Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2015: B


Bacalov, Luis
Born 30 March 1933  (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Argentine film composer.
[Picture of Luis Bacalov]


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]


Backshall, Steve
Born 21 April 1973  (Bagshot, Surrey, England)
Naturalist and presenter of children's series 'The Really Wild Show'.
[Picture of Steve Backshall]


Badie, Mohammed
Born 7 August 1943  (El-Mahalla El-Kubra, Egypt)
Current Supreme Guide of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. Arrested in August 2013 following the coup against Muhammad Mursi.
[Picture of Mohammed Badie]


Badwin, Bobby
Born in Tusla, Oklahoma, USA  (exact date unknown)
Poker player. Won the 1978 World Series of Poker Main event. Born c. 1950.
[Picture of Bobby Badwin]


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.]


Baggot, Michael
Date and place of birth unknown
Silver expert from BBC One's 'Flog It!' Antique weighing scales not a priority for him. Born 1973.
[Picture of Michael Baggot]


Bahamontes, Federico
Born 9 July 1928  (Santo Domingo-Caudilla, Castile-La Mancha, Spain)
Former professional racing cyclist. Winner of the Tour de France in 1959.
[Picture of Federico Bahamontes]


Bailey, G. W.
Born 27 August 1945  (Port Arthur, Texas, USA)
Actor, who, no matter what else he does, will be forever known as Captain Thaddeus Harris in the 'Police Academy' series.
[Picture of G. W. Bailey]


Bajevic, Dušan
Born 10 December 1948  (Mostar, Yugoslavia (now Bosnia and Herzegovina))
Bosnian Serb footballer who played for FK Velez Mostar from 1966 to 1977, later coached his team from 1984 to 1988.
[Picture of Dušan Bajevic]


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 but seems to have recovered well.
[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, 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, Tom
Born 20 January 1934  (Liverpool, England)
Actor who played the 4th Doctor Who from 1974-81. More recently known for his deadpan voiceovers on 'Little Britain'.
[Picture of Tom Baker]


Bakewell, Joan
Born 16 April 1933  (Stockport, England)
Television presenter, newsreader and interviewer. The original thinking man's crumpet. Had a long affair with the late playwright Harold Pinter.
[Picture of Joan Bakewell]


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]


Baldwin, Peter Peter Baldwin is no longer with us
Born 29 July 1933  (Chichester, Sussex, England)

Died 21 October 2015  (London, England)

Age at death: 82  (read death notice)
Actor, played the hapless Derek Wilton in 'Coronation Street'.
[Picture of Peter Baldwin]


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


Balkman, Renaldo
Born 14 July 1984  (Staten Island, New York, USA)
NBA basketball player. Banned from the Philippine Basketball Association in 2013.
[Picture of Renaldo Balkman]


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


Bandura, Albert
Born 4 December 1925  (Mundare, Alberta, Canada)
Psychologist, specialising in social cognitive theory.
[Picture of Albert Bandura]


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]


Banks Stewart, Robert
Born 16 July 1931  (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Television writer and producer. Creator of 'Shoestring' and 'Bergerac' amongst others.
[Picture of Robert Banks Stewart]


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]


Baradar, Abdul Ghani
Born in Weetmak, Afghanistan  (exact date unknown)
One of the major Taliban members. Co-founder of the movement in Afghanistan and deputy of Mullah Omar. Arrested in 2010 but released in September 2013. Born ca. 1968.
[Picture of Abdul Ghani Baradar]


Barbato, Nancy
Born 11 September 1917  (Jersey City, New Jersey, USA)
First wife of Frank Sinatra, married from 1939 to 1951.
[Picture of Nancy Barbato]


Barber, Bob
Born 26 September 1935  (Withington, Manchester, England)
Cricketer who played for Cambridge University, Lancashire and Warwickshire in the 1950s and 1960s.
[Picture of Bob Barber]


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]


Bare, Richard L. Richard L. Bare is no longer with us
Born 12 August 1913  (Modesto, California, USA)

Died 28 March 2015  (Newport Beach, California, USA)

Age at death: 101  (read death notice)
Veteran film director, producer, screenwriter and author of 'Confessions of a Hollywood Director', memoirs which pay tribute to the behind-the camera-work of Hollywood's golden era.
[Picture of Richard L. Bare]


Barenblatt, Grigory
Born 10 July 1927  (Moscow, Russia)
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, Jean
Born 23 October 1922  (London, England)
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]


Barkley, Charles
Born 20 February 1963  (Leeds, Alabama, USA)
Basketball player, played for the Philadelphia 76ers from 1984-92. Currently an analyst on 'Inside the NBA'.
[Picture of Charles Barkley]


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]


Baron, Lita
Born 11 August 1929  (Almería, Spain)
Spanish actress. Born Isabel Beth Castro.
[Picture of Lita Baron]


