Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2007: B


Bacall, Lauren
Born 16 September 1924  (New York, New York, USA)
Actress (The Big Sleep, How To Marry A Millionaire, Murder On The Orient Express etc etc), born Betty Joan Perske. Formerly married to Humphrey Bogart. Still working after 60 years in movies.
[Picture of Lauren Bacall]


Bailey, F. Lee
Born 10 June 1933  (Waltham, Massachusetts, USA)
Defence lawyer in the O. J. Simpson trial, amongst other high-profile US cases.
[Picture of F. Lee Bailey]


Bailey, G. W.
Born 27 August 1945  (Port Arthur, Texas, USA)
Actor, who, no matter what else he does, will be forever known as Captain Thaddeus Harris in the "Police Academy" series.
[Picture of G. W. Bailey]


Bain, Conrad (Died in 2013)
Born 4 February 1923  (Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada)
US TV and stage actor. Played the dad, Philip Drummond, in "Diff'rent Strokes".
[Picture of Conrad Bain]


Baker, George (Died in 2011)
Born 1 April 1931  (Varna, Bulgaria)
British TV actor - played Inspector Wexford in numerous Ruth Rendell adaptations.
[Picture of George Baker]


Baker, Ginger
Born 19 August 1939  (Lewisham, London, England)
Born Peter Edward Baker. Drummer, most famously for Cream. Formerly well known for leading a hedonistic lifestyle, he's now into clean living and jazz music, but looks far older than his age.
[Picture of Ginger Baker]


Baker, Kenneth
Born 3 November 1934  (Newport, Wales)
Former Tory MP and Home Secretary. To teachers and schoolkids, his main legacy is "Baker days", which allow them an extra day off school. To everyone else, he's best remembered as his caricature of a snail in the satirical TV show "Spitting Image".
[Picture of Kenneth Baker]


Baker, Kenny
Born 24 August 1934  (Birmingham, England)
Dwarf actor who played R2D2 in "Star Wars".
[Picture of Kenny Baker]


Baker, Roy Ward (Died in 2010)
Born 19 December 1916  (London, England)
English film director.
[Picture of Roy Ward Baker]


Baker, Tom
Born 20 January 1934  (Liverpool, England)
Actor who played Doctor Who from 1974-81. More recently known for his deadpan voiceovers on "Little Britain".
[Picture of Tom Baker]


Bakker, Jim
Born 2 January 1940  (Muskegon, Michigan, USA)
Televangelist, ex-husband of Tammy Faye, who was brought down by fraud, tax evasion, rackeetering and sex scandals. Despite this, he still preaches on his own TV show. 10/10 for persistence.
[Picture of Jim Bakker]


Bakker Messner, Tammy Faye Tammy Faye Bakker Messner is no longer with us
Born 7 March 1942  (International Falls, Minnesota, USA)

Died 20 July 2007  (Kansas City, Missouri, USA)

Age at death: 65  (read death notice)
Ex-wife of disgraced former TV evangelist Jim Bakker. Single-handedly kept numerous cosmetics factories in business.
[Picture of Tammy Faye Bakker Messner]


Baldwin, Alec
Born 3 April 1958  (Massapequa, Long Island, New York, USA)
Hollywood actor, whose breakthrough year was 1988, when he starred in no fewer than 5 films. Went on to appear in "The Hunt For Red October", "Glengarry Glen Ross" and "Mercury Rising" among others, and was married to Kim Basinger for 8 years. His brothers William, Stephen and Daniel are also screen actors.
[Picture of Alec Baldwin]


Ball, Bobby
Born 28 January 1944  (Oldham, Lancashire, England)
Born Robert Harper. The curly haired one of Cannon and Ball. Once he was a violent, drunken shortarse, now he's a clean-living evangelist, of all things. But still a shortarse.
[Picture of Bobby Ball]


Ball, Johnny
Born 23 May 1938  (Bristol, England)
Former TV presenter - Zoe's dad and hence Fatboy Slim's father-in-law.
[Picture of Johnny Ball]


Ballard, Kaye
Born 20 November 1925  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
US actress, mostly on TV and Broadway. Has survived breast cancer.
[Picture of Kaye Ballard]


Bannister, Sir Roger
Born 23 March 1929  (Harrow, London, England)
Athlete - the first man to run a mile in under 4 minutes. Later became a neurologist.
[Picture of Sir Roger Bannister]


Bardot, Brigitte
Born 28 September 1934  (Paris, France)
French actress, sex symbol, model and animal rights activist.
[Picture of Brigitte Bardot]


Barker, Bob
Born 12 December 1923  (Darrington, Washington, USA)
Presenter of the US version of "The Price is Right" for 35 years until he retired in 2007 after suffering ill health.
[Picture of Bob Barker]


Barker, Sue
Born 19 April 1956  (Paignton, Devon, England)
Ex-tennis player, pretty much Cliff Richard's only love interest ever, and now a broadcaster and presenter of BBC's "Question of Sport" programme.
[Picture of Sue Barker]


Baron Cohen, Sacha
Born 13 October 1971  (Hammersmith, London, England)
Comic actor who was already inexplicably popular in the UK thanks to his Ali G character, but really made it big internationally in 2006 with his "Borat" film.
[Picture of Sacha Baron Cohen]


Barr, Roseanne
Born 3 November 1952  (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)
American actress & comedienne, best known for her show "Roseanne".
[Picture of Roseanne Barr]


