Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2005: A


Abbas, Mahmoud
Born 26 March 1935  (Safed, Palestine)
President of the Palestinian Authority.
[Picture of Mahmoud Abbas]


Adams, Jonathan Jonathan Adams is no longer with us
Born 14 February 1931  (Northampton, England)

Died 13 June 2005  (London, England)

Age at death: 74  
Actor, artist, songwriter and cabaret performer. Played both The Narrator and Dr Everett Scott in the Rocky Horror Show.
[Picture of Jonathan Adams]


Adie, Kate
Born 19 September 1945  (Sunderland, England)
Fearless BBC journalist.
[Picture of Kate Adie]


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 Eddie Albert is no longer with us
Born 22 April 1906  (Rock Island, Illinois, USA)

Died 26 May 2005  (Pacific Palisades, California, USA)

Age at death: 99  (read death notice)
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]


Aldrin, Buzz
Born 20 January 1930  (Montclair, New Jersey, USA)
Second man on the Moon. Gets very angry if anyone says the moon landings were faked. Will this lead to a fatal heart-attack?
[Picture of Buzz Aldrin]


Alexander, Jean
Born 24 February 1926  (Liverpool, Merseyside, England)
Best known as Hilda Ogden in Coronation Street.
[Picture of Jean Alexander]


Al-Fayed, Mohammed
Born 27 January 1929  (Bakos, Alexandria, Egypt)
Owner of Harrods and Fulham FC. Not overly popular in many quarters, but at least he lives in Switzerland now.
[Picture of Mohammed Al-Fayed]


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]


Alkhanov, Alu
Born 20 January 1957  (Taldy-Kurganskaya oblast', Kazakhstan)
Current President of the highly unstable Chechen Republic.
[Picture of Alu Alkhanov]


Allawi, Iyad
Born in Iraq  (exact date unknown)
Was the interim Prime Minister of Iraq from June 2004 to April 2005, and as such a favourite assassination target for insurgents. Born in 1945.
[Picture of Iyad Allawi]


Allen, Dave Dave Allen is no longer with us
Born 6 July 1936  (Tallaght, Republic of Ireland)

Died 10 March 2005  (London, England)

Age at death: 68  (read death notice)
Irish stand-up comedian who liked his cigarettes and whiskey.
[Picture of Dave Allen]


Allingham, Henry (Died in 2009)
Born 6 June 1896  (Clapham, London, England)
First World War veteran who is now Britain's oldest man.
[Picture of Henry Allingham]


Almond, Marc
Born 9 July 1956  (Southport, Lancashire, England)
Flamboyantly gay singer, formerly frontman of Soft Cell and Coil. Currently recovering after being seriously injured in a motorbike accident last year.
[Picture of Marc Almond]


al-Sadr, Moqtada
Born in Baghdad, Iraq  (exact date unknown)
Leader of a major insurgent force in Iraq, who made noises about "going legit" for the 2005 elections, but is still wanted by the US on a "capture or kill" basis. Born 1974, exact date unknown.
[Picture of Moqtada al-Sadr]


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]


al-Yawar, Ghazi
Born in Mosul, Iraq  (exact date unknown)
Vice-President of Iraq, born 1958.
[Picture of Ghazi al-Yawar]


al-Zahar, Mahmoud
Born in Gaza, Gaza Strip  (exact date unknown)
One of the founding members of Hamas in 1987, becoming its first press spokesman. Born 1945.
[Picture of Mahmoud al-Zahar]


al-Zarqawi, Abu Musab (Died in 2006)
Born 20 October 1966  (Zarqa, Jordan)
One of the world's most wanted men and leading insurgent, especially in Iraq. Believed to have escaped to Syria.
[Picture of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi]


al-Zawahri, Ayman
Born 19 June 1951  (Maadi, Egypt)
One of bin Laden's deputies in Al-Qaeda, about whom recent whereabouts are sketchy.
[Picture of Ayman al-Zawahri]


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]


Angelica, Mother
Born 20 April 1923  (Canton, Ohio, USA)
Born Rita Antoinette Rizzo, she went on to found the Eternal World Television Network (EWTN), the largest Catholic cable network with an audience of about 66 million households in 43 countries.
[Picture of Mother Angelica]


Anne, Princess
Born 15 August 1950  (London, England)
The Princess Royal, the second child and only daughter of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.
[Picture of Princess Anne]


Ant, Adam
Born 3 November 1954  (London, England)
New Romantic singer - a pin-up in his heyday, but now old, fat and suffering from depression. Was detained under the Mental Health Act in 2002 after throwing a car alternator through a pub window.
[Picture of Adam Ant]


Armstrong, Neil (Died 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 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]


Arnold, Eve (Died 2012) 
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA  (exact date unknown)
American photojournalist, who now lives in Britain. Born 1913.
[Picture of Eve Arnold]


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]


Arvizo, Gavin
Date and place of birth unknown
The teenage cancer sufferer (born December 1989) who accuses Michael Jackson of sexually abusing him.
[Picture of Gavin Arvizo]


Asahara, Shoko
Born 2 March 1955  (Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan)
Leader of the Aum Shinrikyo religious cult. Sentenced to death last year for his gas attack on a Tokyo subway, but it may be several years before the sentence is carried out.
[Picture of Shoko Asahara]


Ashley of Stoke, Lord (Died 2012)
Born 6 December 1922  (place of birth unknown)
Former Labour MP (in fact he was the UK's first totally deaf MP) and now member of the House of Lords.
[Picture of Lord Ashley of Stoke]


Askin, Leon Leon Askin is no longer with us
Born 18 September 1907  (Vienna, Austria)

Died 3 June 2005  (Vienna, Austria)

Age at death: 97  (read death notice)
Actor - General Burkhalter in 'Hogan's Heroes'.
[Picture of Leon Askin]


Aspel, Michael
Born 12 January 1933  (London, England)
Host of "This Is Your Life" and "Antiques Roadshow", who has been suffering from cancer. Still continues to work, however.
[Picture of Michael Aspel]


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]


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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