Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2010: R


Raabe, Meinhardt Meinhardt Raabe is no longer with us
Born 2 September 1915  (Jefferson County, Wisconsin, USA)

Died 9 April 2010  (Orange Park, Florida, USA)

Age at death: 94  (read death notice)
Dwarf actor who played a Munchkin coroner in the original 1939 film version of "The Wizard of Oz".
[Picture of Meinhardt Raabe]


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


Räikkönen, Kimi
Born 17 October 1979  (Espoo, Finland)
Former Formula 1 World Champion.
[Picture of Kimi Räikkönen]


Rain, Douglas
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada  (exact date unknown)
Canadian actor, best known as the voice of HAL 9000 in '2001: A Space Odyssey'. Born 1928.
[Picture of Douglas Rain]


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


Rainwater, Marvin (Died in 2013)
Born 2 July 1925  (Wichita, Kansas, USA)
Country and rockabilly singer who had a UK No.1 hit single with 'Whole Lotta Woman' in 1958.
[Picture of Marvin Rainwater]


Ramos, Fidel V.
Born 28 March 1928  (Lingayen, Philippines)
President of the Philippines from 1992 to 1998.
[Picture of Fidel V. Ramos]


Ramphal, Shridath
Born 3 October 1928  (New Amsterdam, Guyana)
Former Commonweath Sectretary-General (1975-1990). Was also Guyanese foreign minister from 1972 to 1975.
[Picture of Shridath Ramphal]


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


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


Ramsey, Jr., Norman Foster (Died in 2011)
Born 27 August 1915  (Washington D.C., USA)
US physicist who won the Nobel Prize in 1989.
[Picture of Norman Foster Ramsey, Jr.]


Rana, Dalip Singh
Born 27 August 1972  (Dhirana, Himachal Pradesh, India)
7ft plus professional wrestler, known in these circles as The Great Khali.
[Picture of Dalip Singh Rana]


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


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


Ray, Lisa
Born 4 April 1972  (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Former fashion model and actress.
[Picture of Lisa Ray]


Ray, Mary Josephine Mary Josephine Ray is no longer with us
Born 17 May 1895  (Prince Edward Island, Canada)

Died 7 March 2010  (Westmoreland, New Hampshire, USA)

Age at death: 114  (read death notice)
Was the World's second oldest person.
[Picture of Mary Josephine Ray]


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


Rayner, Claire Claire Rayner is no longer with us
Born 22 January 1931  (Stepney, London, England)

Died 11 October 2010  (Harrow, London, England)

Age at death: 79  (read death notice)
Former nurse who went on to write about family health issues, becoming one of the UK's best-known agony aunts. She has also published a number of books about gardening as well as some fiction. Reportedly close to death in 2003 due to serious complications during surgery on a tendon, resulting in multiple organ failure, pneumonia and septicaemia.
[Picture of Claire Rayner]


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


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


Read, Mark Brandon (Died in 2013)
Born 17 November 1964  (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
Best known as 'Chopper', Read is a former convict turned best-selling author, the Aussie equivalent of John McVicar. Film of his life starring Eric Bana was released in 2000.
[Picture of Mark Brandon Read]


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


Reckord, Barry (Died in 2011)
Born in Jamaica  (exact date unknown)
Jamaican born playwright. Born 1926.
[Picture of Barry Reckord]


Record, Lewis
Born 19 December 1947  (place of birth unknown)
Bluegrass musician. Died in May 2010 but no obit.
[Picture of Lewis Record]


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


Redgrave, Corin Corin Redgrave is no longer with us
Born 16 July 1939  (London, England)

Died 6 April 2010  (London, England)

Age at death: 70  (read death notice)
Member of the Redgrave acting dynasty: son of Sir Michael, brother of Lynn and Vanessa, etc.
[Picture of Corin Redgrave]


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


Redstone, Sumner
Born 27 May 1923  (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
Global media tycoon, majority shareholder in CBS, Viacom and MTV amongst others.
[Picture of Sumner Redstone]


Reed, John John Reed is no longer with us
Born 13 February 1916  (Close House, Bishop Auckland, Durham, England)

Died 13 February 2010  (Halifax, Yorkshire, England)

