Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2007: M


MacArthur, Dame Ellen
Born 8 July 1976  (Whatstandwell, Derbyshire, England)
Solo round-the-world daredevil yachting type.
[Picture of Dame Ellen MacArthur]


MacArthur, James (Died in 2010)
Born 8 December 1937  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Actor - Danno in "Hawaii Five-O", amongst many others.
[Picture of James MacArthur]


Macchio, Ralph
Born 4 November 1961  (Huntington, New York, USA)
Actor, the 'kid' in the "Karate Kid" movies.
[Picture of Ralph Macchio]


MacGowan, Shane
Born 25 December 1957  (Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England)
Dentally challenged singer-songwriter who used to front the Pogues, and latterly the Popes (though recently he went back to the Pogues for a reunion tour). Constantly rumoured to be on the brink of death due to non-stop drinking, smoking and drug-taking. At one stage, for example, he was said to be taking fifty tabs of acid a day - smoke your heart out, Shaun Ryder!
[Picture of Shane MacGowan]


MacKenzie, Aggie
Born in Rothiemurchus, Scotland  (exact date unknown)
One half of the "How Clean Is Your House?" duo. Born 1955.
[Picture of Aggie MacKenzie]


MacLaine, Shirley
Born 24 April 1934  (Richmond, Virginia, USA)
Oddball Hollywood actress who has starred in countless films, such as "Some Came Running" (1958), "The Apartment" (1960), "Sweet Charity" (1969) and "Postcards from the Edge" (1990). Pointlessly changed her name from Shirley MacLean Beaty, and indeed is the sister of Warren Beatty, who pointlessly changed his surname to Beatty. Doctors described her as being "in tip-top shape" in 2002, though this probably applies to her physical health only. A big believer in reincarnation, and New Age horseshit in general, she claims to have had an affair with the late Swedish prime minister Olof Palme, who apparently was a reincarnation of Emperor Charlemagne; symmetrically, she was a lover of Emperor Charlemagne in a previous life. Oh, and aliens have landed on her front porch as well.
[Picture of Shirley MacLaine]


MacLeod, Gavin
Born 28 February 1930  (Mount Kisco, New York, USA)
US Actor, in "The Love Boat", "Mary Tyler Moore" etc.
[Picture of Gavin MacLeod]


Macnee, Patrick
Born 6 February 1922  (London, England)
Actor - played the suave Steed in "The Avengers".
[Picture of Patrick Macnee]


Madoc, Ruth
Born 16 April 1943  (Norwich, Norfolk, England)
English-born Welsh actress, famous in the 80's for "Hi-de-Hi", but more recently as the mum of "the only gay in the village", Dafydd Thomas, in "Little Britain".
[Picture of Ruth Madoc]


Born 16 August 1958  (Bay City, Michigan, USA)
Singer & actress, a huge influence on music over the last twenty-five years.
[Picture of Madonna]


Madsen, Michael
Born 25 September 1958  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Actor, normally in tough guy roles, including, memorably, Mr Blond in "Reservoir Dogs."
[Picture of Michael Madsen]


Magnusson, Magnus Magnus Magnusson is no longer with us
Born 12 October 1929  (Reykjavik, Iceland)

Died 7 January 2007  (Glasgow, Scotland)

Age at death: 77  (read death notice)
Host of TV quiz show "Mastermind" from 1972-97, and probably the only famous Icelander apart from Björk.
[Picture of Magnus Magnusson]


Magri, Charlie
Born 20 July 1956  (Tunis, Tunisia)
East End boxer-turned-sports shop owner.
[Picture of Charlie Magri]


Mahon, Sir Denis (Died in 2011)
Born 8 November 1910  (London, England)
British art historian and collector.
[Picture of Sir Denis Mahon]


Mailer, Norman Norman Mailer is no longer with us
Born 31 January 1923  (Long Branch, New Jersey, USA)

Died 10 November 2007  (New York, New York, USA)

Age at death: 84  (read death notice)
American writer and innovator of the non-fiction novel.
[Picture of Norman Mailer]


Major, Andrew 'Maggot'
Born 17 June 1976  (Newport, Wales)
Lanky member of rap group Goldie Lookin' Chain.
[Picture of Andrew 'Maggot' Major]


Major, John
Born 29 March 1943  (Carshalton, Surrey, England)
Former British Prime Minister for 7 turbulent years between 1990-97.
[Picture of John Major]


Majors, Lee
Born 23 April 1940  (Wyandotte, Michigan, USA)
Actor, born Harvey Lee Yeary, most famous as Colonel Steve Austin, "The Six Million Dollar Man".
[Picture of Lee Majors]


Makem, Tommy Tommy Makem is no longer with us
Born 4 November 1932  (Keady, Co Armagh, Northern Ireland)

Died 1 August 2007  (New Hampshire, USA)

