Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2008: 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]


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]


Mackie, Baron George
Born 10 July 1919  (Benshie, Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland)
Former Scottish MP & Rector of Dundee University.
[Picture of Baron George Mackie]


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]


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


Madden, John
Born 10 April 1936  (Austin, Minnesota, USA)
Former head coach of the Oakland Raiders (overseeing their victory in Superbowl XI), who has been an NFL commentator on TV for over twenty years. He's also a best-selling sports author who, in a stroke of genius, gave his first book the title "Hey, Wait a Minute, I Wrote a Book!"
[Picture of John Madden]


Madeley, Paul
Born 20 September 1944  (Leeds, Yorkshire, England)
Former Leeds United great, who, sadly seems to be in as much dire straits & ill-health as his former team currently are. Also won 24 caps for England.
[Picture of Paul Madeley]


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


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


Mahal, Taj
Born 17 May 1942  (New York City, New York, USA)
American blues musician, whose birth name is Henry Fredericks.
[Picture of Taj Mahal]


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


Mahoney, John
Born 20 February 1940  (Blackpool, Lancashire, England)
Best known as Martin Crane in "Frasier".
[Picture of John Mahoney]


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]


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]


Malone, Dorothy
Born 30 January 1925  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Film actress - "Written on the Wind", "The Big Sleep" and more recently, "Basic Instinct".
[Picture of Dorothy Malone]


Mamo, Sir Anthony Sir Anthony Mamo is no longer with us
Born 9 January 1909  (Birkirkara, Malta)

Died 1 May 2008  (Casa Arkati, Mosta, Malta)

Age at death: 99  (read death notice)
Malta's first President (1974-6) after the country became a republic.
[Picture of Sir Anthony Mamo]


Mandaric, Milan
Born 5 September 1938  (Novi Sad, Serbia)
Chairman of Leicester City FC, ex Chairman of Portsmouth FC
[Picture of Milan Mandaric]


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]


Mandela, Winnie
Born 26 September 1934  (Bizana, Pondoland, Transkei, South Africa)
The first black First Lady of South Africa, and now estranged wife of Nelson.
[Picture of Winnie Mandela]


Mandelbrot, Benoit (Died in 2010)
Born 20 November 1924  (Warsaw, Poland)
Mathematician, the "father of fractal geometry", or so it says on Wikipedia.
[Picture of Benoit Mandelbrot]


Manekshaw, Sam Sam Manekshaw is no longer with us
Born 3 April 1914  (Amritsar, India)

Died 27 June 2008  (Wellington, Tamil Nadu, India)

Age at death: 94  (read death notice)
One of India's top military men, who achieved numerous victories for his country in its turbulent past.
[Picture of Sam Manekshaw]


Manilow, Barry
Born 17 June 1943  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Cheesy easy-listening singer with a big nose.
[Picture of Barry Manilow]


Manley, Dorothy
Born 29 April 1927  (Manor Park, London, England)
Won silver in the 1948 Olympic Games 100 metres for Great Britain.
[Picture of Dorothy Manley]


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]


Manson, Marilyn
Born 5 January 1969  (Canton, Ohio, USA)
Extrovert and quite frankly scary rock singer. Born plain ol' Brian Warner.
[Picture of Marilyn 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]


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]


Margera, Bam
Born 28 September 1979  (West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA)
AKA Brandon Cole Margera - stuntman, daredevil, actor, personality & thrillseeking loony.
[Picture of Bam Margera]


Margera, Vincent
Born 3 July 1956  (Concordville, Pennsylvania)
Better known as Don Vito. Reality "celebrity" - apparently a presenter & actor. Rather better known for being in constant trouble with the law.
[Picture of Vincent Margera]


Margrethe II, Queen
Born 16 April 1940  (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Queen of Denmark since 1972.
[Picture of Queen Margrethe II]


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 Pedro Antonio Marin is no longer with us
Born 13 May 1930  (Genova, Colombia)

Died 26 March 2008  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 78  (read death notice)
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]


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]


