Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2008: R


Raabe, Meinhardt (Died in 2010)
Born 2 September 1915  (Jefferson County, Wisconsin, USA)
Dwarf actor who played a Munchkin coroner in the original 1939 film version of "The Wizard of Oz".
[Picture of Meinhardt Raabe]


Race, Steve (Died in 2009)
Born 1 April 1921  (Lincoln, England)
Composer, musician & radio/TV broadcaster.
[Picture of Steve Race]


Radcliffe, Daniel
Born 23 July 1989  (Fulham, London, England)
Harry Potter. Now starring in a stage show where he takes his clothes off.
[Picture of Daniel Radcliffe]


Radziwill, Lee
Born 3 March 1933  (Southampton, New York, USA)
US socialite, younger sister of Jackie Onassis/Kennedy/Bouvier.
[Picture of Lee Radziwill]


Rafferty, Gerry (Died in 2011)
Born 16 April 1947  (Paisley, Scotland)
Scottish singer & songwriter.
[Picture of Gerry Rafferty]


Rainer, Luise
Born 12 January 1910  (Düsseldorf, Germany)
Actress - the first thesp to win two Oscars in consecutive years (1936 and '37).
[Picture of Luise Rainer]


Ramone, Tommy
Born 29 January 1952  (Budapest, Hungary)
Last surviving member of the Ramones. Born Tamas Erdelyi.
[Picture of Tommy Ramone]


Ramsay, Jack
Born 21 February 1925  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
Former NBA basketball coach, most notably with the Philadelphia 76ers and the Portland Trail Blazers. Reckoned to be one of the 10 greatest coaches of all time, but will that be enough to get him a UK obit?
[Picture of Jack Ramsay]


Rather, Dan
Born 31 October 1931  (Wharton, Texas, USA)
Long time news anchor for CBS News until 2005.
[Picture of Dan Rather]


Ratzinger, Georg
Born 15 January 1924  (Bavaria, Germany)
Elder brother of the Pope.
[Picture of Georg Ratzinger]


Rauschenberg, Robert Robert Rauschenberg is no longer with us
Born 22 October 1925  (Port Arthur, Texas)

Died 12 May 2008  (Tampa, Florida, USA)

Age at death: 82  (read death notice)
Artist & sculptor, a leading name in Pop Art.
[Picture of Robert Rauschenberg]


Rausing, Hans
Born 25 March 1926  (Lund, Sweden)
Businessman, owner of Tetra Pak & one of the world's richest people.
[Picture of Hans Rausing]


Raymond, Paul Paul Raymond is no longer with us
Born 15 November 1925  (Liverpool, England)

Died 2 March 2008  (London, England)

Age at death: 82  (read death notice)
Pornographer, the man behind Razzle & Mayfair magazine.
[Picture of Paul Raymond]


Rayner, Claire (Died in 2010)
Born 22 January 1931  (Stepney, London, England)
Former nurse who went on to write about family health issues, becoming one of the UK's best-known agony aunts. She has also published a number of books about gardening as well as some fiction. Reportedly close to death in 2003 due to serious complications during surgery on a tendon, resulting in multiple organ failure, pneumonia and septicaemia.
[Picture of Claire Rayner]


Rea, Chris
Born 4 March 1951  (Middlesbrough, England)
Gravelly-voiced singer/songwriter of "The Road To Hell" fame.
[Picture of Chris Rea]


Rea, Jackie (Died in 2013)
Born 6 April 1921  (Dungannon, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland)
Ex snooker player, who played for over 45 years at the highest level & Northern Ireland Champion until Higgins & Taylor came along.
[Picture of Jackie Rea]


Rea, Jonathan
Born 2 March 1987  (Ballymena, Northern Ireland)
Motorcyclist, often in British or World Superbikes.
[Picture of Jonathan Rea]


Reagan, Nancy
Born 6 July 1921  (New York, New York, USA)
Born Anne Frances Robbins, and subsequently nicknamed Nancy, the former First Lady took the surname Davis after her mother's remarriage. Apparently she gives her date of birth as 6 July 1923, though in reality it was two years earlier. She had a relatively short and uneventful career as an actress which ended when she married Ronnie in 1958. Since then she has been known for her anti-drugs campaigning and her dubious astrological beliefs.
[Picture of Nancy Reagan]


