Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2013: R


Radcliffe, Daniel
Born 23 July 1989  (Fulham, London, England)
Harry Potter. Now starring in a stage show where he takes his clothes off.
[Picture of Daniel Radcliffe]


Rader, Dennis
Born 9 March 1945  (Pittsburg, Kansas, USA)
Serial killer, convicted in 2005 for 10 brutal murders committed between 1974 and 1991.
[Picture of Dennis Rader]


Rae, Charlotte
Born 22 April 1926  (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA)
Actress, best known for her portrayal of Edna Garrett in "Diff'rent Strokes" and the spin off "The Facts of Life".
[Picture of Charlotte Rae]


Rahman Yasin, Abdul
Born 10 April 1960  (Bloomington, Indiana, USA)
Alleged bomb maker in the 1993 World Trade Center attacks.
[Picture of Abdul Rahman Yasin]


Rain, Douglas
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada  (exact date unknown)
Canadian actor, best known as the voice of HAL 9000 in '2001: A Space Odyssey'. Born 1928.
[Picture of Douglas Rain]


Rainer, Luise
Born 12 January 1910  (Düsseldorf, Germany)
Actress - the first thesp to win two Oscars in consecutive years (1936 and '37).
[Picture of Luise Rainer]


Ramone, C. J.
Born 8 October 1965  (Queens, New York, USA)
Bass player with legendary punks the Ramones from 1989 to their break up in 1996.
[Picture of C. J. Ramone]


Ramone, Marky
Born 15 July 1956  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
The second drummer for punk icons The Ramones.
[Picture of Marky Ramone]


Ramone, Tommy
Born 29 January 1952  (Budapest, Hungary)
Last surviving original member of the Ramones. Born Tamas Erdelyi.
[Picture of Tommy Ramone]


Ramos, Fidel V.
Born 28 March 1928  (Lingayen, Philippines)
President of the Philippines from 1992 to 1998.
[Picture of Fidel V. Ramos]


Ramsay, Jack
Born 21 February 1925  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
Former NBA basketball coach, most notably with the Philadelphia 76ers and the Portland Trail Blazers. Reckoned to be one of the 10 greatest coaches of all time, but will that be enough to get him a UK obit?
[Picture of Jack Ramsay]


Randi, James
Born 7 August 1928  (Toronto, Canada)
Stage magician. Survived heart surgery in 2006, and is still performing.
[Picture of James Randi]


Randolph, Joyce
Born 21 October 1924  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Actress, perhaps best known (especially in the US) for playing Trixie Norton on 'The Honeymooners'.
[Picture of Joyce Randolph]


Ranglin, Ernest
Born 19 June 1932  (Manchester, Jamaica)
Guitarist credited with creating part of the Ska sound.
[Picture of Ernest Ranglin]


Ranke-Heinemann, Uta
Born 2 October 1927  (Essen, Germany)
German theologian and academic.
[Picture of Uta Ranke-Heinemann]


Rankin, Ian
Born 28 April 1960  (Cardenden, Fife, Scotland)
Hugely successful Scottish crime writer through his 'Inspector Rebus' series.
[Picture of Ian Rankin]


Rao, C R
Born 10 September 1920  (Hadagali, India)
Indian-born American mathematician.
[Picture of C R Rao]


Rather, Dan
Born 31 October 1931  (Wharton, Texas, USA)
Long time news anchor for CBS News until 2005.
[Picture of Dan Rather]


Ratna of Nepal, Queen
Born 19 August 1928  (Kathmandu, Nepal)
Queen consort of Nepal from 1955-1972.
[Picture of Queen Ratna of Nepal]


Ratzinger, Georg
Born 15 January 1924  (Bavaria, Germany)
Elder brother of the Pope.
[Picture of Georg Ratzinger]


Ray, Christine
Date and place of birth unknown
Woman who claimed in 2011 to have had Jimmy Savile's baby. Born 1952.
[Picture of Christine Ray]


Ray, Jimmy
Born 3 October 1970  (London, England)
Singer who had a minor hit in 1997 with 'Are you Jimmy Ray?' Well if he can't answer that himself, how are we supposed to know?
[Picture of Jimmy Ray]


Ray, Lisa
Born 4 April 1972  (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Former fashion model and actress.
[Picture of Lisa Ray]