Age at death: 94  (read death notice)
Actor, dancer & singer, best known for being part of the D'Oly Carte Opera Company.
[Picture of John Reed]


Reich-Ranicki, Marcel (Died in 2013)
Born 2 June 1920  (Wloclawek, Poland)
Leading German literary critic.
[Picture of Marcel Reich-Ranicki]


Reid, Frances Frances Reid is no longer with us
Born 9 December 1913  (Wichita Falls, Texas, USA)

Died 3 February 2010  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 95  (read death notice)
Actress - played Alice Horton in the long-running US TV series "Days of Our Lives".
[Picture of Frances Reid]


Reid, Tara
Born 8 November 1975  (Wyckoff, New Jersey, USA)
American actress - "American Pie", "The Big Lebowski".
[Picture of Tara Reid]


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


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


Revill, Clive
Born 18 April 1930  (Wellington, New Zealand)
Actor. Was the original voice of Emperor Palpatine in 'The Empire Strikes Back'.
[Picture of Clive Revill]


Reynolds, Burt
Born 11 February 1936  (Waycross, Georgia, USA)
Prolific US actor and first (nearly) nude male centerfold (1972, Cosmopolitan). Although he acted in some classic movies (Deliverance, Boogie Nights), he will be chiefly remembered for "good ole' boy"-type movies like Smokey and the Bandit, Cannonball Run and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
[Picture of Burt Reynolds]


Rhett, Alicia
Born 1 February 1915  (Savannah, Georgia, USA)
Portrait painter and actress best known for her role as India Wilkes in 'Gone with the Wind'.
[Picture of Alicia Rhett]


Rich, Adrienne (Died in 2012)
Born 16 May 1929  (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)
Feminist poet.
[Picture of Adrienne Rich]


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


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


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


Richards, Lou
Born 15 March 1923  (Collingwood, Victoria, Australia)
Australian football legend, who used to captain the Magpies (they're AFL giants Collingwood FC, for those who happen not to follow Aussie Rules).
[Picture of Lou Richards]


Richardson, Gordon Gordon Richardson is no longer with us
Born 25 November 1915  (Nottingham, England)

Died 22 January 2010  (Duntisbourne, Gloucstershire, England)

Age at death: 94  (read death notice)
Governor of the Bank of England from 1973 to 1983.
[Picture of Gordon Richardson]


Richardson, Sir Robert
Born 2 March 1929  (place of birth unknown)
Lieutenant-General Sir Robert Francis Richardson KCB CVO CBE. Commanding General Officer in Northern Ireland from 1982 to 1985.
[Picture of Sir Robert Richardson]


Richey, Kenny
Born 3 August 1964  (Zeist, Netherlands)
Scottish/US ex-con, formerly on Death Row until his release. Has since been back in trouble in both the US & Scotland.
[Picture of Kenny Richey]


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


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


Rihanna, (singer)
Born 20 February 1988  (Saint Michael, Barbados)
R&B singer, best known for the hit single 'Umbrella'.
[Picture of (singer) Rihanna]


Riina, Salvatore
Born 16 November 1930  (Corleone, Sicily, Italy)
Known as Totò Riina, he was the boss of the Sicilian Mafia in the 1980s and is thought to have personally killed over forty people and ordered the deaths of hundreds of others. In prison since 1993.
[Picture of Salvatore Riina]


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


Rimington, Stella
Born in London, England  (exact date unknown)
First female Director-General of the secret intelligence service, MI5. Born 1935.
[Picture of Stella Rimington]


Rio, Rosa Rosa Rio is no longer with us
Born 2 June 1902  (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)

Died 13 May 2010  (Sun City Center, Florida, USA)

Age at death: 107  (read death notice)
Musician, often providing organ and piano pieces to a multitude of television and radio programmes in the USA.
[Picture of Rosa Rio]


Ripley, Andy Andy Ripley is no longer with us
Born 1 December 1947  (Liverpool, England)

Died 17 June 2010  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 62  (read death notice)
Former England & British Lions international rugby player. Wrote a book on coping with prostate cancer, which he was diagnosed with in 2005.
[Picture of Andy Ripley]


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


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


Roach, Freddie
Born 5 March 1960  (Dedham, Massachusetts, USA)
Boxing trainer, most notably of multiple world champion Manny Pacquiao.
[Picture of Freddie Roach]


