Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2011: M


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


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


MacGowan, Shane
Born 25 December 1957  (Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England)
Dentally challenged singer-songwriter who used to front the Pogues, and latterly the Popes (though recently he went back to the Pogues for a reunion tour). Constantly rumoured to be on the brink of death due to non-stop drinking, smoking and drug-taking. At one stage, for example, he was said to be taking fifty tabs of acid a day - smoke your heart out, Shaun Ryder!
[Picture of Shane MacGowan]


Mack, Warner
Born 2 April 1938  (Nashville, Tennessee, USA)
Country music singer and songwriter.
[Picture of Warner Mack]


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


Mackie, George
Born 10 July 1919  (Benshie, Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland)
Former Scottish MP & Rector of Dundee University.
[Picture of George Mackie]


Macnee, Patrick
Born 6 February 1922  (London, England)
Actor - played the suave Steed in 'The Avengers'.
[Picture of Patrick Macnee]


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


Madden, John
Born 10 April 1936  (Austin, Minnesota, USA)
Former head coach of the Oakland Raiders (overseeing their victory in Superbowl XI), who has been an NFL commentator on TV for over twenty years. He's also a best-selling sports author who, in a stroke of genius, gave his first book the title "Hey, Wait a Minute, I Wrote a Book!"
[Picture of John Madden]


Madeley, Paul
Born 20 September 1944  (Leeds, Yorkshire, England)
Former Leeds United great, who, sadly seems to be in as much dire straits & ill-health as his former team currently are. Also won 24 caps for England.
[Picture of Paul Madeley]


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


Madonna, (singer)
Born 16 August 1958  (Bay City, Michigan, USA)
Singer & actress, a huge influence on music over the last twenty-five years.
[Picture of (singer) Madonna]


Madsen, Michael
Born 25 September 1958  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Actor, normally in tough guy roles, including, memorably, Mr Blond in 'Reservoir Dogs'.
[Picture of Michael Madsen]


Magar, Khagendra Thapa
Born 14 October 1992  (Asoj, Nepal)
The World's smallest man from 2010-2011.
[Picture of Khagendra Thapa Magar]


Magee, Patrick
Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland  (exact date unknown)
Republican terrorist, jailed for the attempted murder of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at the Brighton Grand Hotel in 1984. Released as part of the Good Friday Agreement in 1999. Born in 1951.
[Picture of Patrick Magee]


Maginnis, Ken
Born 21 January 1938  (Tyrone, Northern Ireland)
Ulster Unionist MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone from 1983-2001.
[Picture of Ken Maginnis]


Mahon, Denis Denis Mahon is no longer with us
Born 8 November 1910  (London, England)

Died 24 April 2011  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 100  (read death notice)
British art historian and collector.
[Picture of Denis Mahon]


Malarkey, Donald
Born 31 July 1921  (Astoria, Oregon, USA)
Member of "Easy" Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. Played by actor Scott Grimes in the TV series 'Band of Brothers'.
[Picture of Donald Malarkey]


Malbranque, Steed
Born 6 January 1980  (Mouscron, Belgium)
Nippy winger, formerly of Sunderland AFC, now with French side St. Etienne.
[Picture of Steed Malbranque]


Malkovich, John
Born 9 December 1953  (Christopher, Illinois, USA)
Quirky & hugely successful American film & stage actor.
[Picture of John Malkovich]


Malone, Dorothy
Born 30 January 1925  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Film actress - 'Written on the Wind', 'The Big Sleep' and more recently, 'Basic Instinct'.
[Picture of Dorothy Malone]


Mampre, Albert
Date and place of birth unknown
Staff Sergeant with the 506th PIR (Easy Company) during the Second World War as seen in the TV series 'Band of Brothers'.
[Picture of Albert Mampre]


Mandel, Johnny
Born 23 November 1925  (New York City, New York, USA)
Grammy award-winning composer and arranger.
[Picture of Johnny Mandel]


Mandela, Nelson (Died in 2013)
Born 18 July 1918  (Umtata, South Africa)
Leader of the African National Congress, which was outlawed in 1948, when apartheid was legalised in South Africa. He was imprisoned for allegedly being involved in a bomb plot, and spent 27 years inside, before being freed as part of then President F.W. de Klerk's reforms in 1990. Mandela himself became President from 1994-99.
[Picture of Nelson Mandela]


Mandela, Winnie
Born 26 September 1934  (Bizana, Pondoland, Transkei, South Africa)
The first black First Lady of South Africa, and now estranged wife of Nelson.
[Picture of Winnie Mandela]


Mandelson, Peter
Born 21 October 1953  (London, England)
Baron Mandelson, currently Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and First Secretary of State and President of the Board of Trade and Lord President of the Council. 'Mandy' first came to prominence in the mid-1980s attempting to revive the fortunes of the Labour Party then led by Neil Kinnock before becoming one of the key architects of New Labour. Twice served in Tony Blair's government before resigning under a cloud on both occasions. MP for Hartlepool from 1992-2004 before becoming a European Commissioner. Re-entered British politics in 2008, becoming ennobled in the process.
[Picture of Peter Mandelson]


