Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2016: A


Aarebrot, Frank
Born 19 January 1947  (Bergen Norway)
Norwegian political scientist.
[Picture of Frank Aarebrot]


Aaron, Tommy
Born 22 February 1937  (Gainesville, Georgia, USA)
American former professional golfer. Winner of the 1973 Masters.
[Picture of Tommy Aaron]


Abbas, Mahmoud
Born 26 March 1935  (Safed, Palestine)
President of the Palestinian Authority.
[Picture of Mahmoud Abbas]


Abbot, Russ
Born 16 September 1947  (Chester, Cheshire, England)
Comedian and actor. Born Russell Roberts, he was voted "funniest man on television" 5 times. If he was the funniest, then we'd hate to see who was the unfunniest. Also Pipe Smoker of the Year 2001, which might be more relevant to the DDP.
[Picture of Russ Abbot]


Abdel-Rahman, Omar
Born 3 May 1938  (Dakahlia, Cairo, Egypt)
Blind Muslim cleric and militant leader, currently serving life for plotting the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
[Picture of Omar Abdel-Rahman]


Abdeslam, Salah
Born 15 September 1989  (Brussels, Belgium)
Terrorism suspect responsible for taking part in the Paris attacks in November 2015.
[Picture of Salah Abdeslam]


Abdul Aziz, Salman bin
Born 31 December 1935  (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
Minister of Defence and member of the House of Saud. Crown Prince in 2012.
[Picture of Salman bin Abdul Aziz]


Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem
Born 16 April 1947  (New York City, New York, USA)
US basketball player with the LA Lakers in the 1970s and 80s but he insists he's Roger Murdock, an airline co-pilot!
[Picture of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar]


Abdullah II of Jordan, King
Born 20 January 1962  (Amman, Jordan)
King of Jordan since 1999.
[Picture of King Abdullah II of Jordan]


Abed, Fazle Hasan
Born 27 April 1936  (Habiganj, Bangladesh)
Social worker and chairman of BRAC, the World's largest NGO.
[Picture of Fazle Hasan Abed]


Ablett Sr, Gary
Born 1 October 1961  (Drouin, Victoria, Australia)
Former Australian rules footballer, played for Hawthorn and Geelong in the AFL.
[Picture of Gary Ablett Sr]


Abraham, Farrah
Born 31 May 1991  (Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA)
Reality TV personality, came to prominence after being cast in '16 and Pregnant' in 2009.
[Picture of Farrah Abraham]


Abrahams, Peter
Born 3 March 1919  (Johannesburg, South Africa)
South Africa-born writer.
[Picture of Peter Abrahams]


Abrikosov, Alexei Alexeyevich
Born 25 June 1928  (Moscow, Soviet Union (Now Russia))
Russian theoretical physicist.
[Picture of Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov]


Abrini, Mohamed
Born 27 December 1984  (place of birth unknown)
Terrorism suspect responsible for taking part in the Paris terrorist attacks in November 2015.
[Picture of Mohamed Abrini]


Ackland, Joss
Born 29 February 1928  (North Kensington, London, England)
Distinguished and experienced actor, still working. His date of birth drastically reduces the chances of anyone collecting a "party pooper" bonus on him - bar 2016, of course!
[Picture of Joss Ackland]


Ackles, Jensen
Born 1 March 1978  (Dallas, Texas, USA)
Television actor, known from 'Days of Our Lives', 'Dark Angel' and 'Smallville'.
[Picture of Jensen Ackles]


Ackroyd, Peter
Born 5 October 1949  (London, England)
UK author, writer of London - The Biography.
[Picture of Peter Ackroyd]


Adam, Ken Ken Adam is no longer with us
Born 5 February 1921  (Berlin, Germany)

Died 10 March 2016  (London, England)

Age at death: 95  (read death notice)
Former film set designer, most notably on the James Bond movies.
[Picture of Ken Adam]


Adamkus, Valdas
Born 3 November 1926  (Kaunas, Lithuania)
President of Lithuania from 1998-2003 and 2004-2009.
[Picture of Valdas Adamkus]


Adamowicz, Tony
Born 2 May 1941  (Port Henry, New York, USA)
Former racing driver who contested the Under 2-Liter class of the 1968 Trans-Am Championship in a Porsche 911. Died in October 2016 but no obit.
[Picture of Tony Adamowicz]


Adams, Colette
Born in Northern Ireland  (exact date unknown)
Cancer-stricken wife of Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams.
[Picture of Colette Adams]


