Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2011: C


Caballé, Montserrat
Born 12 April 1933  (Barcelona, Spain)
Opera singer, who famously sung 'Barcelona' with Freddie Mercury, which became the signature tune of the 1992 Olympics.
[Picture of Montserrat Caballé]


Cable, Vince
Born 9 May 1943  (York, Yorkshire, England)
Lib Dem leading politician, a former leader of the party, and one of the few UK politicians who is actually sensible & worth listening to. Now a member of the controversial 'Con-Dem' coalition government.
[Picture of Vince Cable]


Cady, Frank (Died 2012)
Born 8 September 1915  (Susanville, California, USA)
Actor: 'Petticoat Junction' (1963-70), 'Green Acres' (Sam Drucker, 1965-71).
[Picture of Frank Cady]


Caesar, Sid
Born 8 September 1922  (Yonkers, New York, USA)
'50s and '60s comedian and star of American TV. Later appeared in a diverse range of films, including Grease and Cannonball Run II.
[Picture of Sid Caesar]


Caldwell, Philip (Died in 2013)
Born 27 January 1920  (Bourneville, Ohio, USA)
First CEO of the Ford Motor Company not to be a member of the family. Turned around the company's fortunes in the 1980s.
[Picture of Philip Caldwell]


Cale, John
Born 9 March 1942  (Garnant, Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, Wales)
Another of OoO's great living Welshman, of which The Man In Black shares those sentiments. Cale has been in music for aeons - as a composer, producer & songwriter. But to most people, best remembered for his distinctive sounds as he played the harpsichord, keyboards, piano, viola, organs & bass (not all at the same time) as part of The Velvet Underground.
[Picture of John Cale]


Calhoun, Jim
Born 10 May 1942  (Braintree, Massachusetts, USA)
Coach of the University of Connecticut's men's basketball team.
[Picture of Jim Calhoun]


Callaghan, Nigel
Born 12 September 1962  (Singapore)
Ex-footballer. Former Watford FC and Derby County winger.
[Picture of Nigel Callaghan]


Calley, John John Calley is no longer with us
Born 30 June 1930  (Jersey City, New Jersey, USA)

Died 13 September 2011  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 81  (read death notice)
Film producer, most notably of The Da Vinci Code.
[Picture of John Calley]


Camara, Moussa Dadis
Born 29 December 1964  (Koure, Lola Prefecture, Nzérékoré Region, Guinea)
President of Guinea since December 2008, following the death of the previous incumbent Lansana Conté. Born 1964.
[Picture of Moussa Dadis Camara]


Cameron, David
Born 9 October 1966  (London, England)
Conservative Party leader and Prime Minster of the UK since May 2010. Formed a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats, the first in the UK for over 60 years. It'll end in tears, not sure whose though...
[Picture of David Cameron]


Campbell, Alan (Died in 2013)
Born 24 May 1917  (place of birth unknown)
Baron Campbell of Alloway, a former high court judge.
[Picture of Alan Campbell]


Campbell, Fraizer
Born 13 September 1987  (Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England)
Sunderland AFC footballer.
[Picture of Fraizer Campbell]


Campbell, Jane
Born 19 April 1959  (Kingston Hill, Surrey, England)
Disability campaigner, now Baroness Campbell of Surbiton.
[Picture of Jane Campbell]


Campbell, Menzies
Born 22 May 1941  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Former Olympic runner and holder of the British 100 metres record who later became Lib Dem leader, but it wasn't a great success.
[Picture of Menzies Campbell]


Cant, Brian
Born 12 July 1933  (Ipswich, Suffolk, England)
Legendary children's TV presenter, whose face should be instantly recognisable to anyone in the UK between the ages of 25-50. Also a serious actor, mostly on stage.
[Picture of Brian Cant]


Cantona, Eric
Born 24 May 1966  (Marseille, France)
Charismatic, kung-fu kicking, erudite ex-footballer with Manchester United & France.
[Picture of Eric Cantona]


Cao, Zheng (Died in 2013)
Date and place of birth unknown
Chinese-born mezzo-soprano. Born 1966
[Picture of Zheng Cao]


Capes, Geoff
Born 23 August 1949  (Holbeach, Lincolnshire, England)
Fomer Great Britain international shot putter and twice winner of the World's Strongest Man competition.
[Picture of Geoff Capes]


Cardin, Pierre
Born 6 July 1922  (Venice, Italy)
French fashion designer, known, if anything, for designing the bubble dress.
[Picture of Pierre Cardin]


Carey, Drew
Born 23 May 1958  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Rotund, bespectacled comedian, a long time popular fixture of American comedy.
[Picture of Drew Carey]


Carey, George
Born 13 November 1935  (London, England)
Former Archbishop of Canterbury, between 1991 & 2002.
[Picture of George Carey]


Carlisle, John
Born 28 August 1942  (Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, England)
Controversial & rather dislikeable former Tory MP for Luton for many years.
[Picture of John Carlisle]


Carlisle, Mary
Born 3 February 1912  (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
Former film child actress & singer.
[Picture of Mary Carlisle]


Carlsson, Erik
Born 5 March 1929  (Trollhättan, Sweden)
Swedish rally driver, nicknamed "Carlsson on the roof" because of his habit of regularly rolling his car onto it's roof. You'd have to be Swedish to really get the joke...
[Picture of Erik Carlsson]


