Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2012: V


Vachon, Maurice (Died in 2013)
Born 14 September 1929  (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Canadian wrestler known as "Mad Dog".
[Picture of Maurice Vachon]


Vajpayee, Atal Bihari
Born 25 December 1924  (Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India)
Prime Minister of India, first for a brief spell in 1996, and then again from 1998-2004.
[Picture of Atal Bihari Vajpayee]


Valaitis, Lena
Born 7 September 1943  (Klaipeda, Lithuania)
Lithuanian-born singer who competed in three Eurovision Song Contests for Germany.
[Picture of Lena Valaitis]


Vale, Jerry
Born 8 July 1932  (Bronx, New York, USA)
Singer, former barbershop singer, who had a number of hits in the 1950s & 1960s.
[Picture of Jerry Vale]


Valentine, Greg
Born 20 September 1951  (Seattle, Washington, USA)
Professional wrestler known as "The Hammer". Father Johnny was also a wrestler.
[Picture of Greg Valentine]


Valentine, Kym
Born 24 May 1977  (Sydney, Australia)
Actress - Libby Kennedy in 'Neighbours'.
[Picture of Kym Valentine]


Valli, Frankie
Born 3 May 1934  (Newark, New Jersy, USA)
Singer with the Four Seasons, famous for his falsetto voice on hits such as 'Walk Like a Man' and 'December 1963 (Oh, What a Night)'.
[Picture of Frankie Valli]


van Agt, Dries
Born 2 February 1931  (Geldrop, Netherlands)
Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 1977-82.
[Picture of Dries van Agt]


van Barneveld, Raymond
Born 20 April 1967  (The Hague, Netherlands)
Dutch professional darts player. 4-times BDO World Champion. Also won the PDC World Championship in 2007, beating Phil "The Power" Taylor.
[Picture of Raymond van Barneveld]


Van Buren, Abigail (Died in 2013)
Born 4 July 1918  (Sioux City, Iowa, USA)
Agony aunt (born Pauline Esther Friedman) who wrote the long-running 'Dear Abby' column which was syndicated to a number of US newspapers. Her twin sister, Esther Pauline Friedman (clearly their parents were somewhat short of inspiration when it came to names), was also an agony aunt.
[Picture of Abigail Van Buren]


Van Damme, Jean-Claude
Born 18 October 1960  (Sint-Agatha-Berchem, Brussels, Belgium)
The "Muscles from Brussels". Star of many an "after the football on Channel 5" action flick, although recently starred in the film 'JCVD', in which he parodies his own image rather touchingly.
[Picture of Jean-Claude Van Damme]


Van Day, David
Born 28 November 1956  (Brighton, East Sussex, England)
Singer with 80s pop duo Dollar. Now hawks himself to any reality TV show that can be bothered to put up with him.
[Picture of David Van Day]


van der Sloot, Joran
Born 6 August 1987  (Arnhem, Gelderland, Netherlands)
Dutch national, currrently held in Peru on charges of first degree murder and indicted in the U.S. for wire fraud and extortion.
[Picture of Joran van der Sloot]


van der Westhuizen, Joost
Born 20 February 1971  (Pretoria, South Africa)
Former South Africa rugby international. Diagnosed with ALS in 2011.
[Picture of Joost van der Westhuizen]


Van Dyke, Dick
Born 13 December 1925  (West Plains, Missouri, USA)
Actor and TV presenter who is best known in America for 'The Dick Van Dyke Show', and on this side of the pond for his butt-clenchingly awful attempt at a Cockney accent in 'Mary Poppins'.
[Picture of Dick Van Dyke]


van Hoogstraten, Nicholas
Born 25 February 1945  (Shoreham, East Sussex, England)
Property tycoon, absolute crook and once Britain's youngest millionaire, born in 1946. Constantly employing less-than-legal "business practices", on one occasion he was convicted of ordering a grenade attack on a business associate, and was subsequently described as a "self-styled emissary of Beelzebub" by a judge. In 1999 business rival Mohammed Raja sued him for fraud, so Mr van Hoogstraten (he invented the "van" bit, incidentally) paid two henchmen to "teach Mr Raja a lesson". This lesson involved shooting Mr Raja in the face and stabbing him, resulting in his death. After spending one year of a ten-year sentence for manslaughter, the devil's landlord got out on a technicality in December 2003 and is probably now a marked man. Just in case you needed any further evidence of his despicable nature, he has described Robert Mugabe as "100% decent and incorruptible".
[Picture of Nicholas van Hoogstraten]


Van Houten, Leslie
Born 23 August 1949  (Altadena, California, USA)
One of the Manson family, convicted of the murder of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca in 1969.
[Picture of Leslie Van Houten]


van Leer, Thijs
Born 31 March 1948  (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Lead singer of Dutch progressive rock band Focus.
[Picture of Thijs van Leer]


Vanderbilt, Gloria
Born 20 February 1924  (New York, New York, USA)
Became a multi-millionaire heiress at just 15 months old, and later became an artist, actress & socialite.
[Picture of Gloria Vanderbilt]


Varda, Agnès
Born 30 May 1928  (Brussels, Belgium)
French film director.
[Picture of Agnès Varda]


