Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2007: D


Dahlan, Mohammed
Born in Khan Younis, Gaza, Palestine  (exact date unknown)
Leading Palestinian politician, currently security chief. Born 1961.
[Picture of Mohammed Dahlan]


Daly, Bishop Edward
Born 5 December 1933  (Belleek, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland)
Former Roman Catholic Bishop of Derry.
[Picture of Bishop Edward Daly]


Daly, Cardinal Cahal (Died in 2009)
Born 1 October 1917  (Loughguile, County Antrim, Northern Ireland)
Fomer Archbishop of Armagh between 1990 & 1996.
[Picture of Cardinal Cahal Daly]


Daniels, Paul
Born 6 April 1938  (Middlesbrough, England)
Magician and generally ubiquitous light-entertainment TV celebrity, the lowest point in whose career (and let's face it, it has a lot of competition) was probably presenting the late 1980s kids' TV programme 'Wizbit'. An eight-foot rabbit named Willy and a three-foot cone-shaped creature starring alongside a four-foot toupée-wearing conjuror...truly, truly dreadful.
[Picture of Paul Daniels]


Darrieux, Danielle
Born 1 May 1917  (Bordeaux, France)
French singer & movie actress, who made some films in America.
[Picture of Danielle Darrieux]


Dassin, Jules (Died in 2008)
Born 18 November 1911  (Middletown, Connecticut, USA)
French-sounding but actually American film director.
[Picture of Jules Dassin]


David, Hal (Died in 2012)
Born 25 May 1921  (New York, New York, USA)
Lyricist & songwriter, often teaming up with Burt Bacharach.
[Picture of Hal David]


Davidson, Jim
Born 13 December 1953  (Kidbrooke, London, England)
Controversial racist comedian who somehow has turned into a popular family entertainer. Has also had a colourful private life.
[Picture of Jim Davidson]


Davies, Ray
Born 21 June 1944  (Muswell Hill, London, England)
Lead singer of The Kinks. Shot in the leg in New Orleans in 2004 whilst on holiday.
[Picture of Ray Davies]


Davies, Russell T.
Born in Swansea, Wales  (exact date unknown)
British TV producer & writer, the man responsible for bringing back "Dr Who". Born 1963.
[Picture of Russell T. Davies]


Davies, Windsor
Born 28 August 1930  (Canning Town, London, England)
English-born but Welsh-bred thespian who over-acted his way through dreadful '70s sitcom "It Ain't Half Hot, Mum" and the cringeworthy "Never The Twain".
[Picture of Windsor Davies]


Davis, Al (Died in 2011)
Born 4 July 1929  (Brockton, Massachusetts, USA)
Owner of NFL's Oakland Raiders.
[Picture of Al Davis]


Davis, Clive
Born 4 April 1932  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Music producer, founder & long time head of Arista Records.
[Picture of Clive Davis]


Dawn, Liz
Born 8 November 1939  (Leeds, Yorkshire, England)
Star of Coronation Street for many years, playing gobby fishwife Vera Duckworth. Diagnosed with emphysema in 2004.
[Picture of Liz Dawn]


Dawson, Richard (Died in 2012)
Born 20 November 1932  (Gosport, Hampshire, England)
British born, American game show-host & actor; "Hogan's Heroes" etc.
[Picture of Richard Dawson]


Dawson, Smokey (Died in 2008)
Born 19 March 1913  (Collingwood, Victoria, Australia)
Aussie country music legend.
[Picture of Smokey Dawson]


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]


Day O'Connor, Sandra
Born 26 March 1930  (El Paso, Texas, USA)
Former member of the US Supreme Court.
[Picture of Sandra Day O'Connor]


de Carlo, Yvonne Yvonne de Carlo is no longer with us
Born 1 September 1922  (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)

Died 8 January 2007  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 84  (read death notice)
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 Juana Chaos, José Ignacio
Born 21 September 1955  (Guipzcoa, Spain)
Wackily-named member of the Basque terrorist group ETA, currently serving a 96-year prison sentence. Has a propensity for going on hunger strikes. Born 1955.
[Picture of José Ignacio de Juana Chaos]


de Klerk, F. W.
Born 18 March 1936  (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Former President of South Africa from 1989-1994.
[Picture of F. W. de Klerk]


de Larrocha y de la Calle, Alicia (Died in 2009)
Born 23 May 1923  (Barcelona, Spain)
Catalonian musician.
[Picture of Alicia de Larrocha y de la Calle]


