Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2009: S


Saatchi, Charles
Born 10 June 1943  (Baghdad, Iraq)
Advertising tycoon and art collector.
[Picture of Charles Saatchi]


Sachs, Andrew
Born 7 April 1930  (Berlin, Germany)
Until 2008, best known as Manuel in "Fawlty Towers". Since Autumn 2008, he's been better known for receiving prank phone calls from overpaid Radio 2 presenters & having a rather sex-hungry granddaughter...
[Picture of Andrew Sachs]


Safire, William William Safire is no longer with us
Born 17 December 1929  (New York City, New York, USA)

Died 27 September 2009  (Rockville, Maryland, USA)

Age at death: 79  (read death notice)
American author, journalist & political speechwriter.
[Picture of William Safire]


Sagor Maas, Frederica (Died in 2012)
Born 6 July 1900  (New York City, New York, USA)
Early Hollywood screenwriter.
[Picture of Frederica Sagor Maas]


Sahl, Mort
Born 11 May 1927  (Montreal, Canada)
Canadian stand up comedian & humourist, as well as being a political speechwriter.
[Picture of Mort Sahl]


Saint, Silvia
Born 12 February 1976  (Kyjov, Czech Republic)
Top porn actress, born Sylvie Tomcalová.
[Picture of Silvia Saint]


Salberg, Keith
Date and place of birth unknown
Theatre agent & producer.
[Picture of Keith Salberg]


Sales, Soupy Soupy Sales is no longer with us
Born 8 January 1926  (Franklinton, North Carolina, USA)

Died 22 October 2009  (New York City, New York, USA`)

Age at death: 83  (read death notice)
Born Milton Supman. Was a radio personality, but previously a children's show host. Famous for hitting his guests in the face with pies and for telling his young viewers to send him "those green pieces of paper with pictures of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Lincoln and Jefferson on them" from their parents' wallets and purses.
[Picture of Soupy Sales]


Salgado, Curtis
Born 4 February 1954  (Everett, Washington, USA)
Blues musician, singer & songwriter.
[Picture of Curtis Salgado]


Salinger, J. D. (Died in 2010)
Born 1 January 1919  (New York City, New York, USA)
Writer of (for the most part) short stories, whose only novel - "Catcher in the Rye" (1951) - is the basis of his literary reputation. The same novel was also famous as being the book that Mark Chapman was holding when he murdered John Lennon. Rumours that Salinger (who hasn't published anything since 1965) is in fact the same person as the similarly reclusive Thomas Pynchon (author of novels such as "V" and "Gravity's Rainbow", all published since 1965) are, sadly, unfounded. JD = Jack Daniels. Actually, that's not true: it's really Jerome David.
[Picture of J. D. Salinger]


Sallis, Peter
Born 1 February 1921  (Twickenham, Middlesex, England)
Comic actor who played Norman Clegg in the British TV series "Last of the Summer Wine". More recently he has provided the voice of Wallace out of "Wallace & Gromit".
[Picture of Peter Sallis]


Samuels, Jerry
Born 20 June 1938  (New York City, New York, USA)
Also known as Napoleon XIV, who had a one-hit wonder with "They're Coming to Take Me Away Ha-Haaa!"
[Picture of Jerry Samuels]


Sanderling, Kurt (Died in 2011)
Born 19 September 1912  (Arys, East Prussia, Germany)
German music conductor.
[Picture of Kurt Sanderling]


Sanders, Jay O.
Born 16 April 1953  (Austin, Texas, USA)
Film actor.
[Picture of Jay O. Sanders]


Sanger, Frederick (Died in 2013)
Born 13 August 1918  (Rendcombe, Gloucestershire, England)
Biochemist, twice Nobel Prize winning laureate, the only living person to be so honoured.
[Picture of Frederick Sanger]


Santo, Ron (Died in 2010)
Born 25 February 1940  (Seattle, Washington, USA)
Former star of the Chicago Cubs (that's baseball, for anyone who's unsure). He has suffered from diabetes his whole life (organising many fundraising activities for related charities), and has had to have both legs amputated, which is presumably why he's falling over backwards in the photo.
[Picture of Ron Santo]


Saramago, Jose (Died in 2010)
Born 16 November 1922  (Azinhaga, Ribatejo, Portugal)
Nobel prize winning author & playwright.
[Picture of Jose Saramago]


Sary, Ieng (Died in 2013)
Born 24 October 1925  (Loeung Va, Tra Vinh, Cambodia)
Former Deputy PM & Foreign Minister of Cambodia & one of Pol Pot's chief henchmen during the Khmer Rouge days.
[Picture of Ieng Sary]


Sassoon, Vidal (Died in 2012)
Born 17 January 1928  (London, England)
Former hairdresser and hawker of haircare products.
[Picture of Vidal Sassoon]


Saviano, Roberto
Born 22 September 1979  (Naples, Italy)
Italian author, usually on Mafia related stories. However some of his fiction has either been too close to home or completely bullshit & now a lot of the local Godfathers are on his back...
[Picture of Roberto Saviano]


Savident, John
Born 21 January 1938  (Guernsey, Channel Islands)
TV actor, plays Fred Elliott in "Coronation Street".
[Picture of John Savident]


Savile, Sir Jimmy (Died in 2011)
Born 30 October 1926  (Leeds, Yorkshire, England)
Former DJ, presenter of "Top of the Pops", and most famously, the cigar-wielding, shellsuit-wearing presenter of his own TV show for kids, "Jim'll Fix It". Goodness gracious, goodness gracious, guys and gals, is Weird Uncle Jimmy going to cark it this year?
[Picture of Sir Jimmy Savile]


Saxbe, William (Died in 2010)
Born 24 June 1916  (Mechanicsburg, Ohio, USA)
Former US politician, US attorney general under Nixon & Ford's presidencies.
[Picture of William Saxbe]


