Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2007: P


Page, Anita (Died in 2008)
Born 4 August 1910  (Flushing, New York, USA)
Actress, born Anita Pomares, who was a star of the silver screen in the 1920s and 1930s, playing opposite the likes of Joan Crawford, Buster Keaton and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. She returned to acting some sixty years after retiring, and is still going strong...or is she?
[Picture of Anita Page]


Page, Bettie (Died in 2008)
Born 21 April 1923  (Nashville, Tennessee, USA)
Arguably the most famous pin-up model in history, who "disappeared" from the public eye in 1957. The reclusive nature of her subsequent life has helped to fuel her status as a cult icon, though it's done nothing to boost her bank balance, by all accounts.
[Picture of Bettie Page]


Page, Greg (Died in 2009)
Born 25 October 1958  (Louisville, Kentucky, USA)
WBA heavyweight boxing champion in 1984-1985. Suffered brain damage in a fight in 2001, and has had numerous health problems ever since.
[Picture of Greg Page]


Page, Greg
Born 16 January 1972  (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)
Australian musician and children's TV entertainer. Stopped working due to ill health in November 2006.
[Picture of Greg Page]


Page, Jimmy
Born 9 January 1944  (Heston, Middlesex, England)
Guitarist, member of the Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin.
[Picture of Jimmy Page]


Paisley, Rev Ian
Born 6 April 1926  (Armagh, Northern Ireland)
Loud-mouthed leader of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party and loud-mouthed leader of Northern Ireland's Free Presbyterian Church. Not to be confused with his son - Ian Paisley, Jnr. - who is also a member of the DUP.
[Picture of Rev Ian Paisley]


Palin, Michael
Born 5 May 1943  (Sheffield, Yorkshire, England)
Member of Monty Python, now equally well known for his travel documentaries.
[Picture of Michael Palin]


Palmer, Arnold
Born 10 September 1929  (Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA)
Golf maestro, whose business interests include Arnold Palmer Enterprises, the Palmer Course Design Company, the Arnold Palmer Golf Management Company, and the Arnold Palmer Golf Academy (idea for a film). He also helped raise money for the foundation of Orlando's Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Women.
[Picture of Arnold Palmer]


Palmer, Geoffrey
Born 4 June 1927  (London, England)
Sour-faced comic actor, appeared in "Butterflies" and "As Time Goes By". Also narrator of the series "Grumpy Old Men."
[Picture of Geoffrey Palmer]


Papert, Seymour
Born 1 March 1928  (Pretoria, South Africa)
Computer scientist, a pivotal name behind artifical intelligence & computers. Badly hurt in a traffic accident in Vietnam in 2006 and is making a very slow recovery.
[Picture of Seymour Papert]


Papon, Maurice Maurice Papon is no longer with us
Born 3 September 1910  (Gretz-Armainvilliers, France)

Died 17 February 2007  (near Paris, France)

Age at death: 96  (read death notice)
Collaborator with the Nazis in France's wartime Vichy government. Helped to round up Jews for deportation to concentration camps. Conveniently started informing against the Nazis when it became obvious that they were losing the war. Found guilty of crimes against humanity in 1998 and sentenced to imprisonment, but freed on health grounds in September 2002.
[Picture of Maurice Papon]


Pardo, Don
Born 22 February 1918  (Westfield, Massachusetts, USA)
US radio & television announcer for over 60 years.
[Picture of Don Pardo]


Parfitt, Rick
Born 12 October 1948  (Woking, Surrey, England)
Status to Francis Rossi's Quo; the pair of them have been belting out three-chord tricks since the 1960s, and continue to wear only blue jeans, white trainers and T-shirts. In 1997 Parfitt underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery, but was back on the road again within months.
[Picture of Rick Parfitt]


Parker, Fess (Died in 2010)
Born 16 August 1924  (Fort Worth, Texas, USA)
American TV & film actor, but has had few memorable roles in a long career, bar a recurring role as Davy Crockett.
[Picture of Fess Parker]


