Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2010: A


Abbas, Mahmoud
Born 26 March 1935  (Safed, Palestine)
President of the Palestinian Authority.
[Picture of Mahmoud Abbas]


Abdel-Rahman, Omar
Born 3 May 1938  (Dakahlia, Cairo, Egypt)
Blind Muslim cleric and militant leader, currently serving life for plotting the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
[Picture of Omar Abdel-Rahman]


Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, Omar
Born 18 June 1960  (Mogadishu, Somalia)
Prime Minister of Somalia
[Picture of Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke]


Abdul, Paula
Born 19 June 1962  (San Fernando, California, USA)
Dancer, singer and former judge on "American Idol".
[Picture of Paula Abdul]


Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Al-Waleed Bin Talal Bin
Born 7 March 1955  (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
Nephew of Saudi King Abdullah.
[Picture of Al-Waleed Bin Talal Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud]


Abdul-Aziz, Crown Prince Sultan bin (Died in 2011)
Born 5 January 1928  (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
Crown Prince of the Saudi Arabian royal family & politician.
[Picture of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz]


Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem
Born 16 April 1947  (New York City, New York, USA)
US basketball player with the LA Lakers in the 1970s and 80s but he insists he's Roger Murdock, an airline co-pilot!
[Picture of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar]


Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, King
Born 1 August 1924  (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
Became King of Saudi Arabia in August 2005, following the death of his half-brother, King Fahd.
[Picture of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia]


Abed Al-Fahadawi, Qasim
Born in Ramadi, Iraq  (exact date unknown)
Provincial governor of the Anbar province in Iraq.
[Picture of Qasim Abed Al-Fahadawi]


Abrams, M. H.
Born 23 July 1912  (Long Branch, New Jersey, USA)
US literary critic. M. H. = Meyer Howard.
[Picture of M. H. Abrams]


Abse, Dannie
Born 22 September 1923  (Cardiff, Wales)
Popular Welsh poet and brother of Labour MP Leo.
[Picture of Dannie Abse]


Ackland, Joss
Born 29 February 1928  (North Kensington, London, England)
Distinguished and experienced actor, still working. His date of birth drastically reduces the chances of anyone collecting a "party pooper" bonus on him - bar 2008, of course!
[Picture of Joss Ackland]


Ackroyd, Peter
Born 5 October 1949  (London, England)
UK author, writer of London - The Biography.
[Picture of Peter Ackroyd]


Acorah, Derek
Born 27 January 1950  (Bootle, Lancashire, England)
Spirit Medium, often plying his trade on low rent cable channels such as Living TV.
[Picture of Derek Acorah]


Adam, Ken
Born 5 February 1921  (Berlin, Germany)
Former film set designer, most notably on the James Bond movies.
[Picture of Ken Adam]


Adamo, Salvatore
Born 1 November 1943  (Comiso, Sicily, Italy)
Italian-born Belgian composer and singer.
[Picture of Salvatore Adamo]


Adams, Gerry
Born 6 October 1948  (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
President of the Irish Republican party Sinn Féin.
[Picture of Gerry Adams]


Adams, Richard
Born 9 May 1920  (Newbury, Berkshire, England)
Author of "Watership Down".
[Picture of Richard Adams]


Adderley, Nigel
Born in England  (exact date unknown)
Football commentator for Radio Five Live who collapsed on air in October 2009. Born 1972.
[Picture of Nigel Adderley]


Adie, Kate
Born 19 September 1945  (Sunderland, England)
Fearless BBC journalist.
[Picture of Kate Adie]


Agnew, Judy (Died in 2012)
Born 23 April 1921  (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)
Widow of disgraced US Vice President Spiro Agnew.
[Picture of Judy Agnew]


Aherne, Caroline
Born 24 December 1963  (Ealing, London, England)
Comedienne and writer, known for her characters Mrs Merton, the "scorchio" weather forecaster on "The Fast Show", and Denise in "The Royle Family". Also known for her battle with drink, drugs and depression. Currently living in Australia.
[Picture of Caroline Aherne]


Ahmadinejad, Mahmoud
Born 28 October 1956  (Garmsar, Iran)
Plainly bonkers, holocaust-denying President of Iran.
[Picture of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad]


Ahmed, Abdullahi Yusuf (Died in 2012)
Born 15 December 1934  (Galkacyo, Somalia)
Former president of Somalia, who returned to the capital in 2007 after his side seemingly won the aeons-long battle to win control of the anarchic, war-ravaged country. Survived an assassination attempt in 2006.
[Picture of Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed]


