Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2012: B


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


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


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


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


Bachmann, Michele
Born 6 April 1956  (Waterloo, Iowa, USA)
US Republican politician who briefly was flavour of the month and possible Presidential candidate before it went down the drain.
[Picture of Michele Bachmann]


Baez, Joan
Born 9 February 1941  (New York City, New York, USA)
Folk singer, recognised for her collaborations with Bob Dylan.
[Picture of Joan Baez]


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


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


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


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


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


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


Baker, James
Born 28 April 1930  (Houston, Texas)
Former US Secretary of State.
[Picture of James Baker]


Baker, Jamie
Born 5 August 1986  (Glasgow, Scotland)
British tennis player.
[Picture of Jamie Baker]


Baker, Kenneth
Born 3 November 1934  (Newport, Wales)
Former Tory MP and Home Secretary. To teachers and school kids, his main legacy is "Baker days", which allow them an extra day off school. To everyone else, he's best remembered as his caricature of a snail in the satirical TV show 'Spitting Image'.
[Picture of Kenneth Baker]


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


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


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


Baker Miracle, Berniece
Born 30 July 1919  (Venice, California, USA)
Half-sister of screen icon Marilyn Monroe.
[Picture of Berniece Baker Miracle]


Balawing, Junrey
Born 12 June 1993  (Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines)
Was the world's smallest man until the discovery of an even smaller man from Nepal in February 2012.
[Picture of Junrey Balawing]


Baldwin, Alec
Born 3 April 1958  (Massapequa, Long Island, New York, USA)
Hollywood actor, whose breakthrough year was 1988, when he starred in no fewer than 5 films. Went on to appear in 'The Hunt For Red October', 'Glengarry Glen Ross' and 'Mercury Rising' among others, and was married to Kim Basinger for 8 years. His brothers William, Stephen and Daniel are also screen actors.
[Picture of Alec Baldwin]


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


Baldwin, Michele
Date and place of birth unknown
Terminally ill mother, who's decided to go out with a bang by paddling up the Ganges. Born 1966. Died in February 2012 but no obit.
[Picture of Michele Baldwin]


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


Balin, Marty
Born 30 January 1942  (Cincinnati, Ohio, USA)
Singer and founder member of psychedelic band Jefferson Airplane.
[Picture of Marty Balin]


Ball, Johnny
Born 23 May 1938  (Bristol, England)
Former TV presenter - Zoe's dad and hence Fatboy Slim's father-in-law.
[Picture of Johnny Ball]


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


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


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


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


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


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


Barber, Derek
Born 17 June 1918  (place of birth unknown)
Baron Barber of Tewkesbury.
[Picture of Derek Barber]


Bardo, Robert John
Born 2 January 1970  (Tucson, Arizona, USA)
Man convicted for the murder of actress Rebecca Schaeffer in 1989.
[Picture of Robert John Bardo]


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


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


Bare, Bobby
Born 7 April 1935  (Ironton, Ohio, USA)
Country music singer.
[Picture of Bobby Bare]


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


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


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


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


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


Barnett, Rex (Died in 2013)
Date and place of birth unknown
Former Mayor of Swindon. Born 1939.
[Picture of Rex Barnett]


Barre-Sinoussi, Francoise
Born 30 July 1947  (Paris, France)
Virologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in 2008 in helping to discover HIV.
[Picture of Francoise Barre-Sinoussi]


Barrett, Robert G.
Date and place of birth unknown
Popular Australian author. Born 1946. Died in September 2012 but no obit.
[Picture of Robert G. Barrett]


Barrichello, Rubens
Born 23 May 1972  (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Racing driver, in more Grand Prix's than any other driver.
[Picture of Rubens Barrichello]


Barrie, Amanda
Born 14 September 1935  (Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire,England)
Actress. Was Alma Sedgewick in Coronation Street.
[Picture of Amanda Barrie]


Barrios, Yonni
Born in San Lorenzo, San Marcos, Chile  (exact date unknown)
Miner rescued in Chile, of the 33. However, whilst he was down there, it was discovered he had been cheating on his wife, when his mistress and his wife wanted to be there upon his return! Birth date varies but 1960 seems to be the best guess
[Picture of Yonni Barrios]


Barrow, John
Born 31 October 1955  (Athens, Georgia, USA)
US Democrat representative for Georgia.
[Picture of John Barrow]