Rea, Jackie Jackie Rea is no longer with us
Born 6 April 1921  (Dungannon, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland)

Died 21 October 2013  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 92  (read death notice)
Ex snooker player, who played for over 45 years at the highest level & Northern Ireland Champion until Alex Higgins & Dennis Taylor came along.
[Picture of Jackie Rea]


Rea, Nicolas
Born 6 June 1928  (place of birth unknown)
AKA 3rd Baron Rea, peer and doctor.
[Picture of Nicolas Rea]


Read, Mark Brandon Mark Brandon Read is no longer with us
Born 17 November 1954  (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)

Died 9 October 2013  (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)

Age at death: 58  (read death notice)
Best known as 'Chopper', Read is a former convict turned best-selling author, the Aussie equivalent of John McVicar. Film of his life starring Eric Bana was released in 2000.
[Picture of Mark Brandon Read]


Reagan, Faye
Born 19 September 1988  (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)
American pornographic actress.
[Picture of Faye Reagan]


Reagan, Nancy
Born 6 July 1921  (New York, New York, USA)
Born Anne Frances Robbins, and subsequently nicknamed Nancy, the former First Lady took the surname Davis after her mother's remarriage. Apparently she gives her date of birth as 6 July 1923, though in reality it was two years earlier. She had a relatively short and uneventful career as an actress which ended when she married Ronnie in 1958. Since then she has been known for her anti-drugs campaigning and her dubious astrological beliefs.
[Picture of Nancy Reagan]


Reah, Andrea
Born in Whitley Bay, England  (exact date unknown)
Otherwise known as "Hufty", a shaven-headed lesbian presenter on 90s post-pub show 'The Word'. Born c.1969.
[Picture of Andrea Reah]


Rearden, Mamie Mamie Rearden is no longer with us
Born 7 September 1898  (Edgefield County, South Carolina, USA)

Died 2 January 2013  (Edgefield County, South Carolina, USA)

Age at death: 114  (read death notice)
USA's oldest woman until her death early in 2013.
[Picture of Mamie Rearden]


Reardon, Ray
Born 8 October 1932  (Tredegar, Wales)
Six-times world snooker champion.
[Picture of Ray Reardon]


Redaelli-Granoli, Maria
Born 3 April 1899  (Inzago, Italy)
Oldest living person in Europe as of March 2013. Died in April 2013 but no obit.
[Picture of Maria Redaelli-Granoli]


Redford, Robert
Born 18 August 1937  (Santa Monica, California, USA)
Heart-throb actor who didn't make the big time until the age of 32, with his role as The Sundance Kid, alongside Paul Newman's Butch Cassidy. Went on to star in 'The Sting' (again with Newman), 'A Bridge Too Far', and so forth.
[Picture of Robert Redford]


Redgrave, Vanessa
Born 30 January 1937  (London, England)
Stage, TV & film actress, now the elder statesperson of the famous Redgrave acting dynasty. Lost two of her siblings within the space of a few days in 2010.
[Picture of Vanessa Redgrave]


Redknapp, Harry
Born 2 March 1947  (Poplar, London, England)
Football manager, successful but has rather dubious traits when it comes to loyalty.
[Picture of Harry Redknapp]


Redmond, Marge
Born 14 December 1930  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
American television actress ('The Flying Nun').
[Picture of Marge Redmond]


Redstone, Sumner
Born 27 May 1923  (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
Global media tycoon, majority shareholder in CBS, Viacom and MTV amongst others.
[Picture of Sumner Redstone]


Reese, Della
Born 6 July 1931  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Singer, mainly jazz & gospel music, who later became an actress, and is currently an ordained religious minister to boot.
[Picture of Della Reese]


Regan, Stewart
Born in Durham, England  (exact date unknown)
Chief Executive of the Scottish Football Association since 2010. Born 1964.
[Picture of Stewart Regan]


Rego, Paula
Born in Lisbon, Portugal  (exact date unknown)
Portugese-British painter. Born 1935.
[Picture of Paula Rego]


Rehmann, Ruth
Born 1 June 1922  (Siegburg, Germany)
German novelist.
[Picture of Ruth Rehmann]