Mandich, Jim
Born 30 July 1948  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Ex-American footballer. Tight end with the Miami Dolphins from 1970-77. Later a commentator. Died in April 2011 but no obit.
[Picture of Jim Mandich]


Mangeshkar, Lata
Born 28 September 1929  (Indore, India)
Veteran Indian 'playback singer' i.e. one that provides the real Hindi singing which the pretty actresses mime to in Bollywood films.
[Picture of Lata Mangeshkar]


Manley, Peter
Born 7 March 1962  (Cheam, Surrey, England)
Professional darts player. 3 times runner-up in the PDC World Championships, all to Phil "The Power" Taylor.
[Picture of Peter Manley]


Manning, Bradley
Born 17 December 1987  (Crescent, Oklahoma, USA)
U.S. Soldier held in solitary confinement for the alleged passing of confidential information to the WikiLeaks website.
[Picture of Bradley Manning]


Mansfield, Jayne Marie
Born 8 November 1950  (Austin, Texas, USA)
Daughter of THE Jayne Mansfield.
[Picture of Jayne Marie Mansfield]


Manson, Charles
Born 12 November 1934  (Cincinnati, Ohio, USA)
Infamous leader of a cult called "The Family", which was responsible for several brutal murders in the 1960s. In prison since 1971.
[Picture of Charles Manson]


Manson, Marilyn
Born 5 January 1969  (Canton, Ohio, USA)
Extrovert and quite frankly scary rock singer. Born plain ol' Brian Warner.
[Picture of Marilyn Manson]


Maradona, Diego
Born 30 October 1960  (Lanús, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Football genius turned cocaine addict who later managed Argentina to a quarter final spot in the 2010 World Cup.
[Picture of Diego Maradona]


Marcos, Imelda
Born 2 July 1929  (Manila, Philippines)
Former beauty queen, lavish-living, obsessive shoe-collector and widow of former Filipino president Ferdinand Marcos. After his death, she was acquitted of embezzlement in the US, but convicted of the crime of 'graft', whatever that is, in the Philippines.
[Picture of Imelda Marcos]


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


Margarete of Thurn and Taxis, Princess (Died in 2006)
Born 8 November 1909  (Château de Beloeil, Hainaut, Belgium)
Belgian/German minor royal, who by marriage became part of the minor Italian nobility. Also known as Princess Margarete Marie Therese Elisabeth Louise von Thurn und Taxis. Turned out to have died in 2006 so no points...
[Picture of Princess Margarete of Thurn and Taxis]


Marie, Rose
Born 15 August 1923  (New York, New York, USA)
Actress whose career has been in two distinct halves: firstly as a child in the 1920s, and then as an adult, beginning in the 1940s. Best known for playing the part of Sally Rogers on "The Dick Van Dyke Show". Her real name is Rose Marie Mazzetta, and she is of Italian/Polish extraction.
[Picture of Rose Marie]


Markovics, Karl
Born 29 August 1963  (Vienna, Austria)
Austrian actor.
[Picture of Karl Markovics]


Marks, Howard
Born 13 August 1945  (Kenfig Hill, Bridgend, Wales)
Former cannabis smuggler turned best-selling author. Also (if only in the opinion of Octopus of Odstock, for it is he who is writing this bio) one of the nicest people it is possible to meet - intelligent, caring, witty and friendly. Not a combination you get much these days, sadly.
[Picture of Howard Marks]


Maron, Monika
Born 3 June 1941  (Berlin, Germany)
Writer from the former East Germany.
[Picture of Monika Maron]


Marqusee, Mike
Born in New York, City, New York, USA  (exact date unknown)
American anglophile and left-wing writer and activist. The Man In Black recommends his 'Defeat from the Jaws of Victory: Inside Kinnock’s Labour Party ' which effectively showed how Labour leader Neil Kinnock sowed the seeds of New Labour, written two years before Tony Blair became leader. Born 1953.
[Picture of Mike Marqusee]


Marr, Leslie
Born 14 August 1922  (Durham, England)
Formula 1 racing driver from the 1950s.
[Picture of Leslie Marr]


Marriner, Neville
Born 15 April 1924  (Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England)
Conductor, violinist, former conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra.
[Picture of Neville Marriner]


Mars, Mick
Born 4 May 1951  (Terre Haute, Indiana, USA)
Skull-faced Mötley Crüe guitarist.
[Picture of Mick Mars]


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


Marshall, Penny
Born 15 October 1943  (New York City, New York, USA)
Actress, director and producer still better known as Laverne in 'Laverne and Shirley'.
[Picture of Penny Marshall]


Martin, Buster Buster Martin is no longer with us
Born 1 September 1906  (France)

Died 13 April 2011  (London, England)

