Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2008: S


Saatchi, Charles
Born 10 June 1943  (Baghdad, Iraq)
Advertising tycoon and art collector.
[Picture of Charles Saatchi]


Sagor Maas, Frederica (Died in 2012)
Born 6 July 1900  (New York, New York, USA)
Early Hollywood screenwriter.
[Picture of Frederica Sagor Maas]


Saint, Silvia
Born 12 February 1976  (Kyjov, Czech Republic.)
Top porn actress, born Sylvie Tomcalová.
[Picture of Silvia Saint]


Sales, Soupy (Died in 2009)
Born 8 January 1926  (Franklinton, North Carolina, USA)
Born Milton Supman. Now a radio personality, but previously a children's show host. Famous for hitting his guests in the face with pies and for telling his young viewers to send him "those green pieces of paper with pictures of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Lincoln and Jefferson on them" from their parents' wallets and purses.
[Picture of Soupy Sales]


Salgado, Curtis
Born 4 February 1954  (Everett, Washington, USA)
Blues musician, singer & songwriter.
[Picture of Curtis Salgado]


Salinger, J. D. (Died in 2010)
Born 1 January 1919  (New York, New York, USA)
Writer of (for the most part) short stories, whose only novel - "Catcher in the Rye" (1951) - is the basis of his literary reputation. The same novel was also famous as being the book that Mark Chapman was holding when he murdered John Lennon. Rumours that Salinger (who hasn't published anything since 1965) is in fact the same person as the similarly reclusive Thomas Pynchon (author of novels such as "V" and "Gravity's Rainbow", all published since 1965) are, sadly, unfounded. JD = Jack Daniels. Actually, that's not true: it's really Jerome David.
[Picture of J. D. Salinger]


Sallis, Peter
Born 1 February 1921  (Twickenham, Middlesex, England)
Comic actor who played Norman Clegg in the British TV series "Last of the Summer Wine". More recently he has provided the voice of Wallace out of "Wallace & Gromit".
[Picture of Peter Sallis]


Salmond, Robert
Born in Scotland  (exact date unknown)
Former civil servant, father of Alex Salmond, odious leader of the SNP.
[Picture of Robert Salmond]


Salvador, Henri Henri Salvador is no longer with us
Born 18 July 1917  (Cayenne, French Guinea)

Died 13 February 2008  (Paris, France)

Age at death: 90  (read death notice)
Songwriter and crooner, who was a star attraction in France for seven decades, despite stiff competition from other top-quality French singers such as Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Hallyday.
[Picture of Henri Salvador]


Samaranch, Juan Antonio (Died in 2010)
Born 17 July 1920  (Barcelona, Spain)
Former head of the International Olympic Committee, always dogged by controversy because he had been a senior bureaucrat in Franco's fascist Spanish government.
[Picture of Juan Antonio Samaranch]


Samuelson, Paul (Died in 2009)
Born 15 May 1915  (Gary, Indiana, USA)
Famous US economist.
[Picture of Paul Samuelson]


Sanderling, Kurt (Died in 2011)
Born 19 September 1912  (Arys, East Prussia, Germany)
German music conductor.
[Picture of Kurt Sanderling]


Sanderson, John
Date and place of birth unknown
Owner of Doncaster Racecourse. Born circa 1942.
[Picture of John Sanderson]


Sanger, Frederick (Died in 2013)
Born 13 August 1918  (Rendcombe, Gloucestershire, England)
Biochemist, twice Nobel Prize winning laureate, the only living person to be so honoured.
[Picture of Frederick Sanger]


Santo, Ron (Died in 2010)
Born 25 February 1940  (Seattle, Washington, USA)
Former star of the Chicago Cubs (that's baseball, for anyone who's unsure). He has suffered from diabetes his whole life (organising many fundraising activities for related charities), and has had to have both legs amputated, which is presumably why he's falling over backwards in the photo.
[Picture of Ron Santo]


Sarkozy, Nicolas
Born 28 January 1955  (Paris, France)
Current President of France, a slightly more glamorous type of leader than France has had in a while.
[Picture of Nicolas Sarkozy]


Sarwari, Assadullah
Born in Afghanistan  (exact date unknown)
Head of the Afghan intelligence service from 1979-92. Sentenced to death for war crimes, including torture and murder, in February 2006. Born in 1941.
[Picture of Assadullah Sarwari]


Sassoon, Vidal (Died in 2012)
Born 17 January 1928  (London, England)
Former hairdresser and hawker of haircare products.
[Picture of Vidal Sassoon]


Savident, John
Born 21 January 1938  (Guernsey, Channel Islands)
TV actor, plays Fred Elliott in "Coronation Street".
[Picture of John Savident]


Savile, Sir Jimmy (Died in 2011)
Born 30 October 1926  (Leeds, Yorkshire, England)
Former DJ, presenter of "Top of the Pops", and most famously, the cigar-wielding, shellsuit-wearing presenter of his own TV show for kids, "Jim'll Fix It". Goodness gracious, goodness gracious, guys and gals, is Weird Uncle Jimmy going to cark it this year?
[Picture of Sir Jimmy Savile]


Scàlfaro, Oscar Luigi (Died in 2012)
Born 9 September 1918  (Novara, Piedmont, Italy)
Former President of Italy, from 1992-1999.
[Picture of Oscar Luigi Scàlfaro]


Scargill, Arthur
Born 11 January 1938  (Worsbrough Dale, South Yorkshire, England)
Former miner, Communist, and president of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). Fought a bitter battle of wills with Margaret Thatcher during the 1984-85 miners' strike, lost, and then founded his own political party, the Socialist Labour Party, which has had little success at the polls.
[Picture of Arthur Scargill]


Scheel, Walter
Born 8 July 1919  (Solingen, Germany)
Federal President of West Germany, 1974-79.
[Picture of Walter Scheel]


Scheider, Roy Roy Scheider is no longer with us
Born 10 November 1932  (Orange, New Jersey, USA)

Died 10 February 2008  (Little Rock, Arkansas, USA)

Age at death: 75  (read death notice)
Actor who started out in cheesy horror flicks before landing a starring role as police chief Martin Brody in "Jaws".
[Picture of Roy Scheider]