Aikman, Troy
Born 21 November 1966  (West Covina, California, USA)
Former American Football quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys.
[Picture of Troy Aikman]


Akabusi, Kriss
Born 28 November 1958  (London, England)
Soldier turned athlete who's greatest moment was his anchor leg for Great Britain's victorious 4 x 400m relay team in the 1991 World Championships.
[Picture of Kriss Akabusi]


Akihito of Japan, Emperor (Died in 2012)
Born 23 December 1933  (Tokyo, Japan)
First son of Emperor Hirohito, acceded to the Imperial throne on the death of his father in 1989.
[Picture of Emperor Akihito of Japan]


Al Megrahi, Abdelbaset(Died in 2012)
Born 1 April 1952  (Tripoli, Libya)
Alleged bomber of flight Pan-Am Flight 103, which crashed over Lockerbie in 1988. However, his conviction has always been disputed, not least now he is revealed to be suffering from cancer. Released from prison on compassionate grounds amid a huge hoopla in September 2009.
[Picture of Abdelbaset Al Megrahi]


al-Adel, Saif
Born 11 April 1960  (Alexandria, Egypt)
Senior member of al-Qaeda, wanted in connection with the 1998 US Embassy bombings.
[Picture of Saif al-Adel]


Alain, Marie-Claire (Died in 2013)
Born 10 August 1926  (Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France)
French organist, able to perform substantial works from memory.
[Picture of Marie-Claire Alain]


Alan, Ray Ray Alan is no longer with us
Born 18 September 1930  (London, England)

Died 24 May 2010  (Reigate, Surrey, England)

Age at death: 79  (read death notice)
Ventriloquist, best known for Titch & Quackers and Lord Charles, the silly arse!
[Picture of Ray Alan]


Al-Assad, Bashar
Born 11 September 1965  (Damascus, Syria)
President of Syria since his father's death in 2000.
[Picture of Bashar Al-Assad]


al-Awlaki, Anwar (Died in 2011)
Born 22 April 1971  (Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA)
US-born muslim imam, suspected of being connected with the botched terrorist attack on December 25 2009 on Northwest Airlines Flight 253.
[Picture of Anwar al-Awlaki]


Alba, Jessica
Born 28 April 1981  (Pomona, California, USA)
Actress who first hit fame in 2000 in the series 'Dark Angel' before graduating to Hollywood.
[Picture of Jessica Alba]


Albanese, Licia
Born 22 July 1913  (Bari, Italy)
Famed former opera singer.
[Picture of Licia Albanese]


Alchian, Armen
Born 12 April 1914  (Fresno, California, USA)
American economist and emeritus professor of economics at the University of California, Los Angeles.
[Picture of Armen Alchian]


Aldrin, Buzz
Born 20 January 1930  (Montclair, New Jersey, USA)
Second man on the Moon, who has always claimed he'd have been the first if it wasn't for the fact that the only door of the lunar lander was on Neil Armstrong's side.
[Picture of Buzz Aldrin]


Aleksanyan, Vasily (Died in 2011)
Born 15 December 1972  (Moscow, Russia)
Russian businessman, formerly with Yukos who was jailed controversially in 2006. He has been in health problems ever since, say his lawyers.
[Picture of Vasily Aleksanyan]


Alencar, José (Died in 2011)
Born 17 October 1931  (Muriaé, Minas Gerais, Brazil)
Currently vice-president of Brazil.
[Picture of José Alencar]


Alexander, Jean
Born 24 February 1926  (Liverpool, England)
Best known as Hilda Ogden in Coronation Street.
[Picture of Jean Alexander]


Alexandra, Princess
Born 25 December 1936  (Windsor, Berkshire, England)
First cousin of the Queen and sister to Prince Michael of Kent. Variously known as The Honourable Lady Ogilvy and Princess Alexandra of Kent.
[Picture of Princess Alexandra]


Al-Fayed, Mohammed
Born 27 January 1929  (Bakos, Alexandria, Egypt)
Owner of Harrods and Fulham FC. Not overly popular in many quarters, but at least he lives in Switzerland now.
[Picture of Mohammed Al-Fayed]


al-Gaddafi, Colonel Muammar (Died in 2011)
Born 7 June 1942  (Surt, Libya)
Controversial leader of Libya since 1969. Now something of a reformed character, after being the USA's number 1 target in the mid '80s. Still clearly bonkers nonetheless.
[Picture of Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi]