Age at death: 104  (read death notice)
Allegedly the UK's oldest employee, but most of his claims are pretty unreliable as there is not a shred of proof of his marriage, his wife's death, any of his children's births & his own birth. May be 96, but he may also be in his 50s for all we know.
[Picture of Buster Martin]


Martin, George
Born 3 January 1926  (London, England)
The Beatles' music producer.
[Picture of George Martin]


Martin, Michael
Born 3 July 1945  (Glasgow, Scotland)
MP & former speaker of the House. Not the most popular person that has done this role, mainly due to his brusque manner, his bias towards Labour & spending taxpayer's money on trivial items.
[Picture of Michael Martin]


Martin, Tony (Died in 2012)
Born 25 December 1912  (Oakland, California, USA)
Classic crooner and occasional actor. Was married, until her death, to Cyd Charisse, for what it's worth. Not to be confused with the butt-ugly, pikey-shooting farmer of the same name.
[Picture of Tony Martin]


Marx, Barbara
Born 16 October 1927  (Bosworth, Missouri, USA)
Widow of Frank Sinatra. Was also married to Zeppo Marx. Born 1926.
[Picture of Barbara Marx]


Mascolo, Joseph
Born 13 March 1929  (West Hartford, Connecticut, USA)
American actor, often in soap operas such as 'Days of our Lives'.
[Picture of Joseph Mascolo]


Mashaal, Khaled
Born 28 May 1956  (Silwad, West Bank)
Believed by many, including Israel's intelligence services, to be the leader of the Islamic terrorist group Hamas.
[Picture of Khaled Mashaal]


Masloff, Sophie
Born 23 December 1917  (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)
US politician, Pittsburgh's first and to date only female mayor.
[Picture of Sophie Masloff]


Mason, Paul
Date and place of birth unknown
Reputedly the World's heaviest man, hitting the scales at 70 stone! Born 1961.
[Picture of Paul Mason]


Mason, Roy
Born 18 April 1924  (Royston, South Yorkshire, England)
Former Labour MP & minister, former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
[Picture of Roy Mason]


Massa, Eric
Born 16 September 1959  (Charleston, South Carolina, USA)
Former Democrat member of the House of Representatives. Resigned for reasons of health in 2010.
[Picture of Eric Massa]


Masters, Katie Katie Masters is no longer with us
Born 23 November 1899  (Dundee, Scotland)

Died 14 February 2011  (Stanford in the Vale, Oxfordshire, England)

Age at death: 111  (read death notice)
Last person in Scotland born in the 19th Century, who recently complained that the yearly cards she received from The Queen all looked the same!
[Picture of Katie Masters]


Masterson, Ronnie
Born 4 April 1926  (Dublin, Rep of Ireland)
Actress and widow of actor Ray McAnally.
[Picture of Ronnie Masterson]


Mathers, Jerry
Born 2 June 1948  (Sioux City, Iowa, USA)
Actor, best known for the U.S. sitcom 'Leave It To Beaver'.
[Picture of Jerry Mathers]


Mathis, Johnny
Born 30 September 1935  (Gilmer, Texas, USA)
Easy-listening musician. Had the Xmas No 1 of 1976 with 'When A Child is Born'. Your granny's probably got his Greatest Hits album in the attic.
[Picture of Johnny Mathis]


Matkovic, Draga (Died in 2013)
Born 4 November 1907  (Zagreb, Croatia)
Croatian-born German classical pianist.
[Picture of Draga Matkovic]


Matlala, Jacob (Died in 2013)
Born 1 August 1962  (Meadowlands, South Africa)
Boxer, WBO Flyweight champion from 1993-1995.
[Picture of Jacob Matlala]


Matthew, Brian
Born 17 September 1928  (Coventry, Warwickshire, England)
BBC radio presenter, host of the 'Sounds of the Sixties' show since 1990.
[Picture of Brian Matthew]


Matthews, Francis
Born 2 September 1927  (York, England)
Actor, the voice of 'Captain Scarlet' in the 1960s TV series. Also collaborated with Morecambe and Wise.
[Picture of Francis Matthews]


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


Mauser, Edward A. Edward A. Mauser is no longer with us
Born 18 December 1916  (LaSalle, Illinois, USA)

Died 21 January 2011  (Omaha, Nebraska, USA)

Age at death: 94  (read death notice)
Member of the American 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment made famous by the TV Series 'Band of Brothers'.
[Picture of Edward A. Mauser]


Maxim of Bulgaria, Patriarch (Died in 2012)
Born 29 October 1914  (Oreshak, Bulgaria)
Leader of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.
[Picture of Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria]


Maxtone-Graham, Ian
Born 3 July 1959  (New York City, New York, USA)
Televison writer and producer. Has written several episodes of 'The Simpsons'.
[Picture of Ian Maxtone-Graham]


Mayall, John
Born 29 November 1933  (Macclesfield, England)
Pioneering blues artist who encouraged the likes of Eric Clapton and Fleetwood Mac in the "Blues Boom" of the late 60s. Perhaps the most notable Rock musician to come out of Macclesfield after Ian Curtis...
[Picture of John Mayall]