Parkinson, Michael
Born 28 March 1935  (Cudworth, South Yorkshire, England)
Jovial Northern TV chat show host.
[Picture of Michael Parkinson]


Parsons, Benny Benny Parsons is no longer with us
Born 12 July 1941  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Died 16 January 2007  (Charlotte, North Carolina, USA)

Age at death: 65  
NASCAR motor-racing commentator and former champion driver. Diagnosed with lung cancer in July 2006. Diagnosed dead in January 2007.
[Picture of Benny Parsons]


Parton, Dolly
Born 19 January 1946  (Sevierville, Tennessee, USA)
Country music singer whose name was used for the first cloned sheep because its genetic material was taken from a mammary gland.
[Picture of Dolly Parton]


Pasquale, Joe
Born 20 August 1961  (Grays, Essex, England)
Squeaky-voiced comedian & TV presenter.
[Picture of Joe Pasquale]


Patch, Harry (Died in 2009)
Born 17 June 1898  (Combe Down, Bath, England)
WWI veteran. Gave vivid recollections in several documentaries, notably BBC's "The Trench".
[Picture of Harry Patch]


Paterno, Joseph 'JoePa' (Died in 2012)
Born 21 December 1926  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Long-serving coach of an American Football university team. Well known in the US, but a UK obit might prove a problem.
[Picture of Joseph 'JoePa' Paterno]


Patterson, James
Born 22 March 1947  (Newburgh, New York, USA)
Profilic and award-winning American author, a former advertising executive.
[Picture of James Patterson]


Paul, Les (Died in 2009)
Born 9 June 1915  (Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA)
Guitarist and one of the most important figures in the development of modern electric guitars and recording techniques.
[Picture of Les Paul]


Pavarotti, Luciano Luciano Pavarotti is no longer with us
Born 12 October 1935  (Modena, Italy)

Died 6 September 2007  (Modena, Italy)

Age at death: 71  (read death notice)
Legendary tenor who became a father for the fourth time at the age of 67 (somewhat creepily, his new daughter was younger than her niece).
[Picture of Luciano Pavarotti]


Pavle, Patriarch (Died in 2009)
Born 11 September 1914  (Kucanci, Croatia)
Serbian religious leader of the Serbian Orthodox church.
[Picture of Patriarch Pavle]


Pavlow, Muriel
Born 27 June 1921  (Lee, Kent, England)
Veteran British actress of stage, screen & TV.
[Picture of Muriel Pavlow]


Payne, Keith
Born 30 August 1933  (Ingham, Queensland, Australia)
VC holder, who won it during the Vietnam war. Also fought in Korea and Dhofar.
[Picture of Keith Payne]


Payne, Pervis Tyrone
Born 1 March 1967  (Tennessee, USA)
American Death Row inmate. Due to be executed sometime in 2007.
[Picture of Pervis Tyrone Payne]


Pearson, Alf (Died in 2012)
Born in Sunderland, England  (exact date unknown)
Supposedly Britain's oldest pop singer (born 1910) - his release of a CD in 2004 marked his 80th anniversary in the music business. Also leader, or "King Rat", of the Grand Order of Water Rats, a Masons-style organisation that raises money for charity.
[Picture of Alf Pearson]


Pei, I. M.
Born 26 April 1917  (Guangzhou, China)
Architect - has designed all sorts of stuff, including the Louvre Pyramid in Paris.
[Picture of I. M. Pei]


Born 23 October 1940  (Tres Coracoes, Brazil)
Legendary Brazilian footballer - many say the greatest player ever.
[Picture of Pelé]


Pellegrini, Margaret (Died in 2013)
Born 23 September 1923  (Tuscumbia, Alabama, USA)
Played a Munchkin in the 1939 movie "The Wizard of Oz".
[Picture of Margaret Pellegrini]


Penn, Sean
Born 17 August 1960  (Santa Monica, California, USA)
Hollywood movie actor, and now director, former husband of Madonna.
[Picture of Sean Penn]