Martin, Chris
Born 2 March 1977  (Exeter, Devon, England)
Lead singer of Coldplay & hubby of Gwyneth Paltrow.
[Picture of Chris Martin]


Martin, Dick Dick Martin is no longer with us
Born 30 January 1922  (Battle Creek, Michigan, USA)

Died 24 May 2008  (Santa Monica, California, USA)

Age at death: 86  (read death notice)
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, Michael
Born 3 July 1945  (Glasgow, Scotland)
MP & current speaker of the House. Not the most popular person that has done this role, mainly due to his brusque manner, his bias towards Labour & spending taxpayer's money on trivial items.
[Picture of Michael 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]


Martyn, John (Died in 2009)
Born 11 September 1948  (New Malden, Surrey, England)
Folk singer/songwriter & guitarist.
[Picture of John Martyn]


Marvin, Hank
Born 28 October 1941  (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England)
Lead Guitarist for the Shadows & thus has had a long music career.
[Picture of Hank Marvin]


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 May 1956.
[Picture of Khaled Mashaal]


Mason, James
Date and place of birth unknown
Not the actor, but a man who married Peggy Clark, 85, in November 2007, and both become Britain's oldest newlyweds. Born in 1914.
[Picture of James Mason]


Mason, Margery
Born 27 September 1920  (Hackney, London, England)
Actress in films & TV roles, perhaps best known for her role in Peak Practice as Alice North.
[Picture of Margery Mason]


Mason, Peggy
Date and place of birth unknown
Nee Clark. New wife of James Mason, and one half of Britain's oldest newlyweds. Born 1922.
[Picture of Peggy Mason]


Mason, Roy
Born 18 April 1924  (Royston, South Yorkshire, England)
Former Labour MP & minister, former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
[Picture of Roy Mason]


Mathews, Max (Died in 2011)
Born 13 November 1926  (Columbus, Nebraska)
Pioneer in computer music, apparently.
[Picture of Max Mathews]


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]


Matlock, Glen
Born 27 August 1956  (London, England)
Another musician, this one being a member of the Sex Pistols.
[Picture of Glen Matlock]


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]


Mauroy, Pierre
Born 5 July 1928  (Cartignies, France)
Former PM of France, between 1981 & 1984.
[Picture of Pierre Mauroy]


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]


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]


Mayhew, Peter
Born 19 May 1944  (Barnes, London, England)
Actor, whose only main role as been a hugely popular one - that of "Chewbacca" in the "Star Wars" films.
[Picture of Peter Mayhew]


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]


McAlpine, Lord Alistair
Born 14 May 1942  (Hampshire, England)
Businessman & general toff, former treasurer for the Conservatives.
[Picture of Lord Alistair McAlpine]


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]


McCallum, David
Born 19 September 1933  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Actor, best known as Illya Kuyakin in "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."
[Picture of David McCallum]


McCann, Gerry
Born 5 June 1968  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Father of the missing/dead Madeleine, whose disappearance has been headline news in the UK since May 2007. Both McCann & his wife Kate have come in for heavy criticism over the disappearance & its aftermath. Works as a doctor.
[Picture of Gerry McCann]


McCann, Kate
Born in Allerton, Liverpool, England  (exact date unknown)
Former GP who is the mother of the missing/dead Madeleine. Wife of Gerry, born in 1967, exact date unknown (like so much to do with her...)
[Picture of Kate McCann]


McCann, Kerryn Kerryn McCann is no longer with us
Born 2 May 1967  (Bulli, New South Wales, Australia)

Died 8 December 2008  (Woolangong, Australia)

Age at death: 41  (read death notice)
Marathon runner, twice winner of the Commonwealth Gold in the discipline. Announced in 2007 that she was battling breast cancer, a fight she lost in 2008.
[Picture of Kerryn McCann]


McCarthy, Kevin (Died in 2010)
Born 15 February 1914  (Seattle, Washington)
US movie actor.
[Picture of Kevin McCarthy]


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]


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 Jane McGrath is no longer with us
Born 4 May 1966  (Paignton, Devon, England)

Died 22 June 2008  (Cronulla, New South Wales, Australia)

