Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2013: A


Aaron, Hank
Born 5 February 1934  (Mobile, Alabama, USA)
One of the greatest baseball players of all time, one of the few players of the sport whose fame has transcended outside North America.
[Picture of Hank Aaron]


Abbas, Mahmoud
Born 26 March 1935  (Safed, Palestine)
President of the Palestinian Authority.
[Picture of Mahmoud Abbas]


Abbasi-Davani, Fereydoon
Born 11 July 1958  (Rasht, Iran)
Iranian nuclear scientist. A dangerous occupation...
[Picture of Fereydoon Abbasi-Davani]


Abbot, Russ
Born 16 September 1947  (Chester, Cheshire, England)
Comedian and actor. Born Russell Roberts, he was voted "funniest man on television" 5 times. If he was the funniest, then we'd hate to see who was the unfunniest. Also Pipe Smoker of the Year 2001, which might be more relevant to the DDP.
[Picture of Russ Abbot]


Abdel-Rahman, Omar
Born 3 May 1938  (Dakahlia, Cairo, Egypt)
Blind Muslim cleric and militant leader, currently serving life for plotting the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
[Picture of Omar Abdel-Rahman]


Abdul, Paula
Born 19 June 1962  (San Fernando, California, USA)
Dancer, singer and former judge on 'American Idol'.
[Picture of Paula Abdul]


Abdul Aziz, Salman bin
Born 31 December 1935  (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
Minister of Defence and member of the House of Saud. Crown Prince in 2012.
[Picture of Salman bin Abdul Aziz]


Abdulaziz, Mishaal bin
Born 5 September 1926  (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
Member of the House of Saud and Chairman of the Allegiance Council. Born 1926.
[Picture of Mishaal bin Abdulaziz]


Abdulaziz, Musaid bin
Born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  (exact date unknown)
Another member of the House of Saud. Apparently a bit eccentric. Born 1923. Died in August 2013 but no obit.
[Picture of Musaid bin Abdulaziz]


Abdul-Aziz, Abdul-Rahman bin
Born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  (exact date unknown)
Member of the House of Saud and Defence minister. Born 1931.
[Picture of Abdul-Rahman bin Abdul-Aziz]


Abdul-Ghafoor, Abdul-Ghani
Date and place of birth unknown
Former Iraq interior minister under Saddam Hussein.
[Picture of Abdul-Ghani Abdul-Ghafoor]


Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem
Born 16 April 1947  (New York City, New York, USA)
US basketball player with the LA Lakers in the 1970s and 80s but he insists he's Roger Murdock, an airline co-pilot!
[Picture of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar]


Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, King
Born 1 August 1924  (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
Became King of Saudi Arabia in August 2005, following the death of his half-brother, King Fahd.
[Picture of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia]


Abram, Michael
Date and place of birth unknown
Man who attacked former Beatle George Harrison at his home in 1999. Born 1966.
[Picture of Michael Abram]


Abramovich, Roman
Born 24 October 1966  (Saratov, USSR (now Russia))
Billionaire oil baron and owner of Chelsea FC.
[Picture of Roman Abramovich]


Abrams, M. H.
Born 23 July 1912  (Long Branch, New Jersey, USA)
US literary critic. M. H. = Meyer Howard.
[Picture of M. H. Abrams]


Abse, Dannie
Born 22 September 1923  (Cardiff, Wales)
Popular Welsh poet and brother of Labour MP Leo.
[Picture of Dannie Abse]


Ackland, Joss
Born 29 February 1928  (North Kensington, London, England)
Distinguished and experienced actor, still working. His date of birth drastically reduces the chances of anyone collecting a "party pooper" bonus on him - bar 2012, of course!
[Picture of Joss Ackland]


Ackroyd, Peter
Born 5 October 1949  (London, England)
UK author, writer of London - The Biography.
[Picture of Peter Ackroyd]


Adair, Johnny "Mad Dog"
Born 27 October 1963  (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Ulster paramilitary and "freedom fighter". After internal feuds within the faction, he moved to the UK in order to avoid assassination. Also partial to a spot of boozing, drug-taking and wife-beating.
[Picture of Johnny


Adam, Ken
Born 5 February 1921  (Berlin, Germany)
Former film set designer, most notably on the James Bond movies.
[Picture of Ken Adam]


Adams, Alberta
Born 26 July 1917  (Indianapolis, Indiana, USA)
Blues singer with Chess records in the 1950s. Was still recording into her nineties.
[Picture of Alberta Adams]


