Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2011: K


Kabila, Joseph
Born 4 June 1971  (Hewa Bora, Fizi, Democratic Republic of Congo)
President of the Democratic Republic of Congo since 2001, following the assassination of his father.
[Picture of Joseph Kabila]


Kaczynska, Jadwiga (Died in 2013)
Born 31 December 1926  (Starachowice, Poland)
Mother of the late president of Poland, Lech Kaczynski.
[Picture of Jadwiga Kaczynska]


Kalashnikov, Mikhail (Died in 2013)
Born 10 November 1919  (Kurya, Siberia)
Military engineer who designed the AK-47 assault rifle which has become synonymous with his name. In 2004, he began marketing his own brand of vodka; the two products perhaps don't make the best of bedfellows.
[Picture of Mikhail Kalashnikov]


Kallen, Kitty
Born 25 May 1922  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
Big band singer of the 1940s & 1950s, but whose star has waned since then.
[Picture of Kitty Kallen]


Kampusch, Natascha
Born 17 February 1988  (Vienna, Austria)
Woman who made headlines in 2006 after escaping an eight year abduction by Wolfgang Priklopil, who later committed suicide.
[Picture of Natascha Kampusch]


Kanarek, Irving
Born 12 May 1920  (Seattle, Washington, USA)
Lawyer who represented Charles Manson in the Tate-LaBianca murder trial. Born 1921.
[Picture of Irving Kanarek]


Kanhai, Rohan
Born 26 December 1935  (Port Mourant, British Guiana, West Indies)
One of the finest West Indian batsmen of the 1960s.
[Picture of Rohan Kanhai]


Kapoor, Shashi
Born 18 March 1938  (Calcutta, West Bengal, India)
Veteran Bollywood film actor who also acted in Merchant-Ivory films.
[Picture of Shashi Kapoor]


Karadzic, Radovan
Born 19 June 1945  (Petnijca, Savnik, Montenegro)
Former Serbian leader, now wanted for war crimes and currently in hiding.
[Picture of Radovan Karadzic]


Kardashian, Kourtney
Born 18 April 1979  (Los Angleles, California, USA)
Socialite and reality TV "star".
[Picture of Kourtney Kardashian]


Karl, George
Born 12 May 1951  (Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, USA)
Basketball coach for the Denver Nuggets.
[Picture of George Karl]


Karle, Jerome (Died in 2013)
Born 18 June 1918  (New York City, New York, USA)
American physical chemist, who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1985.
[Picture of Jerome Karle]


Karn, Mick Mick Karn is no longer with us
Born 24 July 1958  (Nicosia, Cyprus)

Died 4 January 2011  (London, England)

Age at death: 52  (read death notice)
Innovative bassist with eighties avant-pop group Japan. Born Andonis Michaelides.
[Picture of Mick Karn]


Karzai, Hamid
Born 24 December 1957  (Kandahar, Afghanistan)
Pashtun leader whose anti-Soviet, anti-Taliban views persuaded the Americans to install him as leader of Afghanistan's interim government in December 2001. Much more importantly, he has won praise from the Gucci fashion house for his trademark green coat and rather funky ceremonial hat, which he made himself from his own facial hair.
[Picture of Hamid Karzai]


Kasdan, Lawrence
Born 14 January 1949  (Miami, Florida, USA)
Film producer, scriptwriter and director. Wrote the original treatment for 'The Bodyguard' back in the 1970s, when it was mooted be a project for Diana Ross and Steve McQueen. Kasdan then went on to write the screenplays for 'The Empire Strikes Back', 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' and 'Return of the Jedi'. Also directed the neo-noir thriller 'Body Heat' in 1981.
[Picture of Lawrence Kasdan]


Kashin, Oleg
Born 17 June 1980  (Kaliningrad, Soviet Union (now Russia))
Russian journalist.
[Picture of Oleg Kashin]


Kasparov, Garry
Born 13 April 1963  (Baku, Azerbaijan)
Retired former world chess champion, who has now entered the dangerous world of Russian politics, opposing Vladimir Putin.
[Picture of Garry Kasparov]


