Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2009: 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]


Macbeth, Peter
Born 2 February 1943  (Marylebone, London, England)
Former member of the soul group "The Foundations" who was jailed in 2008 for sexual abuse & child porn, despite claiming he was terminally ill.
[Picture of Peter Macbeth]


MacDonald, Margo
Born 19 April 1943  (Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland)
Scottish politician, a Member of the Scottish Parliament and a former Member of the British House of Commons, who is battling on the issue of the right to die, as she has Parkinson's Disease.
[Picture of Margo MacDonald]


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]


MacKenzie, Kelvin
Born 22 October 1946  (London, England)
Former editor of The Sun newspaper.
[Picture of Kelvin MacKenzie]


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]


Macy, Bill
Born 18 May 1922  (Revere, Massachusetts, USA)
Actor, on a host of TV programmes, including "Maude" for which he is best known (at least in America).
[Picture of Bill Macy]


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]


Madoff, Bernard
Born 29 April 1938  (Queens, New York, USA)
Disgraced former Chairman of NASDAQ, who is accused of committing $50 billion worth of fraud.
[Picture of Bernard Madoff]


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]


Magruder, Jeb
Born 5 November 1934  (Staten Island, New York, USA)
Part of Richard Nixon's team who was implicated in the Watergate scandal. Also a journalist & businessman.
[Picture of Jeb Magruder]


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]


Mahmood, Khalid
Born 13 July 1961  (Kashmir, Pakistan)
Labour MP for Birmingham Perry Barr since 2001.
[Picture of Khalid Mahmood]


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


Malcolm, Mary (Died in 2010)
Born 18 March 1918  (London, England)
BBC announcer of years gone by, in the olden days of the Interlude.
[Picture of Mary Malcolm]


Malden, Karl Karl Malden is no longer with us
Born 22 March 1912  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)

Died 1 July 2009  (Brentwood, California, USA)

Age at death: 97  (read death notice)
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]


Mallett, Timmy
Born 18 October 1955  (Hyde, Cheshire, England)
Insanely annoying former presenter of children's TV show "Wacaday".
[Picture of Timmy Mallett]


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]


Maloney, Patty
Born 17 March 1936  (Perkinsville, New York, USA)
Long-time US TV regular actress.
[Picture of Patty Maloney]


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]


Manescu, Manea
Born 9 August 1916  (Braila, Romania)
Former Prime Minister of Romania during the Ceausescu years. Died in 2009, no obit yet though.
[Picture of Manea Manescu]


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


Mann, Simon
Born 26 June 1952  (Aldershot, Hampshire, England)
British mercenary, former army officer who allegedly led a coup against Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo in Equatorial Guinea. Currently serving a 34 year sentence in their jails for his involvement in this.
[Picture of Simon Mann]


Manning, Patrick
Born 17 August 1946  (San Fernando, Trinidad & Tobago)
Current PM of Trinidad & Tobago.
[Picture of Patrick Manning]


Mans, Perrie
Born 14 October 1940  (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Former snooker player, World Championship runner-up in 1978.
[Picture of Perrie Mans]


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]


Maren, Jerry
Born 24 January 1920  (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
Actor - kicked off a lengthy film & TV career by playing a Munchkin in the 1939 version of "The Wizard of Oz".
[Picture of Jerry Maren]


Margarete of Thurn and Taxis, Princess (Died in 2006)
Born 8 November 1909  (Château de Beloeil, Hainaut, Belgium)
Belgian/German minor royal, who by marriage became part of the minor Italian nobility. Also known as Princess Margarete Marie Therese Elisabeth Louise von Thurn und Taxis.
[Picture of Princess Margarete of Thurn and Taxis]


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 City, 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]


Marinovich, Todd
Born 4 July 1969  (San Leandro, California, USA)
American football player, formerly with the LA Raiders. His post-playing career has been blighted by drugs problems.
[Picture of Todd Marinovich]


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]


Marr, Andrew
Born 31 July 1959  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Large eared journalist & TV presenter. Also an author on political history.
[Picture of Andrew Marr]


Marriner, Neville
Born 15 April 1924  (Lincoln, Lincolnshire, 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]


