Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2024: D


D'Abo, Mike
Born 1 March 1944  (Betchworth, UK)
Former lead vocalist of Manfred Mann, also wrote the lyrics of busker-friendly dirge "Handbags and Gladrags" for Chris Farlowe.
[Picture of Mike D'Abo]


Daker, David
Born 29 September 1935  (Bilston, England)
Familiar character actor whose known role was as Harry Crawford in the 1980s series 'Boon' with the late Michael Elphick.
[Picture of David Daker]


Dale, Alan
Born 6 May 1947  (Dunedin, New Zealand)
Depending on your age/TV likes - Jim Robinson in 'Neighbours' or Bradford Meade in 'Ugly Betty'. Rather worryingly for Dale, three of his best known characters have died of heart-attacks...
[Picture of Alan Dale]


Dale, Jim
Born 15 August 1935  (Rothwell, Northamptonshire, England)
Actor, one of the few living stars of Carry On, whose Carry On legend status was severely damaged when he appeared in the woeful Carry on Columbus.
[Picture of Jim Dale]


Dalton, Audrey
Born 21 January 1934  (Dublin, Ireland)
50s movie and TV actress, most notably in the original Barbara Stanwyck "Titanic".
[Picture of Audrey Dalton]


Dalton, Phyllis
Born 16 October 1925  (London, England, United Kingdom)
Oscar-winning costume designer, for example, "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Doctor Zhivago"
[Picture of Phyllis Dalton]


Dalton, Timothy
Born 21 March 1946  (Colwyn Bay, Wales)
Actor, the 4th man to play James Bond on screen.
[Picture of Timothy Dalton]


Daltrey, Roger
Born 1 March 1944  (Hammersmith, London, England)
Rock singer, lead singer of The Who. Occasional actor as well.
[Picture of Roger Daltrey]


Daly, John
Born 28 April 1966  (Carmichael, California, USA)
Hard drinking, cigarette puffing, high-stake gambling, drug-taking & hugely overweight golfer. Also one of the most popular & most talented golfers of the last 20 years, probably because of all the above...
[Picture of John Daly]


Daly, Tyne
Born 21 February 1946  (Madison, Wisconsin, USA)
Won four Emmy awards for her portrayal of Mary Beth Lacey in 'Cagney and Lacey'. Now more involved with theatre.
[Picture of Tyne Daly]


Dam, Jose van
Born 25 August 1940  (Brussels, Belgium)
Belgian bass baritone.
[Picture of Jose van Dam]


Dammann, Erik
Born 9 May 1931  (Oslo, Norway)
Norwegian enviromentalist
[Picture of Erik Dammann]


Damon, Mark Mark Damon is no longer with us
Born 22 April 1933  (Chicago, IL, USA)

Died 12 May 2024  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
Golden Globe winning Hollywood actor, who then moved to Europe to star in Spaghetti Westerns, before returning as a producer
[Picture of Mark Damon]


Danby, Mary
Born 26 May 1941  (Dorking, Surrey, United Kingdom)
British writer of horror and murder mystery stories
[Picture of Mary Danby]


Danese, Shera
Born 7 December 1950  ()
Actress wife of Peter Falk. Born 1950.
[Picture of Shera Danese]


Danforth, John
Born 5 September 1936  (St. Louis MO, USA)
Lawyer turned politician, he was Senator for Missouri for nearly 20 years. Also briefly served as US Ambassador to the United Nations.
[Picture of John Danforth]


Daniels, William
Born 31 March 1927  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Actor, best known as the acerbic voice of KITT in the 1980s TV series 'Knight Rider'.
[Picture of William Daniels]


Daniher, Neale
Born 15 February 1961  (West Wyalong, Australia)
Former Australian Rules footballer and coach now battling motor neurone disease.
[Picture of Neale Daniher]


Dann, Larry
Born 15 May 1941  (London, UK)
Actor who has been in Carry On films but main role was as Sergeant Alec Peters in 227 episodes of The Bill
[Picture of Larry Dann]


Danner, Blythe
Born 3 February 1943  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
US screen actress and mother of Gwyneth and Jake Paltrow.
[Picture of Blythe Danner]


Danson, Ted
Born 29 December 1947  (San Diego, California, USA)
Actor, still best known for the role of Sam Malone in the long-running sitcom 'Cheers' .
[Picture of Ted Danson]


Danza, Tony
Born 21 April 1951  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Actor widely known as Tony in Who's the Boss.
[Picture of Tony Danza]


Daqqah, Walid Walid Daqqah is no longer with us
Born 18 July 1961  (Baqa AlGharbiyye, Israel)

Died 7 April 2024  (Shamir Medical Centre, Israel)

Age at death: 62  (read death notice)
Involved in armed resistance in Israel, killed a soldier in 1984.
[Picture of Walid Daqqah]


Darby, Stephen
Born 6 October 1988  (Liverpool, UK)
Former England U21 defender who had a lengthy spell with Bradford City. Retired in 2018 after being diagnosed with ALS.
[Picture of Stephen Darby]


D'Arcy, John
Born 23 April 1936  (Christchurch, New Zealand)
New Zealand cricketer who played five Tests on New Zealand's tour of England in 1958
[Picture of John D'Arcy]


Darley, Jonathan
Date and place of birth unknown
Musician and member of folk group The Longest Johns.
[Picture of Jonathan Darley]