Katona, Kerry
Born 6 September 1980  (Warrington, Cheshire, England)
Former topless model and member of Atomic Kitten who admitted to never having sung a note on any of the band's hits. Now a divorced mother of two in her mid-20s, the vacuous, talentless bint amazingly has the gall to hold herself up as a role model for young women. Oh, and she urges parents to feed their kids on processed "ADHD in a Box" ready meals from Iceland.
[Picture of Kerry Katona]


Kaufman, Gerald
Born 21 June 1930  (Leeds, Yorkshire, England)
Creepy & dour former Labour party MP, former shadow foreign & home secretary.
[Picture of Gerald Kaufman]


Kaunda, Kenneth
Born 28 April 1924  (Chinsali, Zambia)
President of Zambia from 1964-91.
[Picture of Kenneth Kaunda]


Kavanagh, Dennis
Born 27 March 1941  (place of birth unknown)
Political analyist and co-author of several books on British General Elections.
[Picture of Dennis Kavanagh]


Kavner, Julie
Born 7 September 1950  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Actress - husky voiced Marge Simpson in 'The Simpsons'.
[Picture of Julie Kavner]


Kay, Bernard
Born 23 February 1928  (Bolton, England)
Character actor, often seen on TV.
[Picture of Bernard Kay]


Kay, Vernon
Born 28 April 1974  (Bolton, England)
Model-turned bellowing TV presenter.
[Picture of Vernon Kay]


Kaye, Gorden
Born 7 April 1941  (Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England)
UK comic actor, best remembered for being Rene Artois in 'Allo, 'Allo'.
[Picture of Gorden Kaye]


Kazanjian, Howard G.
Date and place of birth unknown
Film producer, born 1942. Mainly with Lucasfilms. It was he who came up with the brainwave of creating a fake film production, 'Blue Harvest', to deflect attention from the making of 'Return of the Jedi' in 1982.
[Picture of Howard G. Kazanjian]


Ke$ha, (singer)
Born 1 March 1987  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Singer-songwriter and rapper whose debut album, 'Animal' topped the U.S. Charts in 2010. I pretend I know all this, but I don't..
[Picture of (singer) Ke$ha]


Kee, Robert (Died in 2013)
Born 5 October 1919  (Calcutta, India)
Journalist and writer. Was newscaster for the BBC and ITV and was one of the "Famous Five" that started at TV-am in 1983.
[Picture of Robert Kee]


Keilson, Hans Hans Keilson is no longer with us
Born 12 December 1909  (Bad Freienwalde, Germany)

Died 31 May 2011  (Hilversum, Netherlands)

Age at death: 101  (read death notice)
Writer and psychiatrist, who is receiving belated acclaim for his work at a very late age.
[Picture of Hans Keilson]


Keino, Kip
Born 17 January 1940  (Kipsamo, Nandi District, Kenya)
Legendary Kenyan athlete. Won the Olympic 1500m title in Mexico City in 1968 and the 3000m steeplechase in Munich in 1972.
[Picture of Kip Keino]


Kelly, David (Died in 2012)
Born 11 July 1929  (Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
Irish actor. Played Michael O'Sullivan in the 1998 comedy hit 'Waking Ned' (aka 'Waking Ned Devine'), and O'Reilly, the cowboy builder in 'Fawlty Towers'. He likes a woman with spirit...
[Picture of David Kelly]


Kelly, Frank
Born 28 December 1938  (Dublin, Ireland)
Feck! Arse! Girls! The actor behind Father Jack Hackett from 'Father Ted'.
[Picture of Frank Kelly]


Kelly, Gary
Born 3 August 1966  (Fulwood, Lancashire, England)
Former goalkeeper for Bury & Oldham, brother of fellow goalkeeper Alan. Kelly announced in 2007 that he had cancer.
[Picture of Gary Kelly]


Kendall, Kenneth (Died in 2012)
Born 7 August 1924  (India)
Newsreader and 'Treasure Hunt' presenter.
[Picture of Kenneth Kendall]


