Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2009: B


Babbitt, Milton (Died in 2011)
Born 10 May 1916  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
US composer & theorist.
[Picture of Milton Babbitt]


Babcock, John (Died in 2010)
Born 23 July 1900  (Holleford, South Frontenac, Ontario, Canada)
WWI veteran, who moved to the US in 1920 & settled there. A former electrician by trade.
[Picture of John Babcock]


Bacall, Lauren
Born 16 September 1924  (New York City, New York, USA)
Actress (The Big Sleep, How To Marry A Millionaire, Murder On The Orient Express etc etc), born Betty Joan Perske. Formerly married to Humphrey Bogart. Still working after 60 years in movies.
[Picture of Lauren Bacall]


Bahadur Pun, Tul (Died in 2011)
Born 23 March 1923  (Banduk Village, Nepal)
Living Victoria Cross recipient, who hit the headlines in 2007, when the UK refused him entrance claiming he had no links with the country! A massive press campaign resulting in him moving to the UK to help cure him of his many health ailments.
[Picture of Tul Bahadur Pun]


Bain, Conrad (Died in 2013)
Born 4 February 1923  (Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada)
US TV and stage actor. Played the dad, Philip Drummond, in "Diff'rent Strokes".
[Picture of Conrad Bain]


Bainbridge, Beryl (Died in 2010)
Born 21 November 1932  (Liverpool, England)
Novelist, with an oft frequent output. Has never won the Booker Prize in 40 years of writing.
[Picture of Beryl Bainbridge]


Baines, Gertrude Gertrude Baines is no longer with us
Born 6 April 1894  (Shellman, Georgia, USA)

Died 11 September 2009  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 115  (read death notice)
Lady who, at 114, started 2009 as the 2nd oldest person in the World. When she died, she was the Oldest.
[Picture of Gertrude Baines]


Baker, George (Died in 2011)
Born 1 April 1931  (Varna, Bulgaria)
British TV actor - played Inspector Wexford in numerous Ruth Rendell adaptations.
[Picture of George Baker]


Baker, Ginger
Born 19 August 1939  (Lewisham, London, England)
Born Peter Edward Baker. Drummer, most famously for Cream. Formerly well known for leading a hedonistic lifestyle, he's now into clean living and jazz music, but looks far older than his age.
[Picture of Ginger Baker]


Baker, Kenny
Born 24 August 1934  (Birmingham, England)
Dwarf actor who played R2D2 in "Star Wars".
[Picture of Kenny Baker]


Baker, Richard
Born 15 June 1925  (Willesden, Kent, England)
Former newsreader & broadcaster for the BBC for aeons.
[Picture of Richard Baker]


Baker, Roy Ward (Died in 2010)
Born 19 December 1916  (London, England)
English film director.
[Picture of Roy Ward Baker]


Baker, Tom
Born 20 January 1934  (Liverpool, England)
Actor who played Doctor Who from 1974-81. More recently known for his deadpan voiceovers on "Little Britain".
[Picture of Tom Baker]


Bakri Muhammad, Omar
Born in Aleppo, Syria  (exact date unknown)
Born in 1958. Islamic radical who is a militant leader - formerly based in the UK.
[Picture of Omar Bakri Muhammad]


Balding, Toby
Born 23 September 1936  (New Jersey, USA)
Racehorse trainer, part of the Balding family so entwined with horse-racing.
[Picture of Toby Balding]


Baldwin, Daniel
Born 5 October 1960  (Massapequa, New York, USA)
Alec's Brother & a noted actor himself. In recent years, his off-film activities have been more in the news than his acting abilities.
[Picture of Daniel Baldwin]


Baldwin, Florrie (Died in 2010)
Born 31 March 1896  (Hunslet, Yorkshire, England)
The UK's oldest person.
[Picture of Florrie Baldwin]


Baldwin III, Alfred C
Born 23 June 1936  (New Haven, Connecticut, USA)
Watergate figure, who was monitoring electronic bugs in the Watergate Hotel.
[Picture of Alfred C Baldwin III]


Ballard, J G J G Ballard is no longer with us
Born 15 November 1930  (Shanghai, China)

Died 19 April 2009  (Shepperton, Surrey, England)

Age at death: 78  (read death notice)
Chinese born, but British based author, best known for his science fiction work, his novel "Empire of the Sun" and his excellent short stories.
[Picture of J G Ballard]


Ballesteros, Seve (Died in 2011)
Born 9 April 1957  (Pedrena, Spain)
Hugely popular golfer, one of the greatest of his era. Now stricken by brain tumours.
[Picture of Seve Ballesteros]


Banks, Gordon
Born 30 December 1937  (Sheffield, Yorkshire, England)
Legendary England goalkeeper - in goal the day England won the World Cup in 1966.
[Picture of Gordon Banks]


Bannister, Sir Roger
Born 23 March 1929  (Harrow, London, England)
Athlete - the first man to run a mile in under 4 minutes. Later became a neurologist.
[Picture of Sir Roger Bannister]


Bardon, John
Born 25 August 1939  (Brentford, Middlesex, England)
Actor, "Jim Branning" in EastEnders. Suffered a stroke in 2007.
[Picture of John Bardon]


Bardot, Brigitte
Born 28 September 1934  (Paris, France)
French actress, sex symbol, model and animal rights activist.
[Picture of Brigitte Bardot]


Barker, Bob
Born 12 December 1923  (Darrington, Washington, USA)
Presenter of the US version of "The Price is Right" for 35 years until he retired in 2007 after suffering ill health.
[Picture of Bob Barker]


Barker, Irwin (Died in 2010)
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada  (exact date unknown)
Canadian comic & writer, who is suffering from cancer.
[Picture of Irwin Barker]


