Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2006: M


MacArthur, Dame Ellen
Born 8 July 1976  (Whatstandwell, Derbyshire, England)
Solo round-the-world daredevil yachting type.
[Picture of Dame Ellen MacArthur]


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]


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]


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 Naguib Mahfouz is no longer with us
Born 11 December 1911  (Cairo, Egypt)

Died 30 August 2006  (Cairo, Egypt)

Age at death: 94  (read death notice)
Egyptian novelist who won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature.
[Picture of Naguib Mahfouz]


Mahon, Sir Dennis (Died in 2011)
Born 8 November 1910  (place of birth unknown)
British art historian and collector.
[Picture of Sir Dennis Mahon]


Mailer, Norman (Died in 2007)
Born 31 January 1923  (Long Branch, New Jersey, USA)
American writer and innovator of the non-fiction novel.
[Picture of Norman Mailer]


Maitland, Patrick Francis (Died in 2008)
Born 17 March 1911  (place of birth unknown)
17th and current Earl of Lauderdale.
[Picture of Patrick Francis Maitland]


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]


Mallett, Timmy
Date and place of birth unknown
Insanely annoying former presenter of children's TV show "Wacaday".
[Picture of Timmy Mallett]


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]


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]


Manson, Charles
Born 12 November 1934  (Cincinnati, Ohio, USA)
Infamous leader of a cult called "The Family", which was responsible for several brutal murders in the 1960s. In prison since 1971.
[Picture of Charles Manson]


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]


Marie, Rose
Born 15 August 1923  (New York, New York, USA)
Actress whose career has been in two distinct halves: firstly as a child in the 1920s, and then as an adult, beginning in the 1940s. Best known for playing the part of Sally Rogers on "The Dick Van Dyke Show". Her real name is Rose Marie Mazzetta, and she is of Italian/Polish extraction.
[Picture of Rose Marie]


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]


Mark, Sir Robert (Died in 2010)
Date and place of birth unknown
Former Metropolitan Police Commissioner and advertiser of Aquajet Radial tyres. He was, so he assured us, "convinced they make a genuine contribution to road safety".
[Picture of Sir Robert Mark]


Marrs, Mick
Date and place of birth unknown
Skull-faced Mötley Crüe guitarist.
[Picture of Mick Marrs]


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, George
Born 3 January 1926  (London, England)
The Beatles' music producer.
[Picture of George Martin]


Martin, Paul
Born 28 August 1938  (Windsor, Ontario, Canada)
Prime Minister of Canada since December 2003.
[Picture of Paul Martin]


Martin, Tony (Died in 2012)
Born 25 December 1912  (Oakland, California, USA)
Classic crooner and occasional actor. Married to Cyd Charisse, for what it's worth. Not to be confused with the butt-ugly, pikey-shooting farmer of the same name.
[Picture of Tony Martin]


Masako, Princess
Born 9 December 1963  (Tokyo, Japan)
Member of the Japanese royal family by way of her marriage to Crown Prince Naruhito.
[Picture of Princess Masako]


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]


Matthews, Bernard (Died in 2010)
Born 24 January 1930  (Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk, England)
Easily Norfolk's most famous turkey farmer.
[Picture of Bernard Matthews]


Mawhinney, Brian
Born 26 July 1940  (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Former Tory MP and chairman of the Conservative Party, now (somewhat improbably) chairman of the Football League.
[Picture of Brian Mawhinney]


Maynard, Bill
Born 8 October 1928  (Heath End, Farnham, Surrey, England)
Comic actor who played the title role 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]


McCallum, John (Died in 2010)
Born 14 March 1917  (Brisbane, Australia)
Actor and husband of Googie Withers.
[Picture of John McCallum]


McCann, Jim
Born 26 October 1944  (Ireland)
Singer, former member of The Dubliners.
[Picture of Jim McCann]


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


McDonald, Sir Trevor
Born 16 August 1939  (Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies)
Recently-retired ITN newsreader. Once reckoned by Viz comic to be the news anchorman most able to take his beer, in complete contrast to the lightweight Nicholas Witchell, who, it was surmised, would probably be sick after half a shandy.
[Picture of Sir Trevor McDonald]


McGann, Brad (Died in 2007)
Born in New Zealand  (exact date unknown)
Kiwi film director/screenwriter, born 1964.
[Picture of Brad McGann]


McGavin, Darren Darren McGavin is no longer with us
Born 7 May 1922  (San Joaquin, California, USA)

Died 25 February 2006  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 83  (read death notice)
Actor, well remembered on the other side of the pond as the dad in "A Christmas Story".
[Picture of Darren McGavin]


McGee, Henry Henry McGee is no longer with us
Born 14 May 1929  (Kensington, London, England)

Died 28 January 2006  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 76  (read death notice)
Actor and comedian - played Benny Hill's straight man for 20 years, and also appeared alongside the Honey Monster in the Sugar Puffs TV adverts.
[Picture of Henry McGee]