Reardon, Ray
Born 8 October 1932  (Tredegar, Wales)
Six-times world snooker champion.
[Picture of Ray Reardon]


Redford, Robert
Born 18 August 1937  (Santa Monica, California, USA)
Heart-throb actor who didn't make the big time until the age of 32, with his role as The Sundance Kid, alongside Paul Newman's Butch Cassidy. Went on to star in "The Sting" (again with Newman), "A Bridge Too Far", and so forth.
[Picture of Robert Redford]


Redgrave, Corin (Died in 2010)
Born 16 July 1939  (London, England)
Member of the Redgrave acting dynasty: son of Sir Michael, brother of Lynn and Vanessa, etc.
[Picture of Corin Redgrave]


Redgrave, Lynn (Died in 2010)
Born 8 March 1943  (London, England)
Member of the Redgrave acting dynasty: granddaugter of Roy Redgrave; daughter of Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson; sister of Corin and Vanessa Redgrave; aunt of Natasha and Joely Richardson...to name but a few relatives. Her most famous role was probably the title character in 1966's "Georgy Girl".
[Picture of Lynn Redgrave]


Redgrave, Vanessa
Born 30 January 1937  (London, England)
Stage, TV & film actress, now the elder statesperson of the famous Redgrave acting dynasty.
[Picture of Vanessa Redgrave]


Reed, John (Died in 2010)
Born 13 February 1916  (Close House, Bishop Auckland, Durham, England)
Actor, dancer & singer, best known for being part of the D'Oly Carte Opera Company.
[Picture of John Reed]


Reed, Lou (Died in 2013)
Born 2 March 1942  (Freeport, Long Island, New York, USA)
He of Velvet Underground fame.
[Picture of Lou Reed]


Reese, Della
Born 6 July 1931  (Detroit, Michigan)
Singer, mainly jazz & gospel music, who later became an actress, and is currently an ordained religious minister to boot.
[Picture of Della Reese]


Reich-Ranicki, Marcel
Born 2 June 1920  (Wloclawek, Poland)
German writer, one of the greatest names in post-WW2 German literature.
[Picture of Marcel Reich-Ranicki]


Reid, David
Born in Aberdeen, Scotland  (exact date unknown)
Former accountant who is the current Chairman of Tesco's. I'll work out a pun which gets in "Every Little Helps" in before too long... Born sometime in February 1947.
[Picture of David Reid]


Reid, Frances (Died in 2010)
Born 9 December 1913  (Wichita Falls, Texas, USA)
Actress - played Alice Horton in the long-running US TV series "Days of Our Lives".
[Picture of Frances Reid]


Reid, John
Born 8 May 1947  (Bellshill, Lanarkshire, Scotland)
Former Home Secretary and Labour MP for the Scottish constituency of Airdrie and Shotts.
[Picture of John Reid]


Reid, Tara
Born 8 November 1975  (Wyckoff, New Jersey, USA)
American actress - "American Pie", "The Big Lebowski".
[Picture of Tara Reid]


Reiner, Carl
Born 20 March 1922  (Bronx, New York, USA)
Actor, director, producer, writer & comedian - not a bad CV all in all.
[Picture of Carl Reiner]


Religa, Zbigniew (Died in 2009)
Born 16 December 1938  (Miedniewice, Poland)
Cardiologist, who later became a politician, and was Polish Minister of Health between 2005 & 2007.
[Picture of Zbigniew Religa]


Rendell, Ruth
Born 17 February 1930  (London, England)
Best-selling crime novelist, dubbed by the tabloids "The Queen of Crime".
[Picture of Ruth Rendell]


Renfro, Brad Brad Renfro is no longer with us
Born 25 July 1982  (Knoxville, Tennesee, USA)

Died 15 January 2008  (Los Angeles, California)