Adams, Colette
Date and place of birth unknown
Cancer-stricken wife of Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams.
[Picture of Colette Adams]


Adams, Gerry
Born 6 October 1948  (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
President of the Irish Republican party Sinn Féin.
[Picture of Gerry Adams]


Adams, Julie
Born 17 October 1926  (Waterloo, Iowa, USA)
American actress.
[Picture of Julie Adams]


Adams, Richard
Born 9 May 1920  (Newbury, Berkshire, England)
Author of 'Watership Down'.
[Picture of Richard Adams]


Adelson, Sheldon
Born 6 August 1933  (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
One of the richest men in the US, with an estimated wealth of $14bn. Spare us a dime, sir.
[Picture of Sheldon Adelson]


Adie, Kate
Born 19 September 1945  (Sunderland, England)
Fearless BBC journalist.
[Picture of Kate Adie]


Adler, Steven
Born 22 January 1965  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Former Guns N' Roses drummer.
[Picture of Steven Adler]


Afewerki, Isaias
Born 2 February 1946  (Asamara, Eritrea)
Current, long time President of Eritrea.
[Picture of Isaias Afewerki]


Agca, Mehmet Ali
Born 9 January 1958  (Ismailli, Hekimhan, Malatya, Turkey)
Turkish gunman who attempted to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981. Currently serving time for an assassination attempt on someone else that actually did succeed.
[Picture of Mehmet Ali Agca]


Aghaly, Mahmoud Ag
Date and place of birth unknown
Malian politician. Or rather Azawadian politician if he and the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad have their way.
[Picture of Mahmoud Ag Aghaly]


Ahmadinejad, Mahmoud
Born 28 October 1956  (Garmsar, Iran)
Plainly bonkers, holocaust-denying President of Iran.
[Picture of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad]


Ahmed Abdullah, Abdullah
Born 1 January 1963  (Egypt)
Egyptian terrorist wanted for the 1998 American embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya.
[Picture of Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah]


'Ahome'e, Halaevalu Mata'aho
Born 29 May 1926  (Tonga)
Queen Mother of Tonga.
[Picture of Halaevalu Mata'aho 'Ahome'e]


Aichinger, Ilse
Born 1 November 1921  (Vienna, Austria)
Writer known for her accounts of persecution at the hands of the Nazis.
[Picture of Ilse Aichinger]


Aitken, Jonathan
Born 30 August 1942  (Dublin, Rep of Ireland)
Disgraced ex-cabinet minister.
[Picture of Jonathan Aitken]


Aitken, Tony
Born 20 June 1946  (Solihull, England)
Familiar face on TV, often playing downtrodden types. The Man In Black fondly recalls his adventures in a children's education programme back in the midsts of time. The programme ended on a cliff-hanger when Aitken caught his bike on a train rail just as a train was approaching. Can anyone else remember that?
[Picture of Tony Aitken]


Akabusi, Kriss
Born 28 November 1958  (London, England)
Soldier turned athlete who's greatest moment was his anchor leg for Great Britain's victorious 4 x 400m relay team in the 1991 World Championships.
[Picture of Kriss Akabusi]


Akihito of Japan, Emperor
Born 23 December 1933  (Tokyo, Japan)
First son of Emperor Hirohito, acceded to the Imperial throne on the death of his father in 1989.
[Picture of Emperor Akihito of Japan]


Akinori, Asashoryu
Born 27 September 1980  (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)
Mongolese sumo wrestler, one of the most decorated ever.
[Picture of Asashoryu Akinori]


Al Badawi, Jamal Ahmad Mohammad
Born 22 July 1960  (place of birth unknown)
Yemeni terrorist, convicted for the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000. Currently on the run.
[Picture of Jamal Ahmad Mohammad Al Badawi]


al-Adel, Saif
Born 11 April 1960  (Alexandria, Egypt)
Senior member of al-Qaeda, wanted in connection with the 1998 US Embassy bombings.
[Picture of Saif al-Adel]


Al-Ahmad Al Jaber Al-Sabah, Sheikh
Born 16 June 1929  (Kuwait City, Kuwait)
The current Emir of Kuwait.
[Picture of Sheikh Al-Ahmad Al Jaber Al-Sabah]


Alain, Marie-Claire Marie-Claire Alain is no longer with us
Born 10 August 1926  (Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France)

Died 26 February 2013  (Paris, France)