Darren, James
Born 8 June 1936  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
Actor & singer - a teen idol, who later had a recurring role in 'TJ Hooker'.
[Picture of James Darren]


Daum, Christoph
Born 24 October 1953  (Zwickau, East Germany)
Colourful German footballer and manager. Was on the cusp of managing the German national team before a cocaine scandal derailed his prospects.
[Picture of Christoph Daum]


Dave, (rapper)
Born 5 June 1998  (Brixton, England)
English chart-topping rapper.
[Picture of (rapper) Dave]


Davi, Robert
Born 26 June 1953  (Astoria, New York, USA)
Pock-marked actor turned jazz singer.
[Picture of Robert Davi]


David, Peter
Born 23 September 1956  (Fort Meade, Maryland, USA)
Comic book writer known for his work on 'The Incredible Hulk' and 'Spider-Man'.
[Picture of Peter David]


Davidson, Jim
Born 13 December 1953  (Kidbrooke, London, England)
Controversial racist comedian who somehow has turned into a popular family entertainer. Has also had a colourful private life.
[Picture of Jim Davidson]


Davidson, Pete
Born 16 November 1993  (Staten Island, New York, USA)
Sickly looking "Saturday Night Live" comic who tried to off himself after being dumped by Ariana Grande in 2018. Has a tatoo of Hillary Clinton, for some reason.
[Picture of Pete Davidson]


Davies, Andrew
Born 20 September 1936  (Cardiff, UK)
Critically acclaimed screenwriter, gave us (the good, non-paedophile version) "House of Cards".
[Picture of Andrew Davies]


Davies, Dave
Born 3 February 1947  (Muswell Hill, London, England)
Younger brother of Ray and fellow member of the Kinks.
[Picture of Dave Davies]


Davies, Eileen
Born 25 September 1948  (Hastings E. Sussex, England)
Actress who has an extensive list of film & TV credits, including both Coronation Street and EastEnders.
[Picture of Eileen Davies]


Davies, Freddie
Born 21 July 1938  (Brixton, England, United Kingdom)
British comedian with a long TV career following "Opportunity Knocks"
[Picture of Freddie Davies]


Davies, George
Born 29 October 1941  (Crosby, Merseyside, England)
Fashion guru, an outspoken voice on retail matters.
[Picture of George Davies]


Davies, Lynn
Born 20 May 1942  (Nant-y-moel, UK)
Welsh Olympic gold medal winning long jumper earning him the nickname Lynn the Leap
[Picture of Lynn Davies]


Davies, Ray
Born 21 June 1944  (Muswell Hill, London, England)
Legendary songwriter and lead singer of The Kinks.
[Picture of Ray Davies]


Davies, Rick
Born 22 July 1944  (Swindon, Wiltshire, England)
Lead singer and songwriter for 1970s progressive rock band Supertramp.
[Picture of Rick Davies]


Davies, Russell
Born 5 April 1946  (Barmouth, Wales)
Current presenter of Radio 4's "Brain of Britain", TV critic, journalist, and the reason the Doctor Who guy has a T in his name!
[Picture of Russell Davies]


Davies, Sharon
Born 1 November 1962  (Plymouth, England)
Swimmer who won Gold at the 1978 Commonwealth Games.
[Picture of Sharon Davies]


Davis, Clive
Born 4 April 1932  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Music producer, founder & long time head of Arista Records.
[Picture of Clive Davis]


Davis, Patti
Born 21 October 1952  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
US writer, daughter of Ronald & Nancy Reagan.
[Picture of Patti Davis]


Davis, Peter
Born 2 January 1937  (Santa Monica, California, USA)
Filmmaker who won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature in 1974 for 'Hearts and Minds' about the Vietnam War.
[Picture of Peter Davis]


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

Died 24 March 2024  ()

Age at death: 53  (read death notice)
Actress and wife of Warwick Davis. Also has achondroplasia.
[Picture of Samantha Davis]


Davis, Warwick
Born 3 February 1970  (Epsom, Surrey, England)
One of the UK's best known dwarf actors - starred in 'Return of the Jedi', 'Harry Potter', 'Chronicles of Narnia' amongst many others.
[Picture of Warwick Davis]


Davison, Peter
Born 13 April 1951  (London, England)
Actor best known as the fifth incarnation of 'Doctor Who'.
[Picture of Peter Davison]


Dawson, Ronnie
Born 5 June 1932  (Dublin, Rep of Ireland)
Former Ireland and British Lions rugby union international. Captained the Lions on the 1959 tour of Australia & New Zealand.
[Picture of Ronnie Dawson]


Dayan, Yael
Born 12 February 1939  (Nahalal, Mandatory Palastine)
Israeli politician and writer, member of the Knesset from 1992-2003, daugher of Moshe Dayan.
[Picture of Yael Dayan]


Dayne, Taylor
Born 7 March 1962  (New York City, New York, USA)
Dance-pop singer who stormed the charts in 1987 with international smash "Tell It to My Heart". Her presence on the mainline charts tapered off by the mid-90s, though she continued to be a force on the US Dance charts well into the new millennium.
[Picture of Taylor Dayne]


De Burgh, Chris
Born 15 October 1948  (Pergamino, Argentina)
Singer & songwriter, best known for his hit 'Lady in Red'. Also well known for being insufferably smug.
[Picture of Chris De Burgh]


de Galard, Geneviève Geneviève de Galard is no longer with us
Born 13 April 1925  (Paris, France)