Barraclough, Roy
Born 12 July 1935  (Preston, Lancashire, England)
TV actor - played pub landlord Alec Gilroy in "Coronation Street".
[Picture of Roy Barraclough]


Barre, Raymond Raymond Barre is no longer with us
Born 12 April 1924  (La Réunion, Indian Ocean (French territory))

Died 25 August 2007  (Paris, France)

Age at death: 83  (read death notice)
Prime Minister of France from 1976-81.
[Picture of Raymond Barre]


Barris, Chuck
Born 3 June 1929  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
American game show producer, who also claimed to be a CIA hitman.
[Picture of Chuck Barris]


Barrymore, Michael
Born 4 May 1952  (Bermondsey, London, England)
Entertainer and game show host, born Kiernan Michael Parker. In March 2001, an unfortunate incident involving a dead homosexual in his swimming pool wrecked his career and made some DDPers feel that suicide may be on the cards.
[Picture of Michael Barrymore]


Barzun, Jacques (Died in 2012)
Born 30 November 1907  (Grenoble, France)
French born American historian & thinker.
[Picture of Jacques Barzun]


Bassey, Shirley
Born 8 January 1937  (Cardiff, Wales)
Singer who had several hits in the 1950s and '60s, as well as singing the theme tunes to 3 James Bond films. Had a minor comeback in the late '90s as an ironic cult heroine.
[Picture of Shirley Bassey]


Bates, Ken
Born 4 December 1931  (Ealing, London, England)
Outspoken football chairman, formerly of Chelsea, now with Leeds United.
[Picture of Ken Bates]


Batey, Derek (Died in 2013)
Born 8 August 1928  (Brampton, Cumberland, England)
Television executive, former host of the UK version of "Mr & Mrs".
[Picture of Derek Batey]


Baugh, Sammy (Died in 2008)
Born 17 March 1914  (Texas, USA)
American football player, coach and Hall of Fame member.
[Picture of Sammy Baugh]


Baxter, Stanley
Born 24 May 1926  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Comic actor, impressionist & female impersonator, who retired after starring in children's TV show "Mr Majeika". Now lives in Berkshire.
[Picture of Stanley Baxter]


Bayldon, Geoffrey
Born 7 January 1924  (Leeds, Yorkshire, England)
UK actor, best remembered as the star of "Catweazle".
[Picture of Geoffrey Bayldon]


Baylis, Trevor
Born 13 May 1937  (Kilburn, London, England)
Inventor of the wind-up radio, which was an absolute godsend for many in the developing world. More importantly, though, he was voted Pipe Smoker of the Year 1999.
[Picture of Trevor Baylis]


Beadle, Jeremy (Died in 2008)
Born 12 April 1948  (Hackney, London, England)
Withered-handed TV know-it-all.
[Picture of Jeremy Beadle]


Beatty, Ned
Born 6 July 1937  (Louisville, Kentucky, USA)
Stocky, genial-looking supporting actor.
[Picture of Ned Beatty]


Beckham, David
Born 2 May 1975  (Leytonstone, England)
Self-effacing brainbox, who founded Mensa and never seeks publicity.
[Picture of David Beckham]


Beckham, Victoria
Born 17 April 1974  (Goff's Oak, Hertfordshire, England)
Stick insect, the least talented of the Spice Girls, now best described as either a WAG or celebrity hanger-on.
[Picture of Victoria Beckham]


Bedser, Sir Alec (Died in 2010)
Born 4 July 1918  (Reading, Berkshire, England)
Legendary former England cricketer.
[Picture of Sir Alec Bedser]


Beefheart, Captain (Died in 2010)
Born 15 January 1941  (Glendale, California, USA)
Musician, born Don Glen Vliet (later changed to Don van Vliet). Teenage friend of Frank Zappa, and, like Zappa, didn't enjoy much commercial success, but he and his Magic Band influenced many other artists.
[Picture of Captain Beefheart]


Beharry, Johnson
Born 26 July 1979  (Grenada)
The youngest living VC recipient, which he won for his bravery in the Iraq War.
[Picture of Johnson Beharry]


Belafonte, Harry
Born 1 March 1927  (Harlem, New York, USA)
Easy-listening singer, popular for many decades now. Survived a fight with prostate cancer.
[Picture of Harry Belafonte]


Bell, Andy
Born 25 April 1964  (Peterborough, England)
Ex-lead singer of Erasure, who announced in 2004 that he is HIV positive.
[Picture of Andy Bell]


Bell, Judy
Born 23 September 1936  (Wichita, Kansas, USA)
Former president of the United States Golf Association. Diagnosed with cancer in September 2001.
[Picture of Judy Bell]


Bemba, Jean-Pierre
Born 4 November 1962  (Bokada, Equateur, Democratic Republic of Congo)
Current opposition leader of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
[Picture of Jean-Pierre Bemba]


Ben Yahweh, Yahweh Yahweh Ben Yahweh is no longer with us
Born 27 October 1935  (Kingfisher, Oklahoma, USA)

Died 7 May 2007  (Opa-Locka, Florida, USA)

Age at death: 71  
Leader of the Nation of Yahweh cult. Known to his mother as Hulon Mitchell, Jr.
[Picture of Yahweh Ben Yahweh]


Benaud, Richie
Born 6 October 1930  (Penrith, NSW, Australia)
Half-decent spin-bowler turned vaguely irritating cricket commentator.
[Picture of Richie Benaud]


