Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2011: B


Babbitt, Milton Milton Babbitt is no longer with us
Born 10 May 1916  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)

Died 29 January 2011  (Princeton, New Jersey, USA)

Age at death: 94  (read death notice)
US composer & theorist.
[Picture of Milton Babbitt]


Bacall, Lauren
Born 16 September 1924  (New York, New York, USA)
Actress (The Big Sleep, How To Marry A Millionaire, Murder On The Orient Express etc etc), born Betty Joan Perske. Formerly married to Humphrey Bogart. Still working after 60 years in movies.
[Picture of Lauren Bacall]


Bach, Johnny
Born 10 July 1924  (New York City, New York, USA)
Former Basketball player and coach.
[Picture of Johnny Bach]


Bacharach, Burt
Born 12 May 1928  (Kansas City, Missouri, USA)
Legendary songwriter and pianist. Has written over 70 U.S. Top 40 hit singles for artists such as Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield and Aretha Franklin.
[Picture of Burt Bacharach]


Bachman, Randy
Born 27 September 1943  (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
Guitarist for bands The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Let us rock!
[Picture of Randy Bachman]


Backshall, Steve
Born 21 April 1973  (place of birth unknown)
Naturalist and presenter of children's series 'The Really Wild Show'.
[Picture of Steve Backshall]


Bacon, Richard
Born 30 November 1975  (Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England)
TV presenter, famously sacked from Blue Peter in 1998 for dabbling in the white stuff, but whose career recovered and is now a regular on TV and radio again.
[Picture of Richard Bacon]


Bahadur Pun, Tul Tul Bahadur Pun is no longer with us
Born 23 March 1923  (Banduk Village, Nepal)

Died 20 April 2011  (Myagdi, Nepal)

Age at death: 88  (read death notice)
Living Victoria Cross recipient, who hit the headlines in 2007, when the UK refused him entrance claiming he had no links with the country! A massive press campaign resulting in him moving to the UK to help cure him of his many health ailments.
[Picture of Tul Bahadur Pun]


Bahr, Egon
Born 18 March 1922  (Treffurt, Germany)
German politician. Key figure in the policy of 'Ostpolitik' under Willy Brandt's SPD-led government in the 1970s to harness greater links between the West and East Germany.
[Picture of Egon Bahr]


Bailey, David
Born 2 January 1938  (Leytonstone, London, England)
Iconic photographer who came to prominence in the "Swinging Sixties".
[Picture of David Bailey]


Bailey, Trevor Trevor Bailey is no longer with us
Born 3 December 1923  (Westcliffe-on-Sea, Essex, England)

Died 10 February 2011  (Westcliffe-on-Sea, Essex, England)

Age at death: 87  (read death notice)
Former England test cricket all-rounder.
[Picture of Trevor Bailey]


Bain, Bonar
Born 4 February 1923  (Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada)
Actor and identical twin brother to 'Diff'rent Strokes' star Conrad.
[Picture of Bonar Bain]


Bain, Conrad (Died in 2013)
Born 4 February 1923  (Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada)
US TV and stage actor. Played the dad, Philip Drummond, in 'Diff'rent Strokes'.
[Picture of Conrad Bain]


Bain, Roderick
Date and place of birth unknown
Officer with the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, the so-called "Easy Company", who fought at Normandy in 1944. The unit were immortalised in the TV series 'Band of Brothers'.
[Picture of Roderick Bain]


Bajcsy, Ruzena
Date and place of birth unknown
Professor of Robotics at the University of California, Berkeley, USA
[Picture of Ruzena Bajcsy]


Baker, Colin
Born 8 June 1943  (London, England)
Actor who played the sixth 'Doctor Who' from 1984-86.
[Picture of Colin Baker]


Baker, Danny
Born 22 June 1957  (Deptford, London, England)
Off-the-wall radio and television presenter and former NME journalist. Diagnosed with cancer in 2010.
[Picture of Danny Baker]


Baker, George George Baker is no longer with us
Born 1 April 1931  (Varna, Bulgaria)

Died 7 October 2011  (West Lavington, Wiltshire, England)

Age at death: 80  (read death notice)
British TV actor - played Inspector Wexford in numerous Ruth Rendell adaptations.
[Picture of George Baker]


Baker, Ginger
Born 19 August 1939  (Lewisham, London, England)
Born Peter Edward Baker. Drummer, most famously for Cream. Formerly well known for leading a hedonistic lifestyle, he's now into clean living and jazz music, but looks far older than his age.
[Picture of Ginger Baker]


Baker, Kenny
Born 24 August 1934  (Birmingham, England)
Dwarf actor who played R2D2 in 'Star Wars'.
[Picture of Kenny Baker]


Baker, Richard
Born 15 June 1925  (Willesden, Kent, England)
Former newsreader & broadcaster for the BBC for aeons.
[Picture of Richard Baker]


Baker, Tom
Born 20 January 1934  (Liverpool, England)
Actor who played Doctor Who from 1974-81. More recently known for his deadpan voiceovers on 'Little Britain'.
[Picture of Tom Baker]


Baker, Jr., Howard
Born 15 November 1925  (Huntsville, Tennessee)
Former Senate majority leader and White House Chief of Staff in the Reagan era.
[Picture of Howard Baker, Jr.]


Balcázar, Tomás
Born 21 December 1931  (place of birth unknown)
Former international footballer for Mexico. Played in the 1954 World Cup. Grandson is Javier Hernández, who is currently digging "Suralex" out of numerous holes in the Premier League...
[Picture of Tomás Balcázar]


Baldwin, Daniel
Born 5 October 1960  (Massapequa, New York, USA)
Alec's Brother & a noted actor himself. In recent years, his off-film activities have been more in the news than his acting abilities.
[Picture of Daniel Baldwin]


Bale, Christian
Born 30 January 1974  (Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales)
Eccentric actor and star of the Batman films.
[Picture of Christian Bale]


Ball, Kenny (Died in 2013)
Born 22 May 1930  (Ilford, Essex, England)
Trumpet player and jazz bandleader who was at the forefront of the British "Trad Jazz" revival of the 1960s.
[Picture of Kenny Ball]


Ballard, Kaye
Born 20 November 1925  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
US actress, mostly on TV and Broadway. Has survived breast cancer.
[Picture of Kaye Ballard]


Ballard, Tom
Date and place of birth unknown
Mountaineer, who's mother, Alison Hargreaves, was killed when attempting to climb the notorious mountain K2. Now he plans to succeed where his mother tragically failed. There's nothing like keeping it in the family! Born 1989.
[Picture of Tom Ballard]