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


Barry, Marion
Born 6 March 1936  (Itta Bena, Mississippi, USA)
US Democrat politician. Twice Mayor of the District of Columbia.
[Picture of Marion Barry]


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


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


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


Barton, John
Born 26 November 1928  (London, England)
Theatre director. Co-founded the Royal Shakespeare Company with Sir Peter Hall in 1960.
[Picture of John Barton]


Bartow, Gene Gene Bartow is no longer with us
Born 18 August 1930  (Browning, Missouri, USA)

Died 3 January 2012  (Birmingham, Alabama, USA)

Age at death: 81  (read death notice)
Basketball coach at UCLA, succeeding the legendary John Wooden.
[Picture of Gene Bartow]


Barzun, Jacques Jacques Barzun is no longer with us
Born 30 November 1907  (Créteil, France)

Died 25 October 2012  (San Antonio, Texas, USA)

Age at death: 104  (read death notice)
French born American historian & thinker.
[Picture of Jacques Barzun]


Baselitz, Georg
Born 23 January 1938  (Deutschbaselitz, Germany)
Popular German artist.
[Picture of Georg Baselitz]


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


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


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


Bate, Anthony Anthony Bate is no longer with us
Born 31 August 1927  (Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England)

Died 19 June 2012  (Isle of Wight, England)

Age at death: 84  (read death notice)
Actor, known for his role in the 1979 TV adaptation of John le Carré's 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'.
[Picture of Anthony Bate]


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


Bates, Paddy Roy Paddy Roy Bates is no longer with us
Born 29 August 1921  (London, England)

Died 9 October 2012  (Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
Former pirate radio broadcaster who took over an abandoned World War II platform off the coast of Essex, and ultimately declared himself Prince Roy, ruler of the Principality of Sealand. Clearly as mad as a biscuit, but had somehow managed to gain international recognition of his sovereignty. Fair play to him.
[Picture of Paddy Roy Bates]


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


Bauer, Cate
Born 27 August 1922  (London, England)
Actress who voiced the character of Perdita in 'One Hundred and One Dalmatians'.
[Picture of Cate Bauer]


Baumgartner, Felix
Born 20 April 1969  (Salzburg, Austria)
Austrian skydiver who in October 2012, successfully plummeted 24 miles to the earth, reaching speeds of over 800mph!
[Picture of Felix Baumgartner]


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Beaumont, Kathryn
Born 27 June 1938  (London, England)
Actress who was the voice of Alice in Disney's 'Alice in Wonderland'.
[Picture of Kathryn Beaumont]


Becker, Elvira
Born 1 June 1935  (Germany)
Mother of ex-tennis player Boris Becker.
[Picture of Elvira Becker]


Beckett, Sister Wendy
Born 25 February 1930  (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Nun and art expert, a consecrated virgin.
[Picture of Sister Wendy Beckett]


Beckey, Fred
Born 14 January 1923  (Cologne, Germany)
American mountaineer.
[Picture of Fred Beckey]


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


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


Beenhakker, Leo
Born 2 August 1942  (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
Dutch football manager.
[Picture of Leo Beenhakker]


Behn, Peter
Born 4 July 1934  (San Francisco, California, USA)
Actor - the voice of Thumper in 'Bambi'.
[Picture of Peter Behn]


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


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


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


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


Bell, Eric
Born 3 September 1947  (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Guitarist and founder member of Irish rockers Thin Lizzy.
[Picture of Eric Bell]


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


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


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


Ben Ali, Leila
Born 24 October 1956  (Tunis, Tunisia)
Money-grubbing wife of former Tunisia president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.
[Picture of Leila Ben Ali]


Ben Ali, Zine el-Abidine
Born 3 September 1936  (Hammam Sousse, Tunisia)
Recently overthrown long-time President of Tunisia.
[Picture of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali]


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


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


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


Benitez, Rafael
Born 16 April 1960  (Madrid, Spain)
Manager of Liverpool FC from 2004 to 2010. Now drinking out of the poisoned chalice that is Cheslea FC.
[Picture of Rafael Benitez]


Benitez, Wilfred
Born 12 September 1958  (New York City, New York, USA)
Former boxer, a welterweight.
[Picture of Wilfred Benitez]


Benjamin, Floella
Born 23 September 1949  (Pointe-à-Pierre, Trinidad and Tobago)
Ageless presenter of 'Play School' and Liberal Democrat peer.
[Picture of Floella Benjamin]


