Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2005: T


T, Ice
Born 16 February 1958  (Newark, New Jersey, USA)
Rap pioneer, whose track "6 N The Morning" has been credited with launching the whole gangsta rap movement. Went on to become lead shouter of metal band Body Count and record the controversial "Cop Killer", which caused him to be dropped by the Warner Brothers label. His real name is the comical Tracy Marrow.
[Picture of Ice T]


Tarmey, Bill (Died in 2012)
Born 4 April 1941  (Ardwick, Manchester, England)
Played the character of Jack Duckworth in ITV soap "Coronation Street". In 1976 he suffered a "massive heart attack" and ten years later had to undergo bypass surgery.
[Picture of Bill Tarmey]


Taylor, Elizabeth (Died in 2011)
Born 27 February 1932  (Hampstead, London, England)
Movie star and only friend of Michael Jackson. She has broken her back four times, had surgery for a brain tumour, and was once pronounced dead during the filming of "Cleopatra", following which she had an emergency tracheotomy. She has been married 940 times.
[Picture of Elizabeth Taylor]


Taylor, Phil (Died in 2012)
Born 18 September 1917  (Bristol, England)
Not the darts champion, but the former cricketer, England football international and ex-manager of Liverpool FC.
[Picture of Phil Taylor]


Temple, Shirley
Born 23 April 1928  (Santa Monica, California, USA)
The most famous child star in cinema history, who left the movies once she grew up and became the US ambassador to Ghana (in the 1970s) and Czechoslovakia (during the "Velvet Revolution"). In 1972 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, but survived and was widely respected for being one of the first public figures to openly discuss the issue. Random trivia: her daughter Lori (as "Lori Lorax") was a founder member of seminal proto-grunge band The Melvins.
[Picture of Shirley Temple]


Thatcher, Margaret (Died in 2013)
Born 13 October 1925  (Grantham, Lincolnshire, England)
Britain's first female Prime Minister, and one of Augusto Pinochet's beer buddies. After her fall from grace in 1990 and subsequent retirement from the House of Commons two years later, the handbag-toting Iron Lady was made an Iron Baroness and is now generally regarded as "a bit nuts" (though whether this is anything new is subject to debate). In 2002 she retired from public life following a number of strokes, and her health has reportedly gone further downhill following the death of her husband Denis in June 2003.
[Picture of Margaret Thatcher]


Thornton, Frank (Died in 2013)
Born 15 January 1921  (Dulwich, London, England)
TV and film actor, probably best known for his role as Captain Peacock in the long-running department-store-based sitcom "Are You Being Served?" In 1997, when Brian Wilde was taken ill prior to filming a series of "Last of the Summer Wine", Thornton was hurriedly brought in to play Herbert "Truly" Truelove, by way of a replacement for the Foggy Dewhurst character.
[Picture of Frank Thornton]


Thorp, Richard (Died in 2013)
Born 2 January 1932  (Purley, Surrey, England)
TV actor who has played the part of Alan Turner in "Emmerdale Farm" since 1982.
[Picture of Richard Thorp]


Thorpe, Jeremy
Born 29 April 1929  (London, England)
Former Member of Parliament and leader of the Liberal Party. His career was destroyed in the mid-1970s as a result of a scandal in which he and three others were charged with conspiracy to murder his alleged lover Norman Scott. He has suffered from Parkinson's Disease for over twenty years.
[Picture of Jeremy Thorpe]


Tisch, Robert Robert Tisch is no longer with us
Date and place of birth unknown

Died 15 November 2005  (New York, New York, USA)

Age at death: 79  (read death notice)
Business tycoon and co-owner of the New York Giants football team.
[Picture of Robert Tisch]


Todd, Richard (Died in 2009)
Born 11 June 1919  (Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
Mildly successful film and stage actor, born in Ireland to British parents who bestowed upon him the full name of Richard Andrew Palethorpe-Todd. Saw active service throughout World War II, and parachuted into France during the D-Day landings. He later went on to appear in "D-Day: The Sixth of June" and "The Longest Day", though perversely he didn't play himself in either film.
[Picture of Richard Todd]