Schelling, Thomas
Born 14 April 1921  (Oakland, California, USA)
Economist & Professor - a key name in US Security policies & global warming pressure groups over the years.
[Picture of Thomas Schelling]


Schillebeeckx, Edward (Died in 2009)
Born 12 November 1914  (Antwerp, Belgium)
Theologian, religious author & philosopher.
[Picture of Edward Schillebeeckx]


Schmidt, Helmut
Born 23 December 1918  (Hamburg, Germany)
German politician from the left-of-centre SPD party. Served as Chancellor of Germany from 1974-82.
[Picture of Helmut Schmidt]


Schreckengost, Viktor Viktor Schreckengost is no longer with us
Born 26 June 1906  (Sebring, Ohio, USA)

Died 26 January 2008  (Tallahassee, Florida, USA)

Age at death: 101  
Sculptor, designer, painter & artist.
[Picture of Viktor Schreckengost]


Schulberg, Budd (Died in 2009)
Born 27 May 1914  (New York City, New York, USA)
Screenwriter for film & TV and a novelist.
[Picture of Budd Schulberg]


Schumacher, Michael
Born 3 January 1969  (Hürth-Hermülheim, Cologne, Germany)
Legendary racing driver, who has won the Formula 1 world championship enough times to drain the EU champagne lake dry. Lives in Switzerland, and apparently his favourite drink is apple juice mixed with sparkling water. Life in the fast lane!
[Picture of Michael Schumacher]


Schwartz, Sherwood (Died in 2011)
Born 14 November 1916  (Passaic, New Jersey, USA)
American TV producer, most notably of "Gilligan's Island" and "The Brady Bunch".
[Picture of Sherwood Schwartz]


Schwarzkopf, Norman (Died in 2012)
Born 22 August 1934  (Trenton, New Jersey, USA)
US Army general who coordinated Operation Desert Storm during Gulf War I. After his retirement, Stormin' Norman wrote his autobiography and did voiceovers for TV programmes about the military. In 2003, many were surprised to find him an outspoken critic of Gulf War II.
[Picture of Norman Schwarzkopf]


Scofield, Paul Paul Scofield is no longer with us
Born 21 January 1922  (Hurstpierpoint, Sussex, England)

Died 19 March 2008  (Sussex, England)

Age at death: 86  (read death notice)
Easily one of Britain's greatest actors on stage, who, because of his limited TV & film appearances, was not as well known as he should have been.
[Picture of Paul Scofield]


Scorsese, Martin
Born 17 November 1942  (New York City, New York, USA)
Award winning Italian-American movie director.
[Picture of Martin Scorsese]


Scott, Jack Jack Scott is no longer with us
Born 9 November 1923  (Ferryhill, County Durham, England)

Died 11 November 2008  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 85  (read death notice)
Long-serving BBC weatherman & broadcaster.
[Picture of Jack Scott]


Scott, Willard
Born 7 March 1934  (Alexandria, Virginia, USA)
US TV & radio personality.
[Picture of Willard Scott]


Scrimm, Angus
Born 19 August 1926  (Kansas City, Kansas, USA)
Actor, known chiefly for his role as "The Tall Man" in 'Phantasm'.
[Picture of Angus Scrimm]


Scruggs, Earl (Died in 2012)
Born 6 January 1924  (Flint Hill, North Carolina, USA)
Banjo-playing bluegrass musician whose style gradually became more rock-oriented after splitting from his musical partner Lester Flatt in 1969. Together they'd formed the Foggy Mountain Boys, generally regarded as the all-time definitive bluegrass band, and presumably the inspiration for the "hilarious" Soggy Bottom Boys in the Coen brothers' "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" - generally regarded as the all-time most overrated film.
[Picture of Earl Scruggs]


Scully, Hugh
Born 5 March 1943  (Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, England)
Former presenter of the Antiques Roadshow.
[Picture of Hugh Scully]


Searle, Ronald (Died in 2011)
Born 3 March 1920  (Cambridge, England)
Cartoonist, illustrator of the original "St. Trinian's" books, and former prisoner of war. His work is arguably indistinguishable from that of Gerald Scarfe and Ralph Steadman, though Searle can unarguably claim to have come first.
[Picture of Ronald Searle]


Seegar, Miriam (Died in 2011)
Born 1 September 1907  (Greentown, Indiana, USA)
Former film actress of the 1930's.
[Picture of Miriam Seegar]


Seeger, Pete
Born 3 May 1919  (New York, New York, USA)
Folk singer, songwriter and political activist. Wrote or co-wrote "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?", "If I Had a Hammer" and "Turn, Turn, Turn".
[Picture of Pete Seeger]


Segal, Jeffrey
Born 1 August 1920  (London, England)
Actor, best known, to a certain age of UK society, as Arthur Perkins in "Rentaghost".
[Picture of Jeffrey Segal]


Seigenthaler Sr., John
Born 27 July 1927  (Nashville, Tennessee, USA)
Journalist & writer and hater of Wikipedia.
[Picture of John Seigenthaler Sr.]


Sentamu, John
Born 10 June 1949  (Kampala, Uganda)
Outspoken & high-profile Archbishop of York.
[Picture of John Sentamu]


Sessions, William
Born 27 May 1930  (Fort Smith, Arkansas)
Former director of the FBI between 1987-1993.
[Picture of William Sessions]


Severinsen, Carl Hilding "Doc"
Born 7 July 1927  (Arlington, Oregon)
American jazz & pop trumpeter.
[Picture of Carl Hilding


Shain, Edith (Died in 2010)
Born in New York, New York, USA  (exact date unknown)
Nurse who was being kissed by a sailor in the famous photo taken in Times Square in 1945. Born 1918.
[Picture of Edith Shain]


Shamir, Yitzhak (Died in 2012)
Born 15 October 1915  (Ruzinoy, Poland)
Prime Minister of Israel from 1983-84 and again from 1986-92. Ironically started his political career as a member of an underground Jewish militant organization opposed to the British occupation of Palestine in the 1930s and '40s.
[Picture of Yitzhak Shamir]