Kennedy, George
Born 18 February 1925  (New York, New York, USA)
Tall, well-built bit-part actor who has been in over 100 films and 50 TV programmes, but, somewhat depressingly for him, remains best known as Leslie Nielsen's police squad sidekick in the three Naked Gun movies.
[Picture of George Kennedy]


Kennedy, Michael
Born 19 February 1926  (Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, England)
Music critic, biographer & journalist, mainly on classical music.
[Picture of Michael Kennedy]


Kennedy, Ray
Born 28 July 1951  (Seaton Delaval, Northumberland, England)
Former Liverpool and England footballer, now suffering from Parkinson's Disease.
[Picture of Ray Kennedy]


Kennedy, Sarah
Born 8 July 1950  (East Grinstead, West Sussex, England)
Broadcaster who first caught the nation's attention in 1981 as part of the 'Game for a Laugh' team with the late Jeremy Beadle. Left Radio 2 in September 2010 after 17 years.
[Picture of Sarah Kennedy]


Kennedy Martin, Ian
Born 23 May 1936  (place of birth unknown)
Television writer, specialising in police drama. Created 'The Sweeney', 'Juliet Bravo' and 'The Chinese Detective'.
[Picture of Ian Kennedy Martin]


Kennedy Smith, Jean
Born 20 February 1928  (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
US Ambassador to Ireland from 1993 to 1998. The only surviving child of Joseph Kennedy from that remarkable family.
[Picture of Jean Kennedy Smith]


Kent, Barbara Barbara Kent is no longer with us
Born 16 December 1907  (Gasby, Alberta, Canada)

Died 13 October 2011  (Palm Desert, California, USA)

Age at death: 103  (read death notice)
Actress in 1920s and '30s silent movies.
[Picture of Barbara Kent]


Kent, Jean (Died in 2013)
Born 29 June 1921  (London, England)
Film actress for Gainsborough Pictures in the 1940s.
[Picture of Jean Kent]


Kenton, Lou (Died in 2012)
Born 1 September 1908  (Stepney, London, England)
Potter and last surviving member of the International Brigade, who fought against the fascists in the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s.
[Picture of Lou Kenton]


Kenyatta, Ngina
Date and place of birth unknown
"Mama" Ngina, First Lady of Kenya from 1964-2002, despite her husband Jomo dying in 1978! Born 1933.
[Picture of Ngina Kenyatta]


Képíró, Dr Sándor Dr Sándor Képíró is no longer with us
Born 18 February 1914  (Sarkad, Austria-Hungary)

Died 3 September 2011  (Budapest, Hungary)

Age at death: 97  (read death notice)
Man suspected of carrying out atrocities on Jewish and Roma Hungarians in World War II.
[Picture of Dr Sándor Képíró]


Kerkorian, Kirk
Born 6 June 1917  (Fresno, California, USA)
Reclusive Armenian-American billionaire, responsible for making Las Vegas the entertainment venue it is today.
[Picture of Kirk Kerkorian]


Kerr, Bill
Born in Cape Town, South Africa  (exact date unknown)
South Africa-born Australian actor still best known for his role as Bill in 'Hancock's Half Hour'. Born 1922.
[Picture of Bill Kerr]


Kerr, Judith
Born 14 June 1923  (Berlin, Germany)
Author, creator of the Mog series of children's books. Widow of pioneering television writer Nigel Kneale.
[Picture of Judith Kerr]


Kerry, John
Born 11 December 1943  (Aurora, Colarado, USA)
Former Vietnam war hero turned peacenik, who ran for President in 2004, losing to George W Bush. Now Senator for Massachusetts.
[Picture of John Kerry]


Kershaw, Ian
Born 29 April 1943  (Oldham, Lancashire, England)
Historian, specialising in the Third Reich.
[Picture of Ian Kershaw]


Kerslake, Lee
Born 16 April 1947  (Winton, Bournemouth, Dorset, England)
Drummer for 1970s progressive rock band Uriah Heep.
[Picture of Lee Kerslake]