Ballesteros, Seve Seve Ballesteros is no longer with us
Born 9 April 1957  (Pedrena, Spain)

Died 7 May 2011  (Pedrena, Spain)

Age at death: 54  (read death notice)
Hugely popular golfer, one of the greatest of his era.
[Picture of Seve Ballesteros]


Bambilla Barcilon, Pinin
Date and place of birth unknown
Restored Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper' over a twenty year period.
[Picture of Pinin Bambilla Barcilon]


Bandura, Albert
Born 4 December 1925  (Mundare, Alberta, Canada)
Psychologist, specialising in social cognitive theory.
[Picture of Albert Bandura]


Banionis, Donatas
Born 28 April 1924  (Kaunas, Lithuania)
Lithuanian actor best known for his starring role in the 1972 sci-fi classic 'Solaris'.
[Picture of Donatas Banionis]


Banks, Gordon
Born 30 December 1937  (Sheffield, Yorkshire, England)
Legendary England goalkeeper - in goal the day England won the World Cup in 1966.
[Picture of Gordon Banks]


Bannister, Roger
Born 23 March 1929  (Harrow, London, England)
Athlete - the first man to run a mile in under 4 minutes. Later became a neurologist.
[Picture of Roger Bannister]


Barber, Chris
Born 17 April 1930  (Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England)
Jazz trombonist.
[Picture of Chris Barber]


Bardon, John
Born 25 August 1939  (Brentford, Middlesex, England)
Actor, Jim Branning in 'EastEnders'. Suffered a stroke in 2007.
[Picture of John Bardon]


Bardot, Brigitte
Born 28 September 1934  (Paris, France)
French actress, sex symbol, model and animal rights activist.
[Picture of Brigitte Bardot]


Bardsley, Phil
Born 28 June 1985  (Salford, Lancashire, England)
English-born Scottish international fullback.
[Picture of Phil Bardsley]


Barenblatt, Grigory
Born 10 July 1927  (place of birth unknown)
Russian mathematician.
[Picture of Grigory Barenblatt]


Barker, Bob
Born 12 December 1923  (Darrington, Washington, USA)
Presenter of the US version of 'The Price is Right' for 35 years until he retired in 2007 after suffering ill health.
[Picture of Bob Barker]


Barker, Jean
Born 23 October 1922  (place of birth unknown)
Baroness Trumpington. Former Conservative government minister.
[Picture of Jean Barker]


Barker, Steven
Date and place of birth unknown
Convicted in 2009 for the murder of stepson 'Baby Peter' Connolly. Born 1976.
[Picture of Steven Barker]


Barker, Travis
Born 12 November 1975  (Fontana, California, USA)
Drummer with punk-pop band Blink-182.
[Picture of Travis Barker]


Barnes, John
Born 7 November 1963  (Kingston, Jamaica)
Jamaican-born former England international footballer.
[Picture of John Barnes]


Barnett, Joel
Born 14 October 1923  (Manchester, England)
Now Baron Barnett, former MP & Chief Secretary of the Treasury from 1974-1979.
[Picture of Joel Barnett]


Barrett, Robert G. (Died in 2012)
Date and place of birth unknown
Popular Australian author.
[Picture of Robert G. Barrett]


Barris, Chuck
Born 3 June 1929  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
American game show producer, who also claimed to be a CIA hitman.
[Picture of Chuck Barris]


Barry, Christopher
Date and place of birth unknown
Former 'Doctor Who' director.
[Picture of Christopher Barry]


Barrymore, Drew
Born 22 February 1975  (Culver City, California, USA)
Actress who has made a successful transition from child star (in E.T.) to grown up star. Entered rehab aged 13.
[Picture of Drew Barrymore]


Barrymore, Michael
Born 4 May 1952  (Bermondsey, London, England)
Entertainer and game show host, born Kiernan Michael Parker. In March 2001, an unfortunate incident involving a dead homosexual in his swimming pool wrecked his career and made some DDPers feel that suicide may be on the cards.
[Picture of Michael Barrymore]


Barth, John
Born 27 May 1930  (Cambridge, Maryland, USA)
American postmodernist author.
[Picture of John Barth]


Bartlam, Dorothy
Born 8 November 1907  (Yorkshire, England)
1930s actress. Believed to have died in 1991, so no points...
[Picture of Dorothy Bartlam]


Barton, Mischa
Born 24 January 1986  (London, England)
British born actress who found fame in the US with 'The O.C.' before succumbing to the usual Hollywood hijinks and getting herself referred to a psychiatric institution in 2009.
[Picture of Mischa Barton]


Barzun, Jacques (Died in 2012)
Born 30 November 1907  (Grenoble, France)
French born American historian & thinker.
[Picture of Jacques Barzun]


Bashir, Martin
Born 19 January 1963  (London, England)
Slimy, arrogant television journalist, best remembered for his Panorama interview with Princess Diana in 1995.
[Picture of Martin Bashir]


Bass, Nicole
Born 26 October 1964  (Middle Villiage, New York, USA)
Female 6ft 2in bodybuilder and wrestler.
[Picture of Nicole Bass]


Bassey, Shirley
Born 8 January 1937  (Cardiff, Wales)
Singer who had several hits in the 1950s and '60s, as well as singing the theme tunes to 3 James Bond films. Had a minor comeback in the late '90s as an ironic cult heroine.
[Picture of Shirley Bassey]


Bastedo, Alexandra
Born 9 March 1946  (Hove, Sussex, England)
One-time glamour puss in 'The Champions'. Now runs an animal sanctuary.
[Picture of Alexandra Bastedo]


Bates, Ken
Born 4 December 1931  (Ealing, London, England)
Outspoken football chairman, formerly of Chelsea, now with Leeds United.
[Picture of Ken Bates]


Bates, Paddy Roy (Died in 2012)
Date and place of birth unknown
Former pirate radio broadcaster (born 1922) who took over an abandoned World War II platform off the coast of Essex, and ultimately declared himself Prince Roy, ruler of the Principality of Sealand. Clearly as mad as a biscuit, but has somehow managed to gain international recognition of his sovereignty. Fair play to him.
[Picture of Paddy Roy Bates]


Batey, Derek (Died in 2013)
Born 8 August 1928  (Brampton, Cumberland, England)
Television executive, former host of the UK version of 'Mr & Mrs'.
[Picture of Derek Batey]


Bauch, Charlotte
Born 12 October 1900  (Saxony, Germany)
Certified oldest German person as of 2011. Died in May 2011 but no obit.
[Picture of Charlotte Bauch]