Shane, Paul (Died in 2013)
Born 19 June 1940  (Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England)
Miner-turned-actor who became famous as Ted Bovis in the 1980s sitcom "Hi-de-Hi!", and infamous for what is surely the worst live singing performance of all time, on the BBC's "Pebble Mill" programme in 1996. See it here if you dare - and no, he wasn't doing it deliberately. Bay-bee bay-BEH!
[Picture of Paul Shane]


Shankar, Ravi (Died in 2012)
Born 7 April 1920  (Varanasi, West Bengal, India)
The Beatles' sitar guru.
[Picture of Ravi Shankar]


Sharif, Nawaz
Born 10 December 1949  (Lahore, Pakistan)
Controversial former Prime Minister of Pakistan. However his popularity in Pakistan has made him a hero (and a potential suicide bomb target) amongst many young Pakistanis.
[Picture of Nawaz Sharif]


Sharif, Omar
Born 10 April 1932  (Alexandria, Egypt)
Actor and bridge-player who will probably be remembered for his roles in the David Lean epics "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Dr Zhivago", rather than for his role in headbutting a French policeman in 2003. Real name: Michael Shalhoub.
[Picture of Omar Sharif]


Sharon, Ariel
Born 27 February 1928  (Kfar Malal, Palestine (now in Israel))
Prime Minister of Israel 2001-06. Has been in a coma since suffering a massive stroke in January 2006.
[Picture of Ariel Sharon]


Shatner, William
Born 22 March 1931  (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Actor who will forever be known as Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise, playing the character in the original "Star Trek" series and reprising the role in seven of the films and various related spin-offs. He also played T. J. Hooker and wrote his own series of science-fiction novels, "TekWar", which were subsequently adapted for TV. Has recorded highly amusing cover versions of The Byrds' "Mr Tambourine Man" and Pulp's "Common People".
[Picture of William Shatner]


Shaw, Run Run
Born 4 October 1907  (Shanghai, China)
Hong Kong film producer; founder of Shaw Studios; major benefactor of HK public works.
[Picture of Run Run Shaw]


Shaw, Tony
Born 23 March 1953  (Brisbane, Australia)
Former Australian rugby union player.
[Picture of Tony Shaw]


Shea, George Beverly (Died in 2013)
Born 1 February 1909  (Winchester, Ontario, Canada)
Prominent singer/songwriter of gospel music.
[Picture of George Beverly Shea]


Shearing, George (Died in 2011)
Born 13 August 1919  (London, England)
Blind jazz pianist.
[Picture of George Shearing]


Sheed, Wilfred (Died in 2011)
Born 27 December 1930  (London, England)
Writer and literary critic.
[Picture of Wilfred Sheed]


Sheen, Charlie
Born 3 September 1965  (New York, New York, USA)
Born Carlos Estevez, he was hugely popular in the 1980's, but since then has been embroiled in a string of scandals involving firearms, prostitutes, cocaine and violent behaviour, which has dimmed his shining star somewhat.
[Picture of Charlie Sheen]


Sheen, Martin
Born 3 August 1940  (Dayton, Ohio, USA)
Actor of Irish and Spanish ancestry whose most notable roles have included Captain Willard in the classic film "Apocalypse Now" and the President in TV series "The West Wing". Father of Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez (Martin Sheen's real name is Ramon Estevez, while Charlie's is Carlos), he is constantly getting busted for his leftist political protests.
[Picture of Martin Sheen]


Shelby, Carroll (Died in 2012)
Born 11 January 1923  (Leesburg, Texas, USA)
Car designer and manufacturer, famous for his Mustang and Cobra.
[Picture of Carroll Shelby]


Sheldon, Lord
Born 13 September 1923  (London, England)
Former MP for Ashton under Lyne for nearly 40 years.
[Picture of Lord Sheldon]


Shelford, Wayne
Born 13 December 1957  (Rotorua, New Zealand)
Former New Zealand rugby union star, who also coached in England for Saracens. Suffered one of the most winceable injuries in sporting history in 1986, when, on his debut, his scrotum was ripped apart. He later, incredibly, returned to the field & then went on to take a blow to the head & suffered concussion!
[Picture of Wayne Shelford]


Shenouda III, Pope (Died in 2012)
Born 3 August 1923  (Asyut, Egypt)
The 117th Pope of Alexandria and the Patriarch of All Africa on the Holy Apostolic See of Saint Mark the Evangelist of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria. Might need a big business card as a result...
[Picture of Pope Shenouda III]


Shepherd, Freddy
Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England  (exact date unknown)
Born in 1942. Former chairman of Newcastle United F.C., and not at all successfully either.
[Picture of Freddy Shepherd]


Sheridan, Dinah (Died in 2012)
Born 17 September 1920  (Hampstead, London, England)
British TV & film actress - "Genevieve", "Don't Wait Up", "The Railway Children" etc.
[Picture of Dinah Sheridan]


Sheringham, Teddy
Born 2 April 1966  (Highams Park, London, England)
Footballer, whose ability of scoring has prolonged his career - former Millwall, Manchester United & England (amongst others) star striker.
[Picture of Teddy Sheringham]


Sherman, Richard M.
Born 12 June 1928  (New York, New York, USA)
Hollywood music composer, mostly worked on Disney films. Responsible for coming up with the word "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious", the aural assault that is "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", and the songs in any number of Disney's "Winnie the Pooh" travesties. However, can be forgiven for "The Aristocats" and "The Jungle Book".
[Picture of Richard M. Sherman]


Shermer, Ivy
Born 11 May 1909  (Hartlepool, England)
One of Britain's oldest living twins.
[Picture of Ivy Shermer]


Shipley, Debra
Born 22 June 1957  (Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England)
Former Labour MP for Stourbridge. Suffering from cancer.
[Picture of Debra Shipley]


Short, Edward Watson (Died in 2012)
Born 17 December 1912  (Northumberland, England)
Former Deputy Prime Minister in Harold Wilson's Labour government, Education Secretary from 1968-70, Leader of the House of Commons, and now member of the House of Lords (under the name of Baron Glenamara) and Chancellor of Northumbria "University".
[Picture of Edward Watson Short]


