Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2011: V


Vale, Jerry
Born 8 July 1932  (Bronx, New York, USA)
Singer, former barbershop singer, who had a number of hits in the 1950s & 1960s.
[Picture of Jerry Vale]


Valles Garcia, Marisol
Born in Praxedis G. Guerrero, Chihuahua, Mexico  (exact date unknown)
Police chief of the Praxedis G. Guerrero province in Mexico, despite being barely out of her teens. Has now fled the country after a series of threats to her life. Born 1989.
[Picture of Marisol Valles Garcia]


Valli, Frankie
Born 3 May 1934  (Newark, New Jersy, USA)
Singer with the Four Seasons, famous for his falsetto voice on hits such as 'Walk Like a Man' and 'December 1963 (Oh, What a Night)'.
[Picture of Frankie Valli]


van Barneveld, Raymond
Born 20 April 1967  (The Hague, Netherlands)
Dutch professional darts player. 4-times BDO World Champion. Also won the PDC World Championship in 2007, beating Phil "The Power" Taylor.
[Picture of Raymond van Barneveld]


Van Buren, Abigail (Died in 2013)
Born 4 July 1918  (Sioux City, Iowa, USA)
Agony aunt (born Pauline Esther Friedman) who wrote the long-running 'Dear Abby' column which was syndicated to a number of US newspapers. Her twin sister, Esther Pauline Friedman (clearly their parents were somewhat short of inspiration when it came to names), was also an agony aunt.
[Picture of Abigail Van Buren]


Van Damme, Jean-Claude
Born 18 October 1960  (Sint-Agatha-Berchem, Brussels, Belgium)
The "Muscles from Brussels". Star of many an "after the football on Channel 5" action flick, although recently starred in the film 'JCVD', in which he parodies his own image rather touchingly.
[Picture of Jean-Claude Van Damme]


Van Day, David
Born 28 November 1956  (Brighton, East Sussex, England)
Singer with 80s pop duo Dollar. Now hawks himself to any reality TV show that can be bothered to put up with him.
[Picture of David Van Day]


Van der Bellen, Alexander
Born 18 January 1944  (Vienna, Austria)
Austrian economist and spokesperson for the Green Party
[Picture of Alexander Van der Bellen]


van der Sloot, Joran
Born 6 August 1987  (Arnhem, Gelderland, Netherlands)
Dutch national, currrently held in Peru on charges of first degree murder and indicted in the U.S. for wire fraud and extortion.
[Picture of Joran van der Sloot]


Van Dyke, Dick
Born 13 December 1925  (West Plains, Missouri, USA)
Actor and TV presenter who is best known in America for 'The Dick Van Dyke Show', and on this side of the pond for his butt-clenchingly awful attempt at a Cockney accent in 'Mary Poppins'.
[Picture of Dick Van Dyke]


van Hoogstraten, Nicholas
Born 25 February 1945  (Shoreham, East Sussex, England)
Property tycoon, absolute crook and once Britain's youngest millionaire, born in 1946. Constantly employing less-than-legal "business practices", on one occasion he was convicted of ordering a grenade attack on a business associate, and was subsequently described as a "self-styled emissary of Beelzebub" by a judge. In 1999 business rival Mohammed Raja sued him for fraud, so Mr van Hoogstraten (he invented the "van" bit, incidentally) paid two henchmen to "teach Mr Raja a lesson". This lesson involved shooting Mr Raja in the face and stabbing him, resulting in his death. After spending one year of a ten-year sentence for manslaughter, the devil's landlord got out on a technicality in December 2003 and is probably now a marked man. Just in case you needed any further evidence of his despicable nature, he has described Robert Mugabe as "100% decent and incorruptible".
[Picture of Nicholas van Hoogstraten]


van Leer, Thijs
Born 31 March 1948  (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Lead singer of Dutch progressive rock band Focus.
[Picture of Thijs van Leer]


Van Patten, Dick
Born 9 December 1928  (New York, New York, USA)
US actor & dog food promoter. Suffered a major stroke in 2006.
[Picture of Dick Van Patten]


Vanderbilt, Gloria
Born 20 February 1924  (New York, New York, USA)
Became a multi-millionaire heiress at just 15 months old, and later became an artist, actress & socialite.
[Picture of Gloria Vanderbilt]


Vaughan, Peter
Born 4 April 1923  (Wem, Shropshire, England)
TV actor - played Grouty, the Mr. Big of Slade prison in 'Porridge'.
[Picture of Peter Vaughan]


Vaughn, Robert
Born 22 November 1932  (New York, New York, USA)
Actor, best known for either his role in 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E' or to British audiences nowadays in the TV show 'Hustle'. He is also the only surviving member of The Magnificent Seven.
[Picture of Robert Vaughn]