Age at death: 42  (read death notice)
English-born wife of Aussie cricketer, Glenn McGrath. Bravely battled 3 cancers for over 10 years.
[Picture of Jane McGrath]


McGwire, Mark
Born 1 October 1963  (Pomona, California, USA)
Legendary batter for the Oakland Athletics (this is a baseball team, for those who aren't sure), breaking the most Home Runs in a season record in 1998. Since then, his involvement with drugs has tarnished his hero status somewhat.
[Picture of Mark McGwire]


McKay, Jim Jim McKay is no longer with us
Born 24 September 1921  (Philadephia, Pennsylvania, USA)

Died 7 June 2008  (Monkton, Maryland, USA)

Age at death: 86  (read death notice)
US TV commentator, journalist & broadcaster.
[Picture of Jim McKay]


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


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


McManus, Mick (Died in 2013)
Born 11 January 1928  (New Cross, London)
Wrestler, a top star in the early days of televised wrestling.
[Picture of Mick McManus]


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]


McNicol, Ian
Date and place of birth unknown
Former jazz musician who hit the headlines recently when the remains of his daughter, Dinah were found in a house in Margate & he made the trip down to grieve properly at the site of her death.
[Picture of Ian McNicol]


McShane, Mike
Born 10 December 1957  (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
Became famous in the UK through his appearances on "Whose Line is it Anyway", his role as Friar Tuck in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" and high-profile adverts for Air Canada. Since then, although he's been working, he's barely been seen on UK TV.
[Picture of Mike McShane]


McTaggart, Richard
Born 15 October 1935  (Dundee, Scotland)
Former boxer, won Gold in the lightweight division in the 1956 Olympic Games for Great Britain & followed that up with a bronze medal 4 years later.
[Picture of Richard McTaggart]


Meara, Anne
Born 20 September 1929  (Queens, New York, USA)
Actress & comedienne, in TV & films & often on US panel shows.
[Picture of Anne Meara]


Mears, Ray
Born 7 February 1964  (Kenley, Surrey, England)
British author & TV presenter, expert in outdoor survival techniques.
[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]


Mehsud, Baitullah (Died in 2009)
Born in Waziristan, Pakistan  (exact date unknown)
A leading Taliban commander in Waziristan, Mehsud is one of the main terrorists in Pakistan & is believed to be the man behind the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in 2007. Born sometime around 1973.
[Picture of Baitullah Mehsud]


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


Mellencamp, John
Born 7 October 1951  (Seymour, Indiana, USA)
Also known as Johny Cougar. He's a rock musician & songwriter.
[Picture of John Mellencamp]


Melvin, Allan Allan Melvin is no longer with us
Born 18 February 1922  (Kansas City, Missouri, USA)

Died 17 January 2008  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 85  (read death notice)
Frequent TV star, often in sitcoms & one of those faces you can't put a name to.
[Picture of Allan Melvin]


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]


Merrick, Gil (Died in 2010)
Born 26 January 1922  (Sparkhill, Birmingham)
Former goalkeeper for Birmingham City & England - in goal when Hungary crushed England at Wembley in 1953.
[Picture of Gil Merrick]


Mevsimler, Sharon (Died in 2010)
Born in Essex, England  (exact date unknown)
Stupid fat woman from Essex who bleated she can't get NHS treatment as she is too fat - 42 stone at the moment & blames society for her problems. Personally I blame her own gob for cramming so many pies in. Born in 1970.
[Picture of Sharon Mevsimler]


Mian Soomro, Muhammad
Born 19 August 1950  (Karachi, Pakistan)
Pakistani politican, who has been recently both caretaker President & Prime Minister of Pakistan.
[Picture of Muhammad Mian Soomro]


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]


Michael Of Romania, King
Born 25 October 1921  (Foisor Castle, Sinaia, Romania)
Former King of Romania, now living in exile.
[Picture of King Michael Of Romania]


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


Mileson, Brooks Brooks Mileson is no longer with us
Born 13 November 1947  (Pennywell, Sunderland)

Died 3 November 2008  (Blackford, Cumbria, England)

