Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2005: J


Jackson, Michael (Died in 2009)
Born 29 August 1958  (Gary, Indiana, USA)
Once a cute kid in a group with his brothers, then a hugely successful pop star in his own right, now a flaky-faced, monkey-loving, baby-dangling, allegedly kiddie-fiddling one-man freak show.
[Picture of Michael Jackson]


James, P. D.
Born 3 August 1920  (Oxford, England)
Author of mystery novels.
[Picture of P. D. James]


Jaruzelski, General Wojciech
Born 6 July 1923  (Kurow, Poland)
Joined the Polish army during WWII, and turned to politics in the 1960s. Rose through the ranks of the Communist Party to become National Secretary (President of Poland in all but name) in 1981, just as the Solidarity movement was heating up. Pitted his trademark sunglasses against Lech Walesa's moustache and lost. Removed from office in 1990, but has been too unwell to face trial ever since.
[Picture of General Wojciech Jaruzelski]


Jason, David
Born 2 February 1940  (Edmonton, London, England)
Comedy actor, best known as Granville in 'Open All Hours' and Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter in 'Only Fools and Horses'. Even after a decade, it's still hard not to smirk at his supposedly serious role as Detective Inspector Jack Frost in 'A Touch of Frost'.
[Picture of David Jason]


Jeffries, Lionel (Died in 2010)
Born 10 June 1926  (London, England)
Actor who specialised in playing stereotypical eccentric English gentlemen, such as Grandpa Potts in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang".
[Picture of Lionel Jeffries]


Jenkins, Sgt Charles
Born 18 February 1940  (Rich Square, North Carolina, USA)
US soldier who defected to North Korea in 1965.
[Picture of Sgt Charles Jenkins]


John Paul II, Pope Pope John Paul II is no longer with us
Born 18 May 1920  (Wadowice, Poland)

Died 2 April 2005  (Vatican City, Rome, Italy)

Age at death: 84  (read death notice)
Born Karol Joseph Wojtyla. A sportsman in his youth, but decided to carve out a career in the Catholic church. Ordained a priest in 1946, archbishop of Krakow in 1964, and Pope in 1978. His frailty had become increasingly obvious in recent years, and made him a perennial DDP favourite, but he continued to tantalise us all by hanging on in there before finally meeting his maker in April '05.
[Picture of Pope John Paul II]


Johnson, Holly
Born 19 February 1960  (Khartoum, Sudan)
African-born former frontman of '80s Scouse popsters Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Was diagnosed with HIV in the late '80s, but treatment has kept it at bay ever since, and he continues to work in the music industry.
[Picture of Holly Johnson]


Johnson, Lady Bird (Died in 2007)
Born 22 December 1912  (Karnack, Texas, USA)
Born Claudia Alta Taylor. Widow of former US President Lyndon B. Johnson.
[Picture of Lady Bird Johnson]


Johnson, Magic
Born 14 August 1959  (Lansing, Michigan, USA)
HIV-positive former basketball player.
[Picture of Magic Johnson]


Johnson, Van (Died in 2008)
Born 25 August 1916  (Newport, Rhode Island, USA)
Big-screen actor of the 1940s and '50s, particularly in war films and MGM musicals.
[Picture of Van Johnson]


Johnstone, Jimmy 'Jinky' (Died in 2006)
Born 30 September 1944  (Viewpark, Lanarkshire, Scotland)
Former Celtic and Scotland footballer, much admired for his darting runs through opposition defences.
[Picture of Jimmy 'Jinky' Johnstone]


Jolie, Angelina
Born 4 June 1975  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Lara Croft actress.
[Picture of Angelina Jolie]


Jones, K. C.
Born 25 May 1932  (Taylor, Texas, USA)
Basketball player/coach.
[Picture of K. C. Jones]


Jones, Tom
Born 7 June 1940  (Pontypridd, Wales)
Gravelly-voiced, hirsute Welsh singer, inexplicably attractive to ladies of a certain age.
[Picture of Tom Jones]


Jong-Il, Kim (Died in 2011)
Born 16 February 1941  (Khabarovsk, Siberia, USSR)
"Dear Leader" (a.k.a. tinpot dictator) of North Korea.
[Picture of Kim Jong-Il]

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