Baxter, Stanley
Born 24 May 1926  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Comic actor, impressionist & female impersonator, who retired after starring in children's TV show 'Mr Majeika'. Now lives in Berkshire.
[Picture of Stanley Baxter]


Baxter, Trevor
Born 18 November 1932  (place of birth unknown)
Character actor, most notably in the classic 'Doctor Who' adventure 'The Talons of Weng-Chaing' in 1977.
[Picture of Trevor Baxter]


Bay, Frances
Born 23 January 1919  (Mannville, Alberta, Canada)
Character actress, often appearing in David Lynch films. Died in September 2011 but no obit.
[Picture of Frances Bay]


Bayldon, Geoffrey
Born 7 January 1924  (Leeds, Yorkshire, England)
UK actor, best remembered as the star of 'Catweazle'.
[Picture of Geoffrey Bayldon]


Baylis, Trevor
Born 13 May 1937  (Kilburn, London, England)
Inventor of the wind-up radio, which was an absolute godsend for many in the developing world. More importantly, though, he was voted Pipe Smoker of the Year 1999.
[Picture of Trevor Baylis]


Beard, Frank
Born 11 June 1949  (Frankston, Texas, USA)
Drummer and non-bearded member of blues-rock group ZZ Top.
[Picture of Frank Beard]


Beatrix, Queen
Born 31 January 1938  (Soestdijk Palace, Baarn, Netherlands)
Queen of The Netherlands, since 1980.
[Picture of Queen Beatrix]


Beatty, Ned
Born 6 July 1937  (Louisville, Kentucky, USA)
Stocky, genial-looking supporting actor.
[Picture of Ned Beatty]


Beck, Glenn
Born 10 February 1964  (Everett, Washington, USA)
Possibly crackers right-wing media personality/host on Fox News.
[Picture of Glenn Beck]


Beckham, David
Born 2 May 1975  (Leytonstone, England)
Self-effacing brainbox, who founded Mensa and never seeks publicity.
[Picture of David Beckham]


Beckham, Victoria
Born 17 April 1974  (Goff's Oak, Hertfordshire, England)
Stick insect, the least talented of the Spice Girls, now best described as either a WAG or celebrity hanger-on.
[Picture of Victoria Beckham]


Beharry, Johnson
Born 26 July 1979  (St. Mark, Grenada)
The youngest living VC recipient, which he won for his bravery in the Iraq War.
[Picture of Johnson Beharry]


Beitz, Berthold (Died in 2013)
Born 26 September 1913  (Zemmin, Germany)
Businessman and former IOC vice-president, who in a similar manner to Oskar Schindler, managed to divert many Jewish workers from the concentration camps.
[Picture of Berthold Beitz]


Belafonte, Harry
Born 1 March 1927  (Harlem, New York, USA)
Easy-listening singer, popular for many decades now. Survived a fight with prostate cancer.
[Picture of Harry Belafonte]


Béliveau, Jean
Born 31 August 1931  (Trois-Rivičres, Quebec, Canada)
Legendary ice hockey player for the Montreal Canadiens. Won the Stanley Cup 10 times in his career.
[Picture of Jean Béliveau]


Bell, Andy
Born 25 April 1964  (Peterborough, England)
Ex-lead singer of Erasure, who announced in 2004 that he is HIV positive.
[Picture of Andy Bell]


Bell, Judy
Born 23 September 1936  (Wichita, Kansas, USA)
Former president of the United States Golf Association. Diagnosed with cancer in September 2001.
[Picture of Judy Bell]


Bell, Melissa
Born 5 March 1964  (Islington, London, England)
Former singer, member of Soul II Soul. Her daughter, Alexandra Burke won the X-Factor in 2008, but Bell is in poor health & a lot of the "human story" element had focused on Bell as a result.
[Picture of Melissa Bell]


Belmondo, Jean-Paul
Born 9 April 1933  (Neuilly-sur-Seine, France)
Actor, mainly in films from the 'New Wave' of French filmmakers.
[Picture of Jean-Paul Belmondo]


Beltrán Leyva, Héctor
Born 15 February 1965  (Badiraguato, Sinaloa, Mexico)
Drug lord, leader of the Beltrán Leyva drug cartel since the death of his brother, Arturo, in 2009.
[Picture of Héctor Beltrán Leyva]


Benaud, Richie
Born 6 October 1930  (Penrith, NSW, Australia)
Half-decent spin-bowler turned vaguely irritating cricket commentator.
[Picture of Richie Benaud]


Benedict, Dirk
Born 1 March 1945  (Helena, Montana, USA)
Actor, best known as part of the famous 'A-Team' as Templeton "Face" Peck.
[Picture of Dirk Benedict]


Benedict XVI, Pope
Born 16 April 1927  (Marktl am Inn, Bavaria, Germany)
Former member of the Hitler Youth and professor of theology who was elected Pope following the death of his predecessor, John Paul II, in April 2005.
[Picture of Pope Benedict XVI]


Benjamin, Richard
Born 22 May 1938  (New York City, New York, USA)
Actor in films & TV.
[Picture of Richard Benjamin]


Benmosche, Bob
Born 29 May 1944  (New York City, New York, USA)
Chief Operating Officer for insurance group AIG. Must be unwell. I mean, why else would he be here?
[Picture of Bob Benmosche]


Benn, Tony
Born 3 April 1925  (London, England)
Veteran radical left-wing politician, despite being born into the nobility. Full name Anthony Neil Wedgwood "Wedgie" Benn.
[Picture of Tony Benn]


Bennent, Heinz
Born 18 July 1921  (Stolberg near Aachen, Germany)
Veteran German actor. Died in October 2011 but no obit.
[Picture of Heinz Bennent]


Bennett, Alan
Born 9 May 1934  (Leeds, West Yorkshire, England)
Lugubrious playwright.
[Picture of Alan Bennett]


Bennett, Hywel
Born 8 April 1944  (Garnant, Carmarthenshire, Wales)
Once a heart-throb of sorts in 'Shelley' and 'Loot'. Now grossly overweight, a drunk & only plays heavies/drunks/fat people in his rare TV appearances.
[Picture of Hywel Bennett]


Bennett, Tony
Born 3 August 1926  (Astoria, Queens, New York, USA)
Crooner, who famously left his heart in San Francisco. Still performing.
[Picture of Tony Bennett]


Bennett Kennedy, Joan
Born 2 September 1936  (Riverdale, New York, USA)
Former wife of Ted Kennedy. Has had well-known drink problems, and was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006.
[Picture of Joan Bennett Kennedy]