Shriver, Robert Sargent (Died in 2011)
Born 9 November 1915  (Westminster, Maryland, USA)
Long-serving and well-connected US politician, married to JFK's sister Eunice. Now suffering from Alzheimer's, about which his daughter Maria has written a book entitled "Who The Hell Are You Again?". No it's not, it's called "What's Happening to Grandpa?".
[Picture of Robert Sargent Shriver]


Shu-chen, Wu
Born 11 July 1953  (Madou, Tainan, Taiwan)
Wife of the Taiwanese President, who despite being wheelchair-bound after a tractor ran her over, not once, but twice(!), has hit the headlines for her role in insider trading & now faces embezzlement & perjury charges.
[Picture of Wu Shu-chen]


Shula, Don
Born 4 January 1930  (Grand River, Ohio, USA)
NFL coaching legend, winner of two Superbowls with the Miami Dolphins.
[Picture of Don Shula]


Shwe, Than
Born 2 February 1933  (Kyaykse, Mandalay, Myanmar)
Reclusive & controversial Head of State of Burma. Allegedly very ill, but as with many things with Shwe, it's all rumours so far.
[Picture of Than Shwe]


Sievers, Leroy Leroy Sievers is no longer with us
Born 16 June 1955  (San Marino, California, USA)

Died 15 August 2008  (Maryland, USA)

Age at death: 53  
Journalist & broadcaster, also known for his blog on his (ultimately unsuccessful) cancer fight.
[Picture of Leroy Sievers]


Sihanouk, King (Died in 2012)
Born 31 October 1922  (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
Crowned King of Cambodia in 1941, but then abdicated 14 years later - in favour of his father. However, he subsequently became prime minister and was elected head of state in 1960 - only to be overthrown by a coup in 1970. Five years later the Khmer Rouge took control, and Sihanouk was head of state once more. But whaddaya know, almost immediately he'd been forced out of office. Then what happens? In 1982 he teams up with the Khmer Rouge (after they've been booted out by the Vietnamese) and becomes president in exile of the government of Democratic Kampuchea. He returned to Cambodia in 1991, and two years later, guess what? He's reinstated as King of Cambodia. Thoughout all of this, he somehow found the time to direct, produce and score 28 films. The saxophone-playing Tom Jones fan suffers from diabetes, heart problems, and colon cancer.
[Picture of King Sihanouk]


Silva, Henry
Born 15 September 1928  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Actor who has appeared in numerous American and European films, such as "The Manchurian Candidate" and the original "Ocean's 11", as well as futuristic TV series "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century".
[Picture of Henry Silva]


Sim, Gerald
Born 4 February 1925  (Liverpool, England)
British TV & film actor, in a host of roles, including the vicar in "To The Manor Born."
[Picture of Gerald Sim]


Simionato, Giulietta (Died in 2010)
Born 12 May 1910  (Forli, Italy)
Opera singer for over 35 years, a contempary of Maria Callas.
[Picture of Giulietta Simionato]


Simmons, Jean (Died in 2010)
Born 31 January 1929  (Crouch Hill, London, England)
English actress who starred in "Guys & Dolls", "Black Narcissus" and many other classics. Took on Howard Hughes and RKO over her contract in the early '50s and gave them a bit of a beating, which didn't seem to do her career any harm. Took to the bottle after offers of decent parts dried up, though got treatment for it in the '80s. Still doing voice work.
[Picture of Jean Simmons]


Simmons, Richard
Born 12 July 1948  (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
Annoying physical fitness expert, often on TV.
[Picture of Richard Simmons]


Simon, Neil
Born 4 July 1927  (The Bronx, New York, USA)
Playwright & screenwriter, creator of 'The Odd Couple' amongst others.
[Picture of Neil Simon]


Simplot, JR JR Simplot is no longer with us
Born 4 January 1909  (Dubuque, Iowa, USA)

Died 25 May 2008  (Boise, Idaho, USA)

Age at death: 99  
Potato farmer - his billions were mainly from McDonalds as he was one of the chief suppliers of potatoes for their overly-salted, soggy & rather pathetic French fries.
[Picture of JR Simplot]


Simpson, John
Born 9 August 1944  (London, England)
BBC World Affairs correspondent.
[Picture of John Simpson]


Simpson, O. J.
Born 9 July 1947  (San Francisco, California, USA)
Murderer. Sorry, we mean bad actor & very good American footballer who had, shall we say, a 'spot of bother' with the law in the 1990s. Had another "spot of bother" in 2008, which saw him jailed for some time for violent robbery.
[Picture of O. J. Simpson]


Sinden, Donald
Born 9 October 1923  (Plymouth, Devon, England)
Actor, profilic on stage, screen & TV, with major roles in "Two's Company", "Never The Twain" and "Judge John Deed". Knighted in 1997.
[Picture of Donald Sinden]


Siniora, Fouad
Born 14 April 1943  (Sidon, Lebanon)
Current interim PM of Lebanon.
[Picture of Fouad Siniora]


Sizemore, Tom
Born 29 November 1961  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Decent film actor whose work has been overshadowed by frequent drugs, assault and sex scandals.
[Picture of Tom Sizemore]


Skeaping, Marjory
Born 19 May 1920  (Scotland)
One of the three oldest living triplets until 2004, when sister Sheila died.
[Picture of Marjory Skeaping]


Slick, Grace
Born 30 October 1939  (Evanston, Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Singer, of Jefferson Airplane, Starship and alcoholism fame.
[Picture of Grace Slick]


Smith, Chris
Born 24 July 1951  (Barnet, England)
British Labour Party politician, former Cabinet Minister. One of the first openly gay MP's, he announced he was HIV positive in 2005.
[Picture of Chris Smith]


Smith, Dame Maggie
Born 28 December 1934  (Ilford, Essex, England)
Actress who started out on stage with the likes of Laurence Olivier, before making the transition to the big screen and appearing in "Death On The Nile" and "A Room With A View", and more recently in the various Harry Potter adaptations.
[Picture of Dame Maggie Smith]


Smith, Ian
Born 19 June 1938  (Melbourne, Australia)
Harold Bishop of Neighbours fame.
[Picture of Ian Smith]