Barker, Sue
Born 19 April 1956  (Paignton, Devon, England)
Ex-tennis player, pretty much Cliff Richard's only love interest ever, and now a broadcaster and presenter of BBC's "Question of Sport" programme.
[Picture of Sue Barker]


Barkmann, Ernst
Born 25 August 1919  (Kisdorf, Segeberg, Holstein, Germany)
Former Waffen SS soldier, a tank legend. Later became mayor of his home town. Died in 2009, but no obituary has come.
[Picture of Ernst Barkmann]


Barnett, Joel
Born 14 October 1923  (Manchester, England)
Now Baron Barnett, former MP & Chief Secretary of the Treasury from 1974-1979.
[Picture of Joel Barnett]


Barraclough, Roy
Born 12 July 1935  (Preston, Lancashire, England)
TV actor - played pub landlord Alec Gilroy in "Coronation Street".
[Picture of Roy Barraclough]


Barry, Christopher
Date and place of birth unknown
Former Dr. Who producer/director.
[Picture of Christopher Barry]


Barry, Gene Gene Barry is no longer with us
Born 14 June 1919  (New York City, New York, USA)

Died 9 December 2009  (Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, USA)

Age at death: 90  (read death notice)
US film, television & stage actor.
[Picture of Gene Barry]


Barry, John (Died in 2011)
Born 3 November 1933  (York, North Yorkshire, England)
Composer & conductor, best known for his work on James Bond movie scores, as well as a whole host of others, including "Midnight Cowboy".
[Picture of John Barry]


Barrymore, Michael
Born 4 May 1952  (Bermondsey, London, England)
Entertainer and game show host, born Kiernan Michael Parker. In March 2001, an unfortunate incident involving a dead homosexual in his swimming pool wrecked his career and made some DDPers feel that suicide may be on the cards.
[Picture of Michael Barrymore]


Barzun, Jacques (Died in 2012)
Born 30 November 1907  (Grenoble, France)
French born American historian & thinker.
[Picture of Jacques Barzun]


Bashir, Martin
Born 19 January 1963  (London, England)
Slimy, arrogant television journalist, best remembered for his Panorama interview with Princess Diana in 1995.
[Picture of Martin Bashir]


Bashung, Alain Alain Bashung is no longer with us
Born 1 December 1947  (Paris, France)

Died 14 March 2009  (Paris, France)

Age at death: 60  (read death notice)
French singer/actor.
[Picture of Alain Bashung]


Basora, Estanislao (Died in 2012)
Born 18 August 1926  (Colonia Valls, Barcelona, Spain)
Legendary Spanish footballer, one of the greatest strikers in Spanish club & international football history.
[Picture of Estanislao Basora]


Bassey, Shirley
Born 8 January 1937  (Cardiff, Wales)
Singer who had several hits in the 1950s and '60s, as well as singing the theme tunes to 3 James Bond films. Had a minor comeback in the late '90s as an ironic cult heroine.
[Picture of Shirley Bassey]


Bates, Ken
Born 4 December 1931  (Ealing, London, England)
Outspoken football chairman, formerly of Chelsea, now with Leeds United.
[Picture of Ken Bates]


Batey, Derek (Died in 2013)
Born 8 August 1928  (Brampton, Cumberland, England)
Television executive, former host of the UK version of "Mr & Mrs".
[Picture of Derek Batey]


Baumgartner, Felix
Born 20 April 1969  (Salzburg, Austria)
Complete loony sky-diver & aerial stuntman who jumps off tall buildings for fun!
[Picture of Felix Baumgartner]


Baxter, Biddy
Born in Leicester, Leicestershire, England  (exact date unknown)
Born in 1933. Former long-time editor of Blue Peter, the long-running children's TV show.
[Picture of Biddy Baxter]


Baxter, Stanley
Born 24 May 1926  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Comic actor, impressionist & female impersonator, who retired after starring in children's TV show "Mr Majeika". Now lives in Berkshire.
[Picture of Stanley Baxter]


Bayldon, Geoffrey
Born 7 January 1924  (Leeds, Yorkshire, England)
UK actor, best remembered as the star of "Catweazle".
[Picture of Geoffrey Bayldon]


Bean, Colin Colin Bean is no longer with us
Born 15 April 1926  (Wigan, Lancashire, England)

Died 20 June 2009  (Wigan, Lancashire, England)

Age at death: 82  (read death notice)
Played Private Sponge in Dad's Army & was normally spotted at the back of the hall & had occasional lines in the comedy.
[Picture of Colin Bean]


Bean, Orson
Born 22 July 1928  (Burlington, Vermont, USA)
American comedian, actor and TV personality.
[Picture of Orson Bean]


Beatrix, Queen
Born 31 January 1938  (Soestdijk Palace, Baarn, Netherlands)
Queen of The Netherlands, since 1980.
[Picture of Queen Beatrix]


Beatty, Ned
Born 6 July 1937  (Louisville, Kentucky, USA)
Stocky, genial-looking supporting actor.
[Picture of Ned Beatty]


Beaufort, Duke of
Born 23 February 1928  (place of birth unknown)
AKA David Somerset, British peer & land-owner.
[Picture of Duke of Beaufort]


Beck, Aaron
Born 18 July 1921  (Rhode Island, USA)
Psychologist. Founder of Cognitive Therapy.
[Picture of Aaron Beck]


Beckham, David
Born 2 May 1975  (Leytonstone, England)
Self-effacing brainbox, who founded Mensa and never seeks publicity.
[Picture of David Beckham]


Beckham, Victoria
Born 17 April 1974  (Goff's Oak, Hertfordshire, England)
Stick insect, the least talented of the Spice Girls, now best described as either a WAG or celebrity hanger-on.
[Picture of Victoria Beckham]


