Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2007: S


Saatchi, Charles
Born 10 June 1943  (Baghdad, Iraq)
Advertising tycoon and art collector.
[Picture of Charles Saatchi]


Safire, William (Died in 2009)
Born 17 December 1919  (New York, New York, USA)
American author, journalist & political speechwriter.
[Picture of William Safire]


Sagor Maas, Frederica (Died in 2012)
Born 6 July 1900  (New York, New York, USA)
Early Hollywood screenwriter.
[Picture of Frederica Sagor Maas]


Sahl, Mort
Born 11 May 1927  (Montreal, Canada)
Canadian stand up comedian & humourist, as well as being a political speechwriter.
[Picture of Mort Sahl]


Saint, Eva Marie
Born 4 July 1924  (Newark, New Jersey, USA)
Actress, best known for her role in "North by Northwest".
[Picture of Eva Marie Saint]


Saint James, Susan
Born 14 August 1946  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
American film & TV actress.
[Picture of Susan Saint James]


Sales, Soupy (Died in 2009)
Born 8 January 1926  (Franklinton, North Carolina, USA)
Born Milton Supman. Now a radio personality, but previously a children's show host. Famous for hitting his guests in the face with pies and for telling his young viewers to send him "those green pieces of paper with pictures of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Lincoln and Jefferson on them" from their parents' wallets and purses.
[Picture of Soupy Sales]


Salinger, J. D. (Died in 2010)
Born 1 January 1919  (New York, New York, USA)
Writer of (for the most part) short stories, whose only novel - "Catcher in the Rye" (1951) - is the basis of his literary reputation. The same novel was also famous as being the book that Mark Chapman was holding when he murdered John Lennon. Rumours that Salinger (who hasn't published anything since 1965) is in fact the same person as the similarly reclusive Thomas Pynchon (author of novels such as "V" and "Gravity's Rainbow", all published since 1965) are, sadly, unfounded. JD = Jack Daniels. Actually, that's not true: it's really Jerome David.
[Picture of J. D. Salinger]


Sallis, Peter
Born 1 February 1921  (Twickenham, Middlesex, England)
Comic actor who played Norman Clegg in the British TV series "Last of the Summer Wine". More recently he has provided the voice of Wallace out of "Wallace & Gromit".
[Picture of Peter Sallis]


Salvador, Henri (Died in 2008)
Born 18 July 1917  (Cayenne, French Guinea)
Songwriter and crooner, who has been a star attraction in France for seven decades, despite stiff competition from other top-quality French singers such as Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Hallyday.
[Picture of Henri Salvador]


Samaranch, Juan Antonio (Died in 2010)
Born 17 July 1920  (Barcelona, Spain)
Former head of the International Olympic Committee, always dogged by controversy because he had been a senior bureaucrat in Franco's fascist Spanish government.
[Picture of Juan Antonio Samaranch]


Samudra, Imam (Died in 2008)
Born 14 January 1970  (Serang, Banten, Indonesia)
Currently awaiting execution for the 2002 Bali bombings, along with his co-conspirators Amrozi bin Nurhasyim and Mukhlas.
[Picture of Imam Samudra]


Sanger, Frederick (Died in 2013)
Born 13 August 1918  (Rendcombe, Gloucestershire, England)
Biochemist, twice Nobel Prize winning laureate, the only living person to be so honoured.
[Picture of Frederick Sanger]


Santo, Ron (Died in 2010)
Born 25 February 1940  (Seattle, Washington, USA)
Former star of the Chicago Cubs (that's baseball, for anyone who's unsure). He has suffered from diabetes his whole life (organising many fundraising activities for related charities), and has had to have both legs amputated, which is presumably why he's falling over backwards in the photo.
[Picture of Ron Santo]


Sarwari, Assadullah
Born in Afghanistan  (exact date unknown)
Head of the Afghan intelligence service from 1979-92. Sentenced to death for war crimes, including torture and murder, in February 2006. Born in 1941.
[Picture of Assadullah Sarwari]


Sassoon, Vidal (Died in 2012)
Born 17 January 1928  (London, England)
Former hairdresser and hawker of haircare products.
[Picture of Vidal Sassoon]


Savident, John
Born 21 January 1938  (Guernsey, Channel Islands)
TV actor, plays Fred Elliott in "Coronation Street".
[Picture of John Savident]


Savile, Sir Jimmy (Died in 2011)
Born 30 October 1926  (Leeds, Yorkshire, England)
Former DJ, presenter of "Top of the Pops", and most famously, the cigar-wielding, shellsuit-wearing presenter of his own TV show for kids, "Jim'll Fix It". Goodness gracious, goodness gracious, guys and gals, is Weird Uncle Jimmy going to cark it this year?
[Picture of Sir Jimmy Savile]


Scales, Prunella
Born 22 June 1932  (Surrey, England)
Actress - played Sybil Fawlty in "Fawlty Towers" and went on to appear in "After Henry" and various Tesco adverts. Wife of Timothy West, and frankly the pair of insufferable Bible-bashers deserve each other.
[Picture of Prunella Scales]


Scàlfaro, Oscar Luigi (Died in 2012)
Born 9 September 1918  (Novara, Piedmont, Italy)
Former President of Italy, from 1992-1999.
[Picture of Oscar Luigi Scàlfaro]


Scargill, Arthur
Born 11 January 1938  (Worsbrough Dale, South Yorkshire, England)
Former miner, Communist, and president of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). Fought a bitter battle of wills with Margaret Thatcher during the 1984-85 miners' strike, lost, and then founded his own political party, the Socialist Labour Party, which has had little success at the polls.
[Picture of Arthur Scargill]


