Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2009: T


Tabone, Censu (Died in 2012)
Born 30 March 1913  (Victoria, Gozo, Malta)
Former President of Malta.
[Picture of Censu Tabone]


Taddei, Giuseppe (Died in 2010)
Born 26 June 1916  (Genoa, Italy)
Italian baritone opera singer.
[Picture of Giuseppe Taddei]


Talabani, Jalal
Born 12 November 1933  (Kelkan, Iraq)
President of Iraq since April 2005.
[Picture of Jalal Talabani]


Tamblyn, Russ
Born 30 December 1934  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
American actor & dancer.
[Picture of Russ Tamblyn]


Tanabe, Tomoji Tomoji Tanabe is no longer with us
Born 18 September 1895  (Miyakonojo, Miyazaki, Japan)

Died 19 June 2009  (Miyakonojo, Miyazaki, Japan)

Age at death: 113  (read death notice)
Was the oldest man in the World.
[Picture of Tomoji Tanabe]


Tanning, Dorothea (Died in 2012)
Born 25 August 1910  (Galesburg, Illinois, USA)
American artist, formerly married to painter Max Ernst. More recently, she has published poetry as well.
[Picture of Dorothea Tanning]


Tapia, Johnny
Born 13 February 1967  (Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA)
Boxer, once a top flyweight, but in recent years has hit the headlines only for his drugs use & other controversies.
[Picture of Johnny Tapia]


Tarbuck, Jimmy
Born 6 February 1940  (Liverpool, England)
Unfunny, golf-obsessed, old school comedian.
[Picture of Jimmy Tarbuck]


Tarmey, Bill (Died in 2012)
Born 4 April 1941  (Ardwick, Manchester, England)
Played the character of Jack Duckworth in ITV soap "Coronation Street". In 1976 he suffered a "massive heart attack" and ten years later had to undergo bypass surgery.
[Picture of Bill Tarmey]


Tate, John
Born 13 March 1925  (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)
Leading mathematician, particulary in the field of algebra.
[Picture of John Tate]


Tautou, Audrey
Born 9 August 1976  (Beaumont, Puy-der-Dome, France)
Actress, best known for either "Amelie" or "The Da Vinci Code".
[Picture of Audrey Tautou]


Tavener, Sir John (Died in 2013)
Born 28 January 1944  (Wembley, London, England)
Composer of classical music.
[Picture of Sir John Tavener]


Taylor, Davinia
Born 11 November 1977  (Wigan, Lancashire, England)
"Actress" (Jude Cunningham in Hollyoaks), model & general waste of space.
[Picture of Davinia Taylor]


Taylor, Dennis
Born 19 January 1949  (Coalisland, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland)
Snooker World Champion, memorably, in an epic 1985 final. Now a TV pundit.
[Picture of Dennis Taylor]


Taylor, Elizabeth (Died in 2011)
Born 27 February 1932  (Hampstead, London, England)
Movie star and only friend of Michael Jackson. She has broken her back four times, had surgery for a brain tumour, and was once pronounced dead during the filming of "Cleopatra", following which she had an emergency tracheotomy. She has been married 940 times.
[Picture of Elizabeth Taylor]


Taylor, Jack (Died in 2012)
Born 21 April 1930  (Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England)
Ex football referee - refereed the 1974 World Cup Final, giving two penalties - the first one in the first minute.
[Picture of Jack Taylor]


Taylor, James
Born 12 March 1948  (Belmont, Massachusetts, USA)
Singer/songwriter, mainly in country or rock music, but has performed in a huge variety of musical styles.
[Picture of James Taylor]


Taylor, Kelly (Died in 2012)
Born in Bristol, England  (exact date unknown)
Terminally ill woman who has asked her local doctors to help end her life as she suffers from Eisenmenger's syndrome and Klippel-Feil syndrome, which cause spinal, heart & lung ailments. Born in 1977.
[Picture of Kelly Taylor]


Taylor, Linda
Born in Los Angeles, California, USA  (exact date unknown)
Musician, often on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" in a comic role.
[Picture of Linda Taylor]