Bent, Darren
Born 6 February 1984  (Tooting, London, England)
England international striker. Was with Sunderland until a shock transfer to Aston Villa in January 2011.
[Picture of Darren Bent]


Berg, Rabbi Philip (Died in 2013)
Born 20 August 1929  (New York, New York, USA)
Kabbalah guru. Now wheelchair-bound, with his health in decline following a stroke.
[Picture of Rabbi Philip Berg]


Berkowitz, David
Born 1 June 1953  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
American serial killer, currently serving a long jail term for his crimes.
[Picture of David Berkowitz]


Berlusconi, Silvio
Born 29 September 1936  (Milan, Italy)
Former Prime Minister of Italy, who as well as being a media mogul and president of AC Milan, is also amongst the world's worst actors for his "fainting" whilst making a speech on live TV, probably in a misguided attempt to get out of various legal proceedings. Lost the premiership for a second time in November 2011.
[Picture of Silvio Berlusconi]


Bernadotte, Gunilla
Date and place of birth unknown
Minor Swedish royal.
[Picture of Gunilla Bernadotte]


Bernstein, Walter
Born 20 August 1919  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Hollywood screenwriter, blacklisted in the 1950s and won an Academy award nomination in 1976 for 'The Front', a film which looked at the blacklisting of that time.
[Picture of Walter Bernstein]


Berra, Yogi
Born 12 May 1925  (St. Louis, Missouri, USA)
Baseball great, with the New York Yankees. Later became a baseball coach.
[Picture of Yogi Berra]


Berry, Chuck
Born 18 October 1926  (San Jose, California, USA)
Rock 'n' roll guitarist and singer, who has a string of dodgy misdemeanours in his past. Reportedly not in the best of health, but still active.
[Picture of Chuck Berry]


Berry, Halle
Born 14 August 1966  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Film actress & former model who has appeared & acted well in some excellent movies but will also be remembered for her awful performance in the god-awful 'Catwoman'.
[Picture of Halle Berry]


Berry, Mary
Born 24 March 1935  (Bath, England)
Food writer and television chef.
[Picture of Mary Berry]


Best, Pete
Born 24 November 1941  (Madras, India)
Member of The Beatles from 1959-62, when he was fired and replaced by Ringo Starr, who, unlikely though it may seem, was considered a better drummer than him.
[Picture of Pete Best]


Bettencourt, Liliane
Born 21 October 1922  (Paris, France)
One of the chiefs of L'Oreal & one the wealthiest women in the World.
[Picture of Liliane Bettencourt]


Beverley, Joy
Born 5 May 1929  (Bethnal Green, London, England)
Former singer, part of the Beverley Sisters group, who became a celebrity in another field, when she married Billy Wright, the legendary former footballer.
[Picture of Joy Beverley]


Bhumibol Adulyadej, King
Born 5 December 1927  (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)
King of Thailand since 1946, the longest-serving current Head of State.
[Picture of King Bhumibol Adulyadej]


Bhutto, Nusrat Nusrat Bhutto is no longer with us
Born 21 September 1929  (Esfahan, Iran)

Died 23 October 2011  (Dubai, UAE)

Age at death: 82  (read death notice)
Widow of former Pakistan leader Zulfikar Ali Bhutto & mother of the Bhutto political dynasty, 3 of whom she has now outlived.
[Picture of Nusrat Bhutto]


Biddlecombe, Terry
Born 2 February 1941  (Woolwich, London, England)
Jockey & trainer - he was one of the top National Hunt jockeys of the 1960s & 1970s, but never won the Grand National.
[Picture of Terry Biddlecombe]


Biermann, Wolf
Born 15 November 1936  (Hamburg, Germany)
Singer-songwriter and East German dissident.
[Picture of Wolf Biermann]


Biggins, Christopher
Born 16 December 1948  (Oldham, Lancashire, England)
Outrageously camp comic actor, TV presenter and pantomime star.
[Picture of Christopher Biggins]


Biggs, Ronnie (Died in 2013)
Born 8 August 1929  (Lambeth, London, England)
Sentenced to 30 years for his part in the 1963 Great Train Robbery, but escaped from Wandsworth Prison after only 15 months and ended up living in Brazil, from where he could not be extradited. He returned to Britain in 2001 for medical treatment and was promptly arrested. Since then, he has suffered two heart attacks, three strokes, two epileptic seizures and pneumonia, which have apparently left him partially paralysed and barely able to speak. Apart from that, though, he's in great health.
[Picture of Ronnie Biggs]


Bikel, Theodore
Born 2 May 1924  (Vienna, Austria)
Actor ('The African Queen', 'My Fair Lady', etc) and singer of Yiddish folk songs. Resident in the US since 1954.
[Picture of Theodore Bikel]


bin Laden, Osama Osama bin Laden is no longer with us
Born 10 March 1957  (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)

Died 2 May 2011  (Abbottabad, Pakistan)

Age at death: 54  (read death notice)
17th of about 52 (!) children of a multi-millionaire Saudi construction magnate, al-Qaeda terrorist leader bin Laden was already on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, but on September 11th, 2001, he secured his position at no. 1 on this list. Killed by American forces in May 2011.
[Picture of Osama bin Laden]


Bird, Dickie
Born 19 April 1933  (Barnsley, Yorkshire, England)
Well-respected but now retired cricket umpire, who also took the field as a player many moons ago.
[Picture of Dickie Bird]


Bird, Mary
Date and place of birth unknown
Terminally ill mother of mass killer Derrick Bird, who went on a shooting spree in Cumbria in 2010, killing 12 people. Reports of her age range from 83 to 85 to 90!
[Picture of Mary Bird]


Birgisson, Jón Ţór
Born 23 April 1975  (Iceland)
Guitarist and vocalist for Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós.
[Picture of Jón Ţór Birgisson]


Biya, Paul
Born 13 February 1933  (Mvomeka, Cameroon)
President of Cameroon since 1982.
[Picture of Paul Biya]


Björgvinsson, Björgvin
Born 11 January 1980  (Dalvík, Iceland)
Icelandic alpine skier.
[Picture of Björgvin Björgvinsson]


Bjork, (singer)
Born 21 November 1965  (Reykjavik, Iceland)
Completely bonkers Icelandic singer.
[Picture of (singer) Bjork]


Black, Cilla
Born 27 May 1943  (Liverpool, England)
Former cloakroom attendant at Liverpool's Cavern Club and then pop singer, now presenter of cheesy TV shows. Keeps harping on about how wonderful Liverpool is and how proud she is to be a Scouser, yet has lived in Surrey for the past 30 years.
[Picture of Cilla Black]


