Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2004: H


Hagman, Larry (Died in 2012)
Born 21 September 1931  (Fort Worth, Texas, USA)
Son of famous actress Mary Martin. His own career took off when he took the part of Major Anthony Nelson in the '60s US sitcom "I Dream of Jeannie", and he went on to star as J.R. Ewing in "Dallas" and "Knots Landing". An active anti-smoking campaigner, he's nevertheless not averse to the odd drink or ten, and needed a liver transplant in 1995 due to cirrhosis. Has reportedly been hitting the bottle again over the past couple of years.
[Picture of Larry Hagman]


Hall, Monty
Born 25 August 1923  (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
Host of various American game shows, well-known (over there, at least) for presenting "Let's Make a Deal".
[Picture of Monty Hall]


Harald V of Norway, King
Born 21 February 1937  (Skaugum, Oslo, Norway)
The first King of Norway to be born in the country since 1370. Acceded to the throne on the death of his father, Olav V, in 1991. He was a member of several of Norway's Olympic sailing teams. In September 2003 it was announced that he has bladder cancer.
[Picture of King Harald V of Norway]


Harris, Rolf
Born 30 March 1930  (Perth, Western Australia, Australia)
Cartoonist, TV presenter, singer, wobble-board player and general cult hero. Absolutely incredible to think he's now in his mid-70s, as he still looks and sounds the same as ever.
[Picture of Rolf Harris]


Hasselhoff, David
Born 17 July 1952  (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)
Self-fancying star of 'Knight Rider' and 'Baywatch', whose move into anodyne pop ballads made him so ludicrously popular in Germany, of all places, that he even claims they played an important part in the reunification of the country.
[Picture of David Hasselhoff]


Haughey, Charles (Died in 2006)
Born 16 September 1925  (Castlebar, Co Mayo, Ireland)
Former accountant who turned to politics and was elected to the Dáil (Irish Parliament) in 1957, becoming Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of the Republic of Ireland 3 times in the 1980s and early '90s.
[Picture of Charles Haughey]


Havel, Vaclav (Died in 2011)
Born 5 October 1936  (Prague, Czechoslovakia)
Political dissident and human rights activist who was imprisoned 4 times, spending almost 5 years behind bars for his views. Elected President of Czechoslovakia in 1989 and President of the Czech Republic in 1992.
[Picture of Vaclav Havel]


Hawke, Hazel (Died in 2013)
Born in Perth, Australia  (exact date unknown)
Wife of former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke, born in 1929. Announced in November 2003 that she has Alzheimer's, and then, 5 minutes later, announced that she has Alzheimer's.
[Picture of Hazel Hawke]


Hawking, Stephen
Born 8 January 1942  (Oxford, England)
Born on the 300th anniversary of Galileo's death. Whilst studying at Oxford, was diagnosed with a rare and progressive neuromotor disease, which has left him in a wheelchair, talking like a Dalek. Now a world-famous theoretical physicist who specialises in studying black holes, and wrote the incomprehensible "A Brief History of Time". Recent allegations suggest that he has been regularly assaulted by his carers over a lengthy period of time.
[Picture of Stephen Hawking]


Hawn, Goldie
Born 21 November 1945  (Washington, District of Columbia, USA)
Actress who got her first break as a regular performer on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In", but had to wait a further decade before really making it big when she took the title role in "Private Benjamin" (1980). Knocking on a bit now to play her trademark role as a dizzy blonde, she has only made a dozen films in the last 15 years, most of them minor hits.
[Picture of Goldie Hawn]


Heath, Edward (Died in 2005)
Born 9 July 1916  (Broadstairs, Kent, England)
Leader of the Conservative Party from 1965-75 and Prime Minister from 1970-74. Reported ill and rushed to hospital in August 2003.
[Picture of Edward Heath]


Henson, Lou
Born 10 January 1932  (Okay, Oklahoma, USA)
Head basketball coach at New Mexico State University; reported in the summer of 2003 to be suffering from an advanced stage of cancer. Probably too obscure on this side of the pond to get a UK obituary, but we could be surprised...
[Picture of Lou Henson]


Heston, Charlton (Died in 2008)
Born 4 October 1924  (Evanston, Illinois, USA)
Chisel-featured star of 150 films and TV series, among them "The Ten Commandments", "Ben Hur" and "The Planet of the Apes". Now a sad, shambling shadow of his former self who fronts the American National Rifle Association, believes that it is "man's God-given right" to own guns, and makes a point of organising NRA rallies in towns where multiple shootings have recently occurred.
[Picture of Charlton Heston]


Higgins, Alex (Died in 2010)
Born 18 March 1949  (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Irish snooker player. Famously volatile, a heavy drinker and smoker. Known as "Hurricane" due to his rapid style of play, which he adopted because he was trying to finish the frame before last orders.
[Picture of Alex Higgins]