Died 30 May 2024  ()

Age at death: 99  (read death notice)
French nurse known as the Angel of Dien Bien Phu during the First Indochina War.
[Picture of Geneviève de Galard]


de la Parra, Adolfo
Born 8 February 1946  (Mexico City, Mexico)
Drummer with 60s rockers Canned Heat.
[Picture of Adolfo de la Parra]


de La Villardiere, Bernard
Born 25 March 1958  (Boulogne-Billancourt, France)
French journalist.
[Picture of Bernard de La Villardiere]


de las Nieves, Maria Antonieta
Born 22 December 1949  (mexico City, Mexico)
Mexican comedy actress, one of the main roles in El Chavo del Ocho. Also a voice actor, dubbing many English language films
[Picture of Maria Antonieta de las Nieves]


de Leeuw, Dianne
Born 19 November 1955  (Orange, California, USA)
Figure skater.
[Picture of Dianne de Leeuw]


De Niro, Robert
Born 17 August 1943  (New York City, New York, USA)
Big-name Hollywood actor, whose 60 or so films since the one which made his name ('Taxi Driver', 1976) have included numerous smash hits, plus a few, such as 'The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle', where he'd have been better advised to file the scrip
[Picture of Robert De Niro]


De Palma, Brian
Born 11 September 1940  (Newark, New Jersey, USA)
Film director from the generation of filmmakers that dominated the 1970s and 80s. Films include 'Carrie' (1976), 'Scarface' (1983) and 'The Untouchables' (1987). Famously wrote off George Lucas' 'Star Wars' when Lucas showed him and others a rough cut of
[Picture of Brian De Palma]


de Rachewiltz, Mary
Born 9 July 1925  (Brixen, Italy)
Italian-American poet and translator and daughter of Ezra Pound
[Picture of Mary de Rachewiltz]


de Ribes, Jacqueline
Born 14 July 1929  (Paris, France)
French aristocrat, designer, fashion icon, businesswoman, producer and philantropist.
[Picture of Jacqueline de Ribes]


Deacon, John
Born 19 August 1951  (Leicester, England)
Quiet and enigmatic bass player and songwriter for rock giants Queen.
[Picture of John Deacon]


Deal, Kim
Born 10 June 1961  (Dayton, Ohio, USA)
Alternative rock guitarist in The Pixies, then formed the Breeders in 1989
[Picture of Kim Deal]


Dean, John
Born 14 October 1938  (Akron, Ohio, USA)
Former White House Counsel to Richard Nixon. Became deeply involved in the Watergate Scandal. Now an author & political activist.
[Picture of John Dean]


Dean, Peter
Born 2 May 1939  (London, England)
Pete Beale in 'EastEnders', whose death in 1993 marked a change in the show's direction. Later weighed his genitals on a fruit and veg scale in an episode of 'Banzai'.
[Picture of Peter Dean]


Dean, Ron
Born 15 August 1938  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Film and TV character actor, usually as tough authority figures.
[Picture of Ron Dean]


Dean, Rowan
Born in Australia  (exact date unknown)
Australian variety of the by-the-numbers far-right commentator: Racism, climate change denial, etc.
[Picture of Rowan Dean]


Deane, William
Born 4 January 1931  (St Kilda, Victoria, Australia)
22nd Governor-General of Australia from 1996 to 2001.
[Picture of William Deane]


Deangelo, Joseph James
Born 8 November 1945  (Bath, New York, USA)
Former cop who was arrested in 2018 on suspicion of being the Golden State Killer, responsible for 13 murders. Was allegedly caught after a relative submitted an Ancestry.com DNA test.
[Picture of Joseph James Deangelo]


Deary, Terry
Born 3 January 1946  (Sunderland, UK)
Children's author, behind the long-running and highly successful "Horrible Histories" franchise.
[Picture of Terry Deary]


DeBenedictis, Dick
Born 23 January 1935  (place of birth unknown)
American composer for 'Perry Mason', 'Columbo', 'Hawaii Five-O', and others.
[Picture of Dick DeBenedictis]


Decker, Carol
Born 10 September 1957  (Liverpool, Lancashire, England)
British singer behind T'Pau
[Picture of Carol Decker]


Dee, Sophie
Born 17 January 1984  (Carmarthen, Wales)
Welsh pornographic actress, also known as Kirsty Hill.
[Picture of Sophie Dee]


Dees, Rick
Born 14 March 1950  (Jacksonville, Florida, USA)
American comedian and radio personality.
[Picture of Rick Dees]


DeGeneres, Betty
Born 20 May 1930  (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
Ellen's mum, and an LGBT rights activist in her own right.
[Picture of Betty DeGeneres]


Deif, Mohammed
Born in Khan Younis, Gaza, Palestine  (exact date unknown)
Commander of the military wing of Hamas, and suspected master bomb-maker. Target of several Israeli assassination attempts to date.
[Picture of Mohammed Deif]


Deighton, Len
Born 18 February 1929  (Marylebone, London, England)
British historian & author who has penned a number of successful thriller stories.
[Picture of Len Deighton]