Barrie, Amanda
Born 14 September 1935  (Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire,England)
Actress. Was Alma Sedgewick in Coronation Street.
[Picture of Amanda Barrie]


Barrie, J. J.
Born 7 July 1933  (Oshawa, Ontario, Canada)
Born Barry Authors. Country music singer, best known for his sentimental 1976 UK-chart topper 'No Charge'.
[Picture of J. J. Barrie]


Barrington-Coupe, William
Born 10 July 1931  (Llanelli, Wales)
Record promoter and agent as well as husband to the late concert pianist Joyce Hatto. Later admitted that recordings sold by his label were copies and not played by his recently deceased wife.
[Picture of William Barrington-Coupe]


Barrino, Fantasia
Born 30 June 1984  (High Point, North Carolina, USA)
Grammy nominated R&B-singer.
[Picture of Fantasia Barrino]


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]


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]


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]


Bartholomew I of Constantinople, Patriarch
Born 29 February 1940  (Imbros, Turkey)
Archbishop and Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople since 1991.
[Picture of Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople]


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]


Baumol, William
Born 26 February 1922  (New York City, New York, USA)
American economist.
[Picture of William Baumol]


Baxter, Billy
Born in Augusta, Georgia, USA  (exact date unknown)
Poker player, won seven World Series of Poker bracelets during his career. Born in 1940.
[Picture of Billy Baxter]


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]


Baxter, Trevor
Born 18 November 1932  (London, England)
Character actor, most notably in the classic 'Doctor Who' adventure 'The Talons of Weng-Chaing' in 1977.
[Picture of Trevor Baxter]


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


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]


Béart, Guy Guy Béart is no longer with us
Born 16 July 1930  (Cairo, Egypt)

Died 16 September 2015  (Garches, France)

Age at death: 85  (read death notice)
French singer-songwriter. Born Guy Béhart-Hasson.
[Picture of Guy Béart]


Beatrix, Princess
Born 31 January 1938  (Soestdijk Palace, Baarn, Netherlands)
Queen of The Netherlands from 1980 until her abdication in 2013.
[Picture of Princess Beatrix]


Beattie, Johnnie
Born 9 November 1926  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Veteran Scottish comedian.
[Picture of Johnnie Beattie]


Beattie, Kevin
Born 18 December 1953  (Carlisle, England)
Former Ipswich Town and England footballer.
[Picture of Kevin Beattie]


Beatty, Ned
Born 6 July 1937  (Louisville, Kentucky, USA)
Stocky, genial-looking supporting actor.
[Picture of Ned Beatty]


Beatty, Warren
Born 30 March 1937  (Richmond, Virginia, USA)
US actor, lothario in his early days, now tamed by wife Annette Bening. Brother of Shirley MacLaine, ex-boyfriend of most of the celebrity female world.
[Picture of Warren 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]


Beaven, Samantha Samantha Beaven is no longer with us
Date and place of birth unknown

Died 4 May 2015  (Brighton, East Sussex, England)

Age at death: 29  (read death notice)
Young mother who suffered from cervical cancer while pregnant with her second child. Has it come to this?
[Picture of Samantha Beaven]


Beck, Christophe
Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada  (exact date unknown)
Canadian TV and film score composer, whose credits include 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'. Born c. 1968.
[Picture of Christophe Beck]


Beck, Glenn
Born 10 February 1964  (Everett, Washington, USA)
Possibly crackers right-wing media personality/host on Fox News.
[Picture of Glenn Beck]


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]


Beckham, David
Born 2 May 1975  (Leytonstone, England)
Self-effacing brainbox, who founded Mensa and never seeks publicity.
[Picture of David Beckham]


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]


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


Beitzel, Harry
Born 6 April 1927  (Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia)
Australian rules football umpire from 1948 to 1960. Later a sports commentator.
[Picture of Harry Beitzel]


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]


Beligan, Radu
Born 14 December 1918  (Galbeni, Bacau County, Romania)
Actor, active in film, television, radio and stage since 1937!
[Picture of Radu Beligan]


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, Kristen
Born 18 July 1980  (Huntington Woods, Michigan, USA)
American actress, gained critical acclaim on the TV series 'Veronica Mars'. Has also starred in 'House of Lies' since 2012.
[Picture of Kristen 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]


Belle, Camilla
Born 2 October 1986  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
American actress whose credits include 'The Ballad of Jack Rose', '10,000 B.C.', and 'Push'.
[Picture of Camilla Belle]


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 Jean-Pierre Beltoise is no longer with us
Born 26 April 1937  (Paris, France)

Died 5 January 2015  (Dakar, Senegal)

Age at death: 77  (read death notice)
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]


Benaud, Richie Richie Benaud is no longer with us
Born 6 October 1930  (Penrith, NSW, Australia)

