Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2009: 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]


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


Gallagher, Noel
Born 29 May 1967  (Manchester, England)
Songwriter, guitarist, occasional vocalist & the real driving force behind the hugely successful rockband Oasis.
[Picture of Noel Gallagher]


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


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, Colin (Died in 2010)
Date and place of birth unknown
Former Forest Green Rovers FC chairman & millionaire businessman, who has an inoperable brain tumour. Born 1940.
[Picture of Colin Gardner]


Gardner, Frank Frank Gardner is no longer with us
Born 1 October 1930  (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)

Died 28 August 2009  (Clear Island Waters, Queensland, Australia)

Age at death: 78  (read death notice)
Former racing driver. Raced in F1, and won the 1970 British Touring Car Championship.
[Picture of Frank Gardner]


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


Gardner, Martin (Died in 2010)
Born 21 October 1914  (Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA)
Wrote a popular mathematical puzzles column in "Scientific American" magazine for 25 years.
[Picture of Martin 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, USA)
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]


Garrett, Leif
Born 8 November 1961  (Hollywood, California, USA)
Former teen actor & singing star, who has fallen on hard times with a number of drink & drugs related mishaps.
[Picture of Leif Garrett]


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]


Gazzaniga, Silvio
Born 23 January 1921  (Milan, Italy)
The man who sculpted & created the trophy used for the FIFA World Cup.
[Picture of Silvio Gazzaniga]


Gazzara, Ben
Born 28 August 1930  (New York City, New York, USA)
Actor, in a number of films & TV roles.
[Picture of Ben Gazzara]


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
Born 25 January 1938  (Lachen, Switzerland)
Swiss businessman who was involved in selling Pakistan's nuclear secrets to the world. Now suffering from cancer.
[Picture of Daniel Geiges]


Geldof, Peaches
Born 16 March 1989  (London, England)
aste of space and occasional TV presenter. Daughter of Sir Bob Geldof & Paula Yates, and she seems more intent in following her mother's footsteps, rather than her dad's.
[Picture of Peaches Geldof]


Geldof, Pixie
Born 17 September 1990  (London, England)
Daughter of Sir Bob Geldof & general waste of space, like her sister Peaches.
[Picture of Pixie Geldof]


Genscher, Hans-Dietrich
Born 21 March 1927  (Reideburg, Germany)
Long serving foreign minister of (West) Germany.
[Picture of Hans-Dietrich Genscher]


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]


Gerard, Gil
Born 23 January 1943  (Little Rock, Arkansas, USA)
Star of "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century". Also got to flirt with Erin Gray, the lucky ol' dog.
[Picture of Gil Gerard]


Gerrard, Steven
Born 30 May 1980  (Whiston, Merseyside, England)
Liverpool & England footballer.
[Picture of Steven Gerrard]


Gibbons, Billy
Born 16 December 1949  (Houston, Texas, USA)
AKA "Reverend Willie G", the guitarist in ZZ Top.
[Picture of Billy Gibbons]


Gibson, Henry Henry Gibson is no longer with us
Born 21 September 1935  (Germantown, Pennsylvania, USA)

Died 14 September 2009  (Malibu, California, USA)

Age at death: 73  (read death notice)
Actor, comedian & songwriter.
[Picture of Henry Gibson]


Gibson, Mel
Born 3 January 1956  (Peerskill, New York, USA)
Actor, born in the US, but raised in Australia, where he found fame through the Mad Max films. Since then, he's been one of Hollywood's top actors. More recently has been directing bizarre films & insulting policemen.
[Picture of Mel 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]


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]


Gill, A.A.
Born 28 June 1954  (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Author & newspaper columnist, televison & food critic.
[Picture of A.A. Gill]


Gill, Ken Ken Gill is no longer with us
Born 30 August 1927  (Melksham, Wiltshire, England)

Died 23 May 2009  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 81  (read death notice)
Trade unionist & communist, former leader of the TASS & MDF unions.
[Picture of Ken Gill]


Gilzean, Alan
Born 23 October 1938  (Coupar Angus, Scotland)
Footballer, formerly with Dundee, Spurs & Scotland.
[Picture of Alan Gilzean]