Benedict XVI, Pope
Born 16 April 1927  (Marktl am Inn, Bavaria, Germany)
Former member of the Hitler Youth and professor of theology who was elected Pope following the death of his predecessor, John Paul II, in April 2005.
[Picture of Pope Benedict XVI]


Benn, Hilary
Born 26 November 1953  (Hammersmith, London)
Labour UK cabinet minister, son of Tony Benn.
[Picture of Hilary Benn]


Benn, Tony
Born 3 April 1925  (London, England)
Veteran radical left-wing politician, despite being born into the nobility. Full name Anthony Neil Wedgwood "Wedgie" Benn.
[Picture of Tony Benn]


Bennett, Alan
Born 9 May 1934  (Leeds, West Yorkshire, England)
Lugubrious playwright.
[Picture of Alan Bennett]


Bennett, Bruce Bruce Bennett is no longer with us
Born 19 May 1906  (Tacoma, Washington, USA)

Died 24 February 2007  (Santa Monica, California, USA)

Age at death: 100  (read death notice)
Film actor - played the lead role in "The New Adventures of Tarzan" (1935), and escaped the typecasting to carve out a successful fim career in the 1940s and '50s. Real name: Herman Brix.
[Picture of Bruce Bennett]


Bennett, Tony
Born 3 August 1926  (Astoria, Queens, New York, USA)
Crooner, who famously left his heart in San Francisco. Still performing.
[Picture of Tony Bennett]


Bennett Kennedy, Joan
Born 2 September 1936  (Riverdale, New York, USA)
Former wife of Ted Kennedy. Has had well-known drink problems, and was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006.
[Picture of Joan Bennett Kennedy]


Benton, Glen
Born 18 June 1967  (place of birth unknown)
Satan-worshipping singer of US death metal band Deicide.
[Picture of Glen Benton]


Berezovsky, Boris (Died in 2013)
Born 23 January 1946  (Moscow, Russia)
Russian businessman & scientist, now living in exile in the UK.
[Picture of Boris Berezovsky]


Berg, Rabbi Philip (Died in 2013)
Born in New York, New York, USA  (exact date unknown)
Kabbalah guru, born 1928. Now wheelchair-bound, with his health in decline following a stroke last year.
[Picture of Rabbi Philip Berg]


Bergen, Polly
Born 14 July 1930  (Knoxville, Tennesee, USA)
American TV, film & stage actess.
[Picture of Polly Bergen]


Bergman, Ingmar Ingmar Bergman is no longer with us
Born 14 July 1918  (Uppsala, Uppland, Sweden)

Died 30 July 2007  (Faro Island, Sweden)

Age at death: 89  (read death notice)
Scriptwriter and film director. Was married 5 times, and had at least 8 children, of whom 4 also work in the film industry.
[Picture of Ingmar Bergman]


Berkowitz, David
Born 1 June 1953  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
American serial killer, currently serving a long jail term for his crimes.
[Picture of David Berkowitz]


Berlusconi, Silvio
Born 29 September 1936  (Milan, Italy)
Former Prime Minister of Italy, who as well as being a media mogul and president of AC Milan, is also amongst the world's worst actors for his "fainting" whilst making a speech on live TV, probably in a misguided attempt to get out of various legal proceedings.
[Picture of Silvio Berlusconi]


Berra, Yogi
Born 12 May 1925  (St. Louis, Missouri, USA)
Baseball great, with the New York Yankees. Later became a baseball coach.
[Picture of Yogi Berra]


Berry, Chuck
Born 18 October 1926  (San Jose, California, USA)
Rock 'n' roll guitarist and singer, who has a string of dodgy misdemeanours in his past. Reportedly not in the best of health, but still active.
[Picture of Chuck Berry]


Bertrand, Julie Winnefred Julie Winnefred Bertrand is no longer with us
Born 16 September 1891  (Coaticook, Quebec, Canada)

Died 18 January 2007  (Montreal, Canada)

Age at death: 115  (read death notice)
Became the world's oldest living woman in December 2006. However, by the following month, the word "living" was no longer entirely appropriate to describe her.
[Picture of Julie Winnefred Bertrand]


Bertrand, Marcheline Marcheline Bertrand is no longer with us
Born 9 May 1950  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)

Died 27 January 2007  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 56  
French-Canadian-(Native) American actress and mother of Angelina Jolie.
[Picture of Marcheline Bertrand]


Besenyei, Peter
Born 8 June 1956  (Kormend, Hungary)
Aerobatic World Champion, pilot & flying instructor.
[Picture of Peter Besenyei]


Best, Calum
Born 6 February 1981  (San Jose, California, USA)
Son of the late George. Like his dad in terms of boozing and womanising, but unlike his dad, shit at football, so is resorting to living off his old man's fame and appearing on Z-list "celebrity" shows.
[Picture of Calum Best]


Best, Pete
Born 24 November 1941  (Madras, India)
Member of The Beatles from 1959-62, when he was fired and replaced by Ringo Starr, who, unlikely though it may seem, was considered a better drummer than him.
[Picture of Pete Best]


Betty, Charles 'Garry' Charles 'Garry' Betty is no longer with us
Born 23 October 1957  (Huntsville, Alabama, USA)

Died 2 January 2007  (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)

Age at death: 49  (read death notice)
President and CEO of American Internet service provider Earthlink.
[Picture of Charles 'Garry' Betty]