Kevorkian, Dr Jack Dr Jack Kevorkian is no longer with us
Born 26 May 1928  (Pontiac, Michigan, USA)

Died 3 June 2011  (Royal Oak, Michigan, USA)

Age at death: 83  (read death notice)
Leading proponent of voluntary euthanasia. There'd be a certain irony if he got the chance to try it out for himself this year...
[Picture of Dr Jack Kevorkian]


Khamenei, Ayatollah Ali
Born 17 July 1939  (Mashhad, Iran)
Former President of Iran, and current Supreme Leader, since 1989.
[Picture of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei]


Khan, Imran
Born 25 November 1952  (Lahore, Pakistan)
Former Pakistani cricketer, turned media celebrity, turned socialite, turned politician, turned arch-enemy of President Musharraf!
[Picture of Imran Khan]


Khvichava, Antisa (Died in 2012)
Born 8 July 1880  (place of birth unknown)
Georgian woman who claims to be the oldest person who has ever lived.
[Picture of Antisa Khvichava]


Kickinger, Roland
Born 30 March 1968  (Vienna, Austria)
Austrian-born bodybuilder and actor that isn't Arnold Schwarzenegger.
[Picture of Roland Kickinger]


Kidder, Margot
Born 17 October 1948  (Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada)
Actress, probably best known for her role as Lois Lane in the Superman films of the 1980s.
[Picture of Margot Kidder]


Kidman, Nicole
Born 20 June 1967  (Honolulu, Hawaii, USA)
Australian actress in films since the 1980s & one of Hollywood's top draw-stars. Also, according to the team who picked her, a slag.
[Picture of Nicole Kidman]


Kidney, Dave
Date and place of birth unknown
British wrestler, still going strong as witnessed in a 2009 TV programme. Born 1931.
[Picture of Dave Kidney]


Kiel, Richard
Born 13 September 1939  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Absurdly tall (7'2") actor who played steel-toothed baddie Jaws in the James Bond films 'The Spy Who Loved Me' and 'Moonraker'.
[Picture of Richard Kiel]


Kilburn, Rosie Rosie Kilburn is no longer with us
Born 3 January 1992  (Yorkshire, England)

Died 12 September 2011  (Gloucestershire, England)

Age at death: 19  (read death notice)
Teenager who was diagnosed with cancer when she was 16 in 2008. Has a blog about her battle with the big C.
[Picture of Rosie Kilburn]


Killebrew, Harmon Harmon Killebrew is no longer with us
Born 29 June 1936  (Payette, Idaho, USA)

Died 17 May 2011  (Scottsdale, Arizona, USA)

Age at death: 74  (read death notice)
Former American Major League baseball player for the Washington Senators.
[Picture of Harmon Killebrew]


Kilminster, Ian
Born 24 December 1945  (Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England)
Warty-faced rocker Lemmy out of Motorhead.
[Picture of Ian Kilminster]


Kimball, George George Kimball is no longer with us
Born 20 December 1943  (Grass Valley, California, USA)

Died 6 July 2011  (New York City, New York, USA)

Age at death: 67  (read death notice)
American sportswriter, most notably in boxing.
[Picture of George Kimball]


Ki-Moon, Ban
Born 13 June 1944  (Eumseong County, Chungcheongbuk-do, Korea)
Secretary-General of the United Nations.
[Picture of Ban Ki-Moon]


Kimura, Jiroemon (Died in 2013)
Born 19 April 1897  (Kyoto, Japan)
The World's oldest man as from 14th April 2011.
[Picture of Jiroemon Kimura]


King, B. B.
Born 16 September 1925  (Itta Bena, Mississippi, USA)
American blues guitarist and songwriter. One of King's trademarks is naming his guitars 'Lucille', a tradition that began in the 1950s.
[Picture of B. B. King]


King, Ben E.
Born 28 September 1938  (Henderson, North Carolina, USA)
Singer & songwriter, best known for his song 'Stand By Me'.
[Picture of Ben E. King]


King, Bill (Died in 2012)
Born 23 June 1910  (place of birth unknown)
Veteran naval officer, the last surviving sea commander in World War II.
[Picture of Bill King]