Age at death: 60  (read death notice)
Controversial, lardy-arsed former chairman of Gretna FC.
[Picture of Brooks Mileson]


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 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]


Mintoff, Dom (Died in 2012)
Born 6 August 1916  (Cospicua, Malta)
Former Prime Minister of Malta.
[Picture of Dom Mintoff]


Mirren, Dame Helen
Born 26 July 1945  (Ilford, Essex, England)
Leading lady of TV, stage & film of Russian origin. More recently portrayed the Queen in the film of the same name, but also known for her role in "Prime Suspect".
[Picture of Dame Helen Mirren]


Mitchell, Edgar
Born 17 September 1930  (Hereford, Texas, USA)
NASA astronaut, a member of the Apollo 14 lunar space mission.
[Picture of Edgar Mitchell]


Mitchell, George
Born 20 August 1933  (Waterville, Maine, USA)
Former US senator for Maine, who then became one of the pivotal names of the Northern Ireland peace process.
[Picture of George 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]


Mitchell-Leon, Carol (Died in 2009)
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  (exact date unknown)
Actress & writer, based in Atlanta, who is an expert on African-American issues. Suffered a heart-attack in 2007 & currently seriously ill.
[Picture of Carol Mitchell-Leon]


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


Mizan Zainal Abidin, King
Born 22 January 1962  (Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia)
The 16th Sultan of Terengganu & one of the rulers of Malaysia.
[Picture of King Mizan Zainal Abidin]


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


Modell, Art (Died in 2012)
Born 23 June 1925  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Owner of the Baltimore Ravens American football team. Missed a home game for the first time in December 2003, due to respiratory problems.
[Picture of Art Modell]


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]


Mohammed Al Hajj, Sami Mohy El Din
Born 15 February 1969  (Khartoum, Sudan)
Terrorist, a former inmate at Guantanamo Bay.
[Picture of Sami Mohy El Din Mohammed Al Hajj]


Molina, Alfred
Born 24 May 1953  (London, England)
Frequent character actor in film, TV & star of stage shows.
[Picture of Alfred Molina]


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]


Moncur, Bobby
Born 19 January 1945  (Perth, Scotland)
Former Scotland, Newcastle & Sunderland player, later a manager.
[Picture of Bobby Moncur]


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]


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]


Montoya, Juan Pablo
Born 20 September 1975  (Bogota, Colombia)
Former F1 racing driver with Williams & McLaren - now in NASCAR in the US.
[Picture of Juan Pablo Montoya]


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]


Moore, George George Moore is no longer with us
Born 5 July 1923  (Mackay, Queensland, Australia)

Died 8 January 2008  (Sydney, Australia)

Age at death: 84  (read death notice)
Former jockey & racehorse trainer, one of the sport's true legends with success in both roles of the sport.
[Picture of George 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]


Mordaunt, Christopher
Date and place of birth unknown
Former Senior Jumps Handicapper, whatever the hell that is....
[Picture of Christopher Mordaunt]


Mordyukova, Nonna Nonna Mordyukova is no longer with us
Born 25 November 1925  (Konstantinovsk, Ukraine)

Died 6 July 2008  (Moscow, Russia)

Age at death: 82  (read death notice)
Russian actress.
[Picture of Nonna Mordyukova]


Moreira De Olivera, Augusto (Died in 2009)
Born 6 October 1896  (Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal)
5th oldest man in World, 2nd in Europe, oldest in Portugal.
[Picture of Augusto Moreira De Olivera]


Morgan, Cliff (Died in 2013)
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]


Morgan, Rhodri
Born 29 September 1939  (Cardiff, Wales)
First Minister of Wales since 2000.
[Picture of Rhodri Morgan]


Morgan-Giles, Rear Admiral Sir Morgan (Died in 2013)
Born 19 June 1914  (West Tytherley, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England)
British Navy stalwart who later became Conservative Party MP for Winchester for about 15 years.
[Picture of Rear Admiral Sir Morgan Morgan-Giles]


