Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2004: D


Dangerfield, Rodney Rodney Dangerfield is no longer with us
Born 22 November 1921  (Babylon, Long Island, New York, USA)

Died 5 October 2004  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 82  (read death notice)
TV comedian, nightclub owner and sometime film actor, born Jacob Cohen. Credited with discovering and launching the careers of Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Carrey and Roseanne Barr, among others.
[Picture of Rodney Dangerfield]


Daniels, Paul
Born 6 April 1938  (Middlesbrough, England)
Magician and generally ubiquitous light-entertainment TV celebrity, the lowest point in whose career (and let's face it, it has a lot of competition) was probably presenting the late 1980s kids' TV programme 'Wizbit'. An eight-foot rabbit named Willy and a three-foot cone-shaped creature starring alongside a four-foot toupée-wearing conjuror...truly, truly dreadful.
[Picture of Paul Daniels]


Day, Doris
Born 3 April 1924  (Cincinnati, Ohio, USA)
One of America's most prolific actresses of the 1950s and '60s, born Doris Mary Ann von Kappelhoff. After the death of her third husband, Marty Melcher, in 1968, she quit movies and turned to television and later to animal welfare.
[Picture of Doris Day]


de Carlo, Yvonne (Died in 2007)
Born 1 September 1922  (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
Film actress who appeared for years in fairly obscure movies, before landing the part of Moses' (Charlton Heston's) wife Sephora in 'The Ten Commandments' (1956). She later made the move to the small screen, ending up in a couple of Wild West TV series before becoming Lily in 'The Munsters'.
[Picture of Yvonne de Carlo]


De Laurentiis, Dino (Died in 2010)
Born 8 August 1919  (Torre Annunziata, Campania, Italy)
Film producer who, inbetween working on an incredible number of absolute turkeys and bankrupting two movie studios, has also managed to be responsible for a number of box office successes, including 'King Kong', 'Flash Gordon' and 'Hannibal'. Worked in partnership with Carlo Ponti for a while in the 1950s.
[Picture of Dino De Laurentiis]


De Niro, Robert
Born 17 August 1943  (New York, New York, USA)
Big-name Hollywood actor, whose 60 or so films since the one which made his name ('Taxi Driver', 1976) have included numerous smash hits, plus a few, such as 'The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle', where he'd have been better advised to file the script in the bin.
[Picture of Robert De Niro]


Deedes, Bill (Died in 2007)
Born 1 June 1913  (Saltwood Castle, Kent, England)
Former editor of the Daily Telegraph, MP for Ashford, Minister for Information in Harold McMillan's Government, and golfing partner of the late Denis Thatcher. Suffered a stroke (no pun intended) in 2001.
[Picture of Bill Deedes]


Devonshire, The Duchess of
Born 31 March 1920  (place of birth unknown)
Deborah Mitford, youngest and sole survivor of the famous Mitford sisters. Was married to The Duke of Devonshire for over 60 years; just to be different, they lived in Derbyshire.
[Picture of The Duchess of Devonshire]


Devonshire, The Duke of The Duke of Devonshire is no longer with us
Born 2 January 1920  (place of birth unknown)

Died 3 May 2004  (Chatsworth, Derbyshire, England)

Age at death: 84  (read death notice)
Andrew Robert Buxton Cavendish, KG, PC, MC, OAP, RIP. Was a relative of the Queen and one of Britain's wealthiest people and largest landowners.
[Picture of The Duke of Devonshire]


Diddy, P
Born 4 November 1969  (Harlem, New York, USA)
Sean Combs, aka Puff Daddy, aka Puffy, aka P. Diddy. Spent his early childhood in Harlem, but later grew up in the middle-class, leafy New York suburb of Mount Vernon and was educated at private school and university, which is somewhat at odds with his carefully-cultivated gangsta rap image.
[Picture of P Diddy]


Dodd, Ken
Born 8 November 1927  (Liverpool, England)
End-of-the-pier stand-up comedian turned TV star and surprisingly successful singer. Not remotely funny to anyone under the age of about 70. Will this be the year he says "tatty bye" for the last time?
[Picture of Ken Dodd]


Doe, John
Date and place of birth unknown
The teenager who, in the forthcoming court case, is expected to accuse Michael Jackson of sexually abusing him. For legal reasons, we can't mention his real name here.
[Picture of John Doe]


Douglas, Kirk
Born 9 December 1916  (New York, New York, USA)
Born Issur Danielovitch Demsky. Has appeared in over 100 films, spanning almost 60 years, and still going. Father of Michael.
[Picture of Kirk Douglas]


Douglas, Michael
Born 25 September 1944  (New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA)
Followed his father Kirk into films, and was a moderately successful actor for 20 years until 'Fatal Attraction' really launched him into superstardom in 1987, quickly followed by 'Wall Street' and 'Basic Instinct'. Somehow managed to pull Catherine Zeta-Jones, who is exactly 25 years his junior.
[Picture of Michael Douglas]


Drake, Charlie (Died in 2006)
Born 19 June 1925  (London, England)
Born Charles Springall. Archetypal chirpy Cockney who enjoyed a successful comedy and music career in the '50s and '60s despite being a ginger shortarse.
[Picture of Charlie Drake]


Dunn, Clive (Died in 2012)
Born 9 January 1920  (London, England)
Television actor, best remembered for his roles as Corporal Jones in 'Dad's Army' and Charlie Quick in 'Grandad'; he had a no. 1 hit single with the theme tune to the latter. Random fact: Gretchen Franklin is his cousin.
[Picture of Clive Dunn]

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