DeJohnette, Jack
Born 9 August 1942  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Jazz drummer, another huge name discovered by Miles Davis
[Picture of Jack DeJohnette]


del Castillo, Eric
Born 22 July 1934  (Celaya, Mexico)
Mexican actor.
[Picture of Eric del Castillo]


Del Rey, Lana
Born 21 June 1985  (New York City, New York, USA)
American Grammy-nominated pop singer.
[Picture of Lana Del Rey]


Del Sierra, Liza
Born 30 August 1985  (Pontoise, France)
French pornographic actress.
[Picture of Liza Del Sierra]


del Toro, Benicio
Born 19 February 1967  (San German, Puerto Rico)
Oscar-winning Puerto Rican actor best known for his role in the 1995 cult classic 'The Usual Suspects'.
[Picture of Benicio del Toro]


Delahanty, Thomas
Born in Washington DC, USA  (exact date unknown)
DC cop wounded saving Ronald Reagan from his 1981 assasination attempt. I hope Ron said thanks.
[Picture of Thomas Delahanty]


Born 6 March 1935  (Arklow, Irish free state)
Irish middle-distance runner and gold medal winner at the 1956 Olympic Games in Montreal
[Picture of RON DELANY]


Delany, Samuel R.
Born 1 April 1942  (New York, USA)
Author of fiction (particularly science fiction) amongst other things including Babel-17
[Picture of Samuel R. Delany]


Dell'Orefice, Carmen
Born 3 June 1931  (New York, USA)
A supermodel and actress known within the fashion industry for being the world's oldest working model as of the Spring/Summer 2012 season. She was on the cover of Vogue at the age of 15 and has been modeling ever since
[Picture of Carmen Dell'Orefice]


Delon, Alain
Born 8 November 1935  (Sceaux, France)
Brooding, heartthrob French actor who solidified his place in the arthouse pantheon with his roles in Jean-Pierre Melville's 'Le Samourai', Luchino Visconti's 'Rocco and His Brothers' and 'Asterix at the Olympic Games'.
[Picture of Alain Delon]


Delvecchio, Alex
Born 4 September 1931  (Fort William, Canada)
Nicknamed "Fats", one of the greatest players in NHL history. Three-time Stanley Cup winner.
[Picture of Alex Delvecchio]


Demongeot , Catherine
Born 16 May 1950  (Paris, France)
Former child actress, who made very few films and became a teacher
[Picture of Catherine Demongeot ]


Demoriane, Hermine
Date and place of birth unknown
French singer, wife of British poet Hugo Williams. Born 1942.
[Picture of Hermine Demoriane]


Dench, Judi
Born 9 December 1934  (York, Yorkshire, England)
Actress, firstly in stage, then became famous in TV sitcoms, before appearing in an increasing number of feature films.
[Picture of Judi Dench]


Denis, Claire
Born 21 April 1946  (Paris, France)
Academically inclined french director, for example, Beau Travail
[Picture of Claire Denis]


Dennis, Ron
Born 1 June 1947  (Woking, England)
Former CEO of McLaren.
[Picture of Ron Dennis]


Denny, Hamish
Date and place of birth unknown
British sculptor.
[Picture of Hamish Denny]


Depardieu, Gérard
Born 27 December 1948  (Chateauroux, France)
Top French actor, who has acted in international films as well.
[Picture of Gérard Depardieu]


Depp, Johnny
Born 9 June 1963  (Owensboro, Kentucky, USA)
Actor, often in kooky roles & beloved by many a female.
[Picture of Johnny Depp]


Dequenne, Émilie
Born 29 August 1981  (Belœil, Belgium)
Belgian actress (Rosetta, The Girl on the Train) diagnosed in October '23 with an unspecified 'rare' cancer.
[Picture of Émilie Dequenne]


Derbyshire, Eileen
Born 6 October 1930  (Urmston, Manchester, England)
Actress, has played Emily Bishop in 'Coronation Street' since 1961.
[Picture of Eileen Derbyshire]


Dern, Bruce
Born 4 June 1936  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Actor, best known for playing complete fruitcakes on the silver screen.
[Picture of Bruce Dern]


Dershowitz, Alan
Born 1 September 1938  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
American lawyer and law tutor at Harvard Law School; involved in a number of high-profile US trials.
[Picture of Alan Dershowitz]


DeSantis, Ron
Born 14 September 1978  (Jacksonville, Florida, USA)
Republican governor of Florida who'll be the republican candidate for president when Trump dies of a stroke
[Picture of Ron DeSantis]


DeShannon, Jackie
Born 21 August 1941  (Hazel, Kentucky, USA)
Singer-songwriter, sang “What the World Needs Now Is Love”, wrote “Bette Davis Eyes”.
[Picture of Jackie DeShannon]


Born 6 January 1959  (Chandigarh, India)
Regarded by Wisden as the greatest Indian cricketer of the 20th Century.
[Picture of KAPIL DEV]


DeVito, Danny
Born 17 November 1944  (Neptune, New Jersey, USA)
Pint-sized actor, now director & producer. Best known TV wise for 'Taxi' - in films he appeared in 'Twins' and 'Batman Returns'.
[Picture of Danny DeVito]


Devlin, Bruce
Born 10 October 1937  (Armidale, Australia)
Australian golfer and golf course designer
[Picture of Bruce Devlin]


Devlin, Johnny
Born 11 May 1938  (Raetihi, New Zealand)
New Zealand singer, songwriter and rock musician, who has been compared to Elvis Presley
[Picture of Johnny Devlin]


