Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2009: R


Raabe, Meinhardt (Died in 2010)
Born 2 September 1915  (Jefferson County, Wisconsin, USA)
Dwarf actor who played a Munchkin coroner in the original 1939 film version of "The Wizard of Oz".
[Picture of Meinhardt Raabe]


Race, Steve Steve Race is no longer with us
Born 1 April 1921  (Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England)

Died 22 June 2009  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 88  (read death notice)
Composer, musician & radio/TV broadcaster.
[Picture of Steve Race]


Radcliffe, Daniel
Born 23 July 1989  (Fulham, London, England)
Harry Potter. Now starring in a stage show where he takes his clothes off.
[Picture of Daniel Radcliffe]


Radebe, Lucas
Born 12 April 1969  (Diepkloof, South Africa)
Popular former Leeds United & South African footballer who, since retirement, has had a torrid time with both his & his wife's (who died in 2008) health.
[Picture of Lucas Radebe]


Rafferty, Gerry (Died in 2011)
Born 16 April 1947  (Paisley, Scotland)
Scottish singer & songwriter.
[Picture of Gerry Rafferty]


Rainer, Luise
Born 12 January 1910  (Düsseldorf, Germany)
Actress - the first thesp to win two Oscars in consecutive years (1936 and '37).
[Picture of Luise Rainer]


Ramone, Tommy
Born 29 January 1952  (Budapest, Hungary)
Last surviving member of the Ramones. Born Tamas Erdelyi.
[Picture of Tommy Ramone]


Rampling, Godfrey Godfrey Rampling is no longer with us
Born 14 May 1909  (Greenwich, London, England)

Died 20 June 2009  (Bushey, Hertfordshire, England)

Age at death: 100  (read death notice)
Athlete, a member of the gold medal winning 4x400m British relay team in the 1936 Olympics. Later an army officer & father of Charlotte.
[Picture of Godfrey Rampling]


Ramsay, Gordon
Born 8 November 1966  (Johnstone, Scotland)
Foul-mouthed ex-footballer, now a foul-mouthed celebrity chef.
[Picture of Gordon Ramsay]


Ramsay, Jack
Born 21 February 1925  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
Former NBA basketball coach, most notably with the Philadelphia 76ers and the Portland Trail Blazers. Reckoned to be one of the 10 greatest coaches of all time, but will that be enough to get him a UK obit?
[Picture of Jack Ramsay]


Randi, James
Born 7 August 1928  (Toronto, Canada)
Stage magician. Survived heart surgery in 2006, and is still performing.
[Picture of James Randi]


Randolph, Joyce
Born 21 October 1924  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Actress, perhaps best known (especially in the US) for playing Trixie Norton on "The Honeymooners".
[Picture of Joyce Randolph]


Raphael, Sally Jessie
Born 25 February 1935  (Easton, Pennsylvania, USA)
American talk show host.
[Picture of Sally Jessie Raphael]


Rather, Dan
Born 31 October 1931  (Wharton, Texas, USA)
Long time news anchor for CBS News until 2005.
[Picture of Dan Rather]


Ray, Mary Josephine (Died in 2010)
Born 17 May 1895  (Prince Edward Island, Canada)
One of the oldest people in the World at the start of 2009.
[Picture of Mary Josephine Ray]


Ray, Rachel
Born 25 August 1968  (Glen Falls, New York, USA)
US celebrity chef & television presenter.
[Picture of Rachel Ray]


Rayner, Claire (Died in 2010)
Born 22 January 1931  (Stepney, London, England)
Former nurse who went on to write about family health issues, becoming one of the UK's best-known agony aunts. She has also published a number of books about gardening as well as some fiction. Reportedly close to death in 2003 due to serious complications during surgery on a tendon, resulting in multiple organ failure, pneumonia and septicaemia.
[Picture of Claire Rayner]


Rea, Chris
Born 4 March 1951  (Middlesbrough, England)
Gravelly-voiced singer/songwriter of "The Road To Hell" fame.
[Picture of Chris Rea]


Rea, Jackie (Died in 2013)
Born 6 April 1921  (Dungannon, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland)
Ex snooker player, who played for over 45 years at the highest level & Northern Ireland Champion until Higgins & Dennis Taylor came along.
[Picture of Jackie Rea]


Reagan, Nancy
Born 6 July 1921  (New York City, New York, USA)
Born Anne Frances Robbins, and subsequently nicknamed Nancy, the former First Lady took the surname Davis after her mother's remarriage. Apparently she gives her date of birth as 6 July 1923, though in reality it was two years earlier. She had a relatively short and uneventful career as an actress which ended when she married Ronnie in 1958. Since then she has been known for her anti-drugs campaigning and her dubious astrological beliefs.
[Picture of Nancy Reagan]


