Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2007: K


Kabila, Joseph
Born 4 June 1971  (Hewa Bora, Fizi, Democratic Republic of Congo)
President of the Democratic Republic of Congo since 2001, following the assassination of his father.
[Picture of Joseph Kabila]


Kadyrov, Ramzan
Born 5 October 1976  (Tsenteroi, Chechnya)
Former Chechen rebel, now president of the country.
[Picture of Ramzan Kadyrov]


Kalashnikov, Mikhail (Died in 2013)
Born 10 November 1919  (Kurya, Siberia)
Military engineer who designed the the AK-47 assault rifle which has become synonymous with his name. In 2004, he began marketing his own brand of vodka; the two products perhaps don't make the best of bedfellows.
[Picture of Mikhail Kalashnikov]


Kallen, Kitty
Born 25 May 1922  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
Big band singer of the 1940s & 1950s, but whose star has waned since then.
[Picture of Kitty Kallen]


Kao Se Tseien, Nicholas Nicholas Kao Se Tseien is no longer with us
Born 15 January 1897  (Fuzhou, Fuijan, China)

Died 11 December 2007  (Hong Kong)

Age at death: 110  
Roman Catholic Priest based in Hong Kong - the oldest ever priest, and the oldest person ever to have a cataract operation.
[Picture of Nicholas Kao Se Tseien]


Karadzic, Radovan
Born 19 June 1945  (Petnijca, Savnik, Montenegro)
Former Serbian leader, now wanted for war crimes and currently in hiding.
[Picture of Radovan Karadzic]


Karcher, Carl (Died in 2008)
Born 16 January 1917  (Sandusky, Ohio, USA)
American restaurateur. Started the Hardee's, Carl's Jr., La Salsa, and Green Burrito restaurant chains.
[Picture of Carl Karcher]


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]


Katona, Kerry
Born 6 September 1980  (Warrington, Cheshire, England)
Former topless model and member of Atomic Kitten who admitted to never having sung a note on any of the band's hits. Now a divorced mother of two in her mid-20s, the vacuous, talentless bint amazingly has the gall to hold herself up as a role model for young women. Oh, and she urges parents to feed their kids on processed "ADHD in a Box" ready meals from Iceland.
[Picture of Kerry Katona]


Kaunda, Kenneth
Born 28 April 1924  (Chinsali, Zambia)
President of Zambia from 1964-91.
[Picture of Kenneth Kaunda]


Keating, Dan Dan Keating is no longer with us
Born 2 January 1902  (Ballygamboon, County Kerry, Republic of Ireland)

Died 2 October 2007  (County Kerry, Republic of Ireland)

Age at death: 105  (read death notice)
Lifelong Republican and patron of Sinn Féin. Fought against the British in the 1919-21 Anglo-Irish War (and was thought to be the last Irish survivor of this war) and was also an IRA bomber in the 1930s & '40s.
[Picture of Dan Keating]


Keaton, Michael
Born 5 September 1951  (Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, USA)
American actor, a former Batman. Also in "Beetlejuice".
[Picture of Michael Keaton]


Keeler, Christine
Born 22 February 1942  (Uxbridge, Middlesex, England)
Former model and dancer who brought down the career of John Profumo and, eventually, the reign of PM Harold Macmillan.
[Picture of Christine Keeler]


Kelly, David (Died in 2012)
Born 11 July 1929  (Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
Played Michael O'Sullivan in the 1998 comedy hit "Waking Ned" (aka "Waking Ned Devine"), and O'Reilly, the cowboy builder in "Fawlty Towers".
[Picture of David Kelly]


Kendall, Kenneth (Died in 2012)
Born 7 August 1924  (India)
Newsreader and "Treasure Hunt" presenter.
[Picture of Kenneth Kendall]


Kenna, Edward (Died in 2009)
Born 6 July 1919  (Hamilton, Victoria, Australia)
Another of the relatively few living VC holders, won during World War 2.
[Picture of Edward Kenna]


Kennedy, Ethel
Born 11 April 1928  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Widow of Robert Kennedy. Perhaps the most cursed of all the Kennedys, as her parents, brother, husband, sister-in-law and two sons all died early, most in accidents. Amazing that she's made it this far, in a way.
[Picture of Ethel Kennedy]


Kennedy, George
Born 18 February 1925  (New York, New York, USA)
Tall, well-built bit-part actor who has been in over 100 films and 50 TV programmes, but, somewhat depressingly for him, remains best known as Leslie Nielsen's police squad sidekick in the three Naked Gun movies.
[Picture of George Kennedy]


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


Kennedy Shriver, Eunice (Died in 2009)
Born 10 July 1921  (Brookline, Massachusetts, USA)
Fifth of the nine Kennedy children, sister to John F., Robert F. and Edward M., wife of Robert Sargent Shriver, former VP candidate, and founder of the Special Olympics.
[Picture of Eunice Kennedy Shriver]