Pepper, Sergeant Stan
Date and place of birth unknown
Chelsea Pensioner. Born 1920. The Sergeant Pepper of "Lonely Hearts Club Band" fame.
[Picture of Sergeant Stan Pepper]


Peres, Shimon
Born 2 August 1923  (Vishniova, Belarus)
Born in what used to be Poland, but is now Belarus, Peres is the respected elder statesman of Israel politics, twice former Prime Minister, and current cabinet minister.
[Picture of Shimon Peres]


Perez, Robert
Born 21 June 1958  (San Antonio, Texas, USA)
American Death Row inmate. Executed 6/3/2007, but no UK news mention at all.
[Picture of Robert Perez]


Pérez de Cuéllar, Javier
Born 19 January 1920  (Lima, Peru)
Former secretary-general of the UN, 1982-91.
[Picture of Javier Pérez de Cuéllar]


Pérez Rubalcaba, Alfredo
Born 28 July 1951  (Solares, Cantabria, Spain)
Current Interior Minister in the Spanish Government.
[Picture of Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba]


Perot, Ross
Born 27 June 1930  (Texarkana, Texas, USA)
Billionaire American businessman, who also ran for Presidency of the United States in 1992 & 1996.
[Picture of Ross Perot]


Perry, Jimmy
Born 9 September 1923  (Barnes, London, England)
English comedy writer, originally an actor, but then, along with David Croft, wrote & produced many of Britain's favourite sitcoms.
[Picture of Jimmy Perry]


Perry, Lee 'Scratch'
Born 20 March 1936  (St Mary's, Jamaica, West Indies)
Barely sane but hugely influential reggae man.
[Picture of Lee 'Scratch' Perry]


Pertwee, Bill (Died in 2013)
Born 21 July 1926  (Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England)
British comedy actor, who, despite landing the part of Bert Hodges in "Dad's Army", has never been as famous as his thesp cousin Jon.
[Picture of Bill Pertwee]


Pesky, Johnny
Born 27 September 1919  (Portland, Oregon, USA)
Another former baseball star turned manager.
[Picture of Johnny Pesky]


Phelps, Fred Waldron
Born 13 November 1929  (Meridian, Mississippi, USA)
Pastor of a controversial independent US church, a well-known (in the US anyhow) hater of homosexuals & their rights.
[Picture of Fred Waldron Phelps]


Philip, Prince
Born 10 June 1921  (Corfu, Greece)
Gaffe-prone "Phil the Greek" also has Danish and German blood.
[Picture of Prince Philip]


Phillips, Leslie
Born 20 April 1924  (Tottenham, London, England)
Comic actor who inherited the "Doctor in..." role from Dirk Bogarde and appeared in a number of the "Carry on..." films. Apparently he also plays the voice of "The Sorting Hat" in the "Harry Potter" movies, whatever that means.
[Picture of Leslie Phillips]


Phillips, Siân
Born 14 May 1933  (Betws, Carmathenshire, Wales)
Veteran British actress of stage, screen & TV.
[Picture of Siân Phillips]


Phillips, Zara
Born 15 May 1981  (Paddington, London, England)
"Amazing" daughter of Princess Anne, an "amazing" equestrian World Champion and who marked an "amazing" 2006 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award by saying "amazing" every two seconds. Amazing.
[Picture of Zara Phillips]


Pierro, Antonio
Born 22 February 1896  (Forenza, Italy)
World War I veteran. Italian-born, but has spent most of his life in the US. Died 8/2/2007, but no UK obit as yet.
[Picture of Antonio Pierro]


Piggott, Lester
Born 5 November 1935  (Wantage, Berkshire, England)
Unusually tall (5'8") jockey, nine times winner of the Epsom Derby, who was often lampooned for his odd speech impediment, and did time for tax evasion.
[Picture of Lester Piggott]


Pilbeam, Nova
Born 15 November 1919  (Wimbledon, London, England)
Highly successful teenage actress of the 1930s whose popularity waned thereafter.
[Picture of Nova Pilbeam]