Vaughan, Peter
Born 4 April 1923  (Wem, Shropshire, England)
TV actor - played Grouty, the Mr. Big of Slade prison in 'Porridge'.
[Picture of Peter Vaughan]


Vaughn, Robert
Born 22 November 1932  (New York, New York, USA)
Actor, best known for either his role in 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E' or to British audiences nowadays in the TV show 'Hustle'. He is also the only surviving member of The Magnificent Seven.
[Picture of Robert Vaughn]


Veltman, Martinus J. G.
Born 27 June 1931  (Waalwijk, Netherlands)
Dutch theoretical physicist.
[Picture of Martinus J. G. Veltman]


Venables, Jon
Born 13 August 1982  (place of birth unknown)
One of two boys convicted of the murder of toddler Jamie Bulger in 1993.
[Picture of Jon Venables]


Versace, Allegra
Born 30 June 1986  (Milan, Italy)
Daughter of Donatella Versace, who has suffered from anorexia for many years & is often photographed at events looking painfully thin.
[Picture of Allegra Versace]


Versace, Donatella
Born 2 May 1955  (Reggio di Calabria, Italy)
Fashion designer, head of the Versace clothing empire.
[Picture of Donatella Versace]


Vettel, Sebastian
Born 3 July 1987  (Heppenheim, Germany)
2010 & 2011 F1 World Champ, he of the slightly rude finger celebration.
[Picture of Sebastian Vettel]


Vidal, Gore Gore Vidal is no longer with us
Born 3 October 1925  (West Point, New York, USA)

Died 31 July 2012  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 86  (read death notice)
Essayist, novelist, playwright and outspoken political commentator. Co-wrote the script for the classic 1959 film 'Ben-Hur', but was denied the credit for it.
[Picture of Gore Vidal]


Videla, Jorge Rafael (Died in 2013)
Born 21 August 1925  (Mercedes, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Former President of Argentina between 1976 & 1981, and the man who lead the military junta which specialised inhuman rights abuses, tortures & "disappearances". Now under house arrest.
[Picture of Jorge Rafael Videla]


Vigoda, Abe
Born 24 February 1921  (New York, New York, USA)
Tall, well-built character actor, noted for his roles as mobster Sal Tessio in 'The Godfather' and Det. Sgt. Fish in 'Barney Miller'. Was erroneously declared dead in the early 1980s.
[Picture of Abe Vigoda]


Vincent, Jan-Michael
Born 15 July 1944  (Denver, Colorado, USA)
Despite a successful Hollywood career throughout the '60s & '70s, Vincent is more likely to be remembered for his portrayal of the vigilante Stringfellow Hawke who kept the US safe during the '80s using only a state-of-the-art attack helicopter known as Airwolf. America's diminished impunity to the whims of megalomaniacs may be at the root of Vincent's subsequent decline into alcoholism and drug abuse.
[Picture of Jan-Michael Vincent]


Virgo, John
Born 3 March 1946  (Salford, Lancashire, England)
Snooker player, turned TV commentator & presenter.
[Picture of John Virgo]


Vishnevskaya, Galina Galina Vishnevskaya is no longer with us
Born 25 October 1926  (Leningrad, Russia)

Died 11 December 2012  (Paris, France)

Age at death: 86  (read death notice)
Opera singer & widow of cellist Mstislav Rostropovich.
[Picture of Galina Vishnevskaya]


Vohor, Serge
Born in Port Olry, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu  (exact date unknown)
Born 1955, former Prime Minister of Vanuatu.
[Picture of Serge Vohor]


Voight, Jon
Born 29 December 1938  (Yonkers, New York, USA)
Oscar-winning film actor who starred in the films 'Midnight Cowboy' and 'Deliverance'. Father of Angelina Jolie.
[Picture of Jon Voight]


Volkoff, Nikolai
Born 14 October 1947  (Croatia)
Croatian wrestler but often had to play "the Russian guy" in the ring.
[Picture of Nikolai Volkoff]


von Buelow, Claus
Born 11 August 1926  (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Wealthy British-based financier, who hit the headlines when he was convicted in 1982 of attempting to murder his wife, but later had his conviction quashed.
[Picture of Claus von Buelow]


von Daniken, Erich
Born 14 April 1935  (Zofingen, Aargau, Switzerland)
Author & UFO/alien fan.
[Picture of Erich von Daniken]


von Khevenhueller-Metsch, Helene Gräfin
Born 4 April 1921  (Vienna, Austria)
German atristocrat.
[Picture of Helene Gräfin von Khevenhueller-Metsch]


von Sydow, Max
Born 10 April 1929  (Lund, Skane, Sweden)
Swedish actor, who has achieved fame both at home and abroad.
[Picture of Max von Sydow]


von Trapp, Maria Franziska
Born 28 September 1914  (Zell am See, Salzburg, Austria-Hungary)
Last survivor of the von Trapp family of singers that inspired the hit film 'The Sound of Music'.
[Picture of Maria Franziska von Trapp]


von Weizsacker, Richard
Born 15 April 1920  (Stuttgart, Germany)
Former President of Germany.
[Picture of Richard von Weizsacker]


Vosseler, Erika
Born 2 October 1913  (place of birth unknown)
Mother of former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. Died in November 2012 but no obit.
[Picture of Erika Vosseler]

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