Scarrabelotti, Frank 
Born 4 August 1897  (Bungawalbin, New South Wales, Australia)
Was Australia's oldest man. Died 12/6/2007, but no UK obituary as yet.
[Picture of Frank Scarrabelotti]


Schaefer, Paul (Died in 2010)
Born 4 December 1921  (Sieburg, Germany)
Former member of the Nazi youth movement and later founder of a commune (some say cult) of German immigrants in Chile.
[Picture of Paul Schaefer]


Schallert, William
Born 6 July 1922  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Actor with 150 film credits to his name, but somehow manages to have avoided hitting the big time.
[Picture of William Schallert]


Scheider, Roy (Died in 2008)
Born 10 November 1932  (Orange, New Jersey, USA)
Actor who started out in cheesy horror flicks before landing a starring role as police chief Martin Brody in "Jaws".
[Picture of Roy Scheider]


Schell, Maximilian
Born 8 December 1930  (Vienna, Austria)
Veteran film actor with a career spanning 50 years and an Oscar for his role in "Judgment at Nuremberg". Has diabetes, and after collapsing at a film festival in 2000, was diagnosed as suffering from acute pancreatitis as well. Godfather to Angelina Jolie.
[Picture of Maximilian Schell]


Schillebeeckx, Edward (Died in 2009)
Born 12 November 1914  (Antwerp, Belgium)
Theologian, religious author & philosopher.
[Picture of Edward Schillebeeckx]


Schlesinger Jr, Arthur Arthur Schlesinger Jr is no longer with us
Born 15 October 1917  (Columbus, Ohio, USA)

Died 28 February 2007  (New York, New York, USA)

Age at death: 89  (read death notice)
Historian, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and JFK's speech writer.
[Picture of Arthur Schlesinger Jr]


Schmidt, Helmut
Born 23 December 1918  (Hamburg, Germany)
German politician from the left-of-centre SPD party. Served as Chancellor of Germany from 1974-82.
[Picture of Helmut Schmidt]


Schreckengost, Viktor (Died in 2008)
Born 26 June 1906  (Sebring, Ohio, USA)
Sculptor, designer, painter & artist.
[Picture of Viktor Schreckengost]


Schumacher, Michael
Born 3 January 1969  (Hürth-Hermülheim, Cologne, Germany)
Ralf's smarter older brother, who has won the Formula 1 world championship enough times to drain the EU champagne lake dry. Lives in Switzerland, and apparently his favourite drink is apple juice mixed with sparkling water. Life in the fast lane!
[Picture of Michael Schumacher]


Schumacher, Ralf
Born 30 June 1975  (Hürth-Hermülheim, Cologne, Germany)
Unspectacular Formula 1 driver, currently residing in Austria, presumably to keep out of the shadow of his brother.
[Picture of Ralf Schumacher]


Schwartz, Sherwood (Died in 2011)
Born 14 November 1916  (Passaic, New Jersey, USA)
American TV producer, most notably of "Gilligan's Island" and "The Brady Bunch".
[Picture of Sherwood Schwartz]


Schwarzenegger, Arnold
Born 30 July 1947  (Thal, Austria)
Monotonous, monosyllabic, actor, former bodybuilder, and now Governor of California.
[Picture of Arnold Schwarzenegger]


Schwarzkopf, Norman (Died in 2012)
Born 22 August 1934  (Trenton, New Jersey, USA)
US Army general who coordinated Operation Desert Storm during Gulf War I. After his retirement, Stormin' Norman wrote his autobiography and did voiceovers for TV programmes about the military. In 2003, many were surprised to find him an outspoken critic of Gulf War II.
[Picture of Norman Schwarzkopf]


Scrimm, Angus
Born 19 August 1926  (Kansas City, Kansas, USA)
Actor, known chiefly for his role as "The Tall Man" in 'Phantasm'.
[Picture of Angus Scrimm]


Searle, Ronald (Died in 2011)
Born 3 March 1920  (Cambridge, England)
Cartoonist, illustrator of the original "St. Trinian's" books, and former prisoner of war. His work is arguably indistinguishable from that of Gerald Scarfe and Ralph Steadman, though Searle can unarguably claim to have come first.
[Picture of Ronald Searle]


Sedaka, Neil
Born 13 March 1939  (Brooklyn, New York City, USA)
Pop singer, songwriter & pianist, composer of "Is This The Way to Amarillo?"
[Picture of Neil Sedaka]


Seeger, Pete
Born 3 May 1919  (New York, New York, USA)
Folk singer, songwriter and political activist. Wrote or co-wrote "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?", "If I Had a Hammer" and "Turn, Turn, Turn".
[Picture of Pete Seeger]


Selleck, Tom
Born 29 January 1945  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Impressively 'tached star of "Magnum PI", amongst many other films & TV shows.
[Picture of Tom Selleck]


Seselj, Vojislav
Born 11 October 1954  (Sarajevo, Bosnia)
Serbian politician, currently on trial at the Hague for war crimes. Went on hunger strike in 2006, but as he was a lardarse beforehand, this only resulted in him looking trimmer, rather than gaunt.
[Picture of Vojislav Seselj]


Sewell, Brian
Born 15 July 1931  (Kensington, London, England)
Outspoken conservative art critic who writes for the London Evening Standard and doesn't like Northerners. Or women.
[Picture of Brian Sewell]


Sewell, George George Sewell is no longer with us
Born 31 August 1924  (Tottenham, London, England)

Died 1 April 2007  (place of death unknown)