Marsh, Jodie
Born 23 December 1978  (Brentwood, Essex, England)
Trashy, plastic, fake, utterly pointless bimbo.
[Picture of Jodie Marsh]


Marshall, Neil
Born 25 May 1970  (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England)
Film director & screenwriter, best known for his 2002 film "Dog Soldiers".
[Picture of Neil Marshall]


Martell, Lena
Born 15 May 1940  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Singer, had a hit with "One Day at a Time" in 1979.
[Picture of Lena Martell]


Martin, Buster (Died in 2011)
Born 1 September 1906  (France)
Allegedly the UK's oldest employee, but most of his claims are pretty unreliable as there is not a shred of proof of his marriage, his wife's death, any of his children's births & his own birth. May be 96, but he may also be in his 50's for all we know.
[Picture of Buster 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 & former 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, Noel
Born 23 July 1959  (St. Thomas, Jamaica)
Neo-Nazi victim, a British builder of Jamaican ancestry, who was left a quadriplegic as a result of a vicious attack. He has, for many years, seeked to commit suicide at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland.
[Picture of Noel Martin]


Martin, Tony (Died in 2012)
Born 25 December 1912  (Oakland, California, USA)
Classic crooner and occasional actor. Was married, until her death, 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 Al Martino is no longer with us
Born 7 October 1927  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)

Died 13 October 2009  (Springfield, Pennyslvania, USA)

Age at death: 82  (read death notice)
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]


Martinus, Derek
Born 1 April 1931  (place of birth unknown)
Former Dr. Who director.
[Picture of Derek Martinus]


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, Jackie
Born 9 June 1936  (Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA)
American stand-up comedian, often in the UK, who specialises in satire & Jewish humour.
[Picture of Jackie Mason]


Mason, Madison
Born 22 April 1943  (Richmond, Virginia, USA)
Actor, in many a film or TV show in the US.
[Picture of Madison 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]


Matheson, Don
Born 5 August 1929  (Dearborn, Michigan, USA)
Erstwhile US character actor.
[Picture of Don Matheson]


Matheson, Richard
Born 20 February 1926  (Allendale, New Jersey, USA)
Short-story writer & novelist, best known for his sci-fi & horror works.
[Picture of Richard Matheson]


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]


Matson, Ollie
Born 1 May 1930  (Trinity, Texas, USA)
Another former American footballer.
[Picture of Ollie Matson]


Matthews, Bernard (Died in 2010)
Born 24 January 1930  (Brooke, Norfolk, England)
Easily Norfolk's most famous turkey farmer.
[Picture of Bernard Matthews]


Matthews, Jon (Died in 2010)
Born in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England  (exact date unknown)
British man who bet, successfully, that despite being told he had terminal cancer in 2006, he would still be alive in 2008. Born around 1950.
[Picture of Jon Matthews]


Matthews, Karen
Born in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England  (exact date unknown)
Kidnapped her own daughter for the sake of a quick reward. Her reward was to become one of the most hated individuals in UK history, yes, even more than Kerry Katona.
[Picture of Karen Matthews]


Mauroy, Pierre (Died in 2013)
Born 5 July 1928  (Cartignies, France)
Former PM of France, between 1981 & 1984.
[Picture of Pierre Mauroy]


Maxwell, Ann
Born 5 April 1944  (Madison, Wisconsin, USA)
Author of numerous fiction books, including a number of science-fiction novels.
[Picture of Ann Maxwell]


Mayall, Rik
Born 7 March 1958  (Matching Tye, Essex, England)
Comedian, star of "The Young Ones", "Bottom" and "The New Statesman". Yes, Matching Tye is a real place!
[Picture of Rik Mayall]


Mayer, Paul (Died in 2010)
Born 23 May 1911  (Altötting, Germany)
Former Roman Catholic Cardinal.
[Picture of Paul Mayer]


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]


Mayweather Sr., Floyd
Born 19 October 1952  (New York City, New York, USA)
Boxer, former welterweight champion, who is now a coach.
[Picture of Floyd Mayweather Sr.]


