Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2013: B


Babilonia, Tai
Born 22 September 1959  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Former ice skater who formed a successful partnership with Randy Gardner in the 1970s.
[Picture of Tai Babilonia]


Babs, Alice
Born 26 January 1924  (Kalmar, Sweden)
Swedish singer.
[Picture of Alice Babs]


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]


Baer, Ralph H.
Born 8 March 1922  (Rodalben, Palatinate, Germany)
Inventor, seen by many as the father of the video game industry.
[Picture of Ralph H. Baer]


Baer, Jr., Max
Born 4 December 1937  (Oakland, California, USA)
Actor, best known as Jethro in the 1960s fish-out-of-water comedy series 'The Beverly Hillbillies'.
[Picture of Max Baer, Jr.]


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]


Bailey, Julian
Born 9 October 1961  (London, England)
Former Forumla 1 racing driver. Reputedly one of the many "Stigs" in 'Top Gear'.
[Picture of Julian Bailey]


Bailey, McDonald McDonald Bailey is no longer with us
Born 8 December 1920  (Williamsville, Trinidad)

Died 4 December 2013  (Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago)

Age at death: 92  (read death notice)
Trinidadian-born athlete who reperesented Great Britain in the 1948 and 1952 Olympic Games.
[Picture of McDonald Bailey]


Bain, Conrad Conrad Bain is no longer with us
Born 4 February 1923  (Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada)

Died 14 January 2013  (Livemore, California, USA)

Age at death: 89  (read death notice)
Canadian-born US TV and stage actor. Played the dad, Phillip Drummond, in 'Diff'rent Strokes'.
[Picture of Conrad Bain]


Baiul, Oksana
Born 16 November 1977  (Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine)
Ukrainian figure skater, the only one from her country to win Olympic Gold at the event.
[Picture of Oksana Baiul]


Baker, Colin
Born 8 June 1943  (London, England)
Actor who played the sixth 'Doctor Who' from 1984-86.
[Picture of Colin Baker]


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, 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, Russell
Born 14 August 1925  (Morrisonville, Virginia, USA)
Pulitzer Prize-winning satirist and writer.
[Picture of Russell 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]


Balding, Clare
Born 29 January 1971  (Kingsclere, England)
Popular sports broadcaster with a particuarly "mumsy" style despte being a lesbian. Well I suppose lesbians are and can be mothers too in this modern age. That's enough social commentary, next...
[Picture of Clare Balding]


Balding, Toby
Born 23 September 1936  (New Jersey, USA)
Racehorse trainer, part of the Balding family so entwined with horse-racing.
[Picture of Toby Balding]


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]


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


Ball, Errie
Born 14 November 1910  (Bangor, Wales)
Golfer, the youngest ever to play in the Open Championship and the first to win the Masters at Augusta in 1934.
[Picture of Errie Ball]


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 Kenny Ball is no longer with us
Born 22 May 1930  (Ilford, Essex, England)

Died 7 March 2013  (Basildon, Essex, England)

Age at death: 82  (read death notice)
Trumpet player and jazz bandleader who was at the forefront of the British "Trad Jazz" revivial of the 1960s.
[Picture of Kenny Ball]


Ballack, Michael
Born 26 September 1976  (Görlitz, Germany)
Former Germany international footballer. One of die mannschaft's few decent players during the noughties before the emergence of the new breed in recent years.
[Picture of Michael Ballack]


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


Ballingall, Chris
Born 17 May 1932  (Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA)
Former baseball catcher in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
[Picture of Chris Ballingall]


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]


Bannatyne, Duncan
Born 2 February 1949  (Clydebank, Scotland)
Tight-arsed businessman off of 'Dragon's Den'. Suffered a heart attack in 2012. Will he be "oot" in 2013?
[Picture of Duncan Bannatyne]


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, Antonia
Date and place of birth unknown
Children's author, whose 1969 novel 'The Ghosts' was made into the classic children's film 'The Amazing Mr. Blunden' in 1972. Born 1932.
[Picture of Antonia Barber]