Bedser, Sir Alec (Died in 2010)
Born 4 July 1918  (Reading, Berkshire, England)
Legendary former England cricketer.
[Picture of Sir Alec Bedser]


Beefheart, Captain (Died in 2010)
Born 15 January 1941  (Glendale, California, USA)
Musician, born Don Glen Vliet (later changed to Don van Vliet). Teenage friend of Frank Zappa, and, like Zappa, didn't enjoy much commercial success, but he and his Magic Band influenced many other artists.
[Picture of Captain Beefheart]


Beharry, Johnson
Born 26 July 1979  (St Mark, Grenada)
The youngest living VC recipient, which he won for his bravery in the Iraq War.
[Picture of Johnson Beharry]


Belafonte, Harry
Born 1 March 1927  (Harlem, New York, USA)
Easy-listening singer, popular for many decades now. Survived a fight with prostate cancer.
[Picture of Harry Belafonte]


Bell, Andy
Born 25 April 1964  (Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England)
Ex-lead singer of Erasure, who announced in 2004 that he is HIV positive.
[Picture of Andy Bell]


Bell, Griffin Griffin Bell is no longer with us
Born 31 October 1918  (Americus, Georgia, USA)

Died 5 January 2009  (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)

Age at death: 90  
The 72nd Attorney General of the USA, between 1977 & 1979.
[Picture of Griffin Bell]


Bell, Judy
Born 23 September 1936  (Wichita, Kansas, USA)
Former president of the United States Golf Association. Diagnosed with cancer in September 2001.
[Picture of Judy Bell]


Bell, Melissa
Born 5 March 1964  (Islington, London, England)
Former singer, member of Soul II Soul. Her daughter, Alexandra Burke, has just won the X-Factor TV series, but Bell is in poor health & a lot of the "human story" element has focused on Bell as a result.
[Picture of Melissa Bell]


Bellamy, David
Born 18 January 1933  (London, England)
Easily Britain's best known botanist - also an author & broadcaster.
[Picture of David Bellamy]


Benacerraf, Baruj (Died in 2011)
Born 29 October 1920  (Caracas, Venezuela)
Immunologist (whatever that is) who won the 1980 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for something to do with molecules.
[Picture of Baruj Benacerraf]


Benaud, Richie
Born 6 October 1930  (Penrith, NSW, Australia)
Half-decent spin-bowler turned vaguely irritating cricket commentator.
[Picture of Richie Benaud]


Benedict XVI, Pope
Born 16 April 1927  (Marktl am Inn, Bavaria, Germany)
Former member of the Hitler Youth and professor of theology who was elected Pope following the death of his predecessor, John Paul II, in April 2005.
[Picture of Pope Benedict XVI]


Benitez, Rafael
Born 16 April 1960  (Madrid, Spain)
Manager of Liverpool FC.
[Picture of Rafael Benitez]


Benjamin, Richard
Born 22 May 1938  (New York City, New York, USA)
Actor in films & TV.
[Picture of Richard Benjamin]


Benn, Tony
Born 3 April 1925  (London, England)
Veteran radical left-wing politician, despite being born into the nobility. Full name Anthony Neil Wedgwood "Wedgie" Benn.
[Picture of Tony Benn]


Bennett, Hywel
Born 8 April 1944  (Garnant, Carmarthenshire, Wales)
Once a heart-throb of sorts in "Shelley" and "Loot". Now grossly overweight, a drunk & only plays heavys/drunks/fat people in his rare TV appearances.
[Picture of Hywel Bennett]


Bennett, Lennie Lennie Bennett is no longer with us
Born 26 September 1938  (Blackpool, Lancashire)

Died 8 April 2009  (Lancaster, Lancashire, England)

Age at death: 70  (read death notice)
Former comedian (indeed he was one of the many (so-called) comics in "The Comedians". Best remembered for presenting TV shows, though, including "Lucky Ladders".
[Picture of Lennie Bennett]


Bennett, Tony
Born 3 August 1926  (Astoria, Queens, New York, USA)
Crooner, who famously left his heart in San Francisco. Still performing.
[Picture of Tony Bennett]


Bennett Kennedy, Joan
Born 2 September 1936  (Riverdale, New York, USA)
Former wife of Ted Kennedy. Has had well-known drink problems, and was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006.
[Picture of Joan Bennett Kennedy]


Benson, Martin (Died in 2010)
Born 10 August 1918  (London, England)
British actor, often popped up in numerous TV dramas.
[Picture of Martin Benson]


Berg, Rabbi Philip (Died in 2013)
Born 20 August 1929  (New York City, New York, USA)
Kabbalah guru. Now wheelchair-bound, with his health in decline following a stroke last year.
[Picture of Rabbi Philip Berg]


Berlusconi, Silvio
Born 29 September 1936  (Milan, Italy)
Former Prime Minister of Italy, who as well as being a media mogul and president of AC Milan, is also amongst the world's worst actors for his "fainting" whilst making a speech on live TV, probably in a misguided attempt to get out of various legal proceedings.
[Picture of Silvio Berlusconi]


Bernadotte of Wisborg, Carl Johan (Died in 2012)
Born 31 October 1916  (Stockholm, Sweden)
A member of Sweden's Royal Family.
[Picture of Carl Johan Bernadotte of Wisborg]


Bernstein, Harry (Died in 2011)
Born 30 May 1910  (Stockport, Cheshire, England)
Author, and former magazine editor, who became a hit in his 90's, when he started writing after the death of his wife.
[Picture of Harry Bernstein]


Berry, Chuck
Born 18 October 1926  (San Jose, California, USA)
Rock 'n' roll guitarist and singer, who has a string of dodgy misdemeanours in his past. Reportedly not in the best of health, but still active.
[Picture of Chuck Berry]


