THEMED Celebrity Death Pool 2018

NOTE: This is a NEW change for 2018. Themed Death Pool Lists will be posted and tracked in a separate thread. If you are looking for the 2018 Celebrity Death Pool thread, click here

phungi (aka: the Death Shroom) checking in as your 2018 Death Pool chaperone. While I may only be a place-holder for Baker (aka: the Death Mistress), it remains an honor.

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

The Rules:


[li]You pick 13 celebrities (plus 3 alternates) that you predict will die in the year 2018. 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. [/li]
Please check the spelling if your celebrity’s names, as editing takes hours. Also, please do not put spaces between abbreviated letters.

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

[li]Players may submit lists to both the “regular” and “themed” pools. However, those posting a Themed list should explain the theme.[/li]
[li]All picks must be made by December 31st, 2017, at 11:59PM, CENTRAL TIME. Late entries (i.e., ANY time after midnight of Jan 1st) will be turned away. [/li][li]Valid picks CANNOT be: [/li]
a. already dead
b. fictional
d. under age 18
e. a registered member of the SDMB
f. hostages held by terrorist organizations
g. famous solely as a result of their illness or the events surrounding their death (see #14 below)
[li]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.[/li][li]If we are uncertain about the celebrity’s age at death, we will go by the higher age (lower score). [/li][li]Prisoners held on death row count only if they die by means other than official execution.[/li][li]If you kill anyone on your list to try to get ahead or cheat, then you’re automatically disqualified. [/li][li]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.[/li][li]Alternates are important, in the case of a pick being invalid, or a pick dying prior to January 1st.[/li][li]If a player changes their username at some point, post this news on the thread, or PM me, so I know who you are. [/li][li]Tracking celebrity deaths is the job of each individual player. Wiki maintains a page of deaths each month, and is an excellent reference.[/li][li]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).[/li][li]We are instituting a new “secret posting” of picks this year, through this Google Form (all thanks to Mahaloth). Should you not want to publicly post your list prior to Jan 1, you can post through the Form, and your picks will be posted publicly by me (phungi) after Jan 1.[/li][li]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.[/li]
Questions may be raised about the appropriateness of a pick at any point after a list is posted, even after 1/1/18. Alternates picks play an important role, as “questionable” picks may be disqualified post-posting.
[li]Themed lists will be submitted and tracked through a separate thread/pool, linked here.[/li][li]There is no exchange of money, that would be in poor taste. Rather, each year, we share the following awards:[/li]
[li]The “Opening Kickoff” Award: awarded to the poster or posters who pick the first listed celebrity to die in 2018.[/li][li]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.[/li][li]The “Grim Reaper” Award: awarded to the poster or posters who had the most unique picks that died.[/li][li]The “Robbing the Cradle” Award: awarded to the poster or posters who pick the youngest celebrity to die in 2018, but see rule 3d. [/li][li]The “Final Hours” Award: awarded to the poster or posters who pick the last listed celebrity to die in 2018.[/li][/ul]
[li]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.[/li]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
[li]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.[/li][/ol]
If anyone has any questions, post to the thread, or PM me.

Here is the thread for the 2017 Death Pool

Have fun, everyone. Good luck!

Missed the edit window. Can the MOD please change the link in #14 to

Here is my themed list. Disregard the one in the other thread

Jimmy Carter
Roslynn Carter
George H.W. Bush
Barbara Bush
Bill Clinton
Hillary Clinton
George W. Bush
Laura Bush
Barack Obama
Michelle Obama
Donald Trump
Ivana Trump
Melanija Trump

Alternate picks:

Joe Biden
Mike Pence
Marla Trump

I may eventually post a non-themed list, but here’s the 7th annual All-Star Sports Edition:

Brent Musberger
Michael Schumacher
Scott Hamilton
Pedro Guerrero
Lou Brock
Rod Carew
John Andretti
Vin Scully
Don Larsen
Joe Morgan
Ric Flair
William Refrigerator Perry

Richard Simmons
Johnny Manziel
Ken “Hawk” Harrelson

Main Picks:

Diana Muldaur
William Shatner
Avery Brooks
Brent Spiner
Walter Koenig
Rene Auberjonois
John Larroquette
Scott Bakula
Nichelle Nichols
Christopher Lloyd
Christopher Plummer
George Takei
Patrick Stewart


Kate Mulgrew
Wil Wheaton
Malcolm McDowell

May I wind up the year pointless here.


Thanks to the Death Shroom for making this a separate thread.