Age at death: 74  (read death notice)
Irish folk musician, artist, poet and storyteller. One-man pub entertainment, by the sounds of him.
[Picture of Tommy Makem]


Malden, Karl (Died in 2009)
Born 22 March 1912  (Gary, Indiana, USA)
Serbian immigrant (real name Mladen Sekulovich) and former steelworker who became a bit-part movie actor. However, he was better known as Detective Lieutenant Mike Stone in the '70s TV series 'The Streets of San Francisco'.
[Picture of Karl Malden]


Malkovich, John
Born 9 December 1953  (Christopher, Illinois, USA)
Quirky & hugely successful American film & stage actor.
[Picture of John Malkovich]


Mallett, Timmy
Born 18 October 1955  (Hyde, Cheshire, England)
Insanely annoying former presenter of children's TV show "Wacaday".
[Picture of Timmy Mallett]


Mallon, Seamus
Born 17 August 1936  (County Armagh, Northern Ireland)
Politician, former deputy leader of the SDLP & deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland.
[Picture of Seamus Mallon]


Maloney, Patty
Born in Perkinsville, New York, USA  (exact date unknown)
3'11" dwarf actress who has appeared in "Far Out Space Nuts", "The Star Wars Holiday Special" and "The Little Rascals". Her birthday is March 17, but she keeps the exact year of her birth a closely-guarded secret for some unknown reason.
[Picture of Patty Maloney]


Mamo, Sir Anthony (Died in 2008)
Born 9 January 1909  (Birkirkara, Malta)
Malta's first President (1974-6) after the country became a republic.
[Picture of Sir Anthony Mamo]


Mandela, Nelson (Died in 2013)
Born 18 July 1918  (Umtata, South Africa)
Leader of the African National Congress, which was outlawed in 1948, when apartheid was legalised in South Africa. He was imprisoned for allegedly being involved in a bomb plot, and spent 27 years inside, before being freed as part of then President F.W. de Klerk's reforms in 1990. Mandela himself became President from 1994-99.
[Picture of Nelson Mandela]


Manning, Bernard Bernard Manning is no longer with us
Born 13 August 1930  (Ancoats, Manchester, England)

Died 18 June 2007  (Manchester, England)

Age at death: 76  (read death notice)
Larger-than-wife stand-up performer from the old school of comedy, known for his racist and sexist jokes and general refusal to accept political correctness. Retired on grounds of ill health, leaving the running of his Embassy Club to son Bernard, Jr.
[Picture of Bernard Manning]


Mansfield, Jayne Marie
Born 8 November 1950  (Austin, Texas, USA)
Daughter of the Jayne Mansfield.
[Picture of Jayne Marie Mansfield]


Manson, Charles
Born 12 November 1934  (Cincinnati, Ohio, USA)
Infamous leader of a cult called "The Family", which was responsible for several brutal murders in the 1960s. In prison since 1971.
[Picture of Charles Manson]


Maradona, Diego
Born 30 October 1960  (Lanús, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Short, fat Argie footballer whose 'Hand of God' antics knocked England out of the 1986 World Cup. Now a cash-strapped recovering cocaine addict.
[Picture of Diego Maradona]


Marceau, Marcel Marcel Marceau is no longer with us
Born 22 March 1923  (Strasbourg, France)

Died 22 September 2007  (Paris, France)

Age at death: 84  (read death notice)
Thanks to the lack of sophistication of the French sense of humour, Marceau managed to make a living as a mime artist for over 50 years, mainly playing his white-faced Ronald McDonald lookalike character, Bip. With self-conscious irony, he had the only speaking part in Mel Brooks' film 'Silent Movie' (1976).
[Picture of Marcel Marceau]


Marcos, Imelda
Born 2 July 1929  (Manila, Philippines)
Former beauty queen, lavish-living, obsessive shoe-collector and widow of former Filipino president Ferdinand Marcos. After his death, she was acquitted of embezzlement in the US, but convicted of the crime of 'graft', whatever that is, in the Philippines.
[Picture of Imelda Marcos]


Maren, Jerry
Born 24 January 1920  (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
Actor - kicked off a lengthy film & TV career by playing a Munchkin in the 1939 version of "The Wizard of Oz".
[Picture of Jerry Maren]


Marie, Rose
Born 15 August 1923  (New York, New York, USA)
Actress whose career has been in two distinct halves: firstly as a child in the 1920s, and then as an adult, beginning in the 1940s. Best known for playing the part of Sally Rogers on "The Dick Van Dyke Show". Her real name is Rose Marie Mazzetta, and she is of Italian/Polish extraction.
[Picture of Rose Marie]


Marin, Pedro Antonio (Died in 2008)
Born 13 May 1928  (Colombia)
Founder of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group.
[Picture of Pedro Antonio Marin]


Mark, Sir Robert (Died in 2010)
Born 13 March 1917  (Chorlton, Manchester, England)
Former Metropolitan Police Commissioner and advertiser of Aquajet Radial tyres. He was "convinced they make a genuine contribution to road safety", apparently.
[Picture of Sir Robert Mark]