Berry, Halle
Born 14 August 1966  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Film actress & former model who has appeared & acted well in some excellent movies but will also be remembered for her awful performance in the god-awful "Catwoman".
[Picture of Halle Berry]


Berry, Jack
Born 7 October 1937  (Leeds, Yorkshire, England)
Racehorse trainer.
[Picture of Jack Berry]


Bettencourt, Liliane
Born 21 October 1922  (Paris, France)
One of the chiefs of L'Oreal & one the wealthiest women in the World.
[Picture of Liliane Bettencourt]


Beverley, Joy
Born 5 May 1929  (Bethnal Green, London, England)
Former singer, part of the "Beverley Sisters" group, who became a celebrity in another field, when she married Billy Wright, the legendary former footballer.
[Picture of Joy Beverley]


Bhumibol Adulyadej, King
Born 5 December 1927  (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)
King of Thailand since 1946, the longest-serving current Head of State.
[Picture of King Bhumibol Adulyadej]


Bhutto, Bilawal
Born 21 September 1988  (Karachi, Pakistan)
Son of the late Benazir Bhutto. Currently a student, but may end up going into politics after his mother's assassination.
[Picture of Bilawal Bhutto]


Bhutto, Nusrat
Born 21 September 1929  (Kurdistan, Iran)
Widow of former Pakistan leader Zulfikar Ali Bhutto & mother of the Bhutto political dynasty, 3 of whom she has now outlived.
[Picture of Nusrat Bhutto]


Biddlecombe, Terry
Born 2 February 1941  (Woolwich, London)
Jockey & trainer - he was one of the top National Hunt jockeys of the 1960's & 1970's, but never won the Grand National.
[Picture of Terry Biddlecombe]


Biden, Joe
Born 20 November 1942  (Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA)
The current Vice-President of the USA.
[Picture of Joe Biden]


Biggins, Christopher
Born 16 December 1948  (Oldham, Lancashire, England)
Outrageously camp comic actor, TV presenter and pantomine star.
[Picture of Christopher Biggins]


Biggs, Ronnie (Died in 2013)
Born 8 August 1929  (Lambeth, London, England)
Sentenced to 30 years for his part in the 1963 Great Train Robbery, but escaped from Wandsworth Prison after only 15 months and ended up living in Brazil, from where he could not be extradited. He returned to Britain in 2001 for medical treatment and was promptly arrested. Since then, he has suffered two heart attacks, three strokes, two epileptic seizures and pneumonia, which have apparently left him partially paralysed and barely able to speak. Apart from that, though, he's in great health.
[Picture of Ronnie Biggs]


Bilk, Acker
Born 28 January 1929  (Pensford, Somerset, England)
Jazz clarinetist of "Stranger on the Shore" fame.
[Picture of Acker Bilk]


Billingsley, Barbara (Died in 2010)
Born 22 December 1915  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
American actress, best known (over there anyway) for her role in "Leave It To Beaver". Fnarr fnarr.
[Picture of Barbara Billingsley]


bin Laden, Osama (Died in 2011)
Born 10 March 1957  (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
17th of about 52 (!) children of a multi-millionaire Saudi construction magnate, al-Qaeda terrorist leader bin Laden was already on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, but on September 11th, 2001, he secured his position at no. 1 on this list. Despite this, he's a questionable DDP pick, due to the difficulty of establishing his whereabouts and hence whether he's alive or dead.
[Picture of Osama bin Laden]


Bin Mohammad Al-Qassimi, Sheikh Saqr (Died in 2010)
Born 9 April 1918  (Ras Al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates)
Current ruler of one of the states of the UAE, Ras Al-Khaimah & has been since 1948.
[Picture of Sheikh Saqr Bin Mohammad Al-Qassimi]


Birch, Paul Paul Birch is no longer with us
Born 20 November 1962  (West Bromwich, England)

Died 2 February 2009  (Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, England)

Age at death: 46  (read death notice)
Former long-serving Aston Villa midfielder.
[Picture of Paul Birch]


Bird, Dickie
Born 19 April 1933  (Barnsley, Yorkshire, England)
Well-respected but now retired cricket umpire, who also took the field as a player many moons ago.
[Picture of Dickie Bird]


Blackburn, Tony
Born 29 January 1943  (Guildford, Surrey, England)
Made a promising start to his career, joining offshore pirate station Radio Caroline in 1964 as Britain's youngest radio DJ, and in 1967 presented the first-ever show on Radio 1. However, he soon descended into the cheesy world of easy listening and painful banter, where he remains to this day.
[Picture of Tony Blackburn]


Blackham, Harold John Harold John Blackham is no longer with us
Born 31 March 1903  (Birmingham, England)

Died 23 January 2009  (Hereford, Herefordshire, England)

Age at death: 105  (read death notice)
Humanist, author and thinker.
[Picture of Harold John Blackham]


Blackman, Honor
Born 12 December 1927  (London, England)
English actress, who has played upon her sex siren status since appearing as Pussy Galore in Goldfinger.
[Picture of Honor Blackman]


Blackwell, David (Died in 2011)
Born 24 April 1919  (Centralia, Illinois, USA)
Mathematician & statistician.
[Picture of David Blackwell]


Blagojevich, Rod
Born 10 December 1956  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Disgraced former US governor of Illinois, who tried to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat in 2008.
[Picture of Rod Blagojevich]


Blair, Lionel
Born 12 December 1931  (Montreal, Canada)
Camp, tap-dancing, fixed-grinning TV personality.
[Picture of Lionel Blair]


Blair, Tony
Born 6 May 1953  (Edinburgh, Scotland)
MP for Sedgefield, County Durham since 1983, elected Labour leader in 1994 and Prime Minister in 1997. Not a popular DDP pick, as he's youngish and apparently in good health, but maybe he'll die of embarrassment if Cherie decides to sing in public again.
[Picture of Tony Blair]