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, Elizabeth
Born 31 January 1961  (place of birth unknown)
Baroness Barker of Anagach. A Liberal Democrat peer.
[Picture of Elizabeth 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]


Barlow, Thelma
Born 29 June 1929  (Middlesbrough, England)
Televison actress, still best known as the dithering Mavis Wilton in 'Coronation Street' despite leaving the soap in 1997.
[Picture of Thelma Barlow]


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 Rex Barnett is no longer with us
Born in Swindon, Wiltshire, England  (exact date unknown)

Died 11 June 2013  (Swindon, Wiltshire, England)

Age at death: 73  (read death notice)
Former Mayor of Swindon. Born 1939.
[Picture of Rex Barnett]


Barr, Roseanne
Born 3 November 1952  (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)
American actress & comedienne, best known for her show 'Roseanne'.
[Picture of Roseanne Barr]


Barratt, Michael
Born 3 January 1928  (Leeds, Yorkshire, England)
'Nationwide' presenter for many, many years on TV.
[Picture of Michael Barratt]


Barré-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 Barré-Sinoussi]


Barrett, Wade
Born 10 August 1980  (Penwortham, Lancashire, England)
English-born professional wrestler and bare-knuckle boxer.
[Picture of Wade 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]


Barris, Chuck
Born 3 June 1929  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
American game show producer, who also claimed to be a CIA hitman.
[Picture of Chuck Barris]


Barron, Keith
Born 8 August 1934  (Mexborough, Yorkshire, England)
Prolific actor of 'Stand up, Nigel Barton' and 'Duty Free' fame amongst many other parts.
[Picture of Keith Barron]


Barry, Christopher
Born 20 September 1925  (place of birth unknown)
Former 'Doctor Who' director.
[Picture of Christopher 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]


Bartholomew, Dave
Born 24 December 1920  (Edgard, Louisiana, USA)
Rhythm and blues musician and composer who had a fruitful partnership with the legendary Fats Domino.
[Picture of Dave Bartholomew]


Bartolucci, Domenico Domenico Bartolucci is no longer with us
Born 7 May 1917  (Borgo San Lorenzo, Italy)

Died 11 November 2013  (Rome, Italy)

Age at death: 96  (read death notice)
Cardinal and Director emeritus of the Sistine Chapel Choir.
[Picture of Domenico Bartolucci]


Barton, Betty
Born 24 October 1944  (Shreveport, Louisiana , USA)
Had a singing career in the 1960s as Bettye Swann. Later a Jehovah's Witness.
[Picture of Betty Barton]


Basinger, Kim
Born 8 December 1953  (Athens, Georgia, USA)
Actress. Became an 80s sex symbol after 9 1/2 weeks with Mickey Rourke before landing an Oscar in 1998 for her role as Lynn Bracken in 'L.A. Confidential'. Was married to Alec Baldwin.
[Picture of Kim Basinger]


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]


Bates, Kathy
Born 28 June 1948  (Memphis, Tennessee, USA)
Oscar-winning actress known for the parts of quirky and quite often dangerous women she has played on screen.
[Picture of Kathy Bates]


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


Bates, Simon
Born 17 December 1947  (Birmingham, England)
Quintessentially smooth disc jockey for Radio 1 from 1977-1993.
[Picture of Simon Bates]


Batlle Ibáñez, Jorge
Born 25 October 1927  (Montevideo, Uruguay)
President of Uruguay from 2000-2005.
[Picture of Jorge Batlle Ibáñez]


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]


Bay, Michael
Born 17 February 1965  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Film director known for effects-heavy movies such as 'Armageddon' and the never-ending 'Transformers' franchise.
[Picture of Michael Bay]


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


Bayless, Skip
Born 4 December 1951  (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA)
Sports commentator for ESPN in the USA.
[Picture of Skip Bayless]


Bean, Sean
Born 17 April 1959  (Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England)
Actor, often used to great effect to add a bit o' nurthern grit to films such as 'Lord of the Rings' and the cult TV hit 'Game of Thrones'.
[Picture of Sean Bean]


