Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2013: V


Vailahi, Sione
Born 8 September 1956  (Nuku'alofa, Tonga)
Tongan professional wrestler.
[Picture of Sione Vailahi]


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


Valdés, Bebo Bebo Valdés is no longer with us
Born 9 October 1918  (Quivicán, Cuba)

Died 22 March 2013  (Stockholm, Sweden)

Age at death: 94  (read death notice)
Cuban pianist and bandleader.
[Picture of Bebo Valdés]


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


Valencia, Angie Sanclemente
Born 25 May 1979  (Colombia)
Former beauty queen alleged ringringer of one of Colombia's largest drug rings. Not just a pretty face...
[Picture of Angie Sanclemente Valencia]


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


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


Väljas, Vaino
Born 28 March 1931  (Külaküla, Hiiumaa, Estonia)
Estonian Soviet politician. Was First Secretary of the Communist Party of Estonia from 1988 until its independence in 1990.
[Picture of Vaino Väljas]


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


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


Van Buren, Abigail Abigail Van Buren is no longer with us
Born 4 July 1918  (Sioux City, Iowa, USA)

Died 16 January 2013  (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)

Age at death: 94  (read death notice)
Agony aunt (born Pauline Esther Friedman) who wrote the long-running 'Dear Abby' column which was syndicated to a number of US newspapers. Her twin sister, Esther Pauline Friedman (clearly their parents were somewhat short of inspiration when it came to names), was also an agony aunt.
[Picture of Abigail Van Buren]


van de Meer, Teake
Born 18 September 1936  (Zwaagwesteinde, Friesland, Netherlands)
Dutch equivalent of yer nurthun comic, north in the Netherlands case being Friesland.
[Picture of Teake van de Meer]


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


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


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


Van Halen, Eddie
Born 26 January 1955  (Nijmegen, Netherlands)
Dutch guitarist, co-founder of the rock group Van Halen. Has suffered health problems in the last few years, which have affected his output somewhat.
[Picture of Eddie Van Halen]


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


Van Kirk, Theodore "Dutch"
Born 27 February 1921  (Northumberland, Pennsylvania, USA)
The navigator of the Enola Gay when it dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima.
[Picture of Theodore


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


Van Patten, Dick
Born 9 December 1928  (New York, New York, USA)
US actor & dog food promoter. Suffered a major stroke in 2006.
[Picture of Dick Van Patten]


Van Peebles, Melvin
Born 21 August 1932  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Filmmaker and actor, the Godfather of was to be known as "Blaxploitation" films starring African-American actors after the release of his independent film 'Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song' in 1971.
[Picture of Melvin Van Peebles]


van Persie, Robin
Born 6 August 1983  (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
Prolific striker for Manchester United and the Netherlands.
[Picture of Robin van Persie]


Van Varenberg, Kristopher
Born 20 May 1987  (place of birth unknown)
Actor son of semi-legendary martial arts star Jean-Claude Van Damme.
[Picture of Kristopher Van Varenberg]


van Vlissingen, John Fentener
Born 4 March 1939  (Utrecht, Netherlands)
The Netherlands richest man through his travel business BCD Holdings.
[Picture of John Fentener van Vlissingen]


Vance, Jack Jack Vance is no longer with us
Born 28 August 1916  (San Francisco, California, USA)

Died 26 May 2013  (Oakland, California, USA)

Age at death: 96  (read death notice)
Author of fantasy & science fiction.
[Picture of Jack Vance]


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


Vane, 11th Baron Barnard, John
Born 21 September 1923  (place of birth unknown)
Lord Lieutenant of Durham between 1970-1988.
[Picture of John Vane, 11th Baron Barnard]


Vanhoye, Albert
Born 23 July 1923  (Hazebrouck, France)
Jesuit priest.
[Picture of Albert Vanhoye]


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


Vasiliou, George
Born 20 May 1931  (Famagusta, Cyprus)
President of Cyprus from 1988-1993.
[Picture of George Vasiliou]