Blackman, Honor
Born 12 December 1927  (London, England)
English actress, who has played upon her sex siren status since appearing as Pussy Galore in Goldfinger.
[Picture of Honor Blackman]


Blackman, Steve
Born 28 September 1963  (Annville, Pennsylvania, USA)
Ex-WWF wrestler.
[Picture of Steve Blackman]


Blackwood, Richard
Born 15 May 1972  (place of birth unknown)
Annoying television presenter in the noughties.
[Picture of Richard Blackwood]


Blaine, David
Born 4 April 1973  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Twat. Really, really annoying, attention-seeking, box-dwelling twat.
[Picture of David Blaine]


Blair, Lionel
Born 12 December 1931  (Montreal, Canada)
Camp, tap-dancing, fixed-grinning TV personality.
[Picture of Lionel Blair]


Blake, George
Born 11 November 1922  (Rotterdam, Holland)
Spy, former double agent for the Soviet Union.
[Picture of George Blake]


Blake, Peter
Born 25 June 1932  (Dartford, Kent, England)
Pop artist, best known for his design of the 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' album for the Beatles in 1967, for which he was paid Ł200.
[Picture of Peter Blake]


Bland, Bobby (Died in 2013)
Born 28 January 1930  (Rosemark, Tennessee, USA)
Veteran soul and blues singer.
[Picture of Bobby Bland]


Bland, Hamilton
Date and place of birth unknown
Former swimming commentator for the BBC. "Top bombing!"
[Picture of Hamilton Bland]


Blatter, Sepp
Born 10 March 1936  (Visp, Canton Valais, Switzerland)
Slippery president of world football body FIFA since 1998.
[Picture of Sepp Blatter]


Blessed, Brian
Born 9 October 1937  (Mexborough, Yorkshire, England)
Large, bearded actor whose presence and booming voice has landed him parts in everything from Shakespeare adaptations to Robin Hood to 'Star Wars'.
[Picture of Brian Blessed]


Bloembergen, Nicolaas
Born 11 March 1920  (Dordrecht, Netherlands)
Electrical engineering genius, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1981.
[Picture of Nicolaas Bloembergen]


Blossom, Roberts Roberts Blossom is no longer with us
Born 25 March 1924  (New Haven, Connecticut, USA)

Died 8 July 2011  (Santa Monica, California, USA)

Age at death: 87  (read death notice)
Veteran character actor who some may recognise as the unfairly maligned neighbour in 'Home Alone'.
[Picture of Roberts Blossom]


Blunden, Nikki Nikki Blunden is no longer with us
Date and place of birth unknown

Died 11 April 2011  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 37  (read death notice)
Terminally ill mother who made headlines in 2010. There's a few more of these in this year's DDP...
[Picture of Nikki Blunden]


Blunt, Gabrielle
Born 8 January 1919  (Herne Bay, England)
Character actress who had long career stretching back to an appearance in the Ealing classic 'Whiskey Galore' in 1949.
[Picture of Gabrielle Blunt]


Bluthal, John
Born 21 October 1929  (Galicia, Poland)
Popular British character actor, often in comedies. Best known for his role as Frank Pickle in 'The Vicar of Dibley'.
[Picture of John Bluthal]


Blyth, Ann
Born 16 August 1928  (Mount Kisco, New York, USA)
Hollywood actress who was nominated for an Academy award for Best Supporting Actress in 1945 for the film 'Mildred Pierce'.
[Picture of Ann Blyth]


Bockwinkel, Nick
Born 6 December 1934  (St. Paul, Minnesota, USA)
Former American Wrestling Association Heavyweight Champion.
[Picture of Nick Bockwinkel]


Boddy, Bill Bill Boddy is no longer with us
Born 22 February 1913  (London, England)

Died 7 July 2011  (Llwynbarried Hall, Nantmel, Powys, Wales)

Age at death: 93  (read death notice)
Editor of Motor Sport magazine from 1936-1991.
[Picture of Bill Boddy]


Boedecker, Bill
Born 18 January 1945  (Dectaur, Illinois, USA)
Surely the most obscure pick in the history of the DDP. Died in August 2011 with no chance of an obit...
[Picture of Bill Boedecker]


Boere, Heinrich (Died in 2013)
Born 27 September 1921  (Eschweiler, Germany)
Ex-Nazi war criminal, convicted in 2010.
[Picture of Heinrich Boere]


Bonaduce, Danny
Born 13 August 1959  (Broomall, Pennsylvania, USA)
Actor (The Partridge Family), DJ & game show host in the US.
[Picture of Danny Bonaduce]


Bond, John (Died in 2012)
Born 17 December 1932  (Dedham, Suffolk, England)
Former footballer, who later became a manager (Norwich, Manchester City etc.)
[Picture of John Bond]


Bond, Michael
Born 13 January 1926  (Newbury, Berkshire, England)
Author, best known as the creator of Paddington Bear.
[Picture of Michael Bond]


Bonner, Yelena Yelena Bonner is no longer with us
Born 15 February 1923  (Merv, Turkmenistan)

Died 18 June 2011  (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)

Age at death: 88  (read death notice)
Soviet human rights activist who as widow of Andrei Sakharov was a thorn in the side of successive Russian leaders from Stalin onwards until 1986.
[Picture of Yelena Bonner]


Book, Tony
Born 4 September 1934  (Bath, Somerset, England)
Former footballer & manager of Manchester City.
[Picture of Tony Book]


Bookbinder, David
Born in Manchester, England  (exact date unknown)
Labour leader of Derbyshire County Council from 1981 to 1992. Daughter Susan is a top news broadcaster. Born in 1941.
[Picture of David Bookbinder]


Boone, Pat
Born 1 June 1934  (Jacksonville, Florida, USA)
Crooner, most successful with ballads and blues.
[Picture of Pat Boone]


Boorman, Charley
Born 23 August 1966  (Wimbledon, London, England)
Son of film director John, best known for motorcycling around the World and back.
[Picture of Charley Boorman]


Boorman, John
Born 18 January 1933  (Shepperton, Surrey, England)
Film director, noted for such films as 'Deliverance', 'Excalibur' and 'Zardoz'.
[Picture of John Boorman]


Boothroyd, Betty
Born 8 October 1929  (Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England)
Tiller Girl turned Speaker of the House of Commons between 1992 & 2000.
[Picture of Betty Boothroyd]


Borgnine, Ernest (Died in 2012)
Born 24 January 1917  (Hamden, Connecticut, USA)
Five-times married, surprisingly prolific TV & film actor, whose portly stature ensured that he specialised in playing tough or just downright fat characters.
[Picture of Ernest Borgnine]