Benn, Nigel
Born 22 January 1964  (Ilford, Essex, England)
Former World champion middleweight boxer, now a committed christian.
[Picture of Nigel Benn]


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


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


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


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


Bennett, William
Born 31 July 1943  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
US Secretary of Education from 1985-88.
[Picture of William Bennett]


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


Bentley, Roy
Born 17 May 1924  (Bristol, England)
Former Chelsea and England international footballer.
[Picture of Roy Bentley]


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Berry, Mark
Born 18 April 1964  (Salford, Greater Manchester, England)
A.K.A. Bez, perennially hammered dancer for Baggy giants Happy Mondays.
[Picture of Mark Berry]


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


Berry, Mike
Born 24 September 1942  (Northampton, England)
Singer-turned actor, recognisable from 'Are You Being Served?' and 'Worzel Gummidge'.
[Picture of Mike Berry]


Berryman, Michael
Born 4 September 1948  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Unusual looking film actor.
[Picture of Michael Berryman]


Bertolucci, Bernardo
Born 16 March 1941  (Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
Acclaimed Italian film director of films 'Last Tango in Paris' and 'The Last Emperor'. Will it be the 'last' time he appears on the DDP?
[Picture of Bernardo Bertolucci]


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


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


Bevilacqua, Cardinal Anthony Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua is no longer with us
Born 17 June 1923  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)

Died 31 January 2012  (Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, USA)

Age at death: 88  (read death notice)
US Roman Catholic cardinal, former Archbishop of Philadelphia, who due to rather convenient ill health & state rules, has avoided any serious punishment for his involvement in the local sex abuse scandal involving Catholic priests.
[Picture of Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua]


Bewes, Rodney
Born 27 November 1937  (Bingley, Yorkshire, England)
Actor who played Bob Ferris in 'The Likely Lads' and it's superior sequel 'Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?'.
[Picture of Rodney Bewes]


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


Biafra, Jello
Born 17 June 1953  (Boulder, Colorado, USA)
Lead singer and songwriter for US punk band Dead Kennedys.
[Picture of Jello Biafra]


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


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


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


Billingslea, Joe
Born 14 November 1937  (Hamtramck, Michigan, USA)
Singer with 1960s soul group The Contours.
[Picture of Joe Billingslea]


Billington, Tom
Born 5 December 1958  (Golborne, Lancashire, England)
Ex-professional wrestler known as 'Dynamite Kid', now in a wheelchair.
[Picture of Tom Billington]


Bingham, Billy
Born 5 August 1931  (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Former Northern Ireland footballer & manager.
[Picture of Billy Bingham]


Binzer, Seth Brooks
Born 23 August 1974  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Better known as Shifty Shellshock from the band Crazy Town.
[Picture of Seth Brooks Binzer]


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


Bird, Mary
Date and place of birth unknown
Terminally ill mother of mass killer Derrick Bird, who went on a shooting spree in Cumbria in 2010, killing 12 people. Reports of her age range from 83 to 85 to 90! Said to have died in 2011...
[Picture of Mary Bird]


Birdsong, Cindy
Born 15 December 1939  (Mount Holly Township, New Jersey, USA)
Singer with the Supremes and with Patti LaBelle and the Blue Belles.
[Picture of Cindy Birdsong]


Bishop, Stephen
Born 14 November 1951  (San Diego, California, USA)
American singer songwriter and musician. Once married to 'Indiana Jones' actress Karen Allen.
[Picture of Stephen Bishop]


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


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


Black, Jack
Born 28 August 1969  (Redondo Beach, California, USA)
American actor, comedian & musician, star of 'Shallow Hal' and singer of rock comedy band, Tenacious D.
[Picture of Jack Black]


Black, Jet
Born 26 August 1938  (Ilford, Essex, England)
Drummer with New Wave band The Stranglers.
[Picture of Jet Black]


Black, Robert
Born 21 April 1947  (Grangemouth, Stirlingshire, Scotland)
One of Britain's most notorious serial killers.
[Picture of Robert Black]


Blackburn, Elizabeth
Born 26 November 1948  (Hobart, Tasmania, Australia)
Biological researcher who won the Nobel Prize in 2009 for her work in molecular biology.
[Picture of Elizabeth Blackburn]


Blackburn, Tony
Born 29 January 1943  (Guildford, Surrey, England)
Made a promising start to his career, joining offshore pirate station Radio Caroline in 1964 as Britain's youngest radio DJ, and in 1967 presented the first-ever show on Radio 1. However, he soon descended into the cheesy world of easy listening and painful banter, where he remains to this day. Now presenter of Pick of the Pops on BBC Radio 2.
[Picture of Tony Blackburn]