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


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


Vega, Savio
Born 10 August 1964  (Vega Alta, Puerto Rico)
Puerto Rican professional wrestler.
[Picture of Savio Vega]


Veil, Simone
Born 13 July 1927  (Nice, France)
Lawyer and politician. Served under President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing before becoming President of the European Parliament in 1979.
[Picture of Simone Veil]


Vejjajiva, Abhisit
Born 3 August 1964  (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England)
The new Prime Minister (at least for now) of troubled Thailand.
[Picture of Abhisit Vejjajiva]


Velasquez, Ramon Jose
Born 28 November 1916  (San Juan de Colon, Tachira, Venezuela)
Former President of Venezuela between 1993 & 1994.
[Picture of Ramon Jose Velasquez]


Velazquez, Isidro
Born in Ayapa, Mexico  (exact date unknown)
One of the last known speakers of the ancient Mexican language of Ayapaneco. Born 1942.
[Picture of Isidro Velazquez]


VelJohnson, Reginald
Born 16 August 1952  (New York City, New York, USA)
Actor. Played Sgt Powell in the first two 'Die Hard' movies.
[Picture of Reginald VelJohnson]


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


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


Vermaelen, Thomas
Born 14 November 1985  (Kapellen, Belgium)
Footballer. Current captain of Arsenal FC.
[Picture of Thomas Vermaelen]


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


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


Videla, Jorge Rafael Jorge Rafael Videla is no longer with us
Born 21 August 1925  (Mercedes, Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Died 17 May 2013  (Marcos Paz, Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Age at death: 85  (read death notice)
Former President of Argentina between 1976 & 1981, and the man who lead the military junta which specialised inhuman rights abuses, tortures & "disappearances".
[Picture of Jorge Rafael Videla]


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


Vilanova, Tito
Born 17 September 1968  (Bellcaire d'Empordà, Spain)
Current manager of arguably the greatest team in modern football, Barcelona FC. Has had various issues with cancer in recent years.
[Picture of Tito Vilanova]


Villanueva, Armando
Born 25 November 1915  (Lima, Peru)
Former Peruvian dissident, politician & writer. Died in April 2013 but no obit.
[Picture of Armando Villanueva]


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


Vinicchayakul, Serm
Born 2 June 1907  (Bangkok, Thailand)
Governor of the Bank of Thailand from 1946-47 and again from 1952-55. Later became Minister of Finance for the Thai government.
[Picture of Serm Vinicchayakul]


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


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


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


von Bargen, Daniel
Born 5 June 1950  (Cincinnati, Ohio, USA)
Actor, best known for his roles in 'Seinfeld' and 'Malcolm in the Middle'. Remarkably, in a suspected suicide attempt in 2012, he shot himself in the temple and yet survived! Should have made Oscar Pistorius his hitman. Just sayin'...
[Picture of Daniel von Bargen]


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


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


von Hagens, Gunther
Born 10 January 1945  (Skalmierzyce, Kalisz, Poland)
Controversial German anatomist, known for his plastination technique for preserving body parts. Famously performed autopsys on Channel 4 in the mid-noughties. Will plastinate his own body for display when he dies, which could be soon as he has advanced Parkinson's disease.
[Picture of Gunther von Hagens]


von Kleist-Schmenzin, Ewald-Heinrich Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist-Schmenzin is no longer with us
Born 10 July 1922  (Smecino, Poland)

Died 8 March 2013  (Munich, Germany)

Age at death: 90  (read death notice)
Last surviving member of the "20th July" plot to kill Adolf Hitler.
[Picture of Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist-Schmenzin]


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


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


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


Vos, Rich
Born 30 June 1957  (Plainfield, New Jersey, USA)
American observational standup comedian. Don't you just hate it when you, like get picked in a deadpool? Yada yada...
[Picture of Rich Vos]

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