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. Abdicated the throne in favour of her son in 2013.
[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, Boris
Born 22 November 1967  (Leimen, Germany)
Former tennis player. Winner of 6 grand slam titles with the distinction of being the youngest ever Wimbledon Men's singles champion aged 17 in 1985. One of the rare German people that is popular and respected in Britain.
[Picture of Boris Becker]


Becker, Jason
Born 22 July 1969  (Richmond, California, USA)
Neo-classical (whatever that is) metal guitarist. Has ALS, or "Lou Gehrig's Disease"
[Picture of Jason Becker]


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


Bedi, Kabir
Born 16 January 1946  (Punjab, India)
Indian actor who starred in both Bollywood and western films.
[Picture of Kabir Bedi]


Beeny, Christopher
Born 7 July 1941  (Bristol, England)
British actor, mainly on TV in light roles.
[Picture of Christopher Beeny]


Beetham, Michael
Born 17 May 1923  (London, England)
Former RAF commander. Served with distinction in the Second World War and was Chief of Air Staff during the Falklands War in 1982.
[Picture of Michael Beetham]


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


Beitz, Berthold Berthold Beitz is no longer with us
Born 26 September 1913  (Zemmin, Germany (now Poland))

Died 30 July 2013  (Kampen, Germany)

Age at death: 99  (read death notice)
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]


Béliveau, 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 Béliveau]


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, 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 and a lot of the "human story" element had focused on Bell as a result.
[Picture of Melissa Bell]


Bellamy, Craig
Born 13 July 1979  (Cardiff, Wales)
Tenacious, often irritating footballer who has enjoyed a somewhat chequered career.
[Picture of Craig Bellamy]


Bellamy, David
Born 18 January 1933  (London, England)
Easily Britain's best known botanist - also an author & broadcaster.
[Picture of David Bellamy]


Bellfield, Levi
Born 17 May 1968  (London, England)
Scumbag serial killer, convicted for three murders. Incidentially, the was the last of these, of the teenage Milly Dowler which unwittingly opened up the phone hacking scandal in 2011.
[Picture of Levi Bellfield]


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]


Beltoise, Jean-Pierre
Born 26 April 1937  (place of birth unknown)
French motorsport star.
[Picture of Jean-Pierre Beltoise]


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]


Ben Haim, Tal
Born 31 March 1982  (Rishon LeZion, Israel)
Israeli international footballer. Not the most reliable of defenders if you ask fans of the plethora of clubs he's played for...
[Picture of Tal Ben Haim]


Ben Halim, Mustafa
Born 29 January 1921  (Alexandria, Egypt)
Former Prime Minister of Libya in the days before Colonel Gaddafi.
[Picture of Mustafa Ben Halim]


Benady, Tito
Born 17 July 1930  (Gibraltar)
Gibraltarian historian.
[Picture of Tito Benady]


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. Resigned from the Papacy in February 2013 amongst much hoopla.
[Picture of Pope Benedict XVI]


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


Benjamin, Christopher
Born 27 December 1934  (Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England)
Character actor known for his parts in 'The Prisoner' and most notably 'Doctor Who'.
[Picture of Christopher Benjamin]


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 and 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]


Benton, Glen
Born 18 June 1967  (Tampa, Florida, USA)
Satan-worshipping singer of US death metal band Deicide.
[Picture of Glen Benton]


Berg, Rabbi Philip Rabbi Philip Berg is no longer with us
Born 20 August 1929  (New York, New York, USA)

Died 16 September 2013  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 84  (read death notice)
Kabbalah guru. Now wheelchair-bound, with his health in decline following a stroke.
[Picture of Rabbi Philip Berg]


Bergman, Marilyn
Born 10 November 1929  (New York City, New York, USA)
Songwriter and composer along with her husband Alan, writing the lyrics to 'Windmills of Your Mind' and 'The Way We Were' among others.
[Picture of Marilyn Bergman]