Theme: 'Til Death Do Us Part

Jill Eikenberry
Michael Tucker
John McCook
Laurette Spang
Juliette Mills
Maxwell Caulfield
William H. Macy
Felicity Huffman
Melora Hardin
Gildart Jackson
Pierce Brosnan
Keely Shaye Smith
Ellen Travolta


David Cross
Amber Tamblyn

My favorite celebrity marriages:

Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker (married 1973)
John McCook and Laurette Spang (married 1980)
Juliette Mills and Maxwell Caulfield (married 1980)
William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman (married 1997)
Melora Hardin and Gildart Jackson (married 1997)
Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Smith (married 2001)
Ellen Travolta and the late Jack Bannon, whose death was the inspiration for this themed list (married 1983)

David Cross and Amber Tamblyn (married 2012)

Same here ---- terrific!

OK – as stated before in the rules discussion I present
A Bridge Too Far Over the River Styx
Sean Connery
Jeremy Kemp
Ryan O’Neal
Gene Hackman
Michael Caine
Michael Byrne
Anthony Hopkins
James Caan
Elliott Gould
Robert Redford
Edward Fox
Hardy Krüger
Liv Ullmann

John Salthouse
David Auker
Michael Wolf

My list for this year: these are all actresses / actors who appeared as guest stars on Northern Exposure in the early ‘90’s.

  1. Jack Black

  2. Adam Arkin

  3. Graham Greene

  4. Anthony Edwards

  5. Bill Irwin

  6. Art LaFleur

  7. John M. Jackson

  8. Patrick Warburton

  9. Stephen Root

  10. Jared Rushton

  11. Peter Bogdanovich

  12. Richard Cummings, Jr.

  13. Valerie Mahaffey

  14. Paul Provenza

  15. Teri Polo

  16. Diane Delano

My theme is the Reagan administration. Because these people are old.

James Baker
William Bennett
George H.W. Bush
Frank Carlucci
Elizabeth Dole
Ray Donovan
Edwin Meese
Jim Miller
William Ruckelshaus
George Shultz
David Stockman
Dick Thornburgh
James Watt


John Block
Nicholas Brady
Ann McLaughlin

The 1968 World Champion Detroit Tigers:

Bill Freehan
Al Kaline
Willie Horton
Mickey Stanley
Denny McLain
Mickey Lolich
Jim Price
John Hiller
Daryl Patterson
Don Wert
Dennis Ribant
Tommy Matchick
Lenny Green
Alternates from the 1984 World Champion Detroit Tigers:

Kirk Gibson
Milt Wilcox
Willie Hernandez

Theme: Religious Leaders

Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama (1950–present)-Tibetan Buddhism
Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis-Roman Catholic Church
Dimitrios Arhondonis, Bartholomew I-Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople
Ktrij Nersessian, Karekin II-Catholicos of All Armenians
Leith Anderson, President of National Association of Evangelicals-Protestantism
John Upton, President-Baptist World Alliance
Ronnie Floyd, President-Southern Baptist Convention
André Cox, General-Salvation Army
Ted N. C. Wilson, General Conference President-Seventh Day Adventists
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary(Elizabeth II), Supreme Governor of the Church of England
Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop-Episcopal Church in the United States of America
Thomas S. Monson, President-The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Louis Farrakhan, head-Nation of Islam
David Miscavige, Ecclesiastical Leader of Scientology
Peter Morales, President-Unitarian Universalism
Akihito, Emperor of Japan, head of Shintoism
Clean list:
Tenzin Gyatso
Jorge Mario Bergoglio
Dimitrios Arhondonis
Ktrij Nersessian
Leith Anderson
John Upton
Ronnie Floyd
André Cox
Ted N. C. Wilson
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary
Michael B. Curry
Thomas S. Monson
Louis Farrakhan
David Miscavige
Peter Morales

In the event of an actual Apocalypse, all bets are off.

Im memory of Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf, Crackhead Bob, Eric the Actor, Kenneth Keith Kallenbach, Nicole Bass, and Joey Boots, I present:

The Wack Pack
Lester Green Beetlejuice (June 2, 1968)
Mark Shaw, Jr. - Bigfoot (Age 39 in 2012)
Fred Schreiber - Fred the Elephant Boy (Nov 9, 1958)
Gary Loudermilk - Gary the Retard/Conqueror (born 1952)
Jeff Curro - Jeff the Drunk (May 2, 1967)
Bill Soto - Ham Hands Bill (Feb 21, year unknown)
Patricia Krentcil - Tan Mom (Nov 30, 1967)
Pete McHeffey - Medicated Pete (April 12, 1975)
Mark Rothenberger - Mark the Bagger
Erik Bleaman - High Pitch Erik (April 16, 1971)
Andrea Ownbey - Miss Howard Stern (Feb 28, 1983)
Daniel Carver (1948)
Wendy the slow adult

Mike Diamond - Marfan Mike
Mariann Tepedino - Mariann From Brooklyn
Michael DelCampo - Sour Shoes (June 6, 1974)