Devlin McAliskey, Bernadette
Born 23 April 1947  (Cookstown, Tyrone, Northern Ireland)
Northern Irish republican and civil rights activist who became the youngest woman ever to be elected to the UK Parliament in 1969 aged just 21.
[Picture of Bernadette Devlin McAliskey]


DeWitt, Joyce
Born 23 April 1969  (Wheeling, West Virginia, USA)
Actress, last surviving of the 'Three's Company' trinity.
[Picture of Joyce DeWitt]


Di Bart, Tony
Born 24 August 1964  (Slough, England)
English singer with a former #1 hit in "The Real Thing."
[Picture of Tony Di Bart]


Diamandis, Marina Lambrini
Born 10 October 1985  (Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales)
Welsh pop and new-wave singer-songwriter with Marina and the Diamonds.
[Picture of Marina Lambrini Diamandis]


Diamond, Anne
Born 8 September 1954  (Great Malvern, Worcestershire, England)
British television & radio presenter who is also a panellist on talk/discussion shows.
[Picture of Anne Diamond]


Diamond, Milton
Born 6 March 1934  (New York, NY, USA)
Emeritus Professor of anatomy and reproductive biology, or sexologist, in layman's terms.
[Picture of Milton Diamond]


Diamond, Neil
Born 24 January 1941  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Born Noah Kaminsky. Very successful, albeit decidedly cheesy, US singer.
[Picture of Neil Diamond]


DiBiase, Ted
Born 18 January 1954  (Omaha, Nebraska, USA)
Well-regarded WWE Champion and heel with a distinct nefarious laugh. Does the Reaper have a price for The Million Dollar Man?
[Picture of Ted DiBiase]


Dick, Cressida
Born 16 October 1960  (Oxford, England)
British former police officer who served as commissioner of police of the Metropolis.
[Picture of Cressida Dick]


Dickinson, Angie
Born 30 September 1931  (Kulm, North Dakota, USA)
Actress, in many a film & TV show from the 1950s onwards.
[Picture of Angie Dickinson]


Dickinson, David
Born 16 August 1941  (Cheadle Heath, Cheshire, England)
Orange TV antiques expert. At least one DDPer thinks he should be looking for a "cheap as chips" coffin this year.
[Picture of David Dickinson]


Dickinson, Janice
Born 16 February 1955  (New York City, New York, USA)
Fashion model, insists she's both the first supermodel and the one who coined the term (though inaccurate on both counts).
[Picture of Janice Dickinson]


Dickson, Anne
Born 18 April 1928  (London, England)
Northern Irish politician, former leader of the Unionist Party of NI.
[Picture of Anne Dickson]


Dickson, Barbara
Born 27 September 1947  (Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland)
Actress and singer, best known for her 1985 duet with Elaine Paige 'I Know Him So Well'.
[Picture of Barbara Dickson]


Diesel, Vin
Born 18 July 1967  (Alameda County, California, USA)
Tough guy action movie superstar best known as Dominic Toretto in the neverending 'Fast & Furious' car chase franchise.
[Picture of Vin Diesel]


Diggle, Steve
Born 7 May 1955  (Manchester, United Kingdom)
English guitarist and vocalist in the punk band Buzzcocks
[Picture of Steve Diggle]


Dijkstra, Sjoukje Sjoukje Dijkstra is no longer with us
Born 28 January 1942  (Akkrum, Netherlands)

Died 2 May 2024  (Someren, Netherlands)

Age at death: 82  (read death notice)
Gold medalist figure skater at the 1964 Winter Olympics.
[Picture of Sjoukje Dijkstra]


Dimbleby, David
Born 28 October 1938  (Surrey, UK)
Journalist and longtime host of Thursday night political bread-and-circus "Question Time". Stepped down from the post in 2018.
[Picture of David Dimbleby]


Dimbleby, Jonathan
Born 31 July 1944  (Aylesbury, England)
English politics and news presenter.
[Picture of Jonathan Dimbleby]


DiMeglio, Steve
Born 23 July 1961  (USA)
Golf writer for USA Today
[Picture of Steve DiMeglio]


DiMucci, Dion
Born 18 July 1939  (New York City, New York, USA)
Rock/doo-wop singer-songwriter, started off fronting the Belmonts before hitting solo success with the likes of 'Runaround Sue' and 'The Wanderer'. Probably the first singer to namecheck late deadpooling favourite Zsa Zsa Gabor in song, which he did in 'D
[Picture of Dion DiMucci]


Dine, Jim
Born 16 June 1935  (Cincinnati, Ohio, USA)
American pop artist.
[Picture of Jim Dine]


Dinenage, Fred
Born 8 June 1942  (Birmingham, England)
Despite his birthplace, has been long since based in the South of England. Well known nationally for 'How?' and 'How 2', and to football fans as a former director of Portsmouth F.C.
[Picture of Fred Dinenage]


Dingwort-Nusseck, Julia
Born 6 October 1921  (Altona, Germany)
German business journalist.
[Picture of Julia Dingwort-Nusseck]


Dini, Lamberto
Born 1 March 1931  (Florence, Italy)
Veteran Italian politician who also had a short turn as prime minister
[Picture of Lamberto Dini]