Reich-Ranicki, Marcel Marcel Reich-Ranicki is no longer with us
Born 2 June 1920  (Wloclawek, Poland)

Died 18 September 2013  (Frankfurt, Germany)

Age at death: 93  (read death notice)
Leading German literary critic.
[Picture of Marcel Reich-Ranicki]


Reid, Elliott
Born 16 January 1920  (New York City, New York, USA)
Actor who worked on Orson Welles's Mercury Theatre on the Air.
[Picture of Elliott Reid]


Reid, Harry
Born 2 December 1939  (Searchlight, Nevada, USA)
US Democrat and senator for Nevada since 1987.
[Picture of Harry Reid]


Reid, Tara
Born 8 November 1975  (Wyckoff, New Jersey, USA)
American actress - 'American Pie', 'The Big Lebowski'.
[Picture of Tara Reid]


Reinecke, Edwin
Born 7 January 1924  (Medford, Oregon, USA)
US Republican politician who was convicted of perjury, although that was later overturned, in the wake of the Watergate scandal of 1974.
[Picture of Edwin Reinecke]


Reiner, Carl
Born 20 March 1922  (Bronx, New York, USA)
Actor, director, producer, writer & comedian - not a bad CV all in all.
[Picture of Carl Reiner]


Rendell, Ruth
Born 17 February 1930  (London, England)
Best-selling crime novelist, dubbed by the tabloids "The Queen of Crime".
[Picture of Ruth Rendell]


Renigen, L. A.
Born 18 April 1979  (San Francisco, California, USA)
Actress. Star of cult film 'Colma: The Musical'.
[Picture of L. A. Renigen]


Reno, Janet
Born 21 July 1938  (Miami, Florida, USA)
Former US Attorney General between 1993-2001.
[Picture of Janet Reno]


Resnais, Alain
Born 3 June 1922  (Vannes, Brittany, France)
French film director.
[Picture of Alain Resnais]


Reso, William Jason
Born 30 November 1973  (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada)
Canadian wrestler who often went under the name Christian.
[Picture of William Jason Reso]


Reubens, Paul
Born 27 August 1952  (Peekskill, New York, USA)
Actor best known as Pee Wee Herman.
[Picture of Paul Reubens]


Revill, Clive
Born 18 April 1930  (Wellington, New Zealand)
Actor. Was the original voice of Emperor Palpatine in 'The Empire Strikes Back'.
[Picture of Clive Revill]


Reynolds, Albert
Born 3 November 1932  (Roosky, Roscommon, Rep of Ireland)
Irish Taoiseach from 1992-1994. Played a significant part in kick-starting the Northern Ireland peace process in the 1990s.
[Picture of Albert Reynolds]


Reynolds, Bruce Bruce Reynolds is no longer with us
Born 7 September 1931  (London, England)

Died 28 February 2013  (Croydon, Surrey, England)

Age at death: 81  (read death notice)
One of the gang that committed the Great Train Robbery in 1963.
[Picture of Bruce Reynolds]


Reynolds, Burt
Born 11 February 1936  (Waycross, Georgia, USA)
Prolific US actor and first (nearly) nude male centrefold (1972, Cosmopolitan). Although he acted in some classic movies ('Deliverance', 'Boogie Nights'), he will be chiefly remembered for "good ole' boy"-type movies like 'Smokey and the Bandit', 'Cannonball Run' and 'The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas'.
[Picture of Burt Reynolds]


Reynolds, Debbie
Born 1 April 1932  (El Paso, Texas, USA)
Was an unknown young actress until she was selected to play the female lead, Kathy Selden, alongside Gene Kelly in 'Singin' in the Rain' (1952) - a role for which she had to learn to tap-dance from scratch.
[Picture of Debbie Reynolds]


Reynolds, Gene
Born 4 April 1923  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Actor-turned producer of 'M*A*S*H' and 'Lou Grant'.
[Picture of Gene Reynolds]


Reynolds, Norman
Born 26 March 1934  (London, England)
Production designer and art director on 'Star Wars' and 'Superman' amongst others.
[Picture of Norman Reynolds]


Rhett, Alicia
Born 1 February 1915  (Savannah, Georgia, USA)
Portrait painter and actress best known for her role as India Wilkes in 'Gone with the Wind'.
[Picture of Alicia Rhett]