Bergmann, Gretel
Born 12 April 1914  (Laupheim, Germany)
German high jumper who despite being Jewish, competed for Germany in the 1936 Olympics before emmigrating to the USA.
[Picture of Gretel Bergmann]


Berkoff, Steven
Born 3 August 1937  (London, England)
Acclaimed stage and film actor with the recognisable mole on his forehead.
[Picture of Steven Berkoff]


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]


Berman, Shelley
Born 3 February 1925  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Actor and comedian.
[Picture of Shelley Berman]


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


Bertolino, Enrique
Born 3 November 1912  (Argentina)
Retired Argentine professional golfer.
[Picture of Enrique Bertolino]


Best, James
Born 26 July 1926  (Powderly, Kentucky, USA)
Actor best known for his role as the hopless sheriff Rosco Coltrane in 1980s classic 'The Dukes of Hazzard'. Good-yew, good-yew...
[Picture of James Best]


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


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]


Bhosle, Asha
Born 8 September 1933  (Sangli, India)
Indian singer and actress.
[Picture of Asha Bhosle]


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]


Bhutto, Bilawal
Born 21 September 1988  (Karachi, Pakistan)
Son of the late Benazir Bhutto. Currently a student, but may end up going into politics after his mother's assassination.
[Picture of Bilawal Bhutto]


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]


Bieber, Justin
Born 1 March 1994  (London, Ontario, Canada)
Canadian pop singer and teen idol.
[Picture of Justin Bieber]


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


Biggins, Christopher
Born 16 December 1948  (Oldham, Lancashire, England)
Outrageously camp comic actor, TV presenter and pantomime star.
[Picture of Christopher Biggins]


Biggs, Ronnie Ronnie Biggs is no longer with us
Born 8 August 1929  (Lambeth, London, England)

Died 18 December 2013  (London, England)

Age at death: 84  (read death notice)
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]


Bikel, Theodore
Born 2 May 1924  (Vienna, Austria)
Actor ('The African Queen', 'My Fair Lady', etc) and singer of Yiddish folk songs. Resident in the US since 1954.
[Picture of Theodore Bikel]


Bilk, Acker
Born 28 January 1929  (Pensford, Somerset, England)
Jazz clarinettist of 'Stranger on the Shore' fame.
[Picture of Acker Bilk]


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


Birch, Gina
Born in Nottingham, England  (exact date unknown)
Musician and filmmaker. Bassist for influential post-punk girl band The Raincoats.
[Picture of Gina Birch]


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]


Biro, Val
Born 6 October 1921  (place of birth unknown)
Hungarian-born children's writer and illustrator.
[Picture of Val Biro]


Bishop, Elvin
Born 21 October 1942  (Glendale, California, USA)
Rock and roll guitarist and singer.
[Picture of Elvin Bishop]


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]


Björk, Hera
Born 29 March 1972  (Reykjavík, Iceland)
Icelandic singer that isn't Björk, Björk but confusingly has also toured with the other Björk. Get me?
[Picture of Hera Björk]


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


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


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]


Blanchard, Susan
Born 8 March 1928  (place of birth unknown)
Socialite widow of actor Richard Widmark. Was also married to Henry Fonda.
[Picture of Susan Blanchard]


Bland, Bobby Bobby Bland is no longer with us
Born 28 January 1930  (Rosemark, Tennessee, USA)

Died 23 June 2013  (Memphis, Tennessee, USA)

Age at death: 83  (read death notice)
Veteran soul and blues singer.
[Picture of Bobby 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]


Bloom, Harold
Born 11 July 1930  (New York City, New York, USA)
America's foremost literary critic.
[Picture of Harold Bloom]


Blount, LeGarrette
Born 5 December 1986  (Madison, Florida, USA)
American Football player with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
[Picture of LeGarrette Blount]


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]


Bluestein, Michael
Born in Massachusetts, USA  (exact date unknown)
Keyboardist and producer. Member of soft rock legends Foreigner since 2008.
[Picture of Michael Bluestein]


