Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2019: V


Valdez, Luis
Born 26 June 1940  (Delano, California, USA)
Godfather of Chicao theatre, also wrote the script for the movie "La Bamba".
[Picture of Luis Valdez]


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


Valentino, Val
Born 14 June 1956  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
The "Masked Magician" from the much-loved Magic Circle-infuriating TV specials of the late 90s.
[Picture of Val Valentino]


Valenzuela, Pablo DT
Born 13 June 1941  (Santiago, Chile)
Chilean biochemist, created the first recombinant vaccine against hepatitis B.
[Picture of Pablo DT Valenzuela]


Valeri, Franca
Born 21 July 1920  (Milan, Italy)
Veteran Italian actress, also the face of Pandoro adverts in the country for years.
[Picture of Franca Valeri]


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 Bergen, Ingrid
Born 15 June 1931  (Danzig, Germany)
German actress, shot her boyfriend dead in 1977 and, 32 years later, won her country's version of "I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here".
[Picture of Ingrid van Bergen]


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 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 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 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 Pallandt, Nina
Born 15 July 1932  (Denmark)
One half of early 60s Danish calypso crossover act Nina & Frederik. Frederik was shot dead by Australian organised crime figures in 1994.
[Picture of Nina van Pallandt]


Van Peebles, Melvin
Born 21 August 1932  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Filmmaker and actor, the Godfather of was to be known as "Blaxploitation" films starring African-American actors after the release of his independent film 'Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song' in 1971.
[Picture of Melvin Van Peebles]


van Weezel, Max
Born 9 July 1951  (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Terminally ill Dutch journalist. Died April 2019 but no obit.
[Picture of Max van Weezel]


Vanderbilt, Gloria Gloria Vanderbilt is no longer with us
Born 20 February 1924  (New York, New York, USA)

Died 17 June 2019  (New York City, New York, USA)

Age at death: 95  (read death notice)
Became a multi-millionaire heiress at just 15 months old, and later became an artist, actress & socialite.
[Picture of Gloria Vanderbilt]


Vandyke, Les
Born 21 June 1931  (London, UK)
Songwriter of the 1960s, perhaps most notably with Adam Faith's "What Do You Want?"
[Picture of Les Vandyke]


Vangelis, (musician)
Born 29 March 1943  (Agrias, Greece)
Greek electronic music composer, famed for his soundtracks to 1980s film classics 'Chariots of Fire' and 'Blade Runner'.
[Picture of (musician) Vangelis]


Varda, Agnes Agnes Varda is no longer with us
Born 30 May 1928  (Brussels, Belgium)

Died 29 March 2019  (Paris, France)

Age at death: 90  (read death notice)
French film director.
[Picture of Agnes Varda]


Vargas, Nicole
Born 22 August 1990  (Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA)
Oft-arrested star of American reality show "Bad Girls Club".
[Picture of Nicole Vargas]


Vaughn, Vince
Born 28 March 1970  (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)
Actor and director, rose to prominence as one of the early 2000s Hollywood "Frat Pack". His output since then has been, to be polite, fucking awful.
[Picture of Vince Vaughn]


Veber, Francis
Born 28 July 1937  (Neuilly-sur-Seine, France)
Leading French director and screenwriter, including the original versions of "The Bird Cage" and "Dinner for Schmucks".
[Picture of Francis Veber]


Vega, Charlotte
Born 10 February 1994  (Madrid, Spain)
Anglo-Spanish actress.
[Picture of Charlotte Vega]


Vega, Isela
Born 5 November 1939  (Hermosillo, Mexico)
Model-turned-actress, most famously in blood-splattered western "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia".
[Picture of Isela Vega]


Vegas, Johnny
Born 11 September 1971  (St Helens, Lancashire, England)
Lardy, husky-voiced comedian and former potter. Real name Michael Joseph Pennington.
[Picture of Johnny Vegas]


Veloso, Caetano
Born 7 August 1942  (Bahia, Brazil)
Singer and political activist, at the forefront of the anti-junta Tropicalismo movement in the 60s.
[Picture of Caetano Veloso]


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


Vento, Joe
Born 17 December 1917  (place of birth unknown)
Musician, played piano for Sinatra during the Sands era.
[Picture of Joe Vento]


Ventura, Jesse
Born 15 July 1951  (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)
Professional wrestler turned politician.
[Picture of Jesse Ventura]


Ventura, Viviane
Born 5 December 1947  (London, England)
Actress and socialite, born in London but brought up in Colombia.
[Picture of Viviane Ventura]


Venuti, Maria
Born 7 March 1941  (Sydney, Australia)
Australian entertainment veteran who had a stroke in 2016 after discovering an intruder in her house.
[Picture of Maria Venuti]