Ribbens, Arie
Born 22 January 1937  (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Dutch singer.
[Picture of Arie Ribbens]


Rich, Claude
Born 8 February 1929  (Strasbourg, France)
French actor.
[Picture of Claude Rich]


Richard, Cliff
Born 14 October 1940  (Lucknow, India)
Actor, singer, colostomy bag-wearer and insufferably smug Christian.
[Picture of Cliff Richard]


Richard, Little
Born 5 December 1932  (Macon, Georgia, USA)
Singer, songwriter & pianist, an early star of rock n' roll.
[Picture of Little Richard]


Richards, Ben
Born 27 March 1972  (West Sussex, England)
Actor from 'The Bill' and 'Holby City' amongst others.
[Picture of Ben Richards]


Richards, Keith
Born 18 December 1943  (Dartford, Kent, England)
The guitar-playing Rolling Stone with the distinctive death-warmed-up constitution.
[Picture of Keith Richards]


Richards, Rex
Born 28 October 1922  (Colyton, Devon, England)
Scientist and Chancellor of the University of Exeter from 1982-1998.
[Picture of Rex Richards]


Richey, Kenny
Born 3 August 1964  (Zeist, Netherlands)
Scottish/US ex-con, formerly on Death Row until his release. Has since been back in trouble in both the US & Scotland.
[Picture of Kenny Richey]


Richter, Gerhard
Born 9 February 1932  (Dresden, Germany)
German visual artist.
[Picture of Gerhard Richter]


Rickles, Don
Born 8 May 1926  (New York, New York, USA)
Stand-up comedian, comic actor and talk show whore. Bada-Bing!
[Picture of Don Rickles]


Ries, Julien
Born 19 April 1920  (Fouches, Belgium)
Belgian religious historian and cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. Died in February 2013 but no obit.
[Picture of Julien Ries]


Rigg, Diana
Born 20 July 1938  (Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England)
Actress, best known as Emma Peel in the Avengers & pin-up girl for numerous people in the 1960's. Still acting, mainly in aristocratic roles lately.
[Picture of Diana Rigg]


Rihanna, (singer)
Born 20 February 1988  (Saint Michael, Barbados)
R&B singer, best known for the hit single 'Umbrella'.
[Picture of (singer) Rihanna]


Riise, John Arne
Born 24 September 1980  (Molde, Norway)
Norwegian Footballer. Often bewildering left back for Liverpool FC and Fulham FC. A man so left-footed, if you removed his right leg, it wouldn't make a scrap of difference.
[Picture of John Arne Riise]


Rijvers, Kees
Born 27 May 1926  (Breda, Netherlands)
Former football manager of PSV Eindhoven and the Netherlands national team.
[Picture of Kees Rijvers]


Riley, Bridget
Born 24 April 1931  (London, England)
Artist and main proponent of the eye-mangling op art movement.
[Picture of Bridget Riley]


Riley, Jack
Born 30 December 1935  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Actor, voice of Stu Pickles in 'Rugrats', which might be enough these days to earn him a UK obit.
[Picture of Jack Riley]


Riley, Ken
Born 25 June 1940  (place of birth unknown)
Church of England priest. Dean of Manchester from 1993-2005.
[Picture of Ken Riley]


Rimbaud, Penny
Born 8 June 1943  (Northwood, London, England)
Despite the name, a male musician who formed the anarcho-punk band Crass in 1977.
[Picture of Penny Rimbaud]


Rimell, Mercy
Date and place of birth unknown
Former racehorse trainer, widow of legendary trainer Fred Rimell. Born in 1919.
[Picture of Mercy Rimell]


Rimmer, Shane
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada  (exact date unknown)
Canadian actor, the voice of Scott Tracey in 'Thunderbirds' and other roles in British TV as the "American", such as the Secretary of State in 'A Very British Coup'.
[Picture of Shane Rimmer]


Rios, Miguel
Born 7 June 1944  (Granada, Spain)
Spanish rock and roll singer. Yes, they had rock and roll even under Franco!
[Picture of Miguel Rios]


Ríos Montt, Efraín
Born 16 June 1926  (Huehuetenango, Guatemala)
President of Guatemala from 1982-83. Found guilty of genocide in May 2013.
[Picture of Efraín Ríos Montt]


