Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2010: P


Pacino, Al
Born 25 April 1940  (New York City, New York, USA)
Legendary Hollywood actor who first came to prominence in 'The Godfather' in 1972.
[Picture of Al Pacino]


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


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


Pagnol, Jacqueline
Born 6 October 1920  (Malakoff, Seine, France)
Actress widow of novelist Marcel Pagnol.
[Picture of Jacqueline Pagnol]


Pahor, Boris
Born 28 August 1913  (Trieste, Slovenia)
One of Slovenia's most important authors.
[Picture of Boris Pahor]


Paige, Janis
Born 16 September 1922  (Tacoma, Washington, USA)
Film and television actress.
[Picture of Janis Paige]


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


Palin, Michael
Born 5 May 1943  (Sheffield, Yorkshire, England)
Member of Monty Python, now equally well known for his travel documentaries.
[Picture of Michael Palin]


Palin, Sarah
Born 11 February 1964  (Sandpoint, Idaho, USA)
Former governor of Alaska and US Vice Presidential candidate in 2008.
[Picture of Sarah Palin]


Palme, Lisbet
Born 14 March 1931  (Stockholm, Sweden)
Former Chairperson of UNICEF and widow of assassinated Swedish PM Olof Palme.
[Picture of Lisbet Palme]


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


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


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


Parker, Eleanor (Died in 2013)
Born 26 June 1922  (Cedarville, Ohio, USA)
Versatile, Oscar nominated actress.
[Picture of Eleanor Parker]


Parker, Fess Fess Parker is no longer with us
Born 16 August 1924  (Fort Worth, Texas, USA)

Died 18 March 2010  (Santa Ynez, California, USA)

Age at death: 85  (read death notice)
American TV & film actor, but has had few memorable roles in a long career, bar a recurring role as Davy Crockett.
[Picture of Fess Parker]


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


Parker Bowles, Camilla
Born 17 July 1947  (Plumpton, Sussex, England)
Prince Charles's wrinkly bit on the side.
[Picture of Camilla Parker Bowles]


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


Parreira, Carlos Alberto
Born 27 February 1943  (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Experienced international football manager. Coached Brazil to their 1994 FIFA World Cup truimph. Now coach of 2010 hosts South Africa.
[Picture of Carlos Alberto Parreira]


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


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


Parton, Dolly
Born 19 January 1946  (Sevierville, Tennessee, USA)
Country music singer whose name was used for the first cloned sheep because its genetic material was taken from a mammary gland.
[Picture of Dolly Parton]


Pastrana, Travis
Born 8 October 1983  (Annapolis, Maryland, USA)
Motocross rider and stunt performer. According to Wikipedia, his list of injuries includes multiple concussions, a broken back, several dislocated shoulders and severe knee problems due to cartilage degeneration. So he's been in the wars...
[Picture of Travis Pastrana]


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


Pattakos, Stylianos
Born 8 November 1912  (Rethymno Prefecture, Crete, Greece)
One of the principle leaders of the Greek military junta from 1967 to 1974.
[Picture of Stylianos Pattakos]


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


Pavlow, Muriel
Born 27 June 1921  (Lee, Kent, England)
Veteran British actress of stage, screen & TV.
[Picture of Muriel Pavlow]


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


Payne, Sara
Born in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England  (exact date unknown)
Mother of the murdered Sarah Payne and campaigner for the right for people to know where convicted paedophiles live. Born 1969.
[Picture of Sara Payne]


Peagler, Deborah
Born 27 December 1959  (Pensacola, Florida, USA)
Woman who spent 26 years in prison for killing her husband, whom she accused of forcing her into a life of prostitution as well as molesting her daughters. Was released on parole in 2009. Reportedly died in June 2010.
[Picture of Deborah Peagler]


Peel, Andrée Andrée Peel is no longer with us
Born 3 February 1905  (Bretagne, Brest, France)

Died 5 March 2010  (Bristol, England)

Age at death: 105  (read death notice)
Agent Rose in the French Resistance in WWII. Married John Peel (not that one).
[Picture of Andrée Peel]


Pegler, Alan (Died in 2012)
Date and place of birth unknown
Railway enthusiast and preservationist, notable for saving the 'Flying Scotsman' from total disuse after buying it in 1963.
[Picture of Alan Pegler]


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


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


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


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


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


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


Perkins, Pinetop (Died in 2011)
Born 7 July 1913  (Belzoni, Mississippi, USA)
Delta blues pianist.
[Picture of Pinetop Perkins]


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


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


Perry, Jimmy
Born 9 September 1923  (Barnes, London, England)
English comedy writer, originally an actor, but then, along with David Croft, wrote & produced many of Britain's favourite sitcoms.
[Picture of Jimmy Perry]