Dinklage, Peter
Born 11 June 1969  (Morristown, New Jersey, USA)
"Game of Thrones" star who took over the mantel of "world's most famous little person" following the death of Verne Troyer.
[Picture of Peter Dinklage]


Dion, Céline
Born 30 March 1968  (Charlemagne, Quebec)
Caterwauling French-Canadian singer who won the Eurovision contest for Switzerland in 1988 before having a successful career in the 1990s with hits such as 'Think Twice' and that dreary song from 'Titanic'. Now plays in Las Vegas.
[Picture of Céline Dion]


Dishy, Bob
Born 12 January 1934  (New York City, New York, USA)
Minor actor on TV and film
[Picture of Bob Dishy]


Dixon, Robin
Born 21 April 1935  ()
The third Baron Glentoran, conservative politician and also an Olympic gold medal winner in Bobsleigh
[Picture of Robin Dixon]


Djalali, Ahmad Reza
Born 15 September 1971  (Sarab, East Azerbaijan, Iran)
Iranian-Swedish doctor and academic now a political prisoner at the hands of the Iranian regime.
[Picture of Ahmad Reza Djalali]


Dobson, Bonnie
Born 13 November 1940  (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Folkie singer-songwriter whose "Morning Dew" has become an oft-covered genre staple.
[Picture of Bonnie Dobson]


Dobtcheff, Vernon
Born 14 August 1934  (Nimes, France)
So-called "patron saint of acting" with a stunning CV. Personal favourites are the old Nazi in the "I hear you're a racist now" episode of "Father Ted", and the elderly magician in "La Grande Bellezza".
[Picture of Vernon Dobtcheff]


Dodik, Milorad
Born 12 March 1959  (Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegowina)
Current President of Bosnia and Herzegovina
[Picture of Milorad Dodik]


Dodson, Pat
Born 29 January 1948  (Broome WA, Australia)
Australian politician and aboriginal activist, a Yawuru elder. Diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2023, and resigning from the senate as a result.
[Picture of Pat Dodson]


Doering, Joe
Born 16 April 1982  (Chicago, Illenois, USA)
American professional wrestler, Drake Brewer, Von Doering.
[Picture of Joe Doering]


Dogg, Snoop
Born 20 October 1971  (Long Beach, California, USA)
Gangsta rapper, born Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr.
[Picture of Snoop Dogg]


Doherty, Peter
Born 15 October 1940  (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)
Australian Nobel laureate immunologoist.
[Picture of Peter Doherty]


Doherty, Shannen
Born 12 April 1971  (Memphis, Tennessee, USA)
American TV and film actress best known for playing Brenda Walsh in hit US teen drama 'Beverly Hills, 90210'. Suffering from Crohn’s disease and also diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015.
[Picture of Shannen Doherty]


Doig, Clive
Born 11 August 1940  (Croydon, UK)
British television producer involved in Doctor Who and lots of other stuff
[Picture of Clive Doig]


Born 19 March 1947  (Painesville, Ohio, USA)
Singer, a UK one-hit wonder with the corny 'Shaddap You Face' in 1981.
[Picture of Joe DOLCE]


Dole, Elizabeth
Born 29 July 1936  (Salisbury, North Carolina, USA)
Former senator for North Carolina and wife of failed 1996 US presidential candidate Bob Dole.
[Picture of Elizabeth Dole]


Dolenz, Micky
Born 8 March 1945  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Child star as "Corky the Circus Boy", later 1/4 of The Monkees. Wrote the lyrics for "Alternate Title" and was one of the first owners of a Moog Synthesizer.
[Picture of Micky Dolenz]


Doman, John
Born 9 January 1945  (Philadephia, Pennsylvania, USA)
Television actor mostly known as William A. Rawls in The Wire.
[Picture of John Doman]


Domingo, Plácido
Born 21 January 1941  (Madrid, Spain)
Legendary tenor, famous for his collaborations with Luciano Pavarotti and José Carreras as "The Three Tenors".
[Picture of Plácido Domingo]


Don Baker, Joe
Born 12 February 1936  (Groesbeck, Texas, USA)
Actor, best known for his role as Jack Wade in 'Goldeneye'.
[Picture of Joe Don Baker]


Donahue, Phil
Born 21 December 1935  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Talk show host, better known in the US, but his fame has also filtered across the Atlantic to an extent.
[Picture of Phil Donahue]


Donaldson, Lou
Born 1 November 1926  (Badin, North Carolina, USA)
Bebop jazz saxophonist
[Picture of Lou Donaldson]


Donaldson, Sam
Born 11 March 1934  (El Paso, Texas, USA)
ABC News longtime White House correspondent and journalist who covered the Watergate scandal
[Picture of Sam Donaldson]


Donlon, Roger Roger Donlon is no longer with us
Born 30 January 1934  (Saugerties, New York, USA)

Died 25 January 2024  (Leavenworth, KS, USA)

Age at death: 89  (read death notice)
US Medal of Honor recipient, the first recipient during 'Nam.
[Picture of Roger Donlon]


Dooley, Paul
Born 22 February 1928  (Parkersburg, West Virginia, USA)
American actor, writer and comedian
[Picture of Paul Dooley]


Dorfman, Stanley
Born 24 November 1927  (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Noted music TV force for years, granting many artists their TV debuts as co-creator of 'Top of the Pops' and 'In Concert'. Also directed the televised versions of both 90s Woodstocks and music videos including "Heroes" and "Heart of Glass".
[Picture of Stanley Dorfman]


