Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2007: T


Taimanov, Mark
Born 7 February 1926  (Kharkov, Ukraine)
Chess player, an International Grandmaster in the sport.
[Picture of Mark Taimanov]


Takei, George
Born 20 April 1937  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
American actor, played Hikaru Sulu in Star Trek.
[Picture of George Takei]


Talabani, Jalal
Born in Kelkan, Iraq  (exact date unknown)
President of Iraq since April 2005. Born in 1933.
[Picture of Jalal Talabani]


Tamblyn, Russ
Born 30 December 1934  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
American actor & dancer.
[Picture of Russ Tamblyn]


Tanning, Dorothea (Died in 2012)
Born 25 August 1910  (Galesburg, Illinois, USA)
American artist, formerly married to painter Max Ernst. More recently, she has published poetry as well.
[Picture of Dorothea Tanning]


Tanumafila II, Malietoa Malietoa Tanumafila II is no longer with us
Born 4 January 1913  (Samoa)

Died 11 May 2007  (Apia, Samoa)

Age at death: 94  (read death notice)
Last monarch of Samoa. Also, until his death, he was the world's 3rd longest currently-reigning monarch after the King of Thailand and Queen Elizabeth II of the UK.
[Picture of Malietoa Tanumafila II]


Tarbuck, Jimmy
Born 6 February 1940  (Liverpool, England)
Unfunny, golf-obsessed, old school comedian.
[Picture of Jimmy Tarbuck]


Tarmey, Bill (Died in 2012)
Born 4 April 1941  (Ardwick, Manchester, England)
Played the character of Jack Duckworth in ITV soap "Coronation Street". In 1976 he suffered a "massive heart attack" and ten years later had to undergo bypass surgery.
[Picture of Bill Tarmey]


Tate, Catherine
Born 12 May 1968  (Bloomsbury, London, England)
Comedienne & actress, now branching out from her own successful sketch show.
[Picture of Catherine Tate]


Taylor, Charles
Born 28 January 1948  (Arthington, Liberia)
Former president of Liberia, accused of gun-running, diamond-smuggling and war crimes by the UN. At one stage detained in the US under a Liberian extradition warrant, it is sometimes claimed that he escaped from his Massachusetts prison by sawing through the bars - but it's more likely that the American administration decided to let him go and do his stuff back home (though he is widely believed to have gone to ground in Libya for a few years first). He is currently in exile in Nigeria, protected by the authorities there, though in December 2003 a private British company said they had agents standing by to kidnap him and hand him over to the UN. For a price, of course.
[Picture of Charles Taylor]


Taylor, Elizabeth (Died in 2011)
Born 27 February 1932  (Hampstead, London, England)
Movie star and only friend of Michael Jackson. She has broken her back four times, had surgery for a brain tumour, and was once pronounced dead during the filming of "Cleopatra", following which she had an emergency tracheotomy. She has been married 940 times.
[Picture of Elizabeth Taylor]


Taylor, Jayceon 'The Game'
Born 29 November 1979  (Compton, California, USA)
Rapper whose 2005 debut album titled "The Documentary" sold more than 586,000 units in its first week.
[Picture of Jayceon 'The Game' Taylor]


Taylor, Phil (Died in 2012)
Born 18 September 1917  (Bristol, England)
Not the darts champion, but the former cricketer, England football international and ex-manager of Liverpool FC.
[Picture of Phil Taylor]


Taylor, Rod
Born 11 January 1930  (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)
Australian actor, mostly in films in both his home country & the US.
[Picture of Rod Taylor]


Taylor, Roger Meadows
Born 26 July 1949  (King's Lynn, Norfolk, England)
Percussonist & supporting vocalist for rock group Queen.
[Picture of Roger Taylor]


Tebbit, Lord Norman
Born 29 March 1931  (Ponders End, London, England)
Outspoken former chairman of the Conservative Party, whose unemployed father famously "did not riot, he got on his bike and looked for work". Here's one of his more famous, though not wholly memorable, quotes: "The word 'conservative' is used by the BBC as a portmanteau word of abuse for anyone whose views differ from the insufferable, smug, sanctimonious, naïve, guilt-ridden, wet, pink orthodoxy of that sunset home of the third-rate minds of that third-rate decade, the 1960s." It must have taken him hours to write that.
[Picture of Lord Norman Tebbit]