Taylor, Phil
Born 13 August 1960  (Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England)
The darts player - multiple champion in the "sport".
[Picture of Phil Taylor]


Taylor, Phil (Died in 2012)
Born 18 September 1917  (Bristol, England)
Not the darts champion, but the former cricketer, England football international and ex-manager of Liverpool FC.
[Picture of Phil Taylor]


Taylor, Rip
Born 13 January 1934  (Washington, District of Columbia, USA)
Actor & comedian, very well known in the US, less so in the UK.
[Picture of Rip Taylor]


Taylor-Bradford, Barbara
Born 10 May 1933  (Leeds, Yorkshire, England)
Hugely successful writer of female literature.
[Picture of Barbara Taylor-Bradford]


Te Kanawa, Dame Kiri
Born 6 March 1944  (Gisborne, New Zealand)
Opera singer, who sang at Prince Charles & Diana's wedding and has since become one of the top singers of her type in the World.
[Picture of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa]


Tebbit, Lord Norman
Born 29 March 1931  (Ponders End, London, England)
Outspoken former chairman of the Conservative Party, whose unemployed father famously "did not riot, he got on his bike and looked for work". Here's one of his more famous, though not wholly memorable, quotes: "The word 'conservative' is used by the BBC as a portmanteau word of abuse for anyone whose views differ from the insufferable, smug, sanctimonious, na´ve, guilt-ridden, wet, pink orthodoxy of that sunset home of the third-rate minds of that third-rate decade, the 1960s." It must have taken him hours to write that.
[Picture of Lord Norman Tebbit]


Tejada, Luis
Born 8 August 1932  (La Paz, Bolivia)
President of Bolivia between 1980 & 1981.
[Picture of Luis Tejada]


Temple, Shirley
Born 23 April 1928  (Santa Monica, California, USA)
The most famous child star in cinema history, who left the movies once she grew up and became the US ambassador to Ghana (in the 1970s) and Czechoslovakia (during the "Velvet Revolution"). In 1972 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, but survived and was widely respected for being one of the first public figures to openly discuss the issue. Random trivia: her daughter Lori (as "Lori Lorax") was a founder member of seminal proto-grunge band The Melvins.
[Picture of Shirley Temple]


Terreblanche, Eugene (Died in 2010)
Born 31 January 1941  (Ventersdorp, South Africa)
Afrikaner, who during the height of the apartheid era, was notorious for his use of violence in support of it. Since the era of Nelson Mandela, and a 7 year jail sentence, he's kept a lower profile.
[Picture of Eugene Terreblanche]


Terrey, Douglas (Died in 2010)
Born 27 June 1903  (Southampton, Hampshire, England)
Still eats fry-ups every morning despite his age - proof perhaps that what is "unhealthy" often keeps you going longer. Also claims to have been a despatch rider during WWI, which would make him one of the last veterans of the war if true.
[Picture of Douglas Terrey]


Tewson, Josephine
Born 26 February 1939  (Hampstead, London, England)
Comic actress, best known as Elizabeth in "Keeping Up Appearances" and as Jane Travers in "Clarence".
[Picture of Josephine Tewson]


Thatcher, Margaret (Died in 2013)
Born 13 October 1925  (Grantham, Lincolnshire, England)
Britain's first female Prime Minister, and one of Augusto Pinochet's beer buddies. After her fall from grace in 1990 and subsequent retirement from the House of Commons two years later, the handbag-toting Iron Lady was made an Iron Baroness and is now generally regarded as "a bit nuts" (though whether this is anything new is subject to debate). In 2002 she retired from public life following a number of strokes, and her health has reportedly gone further downhill following the death of her husband Denis in June 2003.
[Picture of Margaret Thatcher]


Thebom, Blanche (Died in 2010)
Born 19 September 1918  (Monessen, Pennsylvania, USA)
Former opera singer.
[Picture of Blanche Thebom]


Thiebaud, Wayne
Born 23 November 1920  (Mesa, Arizona, USA)
US artist & painter.
[Picture of Wayne Thiebaud]