Dornan, Bob
Born 3 April 1933  (New York City, New York, USA)
Proto-Trump California representative of the 80s and 90s whose antics included outing a fellow representative as gay on the House floor.
[Picture of Bob Dornan]


Dorset, Ray
Born 21 March 1946  (Ashford, Middlesex, England)
Frontman and only everpresent member of Mungo Jerry. Wrote "In the Summertime" and most of their other hits.
[Picture of Ray Dorset]


Dotrice, Michele
Born 27 September 1948  (Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England)
Actress still best known today for her role as Betty, the long-suffering wife of Michael Crawford's iconic Frank Spencer in 'Some Mothers Do ’Ave ’Em'. Was married to Edward Woodward from 1987 till his death in 2009.
[Picture of Michele Dotrice]


Dougan, Vikki
Born 1 January 1929  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Born Edith Tooker, former model, one of the first Playboy bunnies (1957), dated (among others) Frank Sinatra and Glenn Ford.
[Picture of Vikki Dougan]


Douglas, Bryan
Born 27 May 1935  (Blackburn, England)
Former Blackburn Rovers right-winger. Scored eleven goals for England as well.
[Picture of Bryan Douglas]


Douglas, Carl
Born 10 May 1942  (Kingston, Jamaica)
Jamaican One-hit wonder who made the legendary Kung Fu Fighting
[Picture of Carl Douglas]


Douglas, David
Born 19 December 1929  (London, England)
12th Marquess of Queensberry and er..pottery designer!
[Picture of David Douglas]


Douglas, Donald
Born 7 March 1933  (Falkirk, Scotland)
Scottish actor who can be seen in A Bridge Too Far and Bridget Jones’s Diary, among many others.
[Picture of Donald Douglas]


Douglas, Michael
Born 25 September 1944  (New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA)
Followed his father Kirk into films, and was a moderately successful actor for 20 years until 'Fatal Attraction' really launched him into superstardom in 1987, quickly followed by 'Wall Street' and 'Basic Instinct'. Som
[Picture of Michael Douglas]


Douglas, Roger
Born 5 December 1937  (Auckland, New Zealand)
New Zealand politician who served as a minister in two Labour governments. Known for Rogernomics
[Picture of Roger Douglas]


Dourif, Brad
Born 18 March 1950  (Huntington, West Virginia, USA)
Respected actor who first came to fame as Billy in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". Now retired from the industry, with the exception of providing the voice for killer doll Chucky.
[Picture of Brad Dourif]


Dow, Peggy
Born 18 March 1928  (Columbia, Mississippi, USA)
Retired actress. Made nine films between 1949 and 1951. Born Margaret Josephine Varnadow.
[Picture of Peggy Dow]


Dowden, Amy
Born 30 August 1990  (Caerphilly, UK)
Professional ballroom dancer, Strictly Come Dancing.
[Picture of Amy Dowden]


Dowling, Graham
Born 4 March 1937  (Christchurch, New Zealand)
New Zealand cricketer.
[Picture of Graham Dowling]


Doyle-Murray, Brian
Born 31 October 1945  (Evanston, Illinois, USA)
Comic actor and elder brother of Bill Murray who has featured in Murray classics like 'Caddyshack' and 'Groundhog Day'. Often voices cartoon characters such as the Flying Dutchman in 'SpongeBob' and Captain K'nuckles in 'Flapjack'.
[Picture of Brian Doyle-Murray]


Drabble, Margaret
Born 5 June 1939  (Sheffield, England)
English novelist whose works typically feature woman protagonists stifled by English society.
[Picture of Margaret Drabble]


Draiman, David
Born 13 March 1973  (New York City, New York, USA)
American lead singer of Disturbed.
[Picture of David Draiman]


Drake, (singer)
Born 24 October 1986  (Toronto, Canada)
Canadian monotonous singer whose girlfriends get younger as he gets older
[Picture of (singer) Drake]


Draper, Derek Derek Draper is no longer with us
Born 15 August 1967  (Chorley, England)

Died 3 January 2024  (London, England)

Age at death: 56  (read death notice)
Husband of Kate Garraway, whose plight with the Coronavirus almost makes you forget his involvement in the "Lobbygate "scandal
[Picture of Derek Draper]


Draper, Ronald
Born 24 December 1926  (Oudtshoorn, South Africa)
South African two-time test cricketer who played first-class cricket from 1945 to 1959.
[Picture of Ronald Draper]


Dre, Dr
Born 18 February 1965  (Compton, California, USA)
US dean of rappers, whom we don't forget about
[Picture of Dr Dre]


Drejy, Chris
Born 11 November 1945  (London, England)
Longtime guitarist for The Yardbirds until multiple strokes halted his career in 2013.
[Picture of Chris Drejy]


Drier, Moosie
Born 6 August 1964  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
American actor and comedian.
[Picture of Moosie Drier]


Drummond, Bill
Born 29 April 1953  (Butterworth, South Africa)
Co-founder of avant-garde pop group The KLF, if you can call 'Doctorin' the Tardis' avant-garde. Later memorably burned a million quid on film.
[Picture of Bill Drummond]


du Bief, Jacqueline
Born 12 April 1930  (Paris, France)
Figure skater.
[Picture of Jacqueline du Bief]


