Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2016: V


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


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


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 Day, David
Born 28 November 1956  (Brighton, East Sussex, England)
Singer with 80s pop duo Dollar. Now hawks himself to any reality TV show that can be bothered to put up with him.
[Picture of David Van Day]


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


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


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


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


Van Gelder, Rudy Rudy Van Gelder is no longer with us
Born 2 November 1924  (Jersey City, New Jersey, USA)

Died 25 August 2016  (Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
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 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 'T Hek, Youp
Born 28 February 1954  (Naarden, Netherlands)
Dutch comedian, singer and columnist.
[Picture of Youp van 'T Hek]


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]


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


Vaughan, Peter Peter Vaughan is no longer with us
Born 4 April 1923  (Wem, Shropshire, England)

Died 6 December 2016  (Mannings Heath, West Sussex, England)

Age at death: 93  (read death notice)
TV actor - played Grouty, the Mr. Big of Slade prison in 'Porridge'.
[Picture of Peter Vaughan]


Vaughn, Robert Robert Vaughn is no longer with us
Born 22 November 1932  (New York, New York, USA)

Died 11 November 2016  (Ridgefield, Connecticut, USA)

Age at death: 83  (read death notice)
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 Bobby Vee is no longer with us
Born 30 April 1943  (Fargo, North Dakota, USA)

Died 24 October 2016  (Rogers, Minnesota, USA)

Age at death: 73  (read death notice)
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]


Vejonis, Raimonds
Born 15 June 1966  (Pskov Oblast, Soviet Union (now Russia))
President of Latvia since 2015.
[Picture of Raimonds Vejonis]


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


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


Venclauskaite, Gražbyle
Born 31 May 1912  (Riga, Latvia)
Lithuanian lawyer.
[Picture of Gražbyle Venclauskaite]


Venetiaan, Ronald
Born 18 June 1936  (Paramaribo, Suriname)
Twice President of Suriname.
[Picture of Ronald Venetiaan]


Ventham, Wanda
Born 5 August 1935  (Brighton, East Sussex, England)
Veteran actress and mother of 'Sherlock' star Benedict Cumberbatch.
[Picture of Wanda Ventham]


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


Vigoda, Abe Abe Vigoda is no longer with us
Born 24 February 1921  (New York, New York, USA)

Died 26 January 2016  (Woodland Park, New Jersey, USA)

Age at death: 94  (read death notice)
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]


Vike-Freiberga, Vaira
Born 1 December 1937  (Riga, Latvia)
President of Latvia from 1999-2007.
[Picture of Vaira Vike-Freiberga]


Vilks, Lars
Born 20 June 1946  (Helsingborg, Sweden)
Swedish artist and cartoonist whose drawings of the prophet Muhammad has predictably led to death threats.
[Picture of Lars Vilks]


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]


Vinge, Joan
Born 2 April 1948  (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)
American SF writer. Winner of the 1981 Hugo award for 'The Snow Queen' and former wife of Vernor Vinge. Suffered brain damage in an accident in 2002 but recovered to resume writing in 2007.
[Picture of Joan Vinge]


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]


Visser, Yolandi
Born 1 December 1984  (Port Alfred, Eastern Cape, South Africa)
Vocalist for South African rap-rave group Die Antwoord.
[Picture of Yolandi Visser]


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


Vogel, Hans-Jochen
Born 3 February 1926  (Göttingen, Germany)
German politician. Leader of the SPD from 1987-91.
[Picture of Hans-Jochen Vogel]


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]


Volman, Mark
Born 19 April 1947  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Big-haired singer with the Turtles and later, The Mothers of Invention.
[Picture of Mark Volman]


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 Hagens, Gunther
Born 10 January 1945  (Skalmierzyce, Kalisz, Poland)
Controversial German anatomist, known for his plastination technique for preserving body parts. Famously performed autopsys on Channel 4 in the mid-noughties.
[Picture of Gunther von Hagens]


von 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]

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