Rippert, Horst
Born 24 May 1922  (Berlin, Germany)
German World War II flying ace who claimed to have shot down French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery in 1944. Died in April 2013 but no obit.
[Picture of Horst Rippert]


Rippon, Angela
Born 12 October 1944  (Plymouth, Devon, England)
Newsreader and TV presenter who famously showed off her legs in the 'Morecambe and Wise' show in 1976.
[Picture of Angela Rippon]


Riquelme, Larissa
Born 22 February 1985  (Asunción, Paraguay)
Paraguayan model and actress.
[Picture of Larissa Riquelme]


Ritchie, Edith
Born 15 November 1909  (Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland)
With Evelyn Middleton, officially considered the oldest twins in Britain in 2012.
[Picture of Edith Ritchie]


Ritchie, Jean
Born 8 December 1922  (Viper, Kentucky, USA)
American folk musician.
[Picture of Jean Ritchie]


Riva, Emmanuelle
Born 24 February 1927  (Cheniménil, France)
French actress and poet.
[Picture of Emmanuelle Riva]


Riva, Maria
Born 13 December 1924  (Berlin, Germany)
Actress daughter of Marlene Dietrich.
[Picture of Maria Riva]


Rivera, Antonia Gerena
Born 19 May 1900  (Puerto Rico)
Puerto Rican supercentenarian now resident in the USA.
[Picture of Antonia Gerena Rivera]


Rivera, Miriam
Born in Hermosillo, Mexico  (exact date unknown)
Transsexual reality TV star.
[Picture of Miriam Rivera]


Rivers, Joan
Born 8 June 1933  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Gruff-voiced, surgically-enhanced comedienne, talk show host and general all-purpose celebrity.
[Picture of Joan Rivers]


Rivette, Jacques
Born 1 March 1928  (Rouen, France)
French film director, in films for aeons.
[Picture of Jacques Rivette]


Rix, Brian
Born 27 January 1924  (Cottingham, Yorkshire, England)
Actor, mostly on stage, and charity worker. Younger brother of Sheila Mercier.
[Picture of Brian Rix]


Robbo, King
Date and place of birth unknown
Graffiti artist whose name came to the fore in 2011 over an alleged feud with reknowned street artist Bansky.
[Picture of King Robbo]


Roberts, Doris
Born 4 November 1925  (St. Louis, Missouri, USA)
Actress, mostly in TV. Best known for her role as Marie Barone in the woefully unfunny 'Everyone Loves Raymond'.
[Picture of Doris Roberts]


Roberts, Eric
Born 18 April 1956  (Biloxi, Mississippi, USA)
Actor and brother of Julia Roberts.
[Picture of Eric Roberts]


Roberts, Graham
Born 3 July 1959  (Southampton, England)
Former Tottenham Hotspur and England defender.
[Picture of Graham Roberts]


Roberts, Jake "The Snake"
Born 30 May 1955  (Gainesville, Texas, USA)
Another US professional wrestler.
[Picture of Jake


Roberts, Jerry
Born in London, England  (exact date unknown)
War veteran who was part of the Bletchley Park code-breaking team. Born 1920.
[Picture of Jerry Roberts]


Roberts, Larry
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA  (exact date unknown)
Voice actor from 'Lady and the Tramp'. Born 1926.
[Picture of Larry Roberts]


Roberts, Mark
Born 3 November 1967  (Llanrwst, Wales)
Guitarist and songwriter with Welsh band Catatonia.
[Picture of Mark Roberts]


Roberts, Nicola
Born 3 October 1985  (Stamford, Lincolnshire, England)
Pale-skinned singer with noughties girlband Girls Aloud.
[Picture of Nicola Roberts]


Roberts, Robin
Born 23 November 1960  (Pass Christian, Mississippi, USA)
Newscaster and anchor of US breakfast programme 'Good Morning America' on ABC.
[Picture of Robin Roberts]


Robertson, Dale Dale Robertson is no longer with us
Born 14 July 1923  (Harrah, Oklahoma, USA)

Died 27 February 2013  (La Jolla, San Diego, USA)

Age at death: 89  (read death notice)
Prolific actor in TV westerns.
[Picture of Dale Robertson]