Du Bois, Barry
Born 4 August 1960  (Sydney, Australia)
One of two cancer-battling Antiopedean TV "fix-your-house-up" types getting a DDP call-up in 2018.
[Picture of Barry Du Bois]


Born 28 November 1935  (Rustenburg, South Africa)
Former South African Rugby Union player who is well respected in his homeland and was named "The country's rugby player of the 20th century".
[Picture of Frik DU PREEZ]


Duckenfield, David
Born in   (exact date unknown)
The police officer in charge during the Hillsborough Stadium crush in 1989 and former chief superintendent of South Yorkshire police.
[Picture of David Duckenfield]


Ducklo, TJ
Born 22 September 1988  (Nashville, TN, USA)
Press secretary for Joe Biden during his 2020 bid for the Presidency.
[Picture of TJ Ducklo]


Dudley-Smith, Timothy
Born 26 December 1926  (Manchester, England)
Former Bishop of Thetford who wrote the hymn 'Tell Out, My Soul'.
[Picture of Timothy Dudley-Smith]


Duffy, Sir Patrick
Born 17 June 1920  (United Kingdom)
Former Labour MP and later an important NATO functionary
[Picture of Sir Patrick Duffy]


Dugdale, Rose Rose Dugdale is no longer with us
Born 25 March 1941  (Honiton, Devon, England)

Died 18 March 2024  (Dublin, Ireland)

Age at death: 82  (read death notice)
Daughter of a wealthy family who got sucked into the exciting life of an IRA terorrist
[Picture of Rose Dugdale]


Duggan, Jim
Born 14 January 1954  (Glenn Falls, New York, USA)
Cartoon era WWF wrestler, winner of the first-ever Royal Rumble in 1988.
[Picture of Jim Duggan]


Dukakis, Kitty
Born 26 December 1936  (Cambridge, MA, USA)
Former first lady of MA, wife of Michael, a recovering alcoholic, and author. She also received ECT as a treatment for depression and advocates for its use.
[Picture of Kitty Dukakis]


Dukakis, Michael
Born 3 November 1933  (Brookline, Massachusetts, USA)
Former Democrat govenor of Massachusetts, who unsuccessfully ran for President in 1988.
[Picture of Michael Dukakis]


Duke, Bill
Born 26 February 1943  (Poughkeepsie, New York, USA)
Actor in many an action film, including opposite Ahnuld in 'Commando' and 'Predator'.
[Picture of Bill Duke]


Duke, Charles
Born 3 October 1935  (Charlotte, North Carolina, USA)
Youngest of the twelve men to walk on the Moon.
[Picture of Charles Duke]


Dullea, Keir
Born 30 May 1936  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Actor, forever known as astronaut David "Dave" Bowman in Stanley Kubrick's epic 1968 film '2001: A Space Odyssey'. Funny to think we're a decade passed that now and no monolith to be found...
[Picture of Keir Dullea]


Dumas, Roland
Born 23 August 1922  (Limoges, France)
Controversial/insane French socialist politician who served as Foreign Minister for most of the 80s and early 90s.
[Picture of Roland Dumas]


Dunagan, Donnie
Born 16 August 1934  (San Antonio, Texas, USA)
The voice of the young Bambi in the famously sentimental film. Left Hollywood behind afterwards for a career in the Marines.
[Picture of Donnie Dunagan]


Dunaway, Faye
Born 14 January 1941  (Bascom, Florida, USA)
Actress, in films for over 40 years now.
[Picture of Faye Dunaway]


Duncan, Robert
Born 27 July 1952  (St Austell, England)
English actor.
[Picture of Robert Duncan]


Dunlop, Michael
Born 10 March 1989  (Ballymoney, Northern Ireland)
Northern Irish motorcyclist.
[Picture of Michael Dunlop]


Dunn, George
Born 21 September 1922  (England)
One of the last surviving Battle of Britain RAF men.
[Picture of George Dunn]


DUNN, Richard
Born 19 January 1945  (Halifax, Yorkshire, England)
Boxer, the last to be knocked out by Muhammad Ali.
[Picture of Richard DUNN]


Duran, Roberto
Born 16 June 1951  (El Chorrillo, Panama)
Boxer who held world titles in four weight classes and boxed in five decades.
[Picture of Roberto Duran]


Dutton, Peter
Born 18 November 1970  (Brisbane, Australia)
The current leader of the Australian opposition
[Picture of Peter Dutton]


Duvall, Robert
Born 5 January 1931  (San Diego, California, USA)
US movie actor & director, in countless films since 1962.
[Picture of Robert Duvall]


Duvall, Shelley
Born 7 July 1949  (Houston, Texas, USA)
Actress, best known for her role in Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining'.
[Picture of Shelley Duvall]


Dux, Eckart
Born 19 December 1925  (Berlin, Germany)
Actor in German theatre, film and TV but also voice actor, dubbing English language film & TV, including Audie Murphy and George Peppard (in The A Team)
[Picture of Eckart Dux]


Dylan, Bob
Born 24 May 1941  (Duluth, Minnesota, USA)
Legendary folk singer with an annoying voice. Still touring.
[Picture of Bob Dylan]


Nascimento, Alexandre do
Born 1 March 1925  (Malanje, Portuguese Angola)
Angolan cardinal of the Catholic Church.
[Picture of Alexandre do Nascimento]

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