Bevilacqua, Cardinal Anthony
Born 17 June 1923  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
US Roman Catholic cardinal, former Archbishop of Philadelphia, who due to rather convienent ill health & state rules, has avoided any serious punishment for his involvement in the local sex abuse scandal involving Catholic priests.
[Picture of Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua]


Bezzerides, A. I. A. I. Bezzerides is no longer with us
Born 9 August 1908  (Samsun, Turkey)

Died 1 January 2007  (Woodland Hills, California, USA)

Age at death: 98  (read death notice)
Screenwriter, responsible for classic Western series such as "Rawhide", "Bonanza" and "The Virginian". A. I. = Albert Isaac.
[Picture of A. I. Bezzerides]


Bhai, Bangla Bangla Bhai is no longer with us
Born in Kannipara, Bangladesh  (exact date unknown)

Died 29 March 2007  (Bangladesh)

Age at death: 37  (read death notice)
Bangladeshi terrorist. Military commander of the radical Islamist organization JMJB - Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (Awakened Muslim Masses of Bangladesh). Real name: Siddique ul-Islam; also known as Aziz ur-Rahman. Born some time in 1969, but his exact age when executed was not certain: either 37 or 38.
[Picture of Bangla Bhai]


Biggins, Christopher
Born 16 December 1948  (Oldham, Lancashire, England)
Outrageously camp comic actor, TV presenter and pantomine star.
[Picture of Christopher Biggins]


Biggs, Ronnie (Died in 2013)
Born 8 August 1929  (Lambeth, London, England)
Sentenced to 30 years for his part in the 1963 Great Train Robbery, but escaped from Wandsworth Prison after only 15 months and ended up living in Brazil, from where he could not be extradited. He returned to Britain in 2001 for medical treatment and was promptly arrested. Since then, he has suffered two heart attacks, three strokes, two epileptic seizures and pneumonia, which have apparently left him partially paralysed and barely able to speak. Apart from that, though, he's in great health.
[Picture of Ronnie Biggs]


Bignone, Reynaldo
Born 21 January 1928  (Morón, Argentina)
Argentina's last military dictator before the restoration of democracy in 1983. And yes, there really is a town in Argentina called Morón.
[Picture of Reynaldo Bignone]


Bilk, Acker
Born 28 January 1929  (Pensford, Somerset, England)
Jazz clarinetist of "Stranger on the Shore" fame.
[Picture of Acker Bilk]


Billingsley, Barbara (Died in 2010)
Born 22 December 1915  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
American actress, best known (over there anyway) for her role in "Leave It To Beaver". Fnarr fnarr.
[Picture of Barbara Billingsley]


Billington, Tom
Born 5 December 1958  (Golborne, Lancashire, England)
Ex-professional wrestler known as 'Dynamite Kid', now in a wheelchair.
[Picture of Tom Billington]


bin Laden, Osama (Died in 2011)
Born 10 March 1957  (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
17th of about 52 (!) children of a multi-millionaire Saudi construction magnate, al-Qaeda terrorist leader bin Laden was already on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, but on September 11th, 2001, he secured his position at no. 1 on this list. Despite this, he's a questionable DDP pick, due to the difficulty of establishing his whereabouts and hence whether he's alive or dead.
[Picture of Osama bin Laden]


bin Nurhasyim, Amrozi (Died in 2008)
Born 5 July 1962  (Tenggulun, East Java, Indonesia)
Indonesian terrorist, currently awaiting execution for the 2002 Bali bombings, along with his co-conspirators Mukhlas and Imam Sumudra.
[Picture of Amrozi bin Nurhasyim]


Bir Bikram Shah, Gyanendra
Born 7 July 1947  (Kathmandu, Nepal)
King of Nepal since June 2001.
[Picture of Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah]


Bird, Dickie
Born 19 April 1933  (Barnsley, Yorkshire, England)
Well-respected but now retired cricket umpire, who also took the field as a player many moons ago.
[Picture of Dickie Bird]


Bishop, Joey Joey Bishop is no longer with us
Born 3 February 1918  (The Bronx, New York, USA)

Died 17 October 2007  (Newport Beach, California, USA)

Age at death: 89  (read death notice)
Born Joseph Abraham Gottlieb. Was the last surviving member of the so-called Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr et al). Later hosted his own chat show on American TV. Credited with coining the phrase "son of a gun".
[Picture of Joey Bishop]


Black, Cilla
Born 27 May 1943  (Liverpool, England)
Former cloakroom attendant at Liverpool's Cavern Club and then pop singer, now presenter of cheesy TV shows. Keeps harping on about how wonderful Liverpool is and how proud she is to be a Scouser, yet has lived in Surrey for the past 30 years.
[Picture of Cilla Black]


Black, Conrad
Born 25 August 1944  (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
British/Canadian biographer, businessman and newspaper magnate who has more controversies surrounding his name than most people have had hot dinners.
[Picture of Conrad Black]


Black, Jack
Born 28 August 1969  (Redondo Beach, California, USA)
American actor, comedian & musician, star of "Shallow Hal" and singer of rock comedy band, Tenacious D.
[Picture of Jack Black]


Black, Sir James W. (Died in 2010)
Born 14 July 1924  (Cowdenbeath, Fife, Scotland)
Pharmacologist, winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1988.
[Picture of Sir James W. Black]


Blackham, Harold John (Died in 2009)
Born 31 March 1903  (Birmingham, England)
Humanist, author and thinker.
[Picture of Harold John Blackham]