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


Blackman, Ronnie
Born 2 April 1925  (Portsmouth, Hampshire, England)
Former footballer. Reading FC's all-time leading goalscorer.
[Picture of Ronnie Blackman]


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


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


Blair, Leo Leo Blair is no longer with us
Born 4 August 1923  (Filey, Yorkshire, England)

Died 16 November 2012  (Shrewsbury, England)

Age at death: 89  (read death notice)
Father of former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.
[Picture of Leo Blair]


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


Blair, Tony
Born 6 May 1953  (Edinburgh, Scotland)
MP for Sedgefield, County Durham since 1983, elected Labour leader in 1994 and Prime Minister in 1997. Not a popular DDP pick, as he's youngish and apparently in good health, but maybe he'll die of embarrassment if Cherie decides to sing in public again.
[Picture of Tony Blair]


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


Blake, Peter
Born 25 June 1932  (Dartford, Kent, England)
Pop artist, best known for his design of the 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' album for the Beatles in 1967, for which he was paid £200.
[Picture of Peter Blake]


Blake, Quentin
Born 16 December 1932  (Sidcup, Kent, England)
Illustrator, often in conjunction with legendary children's author Roald Dahl.
[Picture of Quentin Blake]


Blakely, Delois
Date and place of birth unknown
Community leader and honorary mayor of Harlem. Born c. 1943.
[Picture of Delois Blakely]


Blanchard, Rachel
Born 19 March 1976  (Toronto, Canada)
Canadian actress, best known for her role in 'Peep Show'.
[Picture of Rachel Blanchard]


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


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


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


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


Bliss, Lucille
Born 31 March 1916  (New York City, New York, USA)
US cartoon voice over artist. Died in November 2012 but no obit was forthcoming.
[Picture of Lucille Bliss]


Bloodvessel, Buster
Born 6 September 1958  (Hackney, London, England)
Formerly 30-stone (420 lb) front man of ska group Bad Manners. Collapsed and almost died during a gig in Italy in 2001, since when he is reputed to have lost a lot of weight. His real name is Douglas Trendle.
[Picture of Buster Bloodvessel]


Bloom, Claire
Born 15 February 1931  (London, England)
Actress known for her costumed roles in film.
[Picture of Claire Bloom]


Blue, Rabbi Lionel
Born 6 February 1930  (London, England)
Rabbi, journalist & broadcaster, who often does 'Thought of the Day' on BBC Radio 4's "Today" programme.
[Picture of Rabbi Lionel Blue]


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


Bocuse, Paul
Born 11 February 1926  (Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or, France)
Nouvelle cuisine chef.
[Picture of Paul Bocuse]


Boehm, Gottfried
Born 23 January 1920  (Offenbach am Main, Germany)
German architect.
[Picture of Gottfried Boehm]


Boggs, Lindy (Died in 2013)
Born 13 March 1916  (Brunswick Plantation, Louisiana, USA)
Former US Ambassador to the Holy See (that's the Pope, folks!).
[Picture of Lindy Boggs]


Bolt, Usain
Born 21 August 1986  (Trelawny, Jamaica)
100m & 200m Olympic Gold Medallist in 2008. Repeated the feat in memorable fashion in 2012.
[Picture of Usain Bolt]


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


Bond, David (Died in 2013)
Born 27 March 1922  (Cornwall, England)
Gold medallist in the swallow class in sailing at the 1948 London Olympics.
[Picture of David Bond]


Bond, John John Bond is no longer with us
Born 17 December 1932  (Dedham, Suffolk, England)

Died 26 September 2012  (Manchester, England)

Age at death: 79  (read death notice)
Former footballer, who later became a manager (Norwich, Manchester City etc.)
[Picture of John Bond]


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


Bonds, Billy
Born 17 September 1946  (London, England)
Player and manager for West Ham United for nearly 30 years.
[Picture of Billy Bonds]


Bonetti, Peter
Born 27 September 1941  (London, England)
AKA 'The Cat'. Chelsea FC goalkeeper for aeons but still notoriously known for his error-strewn performance for England in the 1970 World Cup quarter final against West Germany.
[Picture of Peter Bonetti]