Died 10 April 2015  (Sydney, NSW, Australia)

Age at death: 84  (read death notice)
Half-decent spin-bowler turned vaguely irritating cricket commentator.
[Picture of Richie Benaud]


Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus
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. Stepped down as Pope in March 2013.
[Picture of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI]


Bening, Annette
Born 29 May 1958  (Topeka, Kansas, USA)
Academy Award-nominated actress.
[Picture of Annette Bening]


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]


Benmosche, Bob Bob Benmosche is no longer with us
Born 29 May 1944  (New York City, New York, USA)

Died 27 February 2015  (New York City, New York, USA)

Age at death: 70  (read death notice)
Chief Operating Officer for insurance group AIG. Must be unwell. I mean, why else would he be here?
[Picture of Bob Benmosche]


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 & 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]


Benson, Irving
Born 31 January 1914  (New York City, New York, USA)
Actor and comedian. One of the few survivors left of the vaudeville era.
[Picture of Irving Benson]


Benson, Tom
Born 12 July 1927  (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
American businessman who owns the NFL and NBA teams, the New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans.
[Picture of Tom Benson]


Bentley, Roy
Born 17 May 1924  (Bristol, England)
Former Chelsea and England international footballer.
[Picture of Roy Bentley]


Benton, Dave Dave Benton is no longer with us
Born 19 September 1962  (Illinois, USA)

Died 26 May 2015  (Champaign, Illinois, USA)

Age at death: 52  (read death notice)
News Anchor for the CBS station WCIA in Central in Illinois. Now suffering from brain cancer.
[Picture of Dave Benton]


Bentzien, Hans
Born 4 January 1927  (Greifswald, Germany)
Ex-German politician, official of the Social Unionist party.
[Picture of Hans Bentzien]


Berdimuhamedow, Gurbanguly
Born 29 June 1957  (Babarab, Soviet Union (now Turkmenistan))
President of Turkmenistan following the death of Saparmurat Niyazov in 2006.
[Picture of Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow]


Berger, Helmut
Born 29 May 1944  (Bad Ischl, Austria)
Actor of Luchino Visconti films as well as German production 'Ludwig', where he portrayed the former Bavarian King. Had been a sex-symbol in the 1960s, openly bisexual in relationships to Visconti as well as Alain Delon, Marissa Bell and Bianca Jagger.
[Picture of Helmut Berger]


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]


Bergoglio, Maria Elena
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina  (exact date unknown)
Sole surviving sibling of current pope Francis, the first Pope since records began who has not been picked for the DDP!
[Picture of Maria Elena Bergoglio]


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, Daisy
Born 28 April 1968  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Founder member and lead guitarist of nu-metal band Marilyn Manson. Born Scott Mitchell Putesky.
[Picture of Daisy Berkowitz]


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. Convicted of tax fraud in 2013.
[Picture of Silvio Berlusconi]


Berman, Lyle
Born 6 August 1941  (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)
Professional poker player and business executive.
[Picture of Lyle Berman]


Bernadotte, Marianne
Born 15 July 1924  (Helsingborg, Sweden)
Philanthropist and Countess of Wisborg, widow of Sigvard Bernadotte.
[Picture of Marianne Bernadotte]


Bernhard Of Orange-Nassau, Prince
Born 25 December 1969  (Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
Second son of Princess Margriet and nephew of former Dutch Queen Beatrix.
[Picture of Prince Bernhard Of Orange-Nassau]


Berra, Yogi Yogi Berra is no longer with us
Born 12 May 1925  (St. Louis, Missouri, USA)

Died 22 September 2015  (West Caldwell, New Jersey, USA)

Age at death: 90  (read death notice)
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, Cicely
Born 17 May 1926  (place of birth unknown)
Voice director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and author of 'Your Voice and How To Use It'.
[Picture of Cicely Berry]


Berry, Dave
Born 6 February 1941  (Beighton, Sheffield, England)
British pop singer and teen idol of the 1960s.
[Picture of Dave Berry]


Berry, Eric
Born 29 December 1988  (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
American Football player for the Kansas City Chiefs. Also known as "The Fifth Dimension".
[Picture of Eric 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]


Bersani, Pier Luigi
Born 29 September 1951  (Bettola, Italy)
Secretary of the Democratic Party of Italy between 2009 and 2013.
[Picture of Pier Luigi Bersani]


Bertinotti, Dominique
Born 10 January 1954  (Paris, France)
Former mayor of Paris' 4th arrondissement despite born in the 16th, and current French minister for family.
[Picture of Dominique Bertinotti]


Best, James James Best is no longer with us
Born 26 July 1926  (Powderly, Kentucky, USA)

Died 6 April 2015  (Hickory, North Carolina, USA)

Age at death: 88  (read death notice)
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]


