Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2008: N


Nabors, Jim
Born 12 June 1930  (Sylacauga, Alabama, USA)
Actor (best known & loved for his role as Gomer Pyle), singer (Sung "Back Home in Indiana" from 1972-2006 at the Indianapolis 500) & nut plantation owner.
[Picture of Jim Nabors]


Nader, Ralph
Born 27 February 1934  (Winsted, Connecticut, USA)
Independent Presidental candidate, runs on green issues. Also works as an attorney.
[Picture of Ralph Nader]


Naji, Fehmi
Born in Lebanon  (exact date unknown)
Born 1928. The Grand Mufti of Australia & New Zealand (an Islamic leader).
[Picture of Fehmi Naji]


Nakasone, Yasuhiro
Born 27 May 1918  (Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, Japan)
Former Prime Minister of Japan, known for pushing through the privatisation of state-owned companies and the breakup of Japan National Railways.
[Picture of Yasuhiro Nakasone]


Nash, John
Born 13 June 1928  (Bluefield, West Virginia, USA)
Mathematician/economist of "A Beautiful Mind" fame.
[Picture of John Nash]


Nasrallah, Hassan
Born 30 August 1960  (Burj Hammud, Beirut, Lebanon)
Shi'a cleric and head of Hezbollah.
[Picture of Hassan Nasrallah]


Navratilova, Martina
Born 18 October 1956  (Prague, Czechoslovakia)
Czech born, but US citizen. Legendary female tennis player, one of the most successful tennis players in history.
[Picture of Martina Navratilova]


N'Diaye, Makhtar
Born 31 December 1981  (Dakar, Senegal)
Footballer, formerly with Rangers & Rennes.
[Picture of Makhtar N'Diaye]


Neal, Patricia (Died in 2010)
Born 20 January 1926  (Packard, Kentucky, USA)
Widow of Roald Dahl, and actress - "Breakfast at Tiffany's" etc. Was in a coma for 3 weeks in 1965 due to complications during pregnancy.
[Picture of Patricia Neal]


Neame, Ronald (Died in 2010)
Born 23 April 1911  (London, England)
English film director - credits include "The Poseidon Adventure".
[Picture of Ronald Neame]


Nelson, Debbie
Born in Kansas City, Missouri  (exact date unknown)
Mother of Eminem, who has had, to put it politely, a "strained" relationship with her famous child. Born in 1955.
[Picture of Debbie Nelson]


Nelson, Willie
Born 30 April 1933  (Fort Worth, Texas, USA)
Country & Western guitarist/singer.
[Picture of Willie Nelson]


Nesbitt, James
Born 15 January 1965  (Broughshane, County Antrim, Northern Ireland)
Actor, in a whole host of TV shows & adverts & utterly irritating & bland in every single one of them!
[Picture of James Nesbitt]


Neuberger, Roy (Died in 2010)
Born 21 July 1903  (Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA)
American financier, who has collected & paid for numerous works of modern art for both private & public appreciation.
[Picture of Roy Neuberger]


Newhart, Bob
Born 5 September 1929  (Oak Park, Illinois, USA)
Stand-up comedian. Did a much talked-about (but rarely seen these days) routine called "The Driving Instructor".
[Picture of Bob Newhart]


Newman, Paul Paul Newman is no longer with us
Born 26 January 1925  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)

Died 26 September 2008  (Westport, Connecticut, USA)

Age at death: 83  (read death notice)
Blue-eyed big screen legend, who still indulged in his passion for fast cars into his 80's. However, it was cancer that got him in the end.
[Picture of Paul Newman]


Newton, Wayne
Born 3 April 1942  (Roanoke, Virginia, USA)
Singer & entertainer, almost exclusively based in Las Vegas.
[Picture of Wayne Newton]


Nguyen Giap, General Vo (Died in 2013)
Born 25 August 1911  (Quangbinh Province, Vietnam)
Vietnamese military leader (born 1912) who proved a real thorn in America's side.
[Picture of General Vo Nguyen Giap]


Nicholson, Jack
Born 22 April 1937  (Neptune, New Jersey, USA)
Star of such films as "Chinatown", "About Schmidt" and the Michael Douglas-produced "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest".
[Picture of Jack Nicholson]