Blume, Judy
Born 12 February 1938  (Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA)
Award-winning author of novels aimed at young adults.
[Picture of Judy Blume]


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]


Boggs, Lindy Lindy Boggs is no longer with us
Born 13 March 1916  (Brunswick Plantation, Louisiana, USA)

Died 27 July 2013  (Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA)

Age at death: 97  (read death notice)
Former US Ambassador to the Holy See (that's the Pope, folks!).
[Picture of Lindy Boggs]


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


Bolam, James
Born 16 June 1935  (Sunderland, England)
Charismatic actor, comfortable in both comedy and drama. Known for his roles in 'The Likely Lads', 'When the Boat Comes In, 'The Beiderbecke Affair' and more recently 'New Tricks'.
[Picture of James Bolam]


Bolanos, Enrique
Born 13 May 1928  (Masaya, Nicaragua)
President of Nicaragua from 2002-2007.
[Picture of Enrique Bolanos]


Bolkiah, Hassanal
Born 15 July 1946  (Brunei Town, Brunei)
The Sultan of Brunei since 1967. If you're famous and fancy a quick quid, he's the man you want to hear from...
[Picture of Hassanal Bolkiah]


Bolton, Michael
Born 26 February 1953  (New haven, Connecticut, USA)
Magestically mullet-haired singer.
[Picture of Michael Bolton]


Bon Jovi, Jon
Born 2 March 1962  (Sayreville, New Jersey, USA)
Singer with monsterously huge rock band Bon Jovi. Born John Francis Bongiovi, Jr.
[Picture of Jon Bon Jovi]


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 David Bond is no longer with us
Born 27 March 1922  (Cornwall, England)

Died 23 March 2013  (Falmouth, Cornwall, England)

Age at death: 90  (read death notice)
Gold medallist in the swallow class in sailing at the 1948 London Olympics.
[Picture of David Bond]


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


Bongiovi, Stephanie
Born 31 May 1993  (place of birth unknown)
Daughter of rock icon Jon Bon Jovi.
[Picture of Stephanie Bongiovi]


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


Bonynge, Richard
Born 29 September 1930  (Sydney, NSW, Australia)
Australian conductor and widower of Dame Joan Sutherland.
[Picture of Richard Bonynge]


Boo, Betty
Born 6 March 1970  (London, England)
Singer-songwriter who made an all-too brief splash in the early 1990s before settling down to a succesful career behind the scenes. Born Alison Moira Clarkson.
[Picture of Betty Boo]


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]


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]


Boots, Felicia
Born in Totonto, Canada  (exact date unknown)
Woman who blamed post-partum depression for the killings of her two young children in 2012. Born 1977.
[Picture of Felicia Boots]


Borg, Björn
Born 6 June 1956  (Stockholm, Sweden)
Legendary tennis star of the 1970s. Winner of the Wimbldon Men's singles title on five consecutive occasions from 1976-1980. His rivalry with John McEnroe was the stuff of sporting legend.
[Picture of Björn Borg]


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


Borgonovo, Stefano Stefano Borgonovo is no longer with us
Born 17 March 1964  (Giussano, Italy)

Died 27 June 2013  (Florence, Italy)

Age at death: 49  (read death notice)
Italian footballer, now stricken with the disease ALS.
[Picture of Stefano Borgonovo]


Borman, Frank
Born 14 March 1928  (Gary, Indiana, USA)
Astronaut who was part of the Apollo 8 crew which circumnavigated the Moon in 1968, months before the landing was attempted.
[Picture of Frank Borman]


Bormann, Martin Adolf
Born 14 April 1930  (place of birth unknown)
Theology teacher and eldest son of leading Nazi Martin Bormann. Godfather was Adolf Hitler. Died in March 2013 but no obit.
[Picture of Martin Adolf Bormann]


Bos, Theo Theo Bos is no longer with us
Born 5 October 1965  (Nijmegen, Netherlands)

Died 28 February 2013  (Elst, Netherlands)

