Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2008: A


Aaron, Hank
Born 5 February 1934  (Mobile, Alabama)
One of the greatest baseball players of all time, one of the few players of the sport whose fame has transcended outside North America.
[Picture of Hank Aaron]


Abbado, Claudio
Born 26 June 1933  (Milan, Italy)
Italian music conductor, one of the foremost conductors still around. Former conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and former Music Director of La Scala in Milan.
[Picture of Claudio Abbado]


Abbas, Mahmoud
Born 26 March 1935  (Safed, Palestine)
President of the Palestinian Authority.
[Picture of Mahmoud Abbas]


Abdel-Rahman, Omar
Born 3 May 1938  (Egypt)
Blind Muslim cleric and militant leader, currently serving life for plotting the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
[Picture of Omar Abdel-Rahman]


Abdul, Paula
Born 19 June 1962  (San Fernando, California, USA)
Dancer, singer and now judge on "American Idol".
[Picture of Paula Abdul]


Abdullah II of Jordan, King
Born 20 January 1962  (Amman, Jordan)
King of Jordan since 1999.
[Picture of King Abdullah II of Jordan]


Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, King
Born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  (exact date unknown)
Became King of Saudi Arabia in August 2005, following the death of his half-brother, King Fahd. Born August 1924.
[Picture of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia]


Abdulov, Aleksandr
Born 29 May 1953  (Fergara, Russia)
Actor, one of Russia's top stars, but rarely in international films. Died on the 3rd January 2008, but no obit.
[Picture of Aleksandr Abdulov]


Abelard, Gesner
Born 11 February 1922  (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Haitian painter & sculptor.
[Picture of Gesner Abelard]


Abrams, M. H.
Born 23 July 1912  (Long Branch, New Jersey, USA)
US literary critic. M. H. = Meyer Howard.
[Picture of M. H. Abrams]


Abse, Dannie
Born 22 September 1923  (Cardiff, Wales)
Brother of Leo, Dannie Abse has been a popular poet for many years. OoO is very familiar with Abse's poems as being a "boy from the valleys" himself, a book of Abse's prose was often read for school homework & both father & grandfather are fan's. I preferred reading The Beano, which is probably why I never achieved literary greatness...
[Picture of Dannie Abse]


Abse, Leo Leo Abse is no longer with us
Born 22 April 1917  (Cardiff, Wales)

Died 19 August 2008  (Charing Cross, London, England)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
Labour MP for Pontypool, 1958-1987. Introduced the Private Member's Bill (fnarr!) that led to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.
[Picture of Leo Abse]


Abu-Jamal, Mumia
Born 24 April 1954  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
Political activist, born Wesley Cook, who was on Death Row for the murder of a policeman, then had his sentence commuted to life, but may yet still face execution.
[Picture of Mumia Abu-Jamal]


Ackland, Joss
Born 29 February 1928  (North Kensington, London, England)
Distinguished and experienced actor, still working. His date of birth drastically reduces the chances of anyone collecting a "party pooper" bonus on him, bar 2008, of course!.
[Picture of Joss Ackland]


Ackroyd, Peter
Born 5 October 1949  (London, England)
UK author, writer of London - The Biography.
[Picture of Peter Ackroyd]


Adair, Johnny 'Mad Dog'
Born 27 October 1963  (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Ulster paramilitary and "freedom fighter". After internal feuds within the faction, he moved to the UK in order to avoid assassination. Also partial to a spot of boozing, drug-taking and wife-beating.
[Picture of Johnny 'Mad Dog' Adair]


Adams, Richard
Born 9 May 1920  (Newbury, Berkshire, England)
Author of "Watership Down".
[Picture of Richard Adams]


Adler, Steven
Born 22 January 1965  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Former Guns N' Roses drummer.
[Picture of Steven Adler]


Ahmadinejad, Mahmoud
Born 28 October 1956  (Garmsar, Iran)
Plainly bonkers, holocaust-denying President of Iran.
[Picture of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad]


Ahmed, Abdullahi Yusuf (Died in 2012)
Born 15 December 1934  (Galkacyo, Somalia)
Current president of Somalia, who returned to the capital in 2007 after his side seemingly won the aeons-long battle to win control of the anarchic, war-ravaged country. Survived an assassination attempt in 2006.
[Picture of Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed]


Ahmed, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh
Born 25 July 1964  (Shabeellaha Dhexe, Somalia)
Leader of the Islamists in Somalia, who fled after their recent defeat in the civil war. First went to Kenya, but is now reportedly in Yemen.
[Picture of Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed]