Scales, Prunella
Born 22 June 1932  (Sutton Abinger, Surrey, England)
Actress - played Sybil Fawlty in "Fawlty Towers" and went on to appear in "After Henry" and various Tesco adverts. Wife of Timothy West, and frankly the pair of insufferable Bible-bashers deserve each other.
[Picture of Prunella Scales]


Scargill, Arthur
Born 11 January 1938  (Worsbrough Dale, South Yorkshire, England)
Former miner, Communist, and president of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). Fought a bitter battle of wills with Margaret Thatcher during the 1984-85 miners' strike, lost, and then founded his own political party, the Socialist Labour Party, which has had little success at the polls.
[Picture of Arthur Scargill]


Scheungraber, Josef
Born 8 September 1918  (Bavaria, Germany)
Nazi, born 1918. Accused of killing 14 people in Falzano in 1944.
[Picture of Josef Scheungraber]


Schlafly, Phyllis
Born 15 August 1924  (St. Louis, Missouri, USA)
Political activist & attorney, a noted anti-feminist.
[Picture of Phyllis Schlafly]


Schludecker, Willi (Died in 2010)
Born in Cologne, Germany  (exact date unknown)
Luftwaffe pilot, born 1920, who was one of Germany's top fighter pilots. Made the news in 2008, when he returned to Bath, a place he bombed, to apologise for his actions in WW2.
[Picture of Willi Schludecker]


Schmidt, Helmut
Born 23 December 1918  (Hamburg, Germany)
German politician from the left-of-centre SPD party. Served as Chancellor of Germany from 1974-82.
[Picture of Helmut Schmidt]


Schmidt, Loki (Died in 2010)
Born 3 March 1919  (Hamburg, Germany)
Wife of former German leader, Helmut.
[Picture of Loki Schmidt]


Schuster, Rudolf
Born 4 January 1934  (Kosice, Slovakia)
Former President of Slovakia, in charge between 1999 & 2004.
[Picture of Rudolf Schuster]


Schwartz, Sherwood (Died in 2011)
Born 14 November 1916  (Passaic, New Jersey, USA)
American TV producer, most notably of "Gilligan's Island" and "The Brady Bunch".
[Picture of Sherwood Schwartz]


Schwarzenegger, Arnold
Born 30 July 1947  (Thal, Austria)
Monotonous, monosyllabic, actor, former bodybuilder, and now Governor of California.
[Picture of Arnold Schwarzenegger]


Schwarzkopf, Norman (Died in 2012)
Born 22 August 1934  (Trenton, New Jersey, USA)
US Army general who coordinated Operation Desert Storm during Gulf War I. After his retirement, Stormin' Norman wrote his autobiography and did voiceovers for TV programmes about the military. In 2003, many were surprised to find him an outspoken critic of Gulf War II.
[Picture of Norman Schwarzkopf]


Scott, Sean William
Born 3 October 1976  (Cottage Grove, Minnesota, USA)
Young actor, best known for his American Pie performances.
[Picture of Sean William Scott]


Scrimm, Angus
Born 19 August 1926  (Kansas City, Kansas, USA)
Actor, known chiefly for his role as "The Tall Man" in 'Phantasm'.
[Picture of Angus Scrimm]


Scruggs, Earl (Died in 2012)
Born 6 January 1924  (Flint Hill, North Carolina, USA)
Banjo-playing bluegrass musician whose style gradually became more rock-oriented after splitting from his musical partner Lester Flatt in 1969. Together they'd formed the Foggy Mountain Boys, generally regarded as the all-time definitive bluegrass band, and presumably the inspiration for the "hilarious" Soggy Bottom Boys in the Coen brothers' "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" - generally regarded as the all-time most overrated film.
[Picture of Earl Scruggs]


Seals, Dan Dan Seals is no longer with us
Born 8 February 1948  (McCarney, Texas, USA)

Died 25 March 2009  (Nashville, Tennessee, USA)

Age at death: 61  (read death notice)
Musician, the "England Dan" half of the rock duo England Dan and John Ford Coley.
[Picture of Dan Seals]


Searle, Ronald (Died in 2011)
Born 3 March 1920  (Cambridge, England)
Cartoonist, illustrator of the original "St. Trinian's" books, and former prisoner of war. His work is arguably indistinguishable from that of Gerald Scarfe and Ralph Steadman, though Searle can unarguably claim to have come first.
[Picture of Ronald Searle]


Sedaka, Neil
Born 13 March 1939  (Brooklyn, New York City, USA)
Pop singer, songwriter & pianist, composer of "Is This The Way to Amarillo?"
[Picture of Neil Sedaka]


Seegar, Miriam (Died in 2011)
Born 1 September 1907  (Greentown, Indiana, USA)
Actress, one of the few silent movie stars still living.
[Picture of Miriam Seegar]


Seeger, Pete
Born 3 May 1919  (New York City, New York, USA)
Folk singer, songwriter and political activist. Wrote or co-wrote "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?", "If I Had a Hammer" and "Turn, Turn, Turn".
[Picture of Pete Seeger]


Segal, Jeffrey
Born 1 August 1920  (London, England)
Actor, best known, to a certain age of UK society, as Arthur Perkins in "Rentaghost".
[Picture of Jeffrey Segal]


Sendak, Maurice (Died in 2012)
Born 10 June 1928  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Artist, writer & children's book illustrator.
[Picture of Maurice Sendak]


Sessions, William
Born 27 May 1930  (Fort Smith, Arkansas)
Former director of the FBI between 1987-1993.
[Picture of William Sessions]


Shain, Edith (Died in 2010)
Born in New York City, New York, USA  (exact date unknown)
Nurse who was being kissed by a sailor in the famous photo taken in Times Square in 1945. Born 1918.
[Picture of Edith Shain]


Shakespeare, Sir Tom
Born 11 May 1966  (Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England)
Sociologist, geneticist & author.
[Picture of Sir Tom Shakespeare]