Age at death: 47  (read death notice)
Former footballer and coach with Vitesse Arnhem.
[Picture of Theo Bos]


Bosnich, Mark
Born 13 January 1972  (Farfield, Sydney, Australia)
Coke-snorting, crap Aussie goalkeeper.
[Picture of Mark Bosnich]


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


Botha, Pik
Born 27 April 1932  (Rustenburg, Transvaal, South Africa)
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs in the final years of the apartheid era in South Africa.
[Picture of Pik Botha]


Bothe, Herta
Born 8 January 1921  (Teterow, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany)
Former Nazi concentration camp guard. Jailed after the war, but freed by a British court in 1951.
[Picture of Herta Bothe]


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]


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. Made a surprise comeback early in 2013 after a ten year absence.
[Picture of David Bowie]


Bowie, Robert R.
Born 24 August 1909  (place of birth unknown)
Former officer at the Pentagon and diplomat.
[Picture of Robert R. Bowie]


Bowler, Norman
Born 1 August 1932  (London, England)
Craggy actor best known as Frank Tate in 'Emmerdale' from 1989-1997.
[Picture of Norman Bowler]


Bowles, Peter
Born 16 October 1936  (London, England)
Suave actor best known for the role of Richard DeVere in 'To the Manor Born'.
[Picture of Peter Bowles]


Boyce, Max
Born 7 September 1945  (Glynneath, Wales)
Welsh comedian & singer, particularly entwined with the Welsh rugby team and their ebbing & flowing fortunes.
[Picture of Max Boyce]


Boycott, Geoff
Born 21 October 1940  (Fitzwilliam, Yorkshire, England)
Notoriously slow-scoring Yorkshire and England cricketer. Now an equally dull cricket commentator.
[Picture of Geoff Boycott]


Boyd, Tommy
Born 14 December 1952  (London, England)
Broadcaster known for his acerbic style on radio. Was also a presence on children's TV as well.
[Picture of Tommy Boyd]


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]


Bozizé, Francois
Born 14 October 1946  (Mouila, Gabon)
President of the Central African Republic for 10 years before being driven out of power in 2013..
[Picture of Francois Bozizé]


Braben, Eddie Eddie Braben is no longer with us
Born 31 October 1930  (Liverpool, England)

Died 21 May 2013  (Wales)

Age at death: 82  (read death notice)
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]


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, Liam
Born 13 February 1956  (Dublin, Ireland)
Cultured former Arsenal & Republic of Ireland midfielder, now assistant manager of the Irish national team.
[Picture of Liam Brady]


Brady, Nicholas F.
Born 11 April 1930  (New York City, New York, USA)
Secretary of the Treasury under Presidents Reagan and Bush Snr.
[Picture of Nicholas F. 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]


Bragg, Bianca
Born 14 January 1994  (place of birth unknown)
Player with Arsenal Ladies football club.
[Picture of Bianca Bragg]


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]


Brake, Patricia
Born 25 June 1942  (Bath, Somerset)
Actress known for her role as Ingrid Fletcher in 'Porridge' and 'Going Straight' as well as being associated with the televisual disaster that was 'Eldorado'.
[Picture of Patricia Brake]


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, 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]


Brandauer, Klaus Maria
Born 22 June 1943  (Bad Aussee, Austria)
Austrian actor known for his role as Largo in the sort-of Bond film 'Never Say Never Again'.
[Picture of Klaus Maria Brandauer]


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


Brandreth, Gyles
Born 8 March 1948  (Wuppertal, Germany)
TV personality and something of a polymath - writer, presenter, producer, biographer, you name it. Was even a Conservative MP and junior minister at one time.
[Picture of Gyles Brandreth]


Branson, Richard
Born 18 July 1950  (Sharnley Green, Surrey, England)
Entrepreneur since the age of 16, when he started a national student magazine. Now boss of the Virgin records/banking/airline/mobile phones/etc empire.
[Picture of Richard Branson]