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


McMahon, Ed (Died in 2009)
Born 6 March 1923  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Was the late Johnny Carson's sidekick on "The Tonight Show".
[Picture of Ed McMahon]


McNamara, Robert Strange (Died in 2009)
Born 9 June 1916  (San Francisco, California, USA)
US Secretary of Defense from 1961-68, and later President of the World Bank.
[Picture of Robert Strange McNamara]


Melly, George (Died in 2007)
Born 17 August 1926  (Liverpool, England)
Charismatic jazz/blues singer/performer/songwriter.
[Picture of George Melly]


Mercado del Toro, Emiliano (Died in 2007)
Born 21 August 1891  (Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico)
Currently the world's oldest man, and the 5th oldest man ever recorded.
[Picture of Emiliano Mercado del Toro]


Mercier, Sheila
Born 1 January 1919  (Kingston-upon-Hull, Humberside, England)
TV actress - played Annie Sugden when Emmerdale Farm had a farm in it, and Brian Rix's big sister.
[Picture of Sheila Mercier]


Merlyn-Rees, Lord Lord Merlyn-Rees is no longer with us
Born 18 December 1920  (South Wales)

Died 5 January 2006  (Lambeth, London, England)

Age at death: 85  (read death notice)
Ex-Labour MP, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 1974-76, and Home Secretary 1976-79.
[Picture of Lord Merlyn-Rees]


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]


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


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]


Milosevic, Slobodan Slobodan Milosevic is no longer with us
Born 29 August 1941  (Pozarevac, Yugoslavia (now in Serbia))

Died 11 March 2006  (The Hague, The Netherlands)

Age at death: 64  (read death notice)
Former President of Serbia and "Butcher of the Balkans". Conveniently fell ill every time the UN tried to put him on trial for genocide, which in retrospect was perhaps not just an excuse.
[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]


Minogue, Kylie
Born 28 May 1968  (Melbourne, Australia)
Pint-sized Aussie singer, formerly of "Neighbours" fame. Diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer in May 2005.
[Picture of Kylie Minogue]


Mintoff, Dom (Died in 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]


Miura, Keizo
Born 15 February 1904  (Aomori, Japan)
Japanese skiing pioneer. Died in January 2006, but failed to get the required UK obituary, so no points were awarded.
[Picture of Keizo Miura]


Mladic, Ratko
Born 12 March 1943  (Kalinovik, Bosnia-Herzegovina)
Leader of the Bosnian Serb Army during the 1992-95 war. Responsible for the massacre of 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica in July 1995 - the worst atrocity in Europe since WWII.
[Picture of Ratko Mladic]


Modell, Art (Died in 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]


Molyneaux, Jim
Born 27 August 1920  (place of birth unknown)
Former leader (1979 to 1995) of the Ulster Unionist party, now Lord Molyneaux of Killead. Apparently he still lives on the farm where he was born.
[Picture of Jim Molyneaux]


Mondale, Eleanor (Died in 2011)
Born 19 January 1960  (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)
An American actress and television personality, she is best known for her work on the E! cable channel including hosting the shows Wild On... in 1997 and E! News Live. She is the only daughter of Walter Mondale.
[Picture of Eleanor Mondale]


Mondale, Walter
Born 5 January 1928  (Ceylon, Minnesota, USA)
US Vice-President under Jimmy Carter.
[Picture of Walter Mondale]


Montalban, Ricardo (Died in 2009)
Born 25 November 1920  (Mexico City, Mexico)
MGM matinee idol who went on to play Mr Roarke in the TV series "Fantasy Island". His performance as Khan Noonien Singh in 1982's "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" was a reprisal of his role in a guest appearance on "Star Trek" back in 1967. He also popularised the phrase "rich, Corinthian leather" in his TV commercials for Chrysler in the 1970s.
[Picture of Ricardo Montalban]


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 in 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]


Morales, Michael
Date and place of birth unknown
On Death Row in California. Due for the Governator's justice in Feb 2006.
[Picture of Michael Morales]


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]


Moriarty, Michael
Born 5 April 1941  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Film and TV actor (and occasional musician), probably best known for his role in the series "Law and Order".
[Picture of Michael Moriarty]


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


Morris, Arthur
Born 19 January 1922  (Bondi, New South Wales, Australia)
Australian Test cricketer, one of Don Bradman's 1948 "Invincibles" team.
[Picture of Arthur Morris]


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]


Moss, Sir Stirling
Born 17 September 1929  (London, England)
Motor-racing driver, said to be the greatest driver never to win the Formula 1 World Championship; in fact, he came second 4 times in a row, from 1955-58.
[Picture of Sir Stirling 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]


Murphy, Brian
Born 25 September 1933  (Ventnor, Isle of Wight, England)
TV actor, best known as George Roper in "George and Mildred".
[Picture of Brian Murphy]


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]

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