Adams, Julie
Born 17 October 1926  (Waterloo, Iowa, USA)
American actress.
[Picture of Julie Adams]


Adams, Maud
Born 12 February 1945  (Luleå, Sweden)
Actress. Twice a Bond Girl: Andrea Anders in 'The Man With The Golden Gun' and Octopussy in...er...well...'Octopussy'!
[Picture of Maud Adams]


Adams, Richard Richard Adams is no longer with us
Born 9 May 1920  (Newbury, Berkshire, England)

Died 24 December 2016  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 96  (read death notice)
Author of 'Watership Down'.
[Picture of Richard Adams]


Adie, Kate
Born 19 September 1945  (Sunderland, England)
Fearless BBC journalist.
[Picture of Kate Adie]


Adler, Steven
Born 22 January 1965  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Former Guns N' Roses drummer.
[Picture of Steven Adler]


Agca, Mehmet Ali
Born 9 January 1958  (Ismailli, Hekimhan, Malatya, Turkey)
Turkish gunman who attempted to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981. Currently serving time for an assassination attempt on someone else that actually did succeed.
[Picture of Mehmet Ali Agca]


Agnew, Paul
Born in Glasgow, Scotland  (exact date unknown)
Scottish tenor. Born 1964.
[Picture of Paul Agnew]


Ahern, Lassie Lou
Born 25 June 1920  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Child actress in 1920s cinema. No, it's not the dog...
[Picture of Lassie Lou Ahern]


Aherne, Caroline Caroline Aherne is no longer with us
Born 24 December 1963  (Ealing, London, England)

Died 2 July 2016  (Timperley, Greater Manchester, England)

Age at death: 52  (read death notice)
Comedienne and writer, known for her characters Mrs Merton, the "scorchio" weather forecaster on 'The Fast Show', and Denise in 'The Royle Family'. Also known for her battle with drink, drugs and depression.
[Picture of Caroline Aherne]


Ahmadinejad, Mahmoud
Born 28 October 1956  (Garmsar, Iran)
Plainly bonkers, holocaust-denying former President of Iran.
[Picture of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad]


'Ahome'e, Halaevalu Mata'aho
Born 29 May 1926  (Tonga)
Queen Mother of Tonga.
[Picture of Halaevalu Mata'aho 'Ahome'e]


Aich, Manohar Manohar Aich is no longer with us
Born 17 March 1912  (Tipperah, India)

Died 5 June 2016  (Kolkata, West Bengal, India)

Age at death: 104  (read death notice)
Indian bodybuilder and three time Asia Games gold medalist. Mr. Universe, 1952.
[Picture of Manohar Aich]


Aichinger, Ilse Ilse Aichinger is no longer with us
Born 1 November 1921  (Vienna, Austria)

Died 11 November 2016  (Vienna, Austria)

Age at death: 95  (read death notice)
Writer known for her accounts of persecution at the hands of the Nazis.
[Picture of Ilse Aichinger]


Aikman, Gordon
Born 2 April 1985  (place of birth unknown)
Scottish political campaigner, diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2014.
[Picture of Gordon Aikman]


Ailes, Roger
Born 15 May 1940  (Warren, Ohio, USA)
Ex-President of Fox News Channel and former presidential media consultant. Worked for Nixon, Reagan, Bush Sr and Giuliani, now on the Trump bandwagon…
[Picture of Roger Ailes]


Airth, Rennie
Born in South Africa  (exact date unknown)
South African novelist.
[Picture of Rennie Airth]


Akasaki, Isamu
Born 30 January 1929  (Chiran, Kagoshima, Japan)
Japanese scientist and co-winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics.
[Picture of Isamu Akasaki]


Akihito of Japan, Emperor
Born 23 December 1933  (Tokyo, Japan)
First son of Emperor Hirohito, acceded to the Imperial throne on the death of his father in 1989.
[Picture of Emperor Akihito of Japan]


Al-Abadi, Haider
Born 25 April 1952  (Baghdad, Iraq)
Prime Minister of Iraq since 2014.
[Picture of Haider Al-Abadi]


Al-Adnani, Abu Muhammad Abu Muhammad Al-Adnani is no longer with us
Born in Binnish, Syria  (exact date unknown)

Died 30 August 2016  (Aleppo, Syria)

Age at death: 38  (read death notice)
One of the leaders of the West's new bogeyman Islamic State. Born 1977.
[Picture of Abu Muhammad Al-Adnani]