Bonington, Chris
Born 6 August 1934  (London, England)
Prolific mountain climber who scaled the north face of the Eiger in 1962.
[Picture of Chris Bonington]


Boniperti, Giampiero
Born 4 July 1928  (Barengo, Piedmont, Italy)
Footballer, a legendary Italian centre-forward.
[Picture of Giampiero Boniperti]


Bono, Chaz
Born 4 March 1969  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Only child of Sonny Bono and Cher who is undergoing gender transition from female to male.
[Picture of Chaz Bono]


Bonsall, Arthur
Born 25 June 1917  (place of birth unknown)
Head of the British intelligence agency GCHQ from 1973-1978.
[Picture of Arthur Bonsall]


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


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


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


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


Booth, Tony
Born 9 October 1931  (Liverpool, England)
Political activist, actor (most notably in 'Till Death Us Do Part'), ex-alcoholic, ex-husband of the late Pat Phoenix and father-in-law of Tony Blair, whose wife Cherie is one of Booth's eight daughters.
[Picture of Tony Booth]


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


Borgnine, Ernest Ernest Borgnine is no longer with us
Born 24 January 1917  (Hamden, Connecticut, USA)

Died 8 July 2012  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 95  (read death notice)
Five-times married, surprisingly prolific TV & film actor, whose portly stature ensured that he specialised in playing tough or just downright fat characters.
[Picture of Ernest Borgnine]


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


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


Bormann, Martin Adolf (Died in 2013)
Born 14 April 1930  (place of birth unknown)
Theology teacher and eldest son of leading Nazi Martin Bormann. Godfather was Adolf Hitler.
[Picture of Martin Adolf Bormann]


Boryla, Vince
Born 11 March 1927  (East Chicago, Indiana, USA)
Basketball player and coach.
[Picture of Vince Boryla]


Boston, Billy
Born 6 August 1934  (Tiger Bay, Wales)
Legendary rugby league player.
[Picture of Billy Boston]


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


Bourland, Cliff
Born 1 January 1921  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
One of the US quartet that won the gold medal in the 400m relay at the London Olympics of 1948.
[Picture of Cliff Bourland]


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


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


Bowen, Jim
Born 20 August 1937  (Heswall, Cheshire, England)
Super, smashing, great. The avuncular presenter of ITV's 'Bullseye' (1981-93) ensured that no-one ever went home empty-handed, even if they were so laughably bad at darts that they ended up with £7 and a pewter tankard between 2 people. You can't beat a bit of Bully!
[Picture of Jim Bowen]


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


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


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


Boyle, Katie
Born 29 May 1926  (Florence, Italy)
TV presenter, agony aunt & dog lover. Born Caterina Irene Elena Maria Imperiali di Francavilla, so it's probably a good thing that she took her first husband's name instead when going professional.
[Picture of Katie Boyle]


Boyle, Raelene
Born 24 June 1951  (Melbourne, Australia)
Australian athlete, winner of three silver medals in the Olympic Games.
[Picture of Raelene Boyle]


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


Boyson, Rhodes Rhodes Boyson is no longer with us
Born 11 May 1925  (Haslingden, Lancashire, England)

Died 28 August 2012  (London, England)

Age at death: 87  (read death notice)
Backbench MP who often appeared on TV & his appearance in 'Have I Got News For You' in 1994 was particularly bizarre & still remembered by many who saw it.
[Picture of Rhodes Boyson]


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


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


Bradbury, Ray Ray Bradbury is no longer with us
Born 22 August 1920  (Waukegan, Illinois, USA)

Died 5 June 2012  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
Sci-fi author, best known for 'Fahrenheit 451'.
[Picture of Ray Bradbury]


Bradley, Harold
Born 2 January 1926  (Nashville, Tennessee, USA)
Country-pop guitarist and session artist for Elvis Presley, amongst others.
[Picture of Harold Bradley]


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


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


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


Brady, Seán
Born 16 August 1939  (Drumcalpin, County Cavan, Rep of Ireland)
Roman catholic Archbishop of Armagh since 1996.
[Picture of Seán Brady]


Braithwaite, E. R.
Born 27 June 1920  (Georgetown, Guyana)
Guyanese author whose book based on his experiences as a black teacher in a poor, working class London school, 'To Sir, With Love' was later made into a film starring Sidney Poitier
[Picture of E. R. Braithwaite]