Age at death: 86  (read death notice)
French organist, able to perform substantial works from memory.
[Picture of Marie-Claire Alain]


al-Asaad, Riad
Born in Idlib, Syria  (exact date unknown)
Commander of the Free Syria Army oppostion against President Bashar al-Assad.
[Picture of Riad al-Asaad]


al-Assad, Asma
Born 11 August 1975  (London, England)
First lady of Syria and thus married to Bashar Al-Assad. I know women love a bastard but come on...
[Picture of Asma al-Assad]


Al-Assad, Bashar
Born 11 September 1965  (Damascus, Syria)
President of Syria since his father's death in 2000.
[Picture of Bashar Al-Assad]


al-Assad, Fawwaz
Date and place of birth unknown
Cousin of Bashar Al-Assad and leader of the Shabiha, an undercover militia out to stamp out the uprising.
[Picture of Fawwaz al-Assad]


al-Assad, Maher
Born 8 December 1967  (Damascus, Syria)
Military leader and younger brother of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
[Picture of Maher al-Assad]


al-Attas, Hamida
Date and place of birth unknown
Mother of the late Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden. Born 1934.
[Picture of Hamida al-Attas]


Albanese, Licia
Born 22 July 1913  (Bari. Italy)
Famed former opera singer.
[Picture of Licia Albanese]


Al-Bashir, Omar
Born 1 January 1944  (Hosh Bannaga, Northern State, Sudan)
Current (and controversial) President of Sudan.
[Picture of Omar Al-Bashir]


Albert, Hans
Born 8 February 1921  (Cologne, Germany)
Philosopher and sociologist.
[Picture of Hans Albert]


Albert, Morris
Born 7 September 1951  (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Brazillian singer-songwriter, most notable for his big hit 'Feelings' in 1975.
[Picture of Morris Albert]


Albert II, King
Born 6 June 1934  (Laeken, Belgium)
King of Belgium since 1993.
[Picture of King Albert II]


Albrecht, Karl
Born 20 February 1920  (Essen, Germany)
Entrepreneur, who formed the discount supermarket chain Aldi, with his brother Theo in 1961.
[Picture of Karl Albrecht]


Albright, Lola
Born 20 July 1925  (Akron, Ohio, USA)
Model-turned actress, best known for her role as Edie Hart in the hit 1950s TV series 'Peter Gunn'.
[Picture of Lola Albright]


Albright, Madeleine
Born 15 May 1937  (Prague, Czechoslovakia)
Former US Secretary of State, the first woman in the role.
[Picture of Madeleine Albright]


Alda, Alan
Born 28 January 1936  (New York, New York, USA)
US actor, best known for his role as Hawkeye Pierce in 'M*A*S*H'.
[Picture of Alan Alda]


Aldiss, Brian
Born 18 August 1925  (East Dereham, Norfolk, England)
Reknowned British science fiction author.
[Picture of Brian Aldiss]


al-Douri, Izzat Ibrahim
Born 1 July 1942  (Tikrit, Iraq)
The highest-ranking member of the former Iraqi regime who is still at large - the King of Clubs in the famous pack of cards. Thought to be masterminding attacks on coalition forces, and a $10m reward has been offered for his capture. Strangely Scottish-looking, with his ginger moustache. Reported to have died of leukaemia in late 2005, but no official confirmation as yet.
[Picture of Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri]


Aldred, Sophie
Born 20 August 1962  (London, England)
Actress who played teenage companion Ace in 'Doctor Who' from 1987-89 despite being well into her twenties.
[Picture of Sophie Aldred]


Aldrin, Buzz
Born 20 January 1930  (Montclair, New Jersey, USA)
Second man on the Moon, who has always claimed he'd have been the first if it wasn't for the fact that the only door of the lunar lander was on Neil Armstrong's side.
[Picture of Buzz Aldrin]


Alemán, Fedora
Born 11 October 1912  (Caracas, Venezuela)
Opera singer.
[Picture of Fedora Alemán]


Alexander, Jean
Born 24 February 1926  (Liverpool, England)
Best known as Hilda Ogden in Coronation Street.
[Picture of Jean Alexander]


Al-Fayed, Mohammed
Born 27 January 1929  (Bakos, Alexandria, Egypt)
Owner of Harrods and Fulham FC. Not overly popular in many quarters, but at least he lives in Switzerland now.
[Picture of Mohammed Al-Fayed]


