Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2024: V


Vacano, Jost
Born 15 March 1934  (Osnabrück, Germany)
German cinematographer at the side of Dutch director Paul Verhoeven, and behind the camera of Das Boot
[Picture of Jost Vacano]


Vaccaro, Brenda
Born 18 November 1939  (New York, USA)
American stage, television, and film actress who won an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Once is not Enough. Also had the pleasure of being Michael Douglas's partner for 7 years well before Catherine Zeta Jones was on the scene
[Picture of Brenda Vaccaro]


Vaccaro, Sonny
Born 23 September 1939  (place of birth unknown)
American sports markerting executive for Nike who signed Michael Jordan.
[Picture of Sonny Vaccaro]


Vachon, Paul Paul Vachon is no longer with us
Born 7 October 1937  (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

Died 29 February 2024  ()

Age at death: 86  (read death notice)
Pro-wrestler and member of the famous Vachon wrestling family.
[Picture of Paul Vachon]


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


Valentine, Greg
Born 20 September 1951  (Seattle, Washington, USA)
Professional wrestler known as "The Hammer". Father Johnny was also a wrestler.
[Picture of Greg Valentine]


Valentine-Morton, Marc
Born in Hove, East Sussex, UK  (exact date unknown)
Opera singer from Brighton (Hove, actually)
[Picture of Marc Valentine-Morton]


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 Acker, Luc
Born 6 October 1961  (Tienen, Belgium)
Belgian singer.
[Picture of Luc van Acker]


van Agt, Dries Dries van Agt is no longer with us
Born 2 February 1931  (Geldrop, Netherlands)

Died 5 February 2024  (Nijmegen, Netherlands)

Age at death: 93  (read death notice)
Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 1977-82.
[Picture of Dries van Agt]


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 Doren, Mamie
Born 6 February 1931  (Rowena, South Dakota, USA)
Actress & former sex symbol.
[Picture of Mamie 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 Dyke, Leroy
Born 4 October 1929  (Mora, Missouri, USA)
Country singer who hit the charts with 'Walk On By' (not the Burt Bacharach song) in 1962.
[Picture of Leroy Van Dyke]


van Gaal, Louis
Born 8 August 1951  (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Former football player and manager. Coach of AZ Alkmaar, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, FC Barcelona, Dutch National team.
[Picture of Louis van Gaal]


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 Patten, Joyce
Born 9 March 1934  (New York City, New York, USA)
Actress, sister of Dick Van Patten and once married to Martin Balsam.
[Picture of Joyce Van Patten]


Vanderpump, Lisa
Born 15 September 1963  (Dulwich, London, England)
Originally a big-screen actress, found a home for herself in scripted-reality show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and spinoffs.
[Picture of Lisa Vanderpump]


Vanoni, Ornella
Born 22 September 1934  (Milan, Italy)
Italian Pop Singer, active since 1960, repopularised by her 1970 song L'Appuntamento appearing in film.
[Picture of Ornella Vanoni]


Vardinogiannis, Vardis
Born 4 December 1933  (Episkopi, Greece)
Greek billionaire in the oil and shipping industries.
[Picture of Vardis Vardinogiannis]


Vargas Llosa, Mario
Born 28 March 1936  (Arequipa, Peru)
Peruvian novelist, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2010.
[Picture of Mario Vargas Llosa]


Vavrick-O'Brien, Kathy
Born 6 January 1955  (Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA)
A notable figure in the Survivor cosmos, won immunity across two different seasons
[Picture of Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien]


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]


Vee, Jimmy
Born 3 February 1959  (Scotland)
Actor and stunt performer. Has played various monsters & aliens in Doctor Who and succeeded Kenny Baker as R2-D2.
[Picture of Jimmy Vee]


Veliotes, Nicholas A.
Born 28 October 1928  (Oakland CA, USA)
Former US diplomat, ambassador to Jordan (1978-81) and Egypt (1984-86).
[Picture of Nicholas A. Veliotes]


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]


Vendetta, Dayna
Born in   (exact date unknown)
Porn star.
[Picture of Dayna Vendetta]


Venegas, Alex
Born 16 July 2001  (place of birth unknown)
Internet personality and "rapper," one half of the Island Boys.
[Picture of Alex Venegas]


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


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


Vere Cole, Tristan de
Born 16 March 1935  (Redruth, Cornwall, England)
Director with the BBC whose credits include 'Doctor Who' and the first episode of 'Emmerdale'. The former Royal Navy Officer is also one of painter Augustus John's illegitimate children.
[Picture of Tristan de Vere Cole]


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]


Vettriano, Jack
Born 17 November 1951  (Methil, Fife, Scotland)
Painter best known for 'The Singing Butler'.
[Picture of Jack Vettriano]


Vilas, Guillermo
Born 17 August 1952  (Mar del Plata, Argentina)
Title-winning Argentine tennis player, who couldn't quite outshine contemporaries Bjorn Borg and Jimmy Connors
[Picture of Guillermo Vilas]


Villagran, Carlos
Born 12 January 1944  (Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico)
Mexican actor best known for playing "Quico" in "El Chavo del 8"
[Picture of Carlos Villagran]


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]


Vinge, Vernor Vernor Vinge is no longer with us
Born 2 October 1944  (Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA)

Died 20 March 2024  (La Jolla, CA, USA)

Age at death: 79  (read death notice)
American scientist and sci-fi author who anticipated the cyberspace
[Picture of Vernor 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]


Viorst, Judith
Born 2 February 1931  (Newark, New Jersey, USA)
Children's author best known for Murphy's law 'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day'.
[Picture of Judith Viorst]


Viren, Lasse
Born 22 July 1949  (Myrskylä, Finland)
Finnish former long-distance runner, winner of four gold medals at the 1972 and 1976 Summer Olympics
[Picture of Lasse Viren]


Virgil, (wrestler) (wrestler) Virgil is no longer with us
Born 7 April 1951  (Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, USA)

Died 28 February 2024  (Canonsburg, PA, USA)

Age at death: 72  (read death notice)
Born Michael Jones, former professional wrestler and actor.
[Picture of (wrestler) Virgil]


Visconti, Tony
Born 24 April 1944  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Record producer, played bass on David Bowie's Man Who Sold the World.
[Picture of Tony Visconti]


Vitale, Dick
Born 9 June 1939  (Passaic, New Jersey, USA)
Prolific US basketball sportscaster known for his exuberant commentary.
[Picture of Dick Vitale]


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


Vivar, Edgar
Born 28 December 1948  (Mexico Ciy, Mexico)
Mexican comedy actor, famous for sketch show Chespirito and sitcom El Chavo del Ocho. Lost a lot of weight (165lbs/75kg) through a gastric bypass in 2008, and since has been an advocate for healthy living.
[Picture of Edgar Vivar]


Vivino, Floyd
Born 19 October 1951  (Paterson, New Jersey, USA)
Twisted children's entertainer on US TV also known as "Uncle Floyd"
[Picture of Floyd Vivino]


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 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. Will plastinate his own body for display when he dies, which could be soon as he has advanced Pa
[Picture of Gunther von Hagens]


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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