Shamir, Yitzhak (Died in 2012)
Born 15 October 1915  (Ruzinoy, Poland)
Prime Minister of Israel from 1983-84 and again from 1986-92. Ironically started his political career as a member of an underground Jewish militant organization opposed to the British occupation of Palestine in the 1930s and '40s.
[Picture of Yitzhak Shamir]


Shankar, Ravi (Died in 2012)
Born 7 April 1920  (Varanasi, West Bengal, India)
The Beatles' sitar guru.
[Picture of Ravi Shankar]


Sharif, Nawaz
Born 10 December 1949  (Lahore, Pakistan)
Controversial former Prime Minister of Pakistan. However his popularity in Pakistan has made him a hero (and a potential suicide bomb target) amongst many young Pakistanis.
[Picture of Nawaz Sharif]


Sharif, Omar
Born 10 April 1932  (Alexandria, Egypt)
Actor and bridge-player who will probably be remembered for his roles in the David Lean epics "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Dr Zhivago", rather than for his role in headbutting a French policeman in 2003. Real name: Michael Shalhoub.
[Picture of Omar Sharif]


Sharon, Ariel
Born 27 February 1928  (Kfar Malal, Palestine (now in Israel))
Prime Minister of Israel 2001-06. Has been in a coma since suffering a massive stroke in January 2006.
[Picture of Ariel Sharon]


Shatner, William
Born 22 March 1931  (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Actor who will forever be known as Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise, playing the character in the original "Star Trek" series and reprising the role in seven of the films and various related spin-offs. He also played T. J. Hooker and wrote his own series of science-fiction novels, "TekWar", which were subsequently adapted for TV. Has recorded highly amusing cover versions of The Byrds' "Mr Tambourine Man" and Pulp's "Common People".
[Picture of William Shatner]


Shaw, Run Run
Born 4 October 1907  (Shanghai, China)
Hong Kong film producer; founder of Shaw Studios; major benefactor of HK public works.
[Picture of Run Run Shaw]


Shea, George Beverly (Died in 2013)
Born 1 February 1909  (Winchester, Ontario, Canada)
Prominent singer/songwriter of gospel music.
[Picture of George Beverly Shea]


Shearing, George (Died in 2011)
Born 13 August 1919  (London, England)
Blind jazz pianist.
[Picture of George Shearing]


Sheen, Martin
Born 3 August 1940  (Dayton, Ohio, USA)
Actor of Irish and Spanish ancestry whose most notable roles have included Captain Willard in the classic film "Apocalypse Now" and the President in TV series "The West Wing". Father of Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez (Martin Sheen's real name is Ramon Estevez, while Charlie's is Carlos), he is constantly getting busted for his leftist political protests.
[Picture of Martin Sheen]


Shellenberger, Allen
Born 15 September 1969  (Anaheim, California, USA)
Composer & Drummer for The Lit, who was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2008. Died of the disease in 2009, but no obit yet.
[Picture of Allen Shellenberger]


Shenouda III, Pope (Died in 2012)
Born 3 August 1923  (Asyut, Egypt)
The 117th Pope of Alexandria and the Patriarch of All Africa on the Holy Apostolic See of Saint Mark the Evangelist of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria. Might need a big business card as a result...
[Picture of Pope Shenouda III]


Shepherd, Don
Born 12 August 1927  (Port Eynon, Glamorgan, Wales)
Cricketer for Glamorgan, one of the best cricketers never to have represented his country at test level.
[Picture of Don Shepherd]


Shepherd, Freddy
Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England  (exact date unknown)
Born in 1942. Former chairman of Newcastle United F.C., and not at all successfully either.
[Picture of Freddy Shepherd]


Sherman, Richard M.
Born 12 June 1928  (New York City, New York, USA)
Hollywood music composer, mostly worked on Disney films. Responsible for coming up with the word "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious", the aural assault that is "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", and the songs in any number of Disney's "Winnie the Pooh" travesties. However, can be forgiven for "The Aristocats" and "The Jungle Book".
[Picture of Richard M. Sherman]


Sherwood, Brad
Born 24 November 1964  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Actor, comedian & sometime game show host.
[Picture of Brad Sherwood]


Shevardnadze, Eduard
Born 25 January 1928  (Manati, Lanchkhuti, Georgia)
Former KGB official and Soviet foreign minister who became leader of the Republic of Georgia following the break-up of the USSR. Initially popular, he was finally forced to resign the presidency at the end of 2003, following huge public protests.
[Picture of Eduard Shevardnadze]


Shipley, Debra
Born 22 June 1957  (Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England)
Former Labour MP for Stourbridge. Suffering from cancer.
[Picture of Debra Shipley]


Shiraishi, Chiyo
Born 6 August 1895  (Japan)
One of the oldest people in the World at the start of 2009. Died in November 2009 but no obit.
[Picture of Chiyo Shiraishi]


Shirin, Fawzia (Died in 2013)
Born 5 November 1921  (Alexandria, Egypt)
Princess of Egypt and Sudan, sister of King Fruq; former Queen of Iran, first wife of Mohammed Reza Pahlavi (1939-48)
[Picture of Fawzia Shirin]


Shivakumara Swamiji, Sree Sree
Born 1 April 1907  (South India)
Indian religious figure and humanitarian.
[Picture of Sree Sree Shivakumara Swamiji]


Short, Edward Watson (Died in 2012)
Born 17 December 1912  (Northumberland, England)
Former Deputy Prime Minister in Harold Wilson's Labour government, Education Secretary from 1968-70, Leader of the House of Commons, and now member of the House of Lords (under the name of Baron Glenamara) and Chancellor of Northumbria "University".
[Picture of Edward Watson Short]


Shriver, Robert Sargent (Died in 2011)
Born 9 November 1915  (Westminster, Maryland, USA)
Long-serving and well-connected US politician, married to JFK's sister Eunice. Now suffering from Alzheimer's, about which his daughter Maria has written a book entitled "Who The Hell Are You Again?". No it's not, it's called "What's Happening to Grandpa?".
[Picture of Robert Sargent Shriver]