Alagiah, George
Born 22 November 1955  (Colombo, Sri Lanka)
Popular BBC newscaster. Diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014.
[Picture of George Alagiah]


Al-Ahmad Al Jaber Al-Sabah, Sheikh
Born 16 June 1929  (Kuwait City, Kuwait)
The current Emir of Kuwait.
[Picture of Sheikh Al-Ahmad Al Jaber Al-Sabah]


al-Assad, Asma
Born 11 August 1975  (London, England)
First lady of Syria and thus married to Bashar Al-Assad. I know women love a bastard but come on...
[Picture of Asma al-Assad]


Al-Assad, Bashar
Born 11 September 1965  (Damascus, Syria)
President of Syria since his father's death in 2000. Engaged in an interminable civil war since 2011.
[Picture of Bashar Al-Assad]


al-Assad, Maher
Born 8 December 1967  (Damascus, Syria)
Military leader and younger brother of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
[Picture of Maher al-Assad]


Al-Assad, Rifaat
Born 22 August 1937  (Qardaha, Syria)
Brother of former Syrian president Hafez Assad.
[Picture of Rifaat Al-Assad]


Al-Attar, Najah
Born 10 January 1933  (Damascus, Syria)
Vice-President of Syria since 2006.
[Picture of Najah Al-Attar]


Al-Azhari, Abdullah Quraishi
Born 19 September 1935  (Hyderabad, India)
Khateeb and Imam of the grand Mecca Masjid in India. Died in December 2015 so no points.
[Picture of Abdullah Quraishi Al-Azhari]


Al-Baghdadi, Abu Bakr
Born in Samarra, Iraq  (exact date unknown)
An other Al-Qaeda terrorist. Also known (for those he really know him) as Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al-Samarri or Abu Dua or Dr. Ibrahim, leader of the Iraqi section of the terroristic network. Born 1971.
[Picture of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi]


Al-Bashir, Abdul-Ilah
Date and place of birth unknown
Former Chief of Staff of the Free Syrian Army.
[Picture of Abdul-Ilah Al-Bashir]


Al-Bashir, Omar
Born 1 January 1944  (Hosh Bannaga, Northern State, Sudan)
Current (and controversial) President of Sudan.
[Picture of Omar Al-Bashir]


Albee, Edward Edward Albee is no longer with us
Born 12 March 1928  (Washington D.C., USA)

Died 16 September 2016  (Long Island, New York, USA)

Age at death: 88  (read death notice)
Author & playwright, best known for his work on 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'
[Picture of Edward Albee]


Albert, Hans
Born 8 February 1921  (Cologne, Germany)
Philosopher and sociologist.
[Picture of Hans Albert]


Albert II, King
Born 6 June 1934  (Laeken, Belgium)
King of Belgium from 1993-2013.
[Picture of King Albert II]


Al-Buwaydhani, Essam
Date and place of birth unknown
Leader of the Syrian rebel Jaysh al-Islam group since December 2015. Born 1971.
[Picture of Essam Al-Buwaydhani]


Alda, Alan
Born 28 January 1936  (New York, New York, USA)
US actor, best known for his role as Hawkeye Pierce in 'M*A*S*H'.
[Picture of Alan Alda]


Alder, Berni
Born 9 September 1925  (Duisburg, Germany)
Reknowned German-born scientist.
[Picture of Berni Alder]


Alderson, Sandy
Born 22 November 1947  (Seattle, Washington, USA)
General Manager of Major League Baseball team the New York Mets.
[Picture of Sandy Alderson]


Aldiss, Brian
Born 18 August 1925  (East Dereham, Norfolk, England)
Reknowned British science fiction author.
[Picture of Brian Aldiss]


Aldrin, Buzz
Born 20 January 1930  (Montclair, New Jersey, USA)
Second man on the Moon, who has always claimed he'd have been the first if it wasn't for the fact that the only door of the lunar lander was on Neil Armstrong's side.
[Picture of Buzz Aldrin]


Alemán, Fedora
Born 11 October 1912  (Caracas, Venezuela)
Opera singer.
[Picture of Fedora Alemán]


Alessandroni, Alessandro
Born 18 March 1925  (Rome, Italy)
Italian composer/musician who plays multiple instruments and has written songs for many films. Known for his whistling prowess.
[Picture of Alessandro Alessandroni]


Alexander, Jean Jean Alexander is no longer with us
Born 24 February 1926  (Liverpool, England)

Died 14 October 2016  (Southport, Lancashire, England)