Mayer, John
Born 16 October 1977  (Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA)
Singer-songwriter and musician who's becoming more known for his candid blog than for his music.
[Picture of John Mayer]


Mayhew, Peter
Born 19 May 1944  (Barnes, London, England)
Actor, whose only main role as been a hugely popular one - that of Chewbacca in the 'Star Wars' films.
[Picture of Peter Mayhew]


Maynard, Bill
Born 8 October 1928  (Heath End, Farnham, Surrey, England)
Comic actor who played Selwyn in the sitcom 'Oh No! It's Selwyn Froggit' and Claude Greengrass in the soporific TV drama 'Heartbeat'. After leaving the series due to a stroke suffered while filming, he returned to play the same character in the equally gentle spin-off 'The Royal'.
[Picture of Bill Maynard]


Mays, Willie
Born 6 May 1931  (Westfield, Alabama)
Baseball player, considered one of the best of all time.
[Picture of Willie Mays]


McCain, Ginger Ginger McCain is no longer with us
Born 21 September 1930  (Southport, Lancashire, England)

Died 19 September 2011  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 80  (read death notice)
Racehorse trainer, who retired in 2006. Trained Red Rum to three Grand Nationals.
[Picture of Ginger McCain]


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


McCartney, Paul
Born 18 June 1942  (Liverpool, England)
Younger of the 2 surviving Beatles.
[Picture of Paul McCartney]


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


McCourt, Richard
Born 12 August 1976  (Sheffield, England)
Actor and TV presenter, the 'Dick' of 'Dick and Dom' fame.
[Picture of Richard McCourt]


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


McDiarmid, Ian
Born 11 August 1944  (Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland)
Distinguished stage actor but better known for the role of Emperor Palpatine in the 'Star Wars' franchise.
[Picture of Ian McDiarmid]


McDonald, Colin
Born 17 November 1928  (Glen Iris, Victoria, USA)
Opening batsman for the Australian international cricket team in the 1950s.
[Picture of Colin McDonald]


McDonald, Dougie
Born 8 October 1965  (place of birth unknown)
Scottish football referee, who resigned in November 2010 after he admitted lying about the reasons behind him changing his mind when awarding Celtic FC a penalty against Dundee Utd.
[Picture of Dougie McDonald]


McDonald, The Most Rev Kevin
Born 18 August 1947  (Stoke-on-Trent, England)
Roman Catholic Archbishop of Southwark from 2003 to 2009.
[Picture of The Most Rev Kevin McDonald]


McGovern, George (Died in 2012)
Born 19 July 1922  (Avon, South Dakota, USA)
American politician, lost the 1972 US Presidential Election by a landslide.
[Picture of George McGovern]


McGrath, John (Died in 2012)
Date and place of birth unknown
One of the officers from the American 506th Parachute Regiment in World War II as depicted in the TV series 'Band of Brothers'.
[Picture of John McGrath]


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


McKeith, Gillian
Born 28 September 1959  (Perth, Scotland)
Nutritionist who became famous through her TV programme 'You Are What You Eat'. Known for ferreting about in people's stools.
[Picture of Gillian McKeith]


McKenzie, Graham
Born 24 June 1941  (Cottesloe, Perth, Western Australia, Australia)
Former Leicestershire and Australia international fast bowler.
[Picture of Graham McKenzie]


McKenzie, Julia
Born 17 February 1941  (Enfield, Middlesex, England)
Actress who has initial success in the 1980s with the sitcom 'Fresh Fields'. Now the latest Miss Marple.
[Picture of Julia McKenzie]


McKenzie, Precious
Born in Durban, South Africa  (exact date unknown)
South African-born weightlifter, who represented both England and New Zealand in the Commonwealth Games.
[Picture of Precious McKenzie]


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


McLaglen, Andrew
Born 28 July 1920  (London, England)
Actor turned film director. Directed 'The Wild Geese' in 1978 amongst others.
[Picture of Andrew McLaglen]


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


McNee, David
Born 23 March 1925  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police from 1977 to 1982, presiding over the Brixton riots and the Scarman report.
[Picture of David McNee]


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


McPherson, Dr Ann Dr Ann McPherson is no longer with us
Born 22 June 1945  (London, England)

Died 28 May 2011  (Oxford, England)

Age at death: 65  (read death notice)
Terminally ill GP who is leading the campaign to allow assisted suicides for terminally-ill people in Britain.
[Picture of Dr Ann McPherson]


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


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


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


Mears, Victor
Date and place of birth unknown
Businessman who along with his brother, Henry, were convicted in February 2011 of defrauding the general public with their Lapland theme park scam. Born 1943.
[Picture of Victor Mears]


Meaux, Huey (Died in 2012)
Born 10 March 1929  (Wright, Louisiana, USA)
American record producer.
[Picture of Huey Meaux]