Ainscow, Wendy
Date and place of birth unknown
Retired teacher who survived a suicide pact in which her husband died in 2004. She has since made further unsuccessful attempts on her life due to the pressures of coping with an adult daughter whose autism causes her to spend huge amounts of money. Born 1941.
[Picture of Wendy Ainscow]


Akihito of Japan, Emperor
Born 23 December 1933  (Tokyo, Japan)
First son of Emperor Hirohito, acceded to the Imperial throne on the death of his father in 1989.
[Picture of Emperor Akihito of Japan]


al-Abdullah al-Salim al-Sabah, Sheikh Saad Sheikh Saad al-Abdullah al-Salim al-Sabah is no longer with us
Born in Kuwait City, Kuwait  (exact date unknown)

Died 13 May 2008  (Kuwait City, Kuwait)

Age at death: 78  (read death notice)
Served as Emir of Kuwait for just 10 days in January 2006, but before that, played a key role in liberating Kuwait from Saddam Hussein's regime. Born in 1929 or 1930.
[Picture of Sheikh Saad al-Abdullah al-Salim al-Sabah]


Al-Assad, Bashar
Born 11 September 1965  (Damascus, Syria)
President of Syria since his father's death in 2000.
[Picture of Bashar Al-Assad]


Al-Bashir, Omar
Born 1 January 1944  (Hosh Bannaga, Northern State, Sudan)
Current (and controversial) President of Sudan.
[Picture of Omar Al-Bashir]


Alberghetti, Anna Maria
Born 15 January 1936  (Pesaro, Marche, Italy)
Actress & singer - star of "Carnival!" on Broadway for many years & also in some films.
[Picture of Anna Maria Alberghetti]


Albert II, King
Born 6 June 1934  (Laeken, Belgium)
King of Belgium since 1993.
[Picture of King Albert II]


Albright, Madeleine
Born 15 May 1937  (Prague, Czechoslovakia)
Former US Secretary of State, the first woman in the role.
[Picture of Madeleine Albright]


Alda, Alan
Born 28 January 1936  (New York, New York, USA)
US actor, best known for his role as Hawkeye Pierce in "M*A*S*H".
[Picture of Alan Alda]


Alderton, John
Born 27 November 1940  (Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England)
Amiable actor, star of "Please Sir!" and other TV shows & comedies. Husband of Pauline Collins. Also the narrator of Fireman Sam.
[Picture of John Alderton]


Aldrin, Buzz
Born 20 January 1930  (Montclair, New Jersey, USA)
Second man on the Moon, who has always claimed he'd have been the first if it wasn't for the fact that the only door of the lunar lander was on Neil Armstrong's side.
[Picture of Buzz Aldrin]


Alexander, Jean
Born 24 February 1926  (Liverpool, England)
Best known as Hilda Ogden in Coronation Street.
[Picture of Jean Alexander]


Alexander, Terence (Died in 2009)
Born 11 March 1923  (London, England)
Retired British actor, best remembered for his role as Charlie Hungerford in "Bergerac".
[Picture of Terence Alexander]


Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy, Princess
Born 25 December 1936  (Belgrave Square, London)
Member of the Royal Family, a Granddaughter to King George V.
[Picture of Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy]


Al-Fayed, Mohammed
Born 27 January 1929  (Bakos, Alexandria, Egypt)
Owner of Harrods and Fulham FC. Not overly popular in many quarters, but at least he lives in Switzerland now.
[Picture of Mohammed Al-Fayed]


al-Gaddafi, Colonel Muammar (Died in 2011)
Born 7 June 1942  (Surt, Libya)
Controversial leader of Libya since 1969. Now something of a reformed character, after being the USA's number 1 target in the mid '80s. Still clearly bonkers nonetheless.
[Picture of Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi]


Ali, Muhammad
Born 17 January 1942  (Louisville, Kentucky, USA)
Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, ditched his "slave name" in 1964. Won an Olympic gold boxing medal at age 18 and went on to become world heavyweight champion. Now suffering from Parkinson's Disease.
[Picture of Muhammad Ali]


Ali Zardari, Asif
Born 21 July 1956  (Nawabshah, Pakistan)
Widower of Benazir Bhutto, who, now being President of Pakistan himself, has put himself in the front line to join his wife if the insurgents have their way.
[Picture of Asif Ali Zardari]