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]


de Oliveira, Manoel
Born 12 January 1908  (Oporto, Portugal)
Portuguese film director.
[Picture of Manoel de Oliveira]


de Polanco, Jesús Jesús de Polanco is no longer with us
Born 7 November 1929  (Madrid, Spain)

Died 21 July 2007  (Madrid, Spain)

Age at death: 77  (read death notice)
Billionaire Spanish media mogul, was one of the world's top 300 wealthiest people.
[Picture of Jesús de Polanco]


de Souza Neto, Edmundo Alves
Born 2 April 1971  (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Notorious former Brazil striker often referred to as 'The Animal', reflecting both his penchant for violence on the pitch and colourful antics off it. His catalogue of misdemeanours include incarceration for multiple vehicular homicide (he was allowed out to play football at weekends) and attracting the consternation of animal rights activists by getting a monkey inebriated at a children's party (although the kids apparently thought it was hilarious).
[Picture of Edmundo Alves de Souza Neto]


de Wardener, Professor H. E. (Died in 2013)
Born 8 October 1915  (Paris, France)
Nephrologist. That's a kidney expert to you and me.
[Picture of Professor H. E. de Wardener]


Dean, Eliza Gladys Milvina (Died in 2009)
Born 2 February 1912  (Peckham, London, England)
Younger of the two remaining survivors of the Titanic disaster, having been only 10 weeks old at the time.
[Picture of Eliza Gladys Milvina Dean]


Debakey, Michael E. (Died in 2008)
Born 7 September 1908  (Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA)
Pioneering cardiovascular surgeon, the first to successfully implant an artificial heart in 1966. Winner of the National Medal of Science in 1987.
[Picture of Michael E. Debakey]


Déby, Idriss
Born in Fada, Ennedi, Chad  (exact date unknown)
President of Chad, who seized power in a coup in 1990. Has been re-elected twice in totally free, democratic (*cough*) elections since then. Born 1952.
[Picture of Idriss Déby]


Dee, Simon (Died in 2009)
Born 28 July 1935  (Ottawa, Canada)
British DJ, a star in the 60's, whose fall from fame was spectacular. Born Cyril Nicholas Henty-Dodd, hence the name change.
[Picture of Simon Dee]


Deedes, Bill Bill Deedes is no longer with us
Born 1 June 1913  (Saltwood Castle, Kent, England)

Died 17 August 2007  (Kent, England)

Age at death: 94  (read death notice)
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]


Degollado, Rev Marcial Maciel (Died in 2008)
Born 10 March 1920  (Cotija de la Paz, Michoacan, Mexico)
Former Roman Catholic bishop, who has been at the centre of sex abuse allegations.
[Picture of Rev Marcial Maciel Degollado]


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]


Delacourt-Smith of Alteryn, Baroness (Died in 2010)
Born 5 April 1916  (place of birth unknown)
Known to her friends as Margaret. Fomer Labour MP.
[Picture of Baroness Delacourt-Smith of Alteryn]


Delannoy, Jean (Died in 2008)
Born 12 January 1908  (Noisy-le-Sec, France)
Early actor, who started out in silent movies.
[Picture of Jean Delannoy]


DeLuise, Dom (Died in 2009)
Born 1 August 1933  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Comic actor, often in Mel Brooks' films. Now also a chef.
[Picture of Dom DeLuise]


Denard, Bob Bob Denard is no longer with us
Born 7 April 1929  (Bordeaux, France)

Died 13 October 2007  (Paris, France)

Age at death: 78  (read death notice)
Mercenary, often carrying out Charles de Gaulle's dirty work - involved in several African coups.
[Picture of Bob Denard]


Denktash, Rauf (Died in 2012)
Born 27 January 1924  (Paphos, Cyprus)
Former leader of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
[Picture of Rauf Denktash]


