Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2005: K


Karunakaran, Kannoth (Died in 2010)
Born 5 July 1918  (place of birth unknown)
Former Chief Minister of the province of Kerala in south-west India.
[Picture of Kannoth Karunakaran]


Karzai, Hamid
Born 24 December 1957  (Kandahar, Afghanistan)
Pashtun leader whose anti-Soviet, anti-Taliban views persuaded the Americans to install him as leader of Afghanistan's interim government in December 2001. Much more importantly, he has won praise from the Gucci fashion house for his trademark green coat and rather funky ceremonial hat, which he made himself from his own facial hair.
[Picture of Hamid Karzai]


Kelly, Matthew
Born 9 March 1950  (Manchester, England)
Former host of UK TV shows 'Game For A Laugh' and 'Stars In Their Eyes', whose career came down crashing down around his ears in late 2002 when various unsalubrious accusations were made about his sexual preferences. "Tonight, Matthew, you're going to be accused of kiddie-fiddling."
[Picture of Matthew Kelly]


Kemp, Martin
Born 10 October 1961  (Islington, London, England)
Bassist (Spandau Ballet); actor (EastEnders).
[Picture of Martin Kemp]


Kennan, George George Kennan is no longer with us
Born 16 February 1904  (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA)

Died 17 March 2005  (Princeton, New Jersey, USA)

Age at death: 101  (read death notice)
Pulitzer Prize-winning American statesman - was a former US ambassador to various countries, including Russia, from where he was expelled for expressing anti-Soviet views, and one of the main architects of America's Cold War policies.
[Picture of George Kennan]


Kennedy, Ludovic (Died in 2009)
Born 3 November 1919  (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Writer and broadcaster - former presenter of Independent Television News and regular contributor to Newsweek magazine.
[Picture of Ludovic Kennedy]


Kennedy, Ray
Born 28 July 1951  (Seaton Delaval, Northumberland, England)
Former Liverpool and England footballer, now suffering from Parkinson's Disease.
[Picture of Ray Kennedy]


Kennedy, Rosemary Rosemary Kennedy is no longer with us
Born 13 September 1918  (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)

Died 7 January 2005  (Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, USA)

Age at death: 86  (read death notice)
Sister of John F. and Edward Kennedy. She was slow to develop as a child, and in 1941 her father Joseph asked a neurosurgeon to perform a prefrontal lobotomy on her in a misguided attempt to improve her mental condition. This actually made matters far worse, and she spent the rest of her life in residential care homes, unable to perform everyday tasks for herself. Her younger sister Eunice founded the Special Olympics for mentally-disabled athletes in her honour.
[Picture of Rosemary Kennedy]


Kennedy, Senator Edward (Died in 2009)
Born 22 February 1932  (Brookline, Massachusetts, USA)
US Senator - brother of JFK and Romsemary.
[Picture of Senator Edward Kennedy]


Kerr, Deborah (Died in 2006)
Born 30 September 1921  (Helensburgh, Scotland)
Stage and screen actress who went from playing prim-and-proper British ladies to an adultress in 'From Here To Eternity'. Another notable role was that of Mrs Anna in 'The King And I'. Quit movies in 1968, apparently appalled at the explicit sex and violence of the day.
[Picture of Deborah Kerr]


King, Jonathan
Born 9 December 1944  (Godalming, Surrey, England)
Musician and TV presenter who was sentenced to 7 years in jail in 2001 for sexually abusing teenage boys.
[Picture of Jonathan King]


King, Stephen
Born 21 September 1947  (Portland, Oregon, USA)
Horror writer - 'Carrie', 'The Shining', 'It', 'Misery' etc.
[Picture of Stephen King]


Kissinger, Henry
Born 23 May 1923  (Fürth, Germany)
Secretary of State in the US government under Presidents Nixon and Ford. Shared the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize for helping to broker a ceasefire in Vietnam - ironic, given that he'd been part of the government that started the war in the first place.
[Picture of Henry Kissinger]


Kitt, Eartha (Died in 2008)
Born 26 January 1927  (Columbia, South Carolina, USA)
[Picture of Eartha Kitt]


Klugman, Jack (Died in 2012)
Born 27 April 1922  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
TV actor, best known as Oscar Madison in 'The Odd Couple' and the eponymous Dr Quincy in 'Quincy'. Had part of his larynx removed in the mid-1990s as a result of throat cancer.
[Picture of Jack Klugman]


Knievel, Evel (Died in 2007)
Born 17 October 1938  (Butte, Montana, USA)
Motorbike stuntman, born Robert Craig Knievel, who is listed in the Guinness Book of Records for having broken the most number of bones in his body. Wisely retired and took up painting after an attempted jump over a tank full of sharks went badly wrong in 1976.
[Picture of Evel Knievel]


Knotts, Don (Died in 2006)
Born 21 July 1924  (Morgantown, West Virginia, USA)
Comic actor who has played sidekicks and bit-part roles in numerous American TV shows and films, none of which have brought him any fame in the UK. Consequently a risky DDP pick.
[Picture of Don Knotts]


Korman, Harvey (Died in 2008)
Born 15 February 1927  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Gangly American TV comic. Also starred in Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles".
[Picture of Harvey Korman]


Kundera, Milan
Born 1 April 1929  (Brno, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic))
Author - wrote "The Unbearable Lightness of Being".
[Picture of Milan Kundera]

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