Borgnine, Tova
Born 17 November 1941  (Oslo, Norway)
Fifth wife of actor Ernest Borgnine and cosmetics businesswoman.
[Picture of Tova Borgnine]


Borgonovo, Stefano (Died in 2013)
Born 17 March 1964  (Giussano, Italy)
Italian footballer, now stricken with the disease ALS.
[Picture of Stefano Borgonovo]


Bork, Robert (Died in 2012)
Born 1 March 1927  (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)
Legal scholar who served as Solicitor General under Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.
[Picture of Robert Bork]


Borman, Frank
Born 14 March 1928  (Gary, Indiana, USA)
Astronaut who was part of the Apollo 8 crew which circumnavigated the Moon in 1968, months before the landing was attempted.
[Picture of Frank Borman]


Bose, Mihir
Born 12 January 1947  (India)
Journalist and BBC Sports editor from 2006-2009.
[Picture of Mihir Bose]


Bough, Frank
Born 15 January 1933  (Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England)
British TV presenter, mainly on daytime television or sports programmes. Wearer of bad sweaters and target of unlikely sex orgy allegations. Had a liver transplant in 2001.
[Picture of Frank Bough]


Bouquet, Michel
Born 6 November 1925  (Paris, France)
Veteran French film actor.
[Picture of Michel Bouquet]


Bout, Viktor
Born 13 January 1967  (Dushanbe, Tajik SSR, USSR (now Tajikistan))
Russian "businessman" who is set to be extradited to the USA for arms traffiking. Nice work if you can get it...
[Picture of Viktor Bout]


Bouteflika, Abdelaziz
Born 2 March 1937  (Oujda, Morocco)
President of Algeria since 1999.
[Picture of Abdelaziz Bouteflika]


Boutros-Ghali, Boutros
Born 14 November 1922  (Cairo, Egypt)
UN Secretary-General between 1992-96, whose name became a catchphrase on 'The Fast Show'.
[Picture of Boutros Boutros-Ghali]


Bowen, Jim
Born 20 August 1937  (Heswall, Cheshire, England)
Super, smashing, great. The avuncular presenter of ITV's 'Bullseye' (1981-93) ensured that no-one ever went home empty-handed, even if they were so laughably bad at darts that they ended up with Ł7 and a pewter tankard between 2 people. You can't beat a bit of Bully!
[Picture of Jim Bowen]


Bowen, Otis R. (Died in 2013)
Born 26 February 1918  (Fulton County, Indiana, USA)
Republican politician who served under President Ronald Reagan.
[Picture of Otis R. Bowen]


Bowie, David
Born 8 January 1947  (Brixton, London, England)
Legendary "Chameleon of Rock" whose been in virtual retirement since 2004 after suffering a heart attack. Sang with Mark Bolan and Bing Crosby in 1977; days later, both were dead.
[Picture of David Bowie]


Bowles, Peter
Born 16 October 1936  (London, England)
Suave actor best known for the role of Richard DeVere in 'To the Manor Born'.
[Picture of Peter Bowles]


Boyce, Max
Born 7 September 1945  (Glynneath, Wales)
Welsh comedian & singer, particularly entwined with the Welsh rugby team and their ebbing & flowing fortunes.
[Picture of Max Boyce]


Boyce, Ronnie
Born 6 January 1943  (London, England)
Former West Ham United midfielder.
[Picture of Ronnie Boyce]


Boyer, Paul D.
Born 31 July 1918  (Provo, Utah, USA)
Biochemist - co-winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1997.
[Picture of Paul D. Boyer]


Boyle, Susan
Born 1 April 1961  (Blackburn, West Lothian, Scotland)
Dubbed 'Subo', a frumpy looking but angelic voiced singer who burst in to the international consciousness in 2009 via the talent show Britain's Got Talent.
[Picture of Susan Boyle]


Boyle, Willard Willard Boyle is no longer with us
Born 19 August 1924  (Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada)

Died 7 May 2011  (Wallace, Nova Scotia, Canada)

Age at death: 86  (read death notice)
Canadian physicist and winner of the Nobel Prize in 2009.
[Picture of Willard Boyle]


Boyson, Rhodes (Died in 2012)
Born 11 May 1925  (Manchester, England)
Backbench MP who often appeared on TV & his appearance in 'Have I Got News For You' in 1994 was particularly bizarre & still remembered by many who saw it.
[Picture of Rhodes Boyson]


Braben, Eddie (Died in 2013)
Born 31 October 1930  (Liverpool, England)
Comedy writer, who deserves far more credit than he gets, as he was the creator & supplier of many of Eric Morecambe's greatest lines, including most of the legendary repartee with Andre Previn in one of the Christmas specials.
[Picture of Eddie Braben]


Brabham, Jack
Born 2 April 1926  (Hurstville, Sydney, Australia)
3 times Formula 1 champion. First F1 racer to be knighted, still drives in historic races, although mostly retired. In good health, but now completely deaf.
[Picture of Jack Brabham]


Bradbury, Ray (Died in 2012)
Born 22 August 1920  (Waukegan, Illinois, USA)
Sci-fi author, best known for 'Fahrenheit 451'.
[Picture of Ray Bradbury]


Brady, Ian
Born 2 January 1938  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Moors Murderer, in prison since 1966, having been caught just 4 weeks after the death penalty for murder was abolished in the UK. Has a tendency to go on somewhat half-hearted hunger strikes. Since the death of his accomplice, Myra Hindley, in 2002, DDP interest in him has picked up.
[Picture of Ian Brady]


Brady, James
Born 29 August 1940  (Centralia, Illinois, USA)
Former White House press secretary to Ronald Reagan, who was left permanently disabled when an assassination attempt on Reagan saw him shot in the head.
[Picture of James Brady]


Brady, Sarah
Born 6 February 1942  (Missouri, USA)
Advocate of gun control ever since her husband Jim was seriously wounded in the 1981 assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan. Now suffering from lung cancer.
[Picture of Sarah Brady]


Bramble, Titus
Born 31 July 1981  (Ipswich, England)
Former Newcastle United and Wigan Athletic footballer. Now plies his trade with Sunderland AFC. "Bambi on ice" would be the kindest way to describe some of his performances.
[Picture of Titus Bramble]


Brand, Russell
Born 4 June 1975  (Grays, Essex, England)
TV presenter & comic who is nowhere near as funny as he thinks he is.
[Picture of Russell Brand]


Branden, Nathaniel
Born 9 April 1930  (Brampton, Ontario, Canada)
Psychotherapist and writer & often appears on various media outlets.
[Picture of Nathaniel Branden]


