Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2006: J


Jackson, Michael (Died in 2009)
Born 29 August 1958  (Gary, Indiana, USA)
Once a cute kid in a group with his brothers, then a hugely successful pop star in his own right, now a flaky-faced, monkey-loving, baby-dangling, allegedly kiddie-fiddling one-man freak show.
[Picture of Michael Jackson]


Jaffee, Al
Born 13 March 1921  (Savannah, Georgia, USA)
Cartoonist with MAD magazine since 1955. Features include the back cover fold-in and "Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions".
[Picture of Al Jaffee]


James, P. D.
Born 3 August 1920  (Oxford, England)
Author of mystery novels.
[Picture of P. D. James]


Jaruzelski, General Wojciech
Born 6 July 1923  (Kurow, Poland)
Joined the Polish army during WWII, and turned to politics in the 1960s. Rose through the ranks of the Communist Party to become National Secretary (President of Poland in all but name) in 1981, just as the Solidarity movement was heating up. Pitted his trademark sunglasses against Lech Walesa's moustache and lost. Removed from office in 1990, but has been too unwell to face trial ever since.
[Picture of General Wojciech Jaruzelski]


Jason, David
Born 2 February 1940  (Edmonton, London, England)
Comedy actor, best known as Granville in 'Open All Hours' and Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter in 'Only Fools and Horses'. Even after a decade, it's still hard not to smirk at his supposedly serious role as Detective Inspector Jack Frost in 'A Touch of Frost'.
[Picture of David Jason]


Jeffries, Lionel (Died in 2010)
Born 10 June 1926  (London, England)
Actor who specialised in playing stereotypical eccentric English gentlemen, such as Grandpa Potts in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang".
[Picture of Lionel Jeffries]


Jenkins, Sgt Charles
Born 18 February 1940  (Rich Square, North Carolina, USA)
US soldier who defected to North Korea in 1965.
[Picture of Sgt Charles Jenkins]


Jintao, Hu
Born 21 December 1942  (Jixi, Anhui Province, China)
President of China since March 2003. Hu is the President of China? We have clearance, Clarence. Roger, Roger. What's our vector, Victor? And so on.
[Picture of Hu Jintao]


Johansson, Ingemar (Died in 2009)
Born 22 September 1932  (Gothenburg, Sweden)
Former world heavyweight boxing champion.
[Picture of Ingemar Johansson]


John, Elton
Born 25 March 1947  (Pinner, Middlesex, England)
The most successful pop star of the 1970s, who has managed to remain more or less in the limelight ever since, despite (or perhaps because of) drug and alcohol problems, bust-ups with his lyricist Bernie Taupin, a turbulent love life and a lamentable dress sense.
[Picture of Elton John]


Johnson, Don
Born 15 December 1949  (Flat Creek, Missouri, USA)
Miami Vice actor.
[Picture of Don Johnson]


Johnson, Holly
Born 19 February 1960  (Khartoum, Sudan)
African-born former frontman of '80s Scouse popsters Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Was diagnosed with HIV in the late '80s, but treatment has kept it at bay ever since, and he continues to work in the music industry.
[Picture of Holly Johnson]


Johnson, Junior
Born 28 June 1931  (Wilkes County, North Carolina, USA)
NASCAR driver/car owner.
[Picture of Junior Johnson]


Johnson, Lady Bird (Died in 2007)
Born 22 December 1912  (Karnack, Texas, USA)
Born Claudia Alta Taylor. Widow of former US President Lyndon B. Johnson.
[Picture of Lady Bird Johnson]


Johnson, Magic
Born 14 August 1959  (Lansing, Michigan, USA)
HIV-positive former basketball player.
[Picture of Magic Johnson]


Johnson, Van (Died in 2008)
Born 25 August 1916  (Newport, Rhode Island, USA)
Big-screen actor of the 1940s and '50s, particularly in war films and MGM musicals.
[Picture of Van Johnson]


Johnstone, Jimmy 'Jinky' Jimmy 'Jinky' Johnstone is no longer with us
Born 30 September 1944  (Viewpark, Lanarkshire, Scotland)

Died 13 March 2006  (Lanarkshire, Scotland)

Age at death: 61  (read death notice)
Former Celtic and Scotland footballer, much admired for his darting runs through opposition defences.
[Picture of Jimmy 'Jinky' Johnstone]


Jones, Jack (Died in 2009)
Born 29 January 1913  (Liverpool, England)
Militant trade union leader and former General Secretary of the Transport and General Workers' Union (TGWU). Instrumental in buggering up the British motor industry in the 1970s beyond the point of redemption.
[Picture of Jack Jones]


Jones, K. C.
Born 25 May 1932  (Taylor, Texas, USA)
Basketball player/coach.
[Picture of K. C. Jones]


Jong-Il, Kim (Died in 2011)
Born 16 February 1941  (Khabarovsk, Siberia, USSR)
"Dear Leader" (a.k.a. tinpot dictator) of North Korea.
[Picture of Kim Jong-Il]

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