Meckiff, Ian
Born 6 January 1935  (Mentone, Victoria, Australia)
Former cricketer. Fast bowler for Australia from 1957-1963
[Picture of Ian Meckiff]


Medicine Crow, Joe
Born 27 October 1913  (Lodge Grass, Montana, USA)
Native American historian
[Picture of Joe Medicine Crow]


Medina, Lina
Born 27 September 1933  (Paurange, Peru)
The youngest human ever to give birth, delivering a healthy baby boy at the amazing age of 5 years and 7 months in May 1939.
[Picture of Lina Medina]


Medwin, Terry
Born 25 September 1932  (Swansea, Wales)
Former Tottenham Hotspur and Wales winger.
[Picture of Terry Medwin]


Mehsud, Hakimullah (Died in 2013)
Born in Jandola, South Wazirstan, Pakistan  (exact date unknown)
New leader of the Taliban in Northern Pakistan, following the death of Baitullah Mehsud in 2009. Born 1981. Has a $600,000 bounty on his head, so if you're short of cash...
[Picture of Hakimullah Mehsud]


Mehta, Zubin
Born 29 April 1936  (Mumbai, India)
Veteran & well-travelled conductor of classical music.
[Picture of Zubin Mehta]


Meine, Klaus
Born 25 May 1948  (Hanover, Germany)
Rock singer, lead singer of German rock band The Scorpions.
[Picture of Klaus Meine]


Méndez Vargas, José De Jesús
Born 28 February 1974  (place of birth unknown)
Mexican leader of the La Familia drug cartel, known as "The Monkey".
[Picture of José De Jesús Méndez Vargas]


Mensah, John
Born 29 November 1976  (Obuassi, Ghana)
Ghanian international footballer.
[Picture of John Mensah]


Mercer, Joe
Born 25 October 1934  (Bradford, Yorkshire, England)
One of the most successful jockeys of his generation, riding over 2000 winners from 1947-85.
[Picture of Joe Mercer]


Mercer, Sean
Born 17 September 1990  (Liverpool, England)
Teenage killer of Croxteth schoolboy Rhys Jones in 2007. Now serving 22 years at Her Majesty's Pleasure.
[Picture of Sean Mercer]


Mercier, Sheila
Born 1 January 1919  (Hull, East Yorkshire, England)
TV actress - played Annie Sugden when Emmerdale Farm had a farm in it. In real life she is Brian Rix's big sister.
[Picture of Sheila Mercier]


Merckx, Eddy
Born 17 June 1945  (Tielt-Winge, Flemish Brabant, Belgium)
Legendary cyclist, five times winner of the Tour de France.
[Picture of Eddy Merckx]


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


Meyer, Urban
Born 10 July 1964  (Toledo, Ohio, USA)
American college football coach.
[Picture of Urban Meyer]


Meyers, Augie
Born 31 May 1940  (San Antonio, Texas, USA)
Keyboard player with the Sir Douglas Quintet rock band.
[Picture of Augie Meyers]


Meyler, David
Born 29 May 1989  (Cork, Rep of Ireland)
Footballer. Republic of Ireland under 21 international.
[Picture of David Meyler]


Michael, George
Born 25 June 1963  (London, England)
Pop star - originally one half of Wham! and then hugely successful solo artist. Has had a stuttering solo career since.
[Picture of George Michael]


Michael, Jörg
Born 27 March 1963  (Dortmund, Germany)
German drummer with Finnish metal band Stratovarius.
[Picture of Jörg Michael]


Michael, Sami
Born 15 August 1926  (Baghdad, Iraq)
Iraqi-born Israeli writer.
[Picture of Sami Michael]


Michaels, Bret
Born 15 March 1963  (Butler, Pennsylvania, USA)
Former lead singer of 80s poodle rockers Poison, now a reality tv stalwart. Infamously made a 'sex tape' with Pamela Anderson in 1998.
[Picture of Bret Michaels]


Michelmore, Cliff
Born 11 December 1919  (Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)
Presenter of TV travel programmes.
[Picture of Cliff Michelmore]


Mignolet, Simon
Born 6 August 1988  (Sint-Truiden, Belgium)
Sunderland AFC reserve goalkeeper.
[Picture of Simon Mignolet]


Miler, Zdenek Zdenek Miler is no longer with us
Born 21 January 1921  (Kladno, Czech Rep)

Died 30 November 2011  (Prague, Czech Rep)

Age at death: 90  (read death notice)
Animator who created the Mole character in the 1960s.
[Picture of Zdenek Miler]


Miles, Vera
Born 23 August 1929  (Boise City, Oklahoma, USA)
Film actress - 'The Searchers', 'Psycho', 'The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance' etc.
[Picture of Vera Miles]


Miller, George Armitage
Born 3 February 1920  (Charleston, West Virginia, USA)
Cognitive psychologist.
[Picture of George Armitage Miller]


Mills McCartney, Heather
Born 12 January 1968  (Aldershot, Hampshire, England)
Gold-digging uniped, ex-wife of Paul McCartney.
[Picture of Heather Mills McCartney]