Denmark, Leila (Died in 2012)
Born 1 February 1898  (USA)
American paediatrician and medical researcher whose work on whooping cough in the early '30s led to the development of the pertussis vaccine and the modern-day DPT vaccination. She continued to practise until her retirement in 2002 at the age of 104.
[Picture of Leila Denmark]


Dennis, Les
Born 12 October 1954  (Liverpool, England)
Former host of Family Fortunes and the inappropriately-named Les Dennis Laughter Show. More recently known for appearing on Celebrity Big Brother, and for splitting up with his wife, Amanda Holden, who'd been shagging that bloke off Men Behaving Badly.
[Picture of Les Dennis]


Depardieu, Gérard
Born 27 December 1948  (Chateauroux, France)
Top French actor, who has acted in international films as well.
[Picture of Gérard Depardieu]


Depardieu, Guillaume (Died in 2008)
Born 7 April 1971  (Paris, France)
Actor - son of Gérard Depardieu.
[Picture of Guillaume Depardieu]


Derbyshire, Eileen
Born 6 October 1930  (Urmston, Manchester, England)
Actress, has played Emily Bishop in "Coronation Street" since 1961.
[Picture of Eileen Derbyshire]


Dern, Bruce
Born 4 June 1936  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Actor, best known for playing complete fruitcakes on the silver screen.
[Picture of Bruce Dern]


Dershowitz, Alan
Born 1 September 1938  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
American lawyer and law tutor at Harvard Law School; involved in a number of high-profile US trials.
[Picture of Alan Dershowitz]


Devonshire, The Duchess of
Born 31 March 1920  (London, England)
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]


Dexter, Colin
Born 29 September 1930  (Stamford, Lincolnshire)
Author, creator of "Inspector Morse".
[Picture of Colin Dexter]


Di Stefano, Alfredo
Born 4 July 1926  (Barrancas, Argentina)
Acknowledged as one of the greatest footballers ever. Enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Ferenc Puskas at Real Madrid, during which the club won the European Cup 5 times in a row, from 1956-60.
[Picture of Alfredo Di Stefano]


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]


Dick, Andy
Born 21 December 1965  (Charleston, South Carolina, USA)
Extremely controversial American comic actor, who hosts his own radio show called "The Shit Show".
[Picture of Andy Dick]


Diddley, Bo (Died in 2008)
Born 30 December 1928  (McComb, Mississippi, USA)
Rock 'n' roll singer & guitarist, well known for his rectangular guitar.
[Picture of Bo Diddley]


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]


Diller, Phyllis (Died in 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]


DiMaggio, Dom (Died in 2009)
Born 12 February 1917  (San Francisco, California, USA)
Former baseball player, younger brother of the legendary Joe.
[Picture of Dom DiMaggio]


Dio, Ronnie James (Died in 2010)
Born 10 July 1942  (Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA)
Replaced Ozzy Osbourne as lead singer of Black Sabbath, and went on to form his own eponymous band, Dio.
[Picture of Ronnie James Dio]


Dirkschneider, Udo
Born 6 April 1952  (Wuppertal, Germany)
German heavy metal singer.
[Picture of Udo Dirkschneider]


Dixon, Malcolm
Date and place of birth unknown
Dwarf actor - played an Oompa-Loompa in "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" (1971).
[Picture of Malcolm Dixon]


Dobrynin, Anatoly (Died in 2010)
Born 16 November 1919  (Krasnaya Gorka, Russia)
Soviet diplomat, ambassador to the United States (1962-86), and dean of the Washington, D.C., diplomatic corps (1979-86).
[Picture of Anatoly Dobrynin]


Dobson, John
Born 14 September 1915  (Beijing, China)
American astronomer, telescope builder and former monk.
[Picture of John Dobson]


Docherty, Tommy
Born 24 August 1928  (Gorbals, Glasgow, Scotland)
Scottish international footballer and outspoken football manager.
[Picture of Tommy Docherty]


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]


Dogg, Snoop
Born 20 October 1971  (Long Beach, California, USA)
Gangsta rapper, born Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr.
[Picture of Snoop Dogg]


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]


Dole, Bob
Born 22 July 1923  (Russell, Kansas, USA)
Veteran US politican, former Presidential candidate back in 1996.
[Picture of Bob Dole]