Blackman, Honor
Born 12 December 1927  (London, England)
English actress, who has played upon her sex siren status since appearing as Pussy Galore in Goldfinger.
[Picture of Honor Blackman]


Blaine, David
Born 4 April 1973  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Twat. Really, really annoying, attention-seeking, box-dwelling twat.
[Picture of David Blaine]


Blair, Kathryn
Born 2 March 1988  (London, England)
Only daughter of Tony & Cherie. Allegedly made a suicide attempt in 2006.
[Picture of Kathryn Blair]


Blair, Lionel
Born 12 December 1931  (Montreal, Canada)
Camp, tap-dancing, fixed-grinning TV personality.
[Picture of Lionel Blair]


Blair, Tony
Born 6 May 1953  (Edinburgh, Scotland)
MP for Sedgefield, County Durham since 1983, elected Labour leader in 1994 and Prime Minister in 1997. Not a popular DDP pick, as he's youngish and apparently in good health, but maybe he'll die of embarrassment if Cherie decides to sing in public again.
[Picture of Tony Blair]


Bleicher, Hugo (Died in 1982?)
Born 9 August 1899  (Tettnang, Germany)
A businessman who was recruited by the Nazis during World War II because of his knowledge of many languages. He worked against the Resistance in German-occupied France and was responsible for the arrest of many of its prominent members. At the end of the war, he himself was arrested and imprisoned by the Allies. According to Wikipedia, he died in August 1982.
[Picture of Hugo Bleicher]


Blessed, Brian
Born 9 October 1937  (Mexborough, Yorkshire, England)
Large, bearded actor whose presence and booming voice has landed him parts in everything from Shakespeare adaptations to Robin Hood to Star Wars.
[Picture of Brian Blessed]


Bloodvessel, Buster
Born 6 September 1958  (Hackney, London, England)
Formerly 30-stone (420 lb) frontman of ska group Bad Manners. Collapsed and almost died during a gig in Italy in 2001, since when he is reputed to have lost a lot of weight. His real name is Douglas Trendle.
[Picture of Buster Bloodvessel]


Blunkett, David
Born 6 June 1947  (Sheffield, Yorkshire, England)
Disgraced and quite possibly mad ex-Home Secretary.
[Picture of David Blunkett]


Bobek, Stjepan (Died in 2010)
Born 3 December 1923  (Zagreb, Croatia)
Legendary Yugoslav centre-forward, later a football manager.
[Picture of Stjepan Bobek]


Boht, Jean
Born 6 March 1936  (Liverpool, England)
Gobby, short-arse actress who effectively played herself in the TV series "Bread" in the role of the family matriarch, Nelly Boswell.
[Picture of Jean Boht]


Bol, Manute (Died in 2010)
Born 16 October 1962  (Khartoum, Sudan)
7'7" former NBA basketball player who was renowned for being able to slam-dunk without leaving the ground. Retired to his native Sudan and unsuccessfully attempted to fund the overthrow of the Islamic government, before being forced to flee back to the US.
[Picture of Manute Bol]


Bonaduce, Danny
Born 13 August 1959  (Broomall, Pennsylvania, USA)
Actor (The Partridge Family), DJ & game show host in the US.
[Picture of Danny Bonaduce]


Bond, Michael
Born 13 January 1926  (Newbury, Berkshire, England)
Author, best known as the creator of Paddington Bear.
[Picture of Michael Bond]


Bongo, Ali (Died in 2009)
Born in Bangalore, India  (exact date unknown)
Magician, born William Wallace in 1929 - a direct descendant of the Scottish folk hero of the same name. Author and illustrator of several books on comedy magic.
[Picture of Ali Bongo]


Born 10 May 1960  (Ballymun, Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
U2 frontman, who, like his mate Bob Geldof, labours under the misapprehension that having once been a successful pop star makes him (a) an expert on everything from world hunger to the environment, and (b) worth listening to. Born Paul David Hewson.
[Picture of Bono]


Boon, David
Born 29 December 1960  (Launceston, Tasmania, Australia)
Former Aussie cricketer, famed for his bushy moustache and for once drinking 52 pints of beer on a flight from London to Sydney, just before playing in the Ashes.
[Picture of David Boon]


Boone, Pat
Born 1 June 1934  (Jacksonville, Florida, USA)
Crooner, most successful with ballads and blues.
[Picture of Pat Boone]


Booth, Tony
Born 9 October 1931  (Liverpool, England)
Political activist, actor (most notably in 'Till Death Us Do Part'), ex-alcoholic, ex-husband of the late Pat Phoenix and father-in-law of Tony Blair, whose wife Cherie is one of Booth's eight daughters.
[Picture of Tony Booth]


Boothroyd, Betty
Born 8 October 1929  (Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England)
Tiller Girl turned Speaker of the House of Commons between 1992 & 2000.
[Picture of Betty Boothroyd]


Borgnine, Ernest (Died in 2012)
Born 24 January 1917  (Hamden, Connecticut, USA)
Five-times married, surprisingly prolific TV & film actor, whose portly stature ensured that he specialised in playing tough or just downright fat characters.
[Picture of Ernest Borgnine]


Bosley, Tom (Died in 2010)
Born 1 October 1927  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Cuddly American actor, best remembered as the Cunninghams' dad in "Happy Days".
[Picture of Tom Bosley]