Vavrik, Elfriede
Born 15 June 1929  (place of birth unknown)
Austrian author. Wrote a best-selling account of her sex life while in her 80s. Just goes to show, you're never too old...
[Picture of Elfriede Vavrik]


Vega, Alan
Born 23 June 1938  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Vocalist with influential synth-pop group Suicide.
[Picture of Alan Vega]


Veivers, Tom
Born 6 April 1937  (Beenleigh, Queensland, Australia)
Former Australian international cricketer. Bowled the most overs in a single test match by an Australian, against England in 1964.
[Picture of Tom Veivers]


Ventura, Viviane
Born 5 December 1947  (London, England)
Actress and socialite, born in London but brought up in Colombia.
[Picture of Viviane Ventura]


Ver Magnússon, Magnús
Born 23 April 1963  (Iceland)
Strongman - four times winner of the World's Strongest Man competition.
[Picture of Magnús Ver Magnússon]


Versace, Allegra
Born 30 June 1986  (Milan, Italy)
Daughter of Donatella Versace, who has suffered from anorexia for many years & is often photographed at events looking painfully thin.
[Picture of Allegra Versace]


Vidal, Gore (Died in 2012)
Born 3 October 1925  (West Point, New York, USA)
Essayist, novelist, playwright and outspoken political commentator. Co-wrote the script for the classic 1959 film 'Ben-Hur', but was denied the credit for it.
[Picture of Gore Vidal]


Videla, Jorge Rafael (Died in 2013)
Born 21 August 1925  (Mercedes, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Former President of Argentina between 1976 & 1981, and the man who lead the military junta which specialised inhuman rights abuses, tortures & "disappearances". Now under house arrest.
[Picture of Jorge Rafael Videla]


Viehböck, Franz
Born 24 August 1960  (Vienna, Austria)
Electrical engineer and Austria's first man in space.
[Picture of Franz Viehböck]


Viggers, Freddie
Born 29 June 1951  (place of birth unknown)
Former British army officer and Black Rod from 2009-2010.
[Picture of Freddie Viggers]


Vigoda, Abe
Born 24 February 1921  (New York, New York, USA)
Tall, well-built character actor, noted for his roles as mobster Sal Tessio in 'The Godfather' and Det. Sgt. Fish in 'Barney Miller'. Was erroneously declared dead in the early 1980s.
[Picture of Abe Vigoda]


Villaggio, Paolo
Date and place of birth unknown
Italian film actor.
[Picture of Paolo Villaggio]


Vincent, Jan-Michael
Born 15 July 1944  (Denver, Colorado, USA)
Despite a successful Hollywood career throughout the '60s & '70s, Vincent is more likely to be remembered for his portrayal of the vigilante Stringfellow Hawke who kept the US safe during the '80s using only a state-of-the-art attack helicopter known as Airwolf. America's diminished impunity to the whims of megalomaniacs may be at the root of Vincent's subsequent decline into alcoholism and drug abuse.
[Picture of Jan-Michael Vincent]


Virgo, John
Born 3 March 1946  (Salford, Lancashire, England)
Snooker player, turned TV commentator & presenter.
[Picture of John Virgo]


Virilio, Paul
Born 4 January 1932  (Paris, France)
Cultural theorist.
[Picture of Paul Virilio]


von Anhalt, Frédéric Prinz
Born in Bad Kreuznach, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany  (exact date unknown)
The latest (possibly the last) of the many husbands of ailing filmstar Zsa Zsa Gabor. Born 1944.
[Picture of Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt]


von Bülow, Claus
Born 11 August 1926  (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Wealthy British-based financier, who hit the headlines when he was convicted in 1982 of attempting to murder his wife, but later had his conviction quashed.
[Picture of Claus von Bülow]


von Daniken, Erich
Born 14 April 1935  (Zofingen, Aargau, Switzerland)
Author & UFO/alien fan.
[Picture of Erich von Daniken]


von Habsburg, Otto Otto von Habsburg is no longer with us
Born 20 November 1912  (Reichenau, Austria)

Died 4 July 2011  (Pöcking, Germany)

Age at death: 98  (read death notice)
Crown Prince of Austria.
[Picture of Otto von Habsburg]


von Sydow, Max
Born 10 April 1929  (Lund, Skane, Sweden)
Swedish actor, who has achieved fame both at home and abroad.
[Picture of Max von Sydow]


von Trapp, Maria Franziska
Born 28 September 1914  (Zell am See, Salzburg, Austria-Hungary)
Last survivor of the von Trapp family of singers that inspired the hit film 'The Sound of Music'.
[Picture of Maria Franziska von Trapp]

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