Millward, Lily
Born 4 January 1910  (Brecon, Wales)
Along with Edna Pugh, the oldest living twin in the World.
[Picture of Lily Millward]


Mimoun, Alain (Died in 2013)
Born 1 January 1921  (El Telagh, Algeria)
French former athlete, winner of the 1956 Olympic marathon.
[Picture of Alain Mimoun]


Minnelli, Liza
Born 12 March 1946  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Daughter of Judy Garland, and moderately successful singer/stage actress in her own right. Has suffered from ill health in recent years as a result of drug abuse, and has been a regular visitor to rehab clinics. Married film producer David Gest in March 2002.
[Picture of Liza Minnelli]


Minogue, Kylie
Born 28 May 1968  (Melbourne, Australia)
Pint-sized Aussie singer, formerly of 'Neighbours' fame. Diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer in May 2005, but has since made a full recovery.
[Picture of Kylie Minogue]


Mintoff, Dom (Died in 2012)
Born 6 August 1916  (Cospicua, Malta)
Former Prime Minister of Malta.
[Picture of Dom Mintoff]


Mirkin, David
Born 18 September 1955  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
Television director, writer and producer, most notably on 'The Simpsons'.
[Picture of David Mirkin]


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


Mitchell, Warren
Born 14 January 1926  (London, England)
Actor who will forever be associated with the part he played as the bigoted Alf Garnett in the long-running British sitcoms 'Till Death Us Do Part' (alongside Tony Booth) and its sequel 'In Sickness and in Health'.
[Picture of Warren Mitchell]


Mitterrand, Danielle Danielle Mitterrand is no longer with us
Born 29 October 1924  (Verdun, Meuse, France)

Died 22 November 2011  (Paris, France)

Age at death: 87  (read death notice)
Widow of former French president and first ever DDP hit, François Mitterrand.
[Picture of Danielle Mitterrand]


Mladic, Ratko
Born 12 March 1943  (Kalinovik, Bosnia-Herzegovina)
Leader of the Bosnian Serb Army during the 1992-95 war. Responsible for the massacre of 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica in July 1995 - the worst atrocity in Europe since WWII. Arrested in May 2011.
[Picture of Ratko Mladic]


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


Mohamad, Dr Mahathir
Born 10 July 1925  (Alor Star, Kedah Darul Aman, Malaysia)
Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1981-2003.
[Picture of Dr Mahathir Mohamad]


Mojsov, Lazar
Born 19 December 1920  (Negotino, Macedonia)
President of the Presidency (?) of Yugoslavia from 1987-88. Died in August 2011 but no obit.
[Picture of Lazar Mojsov]


Mole, Heather
Date and place of birth unknown
Diagnosed with breast cancer along with her identical twin sister Judith. Unfortunately for Heather, her prognosis is terminal, whereas Judith will survive. Born 1956.
[Picture of Heather Mole]


Molinaro, Al
Born 24 June 1919  (Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA)
TV actor - played Al Delvecchio, the rotund owner of Arnold's Drive-In, in 'Happy Days'.
[Picture of Al Molinaro]


Molyneaux, Jim
Born 27 August 1920  (Killead, County Antrim, Northern Ireland)
Former leader (1979 to 1995) of the Ulster Unionist party, now Lord Molyneaux of Killead. Apparently he still lives on the farm where he was born.
[Picture of Jim Molyneaux]


Momyer, William W. (Died in 2012)
Born 23 September 1916  (Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA)
Commander of the U.S. Air Force Tactical Air Command during the Vietnam War.
[Picture of William W. Momyer]


Monaghan, Tom
Born 25 March 1937  (Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA)
Philanthropist, entrepreneur and founder of the Domino's pizza chain.
[Picture of Tom Monaghan]


Mondale, Eleanor Eleanor Mondale is no longer with us
Born 19 January 1960  (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)

Died 17 September 2011  (Minnesota, USA)

Age at death: 51  (read death notice)
An American actress and television personality, she is best known for her work on the E! cable channel including hosting the shows Wild On... in 1997 and E! News Live. She is the only daughter of Walter Mondale.
[Picture of Eleanor Mondale]


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


Montag, Heidi
Born 15 September 1986  (Crested Butte, Colorado, USA)
Reality TV fodder.
[Picture of Heidi Montag]


Montemayor González, Carlos
Date and place of birth unknown
Alleged drug tafficker known as "el Charro", arrested by Mexican forces in November 2010.
[Picture of Carlos Montemayor González]


Montgomery, Eddie
Born 30 September 1963  (Danville, Kentucky, USA)
Country & Western singer with the duo Montgomery Gentry.
[Picture of Eddie Montgomery]


Moody, Ron
Born 8 January 1924  (London, England)
Film, stage and TV actor, born Ronald Moodnick, remembered for his role as Fagin in 1968's film version of 'Oliver!'.
[Picture of Ron Moody]