Hillary, Sir Edmund (Died in 2008)
Born 20 July 1919  (Auckland, New Zealand)
Kiwi mountaineer, explorer and bee-keeper. One of the first two-man team to reach the summit of Mount Everest, later member of the first overland crossing of Antarctica.
[Picture of Sir Edmund Hillary]


Hills, Denis Denis Hills is no longer with us
Born 8 November 1913  (Moseley, Birmingham, England)

Died 26 April 2004  (Richmond upon Thames, Surrey, England)

Age at death: 90  (read death notice)
British lecturer who was sentenced to death in Uganda in 1975 for criticising Idi Amin's regime. Only released after the then Prime Minister Jim Callaghan grovelled to the late tyrant.
[Picture of Denis Hills]


Hockney, David
Born 9 July 1937  (Bradford, Yorkshire, England)
British artist, now based in California, whose (largely autobiographical) work is often described as Pop Art, although he himself has consistently shunned this label.
[Picture of David Hockney]


Hofmann, Albert (Died in 2008)
Born 11 January 1906  (Baden, Switzerland)
Chemist who, in 1938, became the first to synthesize LSD, although he was unaware of its hallucinogenic properties until 1943, when he had a trip after accidentally ingesting a small amount of it. Fifteen years later, he did the future hippy generation another favour when he produced psilocybin, which was to become the active ingredient of magic mushrooms.
[Picture of Albert Hofmann]


Hogan, Hulk
Born 11 August 1953  (Augusta, Georgia, USA)
Born Terry Gene Bollea. Professional wrestler since 1978. A part in "Rocky III" and a move to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) made him a star, and he proceeded to be at the centre of wrestling's transition from slightly suspect minority sport to multi-billion dollar camp pantomime spectacle.
[Picture of Hulk Hogan]


Hope, Delores (Died in 2011)
Born 27 May 1909  (The Bronx, New York, USA)
Former singer and widow of the late Bob Hope, having been married to him for 69 years.
[Picture of Delores Hope]


Horn, Roy
Born 3 October 1944  (Nordenham, Germany)
One half of the camp spectacle that is Siegfried & Roy. Was mauled on stage by one of their trademark white tigers in October 2003, allegedly after it mistook a big-haired woman in the front row for a lion and tried to drag him away from her. He suffered multiple injuries, serious blood loss and a stroke, and spent 3 months in hospital; the show has been cancelled indefinitely.
[Picture of Roy Horn]


Houllier, Gérard
Born 3 September 1947  (Therouanne, France)
An undistinguished football player who has nevertheless become a successful manager, running the French national side, taking Paris St Germain to the French league title, and leading Liverpool to various trophies since 1998.
[Picture of Gérard Houllier]


Houston, Whitney (Died in 2012)
Born 9 August 1963  (East Orange, New Jersey, USA)
Singer who claims to have been influenced by soul and R&B, and indeed is the daughter of gospel/blues singer Cissy Houston and niece of Dionne Warwick, although to listen to her brand of anodyne mass-market pop, you'd never guess. Has a famously rocky marriage to fellow singer Bobby Brown, and was erroneously reported dead in September 2001.
[Picture of Whitney Houston]


Howard, Michael
Born 7 July 1941  (Llanelli, Wales)
Barrister and Tory MP, who was Home Secretary in John Major's government, and in November 2003 was elected leader of the Conservative Party.
[Picture of Michael Howard]


Huntley, Ian
Born 31 January 1974  (Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England)
Caretaker who murdered two 10-year-old schoolgirls in Soham, Cambridgeshire, in August 2002. Was sentenced in December 2003 to two terms of life imprisonment, and it was revealed after his trial that he had previously been accused of a string of sex crimes. Some DDPers feel that his chances of survival in prison aren't looking too good...
[Picture of Ian Huntley]


Hurd, Douglas
Born 8 March 1930  (Marlborough, Wiltshire, England)
Former diplomat, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary under the Thatcher and Major governments, but all that most people know (or care) about him is that his name is rhyming slang for a third-class university degree.
[Picture of Douglas Hurd]


Hurndall, Tom Tom Hurndall is no longer with us
Born 26 November 1981  (Camden, London, England)

Died 14 January 2004  (Putney, London, England)

Age at death: 22  (read death notice)
British peace activist and photographer who, in April 2003, was shot in the head by an Israeli soldier in Gaza. He remained in a vegetative state in hospital, with severe brain damage, until pneumonia overcame him 9 months later.
[Picture of Tom Hurndall]


Hussein, Saddam (Died in 2006)
Born 28 April 1937  (Tikrit, Iraq)
President of Iraq from 1979-2003. Years of tyranny and warmongering caught up with him in 2003, when he was deposed and later captured by the Americans. The question on DDPers' lips is...will he be handed over to the Iraqis for trial and likely execution?
[Picture of Saddam Hussein]

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