Bosnich, Mark
Born 13 January 1972  (Farfield, Sydney, Australia)
Coke-snorting, crap Aussie goalkeeper.
[Picture of Mark Bosnich]


Bosworth, Brian
Born 9 March 1965  (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA)
"The Seventies had Norris, The Eighties had Schwarzenegger, the Nineties have Brian Bosworth!" boldly claimed the video sleeve of the 1990 action epic 'Stone Cold'. Unfortunately for Bosworth, the action genre strayed from '80s staples of wise-cracking, mullet-sporting knuckleheads, to serve up more cerebral offerings such as Hard Target and Fire Down Below. Guesses vary as to what exactly Bosworth does with himself nowadays but presumably it involves booze, drugs and hookers.
[Picture of Brian Bosworth]


Bough, Frank
Born 15 January 1933  (Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England)
British TV presenter, mainly on daytime television or sports programmes. Wearer of bad sweaters and target of unlikely sex orgy allegations. Had a liver transplant in 2001.
[Picture of Frank Bough]


Bouizakarne, Abdelmalek
Date and place of birth unknown
Moroccan terrorist, sentenced to death for a 2003 car bombing which killed 45 people.
[Picture of Abdelmalek Bouizakarne]


Bouteflika, Abdelaziz
Born 2 March 1937  (Oujda, Morocco)
President of Algeria since 1999.
[Picture of Abdelaziz Bouteflika]


Boutros-Ghali, Boutros
Born 14 November 1922  (Cairo, Egypt)
UN Secretary-General between 1992-96, whose name became a catchphrase on "The Fast Show".
[Picture of Boutros Boutros-Ghali]


Bowen, Jim
Born 20 August 1937  (Heswall, Cheshire, England)
Super, smashing, great. The avuncular presenter of ITV's "Bullseye" (1981-93) ensured that no-one ever went home empty-handed, even if they were so laughably bad at darts that they ended up with £7 and a pewter tankard between 2 people. You can't beat a bit of Bully!
[Picture of Jim Bowen]


Bowes-Lyon, Katherine
Born 4 July 1926  (place of birth unknown)
Niece of the Queen Mother, who was born mentally impaired and has lived almost all her life in care homes.
[Picture of Katherine Bowes-Lyon]


Bowie, David
Born 8 January 1947  (Brixton, London, England)
Sang with Mark Bolan and Bing Crosby in 1977; days later, both were dead. Suffered a heart attack in 2004.
[Picture of David Bowie]


Boyce, Max
Born 7 September 1945  (Glynneath, Wales)
Welsh comedian & singer, particularly entwined with the Welsh rugby team and their ebbing & flowing fortunes.
[Picture of Max Boyce]


Boycott, Geoff
Born 21 October 1940  (Fitzwilliam, Yorkshire, England)
Notoriously slow-scoring Yorkshire and England cricketer. Now an equally dull cricket commentator.
[Picture of Geoff Boycott]


Boyd, Dorothy (Died in 1996)
Born 14 April 1907  (Sanderstead, Surrey, England)
British actress of the '20s and '30s, with 27 film credits to her name. Online movie database IMDb.com reports that she died in 1996, but gives no further details.
[Picture of Dorothy Boyd]


Boyle, Katie
Born 29 May 1926  (Florence, Italy)
TV presenter, agony aunt & dog lover. Born Caterina Irene Elena Maria Imperiali di Francavilla, so it's probably a good thing that she took her first husband's name instead when going professional.
[Picture of Katie Boyle]


Bradbury, Ray (Died in 2012)
Born 22 August 1920  (Waukegan, Illinois, USA)
Sci-fi author, best known for "Fahrenheit 451".
[Picture of Ray Bradbury]


Brady, Ian
Born 2 January 1938  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Moors Murderer, in prison since 1966, having been caught just 4 weeks after the death penalty for murder was abolished in the UK. Has a tendency to go on somewhat half-hearted hunger strikes. Since the death of his accomplice, Myra Hindley, in 2002, DDP interest in him has picked up.
[Picture of Ian Brady]


Brady, Sarah
Born 6 February 1942  (Missouri, USA)
Advocate of gun control ever since her husband Jim was seriously wounded in the 1981 assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan. Now suffering from lung cancer.
[Picture of Sarah Brady]


Braid, Hilda Hilda Braid is no longer with us
Born 3 March 1929  (Northfleet, Kent, England)

Died 6 November 2007  (Brighton, East Sussex, England)

Age at death: 78  (read death notice)
English actress, best known as dotty Nana Moon in BBC's "EastEnders".
[Picture of Hilda Braid]


Brand, Russell
Born 4 June 1975  (Grays, Essex, England)
TV presenter & comic who is nowhere near as funny as he thinks he is.
[Picture of Russell Brand]


Branson, Sir Richard
Born 18 July 1950  (Sharnley Green, Surrey, England)
Entrepreneur since the age of 16, when he started a national student magazine. Now boss of the Virgin records/banking/airline/mobile phones/etc empire.
[Picture of Sir Richard Branson]


Brecker, Michael Michael Brecker is no longer with us
Born 29 March 1949  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)

Died 13 January 2007  (New York, New York, USA)

Age at death: 57  (read death notice)
Probably the most respected and imitated jazz saxophonist of the post-Coltrane era; was awarded 11 Grammys as both performer and composer.
[Picture of Michael Brecker]