Teller, Raymond
Born 14 January 1948  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
The smaller, silent one of the Penn & Teller magic duo.
[Picture of Raymond Teller]


Temple, Shirley
Born 23 April 1928  (Santa Monica, California, USA)
The most famous child star in cinema history, who left the movies once she grew up and became the US ambassador to Ghana (in the 1970s) and Czechoslovakia (during the "Velvet Revolution"). In 1972 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, but survived and was widely respected for being one of the first public figures to openly discuss the issue. Random trivia: her daughter Lori (as "Lori Lorax") was a founder member of seminal proto-grunge band The Melvins.
[Picture of Shirley Temple]


Tereshkova, Valentina Vladimirovna
Born 6 March 1937  (Bolshoye Maslennikovo, Russia)
Former Soviet cosmonaut - the first woman in outer space.
[Picture of Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova]


Terkel, Studs (Died in 2008)
Born 16 May 1912  (New York, New York, USA)
American author and broadcaster. Suffers from ommatophobia, a bizarre fear of eyes.
[Picture of Studs Terkel]


Terreblanche, Eugene (Died in 2010)
Born 31 January 1941  (Ventersdorp, South Africa)
Afrikaner, who during the height of the apartheid era, was notorious for his use of violence in support of it. Since the era of Nelson Mandela, and a 7 year jail sentence, he's kept a lower profile.
[Picture of Eugene Terreblanche]


Thatcher, Margaret (Died in 2013)
Born 13 October 1925  (Grantham, Lincolnshire, England)
Britain's first female Prime Minister, and one of Augusto Pinochet's beer buddies. After her fall from grace in 1990 and subsequent retirement from the House of Commons two years later, the handbag-toting Iron Lady was made an Iron Baroness and is now generally regarded as "a bit nuts" (though whether this is anything new is subject to debate). In 2002 she retired from public life following a number of strokes, and her health has reportedly gone further downhill following the death of her husband Denis in June 2003.
[Picture of Margaret Thatcher]


Theodorakis, Mikis
Born 29 July 1925  (Chios, Greece)
[Picture of Mikis Theodorakis]


Thomas, Craig Craig Thomas is no longer with us
Born 17 February 1933  (Cody, Wyoming, USA)

Died 4 June 2007  (Bethesda, Maryland, USA)

Age at death: 74  (read death notice)
US Republican Senator from Wyoming. Diagnosed with leukaemia in 2006.
[Picture of Craig Thomas]


Thomas, Geoff
Born 5 August 1964  (Manchester, England)
Former England footballer, best remembered either for his service to Crystal Palace or for one of the worst shots in football history whilst playing for England at Wembley. Overcame a long battle with leukemia.
[Picture of Geoff Thomas]


Thompson, Eddie (Died in 2008)
Born in Glasgow, Scotland  (exact date unknown)
Successful businessman in the retail trade and chairman of Dundee United FC. Suffering from prostate cancer since 2003. Born 1940.
[Picture of Eddie Thompson]


Thomson, James
Date and place of birth unknown
Millionaire architect and convicted child abductor/molester. Slung in prison in December 2006, and will probably die there, as he has inoperable cancer. Born in 1937.
[Picture of James Thomson]


Thornton, Frank (Died in 2013)
Born 15 January 1921  (Dulwich, London, England)
TV and film actor, probably best known for his role as Captain Peacock in the long-running department-store-based sitcom "Are You Being Served?" In 1997, when Brian Wilde was taken ill prior to filming a series of "Last of the Summer Wine", Thornton was hurriedly brought in to play Herbert "Truly" Truelove, by way of a replacement for the Foggy Dewhurst character.
[Picture of Frank Thornton]


Thorpe, Jeremy
Born 29 April 1929  (London, England)
Former Member of Parliament and leader of the Liberal Party. His career was destroyed in the mid-1970s as a result of a scandal in which he and three others were charged with conspiracy to murder his alleged lover Norman Scott. He has suffered from Parkinson's Disease for over twenty years.
[Picture of Jeremy Thorpe]


Thynne, Alexander
Born 6 May 1932  (London, England)
AKA the 7th Marquess of Bath. Eccentric incumbent of the Longleat Estate in Wiltshire. Well known for painting murals and having an interesting attitude to "free love". Lesser known for writing and being fined for assaulting a man in Campden Hill Road, Notting Hill.
[Picture of Alexander Thynne]


