Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2009: P


Pacheco, Ferdie
Born 8 December 1927  (Tampa, Florida, USA)
Cornerman for numerous boxers, including Muhammed Ali.
[Picture of Ferdie Pacheco]


Page, Greg
Born 16 January 1972  (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)
Australian musician and children's TV entertainer. Stopped working due to ill health in November 2006.
[Picture of Greg Page]


Page, Greg Greg Page is no longer with us
Born 25 October 1958  (Louisville, Kentucky, USA)

Died 27 April 2009  (Louisville, Kentucky, USA)

Age at death: 50  (read death notice)
WBA heavyweight boxing champion in 1984-1985. Suffered brain damage in a fight in 2001, and had numerous health problems until his early death.
[Picture of Greg Page]


Page, Patti (Died in 2013)
Born 8 November 1927  (Claremore, Oklahoma, USA)
Pop & country singer, with a long career in the industry & still performing in her 80's.
[Picture of Patti Page]


Painting, Norman Norman Painting is no longer with us
Born 23 April 1924  (Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England)

Died 29 October 2009  (Warmington, Warwickshire, England)

Age at death: 85  (read death notice)
Actor who played the part of Phil Archer in BBC Radio 4's soap "The Archers" since 1950.
[Picture of Norman Painting]


Paisley, Rev Ian
Born 6 April 1926  (Armagh, Northern Ireland)
Loud-mouthed leader of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party and loud-mouthed leader of Northern Ireland's Free Presbyterian Church. Not to be confused with his son - Ian Paisley, Jnr. - who is also a member of the DUP.
[Picture of Rev Ian Paisley]


Palmer, Arnold
Born 10 September 1929  (Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA)
Golf maestro, whose business interests include Arnold Palmer Enterprises, the Palmer Course Design Company, the Arnold Palmer Golf Management Company, and the Arnold Palmer Golf Academy (idea for a film). He also helped raise money for the foundation of Orlando's Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Women.
[Picture of Arnold Palmer]


Palmer, Geoffrey
Born 4 June 1927  (London, England)
Sour-faced comic actor, appeared in "Butterflies" and "As Time Goes By". Also narrator of the series "Grumpy Old Men."
[Picture of Geoffrey Palmer]


Palminteri, Chazz
Born 15 May 1952  (The Bronx, New York, USA)
Actor, often in "heavy" roles.
[Picture of Chazz Palminteri]


Panozzo, Chuck
Born 20 September 1948  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Bassist, member of the band The Styx. Currently living with the AIDS virus.
[Picture of Chuck Panozzo]


Paradis, Vanessa
Born 22 December 1972  (Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, Val-de-Marne, France)
French singer, actress & Johnny Depp's long-time girlfriend.
[Picture of Vanessa Paradis]


Pardo, Don
Born 22 February 1918  (Westfield, Massachusetts, USA)
US radio & television announcer for over 60 years.
[Picture of Don Pardo]


Parker, Fess (Died in 2010)
Born 16 August 1924  (Fort Worth, Texas, USA)
American TV & film actor, but has had few memorable roles in a long career, bar a recurring role as Davy Crockett.
[Picture of Fess Parker]


Parker, Sarah Jessica
Born 25 March 1965  (Nelsonville, Ohio, USA)
Actress, mainly in pathetic, wimpering, lightweight roles. No, OoO is not a fan, and he's not alone....
[Picture of Sarah Jessica Parker]


Parkin, Molly
Born in Pontycyner, Wales  (exact date unknown)
Painter, journalist & fashion expert, a key part of the "Swinging Sixties" fashionistas. Born 1932.
[Picture of Molly Parkin]


Parkinson, Sir Michael
Born 28 March 1935  (Cudworth, South Yorkshire, England)
Jovial Northern TV chat show host.
[Picture of Sir Michael Parkinson]


Parsons, Estelle
Born 20 November 1927  (Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA)
American actress who was nominated for an Oscar in 1967 for playing Blanche in "Bonnie & Clyde". Also known for playing Roseanne's mother in the sitcom "Roseanne".
[Picture of Estelle Parsons]


Parsons, Nicholas
Born 10 October 1923  (Grantham, Lincolnshire, England)
Presenter of numerous TV & radio programmes over the past 40 years or so.
[Picture of Nicholas Parsons]


Patch, Harry Harry Patch is no longer with us
Born 17 June 1898  (Combe Down, Bath, England)