Age at death: 90  (read death notice)
Best known as Hilda Ogden in 'Coronation Street'.
[Picture of Jean Alexander]


Alexievich, Svetlana
Born 31 May 1948  (Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine)
Nobel Prize-winning author.
[Picture of Svetlana Alexievich]


Al-Fayed, Mohammed
Born 27 January 1929  (Bakos, Alexandria, Egypt)
Owner of Harrods and former owner of Fulham FC. Not overly popular in many quarters, but at least he lives in Switzerland now.
[Picture of Mohammed Al-Fayed]


Alfredson, Hasse
Born 28 June 1931  (Malmo, Sweden)
Swedish actor, director and comedian.
[Picture of Hasse Alfredson]


Al-Freij, Fahd Jassem
Born 1 January 1950  (Hama, Syria)
Syrian Minister of Defense.
[Picture of Fahd Jassem Al-Freij]


Al-Halqi, Wael Nader
Born in Jasim, Syria  (exact date unknown)
Prime Minister of Syria since August 2012. Born 1964.
[Picture of Wael Nader Al-Halqi]


Al-Hassan, Suheil
Born in Jableh, Syria  (exact date unknown)
Commander of the Tiger Forces army in Syria. Born 1970.
[Picture of Suheil Al-Hassan]


Al-Hithlain, Fahda
Date and place of birth unknown
Third wife of Saudi King Salman.
[Picture of Fahda Al-Hithlain]


Ali, Muhammad Muhammad Ali is no longer with us
Born 17 January 1942  (Louisville, Kentucky, USA)

Died 3 June 2016  (Phoenix, Arizona, USA)

Age at death: 74  (read death notice)
Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, ditched his "slave name" in 1964. Won an Olympic gold boxing medal at age 18 and went on to become world heavyweight champion on three occasions. Now suffering from Parkinson's Disease.
[Picture of Muhammad Ali]


Alicia of Bourbon-Palma, Princess
Born 13 November 1917  (Vienna, Austria)
Spanish infanta and heir to the throne of Navarre.
[Picture of Princess Alicia of Bourbon-Palma]


Alison-Madueke, Diezani
Born 6 December 1960  (Port Harcourt, Nigeria)
First female president of OPEC, since 2014.
[Picture of Diezani Alison-Madueke]


Alizée, (singer)
Born 21 August 1984  (Ajaccio, Corsica)
Singer. 'Moi…Lolita'.
[Picture of (singer) Alizée]


Al-Jabouri, Ni'ma Abd Nayef
Born in Iraq  (exact date unknown)
Senior member of "so-called" Islamic State.
[Picture of Ni'ma Abd Nayef Al-Jabouri]


Al-Julani, Abu Mohammad
Born in Deir ez-Zor, Syria  (exact date unknown)
Emir of the al-Nusra Front in Syria since 2012.
[Picture of Abu Mohammad Al-Julani]


Al-Kasm, Abdul Rauf
Born in Damascus, Syria  (exact date unknown)
Former Prime Minister of Syria.
[Picture of Abdul Rauf Al-Kasm]


Alkhanov, Alu
Born 20 January 1957  (Taldy-Kurganskaya oblast', Kazakhstan)
Current President of the highly-unstable Chechen Republic.
[Picture of Alu Alkhanov]


Al-Khatib, Moaz
Born in Damascus, Syria  (exact date unknown)
Syrian oppositional leader. First president of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces. Born 1960.
[Picture of Moaz Al-Khatib]


Al-Laham, Mohammad Jihad
Born 13 January 1954  (Damascus, Syria)
Speaker of the People's Council of Syria since 2012.
[Picture of Mohammad Jihad Al-Laham]


Allcard, Edward
Born 31 October 1914  (Chertsey, Surrey, England)
Architect and yachtsman.
[Picture of Edward Allcard]


Allchurch, Len Len Allchurch is no longer with us
Born 12 September 1933  (Swansea, Wales)

Died 16 November 2016  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 83  (read death notice)
Former Wales international footballer and brother of the legendary Ivor Allchurch.
[Picture of Len Allchurch]


Allen, Marty
Born 22 March 1922  (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)
Stand-up comedian and actor, far better known across the Atlantic than here in the UK.
[Picture of Marty Allen]


Allen, Ray
Born 20 July 1975  (Castle AFB, Merced, California, USA)
NBA basketball player. Part of the USA's Olympic gold medal-winning team in 2000.
[Picture of Ray Allen]


Allen, Woody
Born 1 December 1935  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Comedy film actor/writer/director, born Allen Stewart Konigsberg.
[Picture of Woody Allen]