Age at death: 82  (read death notice)
British actor. Played Col. Alex Freeman in the TV series "UFO" and appeared in numerous films such as "Get Carter". As with all actors, he claimed to prefer the stage to the screen.
[Picture of George Sewell]


Shah, Mohammed Zahir Mohammed Zahir Shah is no longer with us
Born 16 October 1914  (Kabul, Afghanistan)

Died 23 July 2007  (Kabul, Afghanistan)

Age at death: 92  (read death notice)
Afghanistan's last king - ruled the country from 1933 to 1973, before being ousted by Soviet-backed Communists. Spent much of 2003 and 2004 in and out of hospital with various ailments.
[Picture of Mohammed Zahir Shah]


Shain, Edith (Died in 2010)
Born in New York, New York, USA  (exact date unknown)
Nurse who was being kissed by a sailor in the famous photo taken in Times Square in 1945. Born 1918.
[Picture of Edith Shain]


Born 2 February 1977  (Barranquilla, California, USA)
Oft-gyrating, scantily-clad Colombian singer.
[Picture of Shakira]


Shalit, Gilad
Born 28 August 1986  (Mitzpe Hila, Israel)
Israeli soldier, kidnapped by Palestinian militants in June 2006.
[Picture of Gilad Shalit]


Shamir, Yitzhak (Died in 2012)
Born 15 October 1915  (Ruzinoy, Poland)
Prime Minister of Israel from 1983-84 and again from 1986-92. Ironically started his political career as a member of an underground Jewish militant organization opposed to the British occupation of Palestine in the 1930s and '40s.
[Picture of Yitzhak Shamir]


Shane, Paul (Died in 2013)
Born 19 June 1940  (Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England)
Miner-turned-actor who became famous as Ted Bovis in the 1980s sitcom "Hi-de-Hi!", and infamous for what is surely the worst live singing performance of all time, on the BBC's "Pebble Mill" programme in 1996. See it here if you dare - and no, he wasn't doing it deliberately. Bay-bee bay-BEH!
[Picture of Paul Shane]


Shankar, Ravi (Died in 2012)
Born 7 April 1920  (Varanasi, West Bengal, India)
The Beatles' sitar guru.
[Picture of Ravi Shankar]


Sharon, Ariel
Born 27 February 1928  (Kfar Malal, Palestine (now in Israel))
Prime Minister of Israel 2001-06. Has been in a coma since suffering a massive stroke in January 2006.
[Picture of Ariel Sharon]


Shatner, William
Born 22 March 1931  (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Actor who will forever be known as Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise, playing the character in the original "Star Trek" series and reprising the role in seven of the films and various related spin-offs. He also played T. J. Hooker and wrote his own series of science-fiction novels, "TekWar", which were subsequently adapted for TV. Has recorded highly amusing cover versions of The Byrds' "Mr Tambourine Man" and Pulp's "Common People".
[Picture of William Shatner]


Shaw, Run Run
Born 4 October 1907  (Shanghai, China)
Hong Kong film producer; founder of Shaw Studios; major benefactor of HK public works.
[Picture of Run Run Shaw]


Shaw, Sandie
Born 26 February 1947  (Dagenham, Essex, England)
Singer who adopted a ludicrous pseudonym, shunned footwear, and had a few hits in the 1960s (her real name is Sandra Goodrich). Since then she has basically disappeared off the radar, though 1984's "Hand in Glove" heralded a very brief revival, courtesy of The Smiths. In 1996 she set up the Arts Clinic, which is a sort of Betty Ford outreach service.
[Picture of Sandie Shaw]


Shea, George Beverly (Died in 2013)
Born 1 February 1909  (Winchester, Ontario, Canada)
Prominent singer/songwriter of gospel music.
[Picture of George Beverly Shea]


Shearing, George (Died in 2011)
Born 13 August 1919  (London, England)
Blind jazz pianist.
[Picture of George Shearing]


Sheed, Wilfred (Died in 2011)
Born 27 December 1930  (London, England)
Writer and literary critic.
[Picture of Wilfred Sheed]


Sheen, Charlie
Born 3 September 1965  (New York, New York, USA)
Born Carlos Estevez, he was hugely popular in the 1980's, but since then has been embroiled in a string of scandals involving firearms, prostitutes, cocaine and violent behaviour, which has dimmed his shining star somewhat.
[Picture of Charlie Sheen]


Sheen, Martin
Born 3 August 1940  (Dayton, Ohio, USA)
Actor of Irish and Spanish ancestry whose most notable roles have included Captain Willard in the classic film "Apocalypse Now" and the President in TV series "The West Wing". Father of Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez (Martin Sheen's real name is Ramon Estevez, while Charlie's is Carlos), he is constantly getting busted for his leftist political protests.
[Picture of Martin Sheen]


Sheikh, Omar
Born 23 December 1973  (London, England)
Went to school with Nasser Hussain, but chose to become an Islamic terrorist rather than lead a frustratingly bad cricket team, and left Britain in 1992. By 1994 he was in a Pakistani prison, but was released in 1999 as part of a hostage deal.
[Picture of Omar Sheikh]


Shelby, Carroll (Died in 2012)
Born 11 January 1923  (Leesburg, Texas, USA)
Car designer and manufacturer, famous for his Mustang and Cobra.
[Picture of Carroll Shelby]


Sheldon, Sidney Sidney Sheldon is no longer with us
Born 11 February 1917  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)

Died 30 January 2007  (Palm Springs, California, USA)

Age at death: 89  (read death notice)
Best-selling author (e.g. "The Doomsday Conspiracy") and Oscar-winning screenwriter (e.g. "The Bachelor"). He also created the successful TV series "I Dream of Jeannie" and "Hart to Hart".
[Picture of Sidney Sheldon]