Robertson, George
Born 12 April 1946  (Port Ellen, Isle of Islay, Scotland)
Forrmer cabinet minister in Tony Blair's government before becoming Secretary General of NATO from 1999-2004.
[Picture of George Robertson]


Robinson, A. N. R.
Born 16 December 1926  (Calder Hall, Trinidad & Tobago)
President of Trinidad & Tobago 1997-2003.
[Picture of A. N. R. Robinson]


Robinson, Anne
Born 26 September 1944  (Crosby, Merseyside, England)
Former journalist, then game show host & TV broadcaster. Presenter of 'The Weakest Link'. The pun for her death pretty much writes itself!
[Picture of Anne Robinson]


Robinson, Billy
Date and place of birth unknown
British wrestler who found success in Japan. Born 1939.
[Picture of Billy Robinson]


Robinson, Smokey
Born 19 February 1940  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
R & B singer, one of the heroes of Motown music.
[Picture of Smokey Robinson]


Robinson, Tony
Born 15 August 1946  (Homerton, London, England)
Comic actor, best known for his role as Baldrick in 'Blackadder'. Knighted in the Queen's Birthday honours in 2013 officially for "public and political services", but I reckon it was for 'Fat Tulip's Garden' personally...
[Picture of Tony Robinson]


Robson, Bryan
Born 11 January 1957  (Chester-le-Street, England)
Former Manchester United and England captain.
[Picture of Bryan Robson]


Rocco, Alex
Born 29 February 1936  (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)
Actor, known for playing mafia types. Joins Joss Ackland on the list of those on the DDP born on the leap day.
[Picture of Alex Rocco]


Rockefeller, David
Born 12 June 1915  (New York, New York, USA)
Absurdly rich banker (of Chase Manhattan fame); son of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and grandson of oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller Sr.
[Picture of David Rockefeller]


Rockefeller, Happy
Born 9 June 1926  (place of birth unknown)
Widow of US Vice President Nelson Rockefeller.
[Picture of Happy Rockefeller]


Rodd, Michael
Born 29 November 1943  (South Shields, Tyne and Wear)
Presenter of 'Tomorrow's World' and 'Screen Test' in the 1970s.
[Picture of Michael Rodd]


Roddick, Andy
Born 30 August 1982  (Omaha, Nebraska, USA)
Retired US tennis player. Was America's great white hope for a decade but in the end only won one grand slam, the US Open in 2003.
[Picture of Andy Roddick]


Rodgers, Bill
Born 28 October 1928  (Liverpool, England)
One of the "Gang of Four" who split from the Liberal Party to form the SDP.
[Picture of Bill Rodgers]


Rodgers, Nile
Born 19 September 1952  (New York City, New York, USA)
Music producer and member of hip disco band Chic.
[Picture of Nile Rodgers]


Roeg, Nicolas
Born 15 August 1928  (London, England)
British film director of cult classics 'Don't Look Now', and 'The Man Who Fell to Earth'.
[Picture of Nicolas Roeg]


Rogers, Kenny
Born 21 August 1938  (Houston, Texas, USA)
Bearded country & western singer. Often mistaken for God.
[Picture of Kenny Rogers]


Rogers, Wayne
Born 7 April 1933  (Birmingham, Alabama, USA)
One of the stars of the TV series of 'M*A*S*H'.
[Picture of Wayne Rogers]


Rollins, Sonny
Born 7 September 1930  (New York City, New York, USA)
Jazz tenor saxophonist, with a long career in music.
[Picture of Sonny Rollins]


Roman, Phil
Born 21 December 1930  (Fresno, California, USA)
American animator for 'The Simpsons', 'King of the Hill' et al.
[Picture of Phil Roman]


Romeijn, Piet
Born 10 September 1939  (Schiedam, South Holland, Netherlands)
Dutch footballer. Was a member of Feyenoord's 1970 European Cup-winning side.
[Picture of Piet Romeijn]


Romero, Chan
Born 7 July 1941  (Billings, Montana, USA)
Rock and roll singer and songwriter who wrote 'Hippy Hippy Shake', later a hit for the Swinging Blue Jeans.
[Picture of Chan Romero]


Romero, George A.
Born 4 February 1940  (New York City, New York, USA)
American director & writer, a fan of Zombie movies, as he has made at least 5 of them!
[Picture of George A. Romero]