Al-Halqi, Wael Nader
Born in Jasim, Syria  (exact date unknown)
Prime Minister of Syria since August 2012. Born 1964.
[Picture of Wael Nader Al-Halqi]


al-Hashimi, Tariq
Born in Baghdad, Iraq  (exact date unknown)
Iraqi politician. Vice President of Iraq from 2006-2012. Now living in exile in Turkey after charges were brought against him for various politically motivated crimes. Born 1942.
[Picture of Tariq al-Hashimi]


Ali, Muhammad
Born 17 January 1942  (Louisville, Kentucky, USA)
Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, ditched his "slave name" in 1964. Won an Olympic gold boxing medal at age 18 and went on to become world heavyweight champion. Now suffering from Parkinson's Disease.
[Picture of Muhammad Ali]


Ali El-Hoorie, Ali Saed Bin
Born 10 July 1965  (Qatif, Saudi Arabia)
Terrorist indicted by the US for the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia.
[Picture of Ali Saed Bin Ali El-Hoorie]


Ali Hammadi, Mohammed
Born 13 June 1964  (Lebanon)
Alleged member of Hezbollah, involved in the hijacking of TWA Flight 847 in 1985.
[Picture of Mohammed Ali Hammadi]


Ali Zardari, Asif
Born 21 July 1956  (Nawabshah, Pakistan)
Widower of Benazir Bhutto, who announced that he would nominally head her party whilst their son is at university in England. Then became insurgent target number 1 when he became President of the country in 2008.
[Picture of Asif Ali Zardari]


Alicia of Bourbon-Palma, Princess
Born 13 November 1917  (Vienna, Austria)
Spanish infanta and heir to the throne of Navarre.
[Picture of Princess Alicia of Bourbon-Palma]


Allen, Marty
Born 22 March 1922  (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)
Stand-up comedian and actor, far better known across the Atlantic than here in the UK.
[Picture of Marty Allen]


Allen, Paul
Born 21 January 1953  (Seattle, Washington, USA)
Entrepreneur and philanthropist. Co-founder of Microsoft with Bill Gates
[Picture of Paul Allen]


Allen, Woody
Born 1 December 1935  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Comedy film actor/writer/director, born Allen Stewart Konigsberg.
[Picture of Woody Allen]


Allén, Sture
Born 31 December 1928  (Gothenburg, Sweden)
Professor of computational linguistics at the University of Gothenburg.
[Picture of Sture Allén]


Alley, Kirstie
Born 12 January 1951  (Wichita, Kansas, USA)
Actress, best known for her role as Rebecca Howe in 'Cheers'.
[Picture of Kirstie Alley]


al-Liby, Anas
Born 30 March 1964  (Tripoli, Libya)
Al-Qaeda terrorist, indicted by the US for the 1998 US embassy bombings in East Africa. Captured by US special forces in October 2013.
[Picture of Anas al-Liby]


Allison, Mose
Born 11 November 1927  (Tippo, Tallahatchie County, Mississippi, USA)
Jazz and blues pianist and singer.
[Picture of Mose Allison]


Alliss, Peter
Born 28 February 1931  (Berlin, Germany)
Golfer, golf course designer & long-time golf commentator for the BBC and others.
[Picture of Peter Alliss]


al-Maliki, Nouri
Born 20 June 1950  (Abu Gharaq, Iraq)
Prime Minister of Iraq since May 2006. Later that year, he took the unusual step of announcing that he wasn't enjoying his job and wouldn't be standing for a second term in office, which loosely translates as "I'm a moving target and I'm absolutely sh*tting myself".
[Picture of Nouri al-Maliki]


al-Masri, Abu Hamza
Born 15 April 1958  (Alexandria, Egypt)
Blind, one-armed and loopy Muslim cleric, currently in jail for inciting racial hatred.
[Picture of Abu Hamza al-Masri]


Al-Mughassil, Ahmed Ibrahim
Born 26 June 1967  (Qatif, Saudi Arabia)
Terrorist indicted by the US for the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia.
[Picture of Ahmed Ibrahim Al-Mughassil]


Al-Munawar, Muhammad Ahmed
Born 21 May 1965  (Kuwait)
Indicted for the hijack of the Pan Am Flight 73 in 1986.
[Picture of Muhammad Ahmed Al-Munawar]


Al-Nasser, Abdelkarim Hussein Mohamed
Date and place of birth unknown
Alleged leader of the terrorist organization, Saudi Hizballah. Wanted by the FBI.
[Picture of Abdelkarim Hussein Mohamed Al-Nasser]