Tomlinson, Jane (Died in 2007)
Born in Rothwell, Leeds, England  (exact date unknown)
Terminally-ill cancer sufferer who took up running in May 2001, and the following year managed to complete the London Marathon, some triathlon or other, and the Great North Run (a tedious-sounding race around Newcastle, apparently). Born in 1963, exact date unknown.
[Picture of Jane Tomlinson]


Torres, Juan Pablo
Born 17 August 1946  (Puerto Padre, Cuba)
Trombone-playing Cuban jazz virtuoso. Died of a brain tumour in April 2005, but no points awarded, as he didn't get the required UK obituary.
[Picture of Juan Pablo Torres]


Tough, Janette
Born 16 May 1947  (Queenzieburn, Stirlingshire, Scotland)
Diminutive woman who for years has been making a living out of dressing up as a Scottish schoolboy called Jimmy Krankie and cracking naff jokes at the expense of her straight-man husband. A slightly disturbing spectacle to watch as a child, and perhaps even more so as an adult. Fractured her skull in December 2004 when she fell from a beanstalk during a pantomime.
[Picture of Janette Tough]


Townshend, Pete
Born 19 May 1945  (Ealing, London, England)
Guitarist and main songwriter in The Who. In 2003 he suffered a "personal legal tragedy" in which he was found to have provided his credit card details to view child pornography on the web. The police cautioned him and he is now on the Sex Offenders' Register, though he continued to protest that he was gathering material "for research purposes". Presumably he won't get fooled again.
[Picture of Pete Townshend]


Travers, Mary (Died in 2009)
Born 9 November 1936  (Louisville, Kentucky, USA)
One-third of 1970s folk group Peter, Paul & Mary - "Leaving On A Jet Plane" and all that. Revealed in December 2004 that she is undergoing chemotherapy for a form of leukaemia.
[Picture of Mary Travers]


Travolta, John
Born 18 February 1954  (Englewood, New Jersey, USA)
Actor who has had something of a rollercoaster career: he was catapulted to fame in "Saturday Night Fever" (1977), but then appeared in a few turkeys before his career was rescued by, of all things, "Look Who's Talking". Finally acquired a semblance of cool as the hitman Vincent Vega in "Pulp Fiction", before losing it again in the absurd Scientologist film "Battlefield Earth".
[Picture of John Travolta]


Tuddenham, Peter (Died in 2007)
Date and place of birth unknown
Bit-part TV actor, best known for providing the voices of Zen, Orac and Slave, the computers in "Blake's 7".
[Picture of Peter Tuddenham]


Tureaud, Laurence
Born 21 May 1952  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
The legendary Mr T, who played Sgt. B.A. Baracus in "The A-Team", and made a habit of pitying fools and not gettin' on no airplanes.
[Picture of Laurence Tureaud]


Tutu, Desmond
Born 7 October 1931  (Klerksdorp, South Africa)
Winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize, he became Archbishop of Cape Town in 1986. When aged fourteen he caught tuberculosis and had to spend two years in hospital as a result. Reported to be "seriously ill" in 2001, he joked "My presence here gives testimony to the resurrection of the dead!" during a visit to London's Southwark Cathedral at the time.
[Picture of Desmond Tutu]


Tyler Moore, Mary
Born 29 December 1936  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Actress and comedienne who came to prominence in "The Dick Van Dyke Show", before being given her own programme, called, with a stunning lack of imagination, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show".
[Picture of Mary Tyler Moore]


Tyson, Mike
Born 30 June 1966  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Brought up by his single mother in the toughest part of Brooklyn, was winning street fights by the age of 9, weighed 200lbs and could bench-press more than his own weight by the age of 14. Became the youngest undisputed WBC, WBA and IBF world heavyweight boxing champion ever at 20. Spent 3 years in prison for rape and famously bit Evander Holyfield's ear off. And yet, despite all this, he still speaks with a comically high-pitched, lisping voice.
[Picture of Mike Tyson]

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