Vera, Julia
Born in Laredo, Texas, USA  (exact date unknown)
Mexican-American character actress, the spiritual successor to the late great Lupe Ontiveros.
[Picture of Julia Vera]


Verhoeven, Michael
Born 13 July 1938  (Berlin, Germany)
German film director, son of Paul Verhoeven (the German one, not the Dutch one). Perhaps most famous for the 1982 film "Die Weiße Rose" about the White Rose anti-Nazi movement.
[Picture of Michael Verhoeven]


Verhoeven, Paul
Born 18 July 1938  (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Dutch film director, no relation to the German Paul Verhoeven. Known for blending social satire with Hollywood action, which sometimes goes a little over the average cinemagoer's heads (Robocop, Starship Troopers).
[Picture of Paul Verhoeven]


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


Versace, Allegra
Born 30 June 1986  (Milan, Italy)
Daughter of Donatella Versace, who has suffered from anorexia for many years & is often photographed at events looking painfully thin.
[Picture of Allegra Versace]


Verstappen, Max
Born 30 September 1997  (Hasselt, Belgium)
Formula 1 racing driver, the youngest ever to compete and score points.
[Picture of Max Verstappen]


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]


Vervoort, Marieke Marieke Vervoort is no longer with us
Born 10 May 1979  (Diest, Belgium)

Died 22 October 2019  (Diest, Belgium)

Age at death: 40  (read death notice)
Belgian Paralympic wheelchair athlete.
[Picture of Marieke Vervoort]


Vialli, Gianluca
Born 9 July 1964  (Cremona, Italy)
Italian footballer, a notorious underperformer at international level but beloved by fans of Chelsea and Sampdoria (where he and Roberto Mancini fired the club to their first scudetto). Was actually brought up in his family's 60-bedroom castle.
[Picture of Gianluca Vialli]


Vieira, Ketlen
Born 26 August 1991  (Manaus, Brazil)
UFC fighter in the bantamweight division, nicknamed "Fenômeno".
[Picture of Ketlen Vieira]


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 Jan-Michael Vincent is no longer with us
Born 15 July 1944  (Denver, Colorado, USA)

Died 10 February 2019  (North Carolina, USA)

Age at death: 74  (read death notice)
Star of 1980s action series 'Airwolf'.
[Picture of Jan-Michael Vincent]


Ving, Lee
Born 10 April 1950  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
Frontman of influential hardcore punk act Fear. And yes, that is a stage name.
[Picture of Lee Ving]


Vinge, Joan D.
Born 2 April 1948  (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)
Sci-fi writer behind the "Snow Queen" series of books.
[Picture of Joan D.  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]


Vitale, Ida
Born 2 November 1923  (Montevideo, Uruguay)
Uruguayan writer, living in exile for the past four decades. Winner of the Miguel de Cervantes Prize in 2018.
[Picture of Ida Vitale]


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  (Gottingen, Germany)
German politician. Leader of the SPD from 1987-91.
[Picture of Hans-Jochen Vogel]


Vogts, Berti
Born 30 December 1946  (Buttgen, Germany)
Germany's manager for most of the 1990s, where he won the 1996 European Championship but also oversaw a stagnation of youth development that crippled the side at the start of the 21st century.
[Picture of Berti Vogts]


Volcker, Paul Paul Volcker is no longer with us
Born 5 September 1927  (Cape May, New Jersey, USA)

Died 8 December 2019  (New York City, New York, USA)

Age at death: 92  (read death notice)
Chairman of the US Federal Reserve from 1979-1987 under Presidents' Carter and Reagan.
[Picture of Paul Volcker]


Volpeliere-Pierrot, Ben
Born 19 May 1965  (London, UK)
Beret-sporting frontman of 80s sophistopop act Curiosity Killed the Cat.
[Picture of Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot]


von Daniken, Erich
Born 14 April 1935  (Zofingen, Aargau, Switzerland)
Author & UFO/alien fan.
[Picture of Erich von Daniken]


von Dohnanyi, Christoph
Born 8 September 1929  (Berlin, Germany)
German conductor, spent over two decades with the Cleveland Orchestra.
[Picture of Christoph von Dohnanyi]


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


von Sydow, Max
Born 10 April 1929  (Lund, Skane, Sweden)
Swedish actor, who has achieved fame both at home and abroad.
[Picture of Max von Sydow]


Vorachith, Bounnhang
Born 15 August 1938  (Savannakhet Province, Laos)
President of Laos, having previously served as its vice president, prime minister and vice prime minister.
[Picture of Bounnhang Vorachith]


Vowden, Geoff
Born 27 April 1941  (Barnsley, UK)
Footballer who was replaced as a striker for New York Cosmos by some Brazilian chancer called Pele.
[Picture of Geoff Vowden]

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