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


Perry, William "The Refrigerator"
Born 16 December 1962  (Aiken, South Carolina, USA)
Hulking defensive lineman for the Chicago Bears American football team that won the Super Bowl in 1986.
[Picture of William


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


Peters, Andi
Born 29 July 1970  (London, England)
Camp television presenter and executive.
[Picture of Andi Peters]


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


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


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


Phillips, Captain Mark
Born 22 September 1948  (Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England)
Olympic gold winning horseman who was married to Princess Anne from 1973 to 1992.
[Picture of Captain Mark Phillips]


Phillips, Len (Died in 2011)
Born 11 September 1922  (Shoreditch, London, England)
Former footballer. Played his entire career at Portsmouth F.C. Won 3 England caps.
[Picture of Len Phillips]


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


Phillips, Mackenzie
Born 10 November 1959  (Alexandria, Virginia, USA)
Singer & actress who has had a long standing problem with drugs. In 2009 she revealed that she had a long incestuous relationship with her father, The Mamas & the Papas lead singer John Phillips.
[Picture of Mackenzie Phillips]


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


Phoenix, Joaquin
Born 28 October 1974  (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Younger brother of the late River Phoenix and star of films such as 'Gladiator' and 'Walk the Line'. Seemingly gave up acting in 2008 to pursue a career in music, but it turned out be an elaborate hoax for a film, released in September 2010.
[Picture of Joaquin Phoenix]


Pietsch, Paul (Died in 2012)
Born 20 June 1911  (Freiburg, Germany)
Former Formula 1 driver and motor racing magazine publisher.
[Picture of Paul Pietsch]


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


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


Pingping, He He Pingping is no longer with us
Born 3 July 1988  (Inner Mongolia, PR of China)

Died 13 March 2010  (Rome, Italy)

Age at death: 21  (read death notice)
One of the smallest people in the world, just 2 feet & 4 inches high.
[Picture of He Pingping]


Pinkney, David
Born 5 July 1952  (Bridlington, England)
Businessman and auto racing driver.
[Picture of David Pinkney]


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


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


Piquet, Jr., Nelson
Born 25 July 1985  (Heidelberg, Germany)
Former Formula 1 motor racing driver. Classic case of son never living up to dad's billing. Dad in this case being Nelson Piquet, 3 times Formula 1 World Champion.
[Picture of Nelson Piquet, Jr.]


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


Pitt, Brad
Born 18 December 1963  (Shawnee, Oklahoma, USA)
Little-known actor.
[Picture of Brad Pitt]


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


Plant, Robert
Born 20 August 1948  (West Bromwich, West Midlands, England)
Pop singer, either as a solo artist, or as lead singer of Led Zeppelin.
[Picture of Robert Plant]


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


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


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


Ponting, Ricky "Punter"
Born 19 December 1974  (Launceston, Tasmania, Australia)
Irritating but brilliant batsman and current Australian cricket captain. Still hanging on to the captaincy despite the dubious distinction of losing two Ashes series to the Poms.
[Picture of Ricky


Poole, Christopher
Born in New York City, New York, USA  (exact date unknown)
Founder of the hugely popular internet imageboard website 4chan. Born 1988.
[Picture of Christopher Poole]


Popper, John
Born 29 March 1967  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Lead singer and harmonica player with Blues Traveler. Was a right fat git for years, but had his stomach stapled in 2001 and lost 200 pounds as a result.
[Picture of John Popper]


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


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


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


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


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


Price, Katie "Jordan"
Born 22 May 1978  (Newport, Wales)
Surgically-enhanced "glamour" model and general waste of space Z-list "celebrity". Recently split from Peter Andre, as if we care.
[Picture of Katie


Price, Leontyne
Born 10 February 1927  (Laurel, Mississippi, USA)
Soprano opera singer. First African-American to become a prima donna at the Metropolitan Opera.
[Picture of Leontyne Price]


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


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


Prince, Tony
Born 9 May 1944  (Oldham, Lancashire, England)
Disc jockey who started off in pirate radio before moving on to Radio Luxembourg in the 1970s. Also launched the dance magazine Mixmag.
[Picture of Tony Prince]


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


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


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


Prowse, David
Born 1 July 1935  (Bristol, England)
Former weightlifting champion who played the body of Darth Vader in the first three (or last three, depending how you look at it) "Star Wars" films. Famously annoyed to discover that George Lucas had got James Earl Jones to do the voice, without bothering to tell him. And even when the evil tyrant was unmasked in "The Return of the Jedi", Lucas got a third actor (Sebastian Shaw) to play Lord Vader's face.
[Picture of David Prowse]


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


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


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


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

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