Alley, Kirstie
Born 12 January 1951  (Wichita, Kansas, USA)
Actress, best known for her role as Rebecca Howe in 'Cheers'.
[Picture of Kirstie Alley]


Allison, Mose Mose Allison is no longer with us
Born 11 November 1927  (Tippo, Tallahatchie County, Mississippi, USA)

Died 15 November 2016  (Hilton Head, South Carolina, USA)

Age at death: 89  (read death notice)
Jazz and blues pianist and singer.
[Picture of Mose Allison]


Alliss, Peter
Born 28 February 1931  (Berlin, Germany)
Golfer, golf course designer & long-time golf commentator for the BBC and others.
[Picture of Peter Alliss]


Allitt, Beverley
Born 4 October 1968  (place of birth unknown)
So-called "Angel of Death", jailed for 30 years in 1993 for the murder of four children in her care.
[Picture of Beverley Allitt]


Allman, Gregg
Born 8 December 1947  (Nashville, Tennessee, USA)
Founder of the Allman Brothers Band, who lived the hedonistic rock 'n' roll lifestyle for many years.
[Picture of Gregg Allman]


Al-Muhajer, Abu Hassan
Date and place of birth unknown
Member of the Syrian rebel group Ahrar al-Sham. Died in December 2015, according to Facebook, so make of that what you will...
[Picture of Abu Hassan Al-Muhajer]


al-Nahhas, Labib
Date and place of birth unknown
Head of foreign political relations for Syrian rebel group Ahrar al-Sham.
[Picture of Labib al-Nahhas]


Al-Naser, Abu Suleiman
Date and place of birth unknown
War Minister with Islamic State. Said to be dead since 2011, so…
[Picture of Abu Suleiman Al-Naser]


Alpert, Herb
Born 31 March 1935  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Trumpeter and record company executive. The A in A&M Records and the man responsible for (or should that be "guilty of"?) signing The Carpenters.
[Picture of Herb Alpert]


al-Shaar, Mohammad
Born in Al-Haffa, Syria  (exact date unknown)
Syrian Minister of the Interior. Born 1950.
[Picture of Mohammad al-Shaar]


al-Sharaa, Farouk
Born 10 December 1938  (Damascus, Syria)
Vice-President of Syria.
[Picture of Farouk al-Sharaa]


Al-Shishani, Abu Omar
Born in Birkiani, Georgia  (exact date unknown)
Georgian-born commander for the Islamic State in Syria. Born c. 1986.
[Picture of Abu Omar Al-Shishani]


Altwegg, Jeannette
Born 8 September 1930  (Bombay, India)
British figure skater. Won Winter Olympic Gold at Oslo in 1952.
[Picture of Jeannette Altwegg]


al-Zawahiri, Ayman
Born 19 June 1951  (Maadi, Egypt)
One of bin Laden's deputies in Al-Qaeda, about whom recent whereabouts are sketchy.
[Picture of Ayman al-Zawahiri]


Ames, Ed
Born 9 July 1927  (Malden, Massachusetts, USA)
Singer & actor.
[Picture of Ed Ames]


Amge, Jyoti
Born 18 December 1993  (Nagpur, India)
The World's smallest woman as of December 2011.
[Picture of Jyoti Amge]


Amos, John
Born 27 December 1939  (Newark, New Jersey, USA)
Actor, known for 'Good Times' and 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show'.
[Picture of John Amos]


Anastacia, (singer)
Born 17 September 1973  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Pop singer ('I'm Outta Love', 'One Day In Your Life'). Has had Crohn's disease since the age of 13, and also battled breast cancer in 2003.
[Picture of (singer) Anastacia]


Anderson, Arthur Arthur Anderson is no longer with us
Born 29 August 1922  (Staten Island, New York, USA)

Died 9 April 2016  (Manhatten, New York, USA)

Age at death: 93  (read death notice)
Actor best known as the voice of the Lucky Charms leprechaun. Begorra!
[Picture of Arthur Anderson]


Anderson, Jon
Born 25 October 1944  (Accrington, Lancashire, England)
High-pitched former singer with progressive rock giants Yes.
[Picture of Jon Anderson]


Anderson, Michael
Born 30 January 1920  (London, England)
English film director of 'The Dam Busters' and 'Logan's Run' among others.
[Picture of Michael Anderson]


Anderson, Tom
Born 8 November 1970  (place of birth unknown)
Founder of social networking site Myspace. What do you mean you've never heard of it?
[Picture of Tom Anderson]