Smith, Liz
Born 11 December 1925  (Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England)
A latecomer to the world of TV/film acting, who didn't get her first screen role until the age of 45. Now specialises in playing batty old ladies and appearing on camp chat shows ("An Evening with Lily Savage", "So Graham Norton") as...er...a batty old lady.
[Picture of Liz Smith]


Smith, Sir Cyril (Died in 2010)
Born 28 June 1928  (Rochdale, Lancashire, England)
Obese Liberal MP for Rochdale from 1972-92. Thought to have been the heaviest British MP ever. Has lived in the same modest terraced house since he was 16.
[Picture of Sir Cyril Smith]


Smith, Tommy
Born 5 April 1945  (Liverpool, England)
Former Liverpool footballer.
[Picture of Tommy Smith]


Smith, Zadie
Born 27 October 1975  (Brent, London, England)
Award winning author & poet, best known for "White Teeth".
[Picture of Zadie Smith]


Snow, Tony Tony Snow is no longer with us
Born 1 June 1955  (Berea, Kentucky, USA)

Died 12 July 2008  (Georgetown, Washington DC, USA)

Age at death: 53  (read death notice)
Former White House Press Secretary for President Bush. Announced he was stepping down from the role to fight colon cancer, a fight he lost in July 2008.
[Picture of Tony Snow]


Snowdon, Lord
Born 7 March 1930  (London, England)
Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones, celebrity photographer and former husband of Princess Margaret.
[Picture of Lord Snowdon]


Sobers, Sir Garfield
Born 28 July 1936  (Barbados)
Legendary West Indian cricketer, who, amongst other things, was the first batsman to hit six sixes off an over, back in 1968.
[Picture of Sir Garfield Sobers]


Sokolov, Sergei
Born 1 July 1911  (Eupatoria, Ukraine)
Former Minister of Defence for the USSR, and in charge of the Soviet ground forces during the Afghanistan invasion.
[Picture of Sergei Sokolov]


Solignac, Clementine 
Born 7 September 1894  (Vorey, Auvergne, France)
One of the oldest Europeans in the World at the end of 2007. Died in May 2008, but no suitable UK obituary yet.
[Picture of Clementine Solignac]


Solzhenitsyn, Alexander Alexander Solzhenitsyn is no longer with us
Born 11 December 1918  (Kislovodsk, Russia)

Died 3 August 2008  (Moscow, Russia)

Age at death: 89  (read death notice)
Exiled from the USSR for 20 years, the massively-bearded dissident writer and winner of the 1970 Nobel Prize for Literature eventually returned home to Russia after the fall of communism. He was operated on for a tumour in the 1950s while at a labour camp in Kazakhstan, and was reportedly "near death" in 1953. In 2008, he was completely dead after years of ill-health.
[Picture of Alexander Solzhenitsyn]


Soper, Mike
Date and place of birth unknown
Born in 1946. Chairman of Surrey County Cricket Club & former vice-president of the English Cricket Board.
[Picture of Mike Soper]


Sorvino, Paul
Born 13 April 1939  (Brooklyn, New York City, USA)
Italian-American actor of massive presence, mostly in mafia-type or "heavy" roles. Father of actress Mira.
[Picture of Paul Sorvino]


Soul, David
Born 28 August 1943  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Hutch in the TV series "Starksy & Hutch".
[Picture of David Soul]


Souter, Brian
Born 5 May 1954  (Perth, Scotland)
One of the founders of the Stagecoach bus/coach company. Has got rather dubious views on homosexuality & religion.
[Picture of Brian Souter]


Spacey, Kevin
Born 26 July 1959  (South Orange, New Jersey, USA)
American award-winning actor, and now director, and also stage show producer in the UK.
[Picture of Kevin Spacey]


Speakman, William
Born 21 September 1927  (Altrincham, Cheshire, England)
One of the few living recipients of the Victoria Cross, which he won for bravery in the Korean War.
[Picture of William Speakman]


Spears, Britney
Born 2 December 1981  (McComb, Mississippi, USA)
Tacky, trashy, publicity-seeking and quite frankly mad "singer."
[Picture of Britney Spears]


Spears, Lynne
Born 4 May 1955  (Kentwood, Louisiana, USA)
Trashy mum of trashy girls, Britney & Jamie Lynn. Her role as a parent leaves a LOT to be desired…
[Picture of Lynne Spears]


Spector, Phil
Born 26 December 1940  (The Bronx, New York, USA)
Highly influential record producer who was responsible for some of the best-known pop music of the 1960s and '70s, including tracks by Gene Pitney, The Ronettes, The Righteous Brothers, Ike & Tina Turner, John Lennon and The Ramones. Invented the "Wall of Sound" production technique. Indicted for murder in 2003.
[Picture of Phil Spector]


Spielberg, Steven
Born 18 December 1946  (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Award winning Hollywood movie director.
[Picture of Steven Spielberg]


Spinetti, Victor (Died in 2012)
Born 2 September 1933  (Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales)
Welsh-Italian comic actor, producer & director, mostly on stage.
[Picture of Victor Spinetti]


Spinks, Terry (Died in 2012)
Born 28 February 1938  (West Ham, London, England)
Boxer, featherweight champion & 1956 Olympic Gold medal winner in the weight.
[Picture of Terry Spinks]


Springett, Ron
Born 22 July 1935  (Fulham, London, England)
England goalkeeper for many years, and played in the 1962 World Cup.
[Picture of Ron Springett]


Springs, Ron (Died in 2011)
Born 4 November 1956  (Williamsburg, Virginia, USA)
Former American footballer. In recent years, has suffered from diabetes, and has lost a foot as a consequence of it.
[Picture of Ron Springs]


Springsteen, Bruce
Born 23 September 1949  (Long Branch, New Jersey, USA)
Popular US singer & songwriter.
[Picture of Bruce Springsteen]


Squire, Paul
Date and place of birth unknown
Comedian, huge in the early '80s, then just disappeared without trace...
[Picture of Paul Squire]


St John Stevas, Norman (Died in 2012)
Born 18 May 1929  (Leicester, England)
Former MP & a member of Margaret Thatcher's first cabinet.
[Picture of Norman St John Stevas]