Marks, Howard
Born 13 August 1945  (Kenfig Hill, Bridgend, Wales)
Former cannabis smuggler turned best-selling author. Also (if only in the opinion of Octopus of Odstock, for it is he who is writing this bio) one of the nicest people it is possible to meet - intelligent, caring, witty and friendly. Not a combination you get much these days, sadly.
[Picture of Howard Marks]


Marks, Vic
Born 25 June 1955  (Middle Chinnock, Somerset, England)
Former cricketer for Somerset & England, now a broadcaster & journalist.
[Picture of Vic Marks]


Marriner, Neville
Born 15 April 1924  (Lincoln, Lincs, England)
Conductor, violinist, former conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra.
[Picture of Neville Marriner]


Marrs, Mick
Born 4 May 1951  (Terre Haute, Indiana, USA)
Skull-faced Mötley Crüe guitarist.
[Picture of Mick Marrs]


Mars (jnr), Forrest Edward
Born 16 August 1931  (River Forest, Illinois, USA)
Current CEO of the Mars confectionery company.
[Picture of Forrest Edward Mars (jnr)]


Marsden, Gerry
Born 24 September 1942  (Liverpool, England)
Singer, the Gerry in "Gerry and the Pacemakers".
[Picture of Gerry Marsden]


Marshall, Sir Arthur Sir Arthur Marshall is no longer with us
Born 4 December 1903  (Cambridge, England)

Died 16 March 2007  (Nr. Linton, Cambridgeshire, England)

Age at death: 103  (read death notice)
Member of the British team in the 1924 'Chariots of Fire' Olympic Games in Paris, who went on to become a leading figure in the aviation industry.
[Picture of Sir Arthur Marshall]


Martin, Dick (Died in 2008)
Born 30 January 1922  (Battle Creek, Michigan, USA)
American comedian, famous for being one half of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In".
[Picture of Dick Martin]


Martin, George
Born 3 January 1926  (London, England)
The Beatles' music producer.
[Picture of George Martin]


Martin, Tony (Died in 2012)
Born 25 December 1912  (Oakland, California, USA)
Classic crooner and occasional actor. Married to Cyd Charisse, for what it's worth. Not to be confused with the butt-ugly, pikey-shooting farmer of the same name.
[Picture of Tony Martin]


Martini, Cardinal Carlo Maria (Died in 2012)
Born 15 February 1927  (Turin, Italy)
Archbishop of Milan from 1980-2002.
[Picture of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini]


Martino, Al (Died in 2009)
Born 7 October 1927  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
Italian-American singer and actor, best known over here for having the first-ever no. 1 hit on the UK singles chart with "Here In My Heart", when said chart started in 1952.
[Picture of Al Martino]


Marven, Nigel
Born 27 November 1960  (Barnet, London, England)
British wildlife presenter & TV producer, the UK version of Steve Irwin. So if Marven finds himself confronted by a stingray anytime soon, it could be quids in on the DDP.
[Picture of Nigel Marven]


Mashaal, Khaled
Born in Silwad, West Bank  (exact date unknown)
Believed by many, including Israel's intelligence services, to be the leader of the Islamic terrorist group Hamas. Born 1956.
[Picture of Khaled Mashaal]


Mason, Ada Ada Mason is no longer with us
Born 24 September 1895  (Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England)

Died 13 February 2007  (Upton, West Yorkshire, England)

Age at death: 111  (read death notice)
Became the UK's oldest living person in November 2006. Not for long though.
[Picture of Ada Mason]


Mathis, Johnny
Born 30 September 1935  (Gilmer, Texas, USA)
Easy-listening musician. Your granny's probably got his Greatest Hits album in the attic.
[Picture of Johnny Mathis]


Matthew, Brian
Born 17 September 1928  (Coventry, Warwickshire, England)
BBC radio presenter, host of the "Sounds of the Sixties" show since 1990.
[Picture of Brian Matthew]


Maxim of Bulgaria, Patriarch (Died in 2012)
Born 29 October 1914  (Oreshak, Bulgaria)
Leader of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.
[Picture of Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria]


Maxwell, Lois Lois Maxwell is no longer with us
Born 14 February 1927  (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada)

Died 29 September 2007  (Fremantle, Western Australia)

Age at death: 80  (read death notice)
Actress in many movies, but best known as the original Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond films.
[Picture of Lois Maxwell]


May, Brian
Born 19 July 1947  (Hampton, Middlesex, England)
Big-haired guitarist, both with Queen and as a solo artist. Virtually every song he's ever done has a guitar riff from him in. Sometimes it works, often it fails miserably, but credit for perseverance.
[Picture of Brian May]


