Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2009: K


Kabila, Joseph
Born 4 June 1971  (Hewa Bora, Fizi, Democratic Republic of Congo)
President of the Democratic Republic of Congo since 2001, following the assassination of his father.
[Picture of Joseph Kabila]


Kalashnikov, Mikhail (Died in 2013)
Born 10 November 1919  (Kurya, Siberia)
Military engineer who designed the the AK-47 assault rifle which has become synonymous with his name. In 2004, he began marketing his own brand of vodka; the two products perhaps don't make the best of bedfellows.
[Picture of Mikhail Kalashnikov]


Kallen, Kitty
Born 25 May 1922  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
Big band singer of the 1940s & 1950s, but whose star has waned since then.
[Picture of Kitty Kallen]


Kamprad, Ingvar
Born 30 March 1926  (Ljungby, Sweden)
Founder of IKEA, the furniture store.
[Picture of Ingvar Kamprad]


Kapoor, Shammi (Died in 2011)
Born 21 October 1931  (Mumbai, India)
Bollywood film star - very popular in the 1950's & 1960's.
[Picture of Shammi Kapoor]


Karadzic, Radovan
Born 19 June 1945  (Petnijca, Savnik, Montenegro)
Former Serbian leader, now on trial at the Hague for war crimes after being captured in 2008.
[Picture of Radovan Karadzic]


Karimov, Islom
Born 30 January 1938  (Samarkand, Uzbekistan)
Current President of Uzbekistan.
[Picture of Islom Karimov]


Karle, Jerome (Died in 2013)
Born 18 June 1918  (New York City, New York, USA)
American physical chemist, who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1985.
[Picture of Jerome Karle]


Karlin, Miriam (Died in 2011)
Born 23 June 1925  (Hampstead, London, England)
Actress in TV & film shows, probably best remembered for her role in "The Rag Trade".
[Picture of Miriam Karlin]


Karr, John Mark
Born 11 December 1964  (Conyers, Georgia, USA)
General low-life, who became briefly famous when he made a false confession regarding the unsolved murder of six-year-old JonBenét Ramsey. He didn't do that, but has done a lot of other crime.
[Picture of John Mark Karr]


Karzai, Hamid
Born 24 December 1957  (Kandahar, Afghanistan)
Pashtun leader whose anti-Soviet, anti-Taliban views persuaded the Americans to install him as leader of Afghanistan's interim government in December 2001. Much more importantly, he has won praise from the Gucci fashion house for his trademark green coat and rather funky ceremonial hat, which he made himself from his own facial hair.
[Picture of Hamid Karzai]


Kasem, Casey
Born 27 April 1932  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Radio & TV presenter & disc jockey of Lebanese descent.
[Picture of Casey Kasem]


Kasparov, Garry
Born 13 April 1963  (Baku, Azerbaijan)
Retired former world chess champion, who has now entered the dangerous world of Russian politics, opposing Vladimir Putin.
[Picture of Garry Kasparov]


Katona, Kerry
Born 6 September 1980  (Warrington, Cheshire, England)
Former topless model and member of Atomic Kitten who admitted to never having sung a note on any of the band's hits. Now a divorced mother of two in her mid-20s, the vacuous, talentless bint amazingly has the gall to hold herself up as a role model for young women. Oh, and she urges parents to feed their kids on processed "ADHD in a Box" ready meals from Iceland.
[Picture of Kerry Katona]


Katz, Alex
Born 24 July 1927  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Pop Art artist & sculptor.
[Picture of Alex Katz]


Katzir, Ephraim Ephraim Katzir is no longer with us
Born 16 May 1916  (Kiev, Ukraine)

Died 30 May 2009  (Rehovot, Israel)

Age at death: 93  (read death notice)
Former President of Israel, between 1973 & 1979.
[Picture of Ephraim Katzir]


Kaufman, Sir Gerald
Born 21 June 1930  (Leeds, Yorkshire, England)
Creepy & dour former Labour party MP, former shadow foreign & home secretary.
[Picture of Sir Gerald Kaufman]