St Laurent, Yves Yves St Laurent is no longer with us
Born 1 August 1936  (Oran, Algeria)

Died 1 June 2008  (Paris, France)

Age at death: 71  (read death notice)
One of the leading figures in twentieth-century fashion, who started out working for Christian Dior at the age of 17, and went on to set up his own label in 1962. He is credited in particular with revolutionising women's fashion in the 1960s. Retired early in 2002, explaining that he had been "battling ill health and depression" for many years. Not surprising when you consider that he reportedly used to get through 150 cigarettes and 20 cans of soft drink a day. This probably also didn't help him live for much longer, either.
[Picture of Yves St Laurent]


St Martin, Yves
Born 8 September 1941  (Agen, Lot-et-Garonne, France)
Former top jockey, one of the greatest French jockeys of all-time.
[Picture of Yves St Martin]


St Peters, Crispian (Died in 2011)
Born 5 April 1939  (Swanley, Kent, England)
Singer - had reasonable success in the 1960's with the song "Pied Piper".
[Picture of Crispian St Peters]


Stadnyk, Leonid
Born in Podolyantsi, Ukraine  (exact date unknown)
The tallest man in the World, standing at 8ft 6 inches. Born in 1971.
[Picture of Leonid Stadnyk]


Staff, Kathy Kathy Staff is no longer with us
Born 12 July 1928  (Dukinfield, Cheshire, England)

Died 13 December 2008  (Ashton-under-Lyne, Manchester, England)

Age at death: 80  (read death notice)
Veteran actress of TV shitcom "Last Of The Summer Wine", in which she played Nora Batty.
[Picture of Kathy Staff]


Stafford, Jo Jo Stafford is no longer with us
Born 12 November 1917  (Coalinga, California, USA)

Died 16 July 2008  (Century City, California, USA)

Age at death: 90  (read death notice)
Pop singer for nearly 50 years, but with few big hits for us to remember her by.
[Picture of Jo Stafford]


Stallard, Albert Albert Stallard is no longer with us
Born 5 November 1921  (Hamilton, Scotland)

Died 29 March 2008  (London, England)

Age at death: 86  (read death notice)
Former Labour MP & government minister.
[Picture of Albert Stallard]


Stallone, Jackie
Born 29 November 1921  (Washington, DC, USA)
Bonkers mother of Sylvester Stallone who claims that she's a psychic, believes that dogs can predict the future, and tells fibs about her age (she was born in 1921, but she says 1934, which would have made her 12 when Sly was born).
[Picture of Jackie Stallone]


Stallone, Sylvester
Born 6 July 1946  (New York, New York, USA)
Actor, star of "Rocky" & "Rambo", also a useless goalkeeper in "Escape to Victory".
[Picture of Sylvester Stallone]


Stamp, Terence
Born 22 July 1939  (Stepney, London, England)
Actor, once an "Angry Young Man" of British cinema, now one of its respected elder statesmen. After his relationship to Jean Shrimpton dissolved, Stamp moved to India and became a Hindu hermit for some years, before returning to acting.
[Picture of Terence Stamp]


Stang, Arnold (Died in 2009)
Born 28 September 1925  (Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA)
American actor.
[Picture of Arnold Stang]


Stapleton, Jean (Died in 2013)
Born 19 January 1923  (New York, New York, USA)
Actress - Edith Bunker on "All in the Family".
[Picture of Jean Stapleton]


Stardust, Alvin
Born 27 September 1942  (Muswell Hill, London, England)
Glove-wearing '70s pop star, born Bernard William Jewry. Was married to Liza Goddard. Later found God.
[Picture of Alvin Stardust]


Stark, Graham
Born 20 January 1922  (Wallasey, Cheshire, England)
English comic actor, a supporting foil to numerous comic legends over the last 40-50 years.
[Picture of Graham Stark]


Starr, Freddie
Born 9 January 1943  (Huyton, Liverpool, England)
"Singer", "comedian" and "impressionist" according to his PR blurb. All most people will remember him for is his hamster-eating antics, which he still denies.
[Picture of Freddie Starr]


Starr, Ringo
Born 7 July 1940  (Liverpool, England)
The Beatles' drummer and Thomas The Tank Engine's narrator. Real name Richard Starkey.
[Picture of Ringo Starr]


Steidtmann, Erich (Died in 2010)
Date and place of birth unknown
Former member of the SS who is taking an author to court, not that it links him with the mass killings that took place at the Warsaw Ghetto but - believe it or not - that he was a philanderer. He claims the revelations mean his 'honour had been besmirched'. Ah.. the poor lamb. Erich, mate - I think your honour was besmirched many, many years ago by the atrocities you took part in.. Born in 1914.
[Picture of Erich Steidtmann]


Stein, Rick
Born 4 January 1947  (Oxfordshire, England)
Celebrity chef, a specialist in fish cookery & has written books & presented TV shows on the subject.
[Picture of Rick Stein]


Steinbrenner, George (Died in 2010)
Born 4 July 1930  (Rocky River, Ohio, USA)
American businessman who owns the New York Yankees baseball team. In 1974 he was fined $20,000 in connection with the Watergate scandal. Ben Affleck once described him as "the center of evil in the universe" - though the fact that Affleck is a die-hard Red Sox fan may have something to do with this view.
[Picture of George Steinbrenner]


Steinem, Gloria
Born 25 March 1934  (Toledo, Ohio, USA)
Feminist, journalist & former magazine publisher.
[Picture of Gloria Steinem]


Stennett, Stan (Died in 2013)
Born 30 July 1925  (Cardiff, Wales)
Welsh comedian & actor, mostly on stage. Also a jazz musician. Still performing, which is more than can be said for Eric Morecambe, who collapsed and died after performing at Stennett's show in 1984.
[Picture of Stan Stennett]


Sternberg, Sir Sigmund
Born 2 June 1921  (Budapest, Hungary)
Philanthropist & businessman, aims for ecumenical togetherness in religion.
[Picture of Sir Sigmund Sternberg]


Stevens, John Paul
Born 20 April 1920  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
The oldest and longest-serving member of the Supreme Court of the United States.
[Picture of John Paul Stevens]