Carne, Judy
Born 27 April 1939  (Northampton, Northamptonshire, England)
English born actress, who found fame in US TV as part of the 'Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In' team. Was once married to Burt Reynolds (I'm sure I've written that before).
[Picture of Judy Carne]


Caro, Anthony (Died in 2013)
Born 8 March 1924  (New Malden, Surrey, England)
Abstract metal sculptor, who uses metal as his tools for creation.
[Picture of Anthony Caro]


Carolgees, Bob
Born 12 May 1948  (Birmingham, England)
Comedian and puppeteer. Born just plain Robert Johnson, Bob Carolgees first entered the public realm in the Saturday morning kids show behemoth 'Tiswas'. He went on to do numerous commercials for Hellmann's Mayonnaise. But he's chiefly known for having his hand up a dog's arse!
[Picture of Bob Carolgees]


Carpenter, Scott (Died in 2013)
Born 1 May 1925  (Boulder, Colorado, USA)
Former astronaut & test pilot for NASA, the 4th man in Space, the 2nd man to orbit the Earth.
[Picture of Scott Carpenter]


Carr, Alan
Born 14 June 1976  (Weymouth, Dorset, England)
Well, there's two schools of thought here. One says he's a popular, funny comedian. Others say he is an unoriginal, utterly annoying twat.
[Picture of Alan Carr]


Carr, Donald
Born 28 December 1926  (Wiesbaden, Germany)
Cricketer for Derbyshire & England.
[Picture of Donald Carr]


Carr, Robert (Died 2012)
Born 11 November 1916  (Barnet, London, England)
Conservative MP for Mitcham 1950-74, Home Secretary 1972-74, and now Baron Carr of Handley.
[Picture of Robert Carr]


Carrillo, Santiago (Died 2012)
Born 18 January 1915  (Gijón, Spain)
Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of Spain.
[Picture of Santiago Carrillo]


Carrillo Fuentes, Vicente
Born 16 October 1962  (Jerez de Garcia Salinas, Zacatecas, Mexico)
Mexican drug lord.
[Picture of Vicente Carrillo Fuentes]


Carrington, Desmond
Born 23 May 1926  (Bromley, Kent, England)
Broadcaster, almost exclusively on radio, for the past 50 years.
[Picture of Desmond Carrington]


Carrington, Peter
Born 6 June 1919  (London, England)
Former British Foreign Secretary, Secretary-General of NATO, and something equally high-ranking in the UN.
[Picture of Peter Carrington]


Carson, Frank (Died 2012)
Born 11 June 1926  (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Irish stand-up comedian. It'll be a "cracker" if he proves to be worth a few points this year.
[Picture of Frank Carson]


Carstens, Veronica (Died in 2012)
Born 18 June 1923  (Bielefeld, Germany)
Physician and widow of former President of West Germany, Karl Carstens.
[Picture of Veronica Carstens]


Carter, Elliott (Died in 2012)
Born 11 December 1908  (New York, New York, USA)
[Picture of Elliot Carter]


Carter, Jimmy
Born 1 October 1924  (Plains, Georgia, USA)
Peanut-farming President of the US of A from 1977-81.
[Picture of Jimmy Carter]


Cartwright, Nancy
Born 25 October 1957  (Dayton, Ohio, USA)
Actress and voice artist best known as the voice of Bart Simpson in 'The Simpsons'. and Chuckie Finster in 'Rugrats'.
[Picture of Nancy Cartwright]


Cary, Diana Serra
Born 26 October 1918  (Merced, California, USA)
Child actress of the 1920s.
[Picture of Diana Serra Cary]


Cash, Tommy
Born 5 April 1940  (Dyess, Arkansas, USA)
Singer-songwriter and younger brother of the Country legend Johnny Cash.
[Picture of Tommy Cash]


Cassidy, David
Born 12 April 1950  (New York City, New York, USA)
Actor and singer-songwriter. Became a teen heart-throb in the 1970s after shooting to fame in 'The Partridge Family'.
[Picture of David Cassidy]


Cassidy, Ed (Died in 2012)
Born 4 May 1923  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Drummer and founder of the US rock group Spirit.
[Picture of Ed Cassidy]


Castellaneta, Dan
Born 29 October 1953  (Oak Park, Illinois, USA)
Actor who is the unmistakable voice of the arch-slob Homer Simpson in 'The Simpsons'.
[Picture of Dan Castellaneta]


Castro, Fidel
Born 13 August 1926  (Mayari, Cuba)
Lawyer and political activist who overthrew the military dictatorship of Cuba in 1959 and declared himself leader. A Marxist-Leninist and sworn enemy of the USA ever since the 1961 Bay of Pigs incident. Finally resigned from leadership in 2008.
[Picture of Fidel Castro]


Castro, Raúl
Born 3 June 1931  (Biran, Cuba)
Younger brother of Fidel Castro, who has been running the show in Cuba since Fidel fell ill in July 2006.
[Picture of Raúl Castro]


Castro Ruz, Juanita
Born 6 May 1933  (Birán, Holguín Province, Cuba)
Sister of former Cuban leader Fidel and current leader Raul.
[Picture of Juanita Castro Ruz]