Kaunda, Kenneth
Born 28 April 1924  (Chinsali, Zambia)
President of Zambia from 1964-91.
[Picture of Kenneth Kaunda]


Kaye, Gorden
Born 7 April 1941  (Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England)
UK comic actor, best remembered for being Rene Artois in "'Allo, 'Allo".
[Picture of Gorden Kaye]


Kazanets, Ivan (Died in 2013)
Born 12 October 1918  (Lotsmanska Kamyanka, Katerynoslav, Ukraine)
Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Ukrainian SSR (1963-65)
[Picture of Ivan Kazanets]


Keane, Roy
Born 10 August 1971  (Cork, Mayfield, Republic of Ireland)
Former Man Utd & Republic of Ireland midfielder who had a turbulent spell in charge of Sunderland recently.
[Picture of Roy Keane]


Kek Iew, Kang
Born 17 November 1942  (Choyaot, Kampong Chen, Kampong, Cambodia)
Better known as "Comrade Duch", one of the Khmer Rouge's nastiest henchmen.
[Picture of Kang Kek Iew]


Keller, Jerry
Born 20 June 1937  (Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA)
American singer & songwriter.
[Picture of Jerry Keller]


Kelly, David (Died in 2012)
Born 11 July 1929  (Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
Played Michael O'Sullivan in the 1998 comedy hit "Waking Ned" (aka "Waking Ned Devine"), and O'Reilly, the cowboy builder in "Fawlty Towers".
[Picture of David Kelly]


Kelly, Ellsworth
Born 31 May 1923  (Newburgh, New York, USA)
Painter & sculptor of the Minimalistic style.
[Picture of Ellsworth Kelly]


Kelly, Frank
Born 28 December 1938  (Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
Feck! Arse! Girls! The actor behind Father Jack Hackett from "Father Ted".
[Picture of Frank Kelly]


Kelly, Gary
Born 3 August 1966  (Fulwood, Lancashire, England)
Former goalkeeper for Bury & Oldham, brother of fellow goalkeeper Alan. Kelly announced in 2007 that he had cancer.
[Picture of Gary Kelly]


Kendall, Kenneth (Died in 2012)
Born 7 August 1924  (India)
Newsreader and "Treasure Hunt" presenter.
[Picture of Kenneth Kendall]


Keneally, Thomas
Born 7 October 1935  (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)
Australian playwright & author.
[Picture of Thomas Keneally]


Kenna, Edward Edward Kenna is no longer with us
Born 6 July 1919  (Hamilton, Victoria, Australia)

Died 8 July 2009  (Geelong, Victoria, Australia)

Age at death: 90  (read death notice)
Another of the few living VC holders (until his death), won during World War 2.
[Picture of Edward Kenna]


Kennedy, George
Born 18 February 1925  (New York City, New York, USA)
Tall, well-built bit-part actor who has been in over 100 films and 50 TV programmes, but, somewhat depressingly for him, remains best known as Leslie Nielsen's police squad sidekick in the three Naked Gun movies.
[Picture of George Kennedy]


Kennedy, Ludovic Ludovic Kennedy is no longer with us
Born 3 November 1919  (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Died 18 October 2009  (Salisbury, Wiltshire, England)

Age at death: 89  (read death notice)
Writer and broadcaster - former presenter of Independent Television News and regular contributor to Newsweek magazine.
[Picture of Ludovic Kennedy]


Kennedy, Michael
Born 19 February 1926  (Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, England)
Music critic, biographer & journalist, mainly on classical music.
[Picture of Michael Kennedy]


Kennedy, Ray
Born 28 July 1951  (Seaton Delaval, Northumberland, England)
Former Liverpool and England footballer, now suffering from Parkinson's Disease.
[Picture of Ray Kennedy]


Kennedy, Senator Edward Senator Edward Kennedy is no longer with us
Born 22 February 1932  (Brookline, Massachusetts, USA)