Age at death: 25  (read death notice)
Another child star to die early in adulthood. Had problems with drug addiction for some time before his death.
[Picture of Brad Renfro]


Reno, Janet
Born 21 July 1938  (Miami, Florida)
Former US Attorney General between 1993-2001.
[Picture of Janet Reno]


Resnais, Alain
Born 3 June 1922  (Vannes, Brittany, France)
French film director.
[Picture of Alain Resnais]


Resnik, Regina (Died in 2013)
Born 30 August 1922  (New York City, New York, USA)
US mezzo-soprano opera singer.
[Picture of Regina Resnik]


Reveley, Mary
Born in Saltburn, Cleveland, England  (exact date unknown)
Top horse racing trainer, rather reclusive.
[Picture of Mary Reveley]


Reynolds, Burt
Born 11 February 1936  (Waycross, Georgia, USA)
Prolific US actor and first (nearly) nude male centerfold (1972, Cosmopolitan). Although he acted in some classic movies (Deliverance, Boogie Nights), he will be chiefly remembered for "good ole' boy"-type movies like Smokey and the Bandit, Cannonball Run and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
[Picture of Burt Reynolds]


Rhodes, Gary
Born 22 October 1960  (London, England)
Celebrity chef, one of the main TV chefs of the 1990's.
[Picture of Gary Rhodes]


Richard, Cliff
Born 14 October 1940  (Lucknow, India)
Actor, singer, colostomy bag-wearer and insufferably smug Christian.
[Picture of Cliff Richard]


Richard, Little
Born 5 December 1932  (Macon, Georgia, USA)
Singer, songwriter & pianist, an early star of rock n' roll.
[Picture of Little Richard]


Richard, Wendy (Died in 2009)
Born 20 July 1946  (Middlesbrough, Cleveland, England)
TV actress who has appeared in many a British sitcom over the last 40 years, most notably in "Are You Being Served?" For over 20 years she played Pauline Fowler in the BBC soap "EastEnders". She has had two brushes with cancer, most recently in 2002.
[Picture of Wendy Richard]


Richards, Keith
Born 18 December 1943  (Dartford, Kent, England)
The guitar-playing Rolling Stone with the distinctive death-warmed-up constitution.
[Picture of Keith Richards]


Richie, Nicole
Born 21 September 1981  (Berkeley, California, USA)
Adopted daughter of singer Lionel Richie, former best-friend-forever-until-I-fall-out-with-you to Paris Hilton, and utterly vapid reality TV star.
[Picture of Nicole Richie]


Rickles, Don
Born 8 May 1926  (New York, New York, USA)
Stand-up comedian, comic actor and talk show whore.
[Picture of Don Rickles]


Ridsdale, Peter
Born 11 March 1952  (Leeds, Yorkshire, England)
Businessman, the man many Leeds United fans hold as squarely responsible for their spectacular decline. Looks like doing the same to Cardiff City...
[Picture of Peter Ridsdale]


Rigg, Dame Diana
Born 20 July 1938  (Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England)
Actress, best known as Emma Peel in the Avengers & pin-up girl for numerous people in the 1960's. Still acting, mainly in aristocratic roles lately.
[Picture of Dame Diana Rigg]


Riggins, John
Born 4 August 1949  (Seneca, Kansas, USA)
Another ex-American footballer, mostly for the Washington Redskins.
[Picture of John Riggins]


Riley, E. Beatrice (Died in 2009)
Born 13 October 1896  (Morwell, Victoria, Australia)
Australia's oldest living person.
[Picture of E. Beatrice Riley]


Riley, Jack
Born 30 December 1935  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Actor, voice of Stu Pickles in "Rugrats", which might be enough these days to earn him a UK obit.
[Picture of Jack Riley]


Rimell, Mercy
Date and place of birth unknown
Former racehorse trainer, widow of legendary trainer Fred Rimell. Born in 1919.
[Picture of Mercy Rimell]


Risoli, Mario
Born in Cardiff, Wales  (exact date unknown)
Italian-Welsh author, famous for his footballing books on Wales, Welsh Clubs & Welsh players.
[Picture of Mario Risoli]