Giordano, Ralph
Born 23 March 1923  (Hamburg, Germany)
Freelance writer, often against Nazi-type behaviour or history, as he was a survivor of the Holocaust.
[Picture of Ralph Giordano]


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]


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]


Godber, Sir George Sir George Godber is no longer with us
Born 4 August 1908  (Willington, Bedfordshire, England)

Died 7 February 2009  (Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England)

Age at death: 100  (read death notice)
Former Chief Medical Officer for the government between 1960 & 1973, despite losing an eye in childhood.
[Picture of Sir George Godber]


Goddard, Mark
Born 24 July 1936  (Lowell, Massachusetts, USA)
Actor, best remembered as Major Don West in "Lost in Space".
[Picture of Mark Goddard]


Goddard, Trisha
Born 23 December 1957  (Hackney, London, England)
Truly hideous lady who thinks she is better than everyone else - a male version of Jeremy Kyle, but not quite as irritating. Queen of the UK chavs.
[Picture of Trisha Goddard]


Goffe, Rusty
Born 30 October 1948  (Herne Bay, Kent, England)
4'2" dwarf actor. Was an Oompa-Loompa in the 1971 version of "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory", and played 3 minor roles in "Star Wars", although he was uncredited for the latter.
[Picture of Rusty Goffe]


Gold, David
Born 9 September 1936  (Dagenham, Essex, England)
Pornographer, businessman & chairman of Birmingham City F.C.
[Picture of David Gold]


Goldberg, Whoopi
Born 13 November 1955  (New York City, New York, USA)
Comedienne and actress, famous for her roles in "Ghost" & "The Color Purple".
[Picture of Whoopi Goldberg]


Gonzales, Jorge (Died in 2010)
Born 31 January 1966  (Formosa, Argentina)
Former wrestler & basketball player, known for his height (7ft, 6 inches).
[Picture of Jorge Gonzales]


Goodman, John
Born 20 June 1952  (St Louis, Missouri, USA)
Rotund funnyman, actor and on-screen husband of Roseanne.
[Picture of John Goodman]


Goody, Jade Jade Goody is no longer with us
Born 5 June 1981  (Bermondsey, London, England)

Died 22 March 2009  (Upshire, Essex, England)

Age at death: 27  (read death notice)
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. In 2008, she announced she had cancer, and since then has taken the illness & dying to new levels of tackiness & selfishness. Despite the fact that her husband goes round assaulting people, no money made from the publicity seeking bint has gone to any cancer charity & numerous other detestable features, some of Britain have treated her as more saintly than Mother Teresa…… When she died in 2009, some (who should know better too) went blathering on about her being the new "People's Princess". Sheesh…
[Picture of Jade Goody]


Goodyear, Julie
Born 29 March 1942  (Heywood, Lancashire, England)
Gobby Northern actress who played Bet Lynch in 'Coronation Street' for 25 years. Her off-screen love life has been the stuff of a tabloid editor's dreams: 3 short-lived marriages (one of which was annulled after the reception), 2 called-off engagements, numerous headline-grabbing relationships with other C-rate celebs, and a couple of lesbian flings to boot.
[Picture of Julie Goodyear]


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]


Gordimer, Nadine
Born 20 November 1923  (Springs, Transvaal, South Africa)
Nobel Prize-winning author, often considered a feminist writer, although she herself has always resisted this label.
[Picture of Nadine Gordimer]


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]


Gortner, Marjoe
Born 14 January 1944  (Long Beach, California, USA)
Another US "celebrity" evangelical minister, who now apparently sponsors golf tournaments. Marjoe comes from his parents combining their names, Mary & Joseph. Good thing they weren't called BORis & INGa, then.
[Picture of Marjoe Gortner]


Goss, Pete
Born 22 December 1961  (Yealmpton, Devon, England)
Yachtsman, mainly goes off on madcap explorations to dangerous or difficult places...
[Picture of Pete Goss]


Gough, Michael (Died in 2011)
Born 23 November 1917  (Kuala Lumpur, 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]