Andersson, Benny
Born 16 December 1946  (Vällingby, Sweden)
Bearded pianist and songwriter with pop legends ABBA.
[Picture of Benny Andersson]


Andersson, Bibi
Born 11 November 1935  (Stockholm, Sweden)
Swedish actress, primarily in Ingmar Bergman films.
[Picture of Bibi Andersson]


Andersson, Harriet
Born 14 February 1932  (Stockholm, Sweden)
Ingmar Bergman-film actress.
[Picture of Harriet Andersson]


Anderton, James
Born 24 May 1932  (Wigan, Lancashire, England)
God-fearing former chief constable of the Greater Manchester Police.
[Picture of James Anderton]


Andre, Carl
Born 16 September 1935  (Quincy, Massachusetts, USA)
Minimalist artist of firebricks fame.
[Picture of Carl Andre]


Andreas, Dwayne Dwayne Andreas is no longer with us
Born 4 March 1918  (Worthington, Minnesota, USA)

Died 15 November 2016  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 98  (read death notice)
Businessman and campaign funder for both the Republican and Democratic parties. Talk about hedging your bets!
[Picture of Dwayne Andreas]


Andress, Ursula
Born 19 March 1936  (Ostermundigen, Switzerland)
Actress & sex symbol, best known for her sultry performance in Dr. No.
[Picture of Ursula Andress]


Andretti, Mario
Born 28 February 1940  (Motovun, Croatia)
Italian-American racing driver, the last American to win a Formula 1 Grand Prix, in 1978.
[Picture of Mario Andretti]


Andrews, Julie
Born 1 October 1935  (Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England)
Actress - star of 'The Sound of Music'.
[Picture of Julie Andrews]


Andriessen, Louis
Born 6 June 1939  (Utrecht, Netherlands)
Dutch classical composer.
[Picture of Louis Andriessen]


Angelica, Mother Mother Angelica is no longer with us
Born 20 April 1923  (Canton, Ohio, USA)

Died 27 March 2016  (Hanceville, Alabama, USA)

Age at death: 92  (read death notice)
Born Rita Antoinette Rizzo, she went on to found the Eternal World Television Network (EWTN), the largest Catholic cable network with an audience of about 66 million households in 43 countries.
[Picture of Mother Angelica]


Angélil, René René Angélil is no longer with us
Born 16 January 1942  (Montréal, Canada)

Died 14 January 2016  (Henderson, Nevada, USA)

Age at death: 73  (read death notice)
Singer, entertainment manager and husband of Céline Dion, regarded as being the driving force behind her success. The sod.
[Picture of René Angélil]


Anger, Kenneth
Born 3 February 1927  (Santa Monica, California, USA)
Underground filmmaker and author. Wrote the bestselling 'Hollywood Babylon' in 1959.
[Picture of Kenneth Anger]


Anh, Le Duc
Born 1 December 1920  (Thua Thiên-Hue Province, Vietnam)
President of Vietnam from 1992-97.
[Picture of Le Duc Anh]


Anstis, Toby
Born 14 December 1970  (Northampton, England)
Perky childrens TV presenter.
[Picture of Toby Anstis]


Anthony, Trey
Date and place of birth unknown
London-born Canadian comedian.
[Picture of Trey Anthony]


Apfel, Iris
Born 29 August 1921  (New York City, New York, USA)
Interior designer and fashionista.
[Picture of Iris Apfel]


Apostol, Eugenia
Born 29 September 1925  (Sorsogon, Philippines)
Publisher, whose political publications helped cause the downfall of two Filipino presidents.
[Picture of Eugenia Apostol]


Apostol, Tom M.
Born 20 August 1923  (Helper, Utah, USA)
Mathematician specialising in analytic number theory. Died in May 2016 but no obit.
[Picture of Tom M. Apostol]


Apple, Fiona
Born 13 September 1977  (New York City, New York, USA)
Art-pop musician.
[Picture of Fiona Apple]


Applegate, Christina
Born 25 November 1971  (Hollywood, California, USA)
American actress & comedienne who has suffered from & beaten breast cancer.
[Picture of Christina Applegate]


Aragonés, Sergio
Born 6 September 1937  (Sant Mateu, Castellón, Spain)
Spanish-born Mexican cartoonist for Mad magazine.
[Picture of Sergio Aragonés]


arap Moi, Daniel
Born 2 September 1924  (Sacho, Baringo, Kenya)
President of Kenya from 1978-2002. Still dogged by controversies stemming from his time in office.
[Picture of Daniel arap Moi]