D'Oliveira, Basil (Died in 2011)
Born 4 October 1931  (Cape Town, South Africa)
Mixed-race South African cricketer who was barred from playing for his native country under the apartheid regime, so emigrated to, and played for, England instead. Now suffering from Parkinson's Disease.
[Picture of Basil D'Oliveira]


Domino, Fats
Born 26 February 1928  (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
American rock 'n' roll star.
[Picture of Fats Domino]


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]


Dorff, Stephen
Born 29 July 1973  (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
US actor: "Blade", "Cold Creek Manor".
[Picture of Stephen Dorff]


Douglas, Jack (Died in 2008)
Born 26 April 1927  (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England)
Comic actor who appeared in eight 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]


Douglas, Michael
Born 25 September 1944  (New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA)
Followed his father Kirk into films, and was a moderately successful actor for 20 years until 'Fatal Attraction' really launched him into superstardom in 1987, quickly followed by 'Wall Street' and 'Basic Instinct'. Somehow managed to pull Catherine Zeta-Jones, who is exactly 25 years his junior.
[Picture of Michael 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]


Downs, Hugh
Born 14 February 1921  (Akron, Ohio, USA)
American broadcaster, producer and gameshow host.
[Picture of Hugh Downs]


Drabble, Phil Phil Drabble is no longer with us
Born 13 May 1914  (Staffordshire, England)

Died 29 July 2007  (Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire, England)

Age at death: 93  (read death notice)
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 someone from The Guardian emailed us to say he'd celebrated his 91st birthday in May 2005. He only managed a couple more after that, though.
[Picture of Phil Drabble]


Drake, Ervin
Born 3 April 1919  (New York, New York, USA)
American songwriter, whose most famous work is "It Was A Very Good Year".
[Picture of Ervin Drake]


Dreyfus, Richard
Born 29 October 1947  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Excellent if somewhat engmatic actor whose career has been setback by his battles with depression. Nonetheless he's been in countless films, including "Mr Holland's Opus" and "The Goodbye Girl."
[Picture of Richard Dreyfus]


Driver, Betty (Died in 2011)
Born 20 May 1920  (Leicester, England)
"Coronation Street" actress - Betty the barmaid in the Rovers' Return.
[Picture of Betty Driver]


Drnovsek, Janez (Died in 2008)
Born 17 May 1950  (Celje, Yugoslavia (now in Slovenia))
Current President of Slovenia and former president of Yugoslavia.
[Picture of Janez Drnovsek]


Du Toit, Nick
Born in South Africa  (exact date unknown)
South African mercenary, currently rotting in prison in Equatorial Guinea after being accused of planning a coup. Born around 1955.
[Picture of Nick Du Toit]


Duff, Mickey
Born 7 June 1929  (Krakow, Poland)
Ex-boxer turned boxing promoter. Real name Monek Prager.
[Picture of Mickey Duff]


Dundee, Angelo (Died in 2012)
Born 30 August 1923  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
Legendary boxing trainer and cornerman, most famously with Muhammad Ali.
[Picture of Angelo Dundee]


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 was his cousin.
[Picture of Clive Dunn]


Dunn, Patricia C. (Died in 2011)
Born 27 March 1953  (Burbank, California, USA)
Former Hewlett-Packard board member who got embroiled in an industrial espionage row.
[Picture of Patricia C. 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]


Duskin, Big Joe Big Joe Duskin is no longer with us
Born 10 February 1921  (Birmingham, Alabama, USA)

Died 6 May 2007  (Avondale, Ohio, USA)

Age at death: 86  (read death notice)
Blues pianist & musician.
[Picture of Big Joe Duskin]


Duva, Lou
Born 28 May 1922  (New York, New York, USA)
Long-time boxing trainer & manager.
[Picture of Lou Duva]


Duvall, Robert
Born 5 January 1931  (San Diego, California, USA)
US movie actor & director, in countless films since 1962.
[Picture of Robert Duvall]


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


Dzeliwe Shongwe, Inkhosikati LaShongwe (Died in 2003)
Date and place of birth unknown
Widow (born 1927) of the late King Sobhuza II of Swaziland, who ruled his country for an impressive 83 years. Died in 2003.
[Picture of Inkhosikati LaShongwe Dzeliwe Shongwe]

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