Ali, Muhammad
Born 17 January 1942  (Louisville, Kentucky, USA)
Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, ditched his "slave name" in 1964. Won an Olympic gold boxing medal at age 18 and went on to become world heavyweight champion. Now suffering from Parkinson's Disease.
[Picture of Muhammad Ali]


Ali Zardari, Asif
Born 21 July 1956  (Nawabshah, Pakistan)
Widower of Benazir Bhutto, who announced that he would nominally head her party whilst their son is at university in England. Then became insurgent target number 1 when he became President of the country in 2008.
[Picture of Asif Ali Zardari]


Alicia of Bourbon-Palma, Princess
Born 13 November 1917  (Vienna, Austria)
Spanish infanta and heir to the throne of Navarre.
[Picture of Princess Alicia of Bourbon-Palma]


Allais, Maurice Maurice Allais is no longer with us
Born 31 May 1911  (Paris, France)

Died 9 October 2010  (Saint-Cloud, Paris, France)

Age at death: 99  (read death notice)
Economist, the 1988 winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics.
[Picture of Maurice Allais]


Allardyce, Sam
Born 19 October 1954  (Dudley, West Midlands, England)
Gum-chewing, headpiece wearing, bung-taking (Allegedly - at the DDP lawyer's request) football manager, who likes his teams to play dirty, unattractive football. Formerly at Bolton & Newcastle United.
[Picture of Sam Allardyce]


Allason, Lt. Col James (Died in 2011)
Born 6 September 1912  (London, England)
Military big-wig, who later had a long career in politics.
[Picture of Lt. Col James Allason]


Allen, Douglas (Died in 2011)
Born 15 December 1917  (Croydon, Surrey, England)
Politician, civil servant & businessman.
[Picture of Douglas Allen]


Allen, Paul
Born 21 January 1953  (Seattle, Washington, USA)
Entrepreneur and philanthropist. Co-founder of Microsoft with Bill Gates
[Picture of Paul Allen]


Allen, Rick
Born 1 November 1963  (Dronfield, Derbyshire, England)
One-armed drummer with rock band Def Leppard.
[Picture of Rick Allen]


Allen, Woody
Born 1 December 1935  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Comedy film actor/writer/director, born Allen Stewart Konigsberg.
[Picture of Woody Allen]


Allerberger, Josef
Born 26 December 1924  (Steiermark, Austria)
Austrian sniper during the Second World War, reputed to have killed 257 soldiers. Died in March 2010 but no obit.
[Picture of Josef Allerberger]


Alley, Kirstie
Born 12 January 1951  (Wichita, Kansas, USA)
Actress, best known for her role as Rebecca Howe in 'Cheers'.
[Picture of Kirstie Alley]


Allison, Malcolm Malcolm Allison is no longer with us
Born 5 September 1927  (Dartford, Kent, England)

Died 14 October 2010  (Sale, Greater Manchester, England)

Age at death: 83  (read death notice)
Extrovert and flamboyant ex-football manager, rarely seen without fedora and cigar. Managed a host of clubs, but is perhaps best remembered for his time at Manchester City.
[Picture of Malcolm Allison]


Alliss, Peter
Born 28 February 1931  (Berlin, Germany)
Golfer, golf course designer & long-time golf commentator for the BBC and others.
[Picture of Peter Alliss]


al-Majid, Ali Hassan
Born 30 November 1941  (Tikrit, Iraq)
Cousin of Saddam Hussein, who served as the Minister of Defence under his regime. Termed "Chemical Ali" by the media for allegedly ordering a chemical weapons attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja in March 1988, killing thousands. Was the King of Spades in the famous deck of cards until his capture by US forces in August 2003. Was executed in January 2010 and thus does not score any points.
[Picture of Ali Hassan al-Majid]


al-Maliki, Nouri
Born 20 June 1950  (Abu Gharaq, Iraq)
Prime Minister of Iraq since May 2006. Later that year, he took the unusual step of announcing that he wasn't enjoying his job and wouldn't be standing for a second term in office, which loosely translates as "I'm a moving target and I'm absolutely sh*tting myself".
[Picture of Nouri al-Maliki]


Al-Rajhi, Saleh Bin Abdul Aziz (Died in 2011)
Born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  (exact date unknown)
Founder and majority shareholder of the Al-Rajhi bank, the largest islamic bank in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Born 1912.
[Picture of Saleh Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Rajhi]


al-Zawahri, Ayman
Born 19 June 1951  (Maadi, Egypt)
One of bin Laden's deputies in Al-Qaeda, about whom recent whereabouts are sketchy.
[Picture of Ayman al-Zawahri]