Catherine, Princess
Born 9 January 1982  (Reading, Berkshire, England)
Wife of Prince William.
[Picture of Princess Catherine]


Cattermole, Lee
Born 21 March 1988  (Stockton-on-Tees, England)
Footballer who plays in midfield for Sunderland AFC.
[Picture of Lee Cattermole]


Cavett, Dick
Born 19 November 1936  (Gibbon, Nebraska, USA)
Talk-show host in the US.
[Picture of Dick Cavett]


Cecil, Henry (Died in 2013)
Born 11 January 1943  (Aberdeen, Scotland)
Incredibly successful horse racing trainer, with wins in the UK & internationally.
[Picture of Henry Cecil]


Cena, John
Born 23 April 1977  (West Newbury, Massachusetts, USA)
Professional wrestler, known as 'The Prototype'.
[Picture of John Cena]


Cerati, Gustavo
Born 11 August 1959  (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Argentine rock singer-songwriter. In a coma since May 2010 after suffering a stroke.
[Picture of Gustavo Cerati]


Cerri, Franco
Born 29 January 1926  (Milan, Italy)
Italian jazz guitarist.
[Picture of Franco Cerri]


Chambers, Dwain
Born 5 April 1978  (London, England)
Disgraced athlete, who was banned in 2003 after admitting taking banned substance THG to enhance his sprinting career.
[Picture of Dwain Chambers]


Chambers, Lester
Born 13 April 1940  (Mississippi, USA)
Lead singers of '60s soul rock group The Chambers Brothers.
[Picture of Lester Chambers]


Champion, Marge
Born 2 September 1919  (Los Angeles, California)
Dancer and choreographer, mainly for MGM in the 1940s with her husband Gower Champion.
[Picture of Marge Champion]


Channing, Carole
Born 31 January 1921  (Seattle, Washington, USA)
Broadway actress.
[Picture of Carole Channing]


Chapman, Duane "Dog"
Born 2 February 1953  (Denver, Colorado, USA)
Bounty hunter & bail bondsman & TV star in the US.
[Picture of Duane


Chapman, Grizzwald
Date and place of birth unknown
6ft 10in actor and one of the stars of '30 Rock'. Born 1974.
[Picture of Grizzwald Chapman]


Chapman, Mark David
Born 10 May 1955  (Fort Worth, Texas, USA)
The killer of John Lennon in 1980. Currently serving life imprisonment.
[Picture of Mark David Chapman]


Charles, Mel
Born 14 May 1935  (Swansea, Wales)
Former Wales international footballer and brother of the legendary John Charles.
[Picture of Mel Charles]


Charles, Nick Nick Charles is no longer with us
Born 30 June 1946  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)

Died 25 June 2011  (Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA)

Age at death: 64  (read death notice)
Television sportscaster for CNN.
[Picture of Nick Charles]


Charles, Prince
Born 14 November 1948  (Buckingham Palace, London, England)
Heir to the throne. An iffy DDP pick due to the longevity of his parents & grandmother.
[Picture of Prince Charles]


Charlton, Bobby
Born 11 October 1937  (Ashington, Northumberland, England)
1966 World Cup-winning footballer and survivor of the 1958 Munich air crash.
[Picture of Bobby Charlton]


Charlton, Jack
Born 8 May 1935  (Ashington, Northumberland, England)
'Wor Jackie' (actually christened John) spent his entire football-playing career at Leeds United, and, like his younger brother Bobby, also played for England and was a member of the 1966 World Cup-winning side. He then went on to manage Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday, Newcastle United and the Republic of Ireland, before retiring in 1995.
[Picture of Jack Charlton]


Chataway, Christopher
Born 31 January 1931  (London, England)
Athlete turned newsreader and politician. Was the first winner of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1954 after breaking the world record in the 5000 metres.
[Picture of Christopher Chataway]


Chater, Geoffrey
Born 23 March 1921  (Barnet, Hertfordshire, England)
Character actor on British TV & film, on screen for more than 50 years. Also an accomplished stage actor.
[Picture of Geoffrey Chater]


Chaturvedi, Sudhakar
Born 20 April 1897  (Balepet, India)
Indian religious leader & scholar.
[Picture of Sudhakar Chaturvedi]


Chavez, Hugo (Died in 2013)
Born 28 July 1954  (Sabaneta, Barinas, Venezuela)
Current, and controversial, President of Venezuela.
[Picture of Hugo Chavez]


Cheney, Dick
Born 30 January 1941  (Lincoln, Nebraska, USA)
Former Vice-President of the USA, who was apparently the real "brains" in the White House. Has had years of heart trouble.
[Picture of Dick Cheney]


Cheong Jin-Suk, Nicolas
Born 7 December 1931  (Seoul, South Korea)
Roman Catholic Archbishop of Seoul. Didn't know they had one...
[Picture of Nicolas Cheong Jin-Suk]


Cher, (singer/actress)
Born 20 May 1946  (El Centro, California, USA)
Singer, actress, gay icon, the "male-sounding one" out of Sonny & Cher, who, amongst many other things, has won an Oscar.
[Picture of (singer/actress) Cher]


Cherry, Don
Born 5 February 1934  (Kingston, Ontario, Canada)
Outspoken Canadian ice hockey commentator. Not to be confused with the late jazz musician.
[Picture of Don Cherry]