Blake, George
Born 11 November 1922  (Rotterdam, Holland)
Spy, former double agent for the Soviet Union.
[Picture of George Blake]


Blanda, George (Died in 2010)
Born 17 September 1927  (Youngwood, Pennsylvania)
Legendary American footballer, kicker for a number of teams between 1949 & 1975, when he retired at the age of 48.
[Picture of George Blanda]


Blandford, Marquess of
Born 24 November 1955  (Oxford, England)
Jamie Spencer-Churchill, or Jamie Blandford as he's also known. A careless, lunatic, heavy drinking toff sums him up pretty well.
[Picture of Marquess of Blandford]


Bledel, Alexis
Born 16 September 1981  (Houston, Texas, USA)
Former model-turned-actress of no great acclaim.
[Picture of Alexis Bledel]


Bleicher, Hugo (Died in 1982?)
Born 9 August 1899  (Tettnang, Germany)
A businessman who was recruited by the Nazis during World War II because of his knowledge of many languages. He worked against the Resistance in German-occupied France and was responsible for the arrest of many of its prominent members. At the end of the war, he himself was arrested and imprisoned by the Allies. According to Wikipedia, he died in August 1982.
[Picture of Hugo Bleicher]


Blessed, Brian
Born 9 October 1937  (Mexborough, Yorkshire, England)
Large, bearded actor whose presence and booming voice has landed him parts in everything from Shakespeare adaptations to Robin Hood to Star Wars.
[Picture of Brian Blessed]


Blix, Hans
Born 28 June 1928  (Uppsala, Sweden)
UN Weapons Inspector, former Swedish Foreign Minister. Got in trouble for not finding any weapons of mass destruction, which was a bit harsh, because there never were any.
[Picture of Hans Blix]


Bloembergen, Nicolaas
Born 11 March 1920  (Dordrecht, Netherlands)
Electrical engineering genius, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1981.
[Picture of Nicolaas Bloembergen]


Blue, Rabbi Lionel
Born 6 February 1930  (London, England)
Rabbi, journalist & broadcaster, who often does "Thought of the Day" on BBC Radio 4's "Today" programme.
[Picture of Rabbi Lionel Blue]


Blunt, James
Born 22 February 1974  (Tidworth, Wiltshire, England)
Depending on your point of view, either one of the UK's top musicians & songwriters, or a thoroughly annoying twat.
[Picture of James Blunt]


Bluthal, John
Born 21 October 1929  (Galicia, Poland)
Popular British character actor, often in comedies. Best known for his role as Frank Pickle in "The Vicar of Dibley".
[Picture of John Bluthal]


Bobek, Stjepan (Died in 2010)
Born 3 December 1923  (Zagreb, Croatia)
Legendary Yugoslav centre-forward, later a football manager.
[Picture of Stjepan Bobek]


Bocelli, Andrea
Born 22 September 1958  (Lajatico, Tuscany, Italy)
Blind opera & classical singer.
[Picture of Andrea Bocelli]


Bohr, Aage Niels Aage Niels Bohr is no longer with us
Born 19 June 1922  (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Died 8 September 2009  (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Age at death: 87  (read death notice)
Nuclear physicist and son of the legendary physicist Niels Bohr.
[Picture of Aage Niels Bohr]


Bol, Manute (Died in 2010)
Born 16 October 1962  (Khartoum, Sudan)
7'7" former NBA basketball player who was renowned for being able to slam-dunk without leaving the ground. Retired to his native Sudan and unsuccessfully attempted to fund the overthrow of the Islamic government, before being forced to flee back to the US.
[Picture of Manute Bol]


Boland, Bill
Born 16 July 1933  (Corpus Christi, Texas, USA)
Very successful American jockey.
[Picture of Bill Boland]


Bolt, Usain
Born 21 August 1986  (Trelawny, Jamaica)
100m & 200m Olympic Gold Medallist in 2008 & World Record holder in both to boot.
[Picture of Usain Bolt]


Bond, John (Died in 2012)
Born 17 December 1932  (Dedham, England)
Former footballer, who later became a manager (Norwich, Manchester City etc.)
[Picture of John Bond]


Bond, Michael
Born 13 January 1926  (Newbury, Berkshire, England)
Author, best known as the creator of Paddington Bear.
[Picture of Michael Bond]


Boniperti, Giampiero
Born 4 July 1928  (Barengo, Piedmont, Italy)
Footballer, a legendary Italian centre-forward.
[Picture of Giampiero Boniperti]


Bonner, Yelena (Died in 2011)
Born 15 February 1923  (Merv, Turkmenistan)
Soviet human rights activist who as widow of Andrei Sakharov was a thorn in the side of successive Russian leaders from Stalin onwards until 1986.
[Picture of Yelena Bonner]


Born 10 May 1960  (Ballymun, Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
U2 frontman, who, like his mate Sir Bob Geldof, labours under the misapprehension that having once been a successful pop star makes him (a) an expert on everything from world hunger to the environment, and (b) worth listening to. Born Paul David Hewson.
[Picture of Bono]


Book, Tony
Born 4 September 1934  (Bath, Somerset, England)
Former footballer & manager of Manchester City.
[Picture of Tony Book]


Bookbinder, David
Born in Manchester, England  (exact date unknown)
Labour leader of Derbyshire County Council from 1981 to 1992. Daughter Susan is a top news broadcaster. Born in 1941.
[Picture of David Bookbinder]


Booth, Richard
Born 12 September 1938  (Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Wales)
Bookseller, one of the pivotal names in the town becoming so entwined with books. Also is completely & utterly stark raving bonkers.
[Picture of Richard Booth]


