IF ONLY... brain tumour research could be funded
Brain tumours are indiscriminate in the people they affect: young or old, male or female, with no regard to race.
Even the rich and famous have been affected… and just a few still live to tell the tale!
Tony Anholt 1941–2002 An actor best known for his role as Charles Frere in the 80s TV series Howards' Way.
Patrick Cargill 1918–1996 British film and television actor who had been in ill health since being treated for a brain tumour and died a year later. Initially his death was blamed on a 'hit and run' accident
Ross Davidson 1949–2006 An actor who played Andy O'Brien in the BBC soap opera, EastEnders.
Brenda De Banzie 1915–1981 British actress of stage and film; died during or after surgery on a benign brain tumour.
Richard Greene 1918–1985 An actor best known as the star of the long running British TV series The Adventures of Robin Hood.
Susan Hayward 1917–1975 Academy Award-winning film actress. 2 years survival after diagnosis.
Martin Kemp 1961— An actor and pop musician with brother Gary Kemp in the band Spandau Ballet.
Alan Lake 1940–1984 An actor and widower of actress Diana Dors. Committed suicide.
Katherine Locke 1910–1995 A leading Broadway actress in the late 1930s.
Buster Merryfield 1920–1999 The actor who played Uncle Albert in the BBC comedy Only Fools and Horses.
Elizabeth Taylor 1932— Academy Award winning actor, star of numerous films. meningioma diagnosed in 1997.
Penelope Dudley Ward 1914–1982 British actress and socialite; wife of acclaimed film director Carol Reed
Raymond Bonham Carter 1929–2004 A banker who became a director of S G Warburg & Co and the father of actress Helena Bonham Carter. He became quadriplegic and partially blind after an operation to remove a non-cancerous brain tumour.
Rose Gray MBE 1939-2010 The founder of the River Cafe restaurant awarded an MBE for services to the hospitality industry.
Julia Somerville 1947— A TV news anchor and reporter who has worked for BBC News and ITN. Diagnosed in 1992.
Bob Braham 1920–1974 The most highly decorated airman of the RAF in World War II.
Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent 1906–1968 Member of the British royal family.
Doug Fieger 1952-2010 Lead singer of The Knack who co-wrote the hit My Sharona. Diagnosed in 2006.
George Gershwin 1898–1937 Jazz and classical music composer, co-wrote many stage musicals and film scores. glioblastoma multiforme diagnosed. Survived 1 month.
Bill Haley 1925–1981 Leader of one of the first rock and roll bands, The Comets. Survived for 2 years.
George Harrison 1943–2001 Lead guitarist of the Beatles. metastatic tumour diagnosed.
Bob Marley 1945–1981 Reggae legend. metastatic tumour diagnosed.
Wayne Osmond 1951— Singer, second oldest of the Osmond brothers. Tumour diagnosed in 1994.
Lou Rawls 1933–2006 Soul, jazz, and blues singer. Noted philanthropist. metastatic tumour survived 7 months.
Russell Watson 1966— An English tenor, who has released popular albums of operatic-style songs. Diagnosed in 2006.
Alan Clark 1928–1999 A British Conservative politician, historian and diarist.
Ted Kennedy 1932–2009 United States Senator. Survived 15 months after being diagnosed with Glioblastoma.
Peter Law 1948–2006 Welsh politician, independent MP and AM.
Mo Mowlam 1949–2005 Britain's Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. Survived 7 years.
Maurice Colclough 1953–2006 Rugby player, played a noteworthy role in England's grand slam win in 1980.
Tim Gullikson 1951–1996 Champion doubles tennis player and coach of Pete Sampras.
Emlyn Hughes 1947–2004 Soccer player, European Cup winner of 1977, also known from the BBC quiz show A Question of Sport. Survived 15 months.
Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie 1933–2006 English cricketer. Survived 4 months.
Peter May 1929–1994 An English cricketer who played for Surrey, Cambridge University and England.
John Prentice 1926–2006 A former football player and Scotland manager.
Bobby Robson 1933 - 2009 A former football player and England manager.
Glenn Roeder 1955— An English football manager and former player. Diagnosed in 2003.
Seve Ballesteros 1957 - Golfer, masters winner. Diagnosed 2008.
John Galsworthy 1867–1933 A Nobel prize winning novelist and playwright whose works include The Forsyte Saga.
Lynda Lee-Potter 1935–2004 Columnist for the British newspaper Daily Mail.
Ivan Noble 1967–2005 BBC journalist and science writer who published columns about his experience with the illness, author of Like a Hole in the Head (Hodder & Stoughton 2005) ISBN 0-340-86428-1. Survived with glioblastoma multiforme for 2 1/2 years.
Mary Shelley 1797–1851 Author of Frankenstein, wife of Percy Bysshe Shelley.