Maynard, Bill
Born 8 October 1928  (Heath End, Farnham, Surrey, England)
Comic actor who played Selwyn in the sitcom "Oh No! It's Selwyn Froggit" and Claude Greengrass in the soporific TV drama "Heartbeat". After leaving the series due to a stroke suffered while filming, he returned to play the same character in the equally gentle spin-off "The Royal".
[Picture of Bill Maynard]


Mayne, Philip Philip Mayne is no longer with us
Born 26 November 1899  (Hampstead, London, England)

Died 9 April 2007  (Richmond, North Yorkshire, England)

Age at death: 107  (read death notice)
Was believed to be the last surviving British officer of the First World War, and the oldest living Cambridge graduate.
[Picture of Philip Mayne]


McBride, Willie John
Born 6 June 1940  (Toombridge, County Antrim, Northern Ireland)
Legendary Irish rugby union player, one of the all-time British greats.
[Picture of Willie John McBride]


McCain, Ginger (Died in 2011)
Born 21 September 1930  (Southport, Lancashire, England)
Racehorse trainer, who retired in 2006. Trained Red Rum to three Grand Nationals.
[Picture of Ginger McCain]


McCartney, Paul
Born 18 June 1942  (Liverpool, England)
Younger of the 2 surviving Beatles.
[Picture of Paul McCartney]


McCririck, John
Born 17 April 1940  (Surbiton, Surrey, England)
Fat, outspoken horseracing pundit with a strange home life.
[Picture of John McCririck]


McDonald, Sir Trevor
Born 16 August 1939  (Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies)
Recently-retired ITN newsreader. Once reckoned by Viz comic to be the news anchorman most able to take his beer, in complete contrast to the lightweight Nicholas Witchell.
[Picture of Sir Trevor McDonald]


McGann, Brad
Born in New Zealand  (exact date unknown)
Kiwi film director/screenwriter, born 1964. Died 2/5/2007, but no UK obit as yet.
[Picture of Brad McGann]


McGann, Paul
Born 14 November 1959  (Surrey, England)
Actor, one of the four McGann acting brothers. Best known for his roles as Marwood in "Withnail & I" and as the 8th "Doctor Who".
[Picture of Paul McGann]


McGee, Debbie
Born 31 October 1958  (Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England)
Wife and stage partner of Paul Daniels. Now runs a modelling agency, unlikely as that may sound.
[Picture of Debbie McGee]


McGoohan, Patrick (Died in 2009)
Born 19 March 1928  (Astoria, New York, USA)
Actor - Number Six in "The Prisoner".
[Picture of Patrick McGoohan]


McGovern, George (Died in 2012)
Born 19 July 1922  (Avon, South Dakota, USA)
American politican, lost the 1972 US Presidential Election by a landslide.
[Picture of George McGovern]


McGrath, Jane (Died in 2008)
Date and place of birth unknown
English-born wife of Aussie cricketer, Glenn McGrath. Currently battling cancer. Born 1966.
[Picture of Jane McGrath]


McKellen, Sir Ian
Born 25 May 1939  (Burnley, Lancashire, England)
Shakespearean actor type.
[Picture of Sir Ian McKellen]


McKuen, Rod
Born 29 April 1933  (Oakland, California, USA)
Singer/songwriter, composer & poet. Probably the most famous hit he has penned is "Love's Been Good To Me".
[Picture of Rod McKuen]


McLaren, Bill (Died in 2010)
Born in Hawick, Scotland  (exact date unknown)
Former rugby union commentator for the BBC. Born in 1923.
[Picture of Bill McLaren]


McMahon, Ed (Died in 2009)
Born 6 March 1923  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Sidekick to Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show".
[Picture of Ed McMahon]


McMahon, Vince
Born 24 August 1945  (Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA)
Professional wrestler, wrestling promoter, and TV commentator on, er, wrestling.
[Picture of Vince McMahon]


McNamara, Robert Strange (Died in 2009)
Born 9 June 1916  (San Francisco, California, USA)
US Secretary of Defense from 1961-68, and later President of the World Bank.
[Picture of Robert Strange McNamara]


Meadows, Jayne
Born 27 September 1920  (Wuchang, China)
American film actress, and widow of TV star Steve Allen.
[Picture of Jayne Meadows]


Mears, Ray
Date and place of birth unknown
British author & TV presenter, expert in outdoor survival techniques. Born 1964.
[Picture of Ray Mears]


Medina, Lina
Born 27 September 1933  (Paurange, Peru)
The youngest human ever to give birth, delivering a healthy baby boy at the amazing age of 5 years and 7 months in May 1939.
[Picture of Lina Medina]


Mehta, Zubin
Born 29 April 1936  (Mumbai, India)
Veteran & well-travelled conductor of classical music.
[Picture of Zubin Mehta]


Meier, Robert
Born 10 March 1897  (Sergejewka, Ukraine)
Was Germany's oldest man and one of his country's last surviving WWI veterans. Died 29/1/2007, but no UK obit as yet.
[Picture of Robert Meier]