Mbeki, Epainette
Born 1 February 1916  (Mount Fletcher, Drakensburg, South Africa)
Mother of former South African President, Thabo Mbeki & was a former political activist herself, along with her late husband, Govan.
[Picture of Epainette Mbeki]


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


McCaffrey, Anne (Died in 2011)
Born 1 April 1926  (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)
Science fiction author, writer of the Dragonriders of Pern series.
[Picture of Anne McCaffrey]


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]


McCain, John
Born 29 April 1936  (Coco Solo, Panama)
Vietnam veteran who went on to become a US Senator and invent oven chips. Probably.
[Picture of John McCain]


McCain, Roberta
Born 7 February 1912  (Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA)
Mother of defeated 2008 US election hopeful & Senator, John.
[Picture of Roberta 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]


McCarthy, Kevin (Died in 2010)
Born 15 February 1914  (Seattle, Washington, USA)
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]


McColl, Iain (Died in 2013)
Born 7 June 1955  (Dumbarton, Dumbartonshire, Scotland)
Scottish Actor, best remembered as Dodie in "Rab C Nesbitt".
[Picture of Iain McColl]


McCready, Mindy (Died in 2013)
Born 30 November 1975  (Fort Myers, Florida, USA)
Troubled country singer, who has attempted & failed to commit suicide on at least four occasions
[Picture of Mindy McCready]


McCririck, John
Born 17 April 1940  (Surbiton, Surrey, England)
Fat, outspoken horseracing pundit with a strange home life.
[Picture of John McCririck]


McGee, Jack
Born in Bronx, New York, USA  (exact date unknown)
Born 1948. Actor, best known for his roles in "Rescue Me" and "FX", both of which I have never heard of.
[Picture of Jack McGee]


McGee, Kevin Kevin McGee is no longer with us
Born in Scotland  (exact date unknown)

Died 5 October 2009  (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Age at death: 32  (read death notice)
The ex-husband of Matt Lucas, of "Little Britain" fame. Born around 1977.
[Picture of Kevin McGee]


McGoohan, Patrick Patrick McGoohan is no longer with us
Born 19 March 1928  (Astoria, New York, USA)

Died 13 January 2009  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 80  (read death notice)
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]


McGuinness, Martin
Born 23 May 1950  (Derry, Nothern Ireland)
Former hardline terrorist, who has transcended, almost in the blink of an eye to become a respected, high ranking politician.
[Picture of Martin McGuinness]


McGuire, Barry
Born 15 October 1935  (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA)
Rock singer & guitarist.
[Picture of Barry McGuire]


McIntyre, Arthur Arthur McIntyre is no longer with us
Born 14 May 1918  (Kennington, London, England)

Died 26 December 2009  (Dorset, England)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
Former test cricketer for England.
[Picture of Arthur McIntyre]


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


McKuen, Rod
Born 29 April 1933  (Oakland, California, USA)
Singer/songwriter, composer & poet. Probably the most famous hit he has penned is "Love's Been Good To Me".
[Picture of Rod McKuen]


McLaren, Bill (Died in 2010)
Born 23 October 1923  (Hawick, Scotland)
Former rugby union commentator for the BBC.
[Picture of Bill McLaren]


McMahon, Ed Ed McMahon is no longer with us
Born 6 March 1923  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Died 23 June 2009  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 86  (read death notice)
Sidekick to Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show".
[Picture of Ed McMahon]


McMahon, Vince
Born 24 August 1945  (Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA)
Professional wrestler, wrestling promoter, and TV commentator on, er, wrestling.
[Picture of Vince McMahon]


McNamara, Robert Strange Robert Strange McNamara is no longer with us
Born 9 June 1916  (San Francisco, California, USA)

Died 6 July 2009  (Washington D.C., USA)

Age at death: 93  (read death notice)
US Secretary of Defense from 1961-68, and later President of the World Bank.
[Picture of Robert Strange McNamara]


McNeice, Ian
Born 2 October 1950  (Basingstoke, Hampshire, England)
Actor, a regular on TV, radio & film. Perhaps best known for playing Bert in "Doc Martin".
[Picture of Ian McNeice]