Best, Pete
Born 24 November 1941  (Madras, India)
Member of The Beatles from 1959-62, when he was fired and replaced by Ringo Starr, who, unlikely though it may seem, was considered a better drummer than him.
[Picture of Pete Best]


Betancur, Belisario
Born 4 February 1923  (Amagá, Colombia)
President of Colombia from 1982 to 1986.
[Picture of Belisario Betancur]


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


Bettin, Karl
Born 7 April 1930  (Bernsdorf, Germany)
Former Minister of Glass and Ceramics Industries and Minster of Light Industry of the German Democratic Republic.
[Picture of Karl Bettin]


Betts, Dickey
Born 12 December 1943  (West Palm Beach, Florida, USA)
Guitarist and singer-songwriter, one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band.
[Picture of Dickey Betts]


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]


Biaggi, Mario Mario Biaggi is no longer with us
Born 26 October 1917  (East Harlem, New York, USA)

Died 24 June 2015  (New York City, New York, USA)

Age at death: 97  (read death notice)
Former US representative for New York.
[Picture of Mario Biaggi]


Bianchi, Jules Jules Bianchi is no longer with us
Born 3 August 1989  (Nice, France)

Died 17 July 2015  (Nice, France)

Age at death: 25  (read death notice)
French Formula One racing driver, has been in a coma since a racing crash in 2014.
[Picture of Jules Bianchi]


Bibb, Leon
Born 7 February 1922  (Louisville, Kentucky, USA)
Folk music singer. Died in October 2015 but no obit.
[Picture of Leon Bibb]


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


Bignone, Reynaldo
Born 21 January 1928  (Morón, Argentina)
Argentina's last military dictator before the restoration of democracy in 1983. And yes, there really is a town in Argentina called Morón.
[Picture of Reynaldo Bignone]


Bikel, Theodore Theodore Bikel is no longer with us
Born 2 May 1924  (Vienna, Austria)

Died 21 July 2015  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
Actor ('The African Queen', 'My Fair Lady', etc) and singer of Yiddish folk songs. Resident in the US since 1954.
[Picture of Theodore Bikel]


Billington, Tom
Born 5 December 1958  (Golborne, Lancashire, England)
Ex-professional wrestler known as 'Dynamite Kid', now in a wheelchair.
[Picture of Tom Billington]


Bilzerian, Dan
Born 7 December 1980  (Tampa, Florida, USA)
American Poker player and actor.
[Picture of Dan Bilzerian]


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


Binion, Jack
Born 21 February 1937  (Dallas, Texas, USA)
American Businessman, son of casino magnate Benny and worked at Binion's horseshoe.
[Picture of Jack Binion]


Binzer, Seth Brooks
Born 23 August 1974  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Better known as Shifty Shellshock from the band Crazy Town.
[Picture of Seth Brooks Binzer]


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]


Biró, András
Born 20 October 1925  (Sofia, Bulgaria)
Hungarian journalist.
[Picture of András Biró]


Bisset, Jacqueline
Born 13 September 1944  (Weybridge, Surrey, England)
British actress, came to stardom in the 1967 spoof James Bond film 'Casino Royale' as Miss Goodthighs.
[Picture of Jacqueline Bisset]


Bisson, Yannick
Born 16 May 1969  (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Actor from Canadian period detective series 'Murdoch Mysteries'.
[Picture of Yannick Bisson]


Black, Cilla Cilla Black is no longer with us
Born 27 May 1943  (Liverpool, England)

Died 1 August 2015  (Estepona, Costa del Sol, Spain)

Age at death: 72  (read death notice)
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]


Black, The Man In
Born 21 November 1975  (Leicester, England)
Host/Organiser of the DDP since 2010.
[Picture of The Man In Black]


Black, Tori
Born 26 August 1988  (Seattle, Washington, USA)
Pornographic actress, born Michelle Chapman.
[Picture of Tori Black]


Blackburn, Tony
Born 29 January 1943  (Guildford, Surrey, England)
Famous as the first DJ on Radio 1 in 1967. 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]


Blair, Lionel
Born 12 December 1931  (Montreal, Canada)
Camp, tap-dancing, fixed-grinning TV personality.
[Picture of Lionel Blair]


Blair, Ross
Date and place of birth unknown
Brother of Mansfield Town footballer Matty Blair, now suffering from cancer.
[Picture of Ross 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]


Blanchard, Susan
Born 8 March 1928  (New York City, New York, USA)
Socialite widow of actor Richard Widmark. Was also married to Henry Fonda.
[Picture of Susan Blanchard]


Blatter, Sepp
Born 10 March 1936  (Visp, Canton Valais, Switzerland)
Slippery president of world football body FIFA from 1998-2015. Steped down amidst a huge bribary and corruption scandal in 2015. Who knew?
[Picture of Sepp Blatter]


