Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2008: T


Takei, George
Born 20 April 1937  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
American actor, played Hikaru Sulu in Star Trek.
[Picture of George Takei]


Talabani, Jalal
Born 12 November 1933  (Kelkan, Iraq)
President of Iraq since April 2005.
[Picture of Jalal Talabani]


Tamblyn, Russ
Born 30 December 1934  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
American actor & dancer.
[Picture of Russ Tamblyn]


Tanabe, Tomoji (Died in 2009)
Born 18 September 1895  (Miyakonojo, Miyazaki, Japan)
Currently the oldest man in the World.
[Picture of Tomoji Tanabe]


Tapia, Johnny
Born 13 February 1967  (Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA)
Boxer, once a top flyweight, but in recent years has hit the headlines only for his drugs use & other controversies.
[Picture of Johnny Tapia]


Tarbuck, Jimmy
Born 6 February 1940  (Liverpool, England)
Unfunny, golf-obsessed, old school comedian.
[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]


Tarrant, Chris
Born 10 October 1946  (Reading, Berkshire, England)
"Tiswas" & "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" presenter, also a radio presenter.
[Picture of Chris Tarrant]


Taylor, Charles
Born 28 January 1948  (Arthington, Liberia)
Former president of Liberia, accused of gun-running, diamond-smuggling and war crimes by the UN, and is currently on trial at The Hague.
[Picture of Charles Taylor]


Taylor, Elizabeth (Died in 2011)
Born 27 February 1932  (Hampstead, London, England)
Movie star and only 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, Jack (Died in 2012)
Born 21 April 1930  (Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England)
Ex football referee - refereed the 1974 World Cup Final, giving two penalties - the first one in the first minute.
[Picture of Jack Taylor]


Taylor, James
Born 12 March 1948  (Belmont, Massachusetts, USA)
Singer/songwriter, mainly in country or rock music, but has performed in a huge variety of musical styles.
[Picture of James Taylor]


Taylor, Kelly (Died in 2012)
Born in Bristol, England  (exact date unknown)
Terminally ill woman who has asked her local doctors to help end her life as she suffers from Eisenmenger's syndrome and Klippel-Feil syndrome, which cause spinal, heart & lung ailments. Born in 1977.
[Picture of Kelly 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]


Taylor, Phil
Born 13 August 1960  (Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England)
The darts player - multiple champion in the "sport".
[Picture of Phil Taylor]


Taylor, Rip
Born 13 January 1934  (Washington DC, USA)
Actor & comedian, very well known in the US, less so in the UK.
[Picture of Rip Taylor]


Taylor, Rod
Born 11 January 1930  (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)
Australian actor, mostly in films in both his home country & the US.
[Picture of Rod Taylor]


Taylor-Bradford, Barbara
Born 10 May 1933  (Leeds, Yorkshire, England)
Hugely successful writer of female literature.
[Picture of Barbara Taylor-Bradford]


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, naïve, guilt-ridden, wet, pink orthodoxy of that sunset home of the third-rate minds of that third-rate decade, the 1960s." 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]


Terkel, Studs Studs Terkel is no longer with us
Born 16 May 1912  (New York, New York, USA)

Died 31 October 2008  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)

Age at death: 96  (read death notice)
American author and broadcaster. Suffered from ommatophobia, a bizarre fear of eyes.
[Picture of Studs Terkel]


Terreblanche, Eugene (Died in 2010)
Born 31 January 1941  (Ventersdorp, South Africa)
Afrikaner, who during the height of the apartheid era, was notorious for his use of violence in support of it. Since the era of Nelson Mandela, and a 7 year jail sentence, he's kept a lower profile.
[Picture of Eugene Terreblanche]


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]


Thiebaud, Wayne
Born 23 November 1920  (Mesa, Arizona, USA)
US artist & painter.
[Picture of Wayne Thiebaud]


Thomas, Geoff
Born 5 August 1964  (Manchester, England)
Former England footballer, best remembered either for his service to Crystal Palace or for one of the worst shots in football history whilst playing for England at Wembley. Overcame a long battle with leukemia.
[Picture of Geoff Thomas]