Chertok, Boris Boris Chertok is no longer with us
Born 1 March 1912  (Lodz, Poland)

Died 14 December 2011  (Moscow, Russia)

Age at death: 99  (read death notice)
Russian rocket and ballistic missile designer. Those Soviet missiles that were pointing our way in the Cold War had his name on them...
[Picture of Boris Chertok]


Chesney, Ronald
Date and place of birth unknown
Comedy scriptwriter, mainly remembered for 'On the Buses' and 'The Rag Trade'. Before that, he was a top harmonica soloist. Born 1920.
[Picture of Ronald Chesney]


Cheysson, Claude
Born 13 April 1920  (Paris, France)
French minister in the Mitterand era.
[Picture of Claude Cheysson]


Chí Công, Vő Vő Chí Công is no longer with us
Born 7 August 1912  (Quang Nam Province, Vietnam)

Died 9 September 2011  (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)

Age at death: 99  (read death notice)
Leading Vietnamese communist. President of Vietnam from 1987-1992.
[Picture of Vő Chí Công]


Chick, Jack T.
Born 13 April 1924  (Boyle Heights, California, USA)
Christian fundamentalist cartoonist.
[Picture of Jack T. Chick]


Chirac, Jacques
Born 29 November 1932  (Paris, France)
Former President of France. Hated by most countries, but loved by his own.
[Picture of Jacques Chirac]


Cho, John
Born 16 June 1972  (Seoul, South Korea)
Korean-born American actor who played Mr. Sulu in the updated version of 'Star Trek'.
[Picture of John Cho]


Chomsky, Noam
Born 7 December 1928  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
Leading professor of linguistics, who has also written and lectured widely on subjects as diverse as philosophy and US foreign policy. Holds honorary degrees from over 20 universities.
[Picture of Noam Chomsky]


Chong, Tommy
Born 24 May 1938  (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
One half of the stoner comedy duo Cheech and Chong.
[Picture of Tommy Chong]


Choules, "Digger" Claude 
Born 3 March 1901  (Pershore, Worcestershire, England)

Died 5 May 2011  (Perth, Australia)

Age at death: 110  (read death notice)
Possibly the only remaining British soldier from World War I, though he has lived in Australia since about 1920.
[Picture of


Christian, Linda Linda Christian is no longer with us
Born 13 November 1923  (Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico)

Died 22 July 2011  (Palm Springs, California, USA)

Age at death: 87  (read death notice)
Mexican actress, who was the first 'Bond Girl' in the 1954 US TV adaptation of 'Casino Royale'. Was once married to film star Tyrone Power.
[Picture of Linda Christian]


Christian, Terry
Born 8 May 1962  (Manchester, England)
Smug, sarky Mancunian radio and television presenter.
[Picture of Terry Christian]


Christie, Chris
Born 6 September 1962  (Newark, New Jersy, USA)
U.S. Politician. Surely he's the very chap to solve America's obesity crisis?
[Picture of Chris Christie]


Christopher, Warren Warren Christopher is no longer with us
Born 27 October 1925  (Scranton, North Dakota, USA)

Died 18 March 2011  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 85  (read death notice)
Former US Secretary of State (1993-97).
[Picture of Warren Christopher]


Chyna, (wrestler)
Born 27 December 1970  (Rochester, New York, USA)
Former professional wrestler, now an actress.
[Picture of (wrestler) Chyna]


Chytilová, Vera
Born 2 February 1929  (Ostrava, Czech Rep)
Avant-garde Czech filmmaker.
[Picture of Vera Chytilová]


Ciampi, Carlo Azeglio
Born 9 December 1920  (Livorno, Tuscany, Italy)
Prime Minister of Italy 1993-4 and President from 1999-2006.
[Picture of Carlo Azeglio Ciampi]


Clark, Dick (Died 2012)
Born 30 November 1929  (Mount Vernon, New York, USA)
Veteran US TV producer/presenter.
[Picture of Dick Clark]


Clark, Joe
Born 5 June 1939  (High River, Alberta, Canada)
Briefly Prime Minister of Canada from 1979-80.
[Picture of Joe Clark]


Clark, Ramsey
Born 18 December 1927  (Dallas, Texas, USA)
Laywer who was the Attorney General under President Lyndon Johnson in the 1960s before acting as devil's advocate for the likes of Slobodan Milosevic and Saddam Hussein. Mind you, if can work with LBJ, you can work with anyone...
[Picture of Ramsey Clark]


Clarke, Allan
Born 5 April 1942  (Salford, Lancashire, England)
Singer with 1960s pop giants The Hollies. Not to be confused with the Leeds United centre forward...
[Picture of Allan Clarke]


Clarke, Clive
Born 12 December 1940  (Leeds, England)
Former West Bromwich Albion winger. Scored both WBA's goals in the 1967 League Cup final, but ended on the losing side to Queens Park Rangers.
[Picture of Clive Clarke]


Clarke, Howard
Born 12 June 1929  (place of birth unknown)
Professor Emeritus of Classics and Comparative Literature at the University of California since 1969.
[Picture of Howard Clarke]


Clarke, Kenneth
Born 2 July 1940  (Nottingham, England)
Former Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Major government, now Justice minister and Lord Chancellor in the Con-Dem coalition government.
[Picture of Kenneth Clarke]