Kent, Barbara (Died in 2011)
Born 16 December 1906  (Gasby, Alberta, Canada)
Actress in 1920s and '30s silent movies.
[Picture of Barbara Kent]


Kercheval, Ken
Born 15 July 1935  (Wolcottville, Indiana, USA)
American actor, probably best remembered as Cliff Barnes in "Dallas".
[Picture of Ken Kercheval]


Kerimov, Suleiman
Born 12 March 1966  (Derbent, Dagestan, Russia)
Russian billionaire businessman, who was badly injured in a 2006 car crash and is making a slow recovery.
[Picture of Suleiman Kerimov]


Kerkorian, Kirk
Born 6 June 1917  (Fresno, California, USA)
Reclusive Armenian-American billionaire, responsible for making Las Vegas the entertainment venue it is today.
[Picture of Kirk Kerkorian]


Kermode, Sir Frank (Died in 2010)
Born 29 November 1919  (Douglas, Isle of Man, England)
Manx-born literary critic.
[Picture of Sir Frank Kermode]


Kerr, Deborah Deborah Kerr is no longer with us
Born 30 September 1921  (Helensburgh, Scotland)

Died 16 October 2007  (Suffolk)

Age at death: 86  (read death notice)
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]


Kevorkian, Dr Jack (Died in 2011)
Born 26 May 1928  (Pontiac, Michigan, USA)
Leading proponent of voluntary euthanasia. There'd be a certain irony if he got the chance to try it out for himself this year...
[Picture of Dr Jack Kevorkian]


Keyes, Evelyn (Died in 2008)
Born 20 November 1919  (Port Arthur, Texas, USA)
American actress, best known for playing Sue-Ellen O'Hara in "Gone With The Wind".
[Picture of Evelyn Keyes]


Khabra, Piara Piara Khabra is no longer with us
Born 20 November 1924  (Punjab, India)

Died 19 June 2007  (London, England)

Age at death: 82  (read death notice)
Labour MP for Ealing Southall since 1992, he became the oldest MP in the House of Commons.
[Picture of Piara Khabra]


Khamenei, Ayatollah Ali
Born 17 July 1939  (Mashhad, Iran)
Former President of Iran, and current Supreme Leader, since 1989.
[Picture of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei]


Khan, Abdul Qadeer
Born 1 April 1936  (Bhopal, India)
Controversial scientist, the founder of Pakistan's nuclear programme & a national hero. Under house arrest since 2004, he is also fighting cancer.
[Picture of Abdul Qadeer Khan]


Kibaki, Mwai
Born 15 November 1931  (Gatuyiani, Nyeri, Kenya)
Current President of Kenya, since 2002.
[Picture of Mwai Kibaki]


Kiel, Richard
Born 13 September 1939  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Absurdly tall (7'2") actor who played steel-toothed baddie Jaws in the James Bond films 'The Spy Who Loved Me' and 'Moonraker'.
[Picture of Richard Kiel]


Kilminster, Ian
Born 24 December 1945  (Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England)
Warty-faced rocker Lemmy out of Motorhead.
[Picture of Ian Kilminster]


Kilroy-Silk, Robert
Born 19 May 1942  (Birmingham, England)
Politician (now with the UKIP, formerly with Labour) and former talk show host. Outspoken, overtanned & not particulary liked by anyone bar himself.
[Picture of Robert Kilroy-Silk]


King, B. B.
Born 16 September 1925  (Itta Bena, Mississippi, USA)
American blues guitarist and songwriter. One of King's trademarks is naming his guitars "Lucille", a tradition that began in the 1950s.
[Picture of B. B. King]


King, Ben E.
Born 28 September 1938  (Henderson, North Carolina, USA)
Singer & songwriter, best known for his song "Stand By Me".
[Picture of Ben E. King]


King, Jefferson
Born 1 July 1961  (London, England)
Was "Shadow" on the ITV show "Gladiators" before getting the sack for using performance-enhancing drugs.
[Picture of Jefferson King]


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, Larry
Born 19 November 1933  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
American broadcaster, who hosts a world-famous chat show.
[Picture of Larry 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 Evel Knievel is no longer with us
Born 17 October 1938  (Butte, Montana, USA)

Died 30 November 2007  (Clearwater, Florida, USA)

Age at death: 69  (read death notice)
Motorbike stuntman, born Robert Craig Knievel, who was 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]


Knight, Marion 'Suge'
Born 19 April 1965  (Compton, California, USA)
Co-founder of rap & hip-hop label Death Row Records. Once allegedly dangled Vanilla Ice out of a seventh-storey window by his ankles; his only mistake was hauling him back in again.
[Picture of Marion 'Suge' Knight]


Knox-Johnston, Sir Robin
Born 17 March 1939  (Putney, London, England)
First man to sail around the world single-handedly & non-stop.
[Picture of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston]