King, Claude (Died in 2013)
Born 5 February 1923  (Keithville, Louisiana, USA)
American country singer and songwriter.
[Picture of Claude King]


King, Don
Born 20 August 1931  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Exuberant, some might say cynical, boxing promoter with the upright hair.
[Picture of Don King]


King, Jonathan
Born 9 December 1944  (Godalming, Surrey, England)
Musician and TV presenter who was sentenced to 7 years in jail in 2001 for sexually abusing teenage boys.
[Picture of Jonathan King]


King, Larry
Born 19 November 1933  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
American broadcaster, who hosted a world-famous chat show on CNN until his retirement in 2010. Born Lawrence Harvey Zieger.
[Picture of Larry King]


King, Patsy
Born in Melbourne, Australia  (exact date unknown)
Actress, in many a TV show in Australia, including Prisoner: Cell Block H. Born 1929.
[Picture of Patsy King]


King, Rodney (Died in 2012)
Born 2 April 1965  (Sacramento, California, USA)
Man who was captured on video being brutally assaulted by the Los Angeles Police and whose aquittals despite the video evidence, led to the race riots of 1992.
[Picture of Rodney King]


King, Stephen
Born 21 September 1947  (Portland, Oregon, USA)
Horror writer - 'Carrie', 'The Shining', 'It', 'Misery' etc.
[Picture of Stephen King]


King-Smith, Dick Dick King-Smith is no longer with us
Born 27 March 1922  (Bitton, Gloucestershire, England)

Died 4 January 2011  (Somerset, England)

Age at death: 88  (read death notice)
Children's author, whose book 'The Sheep-Pig' was the inspiration for the Hollywood smash 'Babe'.
[Picture of Dick King-Smith]


Kinmont Boothe, Jill (Died in 2012)
Born 16 February 1936  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Alpine skier who was paralysed from the neck down after an accident when she was 19. Now an accomplished artist and the subject of two films.
[Picture of Jill Kinmont Boothe]


Kinnock, Neil
Born 28 March 1942  (Tredegar, Wales)
Leader of the Labour Party from 1983-1992. Later an EC commissioner.
[Picture of Neil Kinnock]


Kinnunen, Leo
Born 5 August 1943  (Tampere, Finland)
First major Finnish motor racing driver, competing in Formula 1 in 1974.
[Picture of Leo Kinnunen]


Kirby, Kathy Kathy Kirby is no longer with us
Born 20 October 1938  (Ilford, Essex, England)

Died 19 May 2011  (London, England)

Age at death: 72  (read death notice)
Singer, popular in the 1960s before retiring from showbusiness in 1983.
[Picture of Kathy Kirby]


Kirsch, Sarah (Died in 2013)
Born 16 April 1935  (Limlingerode, Prussian Saxony, Germany)
German poet.
[Picture of Sarah Kirsch]


Kissinger, Henry
Born 23 May 1923  (Fürth, Germany)
Secretary of State in the US government under Presidents Nixon and Ford. Shared the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize for helping to broker a ceasefire in Vietnam - ironic, given that he'd been part of the government that started the war in the first place.
[Picture of Henry Kissinger]


Klein, Lawrence R. (Died in 2013)
Born 14 September 1920  (Omaha, Nebraska, USA)
[Picture of Lawrence R. Klein]


Klugman, Jack (Died in 2012)
Born 27 April 1922  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
TV actor, best known as Oscar Madison in 'The Odd Couple' and the eponymous Dr Quincy in 'Quincy'. Had part of his larynx removed in the mid-1990s as a result of throat cancer.
[Picture of Jack Klugman]


Knowles, William Standish (Died in 2012)
Born 1 June 1917  (Taunton, Massachusetts, USA)
US Chemist who won the Nobel Prize in 2001.
[Picture of William Standish Knowles]


Knox, Barbara
Born 30 September 1933  (Oldham, Lancashire, England)
Rita Bates/Sullivan/Fairclough in Coronation Street, a role she has played, on & off, since 1964.
[Picture of Barbara Knox]