Breslin, Jimmy
Born 17 October 1930  (Jamaica, New York City, New York, USA)
American newspaper columnist & author.
[Picture of Jimmy Breslin]


Breyer, Stephen
Born 15 August 1938  (San Francisco, California, USA)
American judge, an associate justice of the US Supreme Court.
[Picture of Stephen Breyer]


Briers, Richard (Died in 2013)
Born 14 January 1934  (Merton, Surrey, England)
Very popular British actor & comedian, best known for "The Good Life".
[Picture of Richard Briers]


Briggs, Asa
Born 7 May 1921  (Keighley, West Yorkshire, England)
British historian and academic, a particular specialist on the Victorian era.
[Picture of Asa Briggs]


Briggs, Johnny
Born 5 September 1935  (Battersea, London, England)
British TV & film actor, most famous as Mike Baldwin in "Coronation Street"
[Picture of Johnny Briggs]


Brimley, Wilford
Born 27 September 1934  (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)
Heavy-set, superbly-moustachioed US actor in TV, films & commercials.
[Picture of Wilford Brimley]


Britton, Tony
Born 9 June 1934  (Birmingham, England)
Actor, mainly on stage but also in "Don't Wait Up" on TV. Father of Fern Britton.
[Picture of Tony Britton]


Brokaw, Tom
Born 6 February 1940  (Webster, South Dakota, USA)
American television journalist with NBC News.
[Picture of Tom Brokaw]


Brooke-Taylor, Tim
Born 17 July 1940  (Buxton, Derbyshire, England)
Comic actor, best known as one of "The Goodies" trio, now appears mostly on radio comedy & quizzes.
[Picture of Tim Brooke-Taylor]


Brooks, Mel
Born 28 June 1926  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Comic actor and film director.
[Picture of Mel Brooks]


Brown, Bill (Died in 2008)
Born 31 July 1912  (Toowomba, Queensland, Australia)
Ancient former cricketer, one of Bradman's 1948 "Invincibles".
[Picture of Bill Brown]


Brown, Bobbie
Born 7 October 1969  (Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA)
Former beauty queen and occasional TV star who used to be married to the lead singer out of Warrant.
[Picture of Bobbie Brown]


Brown, Bobby
Born 5 February 1969  (Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA)
R & B singer & dancer, whose litany of crimes is much too long to list here, but suffice to say, not many people think of him as "a nice boy".
[Picture of Bobby Brown]


Brown, June
Born 16 February 1927  (Needham Market, Suffolk, England)
Actress who plays Dot Cotton in EastEnders.
[Picture of June Brown]


Brown, Ron Ron Brown is no longer with us
Date and place of birth unknown

Died 3 August 2007  (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Age at death: 69  (read death notice)
Firebrand left-wing Scottish former MP, famed for throwing the House of Commons ceremonial mace to the floor during a debate, being mates with Colonel Gaddafi, and trashing his ex-partner's flat. Born June 1940.
[Picture of Ron Brown]


Brown, Roy 'Chubby'
Born 3 February 1945  (Grangetown, Middlesbrough, England)
Stand-up comedian, known for his flying helmet and fruity language. Real name Royston Vasey.
[Picture of Roy 'Chubby' Brown]


Browne, Sylvia
Born 19 October 1936  (Kansas City, Missouri, USA)
US author, psychic & medium, a frequent guest on "The Montel Williams Show."
[Picture of Sylvia Browne]


Brubeck, Dave (Died in 2012)
Born 6 December 1920  (Concord, California, USA)
US jazz pianist & composer.
[Picture of Dave Brubeck]


Bruce, Jack
Born 14 May 1943  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Former frontman of Cream, who also wrote most of their songs. Underwent a liver transplant in October 2003, after being diagnosed with cancer of the liver.
[Picture of Jack Bruce]


Brunier, Charles 
Born 31 May 1901  (Paris, France)
French WWI and WWII veteran who claimed to be the inspiration for the novel and film "Papillon", about a convicted murderer who escaped from a penal colony where he was serving a life sentence; the book's author, Henri Charrière, however, always maintained it was autobiographical. Died 26/1/2007, but no UK obit as yet.
[Picture of Charles Brunier]


Bruno, Frank
Born 16 November 1961  (Hammersmith, London, England)
Former WBC world heavyweight boxing champion and pantomime dame. Lost the plot somewhat after his wife left him, and was sectioned to a mental hospital in September 2003, although he was later released.
[Picture of Frank Bruno]


Bryan, Dora
Born 7 February 1924  (Southport, Lancashire, England)
Chirpy blonde British actress. Won a BAFTA for "A Taste of Honey" (1961).
[Picture of Dora Bryan]


Bryant Moore, Jonathan
Born 4 April 1974  (Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA)
American Death Row inmate. Executed on 17th Jan 2007, but no UK mention/obit, and very little coverage in the US either.
[Picture of Jonathan Bryant Moore]


Buchwald, Art Art Buchwald is no longer with us
Born 20 October 1925  (Mount Vernon, New York, USA)

Died 17 January 2007  (Washington, DC, USA)

Age at death: 81  (read death notice)
Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist/political satirist/newspaper columnist.
[Picture of Art Buchwald]


Buffett, Jimmy
Born 25 December 1946  (Pascagoula, Mississippi, USA)
American county/beach rock singer/songwriter & film producer.
[Picture of Jimmy Buffett]