Blazer, Chuck
Born 26 April 1945  (New York City, New York, USA)
American soccer administrator, member of the FIFA Executive Committee from 1996 to 2013.
[Picture of Chuck Blazer]


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]


Bligh, Anna
Born 14 July 1960  (Warwick, Queensland, Australia)
Local Aussie politician, former Minister for Families, Community Services, Disability Services and Youth, Minister for Education, Minister for the Arts, Treasurer, Deputy Primer, Minister for Reconstruction and (finally) Premier, in Queensland.
[Picture of Anna Bligh]


Blix, Hans
Born 28 June 1928  (Uppsala, Sweden)
UN Weapons Inspector, former Swedish Foreign Minister. Got in trouble for not finding any weapons of mass destruction, which was a bit harsh, because there never were any.
[Picture of Hans Blix]


Bloembergen, Nicolaas
Born 11 March 1920  (Dordrecht, Netherlands)
Electrical engineering genius, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1981.
[Picture of Nicolaas Bloembergen]


Bloom, Claire
Born 15 February 1931  (London, England)
Actress known for her costumed roles in film.
[Picture of Claire Bloom]


Bloomfield, Colin Colin Bloomfield is no longer with us
Born 22 February 1982  (Southampton, Hampshire, England)

Died 25 April 2015  (Shrewsbury, England)

Age at death: 33  (read death notice)
BBC Radio Derby breakfast show presenter, now suffering from cancer.
[Picture of Colin Bloomfield]


Blue, Rabbi Lionel
Born 6 February 1930  (London, England)
Rabbi, journalist & broadcaster, who often does "Thought for the Day" on BBC Radio 4's 'Today' programme.
[Picture of Rabbi Lionel Blue]


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


Bly, Robert
Born 23 December 1926  (Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota, USA)
Poet and Author of 'Iron John'.
[Picture of Robert Bly]


Blyth, Ann
Born 16 August 1928  (Mount Kisco, New York, USA)
Hollywood actress who was nominated for an Academy award for Best Supporting Actress in 1945 for the film 'Mildred Pierce'.
[Picture of Ann Blyth]


Bockwinkel, Nick
Born 6 December 1934  (St. Paul, Minnesota, USA)
Former American Wrestling Association Heavyweight Champion. Died in November 2015 but no obit.
[Picture of Nick Bockwinkel]


Bocuse, Paul
Born 11 February 1926  (Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or, France)
Nouvelle cuisine chef.
[Picture of Paul Bocuse]


Boesch, Rudy
Born 20 January 1928  (Rochester, New York, USA)
Former Navy SEAL who competed and very nearly won the US reality show 'Survivor' at the age of 72.
[Picture of Rudy Boesch]


Bohringer, Richard
Born 16 January 1941  (Moulins, France)
French Actor.
[Picture of Richard Bohringer]


Bolger, Jim
Born 25 December 1941  (Oylegate, County Wexford, Rep of Ireland)
Racehorse trainer and breeder.
[Picture of Jim Bolger]


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]


Bolling, Claude
Born 10 April 1930  (Cannes, France)
Jazz pianist and composer.
[Picture of Claude Bolling]


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


Boni, Yayi
Born 1 July 1952  (Tchaourou, Dahomey (now Benin))
President of Benin since 2006.
[Picture of Yayi Boni]


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


Bonnefoy, Yves
Born 24 June 1923  (Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France)
French poet and essayist.
[Picture of Yves Bonnefoy]


Bono, (singer)
Born 10 May 1960  (Ballymun, Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
U2 front man, who, like his mate Sir Bob Geldof, labours under the misapprehension that having once been a successful pop star makes him (a) an expert on everything from world hunger to the environment, and (b) worth listening to. Born Paul David Hewson.
[Picture of (singer) Bono]


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


Book, Tony
Born 4 September 1934  (Bath, Somerset, England)
Former footballer & manager of Manchester City in the 1970s.
[Picture of Tony Book]


Boone, Pat
Born 1 June 1934  (Jacksonville, Florida, USA)
Crooner, most successful with ballads and blues.
[Picture of Pat Boone]


Booth, Tony
Born 9 October 1931  (Liverpool, England)
Political activist, actor (most notably in 'Till Death Us Do Part'), ex-alcoholic, ex-husband of the late Pat Phoenix and father-in-law of Tony Blair, whose wife Cherie is one of Booth's eight daughters.
[Picture of Tony Booth]


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]


Bornstein, Kate
Born 15 March 1948  (Neptune City, New Jersey, USA)
Gender theorist, born as a man, now a lesbian woman. Has suffered from PTSD and also diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, chronic lymphocytic leukemia and in September 2012 with lung cancer.
[Picture of Kate Bornstein]


Bosh, Chris
Born 24 March 1984  (Dallas, Texas, USA)
NBA Basketball player for the Miami Heat.
[Picture of Chris Bosh]