Meine, Klaus
Born 25 May 1948  (Hanover, Germany)
Rock singer, lead singer of German rock band "The Scorpions".
[Picture of Klaus Meine]


Melly, George George Melly is no longer with us
Born 17 August 1926  (Liverpool, England)

Died 5 July 2007  (London, England)

Age at death: 80  (read death notice)
Charismatic jazz/blues singer/performer/songwriter.
[Picture of George Melly]


Melua, Katie
Born 16 September 1984  (Kutaisi, Georgia)
Georgian-born but British easy-listening singer & musician.
[Picture of Katie Melua]


Mercado del Toro, Emiliano Emiliano Mercado del Toro is no longer with us
Born 21 August 1891  (Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico)

Died 24 January 2007  (Isabela, Puerto Rico)

Age at death: 115  (read death notice)
Was for a few weeks before his death the world's oldest person - one of very few men to have held that distinction.
[Picture of Emiliano Mercado del Toro]


Mercier, Sheila
Born 1 January 1919  (Hull, East Yorkshire, England)
TV actress - played Annie Sugden when Emmerdale Farm had a farm in it. In real life she is Brian Rix's big sister.
[Picture of Sheila Mercier]


Merson, Paul
Born 20 March 1968  (Harlesden, London, England)
Former England & Arsenal midfielder, whose career was beset by drink, drugs & gambling.
[Picture of Paul Merson]


Merton, Paul
Born 9 July 1957  (Parson's Green, London, England)
Comedian, TV presenter & writer - "Room 101", "Have I Got News For You", etc.
[Picture of Paul Merton]


Meshkini, Ayatollah Ali Ayatollah Ali Meshkini is no longer with us
Born in Meshkin, Iran  (exact date unknown)

Died 30 July 2007  (Tehran, Iran)

Age at death: 85  (read death notice)
Founding member of Iran's Islamic regime and former leader of the Supreme Council of Iran. Born 1922.
[Picture of Ayatollah Ali Meshkini]


Messmer, Pierre Pierre Messmer is no longer with us
Born 20 March 1916  (Vincennes, France)

Died 29 August 2007  (Paris, France)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
Prime Minister of France from 1972-74.
[Picture of Pierre Messmer]


Michael, George
Born 25 June 1963  (London, England)
Pop star - originally one half of Wham! and then hugely successful solo artist.
[Picture of George Michael]


Michelmore, Cliff
Born 11 December 1919  (Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)
Presenter of TV travel programmes.
[Picture of Cliff Michelmore]


Miles, Vera
Born 23 August 1929  (Boise City, Oklahoma, USA)
Film actress - "The Searchers", "Psycho", "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" etc.
[Picture of Vera Miles]


Milken, Michael
Born 4 July 1946  (Encino, California, USA)
Financier, jailed for fraud & racketeering in the 1980s. Has made a successful comeback since, however.
[Picture of Michael Milken]


Miller, Donald 
Born 12 June 1962  (Houston, Texas, USA)
American Death Row inmate. Executed in February 2007, no UK obit.
[Picture of Donald Miller]


Miller, Mitch (Died in 2010)
Born 4 July 1911  (Rochester, New York, USA)
Pianist, oboist, conductor and singer who was head of A&R at Columbia Records from 1950 until 1965, signing Frankie Laine, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney and many others, in addition to firing Frank Sinatra. At the same time he had a highly successful performing career in the form of Mitch Miller and His Gang, and fronted the TV series "Sing Along With Mitch". After leaving Columbia (he hated rock 'n' roll and refused to move with the times) he pretty much disappeared from public life entirely.
[Picture of Mitch Miller]


Mills, Dick
Date and place of birth unknown
Senior BBC sound engineer, who worked on "Quatermass and the Pit", "The Two Ronnies" and "Doctor Who", among many other TV and radio programmes. Born 1936.
[Picture of Dick Mills]


Mills, Hayley
Born 18 April 1946  (London, England)
Actress, in films from an early age, often starring alongside her father, Sir John.
[Picture of Hayley Mills]


Mills McCartney, Heather
Born 12 January 1968  (Aldershot, Hampshire, England)
Gold-digging uniped, estranged wife of Paul McCartney.
[Picture of Heather Mills McCartney]


Mimoun, Alain (Died in 2013)
Born 1 January 1921  (El Telagh, Algeria)
French former athlete, winner of the 1956 Olympic marathon.
[Picture of Alain Mimoun]


Ming-Teh, Shih
Born 15 January 1941  (Kaohsiung, Taiwan)
Taiwanese politican, a former political prisoner and scourge of the Chinese and Taiwanese governments.
[Picture of Shih Ming-Teh]