Alpert, Herb
Born 31 March 1935  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Trumpeter and record company executive. The A in A&M Records and the man responsible for (or should that be "guilty of"?) signing The Carpenters.
[Picture of Herb Alpert]


Al-Qaradawi, Yusuf
Born 9 September 1926  (Safat Turab, Egypt)
Controversial Islamic cleric and historian.
[Picture of Yusuf Al-Qaradawi]


al-Raymi, Qasim
Date and place of birth unknown
Yemeni terrorist. Born 1979.
[Picture of Qasim al-Raymi]


al-Sadr, Moqtada
Born 12 August 1973  (Baghdad, Iraq)
Leader of a major insurgent force in Iraq, but has made overtures towards peace recently.
[Picture of Moqtada al-Sadr]


al-Shaar, Mohammad
Born in Al-Haffa, Syria  (exact date unknown)
Syrian Minister of the Interior. Born 1950.
[Picture of Mohammad al-Shaar]


al-Sharaa, Farouk
Born 10 December 1938  (Damascus, Syria)
Vice-President of Syria.
[Picture of Farouk al-Sharaa]


Alton, Roger
Born 20 December 1947  (place of birth unknown)
Former editor of The Observer newspaper.
[Picture of Roger Alton]


Al-Turki, Wadoud Muhammad Hafiz
Born 21 June 1955  (Baghdad, Iraq)
One of the FBI's most wanted terrorists.
[Picture of Wadoud Muhammad Hafiz Al-Turki]


Al-Umari, Husayn Muhammad
Born in Jaffra, Palestine  (exact date unknown)
Wanted terrorist known as "The Bomb Man". Which one? Born 1936.
[Picture of Husayn Muhammad Al-Umari]


al-Wuhayshi, Nasir
Date and place of birth unknown
One of the inexhaustible members of the terrorist group Al Qaeda.
[Picture of Nasir al-Wuhayshi]


Al-Yacoub, Ibrahim Salih Mohammed
Born 16 October 1966  (Qatif, Saudi Arabia)
Terrorist indicted by the US for the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia.
[Picture of Ibrahim Salih Mohammed Al-Yacoub]


al-Zawahiri, Ayman
Born 19 June 1951  (Maadi, Egypt)
One of bin Laden's deputies in Al-Qaeda, about whom recent whereabouts are sketchy.
[Picture of Ayman al-Zawahiri]


Ames, Ed
Born 9 July 1927  (Malden, Massachusetts, USA)
Singer & actor.
[Picture of Ed Ames]


Amir, Yigal
Born 23 May 1970  (Herzliya, Israel)
The man who assassinated Yitzhak Rabin.
[Picture of Yigal Amir]


Amis, John John Amis is no longer with us
Born 17 June 1922  (Dulwich, London, England)

Died 1 August 2013  (London, England)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
Classical music critic for The Guardian & the BBC. Also deaf in one ear.
[Picture of John Amis]


Ampem II, Nana Afua Kobi Serwaa
Born in Ghana  (exact date unknown)
Queen Mother of the Ashanti people in Ghana, West Africa. Born in either 1912 or 1913.
[Picture of Nana Afua Kobi Serwaa Ampem II]


Anderson, Lynn
Born 26 September 1947  (Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA)
Country singer, best known for her massive 1970 hit '(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden', a staple of karaoke for many years.
[Picture of Lynn Anderson]


Anderson, Michael
Born 30 January 1920  (London, England)
English film director of 'The Dam Busters' and 'Logan's Run' among others.
[Picture of Michael Anderson]


Anderson, Richard
Born 8 August 1926  (Long Brang, New Jersey, USA)
Actor, best known as the boss of Lee Majors in 'The Six Million Dollar Man' in the 1970s.
[Picture of Richard Anderson]


Andersson, Bibi
Born 11 November 1935  (Stockholm, Sweden)
Swedish actress, primarily in Ingmar Bergman films.
[Picture of Bibi Andersson]


Andre, Peter
Born 27 February 1973  (Harrow, London, England)
Cheesy pop singer of 'Mysterious Girl' fame. Was married to someone even cheesier, than him - Jordan.
[Picture of Peter Andre]


Andreotti, Giulio Giulio Andreotti is no longer with us
Born 14 January 1919  (Rome, Italy)

Died 6 May 2013  (Rome, Italy)

Age at death: 94  (read death notice)
Former Italian Prime Minister, who, due to the often chaotic Italian political system, has been the 58th, 61st AND 70th PM of Italy!
[Picture of Giulio Andreotti]


