whitney Houston]


Howard, John
Born 26 July 1939  (Sydney, Australia)
Australian Prime Minister.
[Picture of John Howard]


Howard, Kirsty
Born 22 September 1995  (place of birth unknown)
Little girl from Manchester, born with a rare heart defect. Was befriended by the Beckhams, as if she hadn't already suffered enough, and hence became a "triumph over tragedy" story for the tabloids. Presented the Queen with the torch/baton at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
[Picture of Kirsty Howard]


Hume, John
Born 18 January 1937  (Londonderry, Northern Ireland)
Northern Ireland politician. Former leader of one of the bewildering array of acronym-named political parties they have over there. The SFDUUPLP or something.
[Picture of John Hume]


Humphries, Barry
Born 17 February 1934  (Kew, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
Australian comic actor of Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson fame.
[Picture of Barry Humphries]


Hunt, E. Howard (Died in 2007)
Born 9 October 1918  (East Hamburg, New York, USA)
Watergate conspirator.
[Picture of E. Howard Hunt]


Hunter, Paul Paul Hunter is no longer with us
Born 14 October 1978  (Leeds, England)

Died 9 October 2006  (Huddersfield, England)

Age at death: 27  (read death notice)
English professional snooker player who started playing at the age of 16. Lost his battle against neuroendocrine cancer.
[Picture of Paul Hunter]


Huntley, Ian
Born 31 January 1974  (Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England)
School caretaker who murdered two 10-year-old girls in Soham, Cambridgeshire, in August 2002. Was sentenced in December 2003 to two terms of life imprisonment, and it was revealed after his trial that he had previously been accused of a string of sex crimes. Some DDPers feel that his chances of survival in prison aren't looking too good...
[Picture of Ian Huntley]


Hurt, John
Born 22 January 1940  (Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England)
Actor - "A Man For All Seasons", "I, Claudius", "The Elephant Man", etc etc.
[Picture of John Hurt]


Hussein, Saddam Saddam Hussein is no longer with us
Born 28 April 1937  (Tikrit, Iraq)

Died 30 December 2006  (Baghdad, Iraq)

Age at death: 69  (read death notice)
President of Iraq from 1979-2003. Years of tyranny and warmongering caught up with him in 2003, when he was deposed and later captured by the Americans. Subsequently tried and executed.
[Picture of Saddam Hussein]


Hutton, Betty (Died in 2007)
Born 26 February 1921  (Battle Creek, Michigan, USA)
Film actress.
[Picture of Betty Hutton]

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