Ronalde, Ronnie
Born in London, England  (exact date unknown)
Entertainer, considered one of the World's best whistlers. We 'ave all sorts here at the DDP!
[Picture of Ronnie Ronalde]


Rooney, Mickey
Born 23 September 1920  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
The young Joe Yule, Jr. (as he was then named) had already appeared as Mickey McGuire in 50 short films by the time he was 13. He has followed a fairly busy acting schedule since then, but has never really regained the same recognition as an adult. He underwent surgery for a perforated colon in 1999, and had part of it removed, presumably leaving him with a semi-colon.
[Picture of Mickey Rooney]


Rosa, Draco
Born 27 June 1970  (Long Island, New York, USA)
[Picture of Draco Rosa]


Rosa, Lelita
Born 19 July 1908  (São Paulo, Brazil)
Brazilian silent film actress. Said to have died in the 1980s.
[Picture of Lelita Rosa]


Rosenquist, James
Born 29 November 1933  (Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA)
Pop artist contemporary with Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.
[Picture of James Rosenquist]


Rosi, Francesco
Born 15 November 1922  (Naples, Italy)
Italian film director.
[Picture of Francesco Rosi]


Ross, Annie
Born 25 July 1930  (Mitcham. London, England)
British-born jazz vocalist with the 1950s trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross.
[Picture of Annie Ross]


Ross, Diana
Born 26 March 1944  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Motown diva, of 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' fame. The former Supreme is no stranger to the law, and was recently busted for drink-driving.
[Picture of Diana Ross]


Ross, George H.
Born 6 January 1928  (place of birth unknown)
Executive Vice President of the Trump Organization.
[Picture of George H. Ross]


Ross, Marion
Born 25 October 1928  (Albert Lea, Minnesota, USA)
Experienced American actress, perhaps best known as Marion Cunningham in 'Happy Days'.
[Picture of Marion Ross]


Ross, Paul
Born in London, England  (exact date unknown)
TV presenter and brother of the more successful Jonathan. Born 1956.
[Picture of Paul Ross]


Roth, David Lee
Born 10 October 1954  (Bloomington, Indiana, USA)
Lead singer of hard rock giants Van Halen.
[Picture of David Lee Roth]


Roth, Philip
Born 19 March 1933  (Newark, New Jersey, USA)
Author of fiction. One of his best known works, rather aptly for DDP pun purposes is 'The Ghost Writer'.
[Picture of Philip Roth]


Rotunda, Mike
Born 30 March 1958  (St. Petersburg, Florida, USA)
Former wrestler with the WWF, WWE and Japan Pro Wrestling before retiring in 2004.
[Picture of Mike Rotunda]


Rounds, Michelle
Date and place of birth unknown
Partner of Rosie O'Donnell.
[Picture of Michelle Rounds]


Rourke, Mickey
Born 16 September 1952  (Schenectady, New York, USA)
Actor, who has had something of an up and down career in Hollywood since breaking through in the early 1980s as part of the so-called 'Brat Pack'.
[Picture of Mickey Rourke]


Routledge, Patricia
Born 17 February 1929  (Birkenhead, Cheshire, England)
Actress & comedienne, forever remembered for her role as Hyacinth Bucket in 'Keeping Up Appearances'.
[Picture of Patricia Routledge]


Rowan, Lou
Born 2 May 1925  (Murwillumbah, New South Wales, Australia)
International cricket umpire.
[Picture of Lou Rowan]


Roxx, Lara
Born 12 December 1982  (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Poronographic film actress. Contracted HIV in 2004.
[Picture of Lara Roxx]


Roy, Arundhati
Born 24 November 1961  (Shillong, Meghalaya, India)
Award-winning Indian writer of 'The God of Small Things'.
[Picture of Arundhati Roy]


Roy, Deep
Born in Nairobi, Kenya  (exact date unknown)
4'4" dwarf actor who played all of the Oompa-Loompas in Tim Burton's 2005 adaptation of Roald Dahl's 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. Born 1957.
[Picture of Deep Roy]


Rubik, Erno
Born 13 July 1944  (Budapest, Hungary)
Puzzle designer, of Rubik's cube fame.
[Picture of Erno Rubik]