Sheridan, Dinah (Died in 2012)
Born 17 September 1920  (Hampstead, London, England)
British TV & film actress - "Genevieve", "Don't Wait Up", "The Railway Children" etc.
[Picture of Dinah Sheridan]


Sherman, Richard M.
Born 12 June 1928  (New York, New York, USA)
Hollywood music composer, mostly worked on Disney films. Responsible for coming up with the word "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious", the aural assault that is "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", and the songs in any number of Disney's "Winnie the Pooh" travesties. However, can be forgiven for "The Aristocats" and "The Jungle Book".
[Picture of Richard M. Sherman]


Shevardnadze, Eduard
Born 25 January 1928  (Manati, Lanchkhuti, Georgia)
Former KGB official and Soviet foreign minister who became leader of the Republic of Georgia following the break-up of the USSR. Initially popular, he was finally forced to resign the presidency at the end of 2003, following huge public protests.
[Picture of Eduard Shevardnadze]


Shipley, Debra
Born 22 June 1957  (Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England)
Former Labour MP for Stourbridge. Suffering from cancer.
[Picture of Debra Shipley]


Short, Edward Watson (Died in 2012)
Born 17 December 1912  (Northumberland, England)
Former Deputy Prime Minister in Harold Wilson's Labour government, Education Secretary from 1968-70, Leader of the House of Commons, and now member of the House of Lords (under the name of Baron Glenamara) and Chancellor of Northumbria "University".
[Picture of Edward Watson Short]


Shriver, Robert Sargent (Died in 2011)
Born 9 November 1915  (Westminster, Maryland, USA)
Long-serving and well-connected US politician, married to JFK's sister Eunice. Now suffering from Alzheimer's, about which his daughter Maria has written a book entitled "Who The Hell Are You Again?". No it's not, it's called "What's Happening to Grandpa?".
[Picture of Robert Sargent Shriver]


Shu-chen, Wu
Born 11 July 1953  (Madou, Tainan, Taiwan)
Wife of the Taiwanese President, who despite being wheelchair-bound after a tractor ran her over, not once, but twice(!), has hit the headlines for her role in insider trading & now faces embezzlement & perjury charges.
[Picture of Wu Shu-chen]


Shula, Don
Born 4 January 1930  (Grand River, Ohio, USA)
NFL coaching legend, winner of two Superbowls with the Miami Dolphins.
[Picture of Don Shula]


Shulgin, Alexander
Born 17 June 1925  (Berkeley, California, USA)
Pharmacologist, generally credited with the popularisation of ecstasy.
[Picture of Alexander Shulgin]


Sihanouk, King (Died in 2012)
Born 31 October 1922  (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
Crowned King of Cambodia in 1941, but then abdicated 14 years later - in favour of his father. However, he subsequently became prime minister and was elected head of state in 1960 - only to be overthrown by a coup in 1970. Five years later the Khmer Rouge took control, and Sihanouk was head of state once more. But whaddaya know, almost immediately he'd been forced out of office. Then what happens? In 1982 he teams up with the Khmer Rouge (after they've been booted out by the Vietnamese) and becomes president in exile of the government of Democratic Kampuchea. He returned to Cambodia in 1991, and two years later, guess what? He's reinstated as King of Cambodia. Thoughout all of this, he somehow found the time to direct, produce and score 28 films. The saxophone-playing Tom Jones fan suffers from diabetes, heart problems, and colon cancer.
[Picture of King Sihanouk]


Silla, Felix
Born 11 January 1937  (Rome, Italy)
Actor - played Cousin Itt in "The Addams Family".
[Picture of Felix Silla]


Sim, Gerald
Date and place of birth unknown
British TV & film actor, in a host of roles, including the vicar in "To The Manor Born." Born in 1924.
[Picture of Gerald Sim]


Simmons, Gene
Born 25 August 1949  (Haifa, Israel)
Former lead singer of Kiss. Born Chaim Witz, best remembered for his larger-than-life, hedonistic persona and fire-eating antics.
[Picture of Gene Simmons]


Simmons, Jean (Died in 2010)
Born 31 January 1929  (Crouch Hill, London, England)
English actress who starred in "Guys & Dolls", "Black Narcissus" and many other classics. Took on Howard Hughes and RKO over her contract in the early '50s and gave them a bit of a beating, which didn't seem to do her career any harm. Took to the bottle after offers of decent parts dried up, though got treatment for it in the '80s. Still doing voice work.
[Picture of Jean Simmons]


Simon, Neil
Born 4 July 1927  (The Bronx, New York, USA)
Playwright & screenwriter, creator of 'The Odd Couple' amongst others.
[Picture of Neil Simon]


Simons, Richard
Date and place of birth unknown
TV actor out of "Judge John Deed".
[Picture of Richard Simons]


Simpson, Ashlee
Born 3 October 1984  (Dallas, Texas, USA)
Talentless, jig-dancing, lip-synching American pop icon and sister of recent divorcee Jessica Simpson.
[Picture of Ashlee Simpson]


Simpson, O. J.
Born 9 July 1947  (San Francisco, California, USA)
Murderer. Sorry, we mean bad actor & very good American footballer who had, shall we say, a 'spot of bother' with the law in the 1990s.
[Picture of O. J. Simpson]


Simpson, Reg (Died in 2013)
Born 27 February 1920  (Sherwood, Nottingham, England)
English Test cricketer of the 1940s and '50s.
[Picture of Reg Simpson]