Buffett, Warren
Born 30 August 1930  (Omaha, Nebraska, USA)
American businessman & author, the 2nd richest person in the world, according to Forbes magazine in 2006. Also an ace ukulele player.
[Picture of Warren Buffett]


Bulani, Jawad
Born in Baghdad, Iraq  (exact date unknown)
Iraqi Interior Minister, born 1960.
[Picture of Jawad Bulani]


Burden, Joyce
Born in Wiltshire, England  (exact date unknown)
One of two sisters currently fighting against inheritance tax and for siblings to have the same rights as straight and gay couples. Born 1918.
[Picture of Joyce Burden]


Burgess, Neil
Born 6 June 1966  (Portsmouth, Hampshire, England)
Actor who plays Barry Scott, the shouty bloke on the Cillit Bang adverts. Hats off to whichever marketing company managed to make people sit up and take notice of a cleaning product.
[Picture of Neil Burgess]


Burke, Alfred (Died in 2011)
Born 28 February 1918  (Peckham, London, England)
Gangly character actor who for 10 years played a private eye called Frank Marker in the popular but confusingly-named TV series "Public Eye".
[Picture of Alfred Burke]


Burke, David
Born 25 May 1934  (Liverpool, England)
Actor - played Dr Watson in the 1980s TV adaptation of "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes".
[Picture of David Burke]


Burke, Solomon (Died in 2010)
Born 21 March 1940  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
Soul & country music singer, father of 21 children & grandfather to (at present) 84 grandchildren!
[Picture of Solomon Burke]


Burnet, Alistair (Died in 2012)
Born 12 July 1928  (Sheffield, Yorkshire, England)
Former ITN newsreader.
[Picture of Alistair Burnett]


Burns, Pete
Born 5 August 1959  (Port Sunlight, Cheshire, England)
Androgynous frontperson of '80s electropopsters Dead Or Alive.
[Picture of Pete Burns]


Burns, Tommy (Died in 2008)
Born 16 December 1956  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Footballer and manager. Remembered by Celtic fans as a true legend and a fine coach, and by Reading fans as the man who single-handedly attempted to destroy the club.
[Picture of Tommy Burns]


Burr, Clive (Died in 2013)
Born 8 March 1957  (place of birth unknown)
Former drummer in Iron Maiden. Now suffering from multiple sclerosis.
[Picture of Clive Burr]


Burrell, Paul
Born 6 June 1958  (Grassmoor, Derbyshire, England)
Slimy, simpering former butler to Diana, Princess of Wales. Since her death, he has exploited her fame to build on his own celebrity and has popped up on numerous "celebrity" shows since.
[Picture of Paul Burrell]


Bush, Barbara
Born 8 June 1925  (Rye, New York, USA)
The wife of George Bush snr, not the namesake daughter of George W. Bush.
[Picture of Barbara Bush]


Bush (jnr), George W.
Born 6 July 1946  (New Haven, Connecticut, USA)
43rd and current President of the United States. What with allegations of vote-rigging, the events of 9/11, and the much-criticised war on Iraq, he hasn't exactly had the smoothest of rides. But he's still hanging on in there; as the man himself once said: "They misunderestimated me."
[Picture of George W. Bush (jnr)]


Bush (snr), George
Born 12 June 1924  (Milton, Massachusetts, USA)
Son of a senator and related to 4 previous US Presidents. Made his fortune in the oil industry and got involved in Texan politics before becoming US ambassador to the United Nations, vice-President under Ronald Reagan from 1980-88, and President from 1988-92. Was sometimes lambasted for not being overly bright, but then his son Dubya came along…
[Picture of George Bush (snr)]


Buster, Prince
Born 28 May 1938  (Kingston, Jamaica)
Ska & reggae singer, a legend in his own country. Born plain old Cecil Campbell.
[Picture of Prince Buster]


Buthelezi, Chief Mangosuthu
Born 27 August 1928  (Malabathini, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa)
Zulu leader, and long-time leader of the South African Inkatha Freedom Party.
[Picture of Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi]


Butler, Gerard
Born 13 November 1969  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Scottish actor, star of "300" and "Dracula 2000".
[Picture of Gerard Butler]


Buttafuoco, Joey
Born 11 March 1956  (Massapequa, Long Island, New York, USA)
Auto body shop owner who, in 1992, became a minor celebrity in the US when his teenage girlfriend shot his wife.
[Picture of Joey Buttafuoco]


Button, Jenson
Born 19 January 1980  (Frome, Somerset, England)
British Formula 1 driver. In the modern tradition of British sportspeople (think Nigel Mansell, Tim Henman, the entire England football and cricket teams), he's amiable and self-effacing, but a bit shit.
[Picture of Jenson Button]


Butz, Earl (Died in 2008)
Born 3 July 1909  (Albion, Indiana, USA)
Gerald Ford's disgraced Agriculture Secretary.
[Picture of Earl Butz]


Bygraves, Max (Died in 2012)
Born 16 October 1922  (Rotherhithe, London, England)
Wartime radio comedian, later turned stage entertainer, singer, and over-user of the phrase "I wanna tell you a story".
[Picture of Max Bygraves]


Byrd, Robert (Died in 2010)
Born 20 November 1917  (North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, USA)
Former Klansman US Senator from West Virginia.
[Picture of Robert Byrd]


Byrne, Gay
Born 5 August 1934  (Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
Respected veteran Irish broadcaster, presenter of "The Late Late Show" for 37 years.
[Picture of Gay Byrne]

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