Thielemans, Toots
Born 29 April 1922  (Brussels, Belgium)
Belgian jazz harmonicist & whistler, who is still performing. Don't recognise the name? Well, he played the harmonica on "Sesame Street", "Moon River", "Midnight Cowboy" and so many others.
[Picture of Toots Thielemans]


Thomas, Geoff
Born 5 August 1964  (Manchester, England)
Former England footballer, best remembered either for his service to Crystal Palace or for one of the worst shots in football history whilst playing for England at Wembley. Overcame a long battle with leukemia.
[Picture of Geoff Thomas]


Thomas, Helen (Died in 2013)
Born 4 August 1920  (Winchester, Kentucky, USA)
Journalist, who has covered White House proceedings since the days of John F. Kennedy & was former White House bureau chief for UPI.
[Picture of Helen Thomas]


Thomas, Olivia Patricia
Born 29 June 1895  (New York City, New York, USA)
One of the oldest people in the World at the start of 2009. Died later in the year, no obit yet.
[Picture of Olivia Patricia Thomas]


Thomas, Orlando
Born 21 October 1972  (Crowley, Lousiana, USA)
Former NFL footballer who is suffering from ALS.
[Picture of Orlando Thomas]


Thompson, Fred
Born 19 August 1942  (Sheffield, Alabama, USA)
Former actor, turned Senator for Tennessee & Presidential Candidate in the 2008 US elections.
[Picture of Fred Thompson]


Thomson, James
Date and place of birth unknown
Millionaire architect and convicted child abductor/molester. Slung in prison in December 2006, and will probably die there, as he has inoperable cancer. Born in 1937.
[Picture of James Thomson]


Thorburn, Cliff
Born 16 January 1948  (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada)
One of the greats of the televised snooker age, World Champion in 1980, and World Number One between 1981 & 1982.
[Picture of Cliff Thorburn]


Thorne, Willie
Born 4 March 1954  (Leicester, England)
Popular former snooker player, now a TV pundit. Often called, rather bizarrely, "The Homer Simpson of snooker".
[Picture of Willie Thorne]


Thornton, Frank (Died in 2013)
Born 15 January 1921  (Dulwich, London, England)
TV and film actor, probably best known for his role as Captain Peacock in the long-running department-store-based sitcom "Are You Being Served?" In 1997, when Brian Wilde was taken ill prior to filming a series of "Last of the Summer Wine", Thornton was hurriedly brought in to play Herbert "Truly" Truelove, by way of a replacement for the Foggy Dewhurst character.
[Picture of Frank Thornton]


Thorpe, Jeremy
Born 29 April 1929  (London, England)
Former Member of Parliament and leader of the Liberal Party. His career was destroyed in the mid-1970s as a result of a scandal in which he and three others were charged with conspiracy to murder his alleged lover Norman Scott. He has suffered from Parkinson's Disease for over twenty years.
[Picture of Jeremy Thorpe]


Tindill, Eric (Died in 2010)
Born 18 December 1910  (Nelson, New Zealand)
Played for New Zealand at both cricket and rugby, and is now the oldest surviving Old Black.
[Picture of Eric Tindill]


Tingwell, Bud Bud Tingwell is no longer with us
Born 3 January 1923  (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)

Died 15 May 2009  (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)

Age at death: 86  (read death notice)
Highly-respected Australian actor, mostly in films. However, sadly, for him, he might be best remembered by British viewers for his role in Neighbours between 2000-2003.
[Picture of Bud Tingwell]


Tisza, Laszlo
Born 7 July 1907  (Budapest, Hungary)
Physicist & professor, whose expertise, according to his blurb, include theoretical physics, the history and philosophy of science, and the foundation of thermodynamics and quantum mechanics. Now I don't understand any of that sentence but basically I think it means he was a very clever man. Died in 2009, but no obit yet.
[Picture of Laszlo Tisza]


Titmus, Fred (Died in 2011)
Born 24 November 1932  (Somers Town, London, England)
Former test cricketer for England.
[Picture of Fred Titmus]