Died 25 August 2009  (Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, USA)

Age at death: 77  (read death notice)
US Senator - brother of JFK and Rosemary Kennedy.
[Picture of Senator Edward Kennedy]


Kennedy Shriver, Eunice Eunice Kennedy Shriver is no longer with us
Born 10 July 1921  (Brookline, Massachusetts, USA)

Died 11 August 2009  (Hyannis, Massachusetts, USA)

Age at death: 88  (read death notice)
Fifth of the nine Kennedy children, sister to John F., Robert F. and Edward M., wife of Robert Sargent Shriver, former VP candidate, and founder of the Special Olympics.
[Picture of Eunice Kennedy Shriver]


Kent, Barbara (Died in 2011)
Born 16 December 1906  (Gasby, Alberta, Canada)
Actress in 1920s and '30s silent movies.
[Picture of Barbara Kent]


Kent, Duchess of
Born 22 February 1933  (Hovingham Hall, Worsley, Yorkshire)
Katharine Lucy Mary Windsor - married to (unsurprisingly) the Duke of Kent, who is the Queen's cousin.
[Picture of Duchess of Kent]


Kent (Prince Edward), Duke of
Born 9 October 1935  (Belgrave Square, London, England)
The Duke of Kent since 1942, after his father was killed in an air crash. Also head of the Lawn Tennis Association & so often seen at Wimbledon.
[Picture of Duke of Kent (Prince Edward)]


Kermode, Sir Frank (Died in 2010)
Born 29 November 1919  (Douglas, Isle of Man)
Manx-born literary critic.
[Picture of Sir Frank Kermode]


Kevorkian, Dr Jack (Died in 2011)
Born 26 May 1928  (Pontiac, Michigan, USA)
Leading proponent of voluntary euthanasia. There'd be a certain irony if he got the chance to try it out for himself this year...
[Picture of Dr Jack Kevorkian]


Khamenei, Ayatollah Ali
Born 17 July 1939  (Mashhad, Iran)
Former President of Iran, and current Supreme Leader, since 1989.
[Picture of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei]


Khan, Abdul Qadeer
Born 1 April 1936  (Bhopal, India)
Controversial scientist, the founder of Pakistan's nuclear programme & a national hero. Under house arrest since 2004, he is also fighting cancer.
[Picture of Abdul Qadeer Khan]


Khan, Imran
Born 25 November 1952  (Lahore, Pakistan)
Former Pakistani cricketer, turned media celebrity, turned socialite, turned politician, turned arch-enemy of President Musharraf!
[Picture of Imran Khan]


Khodorkovsky, Mikhail
Born 26 June 1963  (Moscow, Russia)
Former multi-billionaire who after falling foul of the Russian Government found himself jailed in 2005 & is still languishing in a prison camp, with most of his fortune gone.
[Picture of Mikhail Khodorkovsky]


Khorana, Har Gobind (Died in 2011)
Born 9 January 1922  (Raipur, Punjab, India)
Molecular biologist & Nobel Prize winner in 1968.
[Picture of Har Gobind Khorana]


Kibaki, Mwai
Born 15 November 1931  (Gatuyiani, Nyeri, Kenya)
Current President of Kenya, since 2002.
[Picture of Mwai Kibaki]


Kidder, Margot
Born 17 October 1948  (Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada)
Actress, probably best known for her role as Lois Lane in the Superman films of the 1980's.
[Picture of Margot Kidder]


Kidman, Nicole
Born 20 June 1967  (Honolulu, Hawaii, USA)
Australian actress in films since the 1980's & one of Hollywood's top draw-stars. Also, according to the team who picked her, a slag.
[Picture of Nicole Kidman]


Kiel, Richard
Born 13 September 1939  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Absurdly tall (7'2") actor who played steel-toothed baddie Jaws in the James Bond films 'The Spy Who Loved Me' and 'Moonraker'.
[Picture of Richard Kiel]


