The Celebrity Death Pool 2005

50 cent
Shelley Long
Rosa Parks
Johnny Carson
Michael Jackson
Jean Stapleton
Martin Lawrence
Robert Downey Jr.
Jesse Helms
Pope John Paul II
Angela Lansbury
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Courtney Love

Here’s mine!

1.) Fidel Castro
2.) Ted Turner
3.) Ozzy Osbourne (by something worthy of a Darwin Award)
4.) Elizabeth Taylor
5.) Theresa Kerry
6.) Scott Weiland (OD)
7.) Nancy Reagan
8.) Pope John Paul II
9.) Lady Bird Johnson
10.) Annette Funicello
11.) Mary Kate Olsen
12.) Johnny Oates
13.) William Rehnquist

I’ve been thinking about my list for a while - I actually had a text file on my computer that I’ve been putting people on as possibilities for 2005 for a while. So, here goes:

  1. Pope JP II (always on there. It has to happen one of these years.)
  2. Nelson Mandela
  3. Barbara Bush (former first lady)
  4. Richard Pryor
  5. Earvin “Magic” Johnson
  6. Bob Barker
  7. Tom Brokaw (added tonight after watching the NBC news - his right eye looks funny, and I think there’s something going on.)
  8. Elizabeth Taylor
  9. Mikhail Gorbachev
  10. Dick Clark
  11. Yoko Ono
  12. Queen Elizabeth II
  13. Margaret Thatcher

OK, here goes nothing:

  1. Jay-Z
  2. Prince Philip (Liz’s husband)
  3. Beyonce Knowles
  4. Madeline L’Engle
  5. Pete Seeger
  6. Barbara Bush mère
  7. William Rehnquist
  8. The Pope
  9. Nelson Mandela
  10. Walter Cronkite
  11. Mike Wallace
  12. William Shatner
  13. Zell Miller

[li]Pope JP2[/li][li]Viktor Yushchenko (Ukrainian politician)[/li][li]Fidel Castro[/li][li]Gerald Ford[/li][li]Charles Manson[/li][li]Marget Thatcher[/li][li]Walter Cronkite[/li][li]Nancy Reagan[/li][li]Angela Lansbury[/li][li]John Goodman[/li][li]Rip Torn[/li][li]Regis Philbin[/li][li]Mickey Rooney[/li][/ol]

I feel guilty, but here goes –

In no particular order (and more or less randomly picked, as well):

  1. Tammy Faye Bakker Resner
  2. Michael Jackson (Going out on a limb, but…)
  3. Jimmy Carter
  4. Liza Minnelli
  5. Gary Coleman
  6. Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist
  7. Convicted murderer Robert Chambers
  8. Vice President Dick Cheney
  9. Ruben Studdard
  10. Brett Easton Ellis (just because)
  11. Daryl Strawberry
  12. Andy Griffith
  13. Don Knotts

1.) Vanilla Ice
2.) Scott Peterson
3.) Charlton Heston
4.) Artie Lange
5.) The Pope
6.) Jason Mewes
7.) Mel Brooks
8.) Stan “The Man” Lee
9.) Hugh Hefner
10.) Pam Anderson
11.) KRS-One
12.) Rob Halford
13.) Slash

Fruitlessly swinging for the fences again:

(1) Charles, Prince of Wales
(2) Donald Rumsfeld
(3) Morley Safer
(4) Andrew Sullivan
(5) Loretta Lynn
(6) Hosni Mubarak
(7) Osama Bin laden
(8) Sandra Day O’Connor
(9) Eminem
(10) Betty Ford
(11) Hunter S. Thompson
(12) Kurt Vonnegut
(13) Michael J. Fox

  1. James Doohan
  2. Viktor Yushchenko
  3. Elizabeth Taylor
  4. Michael Jackson
  5. Tom Brokaw
  6. The Pope
  7. Elizabeth Edwards
  8. Michael Moore
  9. Mary Kate Olsen
  10. Michael J. Fox
  11. Richard Pryor
  12. Janet Reno
  13. Clay Aiken
  1. Fidel Castro
  2. Rosa Parks
  3. Pope John Paul II :frowning:

Gonna be a bad year for US politicians:

  1. Former President Gerald Ford (old age)
  2. Former President Bill Clinton (heart trouble)
  3. Sen. Ted Kennedy (heart attack)


  1. Osama bin Laden (Yep, we’ll get him in '05.)
  2. Elizabeth Taylor
  3. William Rehnquist
  4. “Lady Bird” Johnson (she has to go eventually, why not in 2005?)
  5. Angela Landsbury :frowning:
  6. Ossy Osbourne (drug overdose)
  7. Scott Peterson (murdered in prison)

Well, with the exception of Reagan, my picks all remained remarkably healthy. So, rather than doom them all by taking them off my list, I’ll preserve their good health for another year by keeping most of them.