Moon, Sun Myung (Died in 2012)
Born 6 January 1920  (Kwangju Sangsa Ri, Korea (now North Korea))
Founder of the Unification Church, often referred to as "The Moonies". Has a finger in the pie of various conservative news organizations in America. Served a prison term for tax fraud in the 1980s.
[Picture of Sun Myung Moon]


Moorcock, Michael
Born 18 December 1939  (London, England)
Prolific sci-fi and fantasy author.
[Picture of Michael Moorcock]


Moore, Michael
Born 23 April 1954  (Davison, Michigan, USA)
Oscar-winning director of interesting but somewhat didactic documentary films.
[Picture of Michael Moore]


Moore, Patrick (Died in 2012)
Born 4 March 1923  (Pinner, Middlesex, England)
Eminent astronomer and xylophone-player, who has presented every one of BBC television's 'The Sky at Night' programmes (which makes him the world's longest-serving presenter). Big mates with Brian May out of Queen, due to their shared interest in space, he was knighted by the Queen in 2001.
[Picture of Patrick Moore]


Moore, Roger
Born 14 October 1927  (Stockwell, London, England)
The cheesiest of the actors to have played international man of mystery James Bond, he took over from Sean Connery in 1973, appearing in seven Bond films until 1985's 'A View to a Kill'. The ageing dinner-jacketed eyebrow-raiser now seemingly maintains the Bond persona for real, by living in Switzerland and Monte Carlo with his Swedish wife Christina "Kiki" Tholstrup, a former air stewardess.
[Picture of Roger Moore]


Moore, Ronnie
Born 8 March 1933  (Hobart, Tasmania, Australia)
Australian-born New Zealand speedway champion.
[Picture of Ronnie Moore]


Moore, Sara Jane
Born 15 February 1930  (Charleston, West Virginia, USA)
Attempted to assassinate Gerald Ford in 1974. Failed, and now serving life in prison as a result.
[Picture of Sara Jane Moore]


Mora, José Francisco Blake José Francisco Blake Mora is no longer with us
Born 22 May 1966  (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico)

Died 11 November 2011  (Xochimilco near Mexico City, Mexico)

Age at death: 45  (read death notice)
Mexican Minister for the Interior since 2010.
[Picture of José Francisco Blake Mora]


Morgan, Cliff (Died in 2013)
Born 7 April 1930  (Trebanog, Rhondda, Wales)
Welsh rugby union player, then became a respected TV broadcaster.
[Picture of Cliff Morgan]


Morgan, Harry Harry Morgan is no longer with us
Born 10 April 1915  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Died 7 December 2011  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 96  (read death notice)
Prolific film and television actor, probably best known for playing Colonel Sherman T. Potter in long-running TV series 'M*A*S*H'. Real name Harry Bratsburg.
[Picture of Harry Morgan]


Morricone, Ennio
Born 10 November 1928  (Rome, Italy)
Composer of musical scores for films, especially spaghetti Westerns.
[Picture of Ennio Morricone]


Morris, Arthur
Born 19 January 1922  (Bondi, New South Wales, Australia)
Australian Test cricketer, one of Don Bradman's 1948 "Invincibles" team.
[Picture of Arthur Morris]


Morris, Aubrey
Born 1 June 1926  (Portsmouth, Hampshire, England)
Character actor perhaps best recognised as Alex's parole officer in 'A Clockwork Orange' and the eternally bathing captain of the Golgafrinchan B Ark in TV's 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'.
[Picture of Aubrey Morris]


Morris, Oswald
Born 22 November 1915  (Ruislip, Middlesex, England)
Cinematographer for a whole range of celebrated movies, including 'Oliver!' and 'Our Man In Havana'.
[Picture of Oswald Morris]


Morrison, Ken
Born 20 October 1931  (Bradford, Yorkshire, England)
Founder & head of Morrison's Supermarkets.
[Picture of Ken Morrison]


Morrison, Rory (Died in 2013)
Date and place of birth unknown
Radio 4 presenter.
[Picture of Rory Morrison]


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


Morrison, Toni
Born 18 February 1931  (Lorain, Ohio, USA)
American author, former winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
[Picture of Toni Morrison]


Morrison, Van
Born 31 August 1945  (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Celebrated Irish musician. Pub fact: he was once married to a woman called Janet Planet.
[Picture of Van Morrison]


Mosley, Nicholas
Born 25 June 1923  (London, England)
Novelist son of 1930s fascist, Oswald Mosley.
[Picture of Nicholas Mosley]


Moss, Kate
Born 16 January 1974  (Croydon, Surrey, England)
Unattractively stick-thin, sunken-eyed fashion model. Once hungs around with Pete Doherty. Now hangs around with some other fashionable rock musician..
[Picture of Kate Moss]


Moss, Stirling
Born 17 September 1929  (London, England)
Motor-racing driver, said to be the greatest driver never to win the Formula 1 World Championship; in fact, he came second 4 times in a row, from 1955-58.
[Picture of Stirling Moss]