Andress, Ursula
Born 19 March 1936  (Ostermundigen, Switzerland)
Actress & sex symbol, best known for her sultry performance in Dr. No.
[Picture of Ursula Andress]


Andretti, Mario
Born 28 February 1940  (Motovun, Croatia)
Italian-American racing driver, the last American to win a Formula 1 Grand Prix, in 1978.
[Picture of Mario Andretti]


Andretti, Michael
Born 5 October 1962  (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA)
Former Formula 1 mortor racing driver. Son of the legendary Mario Andretti.
[Picture of Michael Andretti]


Andrews, Julie
Born 1 October 1935  (Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England)
Actress - star of 'The Sound of Music'.
[Picture of Julie Andrews]


Andrews, Patty Patty Andrews is no longer with us
Born 16 February 1918  (Mound, Minnesota, USA)

Died 30 January 2013  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 94  (read death notice)
Was one-third of The Andrews Sisters, along with her older (and now dead) siblings Laverne and Maxene. Their best-known song was probably 'Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree'. Patty is the one in the middle in the photo.
[Picture of Patty Andrews]


Angélil, René
Born 16 January 1942  (Montréal, Canada)
Singer, entertainment manager and husband of Céline Dion, regarded as being the driving force behind her success. The sod.
[Picture of René Angélil]


Angelini, Fiorenzo
Born 1 August 1916  (Rome, Italy)
Italian cardinal, Titualr of Messene from 1956-1991.
[Picture of Fiorenzo Angelini]


Angelis, Paul
Born 18 January 1943  (Liverpool, England)
Actor. Voiced Ringo in the animated Beatles film 'Yellow Submarine'. With two of the other "Beatles", John Clive and Geoffrey Hughes passing away last year, Paul will have to watch himself...
[Picture of Paul Angelis]


Angell, Roger
Born 19 September 1920  (New York City, New York, USA)
Baseball writer for The New Yorker.
[Picture of Roger Angell]


Angelou, Maya
Born 4 February 1928  (St Louis, Missouri, USA)
Eminent US literary figure - poet, actress and civil rights veteran.
[Picture of Maya Angelou]


Anh, Le Duc
Born 1 December 1920  (Thua Thiên-Hue Province, Vietnam)
President of Vietnam from 1992-97.
[Picture of Le Duc Anh]


Ant, Adam
Born 3 November 1954  (London, England)
New Romantic singer - a pin-up in his heyday, but now old, overweight and suffering from depression. Was detained under the Mental Health Act in 2002 after throwing a car alternator through a pub window.
[Picture of Adam Ant]


Anthony, Casey
Born 19 March 1986  (Warren, Ohio, USA)
American who hit the headlines there when she was charged with the murder & appalling treatment of her daughter Caylee in 2008.
[Picture of Casey Anthony]


Apel, Karl-Otto
Born 15 March 1922  (Düsseldorf, Germany)
German philosopher. Developed a philisophical approach known as 'transcendental pragmatics', whatever that is.
[Picture of Karl-Otto Apel]


Appleyard, Bob
Born 27 June 1924  (Bradford, Yorkshire, England)
Former England fast bowler.
[Picture of Bob Appleyard]


Aragonés, Sergio
Born 6 September 1937  (Sant Mateu, Castellón, Spain)
Spanish-born Mexican cartoonist for Mad magazine.
[Picture of Sergio Aragonés]


arap Moi, Daniel
Born 2 September 1924  (Sacho, Baringo, Kenya)
President of Kenya from 1978-2002. Still dogged by controversies stemming from his time in office.
[Picture of Daniel arap Moi]


Arbus, Allan Allan Arbus is no longer with us
Born 15 February 1918  (New York, New York, USA)

Died 19 April 2013  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 95  (read death notice)
Veteran US actor, best known for his role as Dr Sidney Freedman in 'M*A*S*H'.
[Picture of Allan Arbus]


Archer, Jeffrey
Born 15 April 1940  (London, England)
Habitual liar, novelist and former Conservative Party deputy chairman. Convicted of perjury and perverting the course of justice in 2001.
[Picture of Jeffrey Archer]


Arison, Shari
Born in New York, USA  (exact date unknown)
US-born Israeli businesswoman and philanthropist. Born 1957.
[Picture of Shari Arison]


Armando, (artist)
Born 18 September 1929  (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Dutch artist and writer.
[Picture of (artist) Armando]


