Dead pool

A dead pool, also known as a death pool, is a game of prediction which involves guessing when someone will die. Sometimes it is a bet where money is involved.[1]

Modern application

In the early 20th century, dead pools were popular in dangerous sports such as motorsport, for example the first edition of the Indianapolis 500.[2]


A typical modern dead pool might have players pick out celebrities who they think will die within the year. Most games start on January 1 and run for 12 months, although there are some variations on game length and timing.

In 2000, website Fucked Company claimed to be a "dot-com dead pool" which invited users to predict the next Internet startups to fail during that era's dot com bust.[3] The site itself folded in 2007 after a long history as a target for strategic lawsuits against public participation by companies.[4]

Because of the high body count in the previous seven seasons of the popular fantasy television series Game of Thrones, dead pools were launched for its final season.[5]

Application in contemporary society

The Dead Pool, the largest in the world,[6] uses NNDB as its source of qualified celebrities, and as arbiter of their life status.

The concept and success strategies are also detailed in a (previously) annual guide called The Dead Pool, written by KQRS-FM radio personality Mike Gelfand and author Mike Wilkinson. KQRS-FM in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota also does an annual on air dead pool contest, where show hosts and listeners will attempt to pick which celebrity will die in that calendar year.

In his AP news article "Some say death pools are in poor taste"[7] (which brought national attention to The Old Blue Eyes Celebrity Death Watch), author Matt Sedensky writes, "Players scour newspapers and Web sites for news on celebrities' health; they rely on tips from insiders; and they consider a public figure's lifestyle, absence of recent appearances and rumors of illness."

In popular culture

A dead pool is a key plot element of the 1988 final installment of the Dirty Harry film series, The Dead Pool. Harry investigates the players, when several people listed in a game of dead pool die in suspicious circumstances.

The Marvel Comics character Deadpool (first appearing in 1991) takes his name after escaping from Ajax and Dr. Killebrew, who formed their own dead pool based on which of their experimental subjects would die first.[8] In the 2016 film Deadpool, the character takes his name from a dead pool of mercenaries, himself included, who are regular patrons at his favorite bar.

In the MTV show Teen Wolf, the main plotline of Season 4 (2014) revolves around a dead pool specifically targeting the supernaturals of Beacon Hills, which is set up by a mysterious character named The Benefactor.

See also


  1. ^ Matheson, Whitney (July 6, 2004). "Celebrity obsession extends beyond the grave". USA Today. Pop Candy (column). Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  2. ^ "The Indy 500: Born Out Of 'Blood And Smoke'". National Public Radio. 28 May 2011. Archived from the original on 12 June 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  3. ^ Festa, Paul (2002-08-26). "Dot-com dead pool brakes for Ford". CNet News. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  4. ^ Rowan, David (17 September 2000). "The dead list". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  5. ^ Julianelle, Mike. "Genius Boss Creates Game of Thrones Season 8 Death Pool Contest [SPOILERS]". Some Spider Studios. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  6. ^ Kennedy, Kathleen (February 1, 2008), Who's in your celebrity dead pool?, Maclean, archived from the original on 12 January 2014
  7. ^ Sedensky, Matt (December 29, 2006). "Some say death pools are in poor taste". Herald Tribune.
  8. ^ Truffaut-Wong, Olivia. "How Did 'Deadpool' Get His Name? The Answer Is Way More Obvious Than You'd Think". Bustle. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
Buddy Van Horn

Buddy Van Horn (born August 20, 1929) is an American stunt coordinator and film director. He directed the Clint Eastwood films Any Which Way You Can (1980), The Dead Pool (1988), and Pink Cadillac (1989). A long-time stunt double for Eastwood, he was credited as the stunt coordinator on Eastwood's films from 1972 to 2011, and as second unit director on Magnum Force (1973) and The Rookie (1990). He was sometimes credited as Wayne Van Horn in the 1980s. He earlier doubled for Guy Williams on Disney's Zorro, and Gregory Peck. Van Horn's most prominent onscreen appearance is the role of Marshal Jim Duncan in the Eastwood film High Plains Drifter (1973).

Clint Eastwood in the 1980s

Clint Eastwood directed his first television episode in the 1980s and made several of his most notable films.