Archer, Joey
Born 11 February 1938  (New York City, New York, USA)
Retired boxer. Beat the legendary Sugar Ray Robinson in the latter's final fight in 1965.
[Picture of Joey Archer]


Argerich, Martha
Born 5 June 1941  (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Acclaimed pianist.
[Picture of Martha Argerich]


Arkin, Alan
Born 26 March 1934  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Actor, in films from the mid-60s onwards.
[Picture of Alan Arkin]


Armenteros, Alfredo "Chocolate" Alfredo
Born 4 April 1928  (Santa Clara, Cuba)

Died 6 January 2016  (New York City, New York, USA)

Age at death: 87  (read death notice)
Cuban trumpeter.
[Picture of Alfredo


Armfield, Jimmy
Born 21 September 1935  (Denton, Manchester, England)
Former Blackpool & England footballer, now a very popular radio commentator & broadcaster.
[Picture of Jimmy Armfield]


Armstrong, Lance
Born 18 September 1971  (Plano, Texas, USA)
Former cyclist, 7 times winner of the Tour de France, who overcame brain, lung and testicular cancer. It was revealed in 2012 that he was a systematic drugs cheat all along and now enters into sporting infamy.
[Picture of Lance Armstrong]


Armstrong-Jones, Antony
Born 7 March 1930  (London, England)
Lord Snowdon, celebrity photographer and former husband of Princess Margaret.
[Picture of Antony Armstrong-Jones]


Arnett, Peter
Born 13 November 1934  (Riverton, New Zealand)
Journalist who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1966 for his reports from Vietnam. Worked for CNN from 1981-1999.
[Picture of Peter Arnett]


Arrabal, Fernando
Born 11 August 1932  (Melilla, Spain)
Spanish-French modernist novelist, poet and film director.
[Picture of Fernando Arrabal]


Arrow, Kenneth
Born 23 August 1921  (New York City, New York, USA)
Influential Nobel Prize-winning economist.
[Picture of Kenneth Arrow]


Arum, Bob
Born 8 December 1931  (New York City, New York, USA)
American boxing impressario and businessman.
[Picture of Bob Arum]


Ashenfelter, Horace
Born 23 January 1923  (Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA)
Retired US tracka and field athlete.
[Picture of Horace Ashenfelter]


Asher, Tony
Born 2 May 1939  (London, England)
British-born songwriter, best known for his collaborations with Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys.
[Picture of Tony Asher]


Ashley, Brooke
Born 5 May 1973  (Daegu, South Korea)
HIV-positive pornographic film actress who was filmed having sex with her boyfriend, who is also HIV-positive. Wah!
[Picture of Brooke Ashley]


Ashley, Mike
Born 9 September 1964  (Burnham, Buckinghamshire, England)
Ruthless owner of Sports Direct. Hapless owner of Newcastle United.
[Picture of Mike Ashley]


Ashmore, Edward Edward Ashmore is no longer with us
Born 11 December 1919  (Queenstown, County Cork, Rep of Ireland)

Died 28 April 2016  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 96  (read death notice)
A former Admiral of the Fleet, the most senior Royal Navy position there is.
[Picture of Edward Ashmore]


Ashurst, Len
Born 10 March 1939  (Liverpool, England)
Former Sunderland defender and later manager.
[Picture of Len Ashurst]


Asif, Hassan Hassan Asif is no longer with us
Date and place of birth unknown

Died 6 January 2016  (Melbourne, Australia)

Age at death: 25  (read death notice)
Ailing Pakistani student whose mother was was denied an Australian visa.
[Picture of Hassan Asif]


Asner, Ed
Born 15 November 1929  (Kansas City, Kansas, USA)
US actor, who has mostly appeared in TV programmes such as 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show'. Recently provided the voice of old curmudgeon Carl in Pixar animated tearfest 'Up'.
[Picture of Ed Asner]


Aspel, Michael
Born 12 January 1933  (London, England)
Host of 'This Is Your Life' and 'Antiques Roadshow'.
[Picture of Michael Aspel]


Assange, Julian
Born 3 July 1971  (Townsville, Queensland, Australia)
Controversial Australian journalist and internet activist, whose WikiLeaks website regularly release confidential documents and communications from the U.S. and other governments.
[Picture of Julian Assange]


Assauer, Rudi
Born 30 April 1944  (Sulzbach-Altenwald, Germany)
Retired German footballer.
[Picture of Rudi Assauer]