Alia, Ramiz (Died in 2011)
Born 18 October 1925  (Shkodra, Albania)
Leader of Communist Albania from 1985-92.
[Picture of Ramiz Alia]


al-Jaourah, Nabeel Ahmed Issal
Born in Baqaa, Ammann, Jordan  (exact date unknown)
Gunman who killed a British tourist in Amman as an act of revenge for Middle Eastern intervention. Sentenced to death in 2006. Born 1968.
[Picture of Nabeel Ahmed Issal al-Jaourah]


Allais, Maurice (Died in 2010)
Born 31 May 1911  (Paris, France)
Economist, the 1988 winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics.
[Picture of Maurice Allais]


Allardyce, Sam
Born 19 October 1954  (Dudley, West Midlands, England)
Gum-chewing, headpiece wearing, bung-taking (Allegedly - at the DDP lawyer's request) football manager, who likes his teams to play dirty, unattractive football. Former Bolton & Newcastle United boss.
[Picture of Sam Allardyce]


Allason, Lt. Col James (Died in 2011)
Born 6 September 1912  (London, England)
Military big-wig, who later had a long career in politics.
[Picture of Lt. Col James Allason]


Allawi, Iyad
Born in Iraq  (exact date unknown)
Was the interim Prime Minister of Iraq from June 2004 to April 2005, and as such a favourite assassination target for insurgents. Born in 1945.
[Picture of Iyad Allawi]


Allen, Anthony John
Born 11 June 1934  (Torbay, Devon, England)
Killed his wife Pat, and his 2 children in May 1975 & was finally caught & jailed for his crime in 2002.
[Picture of Anthony John Allen]


Allen, Douglas (Died in 2011)
Born 15 December 1917  (England)
Politician, civil servant & businessman.
[Picture of Douglas Allen]


Allen, Marty
Born 22 March 1922  (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)
Stand-up comedian and actor, far better known across the Atlantic than here in the UK.
[Picture of Marty Allen]


Allen, Sandy Sandy Allen is no longer with us
Born 18 June 1955  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)

Died 13 August 2008  (Indianapolis, Indiana, USA)

Age at death: 53  (read death notice)
Was the tallest woman in the world, standing at 7ft 7.25in.
[Picture of Sandy Allen]


Allen, Woody
Born 1 December 1935  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Comedy film actor/writer/director, born Allen Stewart Konigsberg.
[Picture of Woody Allen]


Allingham, Henry (Died in 2009)
Born 6 June 1896  (Clapham, London, England)
First World War veteran who is now Britain's oldest man.
[Picture of Henry Allingham]


Allison, Malcolm (Died in 2010)
Born 5 September 1927  (Dartford, Kent, England)
Extrovert and flamboyant ex-football manager, rarely seen without fedora and cigar. Managed a host of clubs, but is perhaps best remembered for his time at Manchester City, who he still occasionally watches these days.
[Picture of Malcolm Allison]


Alliss, Peter
Born 28 February 1931  (Berlin, Germany)
Golfer, golf course designer & long-time golf commentator for the BBC and others.
[Picture of Peter Alliss]


Allman, Gregg
Born 8 December 1947  (Nashville, Tennessee, USA)
Founder of the Allman Brothers Band, who lived the hedonistic rock 'n' roll lifestyle for many years.
[Picture of Gregg Allman]


al-Majid, Ali Hassan (Died in 2010)
Born in Tikrit, Iraq  (exact date unknown)
Cousin of Saddam Hussein, who served as the Minister of Defence under his regime. Termed "Chemical Ali" by the media for allegedly ordering a chemical weapons attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja in March 1988, killing thousands. Was the King of Spades in the famous deck of cards until his capture by US forces in August 2003. Sentenced to death for war crimes in 2007, but still awaiting his fate. Born 1941.
[Picture of Ali Hassan al-Majid]


al-Maliki, Nouri
Born 20 June 1950  (Abu Gharaq, Iraq)
Prime Minister of Iraq since May 2006. Later that year, he took the unusual step of announcing that he wasn't enjoying his job and wouldn't be standing for a second term in office, which loosely translates as "I'm a moving target and I'm absolutely sh*tting myself".
[Picture of Nouri al-Maliki]


al-Masri, Abu Ayyub (Died in 2010)
Date and place of birth unknown
Reportedly became the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq following the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in an airstrike in June 2006. Born in 1967, also known as Abu Hamza al-Muhajer.
[Picture of Abu Ayyub al-Masri]


