Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2008: G


Gabor, Zsa Zsa
Born 6 February 1917  (Budapest, Hungary)
Nine-times married, cop-slapping actress. Was in a coma for a while after a collision between her car and a lamp-post on Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard in November 2002.
[Picture of Zsa Zsa Gabor]


Gainsbourg, Charlotte
Born 21 July 1971  (London, England)
Daughter of the late singer Serge, Charlotte is a singer in her own right, as well as an actress.
[Picture of Charlotte Gainsbourg]


Gall, Sandy
Born 1 October 1927  (Penang, Malaysia)
British journalist and former ITN newsreader & reporter.
[Picture of Sandy Gall]


Gallagher, Liam
Born 21 September 1972  (Burnage, Manchester, England)
Lead singer of Oasis with a distinctive singing stance. It's been argued that his attitude & behaviour in public was the catalyst to the downfall of standards in this country, but I think that's going a bit far. He's only a bloody singer...
[Picture of Liam Gallagher]


Galyani Vadhana, Princess Princess Galyani Vadhana is no longer with us
Born 6 May 1923  (London, England)

Died 2 January 2008  (Bangkok, Thailand)

Age at death: 84  (read death notice)
Princess of Thailand, eldest sister of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
[Picture of Princess Galyani Vadhana]


Galyon, Donnie
Born 28 October 1951  (Dayton, Ohio, USA)
One half of the current oldest living co-joined twins, who have also done work in the entertainment business because of their unusual situation.
[Picture of Donnie Galyon]


Galyon, Ronnie
Born 28 October 1951  (Dayton, Ohio, USA)
One half of the current oldest living co-joined twins.
[Picture of Ronnie Galyon]


Gambaccini, Paul
Born 2 April 1949  (New York, New York, USA)
DJ and music writer.
[Picture of Paul Gambaccini]


Gambon, Michael
Born 19 October 1940  (Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
Actor - made it big in "The Singing Detective" and has been in the last 2 Harry Potter films.
[Picture of Michael Gambon]


Gantin, Cardinal Bernardin Cardinal Bernardin Gantin is no longer with us
Born 8 May 1922  (Toffo, Benin)

Died 13 May 2008  (Paris, France)

Age at death: 86  (read death notice)
Leading Catholic cardinal, one of the few black cardinals in the Vatican's history.
[Picture of Cardinal Bernardin Gantin]


Garagiola, Joe
Born 12 February 1926  (St Louis, Missouri, USA)
Baseball player turned TV broadcaster.
[Picture of Joe Garagiola]


Garcia Marquez, Gabriel
Born 6 March 1928  (Aracataca, Colombia)
Latin American writer, author of "La Hojaresca" and "One Hundred Years of Solitude". Won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.
[Picture of Gabriel Garcia Marquez]


Gardner, John (Died in 2011)
Born 2 March 1917  (Manchester, England)
UK composer of classical music.
[Picture of John Gardner]


Garner, James
Born 7 April 1928  (Norman, Oklahoma, USA)
TV and film actor who specialised in playing cowboys, sheriffs and detectives, most notably in 'Maverick' and 'The Rockford Files'. His real surname is Bumgarner, but for some reason he dropped the first syllable when he became famous.
[Picture of James Garner]


Garr, Teri
Born 11 December 1944  (Lakewood, Ohio, USA)
US film & TV star, now battling MS.
[Picture of Teri Garr]


Garrett, Betty (Died in 2011)
Born 23 May 1919  (St. Joseph, Missouri)
Actress & singer - also appeared in a few sitcoms - "All in the Family" and "Laverne & Shirley". International audiences probably remember her best for "On the Town".
[Picture of Betty Garrett]


Gascoigne, Bamber
Born 24 January 1935  (London, England)
Author & TV personality, former host of "University Challenge".
[Picture of Bamber Gascoigne]


Gascoigne, Paul
Born 27 May 1967  (Gateshead, Co Durham, England)
Flawed genius of the football field, who played for Newcastle United, Spurs, Lazio, Rangers and of course England, when he wasn't busy boozing and/or crying. Recent photos show him looking dreadful, and have prompted speculation that he may have AIDS. At one stage, he was reputed to be planning to change his name by deed poll to G8, but changed his mind after the Live 8 concert.
[Picture of Paul Gascoigne]