Reardon, Ray
Born 8 October 1932  (Tredegar, Wales)
Six-times world snooker champion.
[Picture of Ray Reardon]


Redford, Robert
Born 18 August 1937  (Santa Monica, California, USA)
Heart-throb actor who didn't make the big time until the age of 32, with his role as The Sundance Kid, alongside Paul Newman's Butch Cassidy. Went on to star in "The Sting" (again with Newman), "A Bridge Too Far", and so forth.
[Picture of Robert Redford]


Redgrave, Corin (Died in 2010)
Born 16 July 1939  (London, England)
Member of the Redgrave acting dynasty: son of Sir Michael, brother of Lynn and Vanessa, etc.
[Picture of Corin Redgrave]


Redgrave, Vanessa
Born 30 January 1937  (London, England)
Stage, TV & film actress, now the elder statesperson of the famous Redgrave acting dynasty.
[Picture of Vanessa Redgrave]


Redknapp, Harry
Born 2 March 1947  (Poplar, London, England)
Football manager, successful but has rather dubious traits when it comes to loyalty. Currently in charge of Spurs.
[Picture of Harry Redknapp]


Reed, John (Died in 2010)
Born 13 February 1916  (Close House, Bishop Auckland, Durham, England)
Actor, dancer & singer, best known for being part of the D'Oly Carte Opera Company.
[Picture of John Reed]


Reed, Lou (Died in 2013)
Born 2 March 1942  (Freeport, Long Island, New York, USA)
He of Velvet Underground fame.
[Picture of Lou Reed]


Reeves, Keanu
Born 2 September 1964  (Beirut, Lebanon)
Canadian actor, star of "The Matrix" and "Speed" amongst others.
[Picture of Keanu Reeves]


Reich-Ranicki, Marcel
Born 2 June 1920  (Wloclawek, Poland)
German writer, one of the greatest names in post-WW2 German literature.
[Picture of Marcel Reich-Ranicki]


Reid, Frances (Died in 2010)
Born 9 December 1913  (Wichita Falls, Texas, USA)
Actress - played Alice Horton in the long-running US TV series "Days of Our Lives".
[Picture of Frances Reid]


Reiner, Carl
Born 20 March 1922  (Bronx, New York, USA)
Actor, director, producer, writer & comedian - not a bad CV all in all.
[Picture of Carl Reiner]


Rendell, Ruth
Born 17 February 1930  (London, England)
Best-selling crime novelist, dubbed by the tabloids "The Queen of Crime".
[Picture of Ruth Rendell]


Renfro, Maggie (Died in 2010)
Born 14 November 1895  (Athens, Louisiana, USA)
One of the oldest people in the World at the start of 2009.
[Picture of Maggie Renfro]


Reno, Janet
Born 21 July 1938  (Miami, Florida, USA)
Former US Attorney General between 1993-2001.
[Picture of Janet Reno]


Resnais, Alain
Born 3 June 1922  (Vannes, Brittany, France)
French film director.
[Picture of Alain Resnais]


Reveley, Mary
Born 22 September 1940  (Saltburn, Cleveland, England)
Top horse racing trainer, rather reclusive.
[Picture of Mary Reveley]


Reynolds, Ryan
Born 23 October 1976  (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
Actor in television & film, and husband of Scarlett Johansson.
[Picture of Ryan Reynolds]


Richard, Cliff
Born 14 October 1940  (Lucknow, India)
Actor, singer, colostomy bag-wearer and insufferably smug Christian.
[Picture of Cliff Richard]


Richard, Little
Born 5 December 1932  (Macon, Georgia, USA)
Singer, songwriter & pianist, an early star of rock n' roll.
[Picture of Little Richard]


Richard, Wendy Wendy Richard is no longer with us
Born 20 July 1946  (Middlesbrough, Cleveland, England)

Died 26 February 2009  (Westminster, London, England)

Age at death: 65  (read death notice)
TV actress who has appeared in many a British sitcom over the last 40 years, most notably in "Are You Being Served?" For over 20 years she played Pauline Fowler in the BBC soap "EastEnders". Died after a long battle with cancer.
[Picture of Wendy Richard]


Richards, Keith
Born 18 December 1943  (Dartford, Kent, England)
The guitar-playing Rolling Stone with the distinctive death-warmed-up constitution.
[Picture of Keith Richards]


Richardson, Jerry
Born 11 July 1936  (Spring Hope, North Carolina, USA)
Owner of the Carolina Panthers American football team.
[Picture of Jerry Richardson]


Richey, Kenny
Born 3 August 1964  (Zeist, Netherlands)
Scottish/US ex-con who was on Death Row for 20 years, before being released.
[Picture of Kenny Richey]