Brandon, Tony
Born 12 December 1933  (Poole, Dorset, England)
Radio presenter and comedian.
[Picture of Tony Brandon]


Braun, Lilian Jackson Lilian Jackson Braun is no longer with us
Born 20 June 1913  (Chicopee Falls, Massachachusetts, USA)

Died 4 June 2011  (Landrum, South Carolina, USA)

Age at death: 97  (read death notice)
Popular author of 'The Cat Who..' series of mystery novels.
[Picture of Lilian Jackson Braun]


Braun, Volker
Born 7 May 1939  (Dresden, Germany)
German writer.
[Picture of Volker Braun]


Braunstein, Ron
Born 7 June 1976  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Hip hop star, better known as "Necro".
[Picture of Ron Braunstein]


Brennan, Eileen (Died in 2013)
Born 3 September 1932  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Actress, best known as the as the bullying Captain Doreen Lewis in 'Private Benjamin'.
[Picture of Eileen Brennan]


Breuning, Walter Walter Breuning is no longer with us
Born 21 September 1896  (Melrose, Minnesota, USA)

Died 14 April 2011  (Great Falls, Montana, USA)

Age at death: 114  (read death notice)
The oldest man in the World at the start of 2011.
[Picture of Walter Breuning]


Brezina, Thomas
Born 30 January 1963  (Vienna, Austria)
Austrian children's author.
[Picture of Thomas Brezina]


Brice, Pierre
Born 6 February 1929  (Brest, France)
French actor.
[Picture of Pierre Brice]


Brickell, Katie
Born 9 July 1983  (Haywards Heath, Sussex, England)
Young lady who was denied a smear test for cervical cancer as she was "too young" for the test, but now her disease is incurable.
[Picture of Katie Brickell]


Bridgeman, Robin
Born 5 December 1930  (place of birth unknown)
AKA Viscount Bridgeman, Conservative peer.
[Picture of Robin Bridgeman]


Briers, Richard (Died in 2013)
Born 14 January 1934  (Merton, Surrey, England)
Very popular British actor & comedian, best known for 'The Good Life'.
[Picture of Richard Briers]


Briggs, Johnny
Born 5 September 1935  (Battersea, London, England)
British TV & film actor, most famous as Mike Baldwin in 'Coronation Street'
[Picture of Johnny Briggs]


Brimley, Wilford
Born 27 September 1934  (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)
Heavy-set, superbly-moustachioed US actor in TV, films & commercials.
[Picture of Wilford Brimley]


Bristow, Eric
Born 25 April 1957  (Hackney, London, England)
AKA "The Crafty Cockney", eagle-eyed 5 times BDO World Champion.
[Picture of Eric Bristow]


Brittenden, Arthur
Born 23 October 1924  (place of birth unknown)
Editor of the Daily Mail from 1966-1971. Positively socialist in those days, compared to today...
[Picture of Arthur Brittenden]


Britton, Tony
Born 9 June 1934  (Birmingham, England)
Actor, mainly on stage but also in 'Don't Wait Up' on TV. Father of Fern Britton.
[Picture of Tony Britton]


Broadbent, Peter (Died in 2013)
Born 15 May 1933  (Elvington, Kent, England)
Footballer, most notably for Wolves. Also played for England & was part of their 1958 World Cup squad.
[Picture of Peter Broadbent]


Brooker, Natty
Date and place of birth unknown
Musician, once of psychedelic rockers Spaceman 3.
[Picture of Natty Brooker]


Brookes, Jon (Died in 2013)
Born 21 September 1968  (place of birth unknown)
Drummer for indie veterans The Charlatans.
[Picture of Jon Brookes]


Brooke-Taylor, Tim
Born 17 July 1940  (Buxton, Derbyshire, England)
Comic actor, best known as one of 'The Goodies' trio, now appears mostly on radio comedy & quizzes.
[Picture of Tim Brooke-Taylor]


Brooks, Elkie
Born 25 February 1945  (Broughton, Lancashire, England)
Singer, first with Vinegar Joe (with the late Robert Palmer) before forging a succesful solo career.
[Picture of Elkie Brooks]


Brooks, Garth
Born 7 February 1962  (Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA)
Unfathomably successful country singer-songwriter.
[Picture of Garth Brooks]


Brooks, James L.
Born 9 May 1940  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Film and television producer with an impressive resume, including 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show', 'Taxi' and 'The Simpsons' on television and 'Terms of Endearment' and 'Jerry Maguire' in film, amongst others.
[Picture of James L. Brooks]


Brooks, Mel
Born 28 June 1926  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Comic actor and film director.
[Picture of Mel Brooks]


Brown, Bobby
Born 5 February 1969  (Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA)
R & B singer & dancer, whose litany of crimes is much too long to list here, but suffice to say, not many people think of him as "a nice boy".
[Picture of Bobby Brown]


Brown, Chris
Born 5 May 1989  (Tappahonnock, Virginia, USA)
Pop and R&B singer who got himself into hot water by assaulting his then girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.
[Picture of Chris Brown]


Brown, Craig
Born 1 July 1940  (Hamilton, Scotland)
Former manager of the Scotland national football team, now manager of Aberdeen FC. Well someone's got to do it!
[Picture of Craig Brown]


Brown, Jerry
Born 7 April 1938  (San Francisco, California, USA)
Democrat and Governor of California from 1975-1983. Resumed office in the same state in 2011. Infamously the subject of 'California Über Alles' by punk band The Dead Kennedys in 1979.
[Picture of Jerry Brown]


Brown, June
Born 16 February 1927  (Needham Market, Suffolk, England)
Actress who plays Dot Cotton in EastEnders.
[Picture of June Brown]


Brown, Ronald
Born 7 August 1926  (place of birth unknown)
Bishop of Birkenhead from 1974-1992.
[Picture of Ronald Brown]


Broz, Jovanka (Died in 2013)
Born 7 December 1924  (Lika, Croatia)
Widow of Yugoslavian dictator Marshal Tito.
[Picture of Jovanka Broz]


Brubeck, Dave (Deid in 2012)
Born 6 December 1920  (Concord, California, USA)
US jazz pianist & composer.
[Picture of Dave Brubeck]


Bruce, Jack
Born 14 May 1943  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Former front man of Cream, who also wrote most of their songs. Underwent a liver transplant in October 2003, after being diagnosed with cancer of the liver.
[Picture of Jack Bruce]


Bruce, Steve
Born 31 December 1960  (Corbridge, Northumberland, England)
Fat-headed, perpetually moaning former manager of Sunderland AFC.
[Picture of Steve Bruce]