Clarke, Roy
Born 28 January 1930  (Austerfield, Yorkshire, England)
Sitcom producer & writer who has written 'Keeping Up Appearances' and 'Open All Hours' but is probably best known for 'Last of the Summer Wine' where he has written the same jokes for 30 years. The series finally had it's last drop of wine in 2010.
[Picture of Roy Clarke]


Clarkson, Jeremy
Born 11 April 1960  (Doncaster, South Yorkshire)
Presenter of Top Gear, and columnist in the Times & The Sun. His frequently outspoken views have divided the UK, with some declaring him the last bastion of sense in the country, others saying...ahem...less nice things about him.
[Picture of Jeremy Clarkson]


Clary, Robert
Born 1 March 1926  (Paris, France)
French born American actor, best known for his role as Corporal LeBeau in 'Hogan's Heroes'.
[Picture of Robert Clary]


Clausen, Alf
Born 28 March 1941  (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)
Film and television composer.
[Picture of Alf Clausen]


Cleary, Beverly
Born 16 April 1916  (McMinnville, Oregon, USA)
Writer of novels & short stories for children. One of her characters, Ramona, had a TV series adaptation in the 1980's.
[Picture of Beverly Cleary]


Cleese, John
Born 27 October 1939  (Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England)
Legendary comedian, member of Monty Python, who has more latterly found fame in the US.
[Picture of John Cleese]


Clegg, Nick
Born 7 January 1967  (Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, England)
Leader of the Liberal Democrats since 2007 and now Deputy Prime Minister after forming a coalition with David Cameron's Conservatives after the rather inconclusive General Election in May 2010.
[Picture of Nick Clegg]


Clemens, Brian
Born in Croydon, Surrey, England  (exact date unknown)
Born sometime in 1931. British TV producer & screenwriter, most notably for 'The Avengers'.
[Picture of Brian Clemens]


Clemons, Clarence Clarence Clemons is no longer with us
Born 11 January 1942  (Norfolk, Virginia, USA)

Died 18 June 2011  (Palm Beach, Florida, USA)

Age at death: 69  (read death notice)
Musician & saxophonist in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.
[Picture of Clarence Clemons]


Clifton, Bernie
Born in St. Helens, England  (exact date unknown)
Entertainer, instantly recognisable atop an ostrich.
[Picture of Bernie Clifton]


Clinton, Bill
Born 19 August 1946  (Hope, Arkansas, USA)
Sax-playing ex-US President (1993-2001).
[Picture of Bill Clinton]


Clinton, Hillary
Born 26 October 1947  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Former First Lady of the United States, and former 2008 Presidential Candidate. Now Secretary of State under Barack Obama. Wife of Bill.
[Picture of Hillary Clinton]


Close, Brian
Born 24 February 1931  (Rawdon, Yorkshire, England)
Former English Test cricketer. Also enjoyed an unusually long career (1948-77) in county cricket.
[Picture of Brian Close]


Coase, Ronald (Died in 2013)
Born 29 December 1910  (Willesden, London, England)
Economist, former Nobel Prize winner.
[Picture of Ronald Coase]


Cocker, Joe
Born 20 May 1944  (Sheffield, Yorkshire, England)
Rock & blues singer with gravelly voice. Will this be the year where he goes "up where he belongs"?
[Picture of Joe Cocker]


Coe, Sebastian
Born 29 September 1956  (London, England)
Athlete, who won Olympic Gold in the 1980 & 1984 1500m events. Then became a politician & is now in charge of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
[Picture of Sebastian Coe]


Coe-Jones, Dawn
Born 19 October 1960  (Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada)
Canadian women's professional golfer.
[Picture of Dawn Coe-Jones]


Cohen, David X.
Born 13 July 1966  (Englewood, New Jersey, USA)
American television writer. Created 'Futurama' with Matt Groening. The 'X' initial doesn't mean anything fact fans...
[Picture of David X. Cohen]


Cohen, Leonard
Born 21 September 1934  (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Canadian singer-songwriter and poet. Recent interpretation of his 1984 song 'Hallelujah' became a massive hit for 'X-Factor' winner Alexandra Burke in 2008.
[Picture of Leonard Cohen]


Colan, Gene Gene Colan is no longer with us
Born 1 September 1926  (New York City, New York, USA)

Died 23 June 2011  (New York City, New York, USA)

Age at death: 84  (read death notice)
Comic book artist and co-creator of the 'Blade' comic strip series.
[Picture of Gene Colan]


Colani, Luigi
Born 2 August 1928  (Berlin, Germany)
German car designer.
[Picture of Luigi Colani]


Cole, Ashley
Born 20 December 1980  (Stepney, London, England)
Greedy & vastly over-rated footballer.
[Picture of Ashley Cole]


Cole, George
Born 22 April 1925  (Tooting, London, England)
British actor, best known for his role as dodgy car dealer Arthur Daley in 'Minder'.
[Picture of George Cole]


Cole, Julie Dawn
Born 26 October 1957  (Guildford, Surrey, England)
Actress still best known as the spoilt Veruca Salt in 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory'.
[Picture of Julie Dawn Cole]