Gascoine, Jill
Born 11 April 1937  (Lambeth, London, England)
Actress in "The Onedin Line" and novellist.
[Picture of Jill Gascoine]


Geeson, Judy
Born 10 September 1948  (Arundel, Sussex, England)
British film actress, now living and working in the US.
[Picture of Judy Geeson]


Geiges, Daniel
Date and place of birth unknown
Swiss businessman who was involved in selling Pakistan's nuclear secrets to the world. Now suffering from cancer. Born sometime in 1937.
[Picture of Daniel Geiges]


Geldof, Bob
Born 5 October 1951  (Dun Laoghaire, Republic of Ireland)
Former Boomtown Rats frontman turned shouty, sweary Live Aid and Live 8 organiser. Has been looking even rougher than usual of late, which certainly takes some doing.
[Picture of Bob Geldof]


George, Boy
Born 14 June 1961  (Eltham, Kent, England)
Cross-dressing lead singer of Culture Club and later solo artist, born George Alan O'Dowd.
[Picture of Boy George]


George, Sir Eddie (Died in 2009)
Born 16 September 1938  (London, England)
Former Governor of the Bank of England.
[Picture of Sir Eddie George]


Gere, Richard
Born 31 August 1949  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Film actor, former husband of Cindy Crawford, charity campaigner, and alleged (but unproven) gerbil abuser.
[Picture of Richard Gere]


Gertz, Jami
Born 28 October 1968  (Chicago, Ilinois, USA)
US TV & film actress.
[Picture of Jami Gertz]


Gest, David
Born 11 May 1953  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Weird-looking former husband of Liza Minnelli, a US television producer who now appears in "celebrity" shows in the UK.
[Picture of David Gest]


Getty, Estelle Estelle Getty is no longer with us
Born 25 July 1923  (New York, New York, USA)

Died 22 July 2008  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 84  (read death notice)
Played the little old granny in the "The Golden Girls", but was in fact a few weeks younger than her co-star, Bea Arthur.
[Picture of Estelle Getty]


Ghiggia, Alcides
Born 22 December 1926  (Montevideo, Uruguay)
One of the few surviving players from Uruguay's 1950 World Cup winning team.
[Picture of Alcides Ghiggia]


Gibb, Barbara
Born 2 November 1920  (Manchester, England)
Mother of Bee Gees Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb.
[Picture of Barbara Gibb]


Gibson, Hutton
Born 26 August 1918  (Montclair, New Jersey, USA)
Father of Mel Gibson. Also a religious writer & activist.
[Picture of Hutton Gibson]


Gies, Miep (Died in 2010)
Born 15 February 1909  (Vienna, Austria)
Protector of Anne Frank in WWII. Pub fact: her first name inspired the noise that Road Runner makes when taunting Wile E. Coyote.
[Picture of Miep Gies]


Gilbert, Lewis
Born 6 March 1920  (London, England)
English film director, producer & screenwriter, notably of both war films and three James Bond movies.
[Picture of Lewis Gilbert]


Giles, Stine
Date and place of birth unknown
Former waitress who married cricketer Ashley Giles. Currently ill with a brain tumour. Born 1969.
[Picture of Stine Giles]


Gilmore, Peter (Died in 2013)
Born 25 August 1931  (Leipzig, Germany)
British actor, in the "Onedin Line" and 11 "Carry On" films.
[Picture of Peter Gilmore]


Giscard D'Estaing, Valéry
Born 2 February 1926  (Koblenz, Germany)
President of France from 1974-81.
[Picture of Valéry Giscard D'Estaing]


Giuliani, Rudolph
Born 28 May 1944  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Mayor of New York, 1994-2001.
[Picture of Rudolph Giuliani]


Glanville, Brian
Born 24 September 1931  (London, England)
Football journalist, the doyen of the genre - has been in the industry since the early 1950's.
[Picture of Brian Glanville]