Rivers, Joan
Born 8 June 1933  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Gruff-voiced, surgically-enhanced comedienne, talk show host and general all-purpose celebrity.
[Picture of Joan Rivers]


Roache, William
Born 25 April 1932  (Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England)
TV actor, who, despite playing the part of Ken Barlow in "Coronation Street" since 1960, still manages to be more wooden than your average Ikea bookcase.
[Picture of William Roache]


Robert, Alain
Born 7 April 1962  (Valence, France)
The self-styled "French Spiderman". Nutcase who climbs up the outside of skyscrapers for the hell of it, without ropes or other safety equipment.
[Picture of Alain Robert]


Roberts, Doris
Born 4 November 1930  (St. Louis, Missouri)
Actress, mostly in TV. Best known for her role as Marie Barone in the woefully unfunny "Everyone Loves Raymond".
[Picture of Doris Roberts]


Roberts, Jake 'The Snake'
Born 30 May 1955  (Gainesville, Texas, USA)
Another US professional wrestler.
[Picture of Jake 'The Snake' Roberts]


Roberts, Oral (Died in 2009)
Born 24 January 1918  (Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, USA)
Oddly- yet appropriately-named American TV evangelist.
[Picture of Oral Roberts]


Roberts, Pernell (Died in 2010)
Born 18 May 1928  (Waycross, Georgia, USA)
American television & film actor - "Bonzana", "Trapper John MD" etc.
[Picture of Pernell Roberts]


Robertson, Max (Died in 2009)
Born 28 August 1915  (Dacca, Bengal)
Sports commentator, mostly on tennis, but on other sports as well. Also worked for the BBC on big events, like The Coronation & King George VI's death & is one of the few survivors from the television crew on those two days.
[Picture of Max Robertson]


Robertson, Pat
Born 22 March 1930  (Lexington, Virginia, USA)
Extremely controversial televangelist, with a hugely significant political say in each election as he feels he represents the "Bible Belt" of America.
[Picture of Pat Robertson]


Robinson, Anne
Born 26 September 1944  (Crosby, Merseyside, England)
Former journalist, then game show host & TV broadcaster. Presenter of "The Weakest Link".
[Picture of Anne Robinson]


Robinson, Robert (Died in 2011)
Born 17 December 1927  (Liverpool, England)
Journalist & presenter on TV (original host of "Ask The Family") and radio (current host of "Brain of Britain").
[Picture of Robert Robinson]


Robson, Sir Bobby (Died in 2009)
Born 18 February 1933  (Sacriston, Co Durham, England)
Football manager who has taken charge of, among others, Ipswich Town, PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona, Newcastle United and of course the English national side.
[Picture of Sir Bobby Robson]


Rock, Kid
Born 17 January 1971  (Romeo, Michigan)
Controversial rap & rock singer, also known as Robert Ritchie (if only to his family).
[Picture of Kid Rock]


Rockefeller, David
Born 12 June 1915  (New York, New York, USA)
Absurdly rich banker (of Chase Manhattan fame); son of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and grandson of oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller Sr.
[Picture of David Rockefeller]


Rodgers, Bill
Born 28 October 1928  (Liverpool, England)
One of the "Gang of Four" who split from the Liberal Party to form the SDP.
[Picture of Bill Rodgers]


Rogers, Kenny
Born 21 August 1938  (Houston, Texas, USA)
Bearded country & western singer.
[Picture of Kenny Rogers]


Rogers, Peter (Died in 2009)
Born 20 February 1914  (Rochester, Kent, England)
Producer of the "Carry On" films.
[Picture of Peter Rogers]


Rohmer, Eric (Died in 2010)
Born 4 April 1920  (Tulle, Corrèze, France)
French film director & screenwriter.
[Picture of Eric Rohmer]


Rollins, Sonny
Born 7 September 1930  (New York City, New York, USA)
Jazz tenor saxophonist, with a long career in music.
[Picture of Sonny Rollins]


Rolt, Tony Tony Rolt is no longer with us
Born 16 October 1918  (Bordon, Hampshire, England)