Ames, Ed
Born 9 July 1927  (Malden, Massachusetts, USA)
Singer & actor.
[Picture of Ed Ames]


Amis, John (Died in 2013)
Born 17 June 1922  (Dulwich, London, England)
Classical music critic for The Guardian & the BBC. Also deaf in one ear.
[Picture of John Amis]


Andersen, Hjalmar
Born 12 March 1923  (Rødøy, Norway)
Three times Olympic speed skating champion at the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo.
[Picture of Hjalmar Andersen]


Anderson, Gerry (Died in 2012)
Born 14 April 1929  (Kilburn, London, England)
TV producer, director & writer - the man behind "Thunderbirds" and "Stingray", amongst others.
[Picture of Gerry Anderson]


Anderson, Loni
Born 5 August 1945  (St. Paul, Minnesota, USA)
Actress famous for the role of Jennifer in 'WKRP in Cincinnati'. Once married to Burt Reynolds (I'm sure I've written that before!).
[Picture of Loni Anderson]


Anderton, Sophie
Born 14 May 1977  (Bristol, England)
Model & occasional "reality TV celeb". *Shudder*
[Picture of Sophie Anderton]


André, Maurice (Died in 2012)
Born 21 May 1933  (Alès, France)
French trumpeter specialising in classical music.
[Picture of Maurice André]


Andrea, Savvas
Born in Cyprus, Greece  (exact date unknown)
Father of Peter Andre and for a while Katie Price's father-in-law, if he hadn't already suffered enough. Born 1941.
[Picture of Savvas Andrea]


Andreotti, Giulio (Died in 2013)
Born 14 January 1919  (Rome, Italy)
Former Italian President, who, due to the often chaotic Italian political system, has been the 58th, 61st AND 70th President of Italy!
[Picture of Giulio Andreotti]


Andrew, Prince
Born 19 February 1960  (London, England)
Second son of Queen Elizabeth and fourth in line to the throne. Participated in the Falklands conflict and was married to Sarah Ferguson from 1986 to 1996.
[Picture of Prince Andrew]


Andrews, Julie
Born 1 October 1935  (Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England)
Actress - star of "The Sound of Music".
[Picture of Julie Andrews]


Andrews, Patty(Died in 2013)
Born 16 February 1918  (Mound, Minnesota, USA)
Was one-third of The Andrews Sisters, along with her older (and now dead) siblings Laverne and Maxene. Their best-known song was probably 'Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree'. Patty is the one in the middle in the photo.
[Picture of Patty Andrews]


Angell, Roger
Born 19 September 1920  (New York City, New York, USA)
Baseball writer for The New Yorker.
[Picture of Roger Angell]


Angelou, Maya
Born 4 February 1928  (St Louis, Missouri, USA)
Emiment US literary figure - poet, actress and civil rights veteran.
[Picture of Maya Angelou]


Angle, Kurt
Born 9 December 1968  (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)
Yet another wrestler.
[Picture of Kurt Angle]


Annan, Kofi
Born 8 April 1938  (Kumasi, Ghana)
Former Secretary-General of the UN until 2007.
[Picture of Kofi Annan]


Ann-Margaret, (actress)
Born 28 April 1941  (Valsjöbyn, Jämtlands Iän, Sweden)
Swedish-born American actress, something of a siren in the 1960s. Also had a singing career.
[Picture of (actress) Ann-Margaret]


Ant, Adam
Born 3 November 1954  (London, England)
New Romantic singer - a pin-up in his heyday, but now old, overweight and suffering from depression. Was detained under the Mental Health Act in 2002 after throwing a car alternator through a pub window.
[Picture of Adam Ant]


Apiata, Bill
Born 28 June 1972  (Mangakino, New Zealand)
VC holder, one of the more recent recipients of the award, when he was awarded it for bravery in the Afghanistan conflict.
[Picture of Bill Apiata]


arap Moi, Daniel
Born 2 September 1924  (Sacho, Baringo, Kenya)
President of Kenya from 1978-2002. Still dogged by controversies stemming from his time in office.
[Picture of Daniel arap Moi]


Arbus, Allan (Died in 2013)
Born 15 February 1918  (New York, New York, USA)
Veteran US actor, best known for his role as Dr Sidney Freedman in "M*A*S*H".
[Picture of Allan Arbus]