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


Mubarak, Hosni
Born 4 May 1928  (Kafr-al Musailha, Egypt)
President of Egypt after Anwar Sadat's assassination in 1981. Finally forced from office after 30 years in February 2011 after a wave of protests.
[Picture of Hosni Mubarak]


Mugabe, Robert
Born 22 February 1924  (Kutama, Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe)
President of Zimbabwe, constantly immersed in allegations of vote-rigging and incitement to violence, whose primary gift to the world is the idea that "it's OK to be the president and wear a baseball cap". There has been at least one alleged plot to assassinate the Marxist-when-it-suits-him leader.
[Picture of Robert Mugabe]


Muhammad, Ruby
Born 20 March 1907  (Americus, Georgia, USA)
Named "Mother of the Nation of Islam" in 1986, marking her 40th anniversary of joining the movement. Not the widow of, or even related to, its late former leader, Elijah Muhammad, as is sometimes claimed - not least by us, in our previous write-up on her! Her age is in dispute, but she's at least over 100 years of age. Died in March 2011 but no obit.
[Picture of Ruby Muhammad]


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


Multhaupt, Lotte
Date and place of birth unknown
Daughter of the late German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer.
[Picture of Lotte Multhaupt]


Muñoz, Faustino Sainz (Died in 2012)
Born 5 June 1937  (Almadén, Ciudad Real Province, Spain)
Archbishop and Nuncio to Great Britain, effectively the Vatican ambassador, from 2004-2010.
[Picture of Faustino Sainz Muñoz]


Munro, Alice
Born 10 July 1931  (Wingham, Ontario, Canada)
One of Canada's most well regarded authors.
[Picture of Alice Munro]


Munroe, Carmen
Born 12 November 1932  (Berbice, Guyana)
Guyana-born actress, one of first black actors to appear regularly on British television in the 1960s and 70s.
[Picture of Carmen Munroe]


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


Murdoch, Rupert
Born 11 March 1931  (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
American media tycoon who used to be Australian, but cynically switched nationalities for business purposes. Diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2000. The "Dirty Digger" now finds his media empire in retreat after a series of revelations regarding phone-hacking by his Sunday newspaper the News of the World, which was made defunct in July 2011.
[Picture of Rupert Murdoch]


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


Murphy, Matt "Guitar"
Born 29 December 1929  (Sunflower, Mississippi, USA)
Blues guitarist, best known for being part of The Blues Brothers band in the 1980 film and sequel.
[Picture of Matt


Murphy, Thomas "Slab"
Born 27 January 1944  (Ballybinaby, Louth, Rep of Ireland)
Believed to be the former Chief of Staff of the Provisional IRA.
[Picture of Thomas


Murray, Anne
Born 20 June 1945  (Springhill, Nova Scotia, Canada)
Singer who paved the way for the later success of other Canadian female singers such as Céline Dion and Shania Twain.
[Picture of Anne Murray]


Murray, Conrad
Born 19 February 1953  (St Andrews, Grenada)
Cardiologist and personal physician of the late Michael Jackson. Convicted for involuntary manslaughter in November 2011.
[Picture of Conrad Murray]


Murray, Gordon
Date and place of birth unknown
Animator and creator of the "Trumptonshire Trilogy" - 'Camberwick Green', 'Trumpton' and 'Chigley'. Born 1921.
[Picture of Gordon Murray]


Murray, Gordon S. Gordon S. Murray is no longer with us
Born 13 March 1950  (Richmond, Virginia, USA)

Died 15 January 2011  (Burlingame, California, USA)

Age at death: 60  (read death notice)
Former Lehman Brothers managing director.
[Picture of Gordon S. Murray]


Murray, Jenni
Born 12 May 1950  (Barnsley, Yorkshire)
TV & radio broadcaster & journalist, presenter of 'Woman's Hour' on BBC Radio 4. Announced in 2006 that she had breast cancer.
[Picture of Jenni Murray]


Murray, Pete
Born 19 September 1928  (London, England)
Veteran radio DJ - one of Radio 1's original presenters when it started up in 1967. Had previously worked for Radio Luxembourg, as indeed they all seemed to do in those days.
[Picture of Pete Murray]


Musharraf, Pervez
Born 11 August 1943  (Delhi, India)
Former President of Pakistan, who survived two assassination attempts in as many months towards the end of 2003.
[Picture of Pervez Musharraf]


Musial, Stan (Died in 2013)
Born 21 November 1920  (Donora, Pennsylvania, USA)
Legendary baseball player who enjoyed a 22-year career (1941-63) with the St Louis Cardinals.
[Picture of Stan Musial]


Myerson, Bess
Born 16 July 1924  (New York City, New York, USA)
First Jewish woman to win the Miss America beauty pageant and went on to have a career as a TV personality. Later dabbled in politics.
[Picture of Bess Myerson]


Myung-Bak, Lee
Born 19 December 1941  (Osaka, Japan)
President of South Korea since 2008.
[Picture of Lee Myung-Bak]

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