Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2014: V


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]


Valance, Ricky
Born 10 April 1939  (Ynysddu, Monmouthshire, Wales)
Pop/rock singer, easily best known for his 1960 hit, 'Tell Laura I Love Her'.
[Picture of Ricky Valance]


Vale, Jerry Jerry Vale is no longer with us
Born 8 July 1932  (The Bronx, New York, USA)

Died 18 May 2014  (Palm Desert, California, USA)

Age at death: 83  (read death notice)
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]


Valente, Caterina
Born 14 January 1931  (Paris, France)
Italian singer and guitar player.
[Picture of Caterina Valente]


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


van den Wall Bake, Eulalia Hermance
Born 23 November 1936  (Palembang, Indonesia)
Mother of Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.
[Picture of Eulalia Hermance van den Wall Bake]


Van Der Laan, Eberhard
Born 28 June 1955  (Leiden, Netherlands)
Dutch politician. Mayor of Amsterdam since 2010.
[Picture of Eberhard Van Der Laan]


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 Doren, Charles
Born 12 February 1926  (New York City, New York, USA)
American intellectual who was the centre of a TV scandal in the 1950s, when he was given the answers to the questions on the quiz show 'Twenty One' because the producers thought he was popular with viewers and wanted him to continue.
[Picture of Charles Van Doren]


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 Dyke, Jerry
Born 27 July 1931  (Danville, Illinois, USA)
Actor, brother of the more famous Dick Van Dyke.
[Picture of Jerry Van Dyke]


Van Gelder, Rudy
Born 2 November 1924  (Jersey City, New Jersey, USA)
Recording engineer, associated with Jazz and the Blue Note record label.
[Picture of Rudy Van Gelder]


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. Considers Robert Mugabe as "100% decent and incorruptible", which says an awful lot about him...
[Picture of Nicholas van Hoogstraten]


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


van Munster, Bertram
Born in Netherlands  (exact date unknown)
TV producer of reality show 'The Amazing Race'. No, I haven't heard of it either!
[Picture of Bertram van Munster]


van Outen, Denise
Born 27 May 1974  (Basildon, Essex, England)
Actress and TV presenter who came to prominence with 'The Big Breakfast' in the 1990s.
[Picture of Denise van Outen]


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 Rompuy, Herman
Born 31 October 1947  (Etterbeek, Belgium)
President of the European Council and thus a threat to human existence, if you read the Daily Mail...
[Picture of Herman Van Rompuy]


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]


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]


Vargas Llosa, Mario
Born 28 March 1936  (Arequipa, Peru)
Preuvian novelist, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2010.
[Picture of Mario Vargas Llosa]


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]


Vee, Bobby
Born 30 April 1943  (Fargo, North Dakota, USA)
Early 60s pop star, of 'Rubber Ball' fame. Not to be confused with Bobby Vinton of 'Blue Velvet' fame.
[Picture of Bobby Vee]


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]


Velasquez, Ramon Jose Ramon Jose Velasquez is no longer with us
Born 28 November 1916  (San Juan de Colon, Tachira, Venezuela)

Died 24 June 2014  (Caracas, Venezuela)

Age at death: 97  (read death notice)
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]


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]


Vender, Asta
Born 1 September 1916  (Tallinn, Estonia)
Estonian illustrator. Died in March 2014 but no obit.
[Picture of Asta Vender]


Venturi, Robert
Born 25 June 1925  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
Influential American architect who co-wrote an influential paper on postmodernist architecture, 'Learning from Las Vegas', in 1972.
[Picture of Robert Venturi]


Vernon, Anne
Born 7 January 1924  (Saint-Denis, France)
French film actress.
[Picture of Anne Vernon]


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]


Vidal, Maria
Born 1 August 1960  (place of birth unknown)
Singer-songwriter, whose biggest hit was 'Body Rock' in 1984.
[Picture of Maria Vidal]


Vidal, Nacho
Born 30 December 1973  (Mataró, Spain)
Spanish pornographic actor.
[Picture of Nacho Vidal]


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 Tito Vilanova is no longer with us
Born 17 September 1968  (Bellcaire d'Empordà, Spain)

Died 25 April 2014  (Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain)

Age at death: 45  (read death notice)
Coach of FC Barcelona from 2012-13. Lost his battle with cancer in April 2014.
[Picture of Tito Vilanova]


Villaggio, Paolo
Date and place of birth unknown
Italian film actor.
[Picture of Paolo Villaggio]


Vinton, Bobby
Born 16 April 1935  (Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA)
Early 60s pop star, of 'Blue Velvet' fame. Not to be confused with Bobby Vee of 'Rubber Ball' fame.
[Picture of Bobby Vinton]


Vitti, Monica
Born 3 November 1931  (Rome, Italy)
Italian actress, associated with film director Michelangelo Antonioni.
[Picture of Monica Vitti]


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]


Volkova, Yulia
Born 20 February 1985  (Moscow, Russia)
One half of faux-lesbian pop duo t.A.T.u.
[Picture of Yulia Volkova]


Volt, Jessie
Born 29 March 1990  (Bordeaux, France)
French pornographic actress.
[Picture of Jessie Volt]


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.
[Picture of Gunther von Hagens]


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 Maria Franziska von Trapp is no longer with us
Born 28 September 1914  (Zell am See, Salzburg, Austria-Hungary)

Died 18 February 2014  (Stowe, Vermont, USA)

Age at death: 99  (read death notice)
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]


Voorhies, Lark
Born 25 March 1974  (Nashville, Tennessee, USA)
Actress who played Lisa Turtle in 1990s teen-com 'Saved by the Bell.
[Picture of Lark Voorhies]


Vorderman, Carol
Born 24 December 1960  (Bedford, England)
TV presenter & the former "numbers girl" in "Countdown". Has the most awful nauseating laugh, made worse when she laughs to just about anything anybody says.
[Picture of Carol Vorderman]


Vraciu, Alexander
Born 2 November 1918  (East Chicago, Indiana, USA)
World War II fighter pilot and US Medal of Honor winner.
[Picture of Alexander Vraciu]

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