Sinclair, Sir Clive
Born 30 July 1940  (Richmond, London, England)
Businessman & entrepreneur, the man behind the ZX81 & Spectrum computers and much more infamously, the C5 electronic bike/buggy/car, which, quite frankly, was an unmitigated disaster.
[Picture of Sir Clive Sinclair]


Sinden, Donald
Born 9 October 1923  (Plymouth, Devon, England)
Actor, profilic on stage, screen & TV, with major roles in "Two's Company", "Never The Twain" and "Judge John Deed". Knighted in 1997.
[Picture of Donald Sinden]


Sirhan, Sirhan
Born 19 March 1944  (Jerusalem, Israel)
Assassin of Robert Kennedy, currently serving life imprisonment in a Californian jail.
[Picture of Sirhan Sirhan]


Sistani, Ayatollah
Born 4 August 1930  (Mashad, Iran)
Radical Iraq Shia Muslim cleric, involved in trying to reshape post-Saddam Iraq.
[Picture of Ayatollah Sistani]


Sizemore, Tom
Born 29 November 1961  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Decent film actor whose work has been overshadowed by frequent drugs, assault and sex scandals.
[Picture of Tom Sizemore]


Skinner, Dennis
Born 11 February 1932  (Clay Cross, Derbyshire, England)
Labour MP, the self-styled "Beast of Bolsover". Firebrand maverick of Parliament, one of the few MPs to actually speak his mind, no matter how much trouble it gets him in.
[Picture of Dennis Skinner]


Sledge, Percy
Born 25 November 1940  (Leighton, Alabama, USA)
Soul singer, best remembered for singing "When A Man Loves A Woman".
[Picture of Percy Sledge]


Slover, Karl (Died in 2011)
Born 21 September 1918  (Prakendorf, Germany)
Dwarf actor who played a Munchkin in the 1939 movie "The Wizard of Oz". Bizarrely, his father was 6'6" tall.
[Picture of Karl Slover]


Smith, Anna Nicole Anna Nicole Smith is no longer with us
Born 28 November 1967  (Mexia, Texas, USA)

Died 8 February 2007  (Miami, Florida, USA)

Age at death: 39  (read death notice)
Topless dancer in a Houston bar who struck gold when she met and married 88-year-old billionaire Howard Marshall II. He promptly popped off, leaving the then Vickie Lynn Hogan to change her name, have over-the-top breast implants, pocket a rumoured $88m, and relaunch herself as a model-cum-reality TV star. A little over a decade later, however, she herself carked it in mysterious circumstances in a Miami hotel room.
[Picture of Anna Nicole Smith]


Smith, Delia
Born 18 June 1941  (Woking, Surrey, England)
Cook and Norwich City chairwoman, partial to a bit of a drink & half-time...er..."motivating" at football matches.
[Picture of Delia Smith]


Smith, Ian Ian Smith is no longer with us
Born 8 April 1919  (Selukwe, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe))

Died 20 November 2007  (Cape Town, South Africa)

Age at death: 88  (read death notice)
Prime Minister of Rhodesia from 1964-79. He made a unilateral declaration of independence from the UK in November 1965, but few countries (not even South Africa) recognised the new state. In the late '70s, he was forced to enter negotiations with the Zapu and Zanu parties; these led to the creation of Zimbabwe. Was defeated in the first multi-racial elections by Robert Mugabe.
[Picture of Ian Smith]


Smith, Liz
Born 11 December 1925  (Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England)
A latecomer to the world of TV/film acting, who didn't get her first screen role until the age of 45. Now specialises in playing batty old ladies and appearing on camp chat shows ("An Evening with Lily Savage", "So Graham Norton") as...er...a batty old lady.
[Picture of Liz Smith]


Smith, Sir Cyril (Died in 2010)
Born 28 June 1928  (Rochdale, Lancashire, England)
Obese Liberal MP for Rochdale from 1972-92. Thought to have been the heaviest British MP ever. Has lived in the same modest terraced house since he was 16.
[Picture of Sir Cyril Smith]


Smith, Tommy
Born 5 April 1945  (Liverpool, England)
Former Liverpool footballer.
[Picture of Tommy Smith]


Smyslov, Vasily (Died in 2010)
Born 24 March 1921  (Russia)
World chess champion in the 1950s. Once beat Bobby Fischer.
[Picture of Vasily Smyslov]


Smyth, John
Born 28 May 1928  (Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
The first professional referee in the world of snooker. Was famously hugged by Kirk Stevens after he (Stevens, not Smyth) hit the first-ever 147 break at the Benson & Hedges Masters, back in 1984. Died 4/1/2007, but no UK obit as yet.
[Picture of John Smyth]


Sobers, Sir Garfield
Born 28 July 1936  (Barbados)
Legendary West Indian cricketer, who, amongst other things, was the first batsman to hit six sixes off an over, back in 1968.
[Picture of Sir Garfield Sobers]


Solzhenitsyn, Alexander (Died in 2010)
Born 11 December 1918  (Kislovodsk, Russia)
Exiled from the USSR for 20 years, the massively-bearded dissident writer and winner of the 1970 Nobel Prize for Literature eventually returned home to Russia after the fall of communism. He was operated on for a tumour in the 1950s while at a labour camp in Kazakhstan, and was reportedly "near death" in 1953. Admitted to hospital at the end of 2002 amid speculation that he had suffered a stroke, it was revealed early in 2003 that he was simply being treated for high blood pressure.
[Picture of Alexander Solzhenitsyn]


Somers, Brett Brett Somers is no longer with us
Born 11 July 1924  (New Brunswick, Canada)

Died 15 September 2007  (Westport, Connecticut, USA)