Booth, Tim
Born 4 February 1960  (Wakefield, Yorkshire, England)
Lead singer of the band "James".
[Picture of Tim Booth]


Booth, Tony
Born 9 October 1931  (Liverpool, England)
Political activist, actor (most notably in 'Till Death Us Do Part'), ex-alcoholic, ex-husband of the late Pat Phoenix and father-in-law of Tony Blair, whose wife Cherie is one of Booth's eight daughters.
[Picture of Tony Booth]


Boothroyd, Betty
Born 8 October 1929  (Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England)
Tiller Girl turned Speaker of the House of Commons between 1992 & 2000.
[Picture of Betty Boothroyd]


Bordaberry, Juan Maria (Died in 2011)
Born 17 June 1928  (Montevideo, Uruguay)
Former President of Uruguay between 1972 & 1976.
[Picture of Juan Maria Bordaberry]


Borgnine, Ernest (Died in 2012)
Born 24 January 1917  (Hamden, Connecticut, USA)
Five-times married, surprisingly prolific TV and film actor, whose portly stature ensured that he specialised in playing tough or just downright fat characters.
[Picture of Ernest Borgnine]


Borgonovo, Stefano (Died in 2013)
Born 17 March 1964  (Giussano, Italy)
Italian footballer, now stricken with the disease ALS.
[Picture of Stefano Borgonovo]


Borkh, Inge
Born 26 May 1917  (Mannheim, Germany)
Former opera singer from Switzerland.
[Picture of Inge Borkh]


Borlaug, Norman Norman Borlaug is no longer with us
Born 25 November 1914  (Cresco, Iowa, USA)

Died 12 September 2009  (Dallas, Texas, USA)

Age at death: 95  (read death notice)
American agronomist, humanitarian, and Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1970.
[Picture of Norman Borlaug]


Bough, Frank
Born 15 January 1933  (Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England)
British TV presenter, mainly on daytime television or sports programmes. Wearer of bad sweaters and target of unlikely sex orgy allegations. Had a liver transplant in 2001.
[Picture of Frank Bough]


Bourgeois, Louise (Died in 2010)
Born 25 December 1911  (Paris, France)
French-American sculptor, the first to exhibit in the Tate Modern's Turbine Hall ('Maman', that big spider thing).
[Picture of Louise Bourgeois]


Bouteflika, Abdelaziz
Born 2 March 1937  (Oujda, Morocco)
President of Algeria since 1999.
[Picture of Abdelaziz Bouteflika]


Boutros-Ghali, Boutros
Born 14 November 1922  (Cairo, Egypt)
UN Secretary-General between 1992-96, whose name became a catchphrase on "The Fast Show".
[Picture of Boutros Boutros-Ghali]


Bowden, Bobby
Born 8 November 1929  (Birmingham, Alabama, USA)
Another college American football coach.
[Picture of Bobby Bowden]


Bowen, Jim
Born 20 August 1937  (Heswall, Cheshire, England)
Super, smashing, great. The avuncular presenter of ITV's "Bullseye" (1981-93) ensured that no-one ever went home empty-handed, even if they were so laughably bad at darts that they ended up with £7 and a pewter tankard between 2 people. You can't beat a bit of Bully!
[Picture of Jim Bowen]


Bowie, David
Born 8 January 1947  (Brixton, London, England)
Sang with Mark Bolan and Bing Crosby in 1977; days later, both were dead. Suffered a heart attack in 2004.
[Picture of David Bowie]


Boyce, Max
Born 7 September 1945  (Glynneath, Wales)
Welsh comedian & singer, particularly entwined with the Welsh rugby team and their ebbing & flowing fortunes.
[Picture of Max Boyce]


Boycott, Geoff
Born 21 October 1940  (Fitzwilliam, Yorkshire, England)
Notoriously slow-scoring Yorkshire and England cricketer. Now an equally dull cricket commentator.
[Picture of Geoff Boycott]


Boyle, Katie
Born 29 May 1926  (Florence, Italy)
TV presenter, agony aunt & dog lover. Born Caterina Irene Elena Maria Imperiali di Francavilla, so it's probably a good thing that she took her first husband's name instead when going professional.
[Picture of Katie Boyle]


Boyle, Robert F. (Died in 2010)
Born 10 October 1909  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Art director in films from 1933 onwards, often in tandem with Alfred Hitchcock.
[Picture of Robert F. Boyle]


Boyson, Sir Rhodes (Died in 2012)
Born 11 May 1925  (Manchester, England)
Backbench MP who often appeared on TV & his appearance in "Have I Got News For You" in 1994 was particulary bizarre & still remembered by many who saw it.
[Picture of Sir Rhodes Boyson]


Braben, Eddie (Died in 2013)
Born 31 October 1930  (Liverpool, England)
Comedy writer, who deserves far more credit than he gets, as he was the creator & supplier of many of Eric Morecambe's greatest lines, including most of the legendary repartee with Andre Previn in one of the Christmas specials.
[Picture of Eddie Braben]


Bradbury, Ray (Died in 2012)
Born 22 August 1920  (Waukegan, Illinois, USA)
Sci-fi author, best known for "Fahrenheit 451".
[Picture of Ray Bradbury]


Brady, Ian
Born 2 January 1938  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Moors Murderer, in prison since 1966, having been caught just 4 weeks after the death penalty for murder was abolished in the UK. Has a tendency to go on somewhat half-hearted hunger strikes. Since the death of his accomplice, Myra Hindley, in 2002, DDP interest in him has picked up.
[Picture of Ian Brady]


Brady, James
Born 29 August 1940  (Centralia, Illinois, USA)
Former White House press secretary to Ronald Reagan, who was left permanently disabled when an assassination attempt on Reagan saw him shot in the head.
[Picture of James Brady]


