2021 SDMB [THEMED] Celebrity Death Pool

NOTE: As we started in 2019, Themed Death Pool Lists will be posted and tracked in a separate thread. If you are looking for the 2021 Celebrity Death Pool thread, click here

phungi (aka: the Death Shroom) checking in as your 2021 Death Pool chaperone, with Baker (aka: the Death Mistress) running the "regular"pool.

In case anyone is new to this game, the rules are outlined below. There are a few new rules so read carefully.

The Rules:

  1. You pick 13 celebrities (plus 3 alternates) that you predict will die in the year 2021. If any of your celebrities dies, you score 100 points minus their age at death. Whoever has the most points at the end of the year…wins. It’s rather simple.

  2. Please check the spelling if your celebrity’s names, as editing takes hours. Also, please do not put spaces or periods between abbreviated letters.

For example: “George HW Bush” instead of George H. W. Bush"

  1. Players may submit lists to both the “regular” and “themed” pools. However, those posting a Themed list should explain the theme.

  2. All picks must be made by December 31st, 2020, at 11:59PM, CENTRAL TIME. Late entries (i.e., ANY time after midnight of Jan 1st) will be turned away.

  3. Valid picks CANNOT be:
    a. already dead
    b. fictional
    c. under age 18
    d. a registered member of the SDMB
    e. hostages held by terrorist organizations
    f. famous solely as a result of their illness or the events surrounding their death (see #15 below)

  4. If you have any questions about who is or is not a celebrity, feel free to post to the thread or PM me. This is why we include 3 alternates, so if a pick is designated to be invalid, your first alternate will be elevated to your list.

  5. If we are uncertain about the celebrity’s age at death, we will go by the higher age (lower score).

  6. Prisoners held on death row count only if they die by means other than official execution.

  7. If you kill anyone on your list to try to get ahead or cheat, then you’re automatically disqualified.

  8. Editing your choices: You can change the people on your list as many times as you wish before the deadline above, just make sure that your FINAL list is known, otherwise I’m going to take the first 13 of yours I see listed.

  9. Alternates are important, in the case of a pick being invalid, or a pick dying prior to January 1st.

  10. If a player changes their username at some point, post this news on the thread, or PM me, so I know who you are.

  11. Tracking celebrity deaths is the job of each individual player. Wiki maintains a page of deaths each month, and is an excellent reference.

  12. I create and share a Scorekeeper in the form of an Excel Spreadsheet. I am happy to share this with any and all participants. I generally post to a DropBox folder, and update it after every death. If you do not have DropBox, sign up (it is free).

  13. Determination of who is a celebrity will remain a subjective matter, but generally defined as “the person has some known presence in the form of a Wikipedia Page and/or notoriety in the news or such” and their fame or celebrity cannot be based solely on their having a terminal illness". Sole possession of a Wikipedia page will not constitute “celebrity”. If questioned, the person who posted that individual may be required provide such evidence.

  14. Questions may be raised about the appropriateness of a pick at any point after a list is posted, even after 1/1/21. Alternates picks play an important role, as “questionable” picks may be disqualified post-posting.

  15. There is no exchange of money, that would be in poor taste. Rather, each year, we share the following awards

  • The “Opening Kickoff” Award: awarded to the poster or posters who pick the first listed celebrity to die in 2021.
  • The “Quantity Not Quality” Award: awarded to the poster or posters who pick the greatest number of celebrities who died, regardless of their actual point value.
  • The “Grim Reaper” Award: awarded to the poster or posters who had the most unique picks that died.
  • The “Robbing the Cradle” Award: awarded to the poster or posters who pick the youngest celebrity to die in 2021, but see rule 3d.
  • The “Final Hours” Award: awarded to the poster or posters who pick the last listed celebrity to die in 2021.
  1. You need to submit a clean list, with no explanations, dates of birth, titles, etc. If you want to add commentary, include this below your clean list.
    For example:

Theme: Brady Bunch

Clean list:
Robert Reed
Florence Henderson
Ann B. Davis
Barry Williams
Maureen McCormick
Christopher Knight
Eve Plumb
Mike Lookinland
Susan Olsen
Allan Melvin
Jack Collins
Robbie Rist
Desi Arnaz Jr

Annotated list:
Robert Reed as Mike Brady
Florence Henderson as Carol Brady
Ann B. Davis as Alice Nelson
Barry Williams as Greg Brady
Maureen McCormick as Marcia Brady
Christopher Knight as Peter Brady
Eve Plumb as Jan Brady
Mike Lookinland as Bobby Brady
Susan Olsen as Cindy Brady
Allan Melvin as Sam Franklin
Jack Collins as Mr. Phillips
Robbie Rist as Cousin Oliver
Desi Arnaz, Jr. as himself

  1. Scoring: When a celebrity dies, you get their age at death subtracted from 100. All celebrities who are 100 or over count, but you get “0” Points for their death, contributing to the “Quantity not Quality” award

If anyone has any questions, post to the thread, or PM me.