Nicklaus, Jack
Born 21 January 1940  (Columbus, Ohio, USA)
Golfer, one of the all-time greats of the sport.
[Picture of Jack Nicklaus]


Nielsen, Leslie (Died in 2010)
Born 11 February 1926  (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada)
Serious film and television actor who turned to comedy in 1980 with "Airplane!", following which he has appeared almost exclusively in spoofs like "Spy Hard" and "Scary Movie 3".
[Picture of Leslie Nielsen]


Niemeyer, Oscar (Died in 2012)
Born 15 December 1907  (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Highly-influential Brazilian architect who pioneered the use of reinforced concrete, especially in building his country's new capital city, Brasilia.
[Picture of Oscar Niemeyer]


Nightingale, Annie
Born 1 April 1942  (London, England)
Long time Radio DJ on Radio 1 - the first female presenter in the station's history.
[Picture of Annie Nightingale]


Nimoy, Leonard
Born 26 March 1931  (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
Played Commander Spock in "Star Trek".
[Picture of Leonard Nimoy]


Nitsch, Herbert
Born 20 April 1970  (Vienna, Austria)
Top free-diver (diving without breathing apparatus) & also works as a pilot!
[Picture of Herbert Nitsch]


Nixon, Marni
Born 22 February 1930  (Altadena, California, USA)
American actress, and voice-artist. Her singing is what you actually hear in "My Fair Lady" when Audrey Hepburn sings & "West Side Story" when Natalie Wood sings - and those were just two of many "ghost-sings".
[Picture of Marni Nixon]


Noble, James
Born 5 March 1922  (Dallas, Texas, USA)
Actor, with a long career in TV & films in the US.
[Picture of James Noble]


Nolte, Nick
Born 8 February 1941  (Omaha, Nebraska, USA)
American actor - "The Prince of Tides", "Hotel Rwanda".
[Picture of Nick Nolte]


Norden, Denis
Born 6 February 1922  (Hackney, London, England)
Clipboard-wielding comedy scriptwriter, "raconteur" and presenter of TV programmes such as "It'll Be All Right on the Night" and "Denis Norden's Laughter File".
[Picture of Denis Norden]


Noriega, Manuel
Born 11 February 1934  (Panama City, Panama)
Former military dictator of Panama, deposed by the US Army in 1989 for his drug dealing & is still in jail.
[Picture of Manuel Noriega]


Norman, Maurice
Born 8 May 1934  (Mulbarton, Norfolk, England)
Former Tottenham Hotspur & England defender.
[Picture of Maurice Norman]


Norodom Sihamoni, King
Born 14 May 1953  (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
King of Cambodia since his father, King Norodom Sihanouk, abdicated in 2004. Since then, he has spent much of his time protecting his father from any investigation over his links with the Khmer Rouge.
[Picture of King Norodom Sihamoni]


North, Oliver
Born 7 October 1943  (San Antonio, Texas, USA)
Disgraced former Colonel of the US Marines, now a TV broadcaster.
[Picture of Oliver North]


Nott, John
Born 1 February 1932  (Bideford, Devon, England)
What most people remember of John Nott is an interview with Robin Day - Day asked Nott whether the public should believe the retiring MP's statements on defense cuts, since Day thought Nott was a "here today, gone tomorrow politician". Nott then stood up, threw down his microphone, called the interview "ridiculous", and promptly walked off set. He was also Secretary of State for Defence and for Trade but no-one ever remembers that...
[Picture of John Nott]


Nurmi, Maila 'Vampira' Maila 'Vampira' Nurmi is no longer with us
Born 21 December 1921  (Petsamo, Finland)

Died 10 January 2008  (Los Angeles, California)

Age at death: 86  
Finnish horror actress. Appeared in "Plan 9 From Outer Space", and was a close friend of James Dean. In her last years, she lived in Hollywood as something of a recluse, without a telephone or car.
[Picture of Maila 'Vampira' Nurmi]


Nykänen, Matti
Born 17 July 1963  (Jyväskylä, Finland)
Olympic ski-jumping champion of the 1980s, who has since done time for attempted manslaughter, worked as a stripper, had 4 marriages that each lasted just 2 years, and recorded pop songs called "Hi Hi, I'm Your Samurai" and "Only A Ski Jumper Truly Knows".
[Picture of Matti Nykänen]

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