Bramall, Edwin
Born 18 December 1923  (Bushfield, Hampshire, England)
Also known as Baron Bramall, an ex-Army bigwig - former Chief of the General Staff & Chief of the Defence Staff.
[Picture of Edwin Bramall]


Brand, Jo
Born 3 May 1957  (Hastings, East Sussex, England)
Comedienne & broadcaster, often on TV comedy panel shows.
[Picture of Jo Brand]


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


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


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


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


Breck, Peter Peter Breck is no longer with us
Born 13 March 1929  (Rochester, New York, USA)

Died 6 February 2012  (Vancouver, Canada)

Age at death: 82  (read death notice)
Actor, often in TV westerns.
[Picture of Peter Breck]


Breivik, Anders Behring
Born 13 February 1979  (Oslo, Norway)
Far right killer of 77 Norwegians in a terrorist attack in 2011. Jailed for 21 years in 2012.
[Picture of Anders Behring Breivik]


Bremer, Arthur
Born 21 August 1950  (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
Janitor convicted in 1972 for the attempted assassination of US presidential candidate George Wallace. Released in 2007.
[Picture of Arthur Bremer]


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


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


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


Briggs, Asa
Born 7 May 1921  (Keighley, West Yorkshire, England)
British historian and academic, a particular specialist on the Victorian era.
[Picture of Asa Briggs]


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


Briggs, Raymond
Born 18 January 1934  (London, England)
Illustrator of 'The Snowman' and 'Fungus the Bogeyman' amongst others.
[Picture of Raymond Briggs]


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


Brittan, Leon
Born 25 September 1939  (London, England)
Former British cabinet minister. Resigned in 1986 during the "Westland affair".
[Picture of Leon Brittan]


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


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


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


Broadis, Ivor
Born 18 December 1922  (Isle of Dogs, London, England)
Former England player & Carlisle United manager.
[Picture of Ivor Broadis]


Brock, Lou
Born 18 June 1939  (El Dorado, Arkansas, USA)
Baseball fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals.
[Picture of Lou Brock]


Brockstedt, Nora
Born 20 January 1923  (place of birth unknown)
Norwegian singer who represented the country in two Eurovision Song Contests.
[Picture of Nora Brockstedt]


Brokken, Corry
Born 3 December 1932  (Breda, Netherlands)
Dutch singer and winner of the 1957 Eurovision Song Contest.
[Picture of Corry Brokken]


Brooke, Edward
Born 26 October 1919  (Washington, D.C., USA)
One of the few African-American Republicans elected to the US Senate.
[Picture of Edward Brooke]


Brooke, Peter
Born 3 March 1934  (place of birth unknown)
Former Conservative MP and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
[Picture of Peter Brooke]


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


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


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


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


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


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


Brooks, Ray
Born 20 April 1939  (Brighton, East Sussex, England)
Actor who starred in Ken Loach's epochal TV play 'Cathy Come Home' but let's face it, he's the voice of 'Mr. Benn'!
[Picture of Ray Brooks]


Brothers, Joyce
Born 20 October 1927  (New York City, New York, USA)
TV psychologist and advice columnist.
[Picture of Joyce Brothers]


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


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


Brown, Gordon
Born 20 February 1951  (Govan, Glasgow, Scotland)
Prime Minister of Great Britain from 2007 to 2010.
[Picture of Gordon Brown]


Brown, Jim Ed
Born 1 April 1934  (Sparkman, Arkansas, USA)
Country musician with family group The Browns.
[Picture of Jim Ed Brown]


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


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


Brown, Roy "Chubby"
Born 3 February 1945  (Grangetown, Middlesbrough, England)
Stand-up comedian, known for his flying helmet and fruity language. Real name Royston Vasey.
[Picture of Roy


Browne, Malcolm Malcolm Browne is no longer with us
Born 17 April 1931  (New York City, New York, USA)

Died 27 August 2012  (Vermont, USA)

Age at death: 81  (read death notice)
Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist.
[Picture of Malcolm Browne]


Browning, Angela
Born 4 December 1946  (Reading, Berkshire, England)
Former conservative MP. Made a Baroness in 2010.
[Picture of Angela Browning]


Brubeck, Dave Dave Brubeck is no longer with us
Born 6 December 1920  (Concord, California, USA)

Died 5 December 2012  (Norwalk, Connecticut, USA)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
US jazz pianist & composer.
[Picture of Dave Brubeck]


Bruce, Fiona
Born 25 April 1964  (Singapore City, Singapore)
Newsreader, TV presenter and middle aged pin up.
[Picture of Fiona Bruce]