Age at death: 83  (read death notice)
Actress & quiz-show panellist, far better known in the US than in the UK.
[Picture of Brett Somers]


Somers, Suzanne
Born 16 October 1946  (San Bruno, California, USA)
Cheesy star of many a cheesy US TV sitcom. Overcame breast cancer, and has since written self-help books.
[Picture of Suzanne Somers]


Sorvino, Paul
Born 13 April 1939  (Brooklyn, New York City, USA)
Italian-American actor of massive presence, mostly in mafia-type or "heavy" roles. Father of actress Mira.
[Picture of Paul Sorvino]


South, Joe
Born 28 February 1940  (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
American singer and guitarist.
[Picture of Joe South]


Sovereign, Lady
Born 19 December 1985  (Wembley, London, England)
MC and chav role model who has been successful in America, rare for a white female in that particular role. Born plain Louise Amanda Harman.
[Picture of Lady Sovereign]


Spacey, Kevin
Born 26 July 1959  (South Orange, New Jersey, USA)
American award-winning actor, and now director, and also stage show producer in the UK.
[Picture of Kevin Spacey]


Spangler, Spanky
Born 1 September 1950  (Phoenix, Arizona, USA)
Stuntman and all-purpose daredevil.
[Picture of Spanky Spangler]


Spassky, Boris
Born 30 January 1937  (Leningrad (now St. Petersburg again), Russia)
Russian chess legend, a former world champion.
[Picture of Boris Spassky]


Speakman, William
Born 21 September 1927  (Altrincham, Cheshire, England)
One of the few living recipients of the Victoria Cross, which he won for bravery in the Korean War.
[Picture of William Speakman]


Spears, Britney
Born 2 December 1981  (McComb, Mississippi, USA)
Tacky, trashy, publicity-seeking and quite frankly mad "singer."
[Picture of Britney Spears]


Spector, Phil
Born 26 December 1940  (The Bronx, New York, USA)
Highly influential record producer who was responsible for some of the best-known pop music of the 1960s and '70s, including tracks by Gene Pitney, The Ronettes, The Righteous Brothers, Ike & Tina Turner, John Lennon and The Ramones. Invented the "Wall of Sound" production technique. Indicted for murder in 2003.
[Picture of Phil Spector]


Spencer, Earl
Born 20 May 1964  (Sandringham, Norfolk, England)
Brother of Diana, Princess of Wales, who, despite being a serious historian, is better known for his rocky marriages and for his extraordinary eulogy at his sister's funeral.
[Picture of Earl Spencer]


Spinetti, Victor (Died in 2012)
Born 2 September 1933  (Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales)
Welsh-Italian comic actor, producer & director, mostly on stage.
[Picture of Victor Spinetti]


Springer, Jerry
Born 13 February 1944  (East Finchley, London, England)
US presenter, born in a London Tube station. Ex-mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio, but far better known for his role as host of trailer trash TV programme "The Jerry Springer Show".
[Picture of Jerry Springer]


Springs, Ron (Died in 2011)
Born 4 November 1956  (Williamsburg, Virginia, USA)
Former American footballer. In recent years, has suffered from diabetes, and has lost a foot as a consequence of it.
[Picture of Ron Springs]


St Laurent, Yves (Died in 2008)
Born 1 August 1936  (Oran, Algeria)
One of the leading figures in twentieth-century fashion, who started out working for Christian Dior at the age of 17, and went on to set up his own label in 1962. He is credited in particular with revolutionising women's fashion in the 1960s. Retired early in 2002, explaining that he had been "battling ill health and depression" for many years. Not surprising when you consider that he reportedly used to get through 150 cigarettes and 20 cans of soft drink a day.
[Picture of Yves St Laurent]


Staff, Kathy (Died in 2008)
Born 12 July 1928  (Dukinfield, Cheshire, England)
Veteran actress of TV shitcom "Last Of The Summer Wine", in which she played Nora Batty.
[Picture of Kathy Staff]


Stalker, John
Date and place of birth unknown
Former Deputy Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, newspaper columnist & garage door endorser. Also, and far more importantly, a DDP entrant...? Born 1940.
[Picture of John Stalker]


Stallone, Jackie
Born 29 November 1921  (Washington, DC, USA)
Bonkers mother of Sylvester Stallone who claims that she's a psychic, believes that dogs can predict the future, and tells fibs about her age (she was born in 1921, but she says 1934, which would have made her 12 when Sly was born).
[Picture of Jackie Stallone]


Stallone, Sylvester
Born 6 July 1946  (New York, New York, USA)
Actor, star of "Rocky" & "Rambo", also a useless goalkeeper in "Escape to Victory".
[Picture of Sylvester Stallone]


Stamp, Terence
Born 22 July 1939  (Stepney, London, England)
Actor, once an "Angry Young Man" of British cinema, now one of its respected elder statesmen. After his relationship to Jean Shrimpton dissolved, Stamp moved to India and became a Hindu hermit for some years, before returning to acting.
[Picture of Terence Stamp]


Stang, Arnold (Died in 2009)
Born 28 September 1925  (USA)
American actor.
[Picture of Arnold Stang]


Stanton, Harry Dean
Born 14 July 1926  (West Irvine, Kentucky, USA)
Versatile character actor who has appeared in films such as "The Green Mile", "Repo Man" and "Paris, Texas." He also sings and plays guitar in his own band.
[Picture of Harry Dean Stanton]


Stapleton, Jean (Died in 2013)
Born 19 January 1923  (New York, New York, USA)
Actress - Edith Bunker on "All in the Family".
[Picture of Jean Stapleton]