Armatrading, Joan
Born 9 December 1950  (Basseterre, Saint Kitts)
Singer-songwriter best known for her hits 'Love and Affection' and 'Drop the Pilot'. An alleged affair with Blue Peter's Valerie Singleton is the stuff of myth and legend.
[Picture of Joan Armatrading]


Armfield, Jimmy
Born 21 September 1935  (Denton, Manchester, England)
Former Blackpool & England footballer, now a very popular radio commentator & broadcaster.
[Picture of Jimmy Armfield]


Armstrong, Billie Joe
Born 17 February 1972  (Oakland, California, USA)
Vocalist with punk rockers Green Day.
[Picture of Billie Joe Armstrong]


Armstrong, Lance
Born 18 September 1971  (Plano, Texas, USA)
Former cyclist, 7 times winner of the Tour de France, who overcame brain, lung and testicular cancer. It was revealed in 2012 that he was a systematic drugs cheat all along and now enters into sporting infamy.
[Picture of Lance Armstrong]


Armstrong-Jones, Antony
Born 7 March 1930  (London, England)
Lord Snowdon, celebrity photographer and former husband of Princess Margaret.
[Picture of Antony Armstrong-Jones]


Arnett, Peter
Born 13 November 1934  (Riverton, New Zealand)
Journalist who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1966 for his reports from Vietnam. Worked for CNN from 1981-1999.
[Picture of Peter Arnett]


Arnett, Will
Born 4 May 1970  (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Canadian actor, best known for his roles in 'Arrested Development' and '30 Rock'.
[Picture of Will Arnett]


Arns, Paulo Evaristo
Born 14 September 1941  (Forquilhinha, Santa Catarina, Brazil)
Archbishop of Sao Paulo from 1970-1998. Now the most senior cardinal (Protopriest) in the Roman Catholic church.
[Picture of Paulo Evaristo Arns]


Arrabal, Fernando
Born 11 August 1932  (Melilla, Spain)
Spanish-French modernist novelist, poet and film director.
[Picture of Fernando Arrabal]


Ar-Rahayyal, Muhammad Abdullah Khalil Hussa
Born 27 November 1965  (Lebanon)
Indicted for the hijack of the Pan Am Flight 73 in 1986.
[Picture of Muhammad Abdullah Khalil Hussa Ar-Rahayyal]


Arrow, Kenneth
Born 23 August 1921  (New York City, New York, USA)
Influential Nobel Prize-winning economist.
[Picture of Kenneth Arrow]


Arsan, Emmanuelle
Born in Bangkok, Thailand  (exact date unknown)
Novelist and actress, creator of the erotic fiction character Emmanuelle. Born 1932.
[Picture of Emmanuelle Arsan]


Asherson, Renée
Born 19 May 1920  (Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, England)
Actress, widow of Robert Donat.
[Picture of Renée Asherson]


Ashida, Terue
Born 20 September 1899  (place of birth unknown)
One of the oldest people in Japan. Died in February 2013 but no obit.
[Picture of Terue Ashida]


Ashmore, Edward
Born 11 December 1919  (Queenstown, Ireland)
A former Admiral of the Fleet, the most senior Royal Navy position there is.
[Picture of Edward Ashmore]


Askwith, Robin
Born 12 October 1950  (Southport, Lancashire, England)
Actor best known for his starring role in a series of "sex comedies" in the 1970s.
[Picture of Robin Askwith]


Asner, Ed
Born 15 November 1929  (Kansas City, Kansas, USA)
US actor, who has mostly appeared in TV programmes such as 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show'. Recently provided the voice of old curmudgeon Carl in Pixar animated tearfest 'Up'.
[Picture of Ed Asner]


Aspel, Michael
Born 12 January 1933  (London, England)
Host of 'This Is Your Life' and 'Antiques Roadshow'.
[Picture of Michael Aspel]


Assange, Julian
Born 3 July 1971  (Townsville, Queensland, Australia)
Controversial Australian journalist and internet activist, whose WikiLeaks website regularly release confidential documents and communications from the U.S. and other governments. Enconsed in the Equadorian embassy since 2011.
[Picture of Julian Assange]


Assia, Lys
Born 3 March 1926  (Lenzburg, Aargau, Switzerland)
Swiss singer who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. Real name: Rosa Mina Schärer.
[Picture of Lys Assia]


Astin, John
Born 30 March 1930  (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)
Actor - starred as Gomez Addams in 'The Addams Family', and has mainly appeared in TV comedies since.
[Picture of John Astin]


