Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2004: A


Adair, Red Red Adair is no longer with us
Born 18 June 1915  (Houston, Texas, USA)

Died 7 August 2004  (Houston, Texas, USA)

Age at death: 89  (read death notice)
Fighter of oil well fires, whose fame spread after he extinguished a blaze that had been burning for 6 months in the Sahara desert. His other assignments included the Piper Alpha platform disaster and Kuwait, after the retreating Iraqi army set dozens of oil wells ablaze there.
[Picture of Red Adair]


Adams, Don (Died in 2005)
Born 13 April 1923  (New York, New York, USA)
Actor - played bumbling secret agent Maxwell Smart in the '60s American TV series "Get Smart", created by Mel Brooks, and went on to provide the voice of cartoon detective Inspector Gadget.
[Picture of Don Adams]


Adams, Jonathan (Died in 2005)
Date and place of birth unknown
Actor, artist, songwriter and cabaret performer. Played Dr Everett Scott in the Rocky Horror Show. His birthday is 14 Feb, but he never reveals in which year he was born.
[Picture of Jonathan Adams]


Akihito of Japan, Emperor
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]


Albert, Eddie (Died in 2005)
Born 22 April 1908  (Rock Island, Illinois, USA)
Actor - Oliver Douglas in the American TV series "Green Acres".
[Picture of Eddie Albert]


al-Douri, Izzat Ibrahim
Born 1 July 1942  (Tikrit, Iraq)
The highest-ranking member of the former Iraqi regime who is still at large - the King of Clubs in the famous pack of cards. Thought to be masterminding attacks on coalition forces, and a $10m reward has been offered for his capture. Strangely Scottish-looking, with his ginger moustache.
[Picture of Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri]


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]


Alice, Princess Princess Alice is no longer with us
Born 25 December 1901  (London, England)

Died 29 October 2004  (Kensington, London, England)

Age at death: 102  (read death notice)
The Queen's aunt and Duchess of Gloucester, born Lady Alice Christabel Montagu Douglas Scott.
[Picture of Princess Alice]


Allen, Patrick (Died in 2006)
Born 17 March 1927  (Nyasaland (now Malawi))
Actor, whose clear, booming voice has brought him plenty of work as a narrator, most notably on "Two Tribes" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood and in public information films.
[Picture of Patrick Allen]


Allingham, Henry (Died in 2009)
Date and place of birth unknown
Britain's oldest surviving First World War veteran, aged 107.
[Picture of Henry Allingham]


Altman, Robert (Died in 2006)
Born 20 February 1925  (Kansas City, Missouri, USA)
Director of over 70 films, including M*A*S*H and Prêt-à-Porter.
[Picture of Robert Altman]


Born 17 September 1973  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Pop singer ("I'm Outta Love", "One Day In Your Life"). Has had Crohn's disease since the age of 13, and now battling breast cancer as well.
[Picture of Anastacia]


Andrews, Jane
Born in Lincolnshire, England  (exact date unknown)
Sarah Ferguson's ex-maid. Serving a life sentence for the murder of her boyfriend, she ended up on a life support machine after a suicide attempt in October 2003.
[Picture of Jane 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]


Arafat, Yasser Yasser Arafat is no longer with us
Born 24 August 1929  (Cairo, Egypt)

Died 11 November 2004  (Paris, France)

Age at death: 75  (read death notice)
PLO leader, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and, from 1996 until his death, president of the Palestinian Council governing the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
[Picture of Yasser Arafat]


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]


Armstrong, R. G. (Died in 2012)
Born 7 April 1917  (Birmingham, Alabama, USA)
Stage, film and TV actor, best known for playing evil Lewis Vendredi in the TV adaptation of "Friday the 13th". R. G. = Robert Golden.
[Picture of R. G. Armstrong]


Arthur, Bea (Died in 2009)
Born 13 May 1923  (New York, New York, USA)
Stage and TV actress, born Bernice Frankel. Best remembered as the tall one out of The Golden Girls who looked like a man in drag. Won an Emmy for her role in it, as did the other three main cast members.
[Picture of Bea Arthur]


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]


Astor, Brooke (Died in 2007)
Born 30 March 1902  (Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA)
New York socialite and philanthropist, who has given around $200m in grants to various organisations.
[Picture of Brooke Astor]


Atkinson, Big Ron
Born 18 March 1939  (Liverpool, England)
Former League football player, manager and now TV pundit. Renowned for his eclectic style of commentary, which involves saying things like "'There's a few tired limbs in the blue legs" and "van Nistelrooy, predating as usual...".
[Picture of Big Ron Atkinson]


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

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