Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2006: T


T, Ice
Born 16 February 1958  (Newark, New Jersey, USA)
Rap pioneer, whose track "6 N The Morning" has been credited with launching the whole gangsta rap movement. Went on to become lead shouter of metal band Body Count and record the controversial "Cop Killer", which caused him to be dropped by the Warner Brothers label. His real name is the comical Tracy Marrow.
[Picture of Ice T]


Tanumafila II, Malietoa (Died in 2007)
Born 4 January 1913  (Samoa)
Reigning and last monarch of Samoa. Also the 3rd longest reigning living monarch after King Rama IX of Thailand and Queen Elizabeth II of the UK.
[Picture of Malietoa Tanumafila II]


Tarbuck, Jimmy
Born 6 February 1940  (Liverpool, England)
Unfunny, golf-obsessed, old school comedian. His daughter's strangely attractive though.
[Picture of Jimmy Tarbuck]


Tarmey, Bill (Died in 2012)
Born 4 April 1941  (Ardwick, Manchester, England)
Played the character of Jack Duckworth in ITV soap "Coronation Street". In 1976 he suffered a "massive heart attack" and ten years later had to undergo bypass surgery.
[Picture of Bill Tarmey]


Taylor, Elizabeth (Died in 2011)
Born 27 February 1932  (Hampstead, London, England)
Movie star and only human friend of Michael Jackson. She has broken her back four times, had surgery for a brain tumour, and was once pronounced dead during the filming of "Cleopatra", following which she had an emergency tracheotomy. She has been married 940 times.
[Picture of Elizabeth Taylor]


Taylor, Jayceon 'The Game'
Born 29 November 1979  (Compton, California, USA)
Rapper whose 2005 debut album titled "The Documentary" sold more than 586,000 units in its first week.
[Picture of Jayceon 'The Game' Taylor]


Taylor, Phil (Died in 2012)
Born 18 September 1917  (Bristol, England)
Not the darts champion, but the former cricketer, England football international and ex-manager of Liverpool FC.
[Picture of Phil Taylor]


Tebbit, Lord Norman
Born 29 March 1931  (Ponders End, London, England)
Outspoken former chairman of the Conservative Party, whose unemployed father famously "did not riot, he got on his bike and looked for work". Here's one of his more famous, though not wholly memorable, quotes: "The word 'conservative' is used by the BBC as a portmanteau word of abuse for anyone whose views differ from the insufferable, smug, sanctimonious, naive, guilt-ridden, wet, pink orthodoxy of that sunset home of the third-rate minds of that third-rate decade, the nineteen-sixties." It must have taken him hours to write that.
[Picture of Lord Norman Tebbit]


Temple, Shirley
Born 23 April 1928  (Santa Monica, California, USA)
The most famous child star in cinema history, who left the movies once she grew up and became the US ambassador to Ghana (in the 1970s) and Czechoslovakia (during the "Velvet Revolution"). In 1972 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, but survived and was widely respected for being one of the first public figures to openly discuss the issue. Random trivia: her daughter Lori (as "Lori Lorax") was a founder member of seminal proto-grunge band The Melvins.
[Picture of Shirley Temple]


Thatcher, Margaret (Died in 2013)
Born 13 October 1925  (Grantham, Lincolnshire, England)
Britain's first female Prime Minister, and one of Augusto Pinochet's beer buddies. After her fall from grace in 1990 and subsequent retirement from the House of Commons two years later, the handbag-toting Iron Lady was made an Iron Baroness and is now generally regarded as "a bit nuts" (though whether this is anything new is subject to debate). In 2002 she retired from public life following a number of strokes, and her health has reportedly gone further downhill following the death of her husband Denis in June 2003.
[Picture of Margaret Thatcher]


Theodorakis, Mikis
Born 29 July 1925  (Chios, Greece)
[Picture of Mikis Theodorakis]


Thornton, Frank (Died in 2013)
Born 15 January 1921  (Dulwich, London, England)
TV and film actor, probably best known for his role as Captain Peacock in the long-running department-store-based sitcom "Are You Being Served?" In 1997, when Brian Wilde was taken ill prior to filming a series of "Last of the Summer Wine", Thornton was hurriedly brought in to play Herbert "Truly" Truelove, by way of a replacement for the Foggy Dewhurst character.
[Picture of Frank Thornton]


Thorpe, Jeremy
Born 29 April 1929  (London, England)
Former Member of Parliament and leader of the Liberal Party. His career was destroyed in the mid-1970s as a result of a scandal in which he and three others were charged with conspiracy to murder his alleged lover Norman Scott. He has suffered from Parkinson's Disease for over twenty years.
[Picture of Jeremy Thorpe]


Thynne, Alexander
Born 6 May 1932  (London, England)
AKA the 7th Marquess of Bath. Eccentric incumbent of the Longleat Estate in Wiltshire. Well known for painting murals and having an interesting attitude to "free love". Lesser known for writing and being fined for assaulting a man in Campden Hill Road.
[Picture of Alexander Thynne]


Tibbetts, Paul (Died in 2007)
Born 23 February 1915  (Quincy, Illinois, USA)
Pilot of the B-29 Aircraft 44-86292 Enola Gay, which he named after his mother (who in turn was named after the heroine of a novel her father had liked). On August 6th 1945, the Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb over Hiroshima at 8:15am local time.
[Picture of Paul Tibbetts]