Knox, Elyse (Died in 2012)
Born 14 December 1917  (Hartford, Connecticut, USA)
Hollywood actress from the 1940s.
[Picture of Elyse Knox]


Knussen, Oliver
Born 12 June 1952  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Musical composer & conductor.
[Picture of Oliver Knussen]


Koch, Ed (Died in 2013)
Born 12 December 1924  (The Bronx, New York, USA)
Former Mayor of New York City between 1978 & 1989.
[Picture of Ed Koch]


Koch, Samuel
Born 28 September 1987  (Neuwied am Rhein, Germany)
German man who was critically injured after a stunt went wrong on the TV programme "Wetten, Dass?"
[Picture of Samuel Koch]


Kohl, Helmut
Born 3 April 1930  (Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany)
Former Chancellor of Germany between 1982 & 1998. Now drags his enormous bulk around the world attending state functions.
[Picture of Helmut Kohl]


Kohn, Walter
Born 9 March 1923  (Vienna, Austria)
Nobel Prize winning theoretical physicist.
[Picture of Walter Kohn]


Kony, Joseph
Born 18 September 1962  (Odek, Gulu, Uganda)
Leader of the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda. The list of his crimes are horrific but he simply says he is following "God's will" as all his work is based on The Ten Commandments. Can't remember the Commandment at Sunday School that 'thou shalt rape female children & take them as your wives', but I DO remember "Thou shalt not kill" was one of the big ones. Hmmm...…
[Picture of Joseph Kony]


Koop, Dr C. Everett (Died in 2013)
Born 14 October 1916  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Surgeon General of the United States from 1982-89, under Ronald Reagan's presidency.
[Picture of Dr C. Everett Koop]


Kösen, Sultan
Born 10 December 1982  (Mardin, Turkey)
The World's tallest living man, stretching out to 8ft 1in.
[Picture of Sultan Kösen]


Koshiba, Masatoshi
Born 19 September 1926  (Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture, Japan)
Japanese physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2002.
[Picture of Masatoshi Koshiba]


Kowalski, Józef (Died in 2013)
Born 2 February 1900  (place of birth unknown)
The last survivor of the Polish-Russian War of 1919-21.
[Picture of Józef Kowalski]


Kramer, Wayne
Born 30 April 1948  (Detroit, Michigan)
Co-founder of proto-punk legends MC5.
[Picture of Wayne Kramer]


Krankl, Hans
Born 14 February 1953  (Vienna, Austria)
Legendary former Austrian international footballer of the 1970s. Won the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup with Barcelona in 1979.
[Picture of Hans Krankl]


Kübler, Ferdinand
Born 24 July 1919  (Marthalen, Andelfingen, Switzerland)
Cyclist, winner of the 1950 Tour de France.
[Picture of Ferdinand Kübler]


Kutcher, Ashton
Born 7 February 1978  (Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA)
Actor, currently married to Demi Moore.
[Picture of Ashton Kutcher]


Kwanten, Ryan
Born 28 November 1976  (Sydney, NSW, Australia)
Australian actor. Played Vinnie Patterson on soap opera 'Home and Away' rom 1997-2002. Now appears in vampire series 'True Blood'.
[Picture of Ryan Kwanten]


Ky, Nguyen Cao Nguyen Cao Ky is no longer with us
Born 8 September 1930  (Son Tây, Tonkin, French Indochina (now Vietnam))

Died 23 July 2011  (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Age at death: 80  (read death notice)
Prime Minister, later Vice-President of South Vietnam during the war involving the United States.
[Picture of Nguyen Cao Ky]


Kyi, Aung San Suu
Born 19 June 1945  (Rangoon, Burma)
Burmese pro-democracy activist and unlikely fan of Dave Lee Travis. Released from house arrest in 2010.
[Picture of Aung San Suu Kyi]


Kyle, Jack
Born 10 February 1926  (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Irish Rugby Player, legendary fly-half for Ireland & the British Lions. Later worked as a medical practitioner in Zambia.
[Picture of Jack Kyle]

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