Morgan-Jones, Rhydian
Born 27 October 1944  (Maidenhead, Berkshire, England)
Horse-racing administrator & general big-wig.
[Picture of Rhydian Morgan-Jones]


Morley, Angela (Died in 2009)
Born 10 March 1924  (Leeds, Yorkshire, England)
Born Wally Stott, but had gender reassignment surgery in the 1970's. Composer & conductor of light pieces.
[Picture of Angela Morley]


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


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


Morris, Jan
Born 2 October 1926  (Clevedon, Somerset, England)
Historian & travel writer, born James Morris, but had sex reassignment surgery & now works under the name of Jan.
[Picture of Jan Morris]


Morris, Jonathon
Born 20 July 1960  (Urmston, Manchester, England)
Actor, became famous for his role in "Bread", but also for being a completely pretenious & unfunny luvvie.
[Picture of Jonathon Morris]


Morris of Aberavon, Baron
Born 5 November 1931  (Capel Bangor, Aberystwyth, Ceridig, Wales)
Former barrister & MP for Aberavon between 1959-2001. Former member of 3 different Labour PM's cabinets - Wilson, Callaghan and Blair - Morris is unique in this respect.
[Picture of Baron Morris of Aberavon]


Morrison, Sir Ken
Born 20 October 1931  (Bradford, Yorkshire)
Founder & head of Morrison's Supermarkets.
[Picture of Sir Ken Morrison]


Morrison, Toni
Born 18 February 1931  (Lorain, Ohio, USA)
American author, former winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
[Picture of Toni 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 Barry Morse is no longer with us
Born 10 June 1918  (Shoreditch, England)

Died 2 February 2008  (London, England)

Age at death: 89  (read death notice)
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]


Moses, Edwin
Born 31 August 1955  (Dayton, Ohio, USA)
Athlete, 400m hurdles ace who won Gold at the 1976 & 1988 Olympics & in the 1983 & 1987 World Championships.
[Picture of Edwin Moses]


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]


Mswati III, King
Born 19 April 1968  (Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital, Swaziland)
King of Swaziland since 1986. Has 13 wives & 27 (thus far) children.
[Picture of King Mswati III]


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]


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! Her age is in dispute, but she's at least over 100 years of age.
[Picture of Ruby Muhammad]


Muhammad VI, King
Born 21 August 1963  (Rabat, Morocco)
King of Morocco since 1999 - full name is al-Hafiz al-Sayyid Mohammad Bin Al-Hassan al-Idrisi al-Hasani !!
[Picture of King Muhammad VI]


Mulville, Jimmy
Born 5 January 1955  (Liverpool, England)
Comedian, writer, TV presenter & producer.
[Picture of Jimmy Mulville]


Munce, Chris
Born 17 May 1969  (Casino, New South Wales, Australia)
Successful, but bribe-taking Aussie jockey.
[Picture of Chris Munce]


Murcer, Bobby Bobby Murcer is no longer with us
Born 20 May 1946  (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA)

Died 12 July 2008  (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA)

Age at death: 62  
Former baseball player who spent most of his career with the New York Yankees before becoming a broadcaster.
[Picture of Bobby Murcer]


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-O'Connor, Cardinal Cormac
Born 24 March 1932  (Reading, Berkshire, England)
Current head (since 2000) of the Roman Catholic Church in the United Kingdom.
[Picture of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor]


Murray, Andy
Born 15 May 1987  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Tennis player, currently Britain's highest ranked professional.
[Picture of Andy Murray]


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, 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]


Murray, Sir David
Born 14 October 1951  (Ayr, Scotland)
Businessman & chairman of Rangers FC.
[Picture of Sir David Murray]


Musharraf, Pervez
Born 11 August 1943  (Delhi, India)
Former President of Pakistan, who survived two assassination attempts in as many months towards the end of 2003.
[Picture of Pervez Musharraf]


Musial, Stan (Died in 2013)
Born 21 November 1920  (Donora, Pennsylvania, USA)
Legendary baseball player who enjoyed a 22-year career (1941-63) with the St Louis Cardinals.
[Picture of Stan Musial]


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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