Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2015: 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]


Valdez, Lupe
Born 11 October 1947  (San Antonio, Texas, USA)
Openly gay, Hispanic Sheriff of Dallas County, Texas.
[Picture of Lupe Valdez]


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


Van Den Bleeken, Frank
Date and place of birth unknown
Serial rapist and murderer who is aiming to be euthanised despite no medical condition. Born 1964.
[Picture of Frank Van Den Bleeken]


van der Kade-Koudijs, Gerda
Born 29 October 1923  (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
Dutch athlete who won 4x100m relay Olympic gold in 1948. Died in March 2015 but no obit.
[Picture of Gerda van der Kade-Koudijs]


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 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 Gyseghem, Joanna
Born 4 September 1941  (Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England)
TV actress best known for her role as Linda Cochran in the 1980s sitcom 'Duty Free'.
[Picture of Joanna Van Gyseghem]


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 Himst, Paul
Born 2 October 1943  (Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, Belgium)
Former Anderlecht and Belgium footballer. Won 8 Belgian league titles.
[Picture of Paul Van Himst]


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 Patten, Dick Dick Van Patten is no longer with us
Born 9 December 1928  (New York, New York, USA)

Died 23 June 2015  (Santa Monica, California, USA)

Age at death: 86  (read death notice)
US actor & dog food promoter. Suffered a major stroke in 2006.
[Picture of Dick Van Patten]


Van Roosbroeck, Eugène
Born 13 May 1928  (Antwerp, Belgium)
Olympic gold medal winning Belgian cyclist.
[Picture of Eugène Van Roosbroeck]


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]


Vanian, Dave
Born 12 October 1956  (Hemel Hempstead, England)
Lead singer of punk legends The Damned.
[Picture of Dave Vanian]


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


Varda, James
Born in Colchester, England  (exact date unknown)
Folk musician. Released his debut album in 1988, his follow-up in 2003! Died in June 2015 and probably unlikely to get the requisite obit...
[Picture of James Varda]


Vaudecrane, Jacqueline
Born 22 November 1913  (Paris, France)
Former French figure skating champion.
[Picture of Jacqueline Vaudecrane]


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]


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]


Veronesi, Sandro
Born 1 April 1959  (Florence, Italy)
Italian novelist.
[Picture of Sandro Veronesi]


Vertue, Beryl
Born in Mitcham, Surrey, England  (exact date unknown)
Television Producer responsible for many successful series such as 'Men Behaving Badly', 'Coupling' and 'Sherlock', the latter two created by her son-in-law Steven Moffat. Born 1931.
[Picture of Beryl Vertue]


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]


Villeneuve, Sr., Jacques
Born 4 November 1953  (Berthierville, Canada)
Canadian motor racer, whoses nephew Jacques won the F1 World Championship in 1997 and brother Gilles was killed racing in 1982.
[Picture of Jacques Villeneuve, Sr.]


Vincent, Jan-Michael
Born 15 July 1944  (Denver, Colorado, USA)
Star of 1980s action series 'Airwolf'.
[Picture of Jan-Michael Vincent]


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]


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


Vithoulkas, George
Born 25 July 1932  (Athens, Greece)
Greek homeopathic practitioner and teacher.
[Picture of George Vithoulkas]


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]


Volcker, Paul
Born 5 September 1927  (Cape May, New Jersey, USA)
Chairman of the US Federal Reserve from 1979-1987 under Presidents' Carter and Reagan.
[Picture of Paul Volcker]


von Anhalt, Frédéric Prinz
Born 18 June 1943  (Bad Kreuznach, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany)
The latest (possibly the last) of the many husbands of ailing filmstar Zsa Zsa Gabor.
[Picture of Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt]


von Bargen, Daniel Daniel von Bargen is no longer with us
Born 5 June 1950  (Cincinnati, Ohio, USA)

Died 1 March 2015  (Montgomery, Ohio, USA)

Age at death: 64  (read death notice)
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 Falz-Fein, Eduard
Born 14 September 1912  (Gavrilovka, Kherson Oblast, Ukraine)
Liechtensteinian businessman and public figure.
[Picture of Eduard von Falz-Fein]


von Ribbentrop, Rudolf
Born 11 May 1921  (Wiesbaden, Germany)
German SS officer and son of foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop.
[Picture of Rudolf von Ribbentrop]


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 Weizsäcker, Richard Richard von Weizsäcker is no longer with us
Born 15 April 1920  (Stuttgart, Germany)

Died 31 January 2015  (Berlin, Germany)

Age at death: 94  (read death notice)
Former President of Germany.
[Picture of Richard von Weizsäcker]


Vraciu, Alexander
Born 2 November 1918  (East Chicago, Indiana, USA)
World War II fighter pilot and US Medal of Honor winner. Died in January 2015 but no obit.
[Picture of Alexander Vraciu]


Vujanovic, Filip
Born 1 September 1954  (Belgrade, Serbia)
President of Montenegro since 2003.
[Picture of Filip Vujanovic]

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