Almond, Marc
Born 9 July 1956  (Southport, Lancashire, England)
Flamboyantly gay singer, formerly frontman of Soft Cell and Coil.
[Picture of Marc Almond]


al-Sadr, Moqtada
Born 12 August 1973  (Baghdad, Iraq)
Leader of a major insurgent force in Iraq, but has made overtures towards peace recently.
[Picture of Moqtada al-Sadr]


al-Tikriti, Hussein Rashid
Date and place of birth unknown
Former head of the Republican Guard and member of Saddam Hussein's family. Currently sentenced to death for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Anfal trial. Born in 1939 or '40.
[Picture of Hussein Rashid al-Tikriti]


al-Turabi, Hassan
Born in Kassala, Sudan  (exact date unknown)
Eminent political leader in Sudan, who has fallen in and out of favour with the Sudanese Government on many occasions. Born 1932.
[Picture of Hassan al-Turabi]


al-Zawahri, Ayman
Born 19 June 1951  (Maadi, Egypt)
One of bin Laden's deputies in Al-Qaeda, about whom recent whereabouts are sketchy.
[Picture of Ayman al-Zawahri]


Amin Fahim, Makhdoom
Born 4 August 1939  (Hala, Pakistan)
Pakistani politician, one of Benazir Bhutto's chief aides in the PPP Party. Having a slightly lower profile may spare him the assassin's bullet/bomb/sunroof lever...
[Picture of Makhdoom Amin Fahim]


Amis, John (Died in 2013)
Born 17 June 1922  (Dulwich, London, England)
Classical music critic for The Guardian & the BBC. Also deaf in one ear.
[Picture of John Amis]


Amte, Baba Baba Amte is no longer with us
Born 26 December 1914  (Hinganghat, Wardha District of Maharasht, India)

Died 8 February 2008  (Anandwan, India)

Age at death: 93  (read death notice)
Indian charity/social leader - his role was akin to Mother Teresa's is some ways but Amte's life work was towards victims of leprosy.
[Picture of Baba Amte]


Born 17 September 1973  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Pop singer ("I'm Outta Love", "One Day In Your Life"). Has had Crohn's disease since the age of 13, and also battled breast cancer in 2003.
[Picture of Anastacia]


Anderson, Pamela
Born 1 July 1967  (Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada)
One of the great intellectuals of our time, and part-time model, actress and sex symbol.
[Picture of Pamela Anderson]


Anderson, Sparky (Died in 2010)
Born 22 February 1934  (Bridgewater, South Dakota, USA)
Legendary baseball manager, apparently.
[Picture of Sparky Anderson]


Andersson, Arne (Died in 2009)
Born 27 October 1917  (Trollhättan, Sweden)
Middle-distance runner in the 1940's - one of the holders of the Mile record before Roger Bannister came along.
[Picture of Arne Andersson]


Anderton, Sophie
Born 14 May 1977  (Bristol, England)
Model & occasional "reality TV celeb". *Shudder*
[Picture of Sophie Anderton]


Andreotti, Giulio (Died in 2013)
Born 14 January 1919  (Rome, Italy)
Former Italian President, who, due to the often chaotic Italian political system, has been the 58th, 61st AND 70th President of Italy!
[Picture of Giulio Andreotti]


Andreu, Rosaura (Died in 2010)
Born 1st January 1918  (Texas, USA)
Hugely popular in Puerto Rico as a TV show host. Not the best credentials for a UK obit, but you never know.....
[Picture of Rosaura Andreu]


Andrews, Jane
Born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England  (exact date unknown)
Sarah Ferguson's ex-maid. Serving a life sentence for the murder of her boyfriend, she ended up on a life support machine after a suicide attempt in October 2003.
[Picture of Jane Andrews]


Andrews, Julie
Born 1 October 1935  (Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England)
Actress - star of "The Sound of Music".
[Picture of Julie Andrews]


Andrews, Patty (Died in 2013)
Born 16 February 1918  (Mound, Minnesota, USA)
Was one-third of The Andrews Sisters, along with her older (and now dead) siblings Laverne and Maxene. Their best-known song was probably 'Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree'. Patty is the one in the middle in the photo.
[Picture of Patty Andrews]


Angel, Criss
Born 19 December 1967  (East Meadow, New York, USA)
Illusionist & stunt performer, best known, in the US anyway, for his show Criss Angel MindFreak
[Picture of Criss Angel]