Roache, William
Born 25 April 1932  (Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England)
TV actor, who, despite playing the part of Ken Barlow in "Coronation Street" since 1960, still manages to be more wooden than your average Ikea bookcase.
[Picture of William Roache]


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


Roberts, Jake "The Snake"
Born 30 May 1955  (Gainesville, Texas, USA)
Another US professional wrestler.
[Picture of Jake


Roberts, Tony
Born 22 October 1939  (New York City, New York, USA)
Actor, best known for his roles in Woody Allen's films.
[Picture of Tony Roberts]


Robinson, Cyril
Born 4 March 1929  (Nottingham, England)
Footballer. Member of the Blackpool team that won the 'Matthews Final' in 1953.
[Picture of Cyril Robinson]


Robinson, Iris
Born 6 September 1949  (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Northern Ireland unionist politician and wife of Northern Ireland first minister Peter Robinson. Previously known for her somewhat unenlightened views towards homosexuality. Now caught up in huge sex/money scandal.
[Picture of Iris Robinson]


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


Rocco, Alex
Born 29 February 1936  (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)
Actor, known for playing mafia types. Joins Joss Ackland on the list of those on the DDP born on the leap day.
[Picture of Alex Rocco]


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


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


Roëves, Maurice
Born 19 March 1937  (Sunderland, England)
English-born Scottish actor who has had a variety of roles, but is probably best known as the doomed ageing rocker Vincent Diver in 'Tutti Frutti'.
[Picture of Maurice Roëves]


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


Rohmer, Eric Eric Rohmer is no longer with us
Born 4 April 1920  (Tulle, Corrèze, France)

Died 11 January 2010  (Paris, France)

Age at death: 89  (read death notice)
French film director & screenwriter.
[Picture of Eric Rohmer]


Rollins, Jack
Born 23 March 1915  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Film producer with a long standing association with Woody Allen.
[Picture of Jack Rollins]


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


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


Ronay, Egon Egon Ronay is no longer with us
Born 24 July 1915  (Budapest, Hungary)

Died 12 June 2010  (Yattendon, Berkshire, England)

Age at death: 94  (read death notice)
Restauranter and food critic.
[Picture of Egon Ronay]


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


Rooney, Jan
Born 23 November 1939  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Actress wife of Mickey Rooney since 1978. Born Janice Darlene Chamberlin.
[Picture of Jan Rooney]


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


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


Ross, Jonathan
Born 17 November 1960  (London, England)
Obscenely paid former BBC television and radio personality. Quit the corporation early in 2010.
[Picture of Jonathan Ross]


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


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


Rourke, Mickey
Born 16 September 1952  (Schenectady, New York, USA)
Actor, who has had something of an up and down career in Hollywood since breaking through in the early 1980s as part of the so-called 'Brat Pack'.
[Picture of Mickey Rourke]


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


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


Rubinstein, Zelda Zelda Rubinstein is no longer with us
Born 28 May 1933  (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)

Died 27 January 2010  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 76  (read death notice)
Diminutive actress, best remembered as the eccentric medium Tangina Barrons in the "Poltergeist" films.
[Picture of Zelda Rubinstein]


Rudel, Julius
Born 6 March 1921  (Vienna, Austria)
Austrian born American composer.
[Picture of Julius Rudel]


Rudorffer, Major Erich
Born 1 November 1917  (Zwochau, Sachsen, Germany)
Luftwaffe flying ace, one of the most successful ever.
[Picture of Major Erich Rudorffer]


Rumsfeld, Donald
Born 9 July 1932  (Evanston, Illinois, USA)
Gaffe-prone, known known and highly controversial former secretary of defence for both Gerald Ford & George W. Bush. Hence, he is both the youngest & the oldest person to have held the position.
[Picture of Donald Rumsfeld]


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


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


Russell, William
Born 19 November 1924  (Sunderland, England)
Actor best known as Ian Chesterton in 'Doctor Who'.
[Picture of William Russell]


Ryan, Arthur
Born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland  (exact date unknown)
Primark founder, who shuns publicity. Born in 1935.
[Picture of Arthur Ryan]


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


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


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

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