Pinter, Harold (Died in 2008)
Born 10 October 1930  (Hackney, London, England)
Ground-breaking playwright ("The Caretaker" and "The Birthday Party" being his best-known works), stage director, and screenwriter (e.g. "The Last Tycoon" and "The French Lieutenant's Woman"). Having originally trained as an actor, he has recently taken up performing again, both on stage and in the occasional film (e.g. the dodgy 1999 adaptation of "Mansfield Park"). A campaigner for leftist political causes (despite accepting a CBE and a Companionship of Honour from the Queen), the heavy smoker was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus in 2002.
[Picture of Harold Pinter]


Piper, 'Rowdy' Roddy
Born 17 April 1954  (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
Born Roderick George Toombs, Piper is another former pro wrestler. Always claimed he was Scottish, despite having never set foot in Scotland in his life. Just as well too, considering he once thought that wearing a checked skirt would pass as a kilt.
[Picture of 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper]


Pippard, Sir Brian (Died in 2008)
Born in Cardiff, Wales  (exact date unknown)
Noted British physicist & university lecturer. Born 1920.
[Picture of Sir Brian Pippard]


Piscopo, Joe
Born 17 June 1951  (Passaic, New Jersey, USA)
American stand-up comedian, a former fixture of "Saturday Night Live".
[Picture of Joe Piscopo]


Plant, Robert
Born 20 August 1948  (West Bromwich, West Midlands, England)
Pop singer, either as a solo artist, or as lead singer of Led Zeppelin.
[Picture of Robert Plant]


Pleshette, Suzanne (Died in 2008)
Born 31 January 1937  (New York, New York, USA)
American actress, mostly on TV. Widow of Tom Poston. Is battling lung cancer.
[Picture of Suzanne Pleshette]


Plummer, Christopher
Born 13 December 1929  (Toronto, Canada)
Canadian film, stage & TV actor, still, despite some recent high-profile performances in "Syriana" and "The Insider", perhaps best known for his role in "The Sound of Music."
[Picture of Christopher Plummer]


Poitier, Sidney
Born 20 February 1927  (Miami, Florida, USA)
Black actor who grew up in the Bahamas as the son of a "dirt farmer", according to IMDb, though what one of those is, is anyone's guess. Anyway, he emigrated to the US and went on to become a leading movie star of the 1950s and '60s, taking lead roles in, among others, "To Sir, With Love" and "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner".
[Picture of Sidney Poitier]


Pollard, Su
Born 7 November 1949  (Nottingham, England)
TV actress, best remembered as chalet cleaner Peggy Ollerenshaw in the 1980s sitcom "Hi-de-Hi!".
[Picture of Su Pollard]


Ponti, Carlo Carlo Ponti is no longer with us
Born 11 December 1912  (Magenta, Lombardy, Italy)

Died 10 January 2007  (Geneva, Switzerland)

Age at death: 94  (read death notice)
Film producer, former business partner of Dino De Laurentiis, and husband of Sophia Loren. Switched his nationality to French to avoid various legal scrapes with the Italian authorities.
[Picture of Carlo Ponti]


Pop, Iggy
Born 21 April 1947  (Muskegon, Michigan, USA)
Former frontman of The Stooges, but also successful as a solo artist. Born James Jewell Osterberg Jr, he got his nickname from another of his old bands, The Iguanas. Celebrated for being a pioneer of stage-diving and crowd-walking, and for taking industrial quantities of heroin.
[Picture of Iggy Pop]


Postgate, Oliver (Died in 2008)
Born in Hendon, Middlesex, England  (exact date unknown)
Legendary British animator, the man behind "Bagpuss", "The Clangers" and "Ivor the Engine". Born 1925.
[Picture of Oliver Postgate]


Poston, Tom Tom Poston is no longer with us
Born 17 October 1921  (Columbus, Ohio, USA)