McPartland, Marian (Died in 2013)
Born 21 March 1918  (Slough, Berkshire, England)
Acclaimed jazz musician & pianist.
[Picture of Marian McPartland]


McQuarrie, Ralph (Died in 2012)
Born 13 June 1929  (Gary, Indiana, USA)
Conceptual artist best known for his work on "Star Wars", where he also played a few extras from time to time.
[Picture of Ralph McQuarrie]


McTeer, Janet
Born 8 May 1961  (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England)
Profilic actress on stage, TV & films.
[Picture of Janet McTeer]


Meadows, Jayne
Born 27 September 1920  (Wuchang, China)
American film actress, and widow of TV star Steve Allen.
[Picture of Jayne Meadows]


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


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 Baitullah Mehsud is no longer with us
Born in Landi Dhok, Waziristan, Pakistan  (exact date unknown)

Died 5 August 2009  (Zangar, South Waziristan, Pakistan)

Age at death: 35  (read death notice)
A leading Taliban commander in Waziristan, Mehsud wass 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]


Meo, Tony
Born 4 October 1959  (Tooting, London, England)
Former snooker player.
[Picture of Tony Meo]


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]


Meriwether, Lee
Born 27 May 1935  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Former model-turned-TV actress.
[Picture of Lee Meriwether]


Meszaros, Michu
Born 1 October 1939  (Budapest, Hungary)
The man behind/in/under the costume of TV's A.L.F.
[Picture of Michu Meszaros]


Mewes, Jason
Born 12 June 1974  (Highlands, New Jersey, USA)
Actor, best known for playing Jay, the vocal half of Jay and Silent Bob.
[Picture of Jason Mewes]


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]


Middleton, Kate
Born 9 January 1982  (Reading, Berkshire, England)
Girlfriend of Prince William.
[Picture of Kate Middleton]


Mikhailovna Smirnova, Tamara
Born 25 December 1918  (Russia)
Russian Architect.
[Picture of Tamara Mikhailovna Smirnova]


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, ex-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]


Misch, Rochus (Died in 2013)
Born 29 July 1917  (Oppelin, Upper Silesia, Poland)
Former Nazi, one of the few survivors from Hitler's bunker.
[Picture of Rochus Misch]


Missoni, Ottavio "Tai"
Born 11 February 1921  (Dubrovnik, Croatia)
Head of the Missoni knitwear fashion house in Italy.
[Picture of Ottavio


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]


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


Mochrie, Colin
Born 30 November 1957  (Kilmarnock, Scotland)
Scottish born, but long-time Canadian based comedian, popular for his performances on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", amongst others.
[Picture of Colin Mochrie]


Mock, Alois
Born 10 June 1934  (Euratsfeld, Austria)
Senior & long-serving Austrian politician.
[Picture of Alois Mock]


Moeliku, Visesio
Born in Sigave, Wallis & Futuna  (exact date unknown)
King of Sigave in the Wallis & Futuna Isles. Born 1922.
[Picture of Visesio Moeliku]


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]


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]


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]


Mondale, Walter
Born 5 January 1928  (Ceylon, Minnesota, USA)
US Vice-President under Jimmy Carter.
[Picture of Walter Mondale]


Montalban, Ricardo Ricardo Montalban is no longer with us
Born 25 November 1920  (Mexico City, Mexico)

Died 14 January 2009  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 88  (read death notice)
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]


Montazeri, Grand Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Grand Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri is no longer with us
Born in Najafabad, Iran  (exact date unknown)

Died 19 December 2009  (Qom, Iran)

Age at death: 87  (read death notice)
Senior Iranian cleric. Born sometime in 1922.
[Picture of Grand Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri]


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, 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]


Moore, Terry
Born 7 January 1929  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Actress, former wife of Howard Hughes, a former model & "sex interest" in films.
[Picture of Terry Moore]


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


Moreira De Olivera, Augusto
Born 6 October 1896  (Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal)
5th oldest man in World, 2nd in Europe, oldest in Portugal. Until he died in 2009, that is. No obit yet, though.
[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, Piers
Born 30 March 1965  (Newick, East Sussex, England)
Smug git, former editor of the News of the World & the Daily Mirror. Now a pointless TV celebrity broadcaster.
[Picture of Piers Morgan]