Stapp, Scott
Born 8 August 1973  (Orlando, Florida, USA)
Lead singer of rock group The Creed who has had a number of drink & drug related "mishaps".
[Picture of Scott Stapp]


Stardust, Alvin
Born 27 September 1942  (Muswell Hill, London, England)
Glove-wearing '70s pop star, born Bernard William Jewry. Was married to Liza Goddard. Later found God.
[Picture of Alvin Stardust]


Stark, Graham
Born 20 January 1922  (Wallasey, Cheshire, England)
English comic actor, a supporting foil to numerous comic legends over the last 40-50 years.
[Picture of Graham Stark]


Starr, Ringo
Born 7 July 1940  (Liverpool, England)
The Beatles' drummer and Thomas The Tank Engine's narrator. Real name Richard Starkey.
[Picture of Ringo Starr]


Starr, Sally (Died in 2013)
Born 25 January 1923  (Kansas City, Missouri, USA)
US children's TV presenter for many years, now an occasional country & western radio DJ.
[Picture of Sally Starr]


Steele, Tommy
Born 17 December 1936  (Bermondsey, London, England)
British entertainer, born Thomas Hicks. He enjoyed massive success with a singing career in the 1950s, before moving into acting in the 1960s.
[Picture of Tommy Steele]


Steinbrenner, George (Died in 2010)
Born 4 July 1930  (Rocky River, Ohio, USA)
American businessman who owns the New York Yankees baseball team. In 1974 he was fined $20,000 in connection with the Watergate scandal. Ben Affleck once described him as "the center of evil in the universe" - though the fact that Affleck is a die-hard Red Sox fan may have something to do with this view.
[Picture of George Steinbrenner]


Stennett, Stan (Died in 2013)
Born 30 July 1925  (Cardiff, Wales)
Welsh comedian & actor, mostly on stage. Also a jazz musician. Still performing, which is more than can be said for Eric Morecambe, who collapsed and died after performing at Stennett's show in 1984.
[Picture of Stan Stennett]


Stephens, Tom
Date and place of birth unknown
Supermarket worker, originally the main suspect in the Ipswich prostitute murders which hit the headlines in 2006. Later released on police bail, but not before the world had become aware of his rather lonely, strange and sordid lifestyle. Born 1969.
[Picture of Tom Stephens]


Stern, Howard
Born 12 January 1954  (New York, New York, USA)
American radio DJ, often described as a "shock jock" due to his cutting-edge humour. Has branched out into other fields now, including business.
[Picture of Howard Stern]


Stevens, John Paul
Born 20 April 1920  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
The oldest and longest-serving member of the Supreme Court of the United States.
[Picture of John Paul Stevens]


Stevens, Meic
Born 9 March 1942  (Solva, Pembrokeshire, Wales)
Singer-songwriter of pyschedelic Welsh language songs.
[Picture of Meic Stevens]


Stevens, Ray
Born 24 January 1939  (Clarkdale, Georgia, USA)
Comedy singer - "Ahab The Arab", "Everything Is Beautiful", "Too Drunk To Fish" etc.
[Picture of Ray Stevens]


Stevens, Shakin'
Born 4 March 1948  (Ely, Cardiff, Wales)
Welsh Elvis lookalike who had a string of hits in the 1980s with "This Ole House", "Green Door", "Oh Julie" and others. Well respected for once attacking Richard Madeley on live TV.
[Picture of Shakin' Stevens]


Born 13 June 1974  (Wimbledon, London, England)
"Jackass" prankster, born in England to American & Canadian parents. Real name Steven Gilchrist Glover.
[Picture of Steve-O]


Stewart, Jackie
Born 11 June 1939  (Milton, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland)
Scottish racing driver, three time F1 World Champion & later a team owner in the sport.
[Picture of Jackie Stewart]


Stewart, Rod
Born 10 January 1945  (Highgate, London, England)
Past-his-prime rock star who pays young blondes to pretend to like him. Best-known hits include "Maggie May", "You Wear It Well" and the mildly sickening "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?". Far superior, though, is the classic "Stay With Me", which he co-wrote and recorded while a member of The Faces. Underwent surgery in 2000 after suspected thyroid cancer.
[Picture of Rod Stewart]


Stewart, William G.
Born 15 July 1935  (Habrough, Lincolnshire, England)
TV producer & director, but best remembered as the austere presenter of dreary Channel 4 quiz show "Fifteen to One".
[Picture of William G. Stewart]


Stills, Stephen
Born 3 January 1945  (Dallas, Texas, USA)
American guitarist - one quarter of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, who has had a successful solo career as well.
[Picture of Stephen Stills]


Stone, Sly
Born 15 March 1943  (Denton, Texas, USA)
American musician - the main vocallist for soul/funk group Sly & The Family Stone.
[Picture of Sly Stone]


Stone, William (Died in 2009)
Born 23 September 1900  (Ledstone, Devon, England)
World War I veteran.
[Picture of William Stone]


Stöve, Betty
Born 24 June 1945  (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
Tennis player, lost Wimbledon's Singles Final in 1977 to Virginia Wade but made up for it by winning 10 Grand Slam titles in Doubles Finals.
[Picture of Betty Stöve]


Strahl, Chuck
Born 25 February 1957  (New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada)
Canadian government minister, diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in 2005, but still became Minister of Agriculture a year later after being re-elected to parliament.
[Picture of Chuck Strahl]


Strawberry, Darryl
Born 12 March 1962  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Former baseball player who has had all sorts of problems in his personal life, not to mention with drugs and colon cancer.
[Picture of Darryl Strawberry]


Streisand, Barbra
Born 24 April 1942  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Actress, screenwriter, producer, director, singer and gay icon.
[Picture of Barbra Streisand]


