Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2005: D


Davies, Alan
Born 6 March 1966  (Loughton, Essex, England)
Played Jonathan Creek in the TV series of the same name, and is also that bloke off the Abbey National adverts.
[Picture of Alan Davies]


Davies, Dave
Born 3 February 1947  (Muswell Hill, London, England)
Younger brother of Ray and fellow member of the Kinks.
[Picture of Dave Davies]


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 Havilland, Olivia
Born 1 July 1916  (Tokyo, Japan)
Sister of Joan Fontaine, but hasn't spoken to her since 1942. Actress who picked up the award-winning parts, largely as she wasn't the most glamorous girl on the block. Now retired and living in France.
[Picture of Olivia de Havilland]


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]


Dean, Eliza Gladys Milvina (Died in 2009)
Born 2 February 1912  (place of birth unknown)
Youngest of the three remaining survivors of the Titanic disaster, having been only 10 weeks old at the time.
[Picture of Eliza Gladys Milvina Dean]


Dee, Sandra Sandra Dee is no longer with us
Born 23 April 1942  (Bayonne, New Jersey, USA)

Died 20 February 2005  (Thousand Oaks, California, USA)

Age at death: 62  (read death notice)
Teenage star of '50s & '60s films, was married to singer Bobby Darin, and had a song in the 1978 film "Grease" named after her - "Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee". Faded from the public eye in later years as she battled anorexia, alcoholism and kidney disease.
[Picture of Sandra Dee]


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]


Deif, Mohammed
Date and place of birth unknown
Commander of the military wing of Hamas, and suspected master bomb-maker. Target of several Israeli assassination attempts to date.
[Picture of Mohammed Deif]


DeLorean, John John DeLorean is no longer with us
Born 6 January 1925  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Died 19 March 2005  (New Jersey, USA)

Age at death: 80  (read death notice)
Car manufacturer, famed for the DMC-12 sports car, which featured in the film "Back To The Future". Charged with cocaine dealing in 1982, he was eventually acquitted on the grounds of police entrapment.
[Picture of John DeLorean]


Dennis, Felix
Born in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England  (exact date unknown)
Magazine publisher, best known for Maxim.
[Picture of Felix Dennis]


Desmond, Richard
Born 8 December 1951  (London, England)
British publisher behind the Daily Express, Daily Star, Fantasy Channel, and various magazines of the one-handed bathroom reading variety.
[Picture of Richard Desmond]


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 late Duke of Devonshire for over 60 years; just to be different, they lived in Derbyshire.
[Picture of The Duchess of Devonshire]


di Stefano, Giuseppe (Died in 2008)
Born 24 July 1921  (Motta Santa Anastasia, Sicily, Italy)
Opera singer, with a long career behind him. Best known for his association with Maria Callas. Critically injured in an attack at his home in Kenya in December 2004, he is still in a serious condition in an Italian hospital.
[Picture of Giuseppe di Stefano]


Diamond, Neil
Born 24 January 1941  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Born Noah Kaminsky. Very successful, albeit decidedly cheesy, US singer.
[Picture of Neil Diamond]


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]


Diebold, John John Diebold is no longer with us
Born 8 June 1926  (place of birth unknown)

Died 26 December 2005  (Bedford Hills, New York, USA)

Age at death: 79  (read death notice)
Technical author, most notably on the subject of computerised automation of the workplace, apparently. If there was a prize for the most obscure DDP pick of the year, old Johnny D would certainly have stepped up to receive it.
[Picture of John Diebold]


Diller, Phyllis (Died 2012)
Born 17 July 1917  (Lima, Ohio, USA)
Stand-up comedienne who has a wisecrack comment about most things. Looks better than average for her age. But for how much longer?
[Picture of Phyllis Diller]


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]


Doherty, Pete
Born 12 March 1979  (Liverpool, England)
Former lead singer of The Libertines, now with Babyshambles. His addictions to heroin and crack have made his behaviour increasingly random, self-centred and downright tedious.
[Picture of Pete Doherty]


Donahue, Phil
Born 21 December 1935  (Cleveland, Ohio)
Talk show host, better known in the US, but his fame has also filtered across the Atlantic to an extent.
[Picture of Phil Donahue]


Doohan, James James Doohan is no longer with us
Born 3 March 1920  (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)

Died 20 July 2005  (Redmond, Washington, USA)

Age at death: 85  (read death notice)
Played Scotty in "Star Trek".
[Picture of James Doohan]


Doonican, Val
Born 3 February 1927  (Waterford, Republic of Ireland)
Cardigan-wearing crooner, who for many years had a large, mainly geriatric, fan base.
[Picture of Val Doonican]


Dörnemann, Hermann Hermann Dörnemann is no longer with us
Born 27 May 1893  (Essen, Germany)

Died 2 March 2005  (Düsseldorf, Germany)

Age at death: 111  
Was briefly the world's oldest man. Unsurprisingly for a German, he put his long life down to beer.
[Picture of Hermann Dörnemann]


Douglas, Jack (Died in 2008)
Born 26 April 1927  (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England)
Comic actor who appeared in 8 of the "Carry On..." films.
[Picture of Jack Douglas]


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]


Downey Jr, Robert
Born 4 April 1965  (New York, New York, USA)
Talented but equally flawed and troubled actor. Appears to be clean after his battle against drugs, but you never know...
[Picture of Robert Downey Jr]


Doyle, Tad
Born in Boise, Idaho, USA  (exact date unknown)
Fairly obscure and massively overweight grunge vocalist. Currently fronts a band called Hog Molly.
[Picture of Tad Doyle]


Drabble, Phil (Died in 2007)
Born 13 May 1914  (Staffordshire, England)
Presenter of 'One Man And His Dog' - surely the dullest programme on British TV, at least until 'Big Brother' was invented. We actually thought he'd already been rounded up by the Grim Reaper until The Guardian mentioned his 91st birthday in May 2005.
[Picture of Phil Drabble]


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]


Drucker, Peter Peter Drucker is no longer with us
Born 19 November 1909  (Vienna, Austria)

Died 11 November 2005  (Claremont, California, USA)

Age at death: 95  (read death notice)
Business writer, consultant and lecturer who was known as "the father of modern management", although, looking at him, "great-grandfather" might have been more appropriate.
[Picture of Peter Drucker]


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]


Durning, Charles (Died in 2012)
Born 28 February 1923  (Highland Falls, New York, USA)
Popular US actor. Not in the best of health lately, and his obesity doesn't help his chances of seeing next year.
[Picture of Charles Durning]


Dylan, Bob
Born 24 May 1941  (Duluth, Minnesota)
Legendary folk singer with an annoying voice. Still touring.
[Picture of Bob Dylan]

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