Brumley, Kenneth
Date and place of birth unknown
One of the World's heaviest men, tipping the scales at 73 stone! Born 1968.
[Picture of Kenneth Brumley]


Bruna, Dick
Born 23 August 1927  (Utrecht, The Netherlands)
Dutch illustrator and creator of the popular cutesy rabbit Miffy.
[Picture of Dick Bruna]


Bruno, Frank
Born 16 November 1961  (Hammersmith, London, England)
Former WBC world heavyweight boxing champion and pantomime dame. Lost the plot somewhat after his wife left him, and was sectioned to a mental hospital in September 2003, although he was later released.
[Picture of Frank Bruno]


Brunson, Doyle F.
Born 10 August 1933  (Fisher County, Texas, USA)
Veteran poker player and champion.
[Picture of Doyle F. Brunson]


Bryan, Dora
Born 7 February 1924  (Southport, Lancashire, England)
Chirpy blonde British actress. Won a BAFTA for 'A Taste of Honey' (1961).
[Picture of Dora Bryan]


Bublé, Michael
Born 9 September 1975  (Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada)
Canadian singer.
[Picture of Michael Bublé]


Bucci, Mike
Born 5 June 1972  (Toms River, New Jersey, USA)
Semi-retired professional wrestler, known as "Super Nova".
[Picture of Mike Bucci]


Buchanan, James (Died in 2013)
Born 3 October 1919  (Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA)
American economicist & Nobel Prize winner.
[Picture of James Buchanan]


Buckles, Frank Frank Buckles is no longer with us
Born 1 February 1901  (Harrison County, Missouri, USA)

Died 27 February 2011  (Charles Town, West Virginia, USA)

Age at death: 110  (read death notice)
One of only 2 US WWI veterans still alive at the start of 2011, and the last one to have actually served overseas.
[Picture of Frank Buckles]


Budden, Jackiey
Date and place of birth unknown
Mother of the late reality TV star Jade Goody. Born 1958.
[Picture of Jackiey Budden]


Budgett, Arthur Arthur Budgett is no longer with us
Born 26 May 1916  (Eton, Berkshire, England)

Died 21 June 2011  (Leckhampstead, Berkshire, England)

Age at death: 95  (read death notice)
Horse trainer who bred owned and trained two Derby winners.
[Picture of Arthur Budgett]


Buffett, Jimmy
Born 25 December 1946  (Pascagoula, Mississippi, USA)
American county/beach rock singer/songwriter & film producer.
[Picture of Jimmy Buffett]


Bugner, Joe
Born 13 March 1950  (Szoreg, Hungary)
Hungarian born, but Australian citizen - former heavyweight boxer.
[Picture of Joe Bugner]


Bunyan, Vashti
Born in London, England  (exact date unknown)
Folk singer, whose album 'Just Another Diamond Day', released in 1970 became a cult hit thirty years after its release.
[Picture of Vashti Bunyan]


Burns, Allan
Born 18 May 1935  (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)
Television producer and writer, who co-created 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' with James L. Brooks.
[Picture of Allan Burns]


Burns, Pete
Born 5 August 1959  (Port Sunlight, Cheshire, England)
Androgynous front person of '80s electropopsters Dead Or Alive.
[Picture of Pete Burns]


Burr, Clive (Died in 2013)
Born 8 March 1957  (East Ham, East London, England)
Former drummer in Iron Maiden. Now suffering from multiple sclerosis.
[Picture of Clive Burr]


Burstyn, Ellen
Born 7 December 1932  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Film actress. Won an Academy award for Best Actress in 1974 for 'Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore'.
[Picture of Ellen Burstyn]


Burtt, Ben
Born 12 July 1948  (Jamesville, New York, USA)
Sound designer on 'Star Wars' and thus the creator of the familiar R2-D2 bleeps and yelps, as well the throbbing sound of the lightsabers and the distinctive breathing of Darth Vader.
[Picture of Ben Burtt]


Busey, Gary
Born 29 June 1944  (Goose Creek, Texas, USA)
Actor, in numerous films & often in kooky roles.
[Picture of Gary Busey]


Bush, Barbara
Born 8 June 1925  (Rye, New York, USA)
The wife of George Bush snr, not the namesake daughter of George W. Bush.
[Picture of Barbara Bush]


Bush, Jr., George W.
Born 6 July 1946  (New Haven, Connecticut, USA)
43rd President of the United States. Somehow made it through 8 years in the job, but as the man himself once said: "They misunderestimated me."
[Picture of George W. Bush, Jr.]


Bush, Sr., George H. W.
Born 12 June 1924  (Milton, Massachusetts, USA)
Son of a senator and related to 4 previous US Presidents. Made his fortune in the oil industry and got involved in Texan politics before becoming US ambassador to the United Nations, vice-President under Ronald Reagan from 1980-88, and President from 1988-92. Was sometimes lambasted for not being overly bright, but then his son Dubya came along…
[Picture of George H. W. Bush, Sr.]


Butler, David
Born 17 October 1924  (place of birth unknown)
Psephologist (that's someone who studies elections, folks!), and university chum of Tony Benn, who along with the late Bob McKenzie, mused on what marginal seat may matter on many an election night from 1950-79.
[Picture of David Butler]


Butler, Dawn
Born 3 November 1969  (Forest Gate, London, England)
MP for Brent South from 2005 to its abolition in 2010.
[Picture of Dawn Butler]


Byamugisha, Gideon
Born 29 August 1959  (Kigezi, Uganda)
Anglican priest in Uganda. In 1992 he publicly announced that he was HIV positive.
[Picture of Gideon Byamugisha]


Bygraves, Max (Died in 2012)
Born 16 October 1922  (Rotherhithe, London, England)
Wartime radio comedian, later turned stage entertainer, singer, and over-user of the phrase "I wanna tell you a story".
[Picture of Max Bygraves]


Byrd, Jr., Harry F. (Died in 2013)
Born 20 December 1914  (Winchester, Virginia, USA)
Former US Senator for Virginia between 1965 & 1983.
[Picture of Harry F. Byrd, Jr.]


Byrne, Gay
Born 5 August 1934  (Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
Respected veteran Irish broadcaster, presenter of 'The Late Late Show' for 37 years.
[Picture of Gay Byrne]


Byrne, Peter
Born 29 January 1928  (West Ham, London, England)
Actor, was in Dixon of Dock Green for aeons.
[Picture of Peter Byrne]


Byung-Hyun, Kim
Born 21 January 1979  (Gwangju, South Korea)
Former US baseball pitcher.
[Picture of Kim Byung-Hyun]

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