Brady, Liam
Born 13 February 1956  (Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
Cultured former Arsenal & Republic of Ireland midfielder, now assistant manager of the Irish national team.
[Picture of Liam Brady]


Brady, Sarah
Born 6 February 1942  (Missouri, USA)
Advocate of gun control ever since her husband Jim was seriously wounded in the 1981 assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan. Now suffering from lung cancer.
[Picture of Sarah Brady]


Brady, Wayne
Born 2 June 1972  (Orlando, Florida, USA)
US Comedian, best known for his appearances on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?".
[Picture of Wayne Brady]


Brand, Jo
Born 3 May 1957  (Hastings, East Sussex, England)
Comedienne & broadcaster, often on TV comedy panel shows.
[Picture of Jo Brand]


Brand, Oscar
Born 7 February 1920  (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
Folk singer, a long time resident in the US.
[Picture of Oscar Brand]


Brand, Russell
Born 4 June 1975  (Grays, Essex, England)
TV presenter & comic who is nowhere near as funny as he thinks he is.
[Picture of Russell Brand]


Branden, Nathaniel
Born 9 April 1930  (Brampton, Ontario, Canada)
Psychotherapist and writer & often appears on various media outlets.
[Picture of Nathaniel Branden]


Branson, Sir Richard
Born 18 July 1950  (Sharnley Green, Surrey, England)
Entrepreneur since the age of 16, when he started a national student magazine. Now boss of the Virgin records/banking/airline/mobile phones/etc empire.
[Picture of Sir Richard Branson]


Brazil, Alan
Born 15 June 1959  (Simshill, Glasgow, Scotland)
Former porky striker for Ipswich, Spurs & Man U, now a pundit on television.
[Picture of Alan Brazil]


Breuning, Walter (Died in 2011)
Born 21 September 1896  (Melrose, Minnesota, USA)
One of the oldest men in the World at the start of 2009.
[Picture of Walter Breuning]


Brickell, Katie
Born 9 July 1983  (Haywards Heath, Sussex, England)
Young lady who was denied a smear test for cervical cancer as she was "too young" for the test, and whose disease is now incurable, albeit under control.
[Picture of Katie Brickell]


Briers, Richard (Died in 2013)
Born 14 January 1934  (Merton, Surrey, England)
Very popular British actor & comedian, best known for "The Good Life".
[Picture of Richard Briers]


Briggs, Asa
Born 7 May 1921  (Keighley, West Yorkshire, England)
British historian and academic, a particular specialist on the Victorian era.
[Picture of Asa Briggs]


Brimley, Wilford
Born 27 September 1934  (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)
Heavy-set, superbly-moustachioed US actor in TV, films & commercials.
[Picture of Wilford Brimley]


Britton, Tony
Born 9 June 1934  (Birmingham, England)
Actor, mainly on stage but also in "Don't Wait Up" on TV. Father of Fern Britton.
[Picture of Tony Britton]


Broadbent, Peter (Died in 2013)
Born 15 May 1933  (Elvington, Kent, England)
Footballer, most notably for Wolves. Also played for England & was part of their 1958 World Cup squad.
[Picture of Peter Broadbent]


Broadis, Ivor
Born 18 December 1922  (Isle of Dogs, London, England)
Former England footballer & Carlisle United manager.
[Picture of Ivor Broadis]


Broderick, Matthew
Born 21 March 1962  (New York City, New York, USA)
Movie & Broadway star - "Ferris Bueller", "The Producers" etc
[Picture of Matthew Broderick]


Brook, Peter
Born 21 March 1925  (Chiswick, London, England)
Director, mainly on stage, but with forays into films as well.
[Picture of Peter Brook]


Brookner, Anita
Born 16 July 1928  (Herne Hill, London, England)
Author & art historian.
[Picture of Anita Brookner]


Brooks, Mel
Born 28 June 1926  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Comic actor and film director.
[Picture of Mel Brooks]


Brown, Arthur
Born 24 June 1942  (Whitby, Yorkshire, England)
"I am the God of Hellfire, and I bring youuuuuuuu.. FIRE!" Madcap, possibly actually medically mad, but hugely entertaining singer.
[Picture of Arthur Brown]


Brown, Bobby
Born 5 February 1969  (Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA)
R & B singer & dancer, whose litany of crimes is much too long to list here, but suffice to say, not many people think of him as "a nice boy".
[Picture of Bobby Brown]


Brown, Clancy
Born 5 January 1959  (Urbana, Ohio, USA)
Actor & voice-over artist.
[Picture of Clancy Brown]


Brown, Gordon
Born 20 February 1951  (Govan, Glasgow, Scotland)
Widely despised Prime Minister of Britain from 2007 onwards.
[Picture of Gordon Brown]


Brown, Janet (Died in 2011)
Born 1 December 1923  (Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, Scotland)
Comedienne, actress & impressionist - often impersonated Margaret Thatcher. Widow of "Carry On" star Peter Butterworth.
[Picture of Janet Brown]


Brown, Joe
Born 13 May 1941  (Swarby, Lincolnshire, England)
Singer, guitarist & TV entertainer.
[Picture of Joe Brown]


Brown, June
Born 16 February 1927  (Needham Market, Suffolk, England)
Actress who plays Dot Cotton in EastEnders.
[Picture of June Brown]


Brubeck, Dave (Died in 2012)
Born 6 December 1920  (Concord, California, USA)
US jazz pianist & composer.
[Picture of Dave Brubeck]


Bruce, Jack
Born 14 May 1943  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Former frontman of Cream, who also wrote most of their songs. Underwent a liver transplant in October 2003, after being diagnosed with cancer of the liver.
[Picture of Jack Bruce]