The '60s Folk Singer List

Joan Baez
Judy Collins
Gordon Lightfoot
Roger McGuinn
Joni Mitchell
Steven Stills
Noel Paul Stookey
Ian Tyson
Sylvia Tyson
Peter Yarrow
Neil Young


Tom Lehrer
Barry McGuire
Randy Sparks

Current and Former World Leaders:
Tony Blair
Gordon Brown
George H.W. Bush
George W. Bush
Theresa May
David Cameron
Jimmy Carter
Bill Clinton
Kim Jung-un
Robert Mugabe
Barack Obama
Vladimir Putin
Donald Trump

Stephen Harper
Angela Merkel
Justin Trudeau

Reposted from the regular Death Pool thread:

Theme: Evil and its Minions

  • Donald Trump - orange hued evil incarnate
  • Mike Pence - evangelical hypocritical bobble-head
  • Steve Mnuchin - grandmother evicting , money fondling Treasury Secretary
  • Jeff Sessions - evil Keebler Elf
  • Ryan Zinke - killing our environment as Interior Secretary
  • Rick Perry - Secretary of Energy.
  • Betsy DeVos - paid for position of Secretary of Education
  • Scott Pruit - heads EPA, serving the fossil-fuel industry since 2017
  • Mick Mulvaney - Budget Director who says Meals on Wheels doesn’t work; fighting
    climate change is a rip-off; After School programs have no effect on
  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders - a “serial congenital liar” who buries the American
    people"in an avalanche of horseshit" (Rick Wilson)
  • Steve Bannon - evil enabler, puppet master
  • Kim Jong-un - Supreme Leader of North Korea, as deranged as our own Dear
  • Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi - putative leader of ISIS (and still not dead)


  • Vladimir Putin - President of Russia, top puppeteer
  • Dick Cheney - throwback to when evil was just heartless, and didn’t include nuclear

Plain List:

Donald Trump
Mike Pence
Steve Mnuchin
Jeff Sessions
Ryan Zinke
Rick Perry
Betsy DeVos
Scott Pruitt
Mick Mulvaney
Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Steve Bannon
Kim Jong-un
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Vladimir Putin
Dick Cheney

1960s Child Actors
Okay, so Little House was in the ‘70s. I should have known – it was in color!

Butch Patrick
Lisa Loring
Erin Murphy
Melissa Gilbert
Johnny Whitaker
Eve Plumb
Maureen McCormick
Billy Mumy
Larry Mathews
Angela Cartwright
Jay North
Ron Howard
Clint Howard


Kurt Russell
Scott Baio
Butch Patrick – Munsters
Lisa Loring – Addams Family
Erin Murphy – Bewitched
Melissa Gilbert – Little House on the Prarie
Johnny Whitaker – Family Affair
Eve Plumb – Brady Bunch
Maureen McCormick – Brady Bunch
Billy Mumy – Lost in Space
Larry Mathews – Dyck Van Dyke Show
Angela Cartwright – Make Way for Daddy / Lost in Space
Jay North – Dennis the Menace
Ron Howard – Andy Griffith Show
Clint Howard – Andy Griffith Show, and other


Kurt Russell
Scott Baio

Nice. My favorite theme so far.

I always try to include some of my fellow Canadians on my regular list, so it is the obvious theme for me to post that All Canadian list:

The Canadians - plain list:
John Mann
Gino Odjick
Henri Richard
Anton Kuerti
Mike MacDonald
Paul Henderson
Tommy Chong
Alexa McDonough
Michael J Fox
Neil Crone
Lisa Ray
Abdullah the Butcher
Brett Hart

The Canadians:
John Mann (Founding member of band Spirit of the West)
Gino Odjick (Hockey enforcer)
Henri Richard (Hockey legend)
Anton Kuerti (Pianist, composer, conductor)
Mike MacDonald (Comedian)
Paul Henderson (Hockey legend – scored the winning goal in 1972 hockey Summit)
Tommy Chong (Professional Stoner)
Alexa McDonough (Former leader of NPD party)
Michael J Fox (Actor)
Neil Crone (Actor / comedian)
Lisa Ray (Actress / Model /TV host)
Abdullah the Butcher (AKA Lawrence Robert Shreve, professional wrestler)
Brett “The Hitman” Hart (Professional Wrestler)

Stuntman Stu (AKA Stu Schwartz, Ottawa radio personality)
Daniel Stolfi (Actor)
Rocky Johnston (Professional wrestler, also The Rock’s father)

There are only 11 in your main list, so you top 2 alternates are on your list unless you revise…

My mistake, here’s the corrected list:

Joan Baez
Judy Collins
Bob Dylan
Gordon Lightfoot
Roger McGuinn
Joni Mitchell
Kenny Rogers
Steven Stills
Noel Paul Stookey
Ian Tyson
Sylvia Tyson
Peter Yarrow
Neil Young


Tom Lehrer
Barry McGuire
Randy Sparks