Tibbetts, Paul Paul Tibbetts is no longer with us
Born 23 February 1915  (Quincy, Illinois, USA)

Died 31 October 2007  (Columbus, Ohio, USA)

Age at death: 92  (read death notice)
Pilot of the B-29 Aircraft 44-86292 Enola Gay, which he named after his mother (who in turn was named after the heroine of a novel her father had liked). On August 6th 1945, the Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb over Hiroshima at 8:15am local time.
[Picture of Paul Tibbetts]


Tingwell, Bud (Died in 2009)
Born 3 January 1923  (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)
Highly-respected Australian actor, mostly in films. However, sadly, for him, he might be best remembered by British viewers for his role in Neighbours between 2000-2003.
[Picture of Bud Tingwell]


Todd, Richard (Died in 2009)
Born 11 June 1919  (Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
Mildly successful film and stage actor, born in Ireland to British parents who bestowed upon him the full name of Richard Andrew Palethorpe-Todd. Saw active service throughout World War II, and parachuted into France during the D-Day landings. He later went on to appear in "D-Day: The Sixth of June" and "The Longest Day", though perversely he didn't play himself in either film.
[Picture of Richard Todd]


Tomlinson, Jane Jane Tomlinson is no longer with us
Born 21 February 1964  (Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England)

Died 3 September 2007  (Leeds, West Yorkshire, England)

Age at death: 43  (read death notice)
Terminally-ill cancer sufferer who took up running in May 2001, and the following year managed to complete the London Marathon, some triathlon or other, and the Great North Run (a tedious-sounding race around Newcastle, apparently).
[Picture of Jane Tomlinson]


Top, Gaz
Born 5 July 1961  (St. Asaph, Wales)
Children's TV & now motorsport presenter, born Gareth Jones.
[Picture of Gaz Top]


Torn, Rip
Born 6 February 1931  (Temple, Texas, USA)
US veteran film & TV actor, born Elmore Rual Torn.
[Picture of Rip Torn]


Tough, Janette
Born 16 May 1947  (Queenzieburn, Stirlingshire, Scotland)
Diminutive woman who for years has been making a living out of dressing up as a Scottish schoolboy called Jimmy Krankie and cracking naff jokes at the expense of her straight-man husband. A slightly disturbing spectacle to watch as a child, and perhaps even more so as an adult. Fractured her skull in December 2004 when she fell from a beanstalk during a pantomime.
[Picture of Janette Tough]


Townsend, Robert
Born 6 February 1957  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
US Film director, producer & former actor.
[Picture of Robert Townsend]


Townshend, Pete
Born 19 May 1945  (Ealing, London, England)
Guitarist and main songwriter in The Who. In 2003 he suffered a "personal legal tragedy" in which he was found to have provided his credit card details to view child pornography on the web. The police cautioned him and he is now on the Sex Offenders' Register, though he continued to protest that he was gathering material "for research purposes". Presumably he won't get fooled again.
[Picture of Pete Townshend]


Traoré, Moussa
Born 25 September 1936  (Kayes, Mali)
President of Mali from 1968-91.
[Picture of Moussa Traoré]


Trautmann, Bert (Died in 2013)
Born 22 October 1923  (Bremen, Germany)
Manchester City goalkeeper, famous for suffering a broken neck and concussion during the 1956 FA Cup Final, despite which he finished the match, and indeed made several saves.
[Picture of Bert Trautmann]


Travers, Mary (Died in 2009)
Born 9 November 1936  (Louisville, Kentucky, USA)
One-third of 1970s folk group Peter, Paul & Mary - "Leaving On A Jet Plane" and all that. Revealed in December 2004 that she is undergoing chemotherapy for a form of leukaemia.
[Picture of Mary Travers]


Travis, Randy
Born 4 May 1959  (Marshville, North Carolina, USA)
American country singer.
[Picture of Randy Travis]


Treacher, Bill
Born 4 June 1930  (London, England)
UK actor, forever remembered as the long-suffering Arthur Fowler in "EastEnders".
[Picture of Bill Treacher]


Troyer, Verne
Born 1 January 1969  (Sturgis, Michigan, USA)
Diminutive (2'8") actor, best known for playing Mini-Me in the "Austin Powers" movies.
[Picture of Verne Troyer]