Rubin, Barry
Born in Washington D.C, USA  (exact date unknown)
Expert on terrorism, especially in regards to Israel.
[Picture of Barry Rubin]


Rudorffer, Major Erich
Born 1 November 1917  (Zwochau, Sachsen, Germany)
Luftwaffe flying ace, one of the most successful ever.
[Picture of Major Erich Rudorffer]


Ruffin, Jimmy
Born 7 May 1939  (Collinsville, Mississippi, USA)
Soul singer who's best known hit was 'What Becomes of the Brokenhearted' in 1966.
[Picture of Jimmy Ruffin]


Rumsfeld, Donald
Born 9 July 1932  (Evanston, Illinois, USA)
Gaffe-prone, known known and highly controversial former secretary of defence for both Gerald Ford & George W. Bush. Hence, he is both the youngest & the oldest person to have held the position.
[Picture of Donald Rumsfeld]


Rush, Barbara
Born 4 January 1927  (Denver, Colorado, USA)
Film and television actress whose crefdirs include 'Batman' and 'Peyton Place'.
[Picture of Barbara Rush]


Rush, Otis
Born 29 April 1935  (Philadelphia, Mississippi, USA)
Left-handed Blues guitarist, an influence on Eric Clapton.
[Picture of Otis Rush]


Rushdie, Salman
Born 19 June 1947  (Bombay (now Mumbai), India)
Novelist who ruffled so many feathers in his native India with his novel 'Midnight's Children' that he was forced to leave the country. Clearly having learnt nothing from the experience, he went on to write 'The Satanic Verses' in 1988, which was critical of the Islamic faith. It resulted in rioting, book-burning, and Ayatollah Khomeini declaring a fatwa (effectively a death penalty) on his ass. He has been in hiding ever since, and the fatwa was reaffirmed by the new Ayatollah in early 2005.
[Picture of Salman Rushdie]


Ruska, Wim
Born 29 August 1940  (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Retired Olympic judo Gold Medallist.
[Picture of Wim Ruska]


Russell, Kurt
Born 17 March 1951  (Springfield, Massachusetts, USA)
Film actor. Starred as Elvis Presley in a 1979 TV movie, before embarking on an up and down career including horror classic 'The Thing', dystopian action-thriller 'Escape from New York' and kung-fu caper 'Big Trouble in Little China', all directed by John Carpenter. Married to Goldie Hawn since 1983.
[Picture of Kurt Russell]


Russell, Leon
Born 2 April 1942  (Lawton, Oklahoma, USA)
Somewhat unsung solo artist and session musician for a succession of bigger stars since the 1950s.
[Picture of Leon Russell]


Russell, William
Born 19 November 1924  (Sunderland, England)
Actor best known as Ian Chesterton in 'Doctor Who'.
[Picture of William Russell]


Rutter, Barrie
Born 12 December 1946  (Hull, Yorkshire, England)
Actor and theatre director. Was escapee Rudge in the film version of 'Porridge'.
[Picture of Barrie Rutter]


Rüütel, Arnold
Born 10 May 1928  (Laimjala Parish, Saaremaa, Estonia)
Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of Estonia during the period of it's eventual independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Later President of Estonia from 2001-2006.
[Picture of Arnold Rüütel]


Ryan, Buddy
Born 17 February 1931  (Frederick, Oklahoma, USA)
Former NFL coach who twice won the Super Bowl (1969 & 1986).
[Picture of Buddy Ryan]


Ryder, Shaun
Born 23 August 1962  (Little Hulton, Greater Manchester, England)
Lead Singer for Madchester legends Happy Mondays. Recently turned up on 'I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here' and finished a respectable runners up.
[Picture of Shaun Ryder]


Ryder, Winona
Born 29 October 1971  (Olmsted County, Minnesota, USA)
Actress, now producer & occasional shoplifter too.
[Picture of Winona Ryder]


Ryman, Robert
Born 30 May 1930  (Nashville, Tennessee, USA)
American minimalist artist.
[Picture of Robert Ryman]


Ryzhkov, Nikolai
Born 28 September 1929  (Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine)
Ukrainian member of the Soviet politburo until its dissolution in 1991.
[Picture of Nikolai Ryzhkov]

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