Minnelli, Liza
Born 12 March 1946  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Daughter of Judy Garland, and moderately successful singer/stage actress in her own right. Has suffered from ill health in recent years as a result of drug abuse, and has been a regular visitor to rehab clinics. Married film producer David Gest in March 2002.
[Picture of Liza Minnelli]


Minogue, Kylie
Born 28 May 1968  (Melbourne, Australia)
Pint-sized Aussie singer, formerly of "Neighbours" fame. Diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer in May 2005, but has since made a full recovery.
[Picture of Kylie Minogue]


Mintz, Elliot
Born 16 February 1945  (California, USA)
Press representative & spokesman. Clients have included Paris Hilton, John Lennon and Bob Dylan, amongst others.
[Picture of Elliot Mintz]


Misch, Rochus (Died in 2013)
Born 29 July 1917  (Oppelin, Upper Silesia, Poland)
Former Nazi, one of the few survivors from Hitler's bunker.
[Picture of Rochus Misch]


Mitchell, Joni
Born 7 November 1943  (Fort MacLeod, Alberta, Canada)
Canadian folk singer, songwriter and painter.
[Picture of Joni Mitchell]


Mitchell, Warren
Born 14 January 1926  (London, England)
Actor who will forever be associated with the part he played as the bigoted Alf Garnett in the long-running British sitcoms "Till Death Us Do Part" (alongside Tony Booth) and its sequel "In Sickness and in Health".
[Picture of Warren Mitchell]


Mitsotakis, Konstantinos
Born 18 October 1918  (Chania, Crete, Greece)
Prime Minister of Greece from 1989-92.
[Picture of Konstantinos Mitsotakis]


Miyazawa, Kiichi Kiichi Miyazawa is no longer with us
Born 8 October 1919  (Fukuyama, Japan)

Died 28 June 2007  (Tokyo, Japan)

Age at death: 87  (read death notice)
Japanese Prime Minister from 1991-93. George Bush senior puked in his lap during an official State dinner in January 1992, and a new verb was soon coined in the Japanese language: "bushusuru", meaning "to vomit".
[Picture of Kiichi Miyazawa]


Mladic, Ratko
Born 12 March 1943  (Kalinovik, Bosnia-Herzegovina)
Leader of the Bosnian Serb Army during the 1992-95 war. Responsible for the massacre of 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica in July 1995 - the worst atrocity in Europe since WWII.
[Picture of Ratko Mladic]


Mockford, Jeanne
Born 15 March 1926  (London, England)
Actress, often in comic roles - "Up Pompeii" and "Little Britain" for example.
[Picture of Jeanne Mockford]


Moeller, Irmgard
Born 13 May 1947  (Germany)
German terrorist, was in the Baader-Meinhof Gang. Served 22 years in prison for a 1972 car bomb attack on a US military base in Germany.
[Picture of Irmgard Moeller]


Mohamad, Dr Mahathir
Born 10 July 1925  (Alor Star, Kedah Darul Aman, Malaysia)
Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1981-2003.
[Picture of Dr Mahathir Mohamad]


Moiseyev, Igor Igor Moiseyev is no longer with us
Born 21 January 1906  (Kiev, Ukraine)

Died 2 November 2007  (Moscow, Russia)

Age at death: 101  (read death notice)
Celebrated choreographer of folk dance.
[Picture of Igor Moiseyev]


Molinaro, Al
Born 24 June 1919  (Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA)
TV actor - played Al Delvecchio, the rotund owner of Arnold's Drive-In, in "Happy Days".
[Picture of Al Molinaro]


Molyneaux, Jim
Born 27 August 1920  (Killead, County Antrim, Northern Ireland)
Former leader (1979 to 1995) of the Ulster Unionist party, now Lord Molyneaux of Killead. Apparently he still lives on the farm where he was born.
[Picture of Jim Molyneaux]


Mondale, Eleanor (Died in 2011)
Born 19 January 1960  (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)
An American actress and television personality, she is best known for her work on the E! cable channel including hosting the shows Wild On... in 1997 and E! News Live. She is the only daughter of Walter Mondale.
[Picture of Eleanor Mondale]


Mondale, Walter
Born 5 January 1928  (Ceylon, Minnesota, USA)
US Vice-President under Jimmy Carter.
[Picture of Walter Mondale]


Mondavi, Robert (Died in 2008)
Born 18 June 1913  (Virginia, Minnesota, USA)
Vintner in California's Napa Valley.
[Picture of Robert Mondavi]


Montalban, Ricardo (Died in 2009)
Born 25 November 1920  (Mexico City, Mexico)
MGM matinee idol who went on to play Mr Roarke in the TV series "Fantasy Island". His performance as Khan Noonien Singh in 1982's "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" was a reprisal of his role in a guest appearance on "Star Trek" back in 1967. He also popularised the phrase "rich, Corinthian leather" in his TV commercials for Chrysler in the 1970s.
[Picture of Ricardo Montalban]