Glazer, Malcolm
Born 25 May 1928  (Rochester, New York, USA)
American businessman, owner of Manchester United.
[Picture of Malcolm Glazer]


Glenn, John
Born 18 June 1921  (Cambridge, Ohio, USA)
Astronaut and politician - the first American to orbit Earth.
[Picture of John Glenn]


Glitter, Gary
Born 8 May 1944  (Banbury, Oxfordshire, England)
1970s glam rocker who was jailed in 1999 for possession of hardcore child porn. "Do you wanna be in my gang?" Er...we'll give it a miss, thanks, Gary.
[Picture of Gary Glitter]


Glover, Danny
Born 22 July 1946  (New York City, New York, USA)
Actor, best known for his performances in the "Lethal Weapon" series.
[Picture of Danny Glover]


Goehr, Alexander
Born 10 August 1932  (Berlin, Germany)
English music composer & tutor.
[Picture of Alexander Goehr]


Goodstein, David
Born in Brooklyn, New York, USA  (exact date unknown)
Born Jan 1939. US physicist & professor, current Vice-Provost of CalTech.
[Picture of David Goodstein]


Goody, Jade (Died in 2009)
Born 5 June 1981  (Bermondsey, London, England)
Former dental nurse, who, in 2002, became infamous as the most vapid Big Brother contestant ever, despite stiff competition for the title. Four years later, she became embroiled in a racism and bullying row after making various ill-advised comments about an Indian contestant, and also collapsed during the 2006 London Marathon, having consumed a pre-run meal of curry and beer.
[Picture of Jade Goody]


Gorbachev, Mikhail
Born 2 March 1931  (Privolnoye, Stavropol, Russia)
Joined the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1952, rising steadily to become its General Secretary from 1985-91 and President of the USSR from 1990-91. Has a map of Italy tattooed on his head for some reason.
[Picture of Mikhail Gorbachev]


Gordon, Richard
Born 15 September 1921  (England)
Screenwriter, wrote the "Doctor…" movies.
[Picture of Richard Gordon]


Gordy, Berry
Born 28 November 1929  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Record executive & producer, mostly associated with "Motown" music.
[Picture of Berry Gordy]


Górecki, Henryk (Died in 2010)
Born 6 December 1933  (Czernica, Silesia, Poland)
Polish classical composer.
[Picture of Henryk Górecki]


Gossett (jnr), Louis
Born 27 May 1936  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Gangly actor who turned down an offer to play professional basketball in order to go into films instead. Won an Oscar in 1982 for his part in "An Officer and a Gentleman", and has gone on to play various tough guys and rough diamonds since.
[Picture of Louis Gossett (jnr)]


Gough, Michael (Died in 2011)
Born 23 November 1917  (Malaya (now Malaysia))
Character actor who has played all sorts of serious roles, but is only ever remembered for being Alfred the butler in the late '80s/early '90s Batman movies.
[Picture of Michael Gough]


Graham, Rev Billy
Born 7 November 1918  (Charlotte, North Carolina, USA)
Travelling evangelist who has been preaching his doctrine of sin and salvation around the world for almost 60 years. Diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1992.
[Picture of Rev Billy Graham]


Granger, Farley (Died in 2011)
Born 1 July 1925  (San Jose, California, USA)
Actor, who although he is still working & often seen in the interviews that come with "Extra Bits" on DVD's, will be best remembered for his roles in "Rope" and "Hans Christian Andersen".
[Picture of Farley Granger]


Gray, Dulcie (Died in 2011)
Born 20 November 1919  (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
British actress, widow of Michael Denison. Mostly on stage, though she did appear on "Howard's Way" in the 1980s, as well as in many other films.
[Picture of Dulcie Gray]


Gray, Vivean
Born 20 July 1924  (Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England)
TV actress - played Mrs Mangel in Aussie soap "Neighbours".
[Picture of Vivean Gray]


Greaves, Jimmy
Born 20 February 1940  (Poplar, London, England)
British football legend.
[Picture of Jimmy Greaves]


Green, Tom
Born 30 July 1971  (Pembroke, Ontario, Canada)
Actor who was briefly married to Drew Barrymore, and now has cancer.
[Picture of Tom Green]