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


Morley, Angela Angela Morley is no longer with us
Born 10 March 1924  (Leeds, Yorkshire, England)

Died 14 January 2009  (Scottsdale, Arizona, USA)

Age at death: 84  (read death notice)
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, 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, Oswald
Born 22 November 1915  (Ruislip, Middlesex, England)
Cinematographer for a whole range of celebrated movies, including "Oliver!" and "Our Man In Havana".
[Picture of Oswald Morris]


Morrison, Roy
Born 26 November 1946  (New Hampshire, USA)
An ecologist who has written many books about the subject.
[Picture of Roy Morrison]


Morrison, Shelley
Born 26 October 1936  (New York City, New York, USA)
Actress, often in comic roles, including as Rosario in "Will & Grace".
[Picture of Shelley Morrison]


Morrison, Sir Howard Sir Howard Morrison is no longer with us
Born 18 August 1935  (Rotorua, New Zealand)

Died 24 September 2009  (Rotorua, New Zealand)

Age at death: 74  (read death notice)
New Zealand stage singer & actor.
[Picture of Sir Howard 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]


Mortimer, John John Mortimer is no longer with us
Born 21 April 1923  (Hampstead, London, England)

Died 16 January 2009  (Turville Heath, Buckinghamshire, England)

Age at death: 85  (read death notice)
Barrister turned playwright and novelist, who created Rumpole of the Bailey, but in his old age became a tedious political rent-a-gob.
[Picture of John Mortimer]


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]


Motson, John
Born 10 July 1945  (Salford, Lancashire, England)
Nerdy, long-time, sheepskin-clad football commentator.
[Picture of John Motson]


Mountjoy, Doug
Born 8 June 1942  (Tir-y-Berth, Wales)
Former snooker player, runner-up in the 1981 World Championship.
[Picture of Doug Mountjoy]


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]


Muller, Robert Robert Muller is no longer with us
Born 25 June 1980  (Rosenheim, Bavaria, Germany)

Died 21 May 2009  (Rosenheim, Germany)

Age at death: 28  (read death notice)
Ice hockey player, a former player in the NHL, who died from cancer.
[Picture of Robert Muller]


Mulroney, Brian
Born 20 March 1939  (Baie-Comeau, Quebec, Canada)
Prime Minister of Canada between 1984 & 1993.
[Picture of Brian Mulroney]


Munro, Les
Born 5 April 1919  (Gisborne District, North Island, New Zealand)
The last surviving pilot of the Dambusters Raid of May 1943.
[Picture of Les Munro]


Muoi, Do
Born 2 February 1917  (Thanh Tri, Hanoi, Vietnam)
Former Communist Prime Minister of Vietnam.
[Picture of Do Muoi]


Murdoch, Dame Elisabeth (Died in 2012)
Born 8 February 1909  (Melbourne, Australia)
Philanthropist and mother of Rupert Murdoch.
[Picture of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch]


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, Brian
Born 25 September 1933  (Ventnor, Isle of Wight, England)
TV actor, best known as George Roper in "George and Mildred".
[Picture of Brian Murphy]


Murphy, Eddie
Born 3 April 1961  (Brooklyn, New York City, USA)
Comedian who transcended to films & made a few decent films in the 1980's, but whose recent showings have been pretty pants.
[Picture of Eddie Murphy]


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, Jenni
Born 12 May 1950  (Barnsley, Yorkshire, England)
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 Glasgow Rangers F.C.
[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]


Mutharika, Bingu Wa
Born 24 February 1934  (Thyolo, Malawi)
Current President of Malawi.
[Picture of Bingu Wa Mutharika]


Myong-Rok, Vice Marshall Jo (Died in 2010)
Born in Pyongyang, North Korea  (exact date unknown)
Head of North Korea's military & seen as a possible replacement for Kim Jong Il. Only trouble is Myong-Rok isn't a well chap himself, apparently... Born sometime in 1936.
[Picture of Vice Marshall Jo Myong-Rok]

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