Died 6 February 2008  (Warwick, Warwickshire, England)

Age at death: 89  (read death notice)
Former Grand Prix driver and Le Mans winner in 1953. Also escaped from Colditz Castle, and later developed the four-wheel drive system for road cars. A pretty eventful life on the whole, it could be said.
[Picture of Tony Rolt]


Rooney, Andy (Died in 2011)
Born 14 January 1919  (Albany, New York, USA)
News commentator on the popular weekly American TV programme "60 Minutes".
[Picture of Andy Rooney]


Rooney, Mickey
Born 23 September 1920  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
The young Joe Yule, Jr (as he was then named) had already appeared as Mickey McGuire in 50 short films by the time he was 13. He has followed a fairly busy acting schedule since then, but has never really regained the same recognition as an adult. He underwent surgery for a perforated colon in 1999, and had part of it removed, presumably leaving him with a semi-colon.
[Picture of Mickey Rooney]


Rooney, Wayne
Born 24 October 1985  (Liverpool, England)
Pug-faced star striker for Manchester United & England.
[Picture of Wayne Rooney]


Ros, Edmundo (Died in 2011)
Born 7 December 1910  (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad)
Musician, vocalist and band leader. Some call him the "King of Latin American Music". Others call him "Edmundo". He's known worldwide for his unique blend of modern and traditional Latin American music. Nice.
[Picture of Edmundo Ros]


Rose, Axl
Born 6 February 1962  (Lafayette, Indiana, USA)
Lead singer of Guns n' Roses.
[Picture of Axl Rose]


Ross, Diana
Born 26 March 1944  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Motown diva, of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" fame. The former Supreme is no stranger to the law, and was recently busted for drink-driving.
[Picture of Diana Ross]


Roundtree, Richard
Born 9 July 1942  (Crenshaw, Mississippi, USA)
Actor, star of "Shaft".
[Picture of Richard Roundtree]


Routledge, Patricia
Born 17 February 1929  (Birkenhead, Cheshire, England)
Actress & comedienne, forever remembered for her role as Hyacinth Bucket in "Keeping Up Appearances".
[Picture of Patricia Routledge]


Rumsfeld, Donald
Born 9 July 1932  (Evanston, Illinois, USA)
Gaffe-prone, highly controversial secretary of defence for both Gerald Ford & George W. Bush. Hence, he is both the youngest & the oldest person to have held the position.
[Picture of Donald Rumsfeld]


Rushdie, Salman
Born 19 June 1947  (Bombay (now Mumbai), India)
Novelist who ruffled so many feathers in his native India with his novel "Midnight's Children" that he was forced to leave the country. Clearly having learnt nothing from the experience, he went on to write "The Satanic Verses" in 1988, which was critical of the Islamic faith. It resulted in rioting, book-burning, and Ayatollah Khomeini declaring a fatwa (effectively a death penalty) on his ass. He has been in hiding ever since, and the fatwa was reaffirmed by the new Ayatollah in early 2005.
[Picture of Salman Rushdie]


Russell, Jane (Died in 2011)
Born 21 June 1921  (Bemidji, Minnesota, USA)
Well-endowed actress of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" fame.
[Picture of Jane Russell]


Russell, Ken (Died in 2011)
Born 3 July 1927  (Southampton, Hampshire, England)
Film Director & former Celebrity Big Brother contestant. He'll now probably be remembered more for the latter than most of his films.
[Picture of Ken Russell]


Rutherford, Ann (Died in 2012)
Born 2 November 1920  (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
Film actress who was in "Gone With The Wind" among others.
[Picture of Ann Rutherford]


Ryder, Shaun
Born 23 August 1962  (Little Hulton, Greater Manchester, England)
Lead singer of the Happy Mondays from the end of the '80s to the mid-'90s. Now vocalist with Black Grape.
[Picture of Shaun Ryder]


Ryder, Winona
Born 29 October 1971  (Olmsted County, Minnesota, USA)
Actress, now producer & occasional shoplifter too.
[Picture of Winona Ryder]

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