Bruni-Sarkozy, Carla
Born 23 December 1967  (Torino, Italy)
Current wife of French President Nicolas Sarzoky & former model, singer & songwriter.
[Picture of Carla Bruni-Sarkozy]


Bryan, Dora
Born 7 February 1924  (Southport, Lancashire, England)
Chirpy blonde British actress. Won a BAFTA for "A Taste of Honey" (1961).
[Picture of Dora Bryan]


Buchanan, James (Died in 2013)
Born 3 October 1919  (Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA)
American economicist & Nobel Prize winner.
[Picture of James Buchanan]


Buckles, Frank (Died in 2011)
Born 1 February 1901  (Harrison County, Missouri, USA)
One of only 2 US WWI veterans still alive at the start of 2008, and the last one to have actually served overseas.
[Picture of Frank Buckles]


Buckley, Tom Tom Buckley is no longer with us
Born 25 February 1985  (Northwich, Cheshire, England)

Died 13 May 2009  (Comerbach, Cheshire, England)

Age at death: 23  (read death notice)
Money-raising hill-walker who had terminal cancer.
[Picture of Tom Buckley]


Buffer, Michael
Born 2 November 1944  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
Wrestling announcer best known for his cry of "Let's get ready to rumble!".
[Picture of Michael Buffer]


Bugner, Joe
Born 13 March 1950  (Szoreg, Hungary)
Hungarian born, but Australian citizen - former heavyweight boxer.
[Picture of Joe Bugner]


Burdon, Eric
Born 11 May 1941  (Walker, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England)
Former lead singer of The Animals.
[Picture of Eric Burdon]


Burgess, Neil
Born 6 June 1966  (Portsmouth, Hampshire, England)
Actor who plays Barry Scott, the shouty bloke on the Cillit Bang adverts. Hats off to whichever marketing company managed to make people sit up and take notice of a cleaning product.
[Picture of Neil Burgess]


Burgess, Tim
Born 30 May 1967  (Salford, Manchester, England)
Lead singer of Indie/Rock band The Charlatans.
[Picture of Tim Burgess]


Burhanuddin, Syedna Mohammed
Born 6 March 1915  (Surat, Gujarat, India)
The 52nd Da'i al-Mutlaq of the Dawoodi Bohras, a religious group of Indian Muslims.
[Picture of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin]


Burke, Alfred (Died in 2011)
Born 28 February 1918  (Peckham, London, England)
Gangly character actor who for 10 years played a private eye called Frank Marker in the popular but confusingly-named TV series "Public Eye".
[Picture of Alfred Burke]


Burke, David
Born 25 May 1934  (Liverpool, England)
Actor - played Dr Watson in the 1980s TV adaptation of "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes".
[Picture of David Burke]


Burke, James
Born 22 December 1936  (Derry, Northern Ireland)
Scientist, historian & TV presenter - presented "Tomorrow's World".
[Picture of James Burke]


Burnham, Edward
Born 25 December 1916  (Stafford, England)
British actor, probably best known for his role as "Professor Kettlewell" in "Dr. Who" during the 1960's & 1970's.
[Picture of Edward Burnham]


Burns, Pete
Born 5 August 1959  (Port Sunlight, Cheshire, England)
Androgynous frontperson of '80s electropopsters Dead Or Alive.
[Picture of Pete Burns]


Burtenshaw, Norman
Born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England  (exact date unknown)
Born sometime in 1926. Former FIFA listed football referee.
[Picture of Norman Burtenshaw]


Busey, Gary
Born 29 June 1944  (Goose Creek, Texas, USA)
Actor, in numerous films & often in kooky roles.
[Picture of Gary Busey]


Bush, Barbara
Born 8 June 1925  (Rye, New York, USA)
The wife of George Bush snr, not the namesake daughter of George W. Bush.
[Picture of Barbara Bush]


Bush (jnr), George W.
Born 6 July 1946  (New Haven, Connecticut, USA)
43rd President of the United States. Amazingly stumbled his way through 8 years in the job, but as the man himself once said: "They misunderestimated me."
[Picture of George W. Bush (jnr)]


Bush (snr), George
Born 12 June 1924  (Milton, Massachusetts, USA)
Son of a senator and related to 4 previous US Presidents. Made his fortune in the oil industry and got involved in Texan politics before becoming US ambassador to the United Nations, vice-President under Ronald Reagan from 1980-88, and President from 1988-92. Was sometimes lambasted for not being overly bright, but then his son Dubya came along…
[Picture of George Bush (snr)]


Butler, Annie Annie Butler is no longer with us
Born 4 June 1897  (Barford, Warwickshire, England)

Died 28 September 2009  (Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England)

Age at death: 112  (read death notice)
At the start of 2009, she was the 3rd oldest person in the UK.
[Picture of Annie Butler]


Buxton, Baron Aubrey Baron Aubrey Buxton is no longer with us
Born 15 July 1918  (Headington, Oxfordshire, England)

Died 1 September 2009  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
Author, war hero, politician & TV executive.
[Picture of Baron Aubrey Buxton]


Bygraves, Max (Died in 2012)
Born 16 October 1922  (Rotherhithe, London, England)
Wartime radio comedian, later turned stage entertainer, singer, and over-user of the phrase "I wanna tell you a story".
[Picture of Max Bygraves]


Byrd, Robert (Died in 2010)
Born 20 November 1917  (North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, USA)
Former Klansman US Senator from West Virginia.
[Picture of Robert Byrd]


Byrd Jr., Harry F. (Died in 2013)
Born 20 December 1914  (Winchester, Virginia, USA)
Former US Senator for Virginia between 1965 & 1983.
[Picture of Harry F. Byrd Jr.]


Byrne, Gay
Born 5 August 1934  (Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
Respected veteran Irish broadcaster, presenter of "The Late Late Show" for 37 years.
[Picture of Gay Byrne]

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