Brass, Tinto
Born 26 March 1933  (Venice, Italy)
Italian filmmaker of the somewhat soft-porn kind.
[Picture of Tinto Brass]


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


Brauner, Artur
Born 1 August 1918  (Lodz, Poland)
Polish film producer, most notably of the British childen's film 'Black Beauty' in 1971.
[Picture of Artur Brauner]


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


Braxton, Toni
Born 7 October 1967  (Severn, Maryland, USA)
Sultry R&B singer. Massive in the 1990s but whose career hit the skids in the last decade or so.
[Picture of Toni Braxton]


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 Eileen Brennan is no longer with us
Born 3 September 1932  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Died 28 July 2013  (Burbank, Los Angeles, USA)

Age at death: 80  (read death notice)
Actress, best known as the as the bullying Captain Doreen Lewis in 'Private Benjamin'.
[Picture of Eileen Brennan]


Brennan, Owen Owen Brennan is no longer with us
Born 1 January 1935  (place of birth unknown)

Died 9 January 2013  (Darley Park, Derbyshire, England)

Age at death: 78  (read death notice)
Horse racing trainer who went missing late in 2012. Found dead in the River Derwent early in 2013.
[Picture of Owen Brennan]


Brenner, Sydney
Born 13 January 1927  (Germiston, South Africa)
Biologist. Co-winner of the Nobel Prize in 2002.
[Picture of Sydney Brenner]


Brett, Julie
Date and place of birth unknown
Simon Cowell's mother. I wonder if he's told her yet?
[Picture of Julie Brett]


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 Richard Briers is no longer with us
Born 14 January 1934  (Merton, Surrey, England)

Died 17 February 2013  (London, England)

Age at death: 79  (read death notice)
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, Nicholas
Born 29 September 1961  (London, England)
Actor who has voiced the Daleks and the Cybermen since the the revival of 'Doctor Who' in 2005.
[Picture of Nicholas 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 Peter Broadbent is no longer with us
Born 15 May 1933  (Elvington, Kent, England)

Died 1 October 2013  (Himley, Staffordshire, England)

Age at death: 80  (read death notice)
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]


Brokaw, Tom
Born 6 February 1940  (Webster, South Dakota, USA)
American television journalist with NBC News.
[Picture of Tom Brokaw]


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 Jon Brookes is no longer with us
Born 21 September 1968  (place of birth unknown)

Died 13 August 2013  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 44  (read death notice)
Drummer for indie veterans The Charlatans.
[Picture of Jon Brookes]


Brookner, Anita
Born 16 July 1928  (Herne Hill, London, England)
Author & art historian.
[Picture of Anita Brookner]


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]


Brooks, Rebekah
Born 27 May 1968  (Warrington, Lancashire, England)
Scarlet-haired, well-connected harridan and epicentre of the phone hacking scandal along with her shifty cohort Andy Coulson. Was editor of both The Sun and the News of the World before her spectacular fall from grace.
[Picture of Rebekah Brooks]


Brooks, Tony
Born 25 February 1932  (Dukinfield, Cheshire, England)
British motor racer known as the "racing dentist".
[Picture of Tony Brooks]


Brosnan, Pierce
Born 16 May 1953  (Drogheda, County Louth, Rep of Ireland)
Irish actor, forever known for playing James Bond in four films from 1995-2002.
[Picture of Pierce Brosnan]


Brothers, Joyce Joyce Brothers is no longer with us
Born 20 October 1927  (New York City, New York, USA)

Died 13 May 2013  (Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA)

Age at death: 85  (read death notice)
TV psychologist and advice columnist.
[Picture of Joyce Brothers]


Brough Clapp, Louise
Born 11 March 1923  (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA)
Tennis player, 4 times Wimbledon singles champion.
[Picture of Louise Brough Clapp]


Brown, Bobbi Kristina
Born 4 March 1993  (Livingston, New Jersey, USA)
Daughter of the late singer Whitney Houston.
[Picture of Bobbi Kristina Brown]