Died 25 July 2009  (Wells, Somerset, England)

Age at death: 111  (read death notice)
WWI veteran. Gave vivid recollections in several documentaries, notably BBC's "The Trench".
[Picture of Harry Patch]


Paterno, Joseph 'JoePa' (Died in 2012)
Born 21 December 1926  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Long-serving coach of an American Football university team. Well known in the US, but a UK obit might prove a problem.
[Picture of Joseph 'JoePa' Paterno]


Patil, Pratibha
Born 19 December 1934  (Nadagon, Maharashtra, India)
The current President of India.
[Picture of Pratibha Patil]


Patinkin, Mandy
Born 30 November 1952  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
US actor, a regular on television (Chicago Hope) & in films.
[Picture of Mandy Patinkin]


Paton, Tam Tam Paton is no longer with us
Born 10 August 1938  (Prestonpans, Scotland)

Died 8 April 2009  (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Age at death: 70  (read death notice)
Former manager of the Bay City Rollers, who towards the end of his life was dogged by ill-health & child sex allegations.
[Picture of Tam Paton]


Patten, Marguerite
Born 4 November 1915  (Bath, Somerset, England)
Cooking writer and arguably the first TV celebrity chef.
[Picture of Marguerite Patten]


Pattinson, Robert
Born 13 May 1986  (London, England)
Actor, Cedric Diggory in the "Harry Potter" films.
[Picture of Robert Pattinson]


Paul, Les Les Paul is no longer with us
Born 9 June 1915  (Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA)

Died 13 August 2009  (White Plains, New York, USA)

Age at death: 94  (read death notice)
Guitarist and one of the most important figures in the development of modern electric guitars and recording techniques.
[Picture of Les Paul]


Pavle, Patriarch Patriarch Pavle is no longer with us
Born 11 September 1914  (Kucanci, Croatia)

Died 15 November 2009  (Belgrade, Serbia)

Age at death: 95  (read death notice)
Serbian religious leader of the Serbian Orthodox church.
[Picture of Patriarch Pavle]


Payne, Keith
Born 30 August 1933  (Ingham, Queensland, Australia)
VC holder, who won it during the Vietnam war. Also fought in Korea and Dhofar.
[Picture of Keith Payne]


Pei, I.M.
Born 26 April 1917  (Guanghzou, China)
Architect - has designed all sorts of stuff, including the Louvre Pyramid in Paris.
[Picture of I.M. Pei]


Born 23 October 1940  (Tres Coracoes, Brazil)
Legendary Brazilian footballer - many say the greatest player ever.
[Picture of Pelé]


Pell, Claiborne Claiborne Pell is no longer with us
Born 22 November 1918  (New York City, New York, USA)

Died 1 January 2009  (Newport, Rhode Island, USA)

Age at death: 90  (read death notice)
Senator of Rhode Island from 1961-97, fondly remembered by generations of US college students for introducing "Pell Grants" in 1973.
[Picture of Claiborne Pell]


Penn, June
Born in Brighton, East Sussex, England  (exact date unknown)
Astrologer in TV & radio. Born around 1928.
[Picture of June Penn]


Percival, Lance
Born 26 July 1933  (Sevenoaks, Kent, England)
First famous in "That Was The Week That Was". Later in a whole host of TV shows & films.
[Picture of Lance Percival]


Peres, Shimon
Born 2 August 1923  (Vishniova, Belarus)
Born in what used to be Poland, but is now Belarus, Peres is the respected elder statesman of Israel politics, twice former Prime Minister, and current cabinet minister.
[Picture of Shimon Peres]


Peres, Sonya (Died in 2011)
Born in Ukraine  (exact date unknown)
Wife of Shimon. Born sometime in 1926.
[Picture of Sonya Peres]


Perez, Carlos (Died in 2010)
Born 27 October 1922  (Rubio, Tachira, Venezuela)
Former President of Venezuela.
[Picture of Carlos Perez]


Pérez de Cuéllar, Javier
Born 19 January 1920  (Lima, Peru)
Former secretary-general of the UN, 1982-91.
[Picture of Javier Pérez de Cuéllar]


Perkins, Elizabeth
Born 18 November 1960  (Queens, New York, USA)
Film actress.
[Picture of Elizabeth Perkins]


Peron, Isabel
Born 4 February 1931  (La Rioja, Argentina)
Third wife of Juan, former President of Argentina & Isabel herself was President between 1974 & 1976.
[Picture of Isabel Peron]