Shu-chen, Wu
Born 11 July 1953  (Madou, Tainan, Taiwan)
Wife of the Taiwanese President, who despite being wheelchair-bound after a tractor ran her over, not once, but twice(!), has hit the headlines for her role in insider trading & now faces embezzlement & perjury charges.
[Picture of Wu Shu-chen]


Shultz, George
Born 13 December 1920  (New York City, New York, USA)
Former US Secretary of State between 1982-1989.
[Picture of George Shultz]


Shuttlesworth, Fred (Died in 2011)
Born 18 March 1922  (Mount Meigs, Alabama, USA)
American preacher & key civil rights activist for many years.
[Picture of Fred Shuttlesworth]


Shwe, Than
Born 2 February 1933  (Kyaykse, Mandalay, Myanmar)
Reclusive & controversial Head of State of Burma. Allegedly very ill, but as with many things with Shwe, it's all rumours so far.
[Picture of Than Shwe]


Siepi, Cesare
Born 10 February 1923  (Milan, Italy)
Italian opera singer of years gone by.
[Picture of Cesare Siepi]


Sihanouk, King (Died in 2012)
Born 31 October 1922  (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
Crowned King of Cambodia in 1941, but then abdicated 14 years later - in favour of his father. However, he subsequently became prime minister and was elected head of state in 1960 - only to be overthrown by a coup in 1970. Five years later the Khmer Rouge took control, and Sihanouk was head of state once more. But whaddaya know, almost immediately he'd been forced out of office. Then what happens? In 1982 he teams up with the Khmer Rouge (after they've been booted out by the Vietnamese) and becomes president in exile of the government of Democratic Kampuchea. He returned to Cambodia in 1991, and two years later, guess what? He's reinstated as King of Cambodia. Thoughout all of this, he somehow found the time to direct, produce and score 28 films. The saxophone-playing Tom Jones fan suffers from diabetes, heart problems, and colon cancer.
[Picture of King Sihanouk]


Silla, Felix
Born 11 January 1937  (Rome, Italy)
Actor - played Cousin Itt in "The Addams Family".
[Picture of Felix Silla]


Sillitoe, Alan (Died in 2010)
Born 4 March 1928  (Nottingham, England)
Writer, whose dillusionishment with society in the late 50's & early 60's brought him fame through his writing.
[Picture of Alan Sillitoe]


Simental, Teodoro Garcia
Date and place of birth unknown
Mexican drugs baron, who is largely responsible for the increasing violence & fear in Mexico.
[Picture of Teodoro Garcia Simental]


Simionato, Giulietta (Died in 2010)
Born 12 May 1910  (Forli, Italy)
Opera singer for over 35 years, a contempary of Maria Callas.
[Picture of Giulietta Simionato]


Simmons, Jean (Died in 2010)
Born 31 January 1929  (Crouch Hill, London, England)
English actress who starred in "Guys & Dolls", "Black Narcissus" and many other classics. Took on Howard Hughes and RKO over her contract in the early '50s and gave them a bit of a beating, which didn't seem to do her career any harm. Took to the bottle after offers of decent parts dried up, though got treatment for it in the '80s. Still doing voice work.
[Picture of Jean Simmons]


Simmons, Richard
Born 12 July 1948  (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
Annoying physical fitness expert, often on TV.
[Picture of Richard Simmons]


Simon, Neil
Born 4 July 1927  (The Bronx, New York, USA)
Playwright & screenwriter, creator of 'The Odd Couple' amongst others.
[Picture of Neil Simon]


Simpson, John
Born 9 August 1944  (London, England)
BBC World Affairs correspondent.
[Picture of John Simpson]


Simpson, O. J.
Born 9 July 1947  (San Francisco, California, USA)
Murderer. Sorry, we mean bad actor & very good American footballer who had, shall we say, a 'spot of bother' with the law in the 1990s. Another "spot of bother" saw him jailed in 2008 - this time being violent robbery, amongst other things!
[Picture of O. J. Simpson]


Sinclair, Karen
Born 20 November 1952  (Wrexham, Wales)
Politican, a member of the Welsh Assembly.
[Picture of Karen Sinclair]


Sinden, Donald
Born 9 October 1923  (Plymouth, Devon, England)
Actor, profilic on stage, screen & TV, with major roles in "Two's Company", "Never The Twain" and "Judge John Deed". Knighted in 1997.
[Picture of Donald Sinden]


Singh, Manmohan
Born 26 September 1932  (Gah, Punjab, India)
Current Prime Minister of India, who has rather a lot on his plate at the moment...
[Picture of Manmohan Singh]


Sinha, Tapan Tapan Sinha is no longer with us
Born 2 October 1924  (Kolkata, India)

Died 15 January 2009  (Kolkata, India)

Age at death: 84  (read death notice)
Veteran Bengali film director.
[Picture of Tapan Sinha]


Sizemore, Tom
Born 29 November 1961  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Decent film actor whose work has been overshadowed by frequent drugs, assault and sex scandals.
[Picture of Tom Sizemore]


Skinner, Leonard (Died in 2010)
Born 11 January 1933  (Jacksonville, Florida, USA)
Former gym teacher in the US, whose name inspired (meant ironically, mind) US band Lynyrd Skynyrd's name.
[Picture of Leonard Skinner]


Slocombe, Douglas
Born 10 February 1913  (London, England)
Cinematographer, particulary well remembered for his work on many of the Ealing comedies.
[Picture of Douglas Slocombe]


Smeaton, John
Born in Bishopton, Scotland  (exact date unknown)
Baggage handler, born 1976, who became a hero when he helped the police catch the suspects of the Glasgow Airport terror attack.
[Picture of John Smeaton]


Smethurst, Jack
Born 9 April 1932  (Collyhurst, Manchester, England)
Actor, mainly in comedies - perhaps best known as a racist in "Love Thy Neighbour" in the 1970's.
[Picture of Jack Smethurst]