Angelica, Mother
Born 20 April 1923  (Canton, Ohio, USA)
Born Rita Antoinette Rizzo, she went on to found the Eternal World Television Network (EWTN), the largest Catholic cable network with an audience of about 66 million households in 43 countries.
[Picture of Mother Angelica]


Angelou, Maya
Born 4 February 1928  (St Louis, Missouri, USA)
Emiment US literary figure - poet, actress and civil rights veteran.
[Picture of Maya Angelou]


Angle, Kurt
Born 9 December 1968  (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)
Yet another wrestler.
[Picture of Kurt Angle]


Annan, Kofi
Born 8 April 1938  (Kumasi, Ghana)
Former Secretary-General of the UN until 2007.
[Picture of Kofi Annan]


Ansara, Michael (Died in 2013)
Born 15 April 1922  (Syria)
US actor, known for his sci-fi roles in "Star Trek", "Babylon 5" and "Buck Rogers".
[Picture of Michael Ansara]


Ant, Adam
Born 3 November 1954  (London, England)
New Romantic singer - a pin-up in his heyday, but now old, overweight and suffering from depression. Was detained under the Mental Health Act in 2002 after throwing a car alternator through a pub window.
[Picture of Adam Ant]


Aoun, Michel
Born 17 February 1935  (Beirut, Lebanon)
Lebanese military commander and politician. Also briefly ex-PM and President of the country. Not the safest of job roles, being a Lebanese politican right now...
[Picture of Michel Aoun]


arap Moi, Daniel
Born 2 September 1924  (Sacho, Baringo, Kenya)
President of Kenya from 1978-2002. Still dogged by controversies stemming from his time in office.
[Picture of Daniel arap Moi]


Arbus, Allan (Died in 2013)
Born 15 February 1918  (New York, New York, USA)
Veteran US actor, best known for his role as Dr Sidney Freedman in "M*A*S*H".
[Picture of Allan Arbus]


Archard, Bernard Bernard Archard is no longer with us
Born 20 August 1916  (Fulham, London, England)

Died 1 May 2008  (Witham Friary, Somerset, England)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
Actor, in a whole host of TV shows over the years.
[Picture of Bernard Archard]


Armfield, Jimmy
Born 21 September 1935  (Denton, Manchester, England)
Former Blackpool & England footballer, now a very popular radio commentator & broadcaster.
[Picture of Jimmy Armfield]


Armstrong, Curtis
Born 27 November 1953  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
American actor of "Revenge of the Nerds" fame.
[Picture of Curtis Armstrong]


Armstrong, Heather B.
Born 19 July 1975  (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)
Also known as "Dooce" & is apparently a top blogger.
[Picture of Heather B. Armstrong]


Armstrong, Lance
Born 18 September 1971  (Plano, Texas, USA)
Former cyclist, 7 times winner of the Tour de France, who overcame brain, lung and testicular cancer.
[Picture of Lance Armstrong]


Armstrong, Neil (Died in 2012)
Born 5 August 1930  (Wapakoneta, Ohio, USA)
First man on the moon...or actor in an unconvincing Hollywood film set, depending on who you believe.
[Picture of Neil Armstrong]


Armstrong, R. G. (Died in 2012)
Born 7 April 1917  (Birmingham, Alabama, USA)
Stage, film and TV actor, best known for playing evil Lewis Vendredi in the TV adaptation of "Friday the 13th". R. G. = Robert Golden.
[Picture of R. G. Armstrong]


Arnell, Richard (Died in 2009)
Born 15 September 1917  (Hampstead, London, England)
UK classical music composer.
[Picture of Richard Arnell]


Arness, James (Died in 2011)
Born 26 May 1923  (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)
Star of US TV show "Gunsmoke", as well as having a long and varied film career.
[Picture of James Arness]


Arnold, Eddy Eddy Arnold is no longer with us
Born 15 May 1918  (Madisonville, Tennessee, USA)

Died 8 May 2008  (Nashville, Tennessee, USA)

Age at death: 89  (read death notice)
Country & western singer. His hits include "That's How Much I Love You" (1946), "Kentucky Waltz" (1951), and "Make the World Go Away" (1965). Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1966. Nicknamed 'The Tennessee Plowboy'.
[Picture of Eddy Arnold]


Arnold, Eve (Died in 2012)
Born 21 April 1912  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
American photojournalist, who now lives in Britain.
[Picture of Eve Arnold]


Arthur, Bea (Died in 2009)
Born 13 May 1923  (New York, New York, USA)
Stage and TV actress, born Bernice Frankel. Best remembered as the tall one out of The Golden Girls who looked like a man in drag. Won an Emmy for her role in it, as did the other three main cast members.
[Picture of Bea Arthur]