Moody, Ron
Born 8 January 1924  (London, England)
Film, stage and TV actor, born Ronald Moodnick, remembered for his role as Fagin in 1968's film version of "Oliver!".
[Picture of Ron Moody]


Moon, Sun Myung (Died in 2012)
Born 6 January 1920  (Kwangju Sangsa Ri, Korea (now North Korea))
Founder of the Unification Church, often referred to as "The Moonies". Has a finger in the pie of various conservative news organizations in America. Served a prison term for tax fraud in the 1980s.
[Picture of Sun Myung Moon]


Mooney, Jim (Died in 2008)
Date and place of birth unknown
Cartoonist - worked for Marvel Comics, most notably on "Spider-Man" strips.
[Picture of Jim Mooney]


Moore, Michael
Born 23 April 1954  (Davison, Michigan, USA)
Oscar-winning director of interesting but somewhat didactic documentary films.
[Picture of Michael Moore]


Moore, Patrick (Died in 2012)
Born 4 March 1923  (Pinner, Middlesex, England)
Eminent astronomer and xylophone-player, who has presented every one of BBC television's "The Sky at Night" programmes (which makes him the world's longest-serving presenter). Big mates with Brian May out of Queen, due to their shared interest in space, he was knighted by the Queen in 2001.
[Picture of Patrick Moore]


Moore, Roger
Born 14 October 1927  (Stockwell, London, England)
The cheesiest of the actors to have played international man of mystery James Bond, he took over from Sean Connery in 1973, appearing in seven Bond films until 1985's "A View to a Kill". The ageing dinner-jacketed eyebrow-raiser now seemingly maintains the Bond persona for real, by living in Switzerland and Monte Carlo with his Swedish wife Christina "Kiki" Tholstrup, a former air stewardess.
[Picture of Roger Moore]


Moore, Sara Jane
Born 15 February 1930  (Charleston, West Virginia, USA)
Attempted to assassinate Gerald Ford in 1974. Failed, and now serving life in prison as a result.
[Picture of Sara Jane Moore]


Mordyukova, Nonna (Died in 2008)
Born 25 November 1925  (Konstantinovsk, Ukraine)
Russian actress.
[Picture of Nonna Mordyukova]


Moreau, Jeanne
Born 23 January 1928  (Paris, France)
French actress, singer, and director, best known for her starring role in François Truffaut's "Jules et Jim" (1962).
[Picture of Jeanne Moreau]


Moreland, Mo
Date and place of birth unknown
Member of the Roly Polys, made famous by regularly appearing on Les Dawson's TV show. Born in 1947.
[Picture of Mo Moreland]


Morgan, Cliff
Born 7 April 1930  (Trebanog, Rhondda, Wales)
Welsh rugby union player, then became a respected TV broadcaster.
[Picture of Cliff Morgan]


Morgan, Edwin (Died in 2010)
Born 27 April 1920  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Glasgow's first Poet Laureate.
[Picture of Edwin Morgan]


Morgan, Harry (Died in 2011)
Born 10 April 1915  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Prolific film and television actor, probably best known for playing Colonel Sherman T. Potter in long-running TV series "M*A*S*H". Real name Harry Bratsburg.
[Picture of Harry Morgan]


Morgan, Michèle
Born 29 February 1920  (Neuilly-sur-Seine, France)
French actress, in some Hollywood films.
[Picture of Michèle Morgan]


Moriarty, Michael
Born 5 April 1941  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Film and TV actor (and occasional musician), probably best known for his role in the series "Law and Order".
[Picture of Michael Moriarty]


Morricone, Ennio
Born 10 November 1928  (Rome, Italy)
Composer of musical scores for films, especially spaghetti Westerns.
[Picture of Ennio Morricone]


Morris, Arthur
Born 19 January 1922  (Bondi, New South Wales, Australia)
Australian Test cricketer, one of Don Bradman's 1948 "Invincibles" team.
[Picture of Arthur Morris]


Morris, Bill
Born 19 October 1938  (Manchester, Jamaica)
British trade unionist, leader of the TGWU from 1992-2003.
[Picture of Bill Morris]


Morrison, Shelley
Born 26 October 1936  (New York, New York, USA)
Actress, often in comic roles, including as Rosario in "Will & Grace".
[Picture of Shelley Morrison]


Morrison, Van
Born 31 August 1945  (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Celebrated Irish musician. Pub fact: he was once married to a woman called Janet Planet.
[Picture of Van Morrison]


Morse, Barry (Died in 2008)
Born 10 June 1918  (Shoreditch, London, England)
Profilic Canadian stage, TV & film actor, best known for his roles in "The Fugitive" and "Space 1999".
[Picture of Barry Morse]


Mortimer, John (Died in 2009)
Born 21 April 1923  (Hampstead, London, England)
Barrister turned playwright and novelist, who created Rumpole of the Bailey, but in his old age has become a tedious political rent-a-gob.
[Picture of John Mortimer]