Smith, Dame Maggie
Born 28 December 1934  (Ilford, Essex, England)
Actress who started out on stage with the likes of Laurence Olivier, before making the transition to the big screen and appearing in "Death On The Nile" and "A Room With A View", and more recently in the various Harry Potter adaptations.
[Picture of Dame Maggie Smith]


Smith, Kevin
Born 2 August 1970  (Red Bank, New Jersey, USA)
American comedian & actor, now a film director, producer & screenwriter.
[Picture of Kevin Smith]


Smith, Liz
Born 11 December 1925  (Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England)
A latecomer to the world of TV/film acting, who didn't get her first screen role until the age of 45. Now specialises in playing batty old ladies and appearing on camp chat shows ("An Evening with Lily Savage", "So Graham Norton") as...er...a batty old lady.
[Picture of Liz Smith]


Smith, Mark E.
Born 5 March 1957  (Broughton, Lancashire, England)
Lead singer of punk band, The Fall, who has made a number of bizarre & controversial appearances in the media since.
[Picture of Mark E. Smith]


Smith, Mel (Died in 2013)
Born 3 December 1952  (Chiswick, London, England)
Comedian, now a TV producer/executive, one half (or rather three-quarters) of the British "Smith & Jones" comedy duo.
[Picture of Mel Smith]


Smith, Sir Cyril (Died in 2010)
Born 28 June 1928  (Rochdale, Lancashire, England)
Obese Liberal MP for Rochdale from 1972-92. Thought to have been the heaviest British MP ever. Has lived in the same modest terraced house since he was 16.
[Picture of Sir Cyril Smith]


Smith, Tommy
Born 5 April 1945  (Liverpool, England)
Former Liverpool footballer.
[Picture of Tommy Smith]


Smith, Walter
Born 24 February 1948  (Lanark, Scotland)
Current manager of Rangers F.C.
[Picture of Walter Smith]


Smith, Zadie
Born 27 October 1975  (Brent, London, England)
Award winning author & poet, best known for "White Teeth".
[Picture of Zadie Smith]


Snider, Duke
Born 19 September 1926  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Former major league baseball star.
[Picture of Duke Snider]


Snowdon, Lord
Born 7 March 1930  (London, England)
Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones, celebrity photographer and former husband of Princess Margaret.
[Picture of Lord Snowdon]


Soares, Mario
Born 7 December 1924  (Lisbon, Portugal)
Former President & Prime Minister of Portugal.
[Picture of Mario Soares]


Sokolov, Sergei
Born 1 July 1911  (Eupatoria, Ukraine)
Former Minister of Defence for the USSR, and in charge of the Soviet ground forces during the Afghanistan invasion.
[Picture of Sergei Sokolov]


Soleri, Paolo (Died in 2013)
Born 21 June 1919  (Turin, Italy)
Architect & town-planner.
[Picture of Paolo Soleri]


Somers, Suzanne
Born 16 October 1946  (San Bruno, California, USA)
Cheesy star of many a cheesy US TV sitcom. Overcame breast cancer, and has since written self-help books.
[Picture of Suzanne Somers]


Son, Sonim
Born 10 March 1983  (Kochi, Shikoku, Japan)
Japanese-Korean singer/actress.
[Picture of Sonim Son]


Sonsteby, Gunnar (Died in 2012)
Born 11 January 1918  (Rujkan, Telemark, Norway)
WWII resistance fighter.
[Picture of Gunnar Sonsteby]


Soper, Mike
Date and place of birth unknown
Born in 1946. Chairman of Surrey County Cricket Club & former vice-president of the English Cricket Board.
[Picture of Mike Soper]


Sorvino, Paul
Born 13 April 1939  (Brooklyn, New York City, USA)
Italian-American actor of massive presence, mostly in mafia-type or "heavy" roles. Father of actress Mira.
[Picture of Paul Sorvino]


Soul, David
Born 28 August 1943  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Hutch in the TV series "Starksy & Hutch".
[Picture of David Soul]


Soulages, Pierre
Born 24 December 1919  (Rodez, France)
French painter, engraver & sculptor.
[Picture of Pierre Soulages]


Spassky, Boris
Born 30 January 1937  (Leningrad (now St. Petersburg again), Russia)
Russian chess legend, a former world champion.
[Picture of Boris Spassky]


Speakman, William
Born 21 September 1927  (Altrincham, Cheshire, England)
One of the few living recipients of the Victoria Cross, which he won for bravery in the Korean War.
[Picture of William Speakman]


Spears, Britney
Born 2 December 1981  (McComb, Mississippi, USA)
Tacky, trashy, publicity-seeking and quite frankly mad "singer."
[Picture of Britney Spears]


Specter, Arlen (Died in 2012)
Born 12 February 1930  (Wichita, Kansas, USA)
Veteran US senator for Pennsylvania.
[Picture of Arlen Specter]


Spector, Phil
Born 26 December 1940  (The Bronx, New York, USA)
Highly influential record producer who was responsible for some of the best-known pop music of the 1960s and '70s, including tracks by Gene Pitney, The Ronettes, The Righteous Brothers, Ike & Tina Turner, John Lennon and The Ramones. Invented the "Wall of Sound" production technique. Convicted of murder in 2009.
[Picture of Phil Spector]


Spielberg, Steven
Born 18 December 1946  (Cincinnati, Ohio, USA)
Award winning Hollywood movie director.
[Picture of Steven Spielberg]


Spinetti, Victor (Died in 2012)
Born 2 September 1933  (Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales)
Welsh-Italian comic actor, producer & director, mostly on stage.
[Picture of Victor Spinetti]


Spinks, Terry (Died in 2012)
Born 28 February 1938  (West Ham, London, England)
Boxer, featherweight champion & 1956 Olympic Gold medal winner in the weight.
[Picture of Terry Spinks]


Springer, Jerry
Born 13 February 1944  (East Finchley, London, England)
US presenter, born in a London Tube station. Ex-mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio, but far better known for his role as host of trailer trash TV programme "The Jerry Springer Show".
[Picture of Jerry Springer]