Archer, Colonel Bertram
Born 3 February 1915  (London, England)
Oldest living recipient of the George Cross for his work on bomb disposal in the Second World War.
[Picture of Colonel Bertram Archer]


Archer, Jeffrey
Born 15 April 1940  (London, England)
Habitual liar, novelist and former Conservative Party deputy chairman. Convicted of perjury and peverting the course of justice in 2001.
[Picture of Jeffrey Archer]


Armani, Giorgio
Born 11 July 1934  (Piacenza, Italy)
Fashion designer and founder of the hugely succesful Armani brand label.
[Picture of Giorgio Armani]


Armfield, Jimmy
Born 21 September 1935  (Denton, Manchester, England)
Former Blackpool & England footballer, now a very popular radio commentator & broadcaster.
[Picture of Jimmy Armfield]


Armstrong, Neil (Died in 2012)
Born 5 August 1930  (Wapakoneta, Ohio, USA)
First man on the moon...or actor in an unconvincing Hollywood film set, depending on who you believe.
[Picture of Neil Armstrong]


Arness, James (Died in 2011)
Born 26 May 1923  (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)
Star of US TV show "Gunsmoke", as well as having a long and varied film career.
[Picture of James Arness]


Arnold, Eve (Died in 2012)
Born 21 April 1912  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
American photojournalist, who now lives in Britain.
[Picture of Eve Arnold]


Asherson, Renée
Born 19 May 1920  (Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, England)
Actress, widow of Robert Donat.
[Picture of Renée Asherson]


Ashmore, Sir Edward
Born 11 December 1919  (Queenstown, Republic of Ireland)
A former Admiral of the Fleet, the most senior Royal Navy position there is.
[Picture of Sir Edward Ashmore]


Asner, Ed
Born 15 November 1929  (Kansas City, Kansas, USA)
US actor, who has mostly appeared in TV programmes such as "The Mary Tyler Moore Show". Recently provided the voice of old curmudgeon Carl in Pixar animated tearfest "Up".
[Picture of Ed Asner]


Asner, Milivoj (Died in 2011)
Born 21 April 1913  (Daruvar, Croatia)
War criminal, accused of crimes against humanity and war crimes in the city of Požega in 1941 - 1942.
[Picture of Milivoj Asner]


Aspel, Michael
Born 12 January 1933  (London, England)
Host of "This Is Your Life" and "Antiques Roadshow".
[Picture of Michael Aspel]


Asser, Abdul Ghani
Born 18 July 1909  (Kabul, Afghanistan)
Afghan footballer who competed in the 1948 Olympic football tournament in London.
[Picture of Abdul Ghani Asser]


Astin, John
Born 30 March 1930  (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)
Actor - starred as Gomez Addams in "The Addams Family", and has mainly appeared in TV comedies since.
[Picture of John Astin]


Astles, Bob(Died in 2012)
Born in Ashford, Kent, England  (exact date unknown)
Former colonial officer and associate of presidents Obote and Amin in Uganda in the the 1960s and 70s. Born 1924.
[Picture of Bob Astles]


Attenborough, Sir David
Born 8 May 1926  (London, England)
Broadcaster, author, naturalist and also ex-Controller of BBC2. Brother of Sir Richard.
[Picture of Sir David Attenborough]


Attenborough, Sir Richard
Born 29 August 1923  (Cambridge, England)
Oscar-winning film director, general luvvie, and brother of Sir David.
[Picture of Sir Richard Attenborough]


Austin, Barry
Born 17 September 1968  (Birmingham, England)
One of the fattest people in the UK, featured in numerous obese-related programmes. As if that wasn't bad enough, he also supports Birmingham City FC.
[Picture of Barry Austin]


Ayres, Pam
Born 14 March 1947  (Stanford in the Vale, Berkshire, England)
Humorous poet, often on TV.
[Picture of Pam Ayres]


Aziga, Johnson
Born 6 June 1956  (West Nile District, Uganda)
Ugandan-born Canadian, convicted in 2009 for infecting two women with the HIV virus through having unprotected sex without them having knowledge of his condition. Nice.
[Picture of Johnson Aziga]


Azinger, Paul
Born 6 January 1960  (Holyoke, Massachussetts, USA)
US professional golfer and winner of the 1993 US PGA championship.
[Picture of Paul Azinger]


Aznavour, Charles
Born 22 May 1924  (Paris, France)
Watery-eyed French crooner.
[Picture of Charles Aznavour]

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