Moss, Kate
Born 16 January 1974  (Croydon, Surrey, England)
Unattractively stick-thin, sunken-eyed fashion model. Now hangs around with Pete Doherty.
[Picture of Kate Moss]


Moss, Sir Stirling
Born 17 September 1929  (London, England)
Motor-racing driver, said to be the greatest driver never to win the Formula 1 World Championship; in fact, he came second 4 times in a row, from 1955-58.
[Picture of Sir Stirling Moss]


Mountjoy, Doug
Born 8 June 1942  (Tir-y-Berth, Wales)
Former snooker player, runner-up in the 1981 World Championship.
[Picture of Doug Mountjoy]


Mouskouri, Nana
Born 13 October 1934  (Chania, Crete, Greece)
Bespectacled Greek crooner and European Parliament member, who has recorded over 1500 songs in 15 languages, selling 250 million records in the process, which makes her arguably the most successful female singer ever.
[Picture of Nana Mouskouri]


Mubarak, Hosni
Born 4 May 1928  (Kafr-al Musailha, Egypt)
President of Egypt since Anwar Sadat's assassination in 1981. In November 2003 he collapsed in parliament during a televised address, but reappeared shortly afterwards, putting it down to flu.
[Picture of Hosni Mubarak]


Mudd, Roger
Born 9 February 1928  (Washington, DC, USA)
US TV journalist, broadcaster & news anchor.
[Picture of Roger Mudd]


Mugabe, Robert
Born 22 February 1924  (Kutama, Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe)
President of Zimbabwe, constantly immersed in allegations of vote-rigging and incitement to violence, whose primary gift to the world is the idea that "it's OK to be the president and wear a baseball cap". There has been at least one alleged plot to assassinate the Marxist-when-it-suits-him leader.
[Picture of Robert Mugabe]


Muhammad, Ruby (Died in 2011)
Born 20 March 1897  (Americus, Georgia, USA)
Named "Mother of the Nation of Islam" in 1986, marking her 40th anniversary of joining the movement. Not the widow of, or even related to, its late former leader, Elijah Muhammad, as is sometimes claimed - not least by us, in our previous write-up on her!
[Picture of Ruby Muhammad]


Mukhlas (Died in 2008)
Date and place of birth unknown
Currently awaiting execution for the 2002 Bali bombings, along with his co-conspirators Amrozi bin Nurhasyim and Imam Sumudra.
[Picture of Mukhlas]


Mulisch, Harry
Born 29 July 1927  (Haarlem, Netherlands)
Dutch author, playwright & poet.
[Picture of Harry Mulisch]


Murcer, Bobby (Died in 2008)
Born 20 May 1946  (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA)
Former baseball player who spent most of his career with the New York Yankees before becoming a broadcaster.
[Picture of Bobby Murcer]


Murdoch, Dame Elisabeth (Died in 2012)
Born 8 February 1909  (Melbourne, Australia)
Philanthropist and mother of Rupert Murdoch.
[Picture of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch]


Murdoch, Rupert
Born 11 March 1931  (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
American media tycoon who used to be Australian, but cynically switched nationalities for business purposes. Diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2000.
[Picture of Rupert Murdoch]


Murphy, Brian
Born 25 September 1933  (Ventnor, Isle of Wight, England)
TV actor, best known as George Roper in "George and Mildred".
[Picture of Brian Murphy]


Murray, Jenni
Born 12 May 1950  (Barnsley, Yorkshire)
TV & radio broadcaster & journalist, presenter of "Woman's Hour" on BBC Radio 4. Announced in 2006 that she had breast cancer.
[Picture of Jenni Murray]


Murray, Patrick
Born 17 December 1956  (London, England)
British comic actor, Mickey Pearce in "Only Fools And Horses".
[Picture of Patrick Murray]


Murray, Pete
Born 19 September 1928  (London, England)
Veteran radio DJ - one of Radio 1's original presenters when it started up in 1967. Had previously worked for Radio Luxembourg, as indeed they all seemed to do in those days.
[Picture of Pete Murray]


Musharraf, Pervez
Born 11 August 1943  (Delhi, India)
President of Pakistan, who survived two assassination attempts in as many months towards the end of 2003. Some believe al-Qaeda is on a mission to eliminate him at all costs.
[Picture of Pervez Musharraf]


Mustaine, Dave
Born 13 September 1961  (La Mesa, California, USA)
Singer & guitarist, lead singer of Megadeth and guitarist for Metallica.
[Picture of Dave Mustaine]


Mwanawasa, Levy (Died in 2008)
Born 3 September 1948  (Mufulira, Zambia)
Current President of Zambia, from 2002 onwards.
[Picture of Levy Mwanawasa]


Mwinyi, Ali Hassan
Born 8 May 1925  (Kivure, Tanzania)
Former President of Tanzania, from 1985-95.
[Picture of Ali Hassan Mwinyi]

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