Stevens, Meic
Born 9 March 1942  (Solva, Pembrokeshire, Wales)
Singer-songwriter of pyschedelic Welsh language songs.
[Picture of Meic Stevens]


Stevens, Ray
Born 24 January 1939  (Clarkdale, Georgia, USA)
Comedy singer - "Ahab The Arab", "Everything Is Beautiful", "Too Drunk To Fish" etc.
[Picture of Ray Stevens]


Stevens, Rise (Died in 2013)
Born 11 June 1913  (New York City, New York, USA)
Opera singer, hugely popular in the 1940's & 1950's.
[Picture of Rise Stevens]


Stevens, Shakin'
Born 4 March 1948  (Ely, Cardiff, Wales)
Welsh Elvis lookalike who had a string of hits in the 1980s with "This Ole House", "Green Door", "Oh Julie" and others. Well respected for once attacking Richard Madeley on live TV.
[Picture of Shakin' Stevens]


Born 13 June 1974  (Wimbledon, London, England)
"Jackass" prankster, born in England to American & Canadian parents. Real name Steven Gilchrist Glover.
[Picture of Steve-O]


Stewart, Ed
Born 23 April 1941  (Exmouth, Devon, England)
Known as "Stewpot" to millions of children as one of the hosts of "Crackerjack!" Former DJ as well.
[Picture of Ed Stewart]


Stewart, Jackie
Born 11 June 1939  (Milton, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland)
Scottish racing driver, three time F1 World Champion & later a team owner in the sport.
[Picture of Jackie Stewart]


Stewart, Martha
Born 3 August 1941  (Nutley, New Jersey, USA)
An institution in the US, yet barely known in the UK. Broadcaster, author, businesswoman & homemaking advocate just about sums her up, but she made all the UK headlines for the wrong reaons when she was found guilty of conspiracy, obstruction of an agency proceeding, and making false statements to federal investigators, serving 5 months in prison.
[Picture of Martha Stewart]


Stewart, Mary
Born 17 September 1916  (Sunderland, England)
Writer of mainly fantasy/sci-fi books, but sometimes dabbles in crime fiction too.
[Picture of Mary Stewart]


Stewart, Rod
Born 10 January 1945  (Highgate, London, England)
Past-his-prime rock star who pays young blondes to pretend to like him. Best-known hits include "Maggie May", "You Wear It Well" and the mildly sickening "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?". Far superior, though, is the classic "Stay With Me", which he co-wrote and recorded while a member of The Faces. Underwent surgery in 2000 after suspected thyroid cancer.
[Picture of Rod Stewart]


Stewart, William G.
Born 15 July 1935  (Habrough, Lincolnshire, England)
TV producer & director, but best remembered as the austere presenter of dreary Channel 4 quiz show "Fifteen to One".
[Picture of William G. Stewart]


Stiller, Jerry
Born 8 July 1927  (New York City, New York, USA)
Comedian & actor, father of Ben & perhaps best known for his role in "Seinfeld".
[Picture of Jerry Stiller]


Stills, Stephen
Born 3 January 1945  (Dallas, Texas, USA)
American guitarist - one quarter of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, who has had a successful solo career as well.
[Picture of Stephen Stills]


Stine, R. L.
Born 8 October 1943  (Columbus, Ohio, USA)
Author, best known for his "Goosebumps" series. R. L = Robert Lawrence.
[Picture of R. L. Stine]


Stipe, Michael
Born 4 January 1960  (Decatur, Georgia, USA)
Impenetrable frontman of REM and sometime social and political activist.
[Picture of Michael Stipe]


Stobart, Eddie (Died in 2011)
Born 21 November 1954  (Cumberland, England)
Owner of the haulage company with the distinctive paintwork and a female name on the front of each lorry.
[Picture of Eddie Stobart]


Stockwell, Dean
Born 5 March 1936  (Hollywood, California)
In films as a boy, well known for his role in "Kim". More recently, he shot to fame towards a new audience & thus huge cult popularity as Al in "Quantum Leap".
[Picture of Dean Stockwell]


Stone, William (Died in 2009)
Born 23 September 1900  (Ledstone, Devon, England)
World War I veteran.
[Picture of William Stone]


Stoney, Kevin Kevin Stoney is no longer with us
Born 25 July 1921  (England)

Died 20 January 2008  (Chiswick, England)

Age at death: 86  (read death notice)
British actor, in a heap of TV shows since the 1950's. Hard to say what he'll be best remembered for, but he did have some memorable turns in "Dr. Who".
[Picture of Kevin Stoney]


Storch, Larry
Born 8 January 1923  (New York City, New York, USA)
Experienced character actor in numerous films over the years.
[Picture of Larry Storch]


Strachan, Gordon
Born 9 February 1957  (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Fiery former footballer, current manager of Celtic FC
[Picture of Gordon Strachan]


Strahl, Chuck
Born 25 February 1957  (New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada)
Canadian government minister, diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in 2005, but still became Minister of Agriculture a year later after being re-elected to parliament.
[Picture of Chuck Strahl]


Strawberry, Darryl
Born 12 March 1962  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Former baseball player who has had all sorts of problems in his personal life, not to mention with drugs and colon cancer.
[Picture of Darryl Strawberry]


Streeter, Tanya
Born 10 January 1973  (Grand Cayman)
World champion freediver. Has dived to depths of over 500ft without oxygen.
[Picture of Tanya Streeter]


Streisand, Barbra
Born 24 April 1942  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Actress, screenwriter, producer, director, singer and gay icon.
[Picture of Barbra Streisand]


Strickland, Earl 'The Pearl'
Born 8 June 1961  (Roseboro, North Carolina, USA)
Short version: He's an American pool player. Long version: Earl’s characteristic skill in picking off the long pot contrasts sharply with his famous short fuse, as displayed at the 2006 Mosconi Cup where, after missing an easy 6, he snapped his cue and appeared to threaten several members of the crowd with the splintered end. Such extreme hot-headedness is rarely prescriptive of a long and fruitful life, and there can be no cheating karma, even with the aid of bespoke lycra cueing mitts.
[Picture of Earl 'The Pearl' Strickland]