Perot, Ross
Born 27 June 1930  (Texarkana, Texas, USA)
Billionaire American businessman, who also ran for Presidency of the United States in 1992 & 1996.
[Picture of Ross Perot]


Perrine, Valerie
Born 3 September 1943  (Houston, Texas, USA)
Actress, particulary successful in the 1970's.
[Picture of Valerie Perrine]


Perry, Lee 'Scratch'
Born 20 March 1936  (St Mary's, Jamaica, West Indies)
Barely sane but hugely influential reggae man.
[Picture of Lee 'Scratch' Perry]


Perry, Matthew
Born 19 August 1969  (Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA)
Actor, best known as Chandler from "Friends".
[Picture of Matthew Perry]


Pertwee, Bill (Died in 2013)
Born 21 July 1926  (Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England)
British comedy actor, who, despite landing the part of Bert Hodges in "Dad's Army", has never been as famous as his thesp cousin Jon.
[Picture of Bill Pertwee]


Pesky, Johnny
Born 27 September 1919  (Portland, Oregon, USA)
Another former baseball star turned manager.
[Picture of Johnny Pesky]


Peters, Mike
Born 25 February 1959  (Prestatyn, Wales)
Lead singer of The Alarm.
[Picture of Mike Peters]


Petersen, William
Born 21 February 1953  (Evanston, Illinois, USA)
Actor, best known for playing Dr. Gil Grissom on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
[Picture of William Petersen]


Phelps, Fred Waldron
Born 13 November 1929  (Meridian, Mississippi, USA)
Pastor of a controversial independent US church, a well-known (in the US anyhow) hater of homosexuals & their rights.
[Picture of Fred Waldron Phelps]


Philip, Prince
Born 10 June 1921  (Villa Mon Repos, Corfu, Greece)
Gaffe-prone "Phil the Greek" also has Danish and German blood.
[Picture of Prince Philip]


Phillips, Bum (Died in 2013)
Born 23 September 1923  (Orange, Texas, USA)
American football coach, who enjoyed most success with the Houston Oilers and now works as a football pundit on TV and radio, still using his ridiculous nickname. He doesn't appear to have got wind of the fact that it stinks.
[Picture of Bum Phillips]


Phillips, Leslie
Born 20 April 1924  (Tottenham, London, England)
Comic actor who inherited the "Doctor in..." role from Dirk Bogarde and appeared in a number of the "Carry on..." films. Apparently he also plays the voice of "The Sorting Hat" in the "Harry Potter" movies, whatever that means.
[Picture of Leslie Phillips]


Phillips, Mackenzie
Born 10 November 1959  (Alexandria, Virginia, USA)
Singer & actress who has had a long standing problem with drugs.
[Picture of Mackenzie Phillips]


Phillips, Siân
Born 14 May 1933  (Betws, Carmathenshire, Wales)
Veteran British actress of stage, screen & TV.
[Picture of Siân Phillips]


Phillips, Zara
Born 15 May 1981  (Paddington, London, England)
"Amazing" daughter of Princess Anne, an "amazing" equestrian World Champion and who marked an "amazing" 2006 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award by saying "amazing" every two seconds. Amazing.
[Picture of Zara Phillips]


Piggott, Lester
Born 5 November 1935  (Wantage, Berkshire, England)
Unusually tall (5'8") jockey, nine times winner of the Epsom Derby, who was often lampooned for his odd speech impediment, and did time for tax evasion.
[Picture of Lester Piggott]


Pilcher, Rosamunde
Born 22 September 1924  (Lelant, Cornwall, England)
Very successful author, normally of romantic novels.
[Picture of Rosamunde Pilcher]


Pileggi, Mitch
Born 5 April 1952  (Portland, Oregon, USA)
Actor, best known as Skinner in "The X-Files".
[Picture of Mitch Pileggi]


Pincher, Chapman
Born 29 March 1914  (India)
Journalist & novelist, an expert on spy & espionage.
[Picture of Chapman Pincher]


Pinelli, Tullio Tullio Pinelli is no longer with us
Born 24 June 1908  (Turin, Italy)

Died 7 March 2009  (Rome, Italy)

Age at death: 100  (read death notice)
Italian screenwriter, former cavalry officer, Oscar-nominated for co-writing the screenplays for I Vitelloni (1953), La Strada (1954), La Dolce vita (1960), and 8½ (1963).
[Picture of Tullio Pinelli]