Thompson, Eddie Eddie Thompson is no longer with us
Born 16 July 1940  (Glasgow, Scotland)

Died 15 October 2008  (Dundee, Scotland)

Age at death: 68  (read death notice)
Successful businessman in the retail trade and chairman of Dundee United FC. Died after a 5 year battle with prostate cancer.
[Picture of Eddie Thompson]


Thompson, Fred
Born 19 August 1942  (Sheffield, Alabama, USA)
Former actor, turned Senator for Tennessee & Presidental Candidate in the 2008 US elections.
[Picture of Fred Thompson]


Thomson, James
Date and place of birth unknown
Millionaire architect and convicted child abductor/molester. Slung in prison in December 2006, and will probably die there, as he has inoperable cancer. Born in 1937.
[Picture of James Thomson]


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]


Thorp, Richard (Died in 2013)
Born 2 January 1932  (Purley, Surrey, England)
TV actor who has played the part of Alan Turner in "Emmerdale Farm" since 1982.
[Picture of Richard Thorp]


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, Notting Hill.
[Picture of Alexander Thynne]


Timberlake, Justin
Born 31 January 1981  (Memphis, Tennessee, USA)
Former lead singer of N*Sync, now a solo performer & far more successful than his old girlfriend, Britney Spears.
[Picture of Justin Timberlake]


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]


Tingwell, Bud (Died in 2009)
Born 3 January 1923  (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)
Highly-respected Australian actor, mostly in films. However, sadly, for him, he might be best remembered by British viewers for his role in Neighbours between 2000-2003.
[Picture of Bud Tingwell]


Tisza, Laszlo (Died in 2009)
Born 7 July 1907  (Budapest, Hungary)
Physicist & professor, whose expertise, according to his blurb, include theoretical physics, the history and philosophy of science, and the foundation of thermodynamics and quantum mechanics. Now I don't understand any of that sentence but basically I think it means he's a very clever man.
[Picture of Laszlo Tisza]


Tobin, Peter
Born 27 August 1946  (Johnstone, Renfrewshire, Scotland)
Man found guilty of killing three girls in Essex.
[Picture of Peter Tobin]


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]


Tolimir, Zdvrako
Born 27 November 1948  (Glamoc, Bosnia)
Bosnian Serb commander during the former war in Yugoslavia, and currently on trial for war crimes at The Hague.
[Picture of Zdvrako Tolimir]


Tomlinson, Ricky
Born 26 September 1939  (Bispham, Blackpool, Lancashire, England)
Ex-plasterer & Trade Unionist turned hugely successful & popular actor - firstly in "Brookside" but best loved for his role in "The Royle Family".
[Picture of Ricky Tomlinson]


Toon, Malcolm (Died in 2009)
Born 4 July 1916  (Troy, New York, USA)
Former US ambassador to Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Israel, and most notably, the Soviet Union in the 1970's.
[Picture of Malcolm Toon]


Top, Gaz
Born 5 July 1961  (St. Asaph, Wales)
Children's TV & now motorsport presenter, born Gareth Jones.
[Picture of Gaz Top]


Torn, Rip
Born 6 February 1931  (Temple, Texas, USA)
US veteran film & TV actor, born Elmore Rual Torn.
[Picture of Rip Torn]


Torre, Joe
Born 18 July 1940  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Former head coach of the baseball team, the New York Yankees. Now with the LA Dodgers.
[Picture of Joe Torre]


Tovar, Lupita
Born 27 July 1911  (Oaxaca, Mexico)
Mexican film actress, in occasional Hollywood movies.
[Picture of Lupita Tovar]


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]


Townsend, Sue
Born 2 April 1946  (Leicester, England)
Writer, playwright & journalist, whose best known work is easily the "Adrian Mole" books.
[Picture of Sue Townsend]


Townshend, Pete
Born 19 May 1945  (Ealing, London, England)
Guitarist and main songwriter in The Who. In 2003 he suffered a "personal legal tragedy" in which he was found to have provided his credit card details to view child pornography on the web. The police cautioned him and he is now on the Sex Offenders' Register, though he continued to protest that he was gathering material "for research purposes". Presumably he won't get fooled again.
[Picture of Pete Townshend]