Knoxville, Johnny
Born 11 March 1971  (Knoxville, Tennesee, USA)
Co-creator & star of "Jackass".
[Picture of Johnny Knoxville]


Kohl, Helmut
Born 3 April 1930  (Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany)
Former Chancellor of Germany between 1982 & 1998. Now drags his enormous bulk around the world attending state functions.
[Picture of Helmut Kohl]


Kohlman, Lynn (Died in 2008)
Born 12 August 1946  (New York, New York, USA)
Fashion model & photographer, now suffering from cancer.
[Picture of Lynn Kohlman]


Koirala, Girija Prasad (Died in 2010)
Born in Tadi, Bihar, India  (exact date unknown)
Four times (and current) Prime Minister of Nepal. Born 1925.
[Picture of Girija Prasad Koirala]


Koop, Dr C. Everett (Died in 2013)
Born 14 October 1916  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Surgeon General of the United States from 1982-89, under Ronald Reagan's presidency.
[Picture of Dr C. Everett Koop]


Korchnoi, Viktor
Born 23 May 1931  (St. Petersburg, Russia)
Chess Grandmaster, still playing. Now of Swiss citizenship.
[Picture of Viktor Korchnoi]


Korman, Harvey (Died in 2009)
Born 15 February 1927  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Gangly American TV comic. Also starred in Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles".
[Picture of Harvey Korman]


Kovtun, Dmitry
Date and place of birth unknown
Russian businessman and former spy who met with ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko just before the latter became ill and died. Born 1965.
[Picture of Dmitry Kovtun]


Kowalski, Wladek 'Killer' (Died in 2008)
Born 13 October 1926  (Windsor, Ontario, Canada)
Canadian wrestler, in the early days of the sport's televised era.
[Picture of Wladek 'Killer' Kowalski]


Kozulin, Aleksander
Born 25 November 1955  (Minsk, Belarus)
Leader of one of Belarus' main opposition parties - an admirable, but not a particulary safe job, due to President Lukashenko's hard-line regime.
[Picture of Aleksander Kozulin]


Kramer, Larry
Born 25 June 1935  (Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA)
Dramatist, author & gay rights activist.
[Picture of Larry Kramer]


Kranz, Eugene F.
Born 17 August 1933  (Toledo, Ohio, USA)
Retired NASA flight director and manager. Kranz, who served as a flight director during Project Gemini and Project Apollo, is renowned for his trademark buzz-cut hairstyle and the wearing of white vests of different styles and materials whenever his "White Team" was on duty during missions, but was best known for his role in saving the crew of Apollo 13.
[Picture of Eugene F. Kranz]


Kresge, George Joseph
Born 12 January 1935  (Montclair, New Jersey, USA)
Stage & TV magician in the US, normally just billed as "Kreskin".
[Picture of George Joseph Kresge]


Kristal, Hilly Hilly Kristal is no longer with us
Born in New Jersey, USA  (exact date unknown)

Died 28 August 2007  (New York, New York, USA)

Age at death: 75  (read death notice)
Founder of New York's legendary CBGB (Country, Bluegrass and Blues) nightclub. Credited with launching the careers of the Ramones, Blondie and Talking Heads among others. Born 1932, exact date unknown.
[Picture of Hilly Kristal]


Kristel, Sylvia (Died in 2012)
Born 28 September 1952  (Utrecht, Netherlands)
Actress, model & sex symbol of the 1970s.
[Picture of Sylvia Kristel]


Kugel, Cole Cole Kugel is no longer with us
Born 14 March 1902  (nr. Lamont, Oklahoma, USA)

Died 18 June 2007  (Denver, Colorado, USA)

Age at death: 105  
Was the world's oldest qualified and practising pilot until he was disqualified from flying on health grounds in 2001, aged 99.
[Picture of Cole Kugel]


Kulimoetoke II, Tomasi Tomasi Kulimoetoke II is no longer with us
Born 26 July 1918  (place of birth unknown)

Died 7 May 2007  (Wallis and Futuna)

Age at death: 88  (read death notice)
The 50th King of Uvea, which, apparently, is a traditional kingdom in the French territory of Wallis and Futuna in the South Pacific.
[Picture of Tomasi Kulimoetoke II]


Kyi, Aung San Suu
Born 19 June 1945  (Rangoon, Burma)
Burmese pro-democracy activist.
[Picture of Aung San Suu Kyi]


Kyle, Jeremy
Born in Reading, Berkshire, England  (exact date unknown)
ITV’s own ringmaster of the proletariat offers indulgent, self-serving entertainment to the nation’s legions of kept middle-class housewives, students and the retired. Profound absence of opportunity and lack of a basic education are no defence against Kyle's non-unique brand of self-righteous, sanctimonious life coaching, the like of which can be found regularly in Linda Lee-Potter's Daily Mail column.
[Picture of Jeremy Kyle]

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