Cole, Natalie
Born 6 February 1950  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Singer, daughter of Nat King Cole. Best known for her soul songs, though she also sings jazz & R n' B. That is, when she isn't plagued with poor health.
[Picture of Natalie Cole]


Cole, Stephanie
Born 5 October 1941  (Solihull, Warwickshire, England)
Veteran actress who first hit fame in 1982 in the series 'Tenko' before playing Diana Trent in 'Waiting for God'. Currently part of the 'Doc Martin' ensemble.
[Picture of Stephanie Cole]


Coleman, Ornette
Born 9 March 1930  (Fort Worth, Texas, USA)
Hugely influential jazz multi-instrumentalist and progenitor of the "Free Jazz" movement.
[Picture of Ornette Coleman]


Collins, Joan
Born 23 May 1933  (London, England)
Mutton-dressed-as-lamb actress, veteran of over 80 films spanning half a century, not to mention 'Dynasty'. Random fact: her first husband Maxwell Reed tried to sell her to an Arab sheik for Ł10,000, just seven months after their wedding in 1952.
[Picture of Joan Collins]


Collins, Michael
Born 31 October 1930  (Rome, Italy)
Apollo 11 command module pilot - orbited the Moon while his colleagues Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin got all the glory of landing and walking on it. Spent over 4 days in the Van Allen radiation belts.
[Picture of Michael Collins]


Collins, Phil
Born 30 January 1951  (London, England)
Baldy drummer/singer out of Genesis and Live Aid.
[Picture of Phil Collins]


Colombo, Emilio (Died in 2013)
Born 11 April 1920  (Potenza, Basilicata, Italy)
Prime Minister of Italy from 1970-72.
[Picture of Emilio Colombo]


Coltrane, Robbie
Born 30 March 1950  (Rutherglen, Scotland)
Large Scottish comedian who has achieved the rare feat of making the transition from stage to TV to serious big-screen roles, having appeared in two James Bond films and the three Harry Potter ones to date.
[Picture of Robbie Coltrane]


Colville, Alex
Born 24 August 1920  (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Canadian war artist.
[Picture of Alex Colville]


Compton, Lynn (Died 2012)
Born 31 December 1921  (Los Angeles, California)
Lawyer who was the lead prosecutor in the trial of Sirhan Sirhann for the murder of Robert F. Kennedy in 1968. Before that he was a commissioned officer with the 506th Parachute Regiment in WWII, as depicted in the 'Band of Brothers' TV series.
[Picture of Lynn Compton]


Conaway, Jeff Jeff Conaway is no longer with us
Born 5 October 1950  (New York City, New York, USA)

Died 27 May 2011  (Encino, California, USA)

Age at death: 60  (read death notice)
Troubled actor, still best known as Kenickie in the film 'Grease'. Had struggled with drug and alcohol problems since.
[Picture of Jeff Conaway]


Connell, Lisa
Born 11 April 1979  (London, England)
Woman with an inoperable brain tumour who has spent Ł40,000 on plastic surgery so she could look like Demi Moore.
[Picture of Lisa Connell]


Connell, Jr., Evan S. (Died in 2013)
Born 17 August 1924  (Kansas City, Missouri, USA)
American novelist and short story writer.
[Picture of Evan S. Connell, Jr.]


Connery, Sean
Born 25 August 1930  (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Actor, director and producer. Worked as a coffin-polisher before becoming the first James Bond and playing him in 7 films. Knighted in 2000.
[Picture of Sean Connery]


Connors, Mike
Born 15 August 1925  (Fresno, California, USA)
American actor, played Joe Mannix in 'Mannix'. Born Kreker Ohanian.
[Picture of Mike Connors]


Connors, Stompin' Tom (Died in 2013)
Born 9 February 1936  (Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada)
Canadian folk singer.
[Picture of Stompin' Tom Connors]


Conrad, Robert
Born 1 March 1930  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Actor turned radio host.
[Picture of Robert Conrad]


Constantine, Michael
Born 22 May 1927  (Reading, Pennsylvania, USA)
Actor, best known for his role in 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding'.
[Picture of Michael Constantine]


Contrada, Bruno
Born 2 September 1931  (Naples, Italy)
Former Chief of Police in Palermo, believed to be a Mafiosi informant.
[Picture of Bruno Contrada]


Cooke, Sidney
Born 18 April 1927  (place of birth unknown)
Convicted paedophile as featured in the satirical TV show 'Brasseye'.
[Picture of Sidney Cooke]


Cooper, Alice
Born 4 February 1948  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Make-up clad "master of shock rock". Born Vincent Damon Furnier, but changed his and his band's name to Alice Cooper in the late '60s, apparently because he believes he is a reincarnation of a 17th-century witch of that name.
[Picture of Alice Cooper]


Cooper, Besse (Died in 2012)
Born 26 August 1896  (Sullivan County, Tennessee, USA)
Second oldest person in the World at the beginning of 2011. Now the oldest after the death of Eunice Sanborn in January 2011.
[Picture of Besse Cooper]


Cooper, Henry Henry Cooper is no longer with us
Born 3 May 1934  (London, England)

Died 1 May 2011  (Oxted, Surrey, England)