Bossi, Rolf
Born 10 August 1923  (Karlsruhe, Germany)
German criminal defence lawyer, notable for defending prominent actors such as Ingrid van Bergen and Romy Schneider. Died in December 2015 but no obit.
[Picture of Rolf Bossi]


Bossom, Clive
Born 4 February 1918  (place of birth unknown)
Former British politician and Member of Parliament from 1959 to 1974.
[Picture of Clive Bossom]


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


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]


Bouglione, Rosa
Born 21 December 1910  (Ixelles, Belgium)
French circus performer.
[Picture of Rosa Bouglione]


Bouquet, Michel
Born 6 November 1925  (Paris, France)
Veteran French film actor.
[Picture of Michel Bouquet]


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]


Bouwens, Hans
Born 8 December 1940  (Hoorn, Netherlands)
Dutch Singer-songwriter, Also known as George Baker.
[Picture of Hans Bouwens]


Bovell, Brian
Born 26 October 1959  (London, England)
British actor who appeared on TV since the 1980s.
[Picture of Brian Bovell]


Bowen, Jim
Born 20 August 1937  (Heswall, Cheshire, England)
Super, smashing, great. The avuncular presenter of ITV's 'Bullseye' (1981-93). You can't beat a bit of Bully!
[Picture of Jim Bowen]


Bower, Johnny
Born 8 November 1924  (Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada)
Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender, also served in the Canadian Army during WWII.
[Picture of Johnny Bower]


Bowie, David
Born 8 January 1947  (Brixton, London, England)
Legendary "Chameleon of Rock" who burst back onto the music scene in 2013 after virtually a decade out of the spotlight.
[Picture of David Bowie]


Bowman, Scotty
Born 18 September 1933  (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Retired Canadian National Hockey League head coach.
[Picture of Scotty Bowman]


Boyd, Laura
Born in Bishopbriggs, Scotland  (exact date unknown)
Cancer-ridden TV presenter who did the Edinburgh MoonWalk, a marathon for women in their bras. Still goes partying until 3am. And of course one of those who blogs on their illness. Born 1982.
[Picture of Laura Boyd]


Boyd, Pattie
Born 17 March 1944  (Taunton, Somerset, England)
British model who was once married to musicians George Harrison and Eric Clapton. Inspired the latter's classic 'Layla'.
[Picture of Pattie Boyd]


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]


Boyer, Jacqueline
Born 23 April 1941  (Paris, France)
Singer and actress.
[Picture of Jacqueline Boyer]


Boyer, Paul D.
Born 31 July 1918  (Provo, Utah, USA)
Biochemist - co-winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1997.
[Picture of Paul D. Boyer]


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]


Boynton Robinson, Amelia Amelia Boynton Robinson is no longer with us
Born 18 August 1911  (Savannah, Georgia, USA)

Died 26 August 2015  (Montgomery, Alabama, USA)

Age at death: 104  (read death notice)
Leader of the American Civil Rights Movement in Selma, Alabama.
[Picture of Amelia Boynton Robinson]


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]


Bradbury, Myles
Date and place of birth unknown
Paedophile doctor who was accused in December 2014 of abusing pediatric cancer patients and sentenced to 22 years in prison. Born 1973.
[Picture of Myles Bradbury]


Bradley, David
Born 17 April 1942  (York, England)
British actor famous for playing Argus Filch in the Harry Potter film series and later starred as Walder Frey in 'Game of Thrones'.
[Picture of David Bradley]


Bradshaw, Terry
Born 2 September 1948  (Shreveport, Louisiana, USA)
Former NFL quaterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
[Picture of Terry Bradshaw]


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. Made various efforts to legally "die" in prison by refusing food, all failed. Now rumoured to have dementia.
[Picture of Ian 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 Sarah Brady is no longer with us
Born 6 February 1942  (Missouri, USA)

Died 3 April 2015  (Alexandria, Virginia, USA)

Age at death: 73  (read death notice)
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]


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]


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. Now trying to be some kind of revolutionary.
[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]


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]


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


Brauss, Arthur
Born 24 July 1936  (Augsburg, Germany)
German actor, best known for his role in Sam Peckinpah's 'Cross of Iron' in 1977.
[Picture of Arthur Brauss]


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]


Brazelton, T. Berry
Born 10 May 1918  (Waco, Texas, USA)
Pediatrician and author.
[Picture of T. Berry Brazelton]


Breeze, Tyler
Born 19 January 1988  (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
Professional WWE wrestler. Born Mattias Clement.
[Picture of Tyler Breeze]


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]


Brendel, Alfred
Born 5 January 1931  (Loucná nad Desnou, Czech Republic)
Austrian pianist, artist, poet and author.
[Picture of Alfred Brendel]