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, Diem
Born 12 June 1984  (place of birth unknown)
TV personality.
[Picture of Diem Brown]


Brown, Gordon
Born 20 February 1951  (Govan, Glasgow, Scotland)
Prime Minister of Great Britain from 2007-2010.
[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, John
Born 26 January 1962  (Stirling, Scotland)
Former Rangers player, now manager of Dundee FC.
[Picture of John Brown]


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


Brown, Melanie
Born 29 May 1975  (Leeds, Yorkshire, England)
AKA Mel B or "Scary Spice". Mouthy member of the famous girl band whose weight has publically gone up and down rather like her drawers.
[Picture of Melanie 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


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


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]


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]


Bryant, Jo
Date and place of birth unknown
"Inspirational" terminal cancer sufferer who attracted attention from the hoi polloi in 2012. Born 1982. Died in January 2013 but no obit.
[Picture of Jo Bryant]


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


Bublé, Michael
Born 9 September 1975  (Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada)
Canadian singer.
[Picture of Michael Bublé]


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]


Buell, Ryan
Born 8 July 1982  (Corry, Pennsylvania, USA)
American paranormal investigator.
[Picture of Ryan Buell]


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]


Bugliosi, Vincent
Born 18 August 1934  (Hibbing, Minnesota, USA)
American attorney, best known as the prosecuting counsel against Charles Manson et all in 1969 for the Tate-LaBianca murders.
[Picture of Vincent Bugliosi]


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


Bulloch, Jeremy
Born 16 February 1945  (Market Harborough, Leicestershire, England)
Actor best known for his role as the bounty hunter Boba Fett in the 'Star Wars' franchise.
[Picture of Jeremy Bulloch]


Bündchen, Gisele
Born 20 July 1980  (Três de Maio, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)
Brazilian model, the World's highest paid.
[Picture of Gisele Bündchen]


Bundy, King Kong
Born 7 November 1957  (Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA)
Ginormous wrestler in the "Big Daddy" mould in US professional wrestling.
[Picture of King Kong Bundy]


Burdon, Eric
Born 11 May 1941  (Walker, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England)
Former lead singer of The Animals.
[Picture of Eric Burdon]


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]


Burke Charvet, Brooke
Born 8 September 1971  (Hartford, Connecticut, USA)
Model and TV personality.
[Picture of Brooke Burke Charvet]


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


Burnett, Carol
Born 26 April 1933  (San Antonio, Texas, USA)
Red-haired comedienne, best known for her eponymous variety show.
[Picture of Carol Burnett]


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


Burns, William
Born 4 April 1956  (Fort Bragg, North Carolina, USA)
Deputy Secretary of State. Served under both the Bush and Obama presidencies.
[Picture of William Burns]


Burr, Clive Clive Burr is no longer with us
Born 8 March 1957  (East Ham, East London, England)

Died 12 March 2013  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 56  (read death notice)
Former drummer in Iron Maiden. Now suffering from multiple sclerosis.
[Picture of Clive Burr]


Burtenshaw, Steve
Born 23 November 1935  (Portslade, England)
Former footballer, coach and manager.
[Picture of Steve Burtenshaw]


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]


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.]


Butler, Kenelm Somerset Priaulx
Born 24 November 1927  (place of birth unknown)
Aristocrat. Admin Officer of South Georgia in the 1950s.
[Picture of Kenelm Somerset Priaulx Butler]


Bynes, Amanda
Born 3 April 1986  (Thousand Oaks, California, USA)
Actress in US teen movies & television show host.
[Picture of Amanda Bynes]


Byrd, Jr., Harry F. Harry F. Byrd, Jr. is no longer with us
Born 20 December 1914  (Winchester, Virginia, USA)

Died 30 July 2013  (Winchester, Virginia, USA)

Age at death: 98  (read death notice)
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]


Byrnes, Edd
Born 30 July 1933  (New York City, New York, USA)
Actor from the 1950s TV series '77 Sunset Strip'.
[Picture of Edd Byrnes]

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