Springett, Ron
Born 22 July 1935  (Fulham, London, England)
England goalkeeper for many years, and played in the 1962 World Cup.
[Picture of Ron Springett]


Springs, Ron (Died in 2011)
Born 4 November 1956  (Williamsburg, Virginia, USA)
Former American footballer. In recent years, has suffered from diabetes, and has lost a foot as a consequence of it.
[Picture of Ron Springs]


St Peters, Crispian (Died in 2010)
Born 5 April 1939  (Swanley, Kent, England)
Singer - had reasonable success in the 1960's with the song "Pied Piper".
[Picture of Crispian St Peters]


Stadnyk, Leonid
Born 5 August 1969  (Podolyantsi, Ukraine)
The tallest man in the World, standing at 8ft 6 inches.
[Picture of Leonid Stadnyk]


Stallone, Jackie
Born 29 November 1921  (Washington, District of Columbia, USA)
Bonkers mother of Sylvester Stallone who claims that she's a psychic, believes that dogs can predict the future, and tells fibs about her age (she was born in 1921, but she says 1934, which would have made her 12 when Sly was born).
[Picture of Jackie Stallone]


Stallone, Sylvester
Born 6 July 1946  (New York City, New York, USA)
Actor, star of "Rocky" & "Rambo", also a useless goalkeeper in "Escape to Victory".
[Picture of Sylvester Stallone]


Stamp, Terence
Born 22 July 1939  (Stepney, London, England)
Actor, once an "Angry Young Man" of British cinema, now one of its respected elder statesmen. After his relationship to Jean Shrimpton dissolved, Stamp moved to India and became a Hindu hermit for some years, before returning to acting.
[Picture of Terence Stamp]


Stang, Arnold Arnold Stang is no longer with us
Born 28 September 1918  (Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA)

Died 20 December 2009  (Newton, Massachusetts, USA)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
American actor, voice of "Top Cat".
[Picture of Arnold Stang]


Stanton, Harry Dean
Born 14 July 1926  (West Irvine, Kentucky, USA)
Versatile character actor who has appeared in films such as "The Green Mile", "Repo Man" and "Paris, Texas." He also sings and plays guitar in his own band.
[Picture of Harry Dean Stanton]


Stapleton, Jean (Died in 2013)
Born 19 January 1923  (New York City, New York, USA)
Actress - Edith Bunker on "All in the Family".
[Picture of Jean Stapleton]


Stardust, Alvin
Born 27 September 1942  (Muswell Hill, London, England)
Glove-wearing '70s pop star, born Bernard William Jewry. Was married to Liza Goddard. Later found God.
[Picture of Alvin Stardust]


Stark, Graham
Born 20 January 1922  (Wallasey, Cheshire, England)
English comic actor, a supporting foil to numerous comic legends over the last 40-50 years.
[Picture of Graham Stark]


Starr, Bart
Born 9 January 1934  (Montgomery, Alabama, USA)
Former Green Bay Packers quarterback.
[Picture of Bart Starr]


Starr, Freddie
Born 9 January 1943  (Huyton, Liverpool, England)
"Singer", "comedian" and "impressionist" according to his PR blurb. All most people will remember him for is his hamster-eating antics, which he still denies.
[Picture of Freddie Starr]


Starr, Ringo
Born 7 July 1940  (Liverpool, England)
The Beatles' drummer and Thomas The Tank Engine's narrator. Real name Richard Starkey.
[Picture of Ringo Starr]


Steidtmann, Erich (Died in 2010)
Born 15 November 1914  (Weissenfels, Germany)
Former member of the SS who is taking an author to court, not that it links him with the mass killings that took place at the Warsaw Ghetto but - believe it or not - that he was a philanderer. He claims the revelations mean his 'honour had been besmirched'. Ah.. the poor lamb. Erich, mate - I think your honour was besmirched many, many years ago by the atrocities you took part in..
[Picture of Erich Steidtmann]


Stein, Rick
Born 4 January 1947  (Oxfordshire, England)
Celebrity chef, a specialist in fish cookery & has written books & presented TV shows on the subject.
[Picture of Rick Stein]


Steinbrenner, George (Died in 2010)
Born 4 July 1930  (Rocky River, Ohio, USA)
American businessman who owns the New York Yankees baseball team. In 1974 he was fined $20,000 in connection with the Watergate scandal. Ben Affleck once described him as "the center of evil in the universe" - though the fact that Affleck is a die-hard Red Sox fan may have something to do with this view.
[Picture of George Steinbrenner]


Steinem, Gloria
Born 25 March 1934  (Toledo, Ohio)
Feminist, journalist & former magazine publisher.
[Picture of Gloria Steinem]


Stennett, Stan (Died in 2013)
Born 30 July 1925  (Cardiff, Wales)
Welsh comedian & actor, mostly on stage. Also a jazz musician. Still performing, which is more than can be said for Eric Morecambe, who collapsed and died after performing at Stennett's show in 1984.
[Picture of Stan Stennett]


Sterland, Mel
Born 1 September 1961  (Sheffield, England)
Former Sheffield Wednesday, Rangers, Leeds & England defender.
[Picture of Mel Sterland]


Sternberg, Sir Sigmund
Born 2 June 1921  (Budapest, Hungary)
Philanthropist & businessman, aims for ecumenical togetherness in religion.
[Picture of Sir Sigmund Sternberg]


Sternhagen, Frances
Born 13 January 1930  (Washington, District of Columbia, USA)
Actress, a long time stalwart of Broadway & other theatres.
[Picture of Frances Sternhagen]


Stevens, John Paul
Born 20 April 1920  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
The oldest and longest-serving member of the Supreme Court of the United States.
[Picture of John Paul Stevens]


Stevens, Kirk
Born 17 August 1958  (Ontario, Canada)
Snooker player, whose career never recovered after he admitted he took cocaine.
[Picture of Kirk Stevens]