Tobin, Peter
Born 27 August 1946  (Johnstone, Renfrewshire, Scotland)
Man accused of killing three girls in Margate, and foundy guilty & jailed in 2008.
[Picture of Peter Tobin]


Todd, Richard Richard Todd is no longer with us
Born 11 June 1919  (Dublin, Republic of Ireland)

Died 3 December 2009  (Grantham, Lincolnshire, England)

Age at death: 90  (read death notice)
Mildly successful film and stage actor, born in Ireland to British parents who bestowed upon him the full name of Richard Andrew Palethorpe-Todd. Saw active service throughout World War II, and parachuted into France during the D-Day landings. He later went on to appear in "D-Day: The Sixth of June" and "The Longest Day", though perversely he didn't play himself in either film.
[Picture of Richard Todd]


Tolimir, Zdvrako
Born 27 November 1948  (Glamoc, Bosnia)
Bosnian Serb commander during the former war in Yugoslavia, and currently on trial for war crimes at The Hague.
[Picture of Zdvrako Tolimir]


Tomlinson, Ricky
Born 26 September 1939  (Bispham, Blackpool, Lancashire, England)
Ex-plasterer & Trade Unionist turned hugely successful & popular actor - firstly in "Brookside" but best loved for his role in "The Royle Family".
[Picture of Ricky Tomlinson]


Top, Gaz
Born 5 July 1961  (St. Asaph, Wales)
Children's TV & now motorsport presenter, born Gareth Jones.
[Picture of Gaz Top]


Born 9 September 1935  (Tel Aviv, Israel)
Star of "Fiddler on the Roof", and a regular stage performer.
[Picture of Topol]


Torn, Rip
Born 6 February 1931  (Temple, Texas, USA)
US veteran film & TV actor, born Elmore Rual Torn.
[Picture of Rip Torn]


Tosh, Donald
Born in Cornwall, England  (exact date unknown)
Former screenwriter for the Dr. Who television series.
[Picture of Donald Tosh]


Tovey, Eric 'Lord Littlebrook'
Born 3 January 1929  (Edmonton, London, England)
Midget wrestler, in both England & the US. Now in ill health.
[Picture of Eric 'Lord Littlebrook' Tovey]


Townes, Charles
Born 28 July 1915  (Greenville, South Carolina, USA)
Inventor of the maser (a microwave device). Also worked on the laser, but not on the taser, or indeed the razor.
[Picture of Charles Townes]


Townshend, Pete
Born 19 May 1945  (Ealing, London, England)
Guitarist and main songwriter in The Who. In 2003 he suffered a "personal legal tragedy" in which he was found to have provided his credit card details to view child pornography on the web. The police cautioned him and he is now on the Sex Offenders' Register, though he continued to protest that he was gathering material "for research purposes". Presumably he won't get fooled again.
[Picture of Pete Townshend]


Trautmann, Bert (Died in 2013)
Born 22 October 1923  (Bremen, Germany)
Manchester City goalkeeper, famous for suffering a broken neck and concussion during the 1956 FA Cup Final, despite which he finished the match, and indeed made several saves.
[Picture of Bert Trautmann]


Travers, Mary Mary Travers is no longer with us
Born 9 November 1936  (Louisville, Kentucky, USA)

Died 16 September 2009  (Danbury, Connecticut, USA)

Age at death: 72  (read death notice)
One-third of 1970s folk group Peter, Paul & Mary - "Leaving On A Jet Plane" and all that. Revealed in December 2004 that she is undergoing chemotherapy for a form of leukaemia. She died of complications of that in 2009.
[Picture of Mary Travers]


Travolta, John
Born 18 February 1954  (Englewood, New Jersey, USA)
Actor who has had something of a rollercoaster career: he was catapulted to fame in "Saturday Night Fever" (1977), but then appeared in a few turkeys before his career was rescued by, of all things, "Look Who's Talking". Finally acquired a semblance of cool as the hitman Vincent Vega in "Pulp Fiction", before losing it again in the absurd Scientologist film "Battlefield Earth".
[Picture of John Travolta]


Trejos Fernandez, Joaquin (Died in 2010)
Born 18 April 1916  (San Jose, Costa Rica)
Former President of Costa Rica.
[Picture of Joaquin Trejos Fernandez]