Pingping, He (Died in 2010)
Born 3 July 1988  (Inner Mongolia, China)
One of the smallest people in the world, just 2 feet & 4 inches high.
[Picture of He Pingping]


Pipe, Martin
Born 29 May 1945  (Wellington, Somerset, England)
Horse trainer, one of the most successful in the history of British racing.
[Picture of Martin Pipe]


Piper, Billie
Born 22 September 1982  (Swindon, Wiltshire, England)
Former singer, wife of Chris Evans & Dr. Who assistant, now often stripping off as Belle De Jour in "Secret Diary of a Call Girl".
[Picture of Billie Piper]


Piper, David
Born in Plymouth, Devon, England  (exact date unknown)
Eccentric Lord of Warleigh, often in the papers as a mad/lonely/publicity seeking toff. Born in 1950.
[Picture of David Piper]


Piper, 'Rowdy' Roddy
Born 17 April 1954  (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
Born Roderick George Toombs, Piper is another former pro wrestler. Always claimed he was Scottish, despite having never set foot in Scotland in his life. Just as well too, considering he once thought that wearing a checked skirt would pass as a kilt.
[Picture of 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper]


Pitman, Jenny
Born 11 June 1946  (Hoby, Leicestershire, England)
Hugely successful & popular racehorse trainer, now retired - the first woman to train a Grand National winner.
[Picture of Jenny Pitman]


Pitman, Rosemary (Died in 2010)
Born 19 January 1940  (Northumberland, England)
Current wife of Andrew Parker Bowles, the former husband of Camilla Parker-Bowles, who is now Duchess of Cornwall, after her marriage to Prince Charles. To make things go round in a full circle (ish), Pitman's former husband was brother-in-law to the uncle of Diana, Princess of Wales, former wife of... Prince Charles!
[Picture of Rosemary Pitman]


Pitt, Kenneth
Date and place of birth unknown
David Bowie's former manager, a former plastic surgeon.
[Picture of Kenneth Pitt]


Pitts, Valerie
Born 21 August 1937  (Foleshill, Warwickshire, England)
Widow of Sir George Solti - she met him when she was a TV presenter & she went to interview him & ended up marrying him.
[Picture of Valerie Pitts]


Piven, Jeremy
Born 26 July 1965  (New York City, New York, USA)
Actor, mainly on stage or television.
[Picture of Jeremy Piven]


Plummer, Christopher
Born 13 December 1929  (Toronto, Canada)
Canadian film, stage & TV actor, still, despite some recent high-profile performances in "Syriana" and "The Insider", perhaps best known for his role in "The Sound of Music."
[Picture of Christopher Plummer]


Poitier, Sidney
Born 20 February 1927  (Miami, Florida, USA)
Black actor who grew up in the Bahamas as the son of a "dirt farmer", according to IMDb, though what one of those is, is anyone's guess. Anyway, he emigrated to the US and went on to become a leading movie star of the 1950s and '60s, taking lead roles in, among others, "To Sir, With Love" and "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner".
[Picture of Sidney Poitier]


Polanski, Roman
Born 18 August 1933  (Paris, France)
Movie director, with a rather torrid personal life, which has included underage sexual intercourse (which means he is still banned from the US), surviving the Holocaust & finding out his wife, Sharon Tate had been brutally murdered by the Manson Family.
[Picture of Roman Polanski]


Pomodoro, Arnaldo
Born 23 June 1926  (Morciano, Romagna, Italy)
Well known Italian sculptor, with examples of his work all over the World.
[Picture of Arnaldo Pomodoro]


Pop, Iggy
Born 21 April 1947  (Muskegon, Michigan, USA)
Former frontman of The Stooges, but also successful as a solo artist. Born James Jewell Osterberg Jr, he got his nickname from another of his old bands, The Iguanas. Celebrated for being a pioneer of stage-diving and crowd-walking, and for taking industrial quantities of heroin.
[Picture of Iggy Pop]


Postl, Dylan 'Hornswoggle'
Born 29 May 1986  (Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA)
Wrestler, one of the stars of the WWE.
[Picture of Dylan 'Hornswoggle' Postl]


Powell, Colin
Born 5 April 1937  (New York City, New York, USA)
US Army general who worked under Bush I during Gulf War I, and later became Secretary of State under Bush II, taking the country into Gulf War II. Underwent surgery for prostate cancer in December 2003. Cannot pronounce his own name.
[Picture of Colin Powell]