Died 30 April 2007  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 85  (read death notice)
Comic actor, best remembered as Bob Newhart's sidekick and a regular game show contestant. Was married to Suzanne Pleshette.
[Picture of Tom Poston]


Poupee, Pepe
Date and place of birth unknown
Actress - played the only female Oompa-Loompa in the 1971 version of "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory". Real name: Kathy Gearen.
[Picture of Pepe Poupee]


Powell, Colin
Born 5 April 1937  (New York, New York, USA)
US Army general who worked under Bush I during Gulf War I, and later became Secretary of State under Bush II, taking the country into Gulf War II. Underwent surgery for prostate cancer in December 2003. Cannot pronounce his own name.
[Picture of Colin Powell]


Prabhakaran, Velupillai (Died in 2009)
Born 26 November 1954  (Velvettithurai, Sri Lanka)
Leading Tamil militant, self-appointed head of the Tamil Free State. Interpol, who want him for many crimes, might just disagree with that appointment.
[Picture of Velupillai Prabhakaran]


Prescott, John
Born 31 May 1938  (Prestatyn, Wales)
Gaffe-prone, yokel-punching, croquet-playing, cocktail stick-waggling, senior Labour politician, deputy Prime Minister from 1997-2007.
[Picture of John Prescott]


Prescott, Steve (Died in 2013)
Born 26 December 1973  (St. Helens, Merseyside, England)
Ex-St Helens rugby league player, now battling cancer.
[Picture of Steve Prescott]


Price, Katie 'Jordan'
Born 22 May 1978  (Newport, Wales)
Surgically-enhanced "glamour" model and general waste of space Z-list "celebrity".
[Picture of Katie 'Jordan' Price]


Price, Ray
Born 12 January 1926  (Perryville, Texas, USA)
American country & western singer & songwriter.
[Picture of Ray Price]


Pride, Charley
Born 18 March 1938  (Sledge, Mississippi, USA)
Successful country music singer, a former baseball player.
[Picture of Charley Pride]


Priebke, Erich (Died in 2013)
Born 29 July 1913  (Hennigsdorf, Brandenburg, Germany)
Nazi war criminal, a member of the SS, who would've lived life out peacefully if he hadn't foolishly taken part in a TV interview in 1994 about his war crimes. To cut a long story short, he's now the oldest prisoner in Europe.
[Picture of Erich Priebke]


Protopopov, Oleg
Born 16 June 1932  (St .Petersburg, Russia)
Figure skater, gold medal winner in the 1964 & 1968 Olympics.
[Picture of Oleg Protopopov]


Prowse, David
Born 1 July 1935  (Bristol, England)
Former weightlifting champion who played the body of Darth Vader in the first three (or last three, depending how you look at it) "Star Wars" films. Famously annoyed to discover that George Lucas had got James Earl Jones to do the voice, without bothering to tell him. And even when the evil tyrant was unmasked in "The Return of the Jedi", Lucas got a third actor (Sebastian Shaw) to play Lord Vader's face.
[Picture of David Prowse]


Prudhomme, Paul
Born 13 July 1940  (Opelousas, Louisiana, USA)
Rotund American chef, best known for his Cajun cooking.
[Picture of Paul Prudhomme]


Putin, Vladimir
Born 7 October 1952  (Leningrad (now St Petersburg again), Russia)
President of Russia, former head of the FSB (the federal security services), and before that a KGB agent in East Germany. A big fan of sambo (a Russian martial art), he was Leningrad sambo champion on a number of occasions.
[Picture of Vladimir Putin]


Pym, Francis (Died in 2008)
Born 13 February 1922  (Abergavenny, Wales)
Tory MP from 1961-87, who also held various Cabinet posts under the Heath and Thatcher governments.
[Picture of Francis Pym]


Pynchon, Thomas
Born 8 May 1937  (Glen Cove, New York, USA)
Extremely reclusive author. In fact, the only times his voice has ever been broadcast is via three episodes of "The Simpsons".
[Picture of Thomas Pynchon]

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