Kielty, Patrick
Born 31 January 1971  (Dundrum, County Down, Northern Ireland)
Annoying twat. Presenter & so-called "comic".
[Picture of Patrick Kielty]


Kilminster, Ian
Born 24 December 1945  (Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England)
Warty-faced rocker Lemmy out of Motorhead.
[Picture of Ian Kilminster]


Kimball, George (Died in 2011)
Born 20 December 1943  (Grass Valley, California, USA)
American sportswriter, most notably in boxing.
[Picture of George Kimball]


King, B. B.
Born 16 September 1925  (Itta Bena, Mississippi, USA)
American blues guitarist and songwriter. One of King's trademarks is naming his guitars "Lucille", a tradition that began in the 1950s.
[Picture of B. B. King]


King, Ben E.
Born 28 September 1938  (Henderson, North Carolina, USA)
Singer & songwriter, best known for his song "Stand By Me".
[Picture of Ben E. King]


King, Jonathan
Born 9 December 1944  (Godalming, Surrey, England)
Musician and TV presenter who was sentenced to 7 years in jail in 2001 for sexually abusing teenage boys.
[Picture of Jonathan King]


King, Larry
Born 19 November 1933  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
American broadcaster, who hosts a world-famous chat show.
[Picture of Larry King]


King, Patsy
Born in Melbourne, Australia  (exact date unknown)
Actress, in many a TV show in Australia, including Prisoner: Cell Block H. Born 1929.
[Picture of Patsy King]


King, Stephen
Born 21 September 1947  (Portland, Oregon, USA)
Horror writer - 'Carrie', 'The Shining', 'It', 'Misery' etc.
[Picture of Stephen King]


Király, Béla Béla Király is no longer with us
Born 14 August 1912  (Kaposvar, Hungary)

Died 4 July 2009  (Budapest, Hungary)

Age at death: 97  (read death notice)
Hungarian military ace & historian, author & later politician in the Hungarian Parliament.
[Picture of Béla Király]


Kirchner, Leon Leon Kirchner is no longer with us
Born 24 January 1919  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)

Died 17 September 2009  (New York City, New York, USA)

Age at death: 90  (read death notice)
Composer of classical music.
[Picture of Leon Kirchner]


Kirkpatrick, Don
Date and place of birth unknown
Guitarist, mostly in colloboration with Rod Stewart.
[Picture of Don Kirkpatrick]


Kirkup, James James Kirkup is no longer with us
Born 23 April 1918  (South Shields, Tyne & Wear, England)

Died 10 May 2009  (Andorra la Vella, Andorra)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
Poet & travel writer.
[Picture of James Kirkup]


Kiser, Terry
Born 1 August 1939  (Omaha, Nebraska, USA)
Actor in numerous TV show & films - including Bernie in "Weekend at Bernie's" & HG Wells in "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman".
[Picture of Terry Kiser]


Kissinger, Henry
Born 23 May 1923  (Fürth, Germany)
Secretary of State in the US government under Presidents Nixon and Ford. Shared the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize for helping to broker a ceasefire in Vietnam - ironic, given that he'd been part of the government that started the war in the first place.
[Picture of Henry Kissinger]


Klein, Lawrence R. (Died in 2013)
Born 14 September 1920  (Omaha, Nebraska, USA)
[Picture of Lawrence R. Klein]


Klugman, Jack (Died in 2012)
Born 27 April 1922  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
TV actor, best known as Oscar Madison in 'The Odd Couple' and the eponymous Dr Quincy in 'Quincy'. Had part of his larynx removed in the mid-1990s as a result of throat cancer.
[Picture of Jack Klugman]


Knatchbull, Patricia
Born 14 February 1924  (London, England)
2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma, 1st cousin of Phil the Greek.
[Picture of Patricia Knatchbull]


Knight, Marion 'Suge'
Born 19 April 1965  (Compton, California, USA)
Co-founder of rap & hip-hop label Death Row Records. Once allegedly dangled Vanilla Ice out of a seventh-storey window by his ankles; his only mistake was hauling him back in again.
[Picture of Marion 'Suge' Knight]