Richie, Lionel
Born 20 June 1949  (Tuskegee, Alabama, USA)
Cheesy but enjoyable pop singer.
[Picture of Lionel Richie]


Richie, Nicole
Born 21 September 1981  (Berkeley, California, USA)
Adopted daughter of singer Lionel Richie, former best-friend-forever-until-I-fall-out-with-you to Paris Hilton, and utterly vapid reality TV star.
[Picture of Nicole Richie]


Rickles, Don
Born 8 May 1926  (New York City, New York, USA)
Stand-up comedian, comic actor and talk show whore.
[Picture of Don Rickles]


Rickman, Alan
Born 21 February 1946  (Hammersmith, London, England)
British actor, in a heap of successful films, including "Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves", "Die Hard", and the Harry Potter films.
[Picture of Alan Rickman]


Riley, Jack
Born 30 December 1935  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Actor, voice of Stu Pickles in "Rugrats", which might be enough these days to earn him a UK obit.
[Picture of Jack Riley]


Rimell, Mercy
Date and place of birth unknown
Former racehorse trainer, widow of legendary trainer Fred Rimell. Born in 1919.
[Picture of Mercy Rimell]


Rivers, Joan
Born 8 June 1933  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Gruff-voiced, surgically-enhanced comedienne, talk show host and general all-purpose celebrity.
[Picture of Joan Rivers]


Rivette, Jacques
Born 1 March 1928  (Rouen, France)
French film director, in films for aeons.
[Picture of Jacques Rivette]


Robert, Alain
Born 7 April 1962  (Valence, France)
The self-styled "French Spiderman". Nutcase who climbs up the outside of skyscrapers for the hell of it, without ropes or other safety equipment.
[Picture of Alain Robert]


Roberts, Oral Oral Roberts is no longer with us
Born 24 January 1918  (Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, USA)

Died 15 December 2009  (Newport Beach, California, USA)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
Oddly- yet appropriately-named American TV evangelist.
[Picture of Oral Roberts]


Robinson, Robert (Died in 2011)
Born 17 December 1927  (Liverpool, England)
Journalist & presenter on TV (original host of "Ask The Family") and radio (current host of "Brain of Britain").
[Picture of Robert Robinson]


Robson, Alan
Born 1 October 1953  (Benwell, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England)
Radio presenter, who often specialises in all things paranormal. If he dies this year, he'll have even more chance to explore this....
[Picture of Alan Robson]


Robson, Sir Bobby Sir Bobby Robson is no longer with us
Born 18 February 1933  (Sacriston, Co Durham, England)

Died 31 July 2009  (County Durham, England)

Age at death: 76  (read death notice)
Football manager who has taken charge of, among others, Ipswich Town, PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona, Newcastle United and of course the English national side.
[Picture of Sir Bobby Robson]


Rockefeller, David
Born 12 June 1915  (New York City, New York, USA)
Absurdly rich banker (of Chase Manhattan fame); son of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and grandson of oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller Sr.
[Picture of David Rockefeller]


Rodgers, Bill
Born 28 October 1928  (Liverpool, England)
One of the "Gang of Four" who split from the Liberal Party to form the SDP.
[Picture of Bill Rodgers]


Rogen, Seth
Born 15 April 1982  (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
Comedian, obsessed with swearing & sex - like most men then....
[Picture of Seth Rogen]


Rogers, Kenny
Born 21 August 1938  (Houston, Texas, USA)
Bearded country & western singer.
[Picture of Kenny Rogers]


Rogers, Peter Peter Rogers is no longer with us
Born 20 February 1914  (Rochester, Kent, England)

Died 14 April 2009  (Gerrard's Cross, Buckinghamshire, England)

Age at death: 95  (read death notice)
Producer of the "Carry On" films.
[Picture of Peter Rogers]


Rogers, Rodney
Born 20 June 1971  (Durham, North Carolina, USA)
Former basketball player. Badly injured in an accident in 2008, and now left paralysed.
[Picture of Rodney Rogers]


Rohmer, Eric (Died in 2010)
Born 4 April 1920  (Tulle, Corrèze, France)
French film director & screenwriter.
[Picture of Eric Rohmer]


Rollins, Sonny
Born 7 September 1930  (New York City, New York, USA)
Jazz tenor saxophonist, with a long career in music.
[Picture of Sonny Rollins]


Rolph, Sue
Born 15 May 1978  (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England)
Successful British swimmer of the 1990's.
[Picture of Sue Rolph]


Romero, George A
Born 4 February 1940  (New York City, New York, USA)
American director & writer, a fan of Zombie movies, as he has made at least 5 of them!
[Picture of George A Romero]