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


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


Bruner, Jerome
Born 1 October 1915  (New York City, New York, USA)
Cognitive psychologist.
[Picture of Jerome Bruner]


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


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


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


Brzezinski, Zbigniew
Born 28 March 1928  (Warsaw, Poland)
Jimmy Carter's National Security Advisor from 1977-1981.
[Picture of Zbigniew Brzezinski]


Buchanan, Ken
Born 28 May 1945  (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Former Lightweight boxer of the 1960s & 1970s.
[Picture of Ken Buchanan]


Buck, Linda B.
Born 29 January 1947  (Seattle, Washington, USA)
American biologist who won the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her work on olfactory receptors.
[Picture of Linda B. Buck]


Bueno, Maria
Born 11 October 1939  (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Brazillian mutiple grand slam tennis champion.
[Picture of Maria Bueno]


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


Buffett, Warren
Born 30 August 1930  (Omaha, Nebraska, USA)
American businessman & author, the 2nd richest person in the world, according to Forbes magazine in 2006. Also an ace ukulele player.
[Picture of Warren Buffett]


Buffon, Lorenzo
Born 19 December 1929  (Majano, Italy)
Former AC Milan and Italy international footballer.
[Picture of Lorenzo Buffon]


Buhler, Rich
Date and place of birth unknown
Christian radio host. Died in May 2012 but no obit.
[Picture of Rich Buhler]


Bulger, James "Whitey"
Born 3 September 1929  (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
One of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. Charges against him include 18 counts of murder, plus racketeering, money laundering, and breaking wind on the Sabbath in Tennessee.
[Picture of James


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


Burgess, Sonny
Born 28 May 1931  (Newport, Arkansas, USA)
Rockabilly singer and guitarist.
[Picture of Sonny Burgess]


Burghoff, Gary
Born 24 March 1943  (Bristol, Connecticut, USA)
Actor best remembered as the bespectacled Radar O'Reilly in the hit TV series 'M*A*S*H'.
[Picture of Gary Burghoff]


Burke, James
Born 22 December 1936  (Derry, Northern Ireland)
Scientist, historian & TV presenter - presented 'Tomorrow's World'.
[Picture of James Burke]


Burnel, Jean-Jacques
Born 21 February 1952  (London, England)
Bass player and songwriter with new wave band The Stranglers.
[Picture of Jean-Jacques Burnel]


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


Burns, Gordon
Born 10 June 1942  (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Northern Irish newsreader and TV presenter most recognised as the host of 'The Krypton Factor' from 1977-1995.
[Picture of Gordon Burns]


Burns, Jake
Born 21 February 1958  (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Singer and guitarist with Northern Irish punk band Stiff Little Fingers.
[Picture of Jake Burns]


Burns, Kenny
Born 23 September 1953  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Uncompromising midfielder for Nottingham Forest and Scotland. How they need his steel now…
[Picture of Kenny Burns]


Burton, Tony
Born 23 March 1937  (Flint, Michigan, USA)
Actor, but also a boxer in his youth, hence his appearances in 'Rocky'.
[Picture of Tony Burton]


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


Buscemi, Steve
Born 13 December 1957  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Top film actor, often in quirky roles. Probably still best known as "Mr Pink" in 'Reservoir Dogs'.
[Picture of Steve Buscemi]


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


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


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


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


Buster, Prince
Born 28 May 1938  (Kingston, Jamaica)
Ska & reggae singer, a legend in his own country. Born plain old Cecil Campbell.
[Picture of Prince Buster]


Butler, Wendy
Date and place of birth unknown
High-flying businesswoman who has inoperable pancreatic cancer. Died in February 2012 but no obit.
[Picture of Wendy Butler]


Buzánsky, Jeno
Born 4 May 1925  (Dombovar, Hungary)
One of the few remaining "Magnificent Maygars" - the Hungarian team that stunned the world by beating England at Wembley & who nearly won the 1954 World Cup.
[Picture of Jeno Buzánsky]


Bygraves, Max Max Bygraves is no longer with us
Born 16 October 1922  (Rotherhithe, London, England)

Died 31 August 2012  (Hope Island, Queensland, Australia)

Age at death: 89  (read death notice)
Wartime radio comedian, later turned stage entertainer, singer, and over-user of the phrase "I wanna tell you a story".
[Picture of Max Bygraves]


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


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


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

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