Have fun, everyone. Good luck!

If previous years are any guide, everyone on this Beatles-themed list will easily survive until 2022.

Paul McCartney
Ringo Starr
Jimmy Nicol
Yoko Ono
Julian Lennon
Pete Best
Sean Lennon
Olivia Harrison
Dhani Harrison
Jane Asher
Patti Boyd Harrison
Zak Starkey
Stella McCartney


Jeff Lynne
Heather Mills
Bob Dylan

The 10th annual All-Star Sports Edition

Mike Dikta
Michael Schumacher
Vin Scully
Tommy Lasorda
Bobby Knight
Guy LaFleur
Rod Carew
William “Refrigerator” Perry
Alex Zanardi
Bob Uecker
Terry Bradshaw
Steve Gleason

Richard Simmons
Ric Flair

1967 and 1968 St. Louis Cardinals World Series Rosters

Steve Carlton
Orlando Cepeda
Dick Hughes
Julian Javier
Dal Maxvill
Tim McCarver
Dick ‘Ducky’ Schofield
Mike Shannon
Ed Spiezio
Bobby Tolan
Ray Washburn
Johnny Edwards
Larry Jaster

Mel Nelson
Wayne Granger
Eddie Bressoud

New Year’s Eve babies

Alex Ferguson
Andy Summers
Anthony Hopkins
Avram Hershko
Ben Kingsley
Burton Cummings
Diane von Furstenberg
Hugh McElhenny
Pius Ncube
Rene Robert
Sarah Miles
Tim Matheson
Viktor Mikhailovich Afanasieyv

In honor of the 50th anniversary of its release

The Cast of Catch-22

Alan Arkin
Bob Balaban
Richard Benjamin
Susanne Benton
Peter Bonerz
Olimpia Carlisi
Bob Newhart
Art Garfunkel
Charles Grodin
Austin Pendleton
Paula Prentiss
Martin Sheen
Jon Voight

Alternatives for my list: Bruce Kirby, Jon Korkes, and Gina Rovere

My theme for 2021 is “Doctor Who vs. The Master!”

Tom Baker 1/20/1934 - The Fourth Doctor
Peter Davison 4/13/1951 - The Fifth Doctor and my favorite
Colin Baker 4/18/1943 - The Sixth Doctor
Sylvester McCoy 8/20/1943 - The Seventh Doctor
Paul McGann 11/14/1959 - The Doctor We Do Not Speak Of
Christopher Eccleston 2/16/1964 - The Ninth Doctor/First Doctor NuWho
David Tennant 4/18/1971 - The Tenth Doctor
Matt Smith 10/28/1982 - The Eleventh Doctor and the first one younger than me :older_woman:
Peter Capaldi 4/14/1958 - The Twelfth Doctor and my favorite NuWho
Jodie Whittaker 6/17/1982 - The Thirteenth Doctor
David Bradley 4/17/1942 - Pretended to be William Hartnell when the First Doctor was required
Geoffrey Beevers 1/15/1941 - The Third Master
Eric Roberts 4/18/1956 - The Master We Do Not Speak Of
Derek Jacobi 10/22/1958 - The Sixth Master

John Simm 7/10/1970 - The Seventh Master
Michelle Gomez 11/23/1966 - The Eighth Master/First Missy
Sacha Dawan 5/1/1984 - The Ninth Master

Clean List
Tom Baker
Peter Davison
Colin Baker
Sylvester McCoy
Christopher Eccleston
David Tennant
Matt Smith
Peter Capaldi
Jodie Whittaker
David Bradley
Geoffrey Beevers
Eric Roberts
Derek Jacobi

John Simm
Michelle Gomez
Sacha Dawan

Little Nemo should get Bonus Points if any die in plane crashes.

Nm, wrong list.

Alan Alda
Loretta Swit
Mike Farrell
Jamie Farr
Gary Burghoff
Jeff Maxwell
G.W. Bailey
Donald Sutherland
Elliot Gould
Sally Kellerman
Robert Duvall
Fred Williamson
Tom Skerritt

MASH movie and show living cast. Same list as last year minus my one death.

Sticking with my Lou Gehrig List from 2020, only needing to replace one (as of today) person.