Arundell, Peter (Died in 2009)
Born 8 November 1933  (Ilford, Essex)
Racing driver, for whom injury ruined what could've been a very successful career in the early '60's.
[Picture of Peter Arundell]


Arvonen, Aarne (Died in 2009)
Born 4 August 1897  (Helsinki, Finland)
A very old Finn, he is also the last surviving participant of the Finnish Civil War of 1918.
[Picture of Aarne Arvonen]


Ash, Lesley
Born 19 February 1960  (Clapham, London, England)
Actress, one of the stars of "Men Behaving Badly". Collagen lip implants went badly wrong in 2003, leaving her with what the tabloids described as a "trout pout". After being beaten up by her husband, ex-footballer Lee Chapman, in 2004, she picked up an infection in hospital. According to papers filed in the courts in 2007, suing the hospital, she still has mild paraparesis, loss of some power and motor control in the legs, and some loss of bladder control. It is unlikely she will be able to return to an active role as an actress.
[Picture of Lesley Ash]


Ashmore, Sir Edward
Born 11 December 1919  (Queenstown, Ireland)
A former Admiral of the Fleet, the most senior Royal Navy position there is.
[Picture of Sir Edward Ashmore]


Asner, Ed
Born 15 November 1929  (Kansas City, Kansas, USA)
US actor, who has mostly appeared in TV programmes such as "The Mary Tyler Moore Show".
[Picture of Ed Asner]


Asner, Milivoj (Died in 2011)
Born 21 April 1913  (Daruvar, Croatia)
War criminal, accused of crimes against humanity and war crimes in the city of Po˛ega in 1941 - 1942.
[Picture of Milivoj Asner]


Aspel, Michael
Born 12 January 1933  (London, England)
Host of "This Is Your Life" and "Antiques Roadshow", who has been suffering from cancer. Still continues to work, however.
[Picture of Michael Aspel]


Assia, Lys
Born 3 March 1926  (Lenzburg, Aargau, Switzerland)
Swiss singer who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. Real name: Rosa Mina Schärer.
[Picture of Lys Assia]


Astin, John
Born 30 March 1930  (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)
Actor - starred as Gomez Addams in "The Addams Family", and has mainly appeared in TV comedies since.
[Picture of John Astin]


Attenborough, Sir David
Born 8 May 1926  (London, England)
Broadcaster, author, naturalist and also ex-Controller of BBC2. Brother of Sir Richard.
[Picture of Sir David Attenborough]


Attenborough, Sir Richard
Born 29 August 1923  (Cambridge, England)
Oscar-winning film director, general luvvie, and brother of Sir David.
[Picture of Sir Richard Attenborough]


Austin, Barry
Born 17 September 1968  (Birmingham, England)
One of the fattest people in the UK, featured in numerous obese-related programmes. As if that wasn't bad enough, he also supports Birmingham City FC.
[Picture of Barry Austin]


Aweys, Sheikh Hassan
Date and place of birth unknown
Somalian Islamist leader, born 1945. Has a distinctive and quite frankly ridiculous red beard.
[Picture of Sheikh Hassan Aweys]


Ayers, Rowan Rowan Ayers is no longer with us
Born 16 June 1922  (Essex, England)

Died 5 January 2008  (Australia)

Age at death: 85  (read death notice)
Former TV producer & poet - also a journalist, who later moved to Australia.
[Picture of Rowan Ayers]


Ayres, Pam
Born 14 March 1947  (Stanford in the Vale, Berkshire, England)
Humorous poet, often on TV.
[Picture of Pam Ayres]


Aziz, Tariq
Born 28 April 1936  (Tel Keppe, Iraq)
One of the more familiar faces of Saddam Hussein's bunch of henchmen, and one of the few still alive! Former foreign minister, now languishing in jail.
[Picture of Tariq Aziz]


Aziz Al-Hakim, Abdul
Born in Najaf, Iraq  (exact date unknown)
Born in 1950, exact date unknown. One of the main leaders of the post-Saddam Hussein Iraq, representing the majority of the country's Shia population. Rumours of poor health have abounded for years, but Al-Hakim says all is well. We shall see…
[Picture of Abdul Aziz Al-Hakim]


Aznavour, Charles
Born 22 May 1924  (Paris, France)
Watery-eyed French crooner.
[Picture of Charles Aznavour]

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