Strickland, Earl 'The Pearl'
Born 8 June 1961  (Roseboro, North Carolina, USA)
Short version: He's an American pool player. Long version: Earl’s characteristic skill in picking off the long pot contrasts sharply with his famous short fuse, as displayed at the 2006 Mosconi Cup where, after missing an easy 6, he snapped his cue and appeared to threaten several members of the crowd with the splintered end. Such extreme hot-headedness is rarely prescriptive of a long and fruitful life, and there can be no cheating karma, even with the aid of bespoke lycra cueing mitts.
[Picture of Earl 'The Pearl' Strickland]


Stringfellow, Peter
Born 17 October 1940  (Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England)
Britain's most famous nightclub owner, often lampooned for his hairstyle and dress sense.
[Picture of Peter Stringfellow]


Stritch, Elaine
Born 2 February 1925  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Irish-American actress & singer, mostly on stage or, during the 1970s at least, on British TV.
[Picture of Elaine Stritch]


Stuart, Gloria (Died in 2010)
Born 4 July 1910  (Santa Monica, California, USA)
Hollywood actress who had a prolific career during the 1930s and 1940s, following which she retired. However, she returned to acting in the 1970s and has appeared in numerous films since, most notably the 1997 blockbuster "Titanic".
[Picture of Gloria Stuart]


Stubbs, Levi (Died in 2008)
Born 6 June 1936  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Lead singer of The Four Tops from 1953 to 2000, until ill health stopped him from touring.
[Picture of Levi Stubbs]


Suarez Rivera, Cardinal Adolfo Antonio (Died in 2008)
Born 9 January 1927  (Chiapas, Mexico)
Archbishop of Monterrey in Mexico. Missed the April 2005 papal conclave due to ill health.
[Picture of Cardinal Adolfo Antonio Suarez Rivera]


Sugar, Bert (Died in 2012)
Born 7 June 1936  (Washington, DC, USA)
US boxing author, journalist & publisher.
[Picture of Bert Sugar]


Sugar, Sir Alan
Born 24 March 1947  (Hackney, London, England)
Businessman, boss of Amstrad and former chairman of Tottenham Hotspur. Now well known for his role in the UK version of the TV show "The Apprentice", with his catchphrase, "You're fired".
[Picture of Sir Alan Sugar]


Sugden, Mollie (Died in 2009)
Born 21 July 1922  (Keighley, Yorkshire, England)
Played Mrs Slocombe in "Are You Being Served?"
[Picture of Mollie Sugden]


Suharto (Died in 2008)
Born 8 June 1921  (Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia)
Former president of Indonesia, whose family are constantly embroiled in allegations of corruption (particularly his son Tommy, who was jailed for 15 years in 2002 for murdering a supreme court judge). Rarely seen in public nowadays, he has had numerous health problems in recent years, involving several strokes and various kidney, liver and heart complaints, although it has been suggested that these were invented to avoid having to turn up in court. Like many Indonesians, he only uses one name.
[Picture of Suharto]


Summer, Donna (Died in 2012)
Born 31 December 1948  (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
Singer & songwriter, best known for her disco hits, as well as for the rather odd "MacArthur Park", with its ramblings about leaving a cake out in the rain.
[Picture of Donna Summer]


Surtees, John
Born 11 February 1934  (Tatsfield, Surrey, England)
Racing driver and biker, the only man to ever win World Championships on both two and four wheels. Still involved in motorsport.
[Picture of John Surtees]


Sussman Yalow, Rosalyn (Died in 2011)
Born 19 July 1921  (New York, New York, USA)
Winner of 1977 Nobel Prize for Medicine for her development of the radioimmunoassay technique.
[Picture of Rosalyn Sussman Yalow]


Sutcliffe, Peter
Born 2 June 1946  (Bingley, West Yorkshire, England)
The notorious Yorkshire Ripper, imprisoned for life in 1981 for murdering 13 women and leaving 7 others for dead over the previous 6 years.
[Picture of Peter Sutcliffe]


Sutherland, Dame Joan (Died in 2010)
Born 7 November 1926  (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)
Australian soprano opera singer who made her debut in 1952 and retired in 1990.
[Picture of Dame Joan Sutherland]


Sutherland, Donald
Born 17 July 1935  (Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada)
Canadian actor, often in kooky, offbeat roles. Father of "24" actor, Keifer.
[Picture of Donald Sutherland]


Sutton, Dudley
Born 6 April 1933  (Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England)
Long-time actor on British TV & films, best known as "Tinker" in Lovejoy.
[Picture of Dudley Sutton]


Suzman, Helen (Died in 2009)
Born 7 November 1917  (Germiston, Gauteng, South Africa)
South African former politician and anti-apartheid campaigner.
[Picture of Helen Suzman]


Swearingen, Larry
Born 21 May 1971  (Montgomery County, Texas, USA)
American Death Row inmate. Was due to be executed in January, but given a reprieve.
[Picture of Larry Swearingen]


Swenson, Inga
Born 29 December 1932  (Omaha, Nebraska, USA)
US TV, stage & film actress, but barely known in the UK.
[Picture of Inga Swenson]


Sykes, Eric (Died in 2012)
Born 4 May 1923  (Oldham, Lancashire, England)
Comic actor who has also written and directed a number of silent films (most recently "The Big Freeze" in 1993, in which he starred alongside Bob Hoskins). Like numerous other comics of his generation, he started out by entertaining the troops during World War II. Those glasses he wears aren't for his eyesight - apparently they serve only to disguise a bone-conduction hearing aid.
[Picture of Eric Sykes]

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