Age at death: 76  (read death notice)
Former heavyweight boxer, who caused a sensation in July 1963 by very nearly defeating the young prodigy Cassius Clay. Clay was saved only by his trainer deliberately sabotaging one of his gloves between rounds, thus buying him time to recover from the pounding that Cooper had been giving him. "Our 'Enery" also fought such other big names as Rocky Marciano, Floyd Patterson, Sonny Liston, Joe Louis and Sugar Ray Robinson, but is probably better remembered for his association with Brut 33 aftershave ("Splash it all over!").
[Picture of Henry Cooper]


Cooper, Ivan
Born in Killaloo, Londonderry, Northern Ireland  (exact date unknown)
Founder member of the Social Democratic and Labour Party in Northern Ireland. Led the peace march which resulted in the "Bloody Sunday" shootings in 1972. Born 1944.
[Picture of Ivan Cooper]


Cooper, Jackie Jackie Cooper is no longer with us
Born 15 September 1922  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Died 3 May 2011  (Santa Monica, California, USA)

Age at death: 88  (read death notice)
Child actor who started out in the 1920s and managed to continue working into his 80s.
[Picture of Jackie Cooper]


Cooper-Clarke, John
Born 25 January 1949  (Salford, Lancashire, England)
Poet, performer, writer & comedian. Particularly popular in the Manchester area.
[Picture of John Cooper-Clarke]


Cope, Kenneth
Born 14 April 1931  (Liverpool, England)
Actor, either best known as Marty Hopkirk in 'Randall & Hopkirk Deceased', Jed Stone in 'Coronation Street' or Cyril Carter in 'Carry on Matron', depending on your viewing tastes.
[Picture of Kenneth Cope]


Coppola, Francis Ford
Born 7 April 1939  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Legendary film director of 1970s classics such as 'The Godfather'. 'The Conversation' and 'Apocalypse Now'.
[Picture of Francis Ford Coppola]


Corbett, Matthew
Born 28 March 1948  (Guisley, Yorkshire, England)
Actor and puppeteer, best known as succeeding his father Harry as the custodian of Sooty. Also appeared on kid's TV show 'Rainbow' in the 1970s.
[Picture of Matthew Corbett]


Corbett, Ronnie
Born 4 December 1930  (Edinburgh, Scotland)
The pint-sized one of the Two Ronnies.
[Picture of Ronnie Corbett]


Corden, James
Born 17 June 1978  (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England)
Rotund actor and comedian who hit paydirt in the TV series 'Gavin & Stacey' as Smithy.
[Picture of James Corden]


Corea, Chick
Born 12 June 1941  (Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA)
Innovative jazz pianist who worked with Miles Davis and was a key figure in the fusion style in the 1960s.
[Picture of Chick Corea]


Corey, "Professor" Irwin
Born 29 July 1914  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
American stand-up comedian and frequent game show panellist.
[Picture of


Corman, Roger
Born 5 April 1926  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Influential low budget film director who made a series of films based on the works of Edgar Allen Poe and encouraged a generation of film directors such as Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese as well as actors Jack Nicholson and Robert De Niro among many others.
[Picture of Roger Corman]


Cornelius, Don (Died 2012)
Born 27 September 1936  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Creator and host of the pop music show 'Soul Train' from 1971-1993.
[Picture of Don Cornelius]


Cornforth, John (Died in 2013)
Born 7 September 1917  (Sydney, Australia)
Scientist, a chemist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1975.
[Picture of John Cornforth]


Corwin, Norman Norman Corwin is no longer with us
Born 3 May 1910  (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)

Died 18 October 2011  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 101  (read death notice)
American writer & screenwriter and former teacher of journalism and writing.
[Picture of Norman Corwin]


Cosby, Bill
Born 12 July 1937  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
Long-standing, squeaky-clean, inexplicably popular US comic.
[Picture of Bill Cosby]


Cosgrave, Liam
Born 13 April 1920  (Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
Former Taoiseach of Ireland between 1973 & 1977.
[Picture of Liam Cosgrave]


Costa, Mary
Born 5 April 1930  (Knoxville, Tennessee, USA)
Actress, the voice of Princess Aurora in the Disney classic 'Sleeping Beauty'.
[Picture of Mary Costa]


Costilla Sánchez, Jorge Eduardo
Born 1 August 1971  (place of birth unknown)
Mexican drug lord and leader of the Gulf cartel.
[Picture of Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sánchez]


Courtney, Nicholas Nicholas Courtney is no longer with us
Born 16 December 1929  (Cairo, Egypt)

Died 22 February 2011  (London, England)

Age at death: 81  (read death notice)
Actor, best known to 'Doctor Who' fans as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. Has been killed off at least three times in 2007 by Wikipedia's Recent Deaths page, but they finally got it right in 2011...
[Picture of Nicholas Courtney]


Cox, Sammy
Born 13 April 1924  (Darvel, Scotland)
Former player for Scotland & Rangers.
[Picture of Sammy Cox]


Coyle, Ronnie Ronnie Coyle is no longer with us
Born 4 August 1964  (Glasgow, Scotland)

Died 12 April 2011  (Glasgow, Scotland)

Age at death: 46  (read death notice)
Former Raith Rovers defender.
[Picture of Ronnie Coyle]


Coyne, James (Died 2012)
Born 17 July 1910  (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
Former Governor of the Bank of Canada.
[Picture of James Coyne]