Astrid of Norway, Princess
Born 12 February 1932  (Villa Solbakken, Oslo, Norway)
Older sister of Norway's King Harald. Also in the line of succession to the British throne.
[Picture of Princess Astrid of Norway]


Athaiya, Bhanu
Born 28 April 1929  (Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India)
Indian costume designer who won an Oscar for her work on 'Gandhi' in 1983.
[Picture of Bhanu Athaiya]


Athill, Diana
Born 21 December 1917  (Norfolk, England)
Literary editor who for the time had a eyebrow raising number of affairs with various authors.
[Picture of Diana Athill]


Atkins, Ronald
Born 13 June 1916  (place of birth unknown)
Former MP for Preston North on two occasions, 1966-70 and 1974-79.
[Picture of Ronald Atkins]


Atkinson, Big Ron
Born 18 March 1939  (Liverpool, England)
Former League football player, manager and now TV pundit. Renowned for his eclectic style of commentary, which involves saying things like "'There's a few tired limbs in the blue legs" and "van Nistelrooy, predating as usual...".
[Picture of Big Ron Atkinson]


Attenborough, David
Born 8 May 1926  (London, England)
Broadcaster, author, naturalist and also ex-Controller of BBC2. Brother of Sir Richard.
[Picture of David Attenborough]


Attenborough, Richard
Born 29 August 1923  (Cambridge, England)
Oscar-winning film director, general luvvie, and brother of Sir David.
[Picture of Richard Attenborough]


Atwa, Ali
Born in Lebanon  (exact date unknown)
Lebanese terrorist, wanted by the US government for the hijacking of TWA Flight 847 in 1985. Born 1960.
[Picture of Ali Atwa]


Atwood, Margaret
Born 18 November 1939  (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
Author and poet. Wrote the 'The Handmaid's Tale'.
[Picture of Margaret Atwood]


Aubret, Isabelle
Born 7 April 1938  (Lille, France)
French singer who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1962 with 'Un premier amour' (A First Love).
[Picture of Isabelle Aubret]


Auel, Jean M.
Born 18 February 1936  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Author, best known for the 'Earth's Children' set of novels set in prehistoric times.
[Picture of Jean M. Auel]


Auerbach, Frank
Born in Berlin, Germany  (exact date unknown)
German-born British artist. A bit like Lucien Freud, really. Born 1931.
[Picture of Frank Auerbach]


Austin, Barry
Born 17 September 1968  (Birmingham, England)
One of the fattest people in the UK, featured in numerous obese-related programmes. As if that wasn't bad enough, he also supports Birmingham City FC.
[Picture of Barry Austin]


Averbakh, Yuri
Born 8 February 1922  (Kaluga, Russia)
Current oldest living chess grandmaster.
[Picture of Yuri Averbakh]


Avery, James
Born 27 November 1948  (Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA)
Actor, best remembered as Philip Banks in 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'. Died on New Year's Eve 2013 but the requisite obit didn't arrive in time...
[Picture of James Avery]


Axel, Gabriel
Born 18 April 1918  (place of birth unknown)
Danish film director, whose film 'Babettes' Feast' won the Oscar for best Foreign Language film in 1987.
[Picture of Gabriel Axel]


Axelsson, Maj
Date and place of birth unknown
Swedish-born wife of 'Dallas' star Larry Hagman.
[Picture of Maj Axelsson]


Aykroyd, Dan
Born 1 July 1952  (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
Comedian, actor, musician and screenwriter, of 'Blues Brothers', 'Ghostbusters' and 'Saturday Night Live' fame.
[Picture of Dan Aykroyd]


Aylwin, Patricio
Born 26 November 1918  (Vina del Mar, Chile)
Former President of Chile.
[Picture of Patricio Aylwin]


Ayres, Pam
Born 14 March 1947  (Stanford in the Vale, Berkshire, England)
Humorous poet, often on TV.
[Picture of Pam Ayres]


Aziz, Tariq
Born 28 April 1936  (Tel Keppe, Iraq)
One of the more familiar faces of Saddam Hussein's bunch of henchmen, and one of the few still alive! Former foreign minister, now languishing in jail.
[Picture of Tariq Aziz]


Aznavour, Charles
Born 22 May 1924  (Paris, France)
Watery-eyed French crooner.
[Picture of Charles Aznavour]


Az-Zahar, Mahmoud
Born in Gaza, Palestine  (exact date unknown)
Co-founder of Hamas, born 1945. Ex militant, now foreign minister of the Palestinian National Authority
[Picture of Mahmoud Az-Zahar]

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