Stevens, Meic
Born 9 March 1942  (Solva, Pembrokeshire, Wales)
Singer-songwriter of pyschedelic Welsh language songs.
[Picture of Meic Stevens]


Stevens, Rise (Died in 2013)
Born 11 June 1913  (New York City, New York, USA)
Opera singer, hugely popular in the 1940's & 1950's.
[Picture of Rise Stevens]


Stevens, Stella
Born 1 October 1938  (Yazoo City, Mississippi, USA)
Former Playboy model, turned actress & film producer.
[Picture of Stella Stevens]


Born 13 June 1974  (Wimbledon, London, England)
"Jackass" prankster, born in England to American & Canadian parents. Real name Steven Gilchrist Glover.
[Picture of Steve-O]


Stewart, Martha
Born 3 August 1941  (Nutley, New Jersey, USA)
An institution in the US, yet barely known in the UK. Broadcaster, author, businesswoman & homemaking advocate just about sums her up, but she made all the UK headlines for the wrong reaons when she was found guilty of conspiracy, obstruction of an agency proceeding, and making false statements to federal investigators, serving 5 months in prison.
[Picture of Martha Stewart]


Stewart, Rod
Born 10 January 1945  (Highgate, London, England)
Past-his-prime rock star who pays young blondes to pretend to like him. Best-known hits include "Maggie May", "You Wear It Well" and the mildly sickening "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?". Far superior, though, is the classic "Stay With Me", which he co-wrote and recorded while a member of The Faces. Underwent surgery in 2000 after suspected thyroid cancer.
[Picture of Rod Stewart]


Stewart, William G.
Born 15 July 1935  (Habrough, Lincolnshire, England)
TV producer & director, but best remembered as the austere presenter of dreary Channel 4 quiz show "Fifteen to One".
[Picture of William G. Stewart]


Stiles, Ryan
Born 22 April 1959  (Seattle, Washington, USA)
Lanky American comic, often on improvisational shows.
[Picture of Ryan Stiles]


Stilgoe, Richard
Born 28 March 1943  (Camberley, Surrey, England)
Musician & lyricist, who puts clever or funny wordplay into song. Often seen on "Countdown", but used to be on "That's Life!".
[Picture of Richard Stilgoe]


Stiller, Jerry
Born 8 July 1927  (New York City, New York, USA)
Comedian & actor, father of Ben & perhaps best known for his role in "Seinfeld".
[Picture of Jerry Stiller]


Stills, Stephen
Born 3 January 1945  (Dallas, Texas, USA)
American guitarist - one quarter of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, who has had a successful solo career as well.
[Picture of Stephen Stills]


Stine, R. L.
Born 8 October 1943  (Columbus, Ohio, USA)
Author, best known for his "Goosebumps" series. R. L. = Robert Lawrence
[Picture of R. L. Stine]


Born 2 October 1951  (Wallsend, nr. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England)
Former leader singer of The Police, now a very successful (and slightly weird) solo singer.
[Picture of Sting]


Stone, Sharon
Born 10 March 1958  (Meadville, Pennsylvania, USA)
Best known for her role in 1992's "Basic Instinct", though one should not overlook that stand-out performance in "Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol". She suffered a brain aneurysm in 2001, the same year that her husband Phil Bronstein (editor of the San Francisco Chronicle) had his foot attacked by a komodo dragon in Los Angeles zoo.
[Picture of Sharon Stone]


Stone, William William Stone is no longer with us
Born 23 September 1900  (Ledstone, Devon, England)

Died 10 January 2009  (Sindlesham, Berkshire, England)

Age at death: 108  (read death notice)
World War I veteran.
[Picture of William Stone]


Stoppard, Miriam
Born 12 May 1937  (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England)
Doctor, author & broadcaster on a number of health & social issues.
[Picture of Miriam Stoppard]


Storm, Gale Gale Storm is no longer with us
Born 5 April 1922  (Bloomington, Texas, USA)

Died 27 June 2009  (Danville, California, USA)

Age at death: 87  (read death notice)
US pop singer, born the rather more sober Josephine Owaissa Cottle.
[Picture of Gale Storm]


Storm, Tempest
Born 29 February 1928  (Eastman, Georgia, USA)
Actress, stripper & burlesque perfomer.
[Picture of Tempest Storm]


Stott, Rev. John (Died in 2011)
Born 27 April 1921  (London, England)
A British Christian leader and Anglican clergyman who was one of the leading evangelical ministers of his era.
[Picture of Rev. John Stott]


Strachan, Gordon
Born 9 February 1957  (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Fiery former footballer, current manager of Celtic FC
[Picture of Gordon Strachan]


Strahl, Chuck
Born 25 February 1957  (New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada)
Canadian government minister, diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in 2005, but still became Minister of Agriculture a year later after being re-elected to parliament.
[Picture of Chuck Strahl]


Strawberry, Darryl
Born 12 March 1962  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Former baseball player who has had all sorts of problems in his personal life, not to mention with drugs and colon cancer.
[Picture of Darryl Strawberry]


Streisand, Barbra
Born 24 April 1942  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Actress, screenwriter, producer, director, singer and gay icon.
[Picture of Barbra Streisand]


Strickland, Earl 'The Pearl'
Born 8 June 1961  (Roseboro, North Carolina, USA)
Short version: He's an American pool player. Long version: Earl’s characteristic skill in picking off the long pot contrasts sharply with his famous short fuse, as displayed at the 2006 Mosconi Cup where, after missing an easy 6, he snapped his cue and appeared to threaten several members of the crowd with the splintered end. Such extreme hot-headedness is rarely prescriptive of a long and fruitful life, and there can be no cheating karma, even with the aid of bespoke lycra cueing mitts.
[Picture of Earl 'The Pearl' Strickland]


Strieber, Whitley
Born 13 June 1945  (San Antonio, Texas, USA)
Horror novelist.
[Picture of Whitley Strieber]