Stritch, Elaine
Born 2 February 1925  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Irish-American actress & singer, mostly on stage or, during the 1970s at least, on British TV.
[Picture of Elaine Stritch]


Stronach, Belinda
Born 2 May 1966  (Newmarket, Ontario, Canada)
Controversial Canadian politician, former minister in the government.
[Picture of Belinda Stronach]


Strong, Maurice
Born 29 April 1929  (Oak Lane, Manitoba, Canada)
Ex-businessman & diplomat, an early & pivotal name in climate change.
[Picture of Maurice Strong]


Struycken, Carel
Born 30 July 1948  (The Hague, Netherlands)
Character actor, and as he stands at 7 foot tall, is rather typecast in tall-person roles! Best known as Lurch in the Addams Family films.
[Picture of Carel Struycken]


Stuart, Gloria (Died in 2010)
Born 4 July 1910  (Santa Monica, California, USA)
Hollywood actress who had a prolific career during the 1930s and 1940s, following which she retired. However, she returned to acting in the 1970s and has appeared in numerous films since, most notably the 1997 blockbuster "Titanic".
[Picture of Gloria Stuart]


Stuart Trevelyan Archer, Bertram
Born 3 February 1915  (Hampstead, London)
Colonel Bertram Stuart Trevelyan-Archer OBE ERD is also a GC holder - GC being the George Cross. He is currently the oldest living recipient of the award.
[Picture of Bertram Stuart Trevelyan Archer]


Stubbs, Levi Levi Stubbs is no longer with us
Born 6 June 1936  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Died 17 October 2008  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Age at death: 72  (read death notice)
Lead singer of The Four Tops from 1953 to 2000, until ill health stopped him from touring.
[Picture of Levi Stubbs]


Sturanovic, Zeljko
Born 31 January 1960  (Niksic, Montenegro, Yugoslavia)
Former PM of Montenegro.
[Picture of Zeljko Sturanovic]


Suarez, Adolfo
Born 25 September 1932  (Madrid, Spain)
Former Prime Minister of Spain, the first one post-Franco.
[Picture of Adolfo Suarez]


Sugden, Mollie (Died in 2009)
Born 21 July 1922  (Keighley, Yorkshire, England)
Played Mrs Slocombe in "Are You Being Served?"
[Picture of Mollie Sugden]


Suharto Suharto is no longer with us
Born 8 June 1921  (Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia)

Died 27 January 2008  (Jakarta, Indonesia)

Age at death: 86  (read death notice)
Former president of Indonesia, whose family are constantly embroiled in allegations of corruption (particularly his son Tommy, who was jailed for 15 years in 2002 for murdering a supreme court judge). Suffered numerous health problems in recent years, involving several strokes and various kidney, liver and heart complaints. Like many Indonesians, he only uses one name.
[Picture of Suharto]


Suleiman, General Michel
Born 21 November 1948  (Amchit, Caza of Jbeil., Lebanon)
Former head of the Lebanese Army & now President of Lebanon, and hence, the next main assassination target there.
[Picture of General Michel Suleiman]


Sum, Lydia Lydia Sum is no longer with us
Born 21 July 1947  (Shanghai, China)

Died 19 February 2008  (Hong Kong)

Age at death: 60  (read death notice)
Rotund Hong Kong comedian, film & TV personality. Also known as Lydia Shum.
[Picture of Lydia Sum]


Summerall, Pat (Died in 2013)
Born 10 May 1930  (Lake City, Florida)
Former American Football player, but much better known in the sport for his long-serving role as a broadcaster.
[Picture of Pat Summerall]


Surtees, John
Born 11 February 1934  (Tatsfield, Surrey, England)
Racing driver and biker, the only man to ever win World Championships on both two and four wheels. Still involved in motorsport.
[Picture of John Surtees]


Sutcliffe, Peter
Born 2 June 1946  (Bingley, West Yorkshire, England)
The notorious Yorkshire Ripper, imprisoned for life in 1981 for murdering 13 women and leaving 7 others for dead over the previous 6 years.
[Picture of Peter Sutcliffe]


Sutherland, Dame Joan (Died in 2010)
Born 7 November 1926  (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)
Australian soprano opera singer who made her debut in 1952 and retired in 1990.
[Picture of Dame Joan Sutherland]


Sutherland, Donald
Born 17 July 1935  (Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada)
Canadian actor, often in kooky, offbeat roles. Father of "24" actor, Keifer.
[Picture of Donald Sutherland]


Sutherland, Keifer
Born 21 December 1966  (London, England)
Canadian, a former child/teen actor, who recently hit it big as Jack Bauer in "24". Also hit it big in a very unwanted way recently, when he was jailed for drink-driving.
[Picture of Keifer Sutherland]


Sutton, Dudley
Born 6 April 1933  (Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England)
Long-time actor on British TV & films, best known as "Tinker" in Lovejoy.
[Picture of Dudley Sutton]


Suzman, Helen (Died in 2009)
Born 7 November 1917  (Germiston, Gauteng, South Africa)
South African former politician and anti-apartheid campaigner.
[Picture of Helen Suzman]


Swaggart, Rev. Jimmy
Born 15 March 1935  (Ferriday, Louisiana, USA)
Former televangelist whose career & fame came to an abrupt end when he was involved in a string of prostitution & sex scandals.
[Picture of Rev. Jimmy Swaggart]


Swarbrick, Dave
Born 5 April 1941  (New Malden, Surrey, England)
Fiddle player with Fairport Convention. Erroneously reported dead by the Daily Telegraph in 1999, and had a double lung transplant 5 years later.
[Picture of Dave Swarbrick]


Swenson, Inga
Born 29 December 1932  (Omaha, Nebraska, USA)
US TV, stage & film actress, but barely known in the UK.
[Picture of Inga Swenson]


Sykes, Eric (Died in 2012)
Born 4 May 1923  (Oldham, Lancashire, England)
Comic actor who has also written and directed a number of silent films (most recently "The Big Freeze" in 1993, in which he starred alongside Bob Hoskins). Like numerous other comics of his generation, he started out by entertaining the troops during World War II. Those glasses he wears aren't for his eyesight - apparently they serve only to disguise a bone-conduction hearing aid.
[Picture of Eric Sykes]

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