Grammer, Kelsey
Born 21 February 1955  (Saint Thomas, US Virgin Isles)
Actor & comedian, best known as the lead role in "Frasier", but also for his roles in "Cheers" and "The Simpsons" (as the voice of Sideshow Bob). Suffered a heart-attack in 2008.
[Picture of Kelsey Grammer]


Grass, Günter
Born 16 October 1927  (Danzig, Germany)
German Nobel Prize-winning novelist: "The Tin Drum".
[Picture of Günter Grass]


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]


Grayson, Kathryn (Died in 2010)
Born 9 February 1922  (Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA)
Actress and singer, who appeared in a lot of film musicals in the 1940's & 1950's.
[Picture of Kathryn Grayson]


Greatbatch, Shaun
Born 13 July 1969  (Newmarket, Suffolk, England)
Darts player, now suffering from cancer.
[Picture of Shaun Greatbatch]


Green, Lester
Born 2 June 1968  (Jersey City, New Jersey, USA)
Also known as Beetlejuice. A comedian & actor, one of Howard Stern's sidekicks.
[Picture of Lester Green]


Green, Peter
Born 29 October 1946  (Bethnal Green, London, England)
Blues guitarist, a founder member of Fleetwood Mac.
[Picture of Peter Green]


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


Greenwood, Kathy
Born 21 March 1962  (Scarborough, Ontario, Canada)
Canadian stand-up comedian & actress.
[Picture of Kathy Greenwood]


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]


Gregg, Harry
Born 25 October 1932  (Tobermore, Northern Ireland)
Legendary ex-Manchester United & Northern Ireland goalkeeper who was a hero in the Munich Disaster, when he saved a number of people from death in the minutes after the plane crash.
[Picture of Harry Gregg]


Greig, John
Born 11 September 1942  (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Former footballer for Rangers & Scotland, who is still with Rangers as a club director.
[Picture of John Greig]


Grier, Rosey
Born 14 July 1932  (Linden, New Jersey, USA)
Former New York Giants football player, Christian minister, guitar-strumming folk singer and actor, who, despite his poncey name, is in fact a large hard bloke, Rosey being short for Roosevelt. Happened to be standing next to Sirhan Sirhan when the latter shot and killed Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, whereupon he promptly disarmed and captured him.
[Picture of Rosey Grier]


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 2˝" (1991), and wobbled his boat-load of jowls as Uncle Vernon Dursley in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone".
[Picture of Richard Griffiths]


Griffiths, Terry
Born 16 October 1947  (Llanelli, Wales)
Snooker player, who played achingly slow. However, it won him the 1979 World Championship, and he enjoyed a long career in the sport.
[Picture of Terry Griffiths]


Groening, Matt
Born 15 February 1954  (Portland, Oregon, USA)
Creator & animator of "The Simpsons".
[Picture of Matt Groening]


Grosics, Gyula
Born 4 February 1926  (Dorog, Hungary)
Former goalkeeper for Hungary, one of the last surviving players from the brilliant team that thumped England at Wembley & reached the 1954 World Cup Final.
[Picture of Gyula Grosics]


Grout, James (Died in 2012)
Born 22 October 1927  (London, England)
Actor, a frequent face on British TV ("Shelley") & 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]


Guillaume, Robert
Born 30 November 1927  (St. Louis, Missouri, USA)
Actor, better known in the US, though he has starred in many international movie hits, including "The Lion King".
[Picture of Robert Guillaume]


Gurung, Lachhiman (Died in 2010)
Born 30 December 1917  (Dakhani, Tanhu, Nepal)
One of the few living Victoria Cross holders.
[Picture of Lachhiman Gurung]


Guy, Buddy
Born 30 July 1936  (Lettsworth, Louisiana, USA)
Guitarist, best known for his extensive work in blues music.
[Picture of Buddy Guy]


Guzman, Joaquin
Born 4 April 1954  (La Tuna, Badiraguato, Sinaloa, Mexico)
Mexican drugs baron, currently on the run.
[Picture of Joaquin Guzman]


Gyatso, Tenzin
Born 6 July 1935  (Takster, Qinghai, China)
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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