Struycken, Carel
Born 30 July 1948  (The Hague, Netherlands)
Character actor, and as he stands at 7 foot tall, is rather typecast in tall-person roles! Best known as Lurch in the Addams Family films.
[Picture of Carel Struycken]


Stuart, Gloria (Died in 2010)
Born 4 July 1910  (Santa Monica, California, USA)
Hollywood actress who had a prolific career during the 1930s and 1940s, following which she retired. However, she returned to acting in the 1970s and has appeared in numerous films since, most notably the 1997 blockbuster "Titanic".
[Picture of Gloria Stuart]


Stuart Trevelyan Archer, Bertram
Born 3 February 1915  (Hampstead, London, England)
Colonel Bertram Stuart Trevelyan-Archer OBE ERD is also a GC holder - GC being the George Cross. He is currently the oldest living recipient of the award.
[Picture of Bertram Stuart Trevelyan Archer]


Sturanovic, Zeljko
Born 31 January 1960  (Niksic, Montenegro, Yugoslavia)
Former PM of Montenegro.
[Picture of Zeljko Sturanovic]


Suarez, Adolfo
Born 25 September 1932  (Madrid, Spain)
Former Prime Minister of Spain, the first one post-Franco.
[Picture of Adolfo Suarez]


Sugden, Mollie Mollie Sugden is no longer with us
Born 21 July 1922  (Keighley, Yorkshire, England)

Died 1 July 2009  (Guildford, Surrey, England)

Age at death: 86  (read death notice)
Played Mrs Slocombe in "Are You Being Served?"
[Picture of Mollie Sugden]


Summer, Donna (Died in 2012)
Born 31 December 1948  (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
Singer & songwriter, best known for her disco hits, as well as for the rather odd "MacArthur Park", with its ramblings about leaving a cake out in the rain.
[Picture of Donna Summer]


Summerall, Pat (Died in 2013)
Born 10 May 1930  (Lake City, Florida, USA)
Former American Football player, but much better known in the sport for his long-serving role as a broadcaster.
[Picture of Pat Summerall]


Sundaravej, Samak Samak Sundaravej is no longer with us
Born 13 June 1935  (Bangkok, Thailand)

Died 24 November 2009  (Bangkok, Thailand)

Age at death: 74  (read death notice)
Former PM of Thailand, before he had to resign due to public pressure against him.
[Picture of Samak Sundaravej]


Surtees, John
Born 11 February 1934  (Tatsfield, Surrey, England)
Racing driver and biker, the only man to ever win World Championships on both two and four wheels. Still involved in motorsport.
[Picture of John Surtees]


Sussman Yalow, Rosalyn (Died in 2011)
Born 19 July 1921  (New York City, New York, USA)
Winner of 1977 Nobel Prize for Medicine for her development of the radioimmunoassay technique.
[Picture of Rosalyn Sussman Yalow]


Sutcliffe, Peter
Born 2 June 1946  (Bingley, West Yorkshire, England)
The notorious Yorkshire Ripper, imprisoned for life in 1981 for murdering 13 women and leaving 7 others for dead over the previous 6 years.
[Picture of Peter Sutcliffe]


Sutherland, Dame Joan (Died in 2010)
Born 7 November 1926  (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)
Australian soprano opera singer who made her debut in 1952 and retired in 1990.
[Picture of Dame Joan Sutherland]


Sutherland, Donald
Born 17 July 1935  (Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada)
Canadian actor, often in kooky, offbeat roles. Father of "24" actor, Keifer.
[Picture of Donald Sutherland]


Sutherland, Keifer
Born 21 December 1966  (London, England)
Canadian, a former child/teen actor, who recently hit it big as Jack Bauer in "24". Also hit it big in a very unwanted way recently, when he was jailed for drink-driving.
[Picture of Keifer Sutherland]


Sutton, Crystal Lee Crystal Lee Sutton is no longer with us
Born 31 December 1940  (Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA)

Died 11 September 2009  (Burlington, North Carolina, USA)

Age at death: 68  (read death notice)
American trade unionist who worked hard for workers in the textile industry. A film was made about her, but bizarrely it was called "Norma Rae"....
[Picture of Crystal Lee Sutton]


Sutton, Dudley
Born 6 April 1933  (Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England)
Long-time actor on British TV & films, best known as "Tinker" in Lovejoy.
[Picture of Dudley Sutton]


Suvaddhana, Nyanasamvara (Died in 2013)
Born 3 October 1913  (Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand)
19th and incumbent Supreme Patriarch of Thailand, a Buddhist leader.
[Picture of Nyanasamvara Suvaddhana]


Swarbrick, Dave
Born 5 April 1941  (New Malden, Surrey, England)
Fiddle player with Fairport Convention. Erroneously reported dead by the Daily Telegraph in 1999, and had a double lung transplant 5 years later.
[Picture of Dave Swarbrick]


Swayze, Patrick Patrick Swayze is no longer with us
Born 18 August 1952  (Houston, Texas, USA)

Died 14 September 2009  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 57  (read death notice)
Actor, singer & dancer, best known for his roles in "Ghost" and "Dirty Dancing". Died after a 2 year battle with pancreatic cancer.
[Picture of Patrick Swayze]


Swit, Loretta
Born 4 November 1937  (Passaic, New Jersey, USA)
Actress, mainly on television - best remembered for her role in M*A*S*H as "Hot Lips" Houlihan.
[Picture of Loretta Swit]


Sykes, Eric (Died in 2012)
Born 4 May 1923  (Oldham, Lancashire, England)
Comic actor who has also written and directed a number of silent films (most recently "The Big Freeze" in 1993, in which he starred alongside Bob Hoskins ). Like numerous other comics of his generation, he started out by entertaining the troops during World War II. Those glasses he wears aren't for his eyesight - apparently they serve only to disguise a bone-conduction hearing aid.
[Picture of Eric Sykes]


Szymborska, Wislawa (Died in 2012)
Born 2 July 1923  (Kornik, Poland)
Polish poet, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1996.
[Picture of Wislawa Szymborska]

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