Knowles, Tony
Born 13 June 1955  (Bolton, Lancashire, England)
Snooker player, who never really gained much success in the big tournaments.
[Picture of Tony Knowles]


Knox, Barbara
Born 30 September 1933  (Oldham, Lancashire, England)
Rita Bates/Sullivan/Fairclough in Coronation Street, a role she has played, on & off, since 1964.
[Picture of Barbara Knox]


Knoxall, Bobby
Born 24 December 1933  (London, England)
Comedian, mainly a standup comic in working men's clubs & well-known in Sunderland, especially. He was occasionally on TV as well. Born in 1933, died in 2009, but no obit yet.
[Picture of Bobby Knoxall]


Knussen, Oliver
Born 12 June 1952  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Musical composer & conductor.
[Picture of Oliver Knussen]


Koch, Ed (Died in 2013)
Born 12 December 1924  (The Bronx, New York, USA)
Former Mayor of New York City between 1978 & 1989.
[Picture of Ed Koch]


Kohl, Helmut
Born 3 April 1930  (Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany)
Former Chancellor of Germany between 1982 & 1998. Now drags his enormous bulk around the world attending state functions.
[Picture of Helmut Kohl]


Koirala, Girija Prasad (Died in 2010)
Born 20 February 1925  (Tadi, Bihar, India)
Four times Prime Minister of Nepal.
[Picture of Girija Prasad Koirala]


Kolff, Willem Willem Kolff is no longer with us
Born 14 February 1911  (Leiden, Netherlands)

Died 11 February 2009  (Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, United States)

Age at death: 97  (read death notice)
Physician & inventor, mainly & heavily involved in the development of heart-lung machines.
[Picture of Willem Kolff]


Kony, Joseph
Born 19 September 1962  (Odek, Gulu, Uganda)
Leader of the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda. The list of his crimes are horrific but he simply says he is following "God's will" as all his work is based on The Ten Commandments. Can't remember the Commandment at Sunday School that 'thou shalt rape female children & take them as your wives', but I DO remember "Thou shalt not kill" was one of the big ones. Hmmm...…
[Picture of Joseph Kony]


Koop, Dr C. Everett (Died in 2013)
Born 14 October 1916  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Surgeon General of the United States from 1982-89, under Ronald Reagan's presidency.
[Picture of Dr C. Everett Koop]


Korchnoi, Viktor
Born 23 May 1931  (St. Petersburg, Russia)
Chess Grandmaster, still playing. Now of Swiss citizenship.
[Picture of Viktor Korchnoi]


Kozulin, Aleksander
Born 25 November 1955  (Minsk, Belarus)
Leader of one of Belarus' main opposition parties - an admirable, but not a particulary safe job, due to President Lukashenko's hard-line regime.
[Picture of Aleksander Kozulin]


Kraft Jr., Christopher
Born 28 February 1924  (Phoebus, Virginia, USA)
Former NASA flight director & director of the Johnson Space Center.
[Picture of Christopher Kraft Jr.]


Kraus, Paul
Born 27 June 1944  (St. Polten, Austria)
Author who having survived malignant mesothelioma since 1997, has written books about it & how other cancer patients should forget conventional therapies for traditional medicine.
[Picture of Paul Kraus]


Kravchuk, Leonid
Born 10 January 1934  (Rivne Oblast, Ukraine)
Former President of the Ukraine between 1991 & 1994.
[Picture of Leonid Kravchuk]


Kucinich, Dennis
Born 8 October 1946  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Presidental candidate for the Democrats in 2004 & 2008 & politician, a member of the US House of Representatives for Ohio.
[Picture of Dennis Kucinich]


Kudayev, Rasul
Born 23 January 1984  (Prohladsk, Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia)
Former inmate of Guantanamo Bay detention camp, held under (but later released) terrorist charges.
[Picture of Rasul Kudayev]

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