Greenbaum, Norman
Born 20 November 1942  (Malden, Massachusetts, USA)
Singer - "Spirit in the Sky"
[Picture of Norman Greenbaum]


Greener, Christopher
Born 21 November 1943  (New Brighton, Merseyside, England)
Britain's 2nd tallest man. Used his height to his advantage & appeared in many film roles.
[Picture of Christopher Greener]


Greenspan, Alan
Born 6 March 1926  (New York, New York, USA)
Economist, former US Federal Reserve chairman from 1987-2006.
[Picture of Alan Greenspan]


Greer, Germaine
Born 29 January 1939  (Melbourne, Australia)
Six-foot tall, tub-thumping feminist Aussie writer, best known for her book "The Female Eunuch" and her frequent appearances on chat shows, where she tries to make out that she isn't that scary really.
[Picture of Germaine Greer]


Gregson, Edward
Born 23 July 1945  (Sunderland, England)
Composer, mainly for pieces with a large ensemble of wind instruments.
[Picture of Edward Gregson]


Grey-Thompson, Tanni
Born 26 July 1969  (Cardiff, Wales)
High-profile disabled athlete, a multiple London Marathon and Paralympic medal winner who was born with spina bifida.
[Picture of Tanni Grey-Thompson]


Griffith, Andy (Died in 2012)
Born 1 June 1926  (Mt. Airy, North Carolina, USA)
American TV personality, star of the eponymous "Andy Griffith Show".
[Picture of Andy Griffith]


Griffiths, Richard (Died in 2013)
Born 31 July 1947  (Thornaby-on-Tees, England)
Gargantuanly fat character actor, perhaps at his best as the lusty Uncle Monty in "Withnail and I" (1987). He also used his canny knack for dialect to take on two roles as Dr Mannheimer/Earl Hacker in "Naked Gun 2½" (1991), and wobbled his boat-load of jowls as Uncle Vernon Dursley in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone".
[Picture of Richard Griffiths]


Grout, James (Died in 2012)
Born 22 October 1927  (London, England)
Actor, a frequent face on British TV ("Shelley") and radio ("Old Harry's Game") etc.
[Picture of James Grout]


Guccione, Bob (Died in 2010)
Born 17 December 1930  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Founder & former publisher of Penthouse magazine.
[Picture of Bob Guccione]


Guofeng, Hua Hua Guofeng is no longer with us
Born 16 February 1921  (Jiaocheng, Shansi Province, China)

Died 20 August 2008  (Beijing, China)

Age at death: 87  (read death notice)
Premier of the People's Republic of China from 1976-80 and chairman of the Chinese Communist Party from 1976-81.
[Picture of Hua Guofeng]


Gurley Brown, Helen (Died in 2012)
Born 18 February 1922  (Green Forest, Arkansas, USA)
Author & publisher, former editor of Cosmopolitan magazine.
[Picture of Helen Gurley Brown]


Gurung VC, Bhanbhagta Bhanbhagta Gurung VC is no longer with us
Born in Phalbu, Nepal  (exact date unknown)

Died 1 March 2008  (Gorkha, Nepal)

Age at death: 86  (read death notice)
Born September 1921. Won the Victoria Cross for his heroism during World War 2.
[Picture of Bhanbhagta Gurung VC]


Gurung VC, Lachhiman (Died in 2011)
Born 30 December 1917  (Nepal)
One of the few living Victoria Cross holders.
[Picture of Lachhiman Gurung VC]


Gutteridge, Reg (Died in 2009)
Born 29 March 1924  (London, England)
Former journalist & boxing commentator, who lost a leg whilst fighting in WW2, but used that to his advantage to win a famous bet with Sonny Liston about the amount of hairs on their legs. Our Reg won hands, or rather legs down on having the least amount of hairs!
[Picture of Reg Gutteridge]


Gyatso, Tenzin
Born 6 July 1935  (Tibet)
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. According to our contributor, he's a nice guy, you'd want him for a grandfather, and he is both the head of state and the spiritual leader of Tibet.
[Picture of Tenzin Gyatso]

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