Breukhoven, Hans
Born 31 October 1946  (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
Founder and president of the retail company, Free Record Shop.
[Picture of Hans Breukhoven]


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]


Bricusse, Leslie
Born 29 January 1931  (London, England)
English composer, lyricist and playwright
[Picture of Leslie Bricusse]


Bridger, Mark
Born 6 November 1965  (Carshalton, London, England)
Wales-based Englishman, sentenced to life imprisonment for the abduction and murder of five-year-old April Jones in 2012. Has six children by four women himself.
[Picture of Mark Bridger]


Brigance, O. J.
Born 29 September 1969  (Houston, Texas, USA)
Former CFL and NFL football player, and senior advisor to player development for the Baltimore Ravens.
[Picture of O. J. Brigance]


Briggs, Anne
Born 29 September 1944  (Toton, Nottinghamshire, England)
English folk singer, never achieved public acknowledge of her music.
[Picture of Anne Briggs]


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]


Briksa, Gerhard
Date and place of birth unknown
Minister of Trade and supply in the former East German government.
[Picture of Gerhard Briksa]


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]


Brinson, G. Monty
Date and place of birth unknown
Ex-husband of 'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills'star Kim Richards.
[Picture of G. Monty Brinson]


Brito, Bonnie
Date and place of birth unknown
Californian woman jailed for her part in a Ponzi-style fraud. Release late in 2014 for compassionate reasons.
[Picture of Bonnie Brito]


Brittain, Clive
Born 15 December 1934  (place of birth unknown)
British racehorse trainer, whose best known horse was Pebbles, winner of the 10,000 guineas in 1984.
[Picture of Clive Brittain]


Brittan, Leon Leon Brittan is no longer with us
Born 25 September 1939  (London, England)

Died 21 January 2015  (London, England)

Age at death: 75  (read death notice)
Former British cabinet minister. Resigned in 1986 during the "Westland affair".
[Picture of Leon Brittan]


Britton, Joe
Born 7 October 1911  (place of birth unknown)
Chelsea pensioner. Grandson of Henry Britton, original coxwain of the James Stevens No. 14 lifeboat. Sadly died in October 2014 so nil points...
[Picture of Joe Britton]


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, Jim
Born 24 May 1949  (Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England)
TV & film actor, often in sitcoms too.
[Picture of Jim 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]


Broke-Smith, Jean
Born 18 December 1942  (London, England)
Etiquette, deportment and grooming teacher. Not that kind of grooming…
[Picture of Jean Broke-Smith]


Brokken, Corry
Born 3 December 1932  (Breda, Netherlands)
Dutch singer and winner of the 1957 Eurovision Song Contest.
[Picture of Corry Brokken]


Bromfield, Lois
Date and place of birth unknown
Canadian comedian who was married to fellow comedian Steve Moore, although both later came out as gay.
[Picture of Lois Bromfield]


Brooke, Edward Edward Brooke is no longer with us
Born 26 October 1919  (Washington, D.C., USA)

Died 3 January 2015  (Coral Gables, Florida, USA)

Age at death: 95  (read death notice)
One of the few African-American Republicans elected to the US Senate.
[Picture of Edward Brooke]


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, John
Born 12 April 1927  (place of birth unknown)
AKA Baron Brooks of Tremorfa. Former Labour politician in Wales.
[Picture of John Brooks]


Brooks, Mel
Born 28 June 1926  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Comic actor and film director.
[Picture of Mel Brooks]


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


Broome, David
Born 1 March 1940  (Cardiff, Wales)
Former showjumping champion. Won two bronzes at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome.
[Picture of David Broome]


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, Eric "Winkle"
Born 21 January 1919  (Leith, Scotland)
Considered to be Britain's greatest pilot. Flew 487 different aircraft as a test pilot and was part of the division that liberated the Belsen concentration camp in World War II.
[Picture of Eric


Brown, Gordon
Born 20 February 1951  (Govan, Glasgow, Scotland)
Prime Minister of Great Britain from 2007 to 2010.
[Picture of Gordon Brown]


Brown, Jim Ed Jim Ed Brown is no longer with us
Born 1 April 1934  (Sparkman, Arkansas, USA)

Died 11 June 2015  (Franklin, Tennessee, USA)

Age at death: 81  (read death notice)
Country musician with family group The Browns.
[Picture of Jim Ed Brown]


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


Brown, Maxine
Born 27 April 1932  (Campti, Louisiana, USA)
As you can see on the team player's list's name: A country singer.
[Picture of Maxine Brown]


Brown, Ronald
Born 7 August 1926  (England)
Bishop of Birkenhead from 1974-1992.
[Picture of Ronald Brown]


Browne, Ronnie
Born 20 August 1937  (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Scottish folk singer known as "The Voice".
[Picture of Ronnie Browne]