Tindill, Eric (Died in 2010)
Born 18 December 1910  (Nelson, New Zealand)
Played for New Zealand at both cricket and rugby, and is now the oldest surviving Old Black.
[Picture of Eric Tindill]


Todd, Richard (Died in 2009)
Born 11 June 1919  (Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
Mildly successful film and stage actor, born in Ireland to British parents who bestowed upon him the full name of Richard Andrew Palethorpe-Todd. Saw active service throughout World War II, and parachuted into France during the D-Day landings. He later went on to appear in "D-Day: The Sixth of June" and "The Longest Day", though perversely he didn't play himself in either film.
[Picture of Richard Todd]


Tomlinson, Jane (Died in 2007)
Born in Rothwell, Leeds, England  (exact date unknown)
Terminally-ill cancer sufferer who took up running in May 2001, and the following year managed to complete the London Marathon, some triathlon or other, and the Great North Run (a tedious-sounding race around Newcastle, apparently). Born in 1963, exact date unknown.
[Picture of Jane Tomlinson]


Tottenham, Charles John Charles John Tottenham is no longer with us
Born 30 May 1913  (Binstead, Hampshire, England)

Died 1 February 2006  (Place of death unknown)

Age at death: 92  (read death notice)
The 8th Marquess of Ely.
[Picture of Charles John Tottenham]


Tough, Janette
Born 16 May 1947  (Queenzieburn, Stirlingshire, Scotland)
Diminutive woman who for years has been making a living out of dressing up as a Scottish schoolboy called Jimmy Krankie and cracking naff jokes at the expense of her straight-man husband. A slightly disturbing spectacle to watch as a child, and perhaps even more so as an adult. Fractured her skull in December 2004 when she fell from a beanstalk during a pantomime.
[Picture of Janette Tough]


Townes, Charles
Born 28 July 1915  (Greenville, South Carolina, USA)
Inventor of the maser (a microwave device). Also worked on the laser, but not on the taser, or indeed the razor.
[Picture of Charles Townes]


Tramiel, Jack
Born 13 December 1928  (Lodz, Poland)
Founder of Commodore International, the company that gave the world the Vic 20, Commodore 64 and Amiga.
[Picture of Jack Tramiel]


Travers, Mary (Died in 2009)
Born 9 November 1936  (Louisville, Kentucky, USA)
One-third of 1970s folk group Peter, Paul & Mary - "Leaving On A Jet Plane" and all that. Revealed in December 2004 that she is undergoing chemotherapy for a form of leukaemia.
[Picture of Mary Travers]


Troyer, Verne
Born 1 January 1969  (Sturgis, Michigan, USA)
Diminutive (2'8") actor, best known for playing Mini-Me in the "Austin Powers" movies.
[Picture of Verne Troyer]


Trueman, Fred Fred Trueman is no longer with us
Born 6 February 1931  (Stainton, Yorkshire, England)

Died 1 July 2006  (Skipton, North Yorkshire, England)

Age at death: 75  (read death notice)
[Picture of Fred Trueman]


Trump, Donald
Born 14 June 1946  (New York, New York, USA)
Billionaire real estate developer whose megalomaniac acquisition of riches, and later descent to near-bankruptcy, arguably epitomised the greed culture of the 1980s.
[Picture of Donald Trump]


Tuddenham, Peter (Died in 2007)
Date and place of birth unknown
Bit-part TV actor, best known for providing the voices of Zen, Orac and Slave, the computers in "Blake's 7".
[Picture of Peter Tuddenham]


Tupou IV, King Taufa'ahau King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV is no longer with us
Born 4 July 1918  (Tonga)

Died 10 September 2006  (Auckland, New Zealand)

Age at death: 88  (read death notice)
King of Tonga. Was pronounced King on the death of his mother in 1965, though the actual pronunciation apparently took ages.
[Picture of King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV]


Tureaud, Laurence
Born 21 May 1952  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
The legendary Mr T, who played Sgt. B.A. Baracus in "The A-Team", and made a habit of pitying fools and not gettin' on no airplanes.
[Picture of Laurence Tureaud]


Tutu, Desmond
Born 7 October 1931  (Klerksdorp, South Africa)
Winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize, he became Archbishop of Cape Town in 1986. When aged fourteen he caught tuberculosis and had to spend two years in hospital as a result. Reported to be "seriously ill" in 2001, he joked "My presence here gives testimony to the resurrection of the dead!" during a visit to London's Southwark Cathedral at the time.
[Picture of Desmond Tutu]


Tyler Moore, Mary
Born 29 December 1936  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Actress and comedienne who came to prominence in "The Dick Van Dyke Show", before being given her own programme, called, with a stunning lack of imagination, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show".
[Picture of Mary Tyler Moore]


Tyson, Mike
Born 30 June 1966  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Brought up by his single mother in the toughest part of Brooklyn, was winning street fights by the age of 9, weighed 200lbs and could bench-press more than his own weight by the age of 14. Became the youngest undisputed WBC, WBA and IBF world heavyweight boxing champion ever at 20. Spent 3 years in prison for rape and famously bit Evander Holyfield's ear off. And yet, despite all this, he still speaks with a comically high-pitched, lisping voice.
[Picture of Mike Tyson]

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