Troyer, Verne
Born 1 January 1969  (Sturgis, Michigan, USA)
Diminutive (2'8") actor, best known for playing Mini-Me in the "Austin Powers" movies.
[Picture of Verne Troyer]


Tsvangirai, Morgan
Born 10 March 1952  (Gutu, Zimbabwe)
Opposition leader to Robert Mugabe, one of the few to stay in the country and try to battle it out with Mad Bob. As a result, Mugabe keeps arresting him, accusing him of all manner of things, or just having him beaten up, but Tsvangirai remains the main anti-government voice.
[Picture of Morgan Tsvangirai]


Tufnell, Phil
Born 29 April 1966  (Barnet, Hertfordshire, England)
Reasonably successful cricketer who is now a TV personality. Thinks he is far, far funnier than he actually is.
[Picture of Phil Tufnell]


Tureaud, Laurence
Born 21 May 1952  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
The legendary Mr T, who played Sgt B.A. Baracus in "The A-Team", and made a habit of pitying fools and not getting' on no airplanes. Also had a notoriously low tolerance level when it came to jibber-jabber.
[Picture of Laurence Tureaud]


Turnbull, Eddie (Died in 2011)
Born 12 April 1923  (Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland)
Scottish footballer, particulary remembered for his service to Hibernian FC as both player and manager.
[Picture of Eddie Turnbull]


Turner, Anthea
Born 25 May 1960  (Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England)
Bland TV presenter, better known for her private life than for her personality.
[Picture of Anthea Turner]


Turner, Ted
Born 19 November 1938  (Cincinnati, Ohio, USA)
Businessman & founder of CNN.
[Picture of Ted Turner]


Turner, Tina
Born 26 November 1939  (Nutbush, Tennessee, USA)
Singer, born Anna Mae Bullock, still active after almost 50 years in the business. Well known for her big hair & raspy voice.
[Picture of Tina Turner]


Tutu, Desmond
Born 7 October 1931  (Klerksdorp, South Africa)
Winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize, he became Archbishop of Cape Town in 1986. When aged fourteen he caught tuberculosis and had to spend two years in hospital as a result. Reported to be "seriously ill" in 2001, he joked "My presence here gives testimony to the resurrection of the dead!" during a visit to London's Southwark Cathedral at the time.
[Picture of Desmond Tutu]


Twombly, Cy (Died in 2011)
Born 25 April 1928  (Lexington, Virginia, USA)
Talented calligraphy artist.
[Picture of Cy Twombly]


Tyler, Dorothy
Born 14 March 1920  (Stockwell, London, England)
Athlete, also known as Dorothy Odam, when she won silver in the 1936 Berlin Olympics in the high jump, but was married & known as Dorothy Tyler, when she repeated the feat in the same event, in the 1948 London Olympics, one of the few to win medals pre & post WW2.
[Picture of Dorothy Tyler]


Tyler, Steven
Born 26 March 1948  (Yonkers, New York, USA)
Rock singer, lead singer of Aerosmith. Dad of actress Liv.
[Picture of Steven Tyler]


Tyler Moore, Mary
Born 29 December 1936  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Actress and comedienne who came to prominence in "The Dick Van Dyke Show", before being given her own programme, called, with a stunning lack of imagination, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show".
[Picture of Mary Tyler Moore]


Tyson, Frank
Born 6 June 1930  (Farnworth, Lancashire, England)
Former English test cricketer, a fast bowler for them & Northamptonshire.
[Picture of Frank Tyson]


Tyson, Mike
Born 30 June 1966  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Brought up by his single mother in the toughest part of Brooklyn, was winning street fights by the age of 9, weighed 200lbs and could bench-press more than his own weight by the age of 14. Became the youngest undisputed WBC, WBA and IBF world heavyweight boxing champion ever at 20. Spent 3 years in prison for rape and famously bit Evander Holyfield's ear off. And yet, despite all this, he still speaks with a comically high-pitched, lisping voice.
[Picture of Mike Tyson]

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