Descriptive list:

Tim Green- retired football player
Steve Gleason- retired football player
Kyōsei Tsukui- Japanese voice actor
Ady Barkan- lawyer and political activist
Jason Becker- musician
OJ Brigance- retired football player
Pave Maijanen- Finnish musician
Augie Nieto- retired businessman, founder of Life Fitness
Doddie Weir- retired rugby player
Lenny Johnrose- retired soccer player
Stephen Darby- retired soccer player
Neale Daniher- retired Aussie rules football player
Donna Britt- Louisiana newscaster

Clean list:

Tim Green
Steve Gleason
Kyōsei Tsukui
Ady Barkan
Jason Becker
OJ Brigance
Pave Maijanen
Augie Nieto
Doddie Weir
Lenny Johnrose
Stephen Darby
Neale Daniher
Donna Britt

Alternates (retired baseball players named Lou):

Lou Piniella
Lou Merloni
Lou Whitaker

No need to make any changes to last year’s list.

What’s My Line? (Celebrities who appeared as the Mystery Guest on the original version of What’s My Line?)

Elizabeth Ashley
Julie Andrews
Candice Bergen
Carol Burnett
Richard Chamberlain
Shirley Jones
Steve Lawrence
Sophia Loren
Diana Ross
Mort Sahl
Barbra Streisand
Robert Wagner
Raquel Welch


Piper Laurie
Gina Lollobrigida
Liza Minnelli

Republican Cultists

Donald Trump
Ron DeSantis
G.Gordon Liddy
William Barr
Richard Cheney
Mitch McConnell
Lindsey Graham
James Inhofe
Rudy Giuliani
Rush Limbaugh
Donald Rumsfeld
Paul Manafort
Samuel Alito

Thomas McInerney
Clarence Thomas
Edward Gallagher

Theme: German players in the 1966 and 1972 FIFA World Cups

Jürgen „Grabi“ Grabowski born 7. Juli 1944
Franz Anton Beckenbauer born 11. September 1945
Karl-Heinz Schnellinger born 31. März 1939
Willi Schulz born 4. Oktober 1938
Josef Dieter „Sepp“ Maier born 28. Februar 1944
Wolfgang Paul born 25. Januar 1940
Paul Breitner born 5. September 1951
Hans-Georg „Katsche“ Schwarzenbeck born 3. April 1948
Hans-Hubert „Berti“ Vogts born 30. Dezember 1946
Ulrich „Uli“ Hoeneß born 5. Januar 1952
Günter Theodor Netzer born 14. September 1944
Gerhard „Gerd“ Müller born 3. November 1945
Bernd Hölzenbein born 9. März 1946


Josef „Jupp“ Heynckes born 9. Mai 1945
Rainer Bonhof born 29. März 1952
Wolfgang Overath born 29. September 1943

Grabi Grabowski
Franz Beckenbauer
Karl-Heinz Schnellinger
Willi Schulz
Sepp Maier
Wolfgang Paul
Paul Breitner
Katsche Schwarzenbeck
Berti Vogts
Uli Hoeneß
Günter Netzer
Gerd Müller
Bernd Hölzenbein


Jupp Heynckes
Rainer Bonhof
Wolfgang Overath

My Themed Death Pool for 2021

Theme: Former Race Car Drivers

1 Alfred “Al” Unser (Sr) 1939 former Indy race car driver
2 Bobby Allison 1937 former Nascar race car driver
3 Cale Yarborough 1939 former Nascar race car driver
4 Ned Jarret 1932 former Nascar race car driver
5 Mario Andretti 1940 former F1 & Indy race car driver
6 Michael Schumacher 1969 former F1 race car driver
7 Fred Lorenzen 1934 former Nascar race car driver
8 Donnie Allison 1939 former Nascar race car driver
9 Richard Petty 1937 former Nascar race car driver
10 Rick Hendrick 1949 former Nascar race car driver & current team owner
11 Emerson Fittipaldi 1946 former Indy race car driver
12 Jackie Stewart 1939 former F1 race car driver
13 A. J. Foyt 1935 former Indy race car driver

1 Darryl Waltrip 1947 former Nascar race car driver
2 Harry Gant 1940 former Nascar race car driver
3 Rick Mears 1951 former Indy race car driver

Charles “Red” Farmer former NASCAR race car driver born 1928, but other sources list his birthdate as October 15, 1932

Clean list:

Alfred “Al” Unser
Bobby Allison
Cale Yarborough
Ned Jarret
Mario Andretti
Michael Schumacher
Fred Lorenzen
Donnie Allison
Richard Petty
Rick Hendrick
Emerson Fittipaldi
Jackie Stewart
A. J. Foyt


Darryl Waltrip
Harry Gant
Rick Mears

That’s a wish list I could get on board with.

Actors/Actresses from the original Twilight Zone series

Earl Holliman
Cloris Leachman
Robert Duvall
Dean Stockwell
William Shatner
John Astin
Mariette Hartley
Barbara Barrie
George Takei
Carol Burnett
Vera Miles
Veronica Cartwright
Julie Newmar

Billy Mumy
Robert Redford
Sherry Jackson

No Nehemiah Persoff?

Wow, somehow I missed him. Actually I was surprised that there were still enough alive for a full Death Pool list plus alternates!