Cracknell, James
Born 5 May 1972  (place of birth unknown)
Former Olympic champion rower.
[Picture of James Cracknell]


Cragg, Bishop Kenneth (Died in 2012)
Born 8 March 1913  (Blackpool, Lancashire, England)
A top name in Christian-Muslim ecumenical work, as he has spent over 50 years in the Middle East as professor of philosophy/chaplain and as assistant bishop in the Anglican Archdiocese of Jerusalem. Also a lecturer.
[Picture of Bishop Kenneth Cragg]


Craig, Wendy
Born 20 June 1934  (Sacriston, County Durham, England)
English actress, best known for her sitcom roles, most notably 'Butterflies'.
[Picture of Wendy Craig]


Crawford, Michael
Born 19 January 1942  (Salisbury, Wiltshire, England)
TV actor who made his name as Frank Spencer in 'Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em', before successfully reinventing himself as a serious stage actor, taking starring roles in 'Barnum' and 'Phantom of the Opera'.
[Picture of Michael Crawford]


Cribbins, Bernard
Born 29 December 1928  (Oldham, Lancashire, England)
Actor & comedian, a veteran of 'Carry On' films. Holds the record for most story-tellings on 'Jackanory'. Recently played Wilf Mott in 'Doctor Who'.
[Picture of Bernard Cribbins]


Croft, David David Croft is no longer with us
Born 7 September 1922  (Sandbanks, Dorset, England)

Died 27 September 2011  (Tavira, Algarve, Portugal)

Age at death: 89  (read death notice)
One half of the Croft & Perry sitcom writing duo, behind such classics as 'Dad's Army' & 'Are You Being Served?'
[Picture of David Croft]


Crook, Tony
Born 16 February 1920  (Manchester, England)
Racing driver who competed in Formula 1 in 1952/3.
[Picture of Tony Crook]


Crosby, David
Born 14 August 1941  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
One third of Crosby, Stills & Nash, and indeed one quarter of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
[Picture of David Crosby]


Crosby, Kathryn
Born 25 November 1933  (Houston, Texas, USA)
Actress, singer and widow of legendary crooner/actor Bing.
[Picture of Kathryn Crosby]


Crow, Bob
Born 13 June 1961  (Shadwell, London, England)
Old school left-wing trade union General Secretary of the rail union RMT.
[Picture of Bob Crow]


Cruickshank, John
Born 20 May 1920  (Aberdeen, Scotland)
The last surviving recipient of the Victoria Cross for air action in WWII.
[Picture of John Cruickshank]


Cruise, Tom
Born 3 July 1962  (Syracuse, New York, USA)
One time decent enough actor, now a complete weirdo. Still acting, and producing a range of absurd foreign accents in films like 'Far and Away' and 'Valkyrie'.
[Picture of Tom Cruise]


Cryer, Barry
Born 23 April 1935  (Leeds, Yorkshire, England)
Prolific comedy writer and panellist on radio comedy shows.
[Picture of Barry Cryer]


Crystal, David
Born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland  (exact date unknown)
A cunning Linguisitcs academic.
[Picture of David Crystal]


Culkin, Macaulay
Born 26 August 1980  (New York City, New York, USA)
Child actor who found fame in the 'Home Alone' film series before predictably drifting into relative obscurity.
[Picture of Macaulay Culkin]


Cullen, William
Born 18 November 1935  (place of birth unknown)
Baron Cullen of Whitekirk, Lord President of the Court of Session, the senior position of the Scottish judicary, from 2001-2005.
[Picture of William Cullen]


Cummings, Burton
Born 31 December 1947  (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
Lead singer of Canadian rock band The Guess Who.
[Picture of Burton Cummings]


Cundell, Pamela
Born 15 January 1926  (Croydon, Surrey, England)
Best known as Mrs Fox in 'Dad's Army'.
[Picture of Pamela Cundell]


Cunningham, Walter
Born 16 March 1932  (Creston, Iowa, USA)
Former Astronaut. Manned the lunar module on Apollo 7 in 1968.
[Picture of Walter Cunningham]


Cuomo, Mario
Born 15 June 1932  (New York City, New York, USA)
Governor of New York from 1983-1994.
[Picture of Mario Cuomo]


Currie, Austin
Born 11 October 1939  (Tyrone, Northern Ireland)
Politician, who served in both the Northern Ireland Assembly in the 1970s as well as the Dáil Éireann from 1989-2002.
[Picture of Austin Currie]


Cusworth, Trudy
Date and place of birth unknown
Terminally ill mother of three from Yorkshire. Born 1970. Died in August 2011 but no obit.
[Picture of Trudy Cusworth]


Cygan, Pascal
Born 29 April 1974  (Lens, France)
Former Lille OSC and Arsenal FC central defender.
[Picture of Pascal Cygan]


Cyrus, Billy Ray
Born 25 August 1961  (Flatwoods, Kentucky, USA)
Country music singer who gave us 'Achy Breaky Heart' and Miley Cyrus. Pity Bill Hicks died before his mooted TV show 'Let's Hunt and Kill Billy Ray Cyrus' came to fruition...
[Picture of Billy Ray Cyrus]


Cyrus, Miley
Born 23 November 1992  (Nashville, Tennessee, USA)
Sugary star of the Hannah Montana TV series and daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus.
[Picture of Miley Cyrus]

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