Assia, Lys
Born 3 March 1926  (Lenzburg, Aargau, Switzerland)
Swiss singer who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. Real name: Rosa Mina Schärer.
[Picture of Lys Assia]


Astin, John
Born 30 March 1930  (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)
Actor - starred as Gomez Addams in 'The Addams Family', and has mainly appeared in TV comedies since.
[Picture of John Astin]


Astley, Rick
Born 6 February 1966  (Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, England)
Shy and retiring singer who had phenomenal success with the hit single 'Never Gonna Give You Up', the biggest selling UK single of 1987. Later became a phenomenon of a different kind as that single became part of an internet meme known as 'Rickrolling'.
[Picture of Rick Astley]


Astrid of Norway, Princess
Born 12 February 1932  (Villa Solbakken, Oslo, Norway)
Older sister of Norway's King Harald. Also in the line of succession to the British throne.
[Picture of Princess Astrid of Norway]


Athaiya, Bhanu
Born 28 April 1929  (Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India)
Indian costume designer who won an Oscar for her work on 'Gandhi' in 1983.
[Picture of Bhanu Athaiya]


Atherton, William
Born 30 July 1947  (Orange, Connecticut, USA)
Film actor best known as slimy reporter Dick Thornburg in the first two 'Die Hard' films.
[Picture of William Atherton]


Athill, Diana
Born 21 December 1917  (Norfolk, England)
Literary editor who for the time had a eyebrow raising number of affairs with various authors.
[Picture of Diana Athill]


Atkins, Ronald
Born 13 June 1916  (England)
Former MP for Preston North on two occasions, 1966-70 and 1974-79.
[Picture of Ronald Atkins]


Atkinson, Big Ron
Born 18 March 1939  (Liverpool, England)
Former Manchester United manager turned TV pundit who was slung out in 2004 for racist comments heard off air.
[Picture of Big Ron Atkinson]


Atkinson, Clare
Date and place of birth unknown
Former TV journalist with terminal cancer. Born 1985. Died in June 2016 but no obit.
[Picture of Clare Atkinson]


Atkinson, Ti-Grace
Born 9 November 1937  (Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA)
Feminist author.
[Picture of Ti-Grace Atkinson]


Attenborough, David
Born 8 May 1926  (London, England)
Broadcaster, author, naturalist and also ex-Controller of BBC2. Brother of Sir Richard.
[Picture of David Attenborough]


Atwood, Margaret
Born 18 November 1939  (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
Author and poet. Wrote the 'The Handmaid's Tale'.
[Picture of Margaret Atwood]


Auber, Brigitte
Born 27 April 1928  (Paris, France)
French actress.
[Picture of Brigitte Auber]


Aubert, K. D.
Born 6 December 1978  (Shreveport, Louisiana, USA)
American actress and model.
[Picture of K. D. Aubert]


Audran, Stéphane
Born 8 November 1932  (Versailles, France)
French film actress.
[Picture of Stéphane Audran]


Auerbach, Frank
Born 19 April 1931  (Berlin, Germany)
German-born British artist. A bit like Lucien Freud, really.
[Picture of Frank Auerbach]


Averbakh, Yuri
Born 8 February 1922  (Kaluga, Russia)
Current oldest living chess grandmaster.
[Picture of Yuri Averbakh]


Avildsen, John G.
Born 21 December 1935  (Oak Park, Illinois, USA)
Successful film director of 'Rocky' and the 'Karate Kid' films.
[Picture of John G. Avildsen]


Axelsson, Maj
Born 13 May 1928  (Eskilstuna, Sweden)
Swedish-born widow of 'Dallas' star Larry Hagman. Died in May 2016 but no obit.
[Picture of Maj Axelsson]


Aylwin, Patricio Patricio Aylwin is no longer with us
Born 26 November 1918  (Vina del Mar, Chile)

Died 19 April 2016  (Santiago, Chile)

Age at death: 97  (read death notice)
Former President of Chile.
[Picture of Patricio Aylwin]


Ayyoub, Ali Abdullah
Date and place of birth unknown
Chief of Staff in Syria since 2012.
[Picture of Ali Abdullah Ayyoub]


Azad, Afshan
Born 12 August 1988  (Manchester, England)
Actress, best known for the role of Padma Patil in the Harry Potter films.
[Picture of Afshan Azad]


Aznavour, Charles
Born 22 May 1924  (Paris, France)
Watery-eyed French crooner.
[Picture of Charles Aznavour]

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