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Pretty Boy Floyd
February 4, 2009 – 10:33 pm | No Comment
Pretty Boy Floyd

Born in Barrow County, Georgia, in 1904, Charles Arthur Floyd, alias "Pretty Boy", participated in the Kansas City Massacre in 1933 when four law enforcement officers, including one FBI Special Agent, were killed.  A leading …

John L Sullivan

February 4, 2009 – 10:32 pm | One Comment
John L Sullivan

Recognised as the first heavyweight boxing champion of the world, John Lawrence Sullivan was born in Boston, USA, in 1858.  Son of a quick-tempered Boston Irishman, he at first attempted to learn a trade, being …

 

Albert DeSalvo
February 4, 2009 – 10:31 pm | No Comment
Albert DeSalvo

AKA The Boston Strangler.  Or was he?  And come to that, was he really a plumber?  His father Frank DeSalvo certainly was, although he let down the profession by being an alcoholic who knocked seven …

Arthur Haynes
February 4, 2009 – 10:30 pm | No Comment
Arthur Haynes

Born in Hammersmith in May 1914, Arthur Haynes was the only son of a baker.   Although remembered today only by Nissan Micra drivers, Haynes was an immensely popular television comedian throughout the middle of …

Screaming Lord Sutch
February 4, 2009 – 10:30 pm | No Comment
Screaming Lord Sutch

Few political party leaders have had funerals marked by the presence of leopardskin armbands, a cavalcade of motorbikes and rock and roll.  But then David Edward Sutch was no ordinary politician. Screaming Lord Sutch, who …

Matt Monro
February 4, 2009 – 10:28 pm | No Comment
Matt Monro

Britain’s answer to Frank Sinatra.  Okay, Matt was no Ol’ Blue Eyes but he carved out a successful career as a romantic ballad singer both in Britain and America in an age dominated by raucous …

Ronnie Laine
February 4, 2009 – 10:27 pm | One Comment
Ronnie Laine

Ronnie Laine, bassist and founder member of The Small Faces, was born in Plaistow, East London, on April 1, 1946, son of a lorry driver.  At 16 he left school and began working as a …

Bob Hoskins
February 4, 2009 – 10:25 pm | No Comment
Bob Hoskins

Short, bad baldie who rose to fame in The Long Good Friday, Hoskins was born in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk in 1942 where his mother had been sent to escape the Blitz.  They couldn’t …

Charles Dance
February 4, 2009 – 10:24 pm | No Comment
Charles Dance

Walter Charles Dance was born in Birmingham, England, in 1946, son of a parlour maid and a civil engineer who died when he was four.  When the son was four that is, not the father. …

Russ Conway
February 4, 2009 – 10:23 pm | No Comment
Russ Conway

He was the pianist who brought joy with his tinkling fingers and his twinkling smile.  This attractive combination brought Russ Conway huge success in live concert and on record, and made

Michael Caine
February 4, 2009 – 10:22 pm | No Comment
Michael Caine

Born Maurice Mickelwhite – not a lot of people know that – actually everyone knows that – in St Olaves Hospital in South London in 1933.  In 1986, the same building became Bob Hoskins’ production …

Gabriel Byrne
February 4, 2009 – 10:20 pm | No Comment
Gabriel Byrne

Born in Dublin in May, 1950, Gabriel Byrne set out to become a priest but was somewhat put off by being molested by his Latin teacher while at an English seminary preparing for the cloth. …

Lee Marvin
February 4, 2009 – 10:12 pm | No Comment
Lee Marvin

Born February 19, 1924, in New York City, Lee Marvin quit high school to enter the Marine Corps and while serving in the South Pacific was wounded in the Battle of Saipan.  That sounds pretty …

Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle
February 4, 2009 – 10:09 pm | No Comment
Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle

A comic genius from the golden age of the silent cinema, the Prince of Whales was the first comedian ever to be hit by an on-screen custard pie.  He was working as an overweight plumber …

Allan Williams
February 4, 2009 – 10:07 pm | No Comment
Allan Williams

The first manager of a Liverpool combo known as The Beatles.  This plumber and owner of the Jacaranda club was the man who took them to Hamburg in 1960 and set them on the road …

Smith Wigglesworth
February 4, 2009 – 10:07 pm | No Comment
Smith Wigglesworth

A world-famous Christian evangelist and one of the few men named Smith with the power to raise people from the dead.  Born in Yorkshire in 1859, Wigglesworth was picking crops for a living at the …

Joe Cocker
February 4, 2009 – 10:06 pm | No Comment
Joe Cocker

One of rock and roll’s enduring performers, Cocker has survived the sixties, a low period in the seventies, made a comeback in the eighties, and continues to be a solid and consistent performer in the …

G Gordon Liddy
February 4, 2009 – 10:05 pm | No Comment
G Gordon Liddy

The former FBI agent who helped plan the Watergate break-in has capitalized on his burglary legend and taken his political views to the airwaves.  George Gordon Liddy’s ultra-conservative radio talk show based in Fairfax, Virginia …

Simone DeCavalcante
February 4, 2009 – 10:04 pm | No Comment
Simone DeCavalcante

AKA Sam DeCavalcante.  AKA Sam the Plumber.  He was the boss of the Mafia’s New Jersey based DeCavalcante Family from the 1960s until the mid 1970s.  In 1961, the FBI planted a listening device in …

Zinzan Brooke
February 4, 2009 – 10:02 pm | No Comment
Zinzan Brooke

Former New Zealand rugby captain Zinzan Brooke was a plumber before he turned to playing his sport full-time.  The number 8, reckoned by many experts to be one of the all-time greats, played 82 times …

him one of Britain’s …

Ozzie Osbourne
February 4, 2009 – 10:00 pm | No Comment
Ozzie Osbourne

Born in 1948 in Aston, Birmingham as John Michael Osbourne, the fourth of six children.  The Osbourne family lived in poverty and a crowded house. Ozzy was beaten regularly by his father, mainly for behavior …

Rashid Abdul Dostum
February 4, 2009 – 9:59 pm | No Comment
Rashid Abdul Dostum

General Dostum is the whisky-drinking former plumber who rose through the ranks of the Afghan puppet army that the Soviet Union ran in Afghanistan in the 1980s.  He was eventually appointed head of Khad, the …

Lon Chaney Jr.
February 4, 2009 – 9:52 pm | No Comment
Lon Chaney Jr.

The son of actors Lon Chaney and Cleva Creighton, the man destined to star in classic horror movies was born Creighton Tull Chaney.  Old man Chaney raised his son in an atmosphere of Spartan strictness …

Mack Sennett
November 24, 2008 – 11:40 pm | One Comment
Mack Sennett

 While not the first producer of Hollywood comedies, Canadian-born Mack Sennett was one of the best organized and most successful and the man who made them into real box office.  He was known throughout Hollywood …

Michael Flatley
October 31, 2008 – 1:58 pm | No Comment
Michael Flatley

who would have thought that those flashing feet belonged to an ex-plumber

Tom Finney
October 31, 2008 – 1:56 pm | No Comment
Tom Finney

Known as the Preston Plumber, this 76-times capped winger is still considered one of the greatest British players of all time.  He became an apprentice plumber at 14, a trade he continued all his working …