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


Brumley, Kenneth
Born in Texas, USA  (exact date unknown)
One of the World's heaviest men, tipping the scales at 73 stone! Born 1968.
[Picture of Kenneth Brumley]


Bruna, Dick
Born 23 August 1927  (Utrecht, The Netherlands)
Dutch illustrator and creator of the popular cutesy rabbit Miffy.
[Picture of Dick Bruna]


Bruner, Jerome
Born 1 October 1915  (New York City, New York, USA)
Cognitive psychologist.
[Picture of Jerome Bruner]


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]


Bryant, Kobe
Born 23 August 1978  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
Basketball player for the LA Lakers.
[Picture of Kobe Bryant]


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


Buchanan, Ken
Born 28 May 1945  (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Former Lightweight boxer of the 1960s & 1970s.
[Picture of Ken Buchanan]


Buck, Chris
Born in Wichita, Kansas, USA  (exact date unknown)
Animator. Co-director of 'Frozen'. Born 1960 or 1961.
[Picture of Chris Buck]


Buckley, James L.
Born 9 March 1923  (New York City, New York, USA)
Former New York senator and District judge.
[Picture of James L. Buckley]


Budiardjo, Carmel
Date and place of birth unknown
Human rights activist. Born 1925.
[Picture of Carmel Budiardjo]


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


Bueno, Maria
Born 11 October 1939  (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Brazillian mutiple grand slam tennis champion.
[Picture of Maria Bueno]


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 Vincent Bugliosi is no longer with us
Born 18 August 1934  (Hibbing, Minnesota, USA)

Died 6 June 2015  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 80  (read death notice)
American attorney, best known as the prosecuting counsel against Charles Manson et al in 1969 for the Tate-LaBianca murders.
[Picture of Vincent Bugliosi]


Bujold, Geneviève
Born 1 July 1942  (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Actress. Won a Golden Globe for the title role in 'Anne of the Thousand Days'.
[Picture of Geneviève Bujold]


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]


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]


Bunyan, Vashti
Born in London, England  (exact date unknown)
Folk singer, whose album 'Just Another Diamond Day', released in 1970 became a cult hit thirty years after its release.
[Picture of Vashti Bunyan]


Burbidge, Margaret
Born 12 August 1919  (Davenport, England)
[Picture of Margaret Burbidge]


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


Burger, Adolf
Born 12 August 1917  (Velká Lomnica, Slovakia)
Jewish typographer, drafted in by the Nazis for Operation Bernhard, a plan to destabilise the British economy with fake currency. A bit like Quantitiative Easing really…
[Picture of Adolf Burger]


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, David
Born 25 May 1934  (Liverpool, England)
Actor - played Dr Watson in the 1980s TV adaptation of 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes'.
[Picture of David Burke]


Burke, James
Born 22 December 1936  (Derry, Northern Ireland)
Scientist, historian & TV presenter - presented 'Tomorrow's World'.
[Picture of James Burke]


Burke, Mike
Born 14 June 1974  (Aurora, Colorado, USA)
American strongman who has competed in the annual World's Strongest Man competition.
[Picture of Mike Burke]


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


Burke, Jr., Jack
Born 29 January 1923  (Fort Worth, Texas, USA)
Retired professional golfer. Won the Masters in 1956.
[Picture of Jack Burke, Jr.]


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


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, Pete
Born 5 August 1959  (Port Sunlight, Cheshire, England)
Androgynous front person of '80s electropopsters Dead Or Alive.
[Picture of Pete Burns]


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]


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)
President of the USA from 1989-93. Son George also took the reigns.
[Picture of George H. W. Bush, Sr.]


Buster, Prince
Born 28 May 1938  (Kingston, Jamaica)
Ska & reggae singer, a legend in his own country. Born plain old Cecil Campbell.
[Picture of Prince Buster]


Butler, Jerry
Born 8 December 1939  (Sunflower, Mississippi, USA)
Soul singer-songwriter and original leader of the R&B group, The Impressions.
[Picture of Jerry Butler]


Butler, Peter
Born 25 March 1932  (Birmingham, England)
British professional golfer, who, during the 1973 Ryder Cup, recorded the first ever hole-in-one in Ryder Cup history.
[Picture of Peter Butler]


Buxton, Angela
Born 16 August 1934  (Liverpool, England)
Former tennis player, who won the women's doubles title at both the French Championships and Wimbledon in 1956 with Althea Gibson. First British woman ever to reach a Wimbledon final.
[Picture of Angela Buxton]


Buzzi, Ruth
Born 24 July 1936  (Westerly, Rhode Island, USA)
Comedienne and actress on film, stage and television.
[Picture of Ruth Buzzi]


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


Byrne, Michael
Born 7 November 1943  (London, England)
British actor best known for playing nasty Nazis.
[Picture of Michael 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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