Truman, Margaret (Died in 2008)
Born 17 February 1924  (Independence, Missouri, USA)
Author and biographer, and daughter of former US President Harry S. Truman.
[Picture of Margaret Truman]


Trump, Donald
Born 14 June 1946  (New York, New York, USA)
Billionaire real estate developer whose megalomaniac acquisition of riches, and later descent to near-bankruptcy, arguably epitomised the greed culture of the 1980s.
[Picture of Donald Trump]


Tsvangirai, Morgan
Born 10 March 1952  (Gutu, Zimbabwe)
Opposition leader to Robert Mugabe, one of the few to stay in the country and try to battle it out with Mad Bob. As a result, Mugabe keeps arresting him, accusing him of all manner of things, or just having him beaten up, but Tsvangirai remains the main anti-government voice.
[Picture of Morgan Tsvangirai]


Tuddenham, Peter Peter Tuddenham is no longer with us
Born 27 November 1918  (place of birth unknown)

Died 9 July 2007  (Worthing, West Sussex, England)

Age at death: 88  (read death notice)
Bit-part TV actor, best known for providing the voices of Zen, Orac and Slave, the computers in "Blake's 7".
[Picture of Peter Tuddenham]


Tune, Tommy
Born 28 February 1939  (Wichita Falls, Texas, USA)
Lanky American dancer & actor, one of Broadway's top stars.
[Picture of Tommy Tune]


Tupou V, King George (Died in 2012)
Born 4 May 1948  (Tongatapu, Tonga)
Became King of Tonga in September 2006, following the death of his father, King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV.
[Picture of King George Tupou V]


Tureaud, Laurence
Born 21 May 1952  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
The legendary Mr T, who played Sgt B.A. Baracus in "The A-Team", and made a habit of pitying fools and not getting' on no airplanes. Also had a notoriously low tolerance level when it came to jibber-jabber.
[Picture of Laurence Tureaud]


Turnbull, Eddie (Died in 2011)
Born 12 April 1923  (Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland)
Scottish footballer, particulary remembered for his service to Hibernian FC as both player and manager.
[Picture of Eddie Turnbull]


Turner, Andrew
Born 24 October 1953  (Coventry, Warwickshire, England)
Conservative MP for the Isle of Wight. Suffered a stroke in December 2006.
[Picture of Andrew Turner]


Turner, Anthea
Born 25 May 1960  (Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England)
Bland TV presenter, better known for her private life than for her personality.
[Picture of Anthea Turner]


Turner, Tina
Born 26 November 1939  (Nutbush, Tennessee, USA)
Singer, born Anna Mae Bullock, still active after almost 50 years in the business. Well known for her big hair & raspy voice.
[Picture of Tina Turner]


Tutu, Desmond
Born 7 October 1931  (Klerksdorp, South Africa)
Winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize, he became Archbishop of Cape Town in 1986. When aged fourteen he caught tuberculosis and had to spend two years in hospital as a result. Reported to be "seriously ill" in 2001, he joked "My presence here gives testimony to the resurrection of the dead!" during a visit to London's Southwark Cathedral at the time.
[Picture of Desmond Tutu]


Tyler, Bonnie
Born 8 June 1951  (Skewen, Neath, Wales)
Welsh pop singer, best known for her song "Total Eclipse of the Heart". Born Gaynor Hopkins.
[Picture of Bonnie Tyler]


Tyler, Willie
Born 8 September 1940  (Red Level, Alabama, USA)
American ventriloquist, also an actor & comedian.
[Picture of Willie Tyler]


Tyler Moore, Mary
Born 29 December 1936  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Actress and comedienne who came to prominence in "The Dick Van Dyke Show", before being given her own programme, called, with a stunning lack of imagination, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show".
[Picture of Mary Tyler Moore]


Tyson, Mike
Born 30 June 1966  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Brought up by his single mother in the toughest part of Brooklyn, was winning street fights by the age of 9, weighed 200lbs and could bench-press more than his own weight by the age of 14. Became the youngest undisputed WBC, WBA and IBF world heavyweight boxing champion ever at 20. Spent 3 years in prison for rape and famously bit Evander Holyfield's ear off. And yet, despite all this, he still speaks with a comically high-pitched, lisping voice.
[Picture of Mike Tyson]


Tyson, Neil deGrasse
Born 5 October 1958  (New York, New York, USA)
Astrophysicist & director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York.
[Picture of Neil deGrasse Tyson]

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