Powers, Bridget "The Midget"
Born 11 October 1980  (Boise, Idaho, USA)
Erotic dwarf actress.
[Picture of Bridget


Prabhakaran, Velupillai Velupillai Prabhakaran is no longer with us
Born 26 November 1954  (Velvettithurai, Sri Lanka)

Died 18 May 2009  (Nanthikadal Lagoon, Mullahivu, Sri Lanka)

Age at death: 54  (read death notice)
Leading Tamil militant, self-appointed head of the Tamil Free State. Finally killed by Sri Lankan forces in 2009 after years of unrest.
[Picture of Velupillai Prabhakaran]


Pratchett, Sir Terry
Born 28 April 1948  (Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England)
Author of the "Discworld" Sci-fi series. Announced in 2007 that he has a very rare form of early onset Alzheimer's.
[Picture of Sir Terry Pratchett]


Prescott, John
Born 31 May 1938  (Prestatyn, Wales)
Gaffe-prone, yokel-punching, croquet-playing, cocktail stick-waggling, senior Labour politician, deputy Prime Minister from 1997-2007.
[Picture of John Prescott]


Prescott, Steve (Died in 2013)
Born 26 December 1973  (St. Helens, Merseyside, England)
Ex-St Helens rugby league player, now battling cancer.
[Picture of Steve Prescott]


Previn, Andre
Born 6 April 1930  (Berlin, Germany)
Conductor, composer & pianist of real distinction. However all he is likely to be remembered for is being lambasted by Eric Morecambe. When Previn takes Morecambe to task for playing "all the wrong notes", Eric drags Previn by his jacket & says "I'm playing all the RIGHT notes, but not necessarily in the right order." Genius.
[Picture of Andre Previn]


Price, Katie 'Jordan'
Born 22 May 1978  (Newport, Wales)
Surgically-enhanced "glamour" model and general waste of space Z-list "celebrity".
[Picture of Katie 'Jordan' Price]


Priebke, Erich (Died in 2013)
Born 29 July 1913  (Hennigsdorf, Brandenburg, Germany)
Nazi war criminal, a member of the SS, who would've lived life out peacefully if he hadn't foolishly taken part in a TV interview in 1994 about his war crimes. To cut a long story short, he's now the oldest prisoner in Europe.
[Picture of Erich Priebke]


Priest, Pat
Born 15 August 1936  (Bountiful, Utah, USA)
Marilyn Munster in "The Munsters".
[Picture of Pat Priest]


Priestley, Dennis
Born 16 July 1950  (Mexborough, South Yorkshire, England)
Multiple darts champion.
[Picture of Dennis Priestley]


Prior, James
Born 11 October 1927  (Brampton, Sussex, England)
Politician, former Employment & Northern Ireland Secretary.
[Picture of James Prior]


Proby, PJ
Born 6 November 1938  (Houston, Texas, USA)
Rock music singer and songwriter & sometime actor.
[Picture of PJ Proby]


Proops, Greg
Born 3 October 1959  (Phoenix, Arizona, USA)
American comedian, often in Europe. Also works as a voice artist.
[Picture of Greg Proops]


Protopopov, Oleg
Born 16 June 1932  (St .Petersburg, Russia)
Figure skater, gold medal winner in the 1964 & 1968 Olympics.
[Picture of Oleg Protopopov]


Prudhomme, Paul
Born 13 July 1940  (Opelousas, Louisiana, USA)
Rotund American chef, best known for his Cajun cooking.
[Picture of Paul Prudhomme]


Purdy, Debbie
Born 5 April 1963  (Bradford, Yorkshire, England)
Multiple Sclerosis patient who is fighting for her right for assisted suicide.
[Picture of Debbie Purdy]


Putin, Vladimir
Born 7 October 1952  (Leningrad (now St Petersburg again), Russia)
President of Russia, former head of the FSB (the federal security services), and before that a KGB agent in East Germany. A big fan of sambo (a Russian martial art), he was Leningrad sambo champion on a number of occasions.
[Picture of Vladimir Putin]


Pynchon, Thomas
Born 8 May 1937  (Glen Cove, New York, USA)
Extremely reclusive author. In fact, the only times his voice has ever been broadcast is via three episodes of "The Simpsons".
[Picture of Thomas Pynchon]

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