Ronaldo, Cristiano
Born 5 February 1985  (Funchal, Madeira, Portugal)
Sublime talent, who has the following traits - brilliant goals, the constant step over & falls over dramatically in a heap if an opponent even looks at him.
[Picture of Cristiano Ronaldo]


Rooney, Andy (Died in 2011)
Born 14 January 1919  (Albany, New York, USA)
News commentator on the popular weekly American TV programme "60 Minutes".
[Picture of Andy Rooney]


Rooney, Mickey
Born 23 September 1920  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
The young Joe Yule, Jr (as he was then named) had already appeared as Mickey McGuire in 50 short films by the time he was 13. He has followed a fairly busy acting schedule since then, but has never really regained the same recognition as an adult. He underwent surgery for a perforated colon in 1999, and had part of it removed, presumably leaving him with a semi-colon.
[Picture of Mickey Rooney]


Ros, Edmundo (Died in 2011)
Born 7 December 1910  (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad)
Musician, vocalist and band leader. Some call him the "King of Latin American Music". Others call him "Edmundo". He's known worldwide for his unique blend of modern and traditional Latin American music. Nice.
[Picture of Edmundo Ros]


Roth, Philip
Born 19 March 1933  (Newark, New Jersey, USA)
Author of fiction. One of his best known works, rather aptly for DDP pun purposes is "The Ghost Writer".
[Picture of Philip Roth]


Roundtree, Richard
Born 9 July 1942  (Crenshaw, Mississippi, USA)
Actor, star of "Shaft".
[Picture of Richard Roundtree]


Roussopoulos, Theodoros
Born 13 September 1963  (Kyparissia, Greece)
Greek former cabinet minister who was embroiled in a major land-sale scandal in 2008.
[Picture of Theodoros Roussopoulos]


Routledge, Patricia
Born 17 February 1929  (Birkenhead, Cheshire, England)
Actress & comedienne, forever remembered for her role as Hyacinth Bucket in "Keeping Up Appearances".
[Picture of Patricia Routledge]


Roy, Deep
Born in Nairobi, Kenya  (exact date unknown)
4'4" dwarf actor who played all of the Oompa-Loompas in Tim Burton's 2005 adaptation of Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". Born 1957.
[Picture of Deep Roy]


Rubik, Erno
Born 13 July 1944  (Budapest, Hungary)
Puzzle designer, of Rubik's cube fame.
[Picture of Erno Rubik]


Rubinstein, Zelda (Died in 2010)
Born 28 May 1933  (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)
Diminutive actress, best remembered as the eccentric medium Tangina Barrons in the "Poltergeist" films.
[Picture of Zelda Rubinstein]


Ruini, Camillo
Born 19 February 1931  (Sassuolo, Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
Italian Roman Catholic cardinal.
[Picture of Camillo Ruini]


Rundgren, Todd
Born 22 June 1948  (Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, USA)
American rock singer & songwriter.
[Picture of Todd Rundgren]


Ruscio, Al (Died in 2013)
Born 3 June 1924  (Salem, Massachusetts, USA)
Veteran character actor.
[Picture of Al Ruscio]


Rushdie, Salman
Born 19 June 1947  (Bombay (now Mumbai), India)
Novelist who ruffled so many feathers in his native India with his novel "Midnight's Children" that he was forced to leave the country. Clearly having learnt nothing from the experience, he went on to write "The Satanic Verses" in 1988, which was critical of the Islamic faith. It resulted in rioting, book-burning, and Ayatollah Khomeini declaring a fatwa (effectively a death penalty) on his ass. He has been in hiding ever since, and the fatwa was reaffirmed by the new Ayatollah in early 2005.
[Picture of Salman Rushdie]


Russell, Jane (Died in 2011)
Born 21 June 1921  (Bemidji, Minnesota, USA)
Well-endowed actress of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" fame.
[Picture of Jane Russell]


Russell, Ken (Died in 2011)
Born 3 July 1927  (Southampton, Hampshire, England)
Film Director & former Celebrity Big Brother contestant. He'll now probably be remembered more for the latter than most of his films.
[Picture of Ken Russell]


Ryan, Arthur
Date and place of birth unknown
Primark founder, who shuns publicity. Born sometime in 1937.
[Picture of Arthur Ryan]


Ryan, Christopher
Born 11 December 1942  (Bristol, Somerset, England)
Actor, often in comic roles - including as Mike in "The Young Ones".
[Picture of Christopher Ryan]


Ryder, Shaun
Born 23 August 1962  (Little Hulton, Greater Manchester, England)
Lead singer of the Happy Mondays from the end of the '80s to the mid-'90s. Now vocalist with Black Grape.
[Picture of Shaun Ryder]


Ryder, Winona
Born 29 October 1971  (Olmsted County, Minnesota, USA)
Actress, now producer & occasional shoplifter too.
[Picture of Winona Ryder]

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