  1. Bea Arthur
  2. Kirk Douglas
  3. Andy Rooney
  4. Cicely Tyson
  5. Harry Dean Stanton
  6. Jean Stapleton
  7. Conrad Bain (“Mr. Drummond” from Diffrent Strokes)
  8. Russell Johnson (“The Professor” from Gilligan’s Island)
  9. Howard Hesseman
  10. Gavin MacLeod
  11. Jim Nabors
  12. Darryl Strawberry
  13. Mickey Rooney

And if any of the above should croak before Jan. 1, here are my alternates, to be used in this order:

a. Pope John Paul II
b. “Beat” Takeshi Kitano (actor/director)
c. Denis Leary

Damn you all. My chances at the “Inside Track with the Grim Reaper” Award have been reduced by 7/13[sup]ths[/sup].

Can we just award 19 points from the get go to everyone, so we can skip Rhenquist?

Yay! I have been waiting for this thread. I missed it last year, being so busy during the holidays. Here are my submissions, in no particular order (y’all are wrong for putting Bob Barker! :eek: Wrong, I say!)

  1. Robert Downey, Jr.
  2. Michael Jackson
  3. Henry Winkler
  4. Dan Rather
  5. Pope John Paul II
  6. Marion Barry
  7. Dick Cheney
  8. Osama Bin Laden
  9. Andy Griffith
  10. J. Lo
  11. William Rehnquist
  12. Ludacris
  13. Kevin Federline

Hoo yeah, I’m getting me a piece o’ the Death Pool this year.

(The Obvious)

  1. Charlton Heston
  2. Lady Bird Johnson
  3. Jimmy Carter
  4. Fidel Castro
  5. Pope John Paul II
  6. Gerald Ford
  7. Nancy Reagan (ouch…two chiefs and two first ladies)

(The Wild Cards)
8. Keith Richards (though if he’s not dead already, he may be immortal)
9. B.B. King
10. Yogi Berra (just looked him up…I didn’t even know he was still alive)
11. Gordie Howe
12. 50 Cent (Curtis Jackson)
13. Stan Lee

  1. Kurt Vonnegut
  2. Pope John Paul II
  3. William Rehnquist
  4. Carl Reiner
  5. Queen Elizabeth II
  6. Kenneth Lay
  7. Scott Peterson (bah, Diceman scooped me! 2 to 1 he gets whacked by his fellow inmates :D)
  8. Courtney Love
  9. Fidel Castro
  10. George H.W. Bush
  11. Sharon Osborne
  12. Billy Bob Thornton
  13. James Earl Jones
  1. Pope John Paul II
  2. James Watson
  3. Dick Clark
  4. Jiang Zemin
  5. Britney Spears
  6. Henry Kissinger
  7. John Paul Stevens
  8. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  9. Larry Fortensky
  10. Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
  11. Tom Brokaw
  12. Betty White
  13. Sargent Shriver

I’ve never played before. All ye who have chosen names I’m going to put down weep! Weep! For I am never right.

  1. Fidel Castro
  2. Michael J. Fox
  3. Gerald Ford
  4. PJP2
  5. Willie Mays
  6. Bob Feller
  7. James Doohan
  8. Bobby Doerr
  9. Luciano Pavarotti
  10. Muhammad Ali
  11. Scott Hamilton
  12. Dick Cheney
  13. Pervez Musharraf

Alrighty then…

  1. Courtney Love
  2. Richard Pryor
  3. Elizabeth Taylor
  4. Gerald Ford
  5. Lady Bird Johnson
  6. James Doohan
  7. Rosa Parks
  8. William Rehnquist
  9. Tammy Faye Bakker Resner
  10. Billy Graham
  11. Annette Funicello
  12. Stephen Hawking

and last, but not least… because he’s due…

  1. El Papa, John Paul II

A question. If one of our picks buys the farm the day before their birthday, are they counted in at the lower age? So if popular pick Rosa Parks should die on February 3 or before, would she count in at 91 or 92?

Ok, last year sucked rocks for me, so I’m-a scrapping the survivors and starting (mostly) fresh:

  1. Pope John Paul II
  2. Willie Nelson
  3. Glen Cambell
  4. Ethan Suplee
  5. Walter Cronkite
  6. Charlton Heston
  7. Wellington Mara
  8. Fidel Castro
  9. Prince Rainier
  10. Paul McCartney
  11. Ruben Studdard
  12. Suge Knight
  13. Scott Peterson

And in case someone drives a bus into a country singer retirement home or something, the backups:

  1. Preston Robert Tisch
  2. Reverend Donald Wildmon
  3. Sally Struthers