Toyonaga, Tsuneyo Tsuneyo Toyonaga is no longer with us
Born 21 May 1894  (Tano, Kochi, Japan)

Died 22 February 2008  (Tano, Japan)

Age at death: 113 
Ancient Japanese lady. Not any more, she ain't.
[Picture of Tsuneyo Toyonaga]


Traoré, Moussa
Born 25 September 1936  (Kayes, Mali)
President of Mali from 1968-91.
[Picture of Moussa Traoré]


Trautmann, Bert (Died in 2013)
Born 22 October 1923  (Bremen, Germany)
Manchester City goalkeeper, famous for suffering a broken neck and concussion during the 1956 FA Cup Final, despite which he finished the match, and indeed made several saves.
[Picture of Bert Trautmann]


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]


Travolta, John
Born 18 February 1954  (Englewood, New Jersey, USA)
Actor who has had something of a rollercoaster career: he was catapulted to fame in "Saturday Night Fever" (1977), but then appeared in a few turkeys before his career was rescued by, of all things, "Look Who's Talking". Finally acquired a semblance of cool as the hitman Vincent Vega in "Pulp Fiction", before losing it again in the absurd Scientologist film "Battlefield Earth".
[Picture of John Travolta]


Trebek, Alex
Born 22 July 1940  (Sudbury, Ontario, Canada)
TV presenter, the long time host of "Jeopardy!"
[Picture of Alex Trebek]


Trescothick, Marcus
Born 25 December 1975  (Keynsham, Somerset, England)
Cricketer for Somerset & formerly for England.
[Picture of Marcus Trescothick]


Trezise, Rachel
Born in Cwmparc, Rhondda Cynon Taf, South Wales,  (exact date unknown)
Up & coming author, has achieved a lot of success in a relatively short career. Born in 1978.
[Picture of Rachel Trezise]


Trintignant, Jean-Louis
Born 11 December 1930  (Piolenc, Vaucluse, France)
One of France's greatest film actors & nephew of former racing driver & DDP pick Maurice Trintignant.
[Picture of Jean-Louis Trintignant]


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]


Tsvangirai, Morgan
Born 10 March 1952  (Gutu, Zimbabwe)
Opposition leader to Robert Mugabe, one of the few to stay in the country and try to battle it out with Mad Bob. As a result, Mugabe keeps arresting him, accusing him of all manner of things, or just having him beaten up, but Tsvangirai remains the main anti-government voice.
[Picture of Morgan Tsvangirai]


Tucker, Olive
Born 11 May 1909  (Hartlepool, England)
The other oldest twin in the UK.
[Picture of Olive Tucker]


Tupou V, King George (Died in 2012)
Born 4 May 1948  (Tongatapu, Tonga)
Became King of Tonga in September 2006, following the death of his father, King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV.
[Picture of King George Tupou V]


Turnbull, Eddie (Died in 2011)
Born 12 April 1923  (Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland)
Scottish footballer, particulary remembered for his service to Hibernian FC as both player and manager.
[Picture of Eddie Turnbull]


Turner, Andrew
Born 24 October 1953  (Coventry, Warwickshire, England)
Conservative MP for the Isle of Wight. Suffered a stroke in December 2006.
[Picture of Andrew Turner]


Turner, Anthea
Born 25 May 1960  (Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England)
Bland TV presenter, better known for her private life than for her personality.
[Picture of Anthea Turner]


Turner, Ted
Born 19 November 1938  (Cincinnati, Ohio, USA)
Businessman & founder of CNN.
[Picture of Ted Turner]


Turner, Tina
Born 26 November 1939  (Nutbush, Tennessee, USA)
Singer, born Anna Mae Bullock, still active after almost 50 years in the business. Well known for her big hair & raspy voice.
[Picture of Tina Turner]


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]


Twain, Shania
Born 28 August 1965  (Windsor, Ontario, Canada)
Country & pop singer - very famous for her song "Man, I Feel like a Woman!"
[Picture of Shania Twain]


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, Frank
Born 6 June 1930  (Farnworth, Lancashire, England)
Former English test cricketer, a fast bowler for them & Northamptonshire.
[Picture of Frank Tyson]


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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