David Hunt (actor)

David Hunt (born December 10, 1953) is an English actor, producer and director who has worked in both Britain and the United States. His best known U.S. film role is Harlan Rook, in the 1988 action film The Dead Pool, the fifth installment in the Dirty Harry series. He has also had guest roles on the television sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond as Ray's nemesis neighbor, Bill Parker. He also appeared in the recurring role of Darren McCarthy during Season 6 of 24. Back in the UK, Hunt was in the 1991 award winning period drama, The Black Velvet Gown, as well as being a regular cast member of the series Beck for the BBC.

In 2005, Hunt directed the documentary The Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania, which won a Crystal Heart Award at the Heartland Film Festival. Other film appearances include The Deal with William H. Macy, Meg Ryan and Jason Ritter and Moms' Night Out.

Amongst Hunt's productions are the romantic comedy The Engagement Ring, a two-hour movie for TNT in which he also starred; Amazing Grace, a motion picture directed by Michael Apted and starring Albert Finney and the television comedy Versailles, which he directed.

Dead pool (disambiguation)

A dead pool is a game in which the object is guessing when someone will die.

Dead Pool or Deadpool may also refer to:

Deadpool, a character in the Marvel Comics universe

Several comic books by this name featuring this character, see List of Deadpool titles

Deadpool (video game), 2013

Deadpool (film), a 2016 American superhero film

The Dead Pool (1988), Last of the Dirty Harry series of films, starring Clint Eastwood.

Dead Pool (professional wrestling), a faction set up for World Championship Wrestling

DEADPOOL, a common feature in the TechCrunch blog

Dirty Harry (character)

Inspector Harold Francis Callahan, also known as Dirty Harry, is a fictional character in the Dirty Harry film series, which consists of Dirty Harry (1971), Magnum Force (1973), The Enforcer (1976), Sudden Impact (1983) and The Dead Pool (1988). Callahan is portrayed by Clint Eastwood in each film.

From his debut, Callahan became the template for a new kind of movie cop: an antihero who does not hesitate to cross professional boundaries in pursuit of his own vision of justice, especially when the law is poorly served by an inept bureaucracy.

All of the Dirty Harry films feature Callahan killing criminals, mostly in gunfights. Phrases he utters in armed stand-offs, "Go ahead, make my day" and "[...] you've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?" have become iconic. As the 1971 film was criticized for carrying fascist, or at least authoritarian, undertones, the sequels attempted to be more balanced by pitting Harry against villains from a broader ideological spectrum; notably in 1973's Magnum Force, in which Harry is shown fighting vigilantism.

Dirty Harry (film series)

Dirty Harry is an American action film series featuring San Francisco Police Department Homicide Division Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan who is notorious for being extremely violent and ruthless in his methods, and a danger for any partner assigned to him. Actor Clint Eastwood portrayed Callahan in all five of the series' films and directed the fourth one.

Evan C. Kim

Evan C. Kim (born February 17, 1953) is an American actor. He is best known for playing Harry Callahan's partner Inspector Al Quan in the fifth "Dirty Harry" film The Dead Pool (1988). He also played Loo in the comedy The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977) (in the segment "A Fistful of Yen"), the interpreter Cowboy in the Vietnam War film Go Tell the Spartans (1978), the erudite caveman Nook in the cult comedy Caveman (1981), Suki in the B movie Megaforce (1982), and Tony in the miniseries V (1983). His other film roles include the film Hollywood Vice Squad (1986), the film Thousand Pieces of Gold (1991), and the film Loving Lulu, a year later.

Kim's television guest appearances range from Kung Fu, CHiPs, Police Story, Khan!, The Secrets of Isis, C.P.O. Sharkey, Fantasy Island, Serpico, Knight Rider, Sword of Justice, Matt Houston, Knots Landing, Max Headroom, Matlock and Alien Nation. Kim also directed an episode of Alien Nation.

Fucked Company

Fucked Company was a website created by Philip J. "Pud" Kaplan after the dot-com bubble in 2000 as a "dot-com dead pool" that chronicled troubled and failing companies in a unique and abrasive manner. The website also sold rumor listings to subscribers. The site's name is a parody of Fast Company, a magazine that began covering technology companies during the Internet dot-com boom.

A September 10, 2000, attempt by Kaplan to put the entire site up for sale on eBay attracted joke bids as high as $10 million but no serious buyers.

Marc Alaimo

Marc Alaimo (born Michael Joseph Alaimo; May 5, 1942) is an American actor, known for his villainous roles. He is best known for his role as recurring villain Gul Dukat in the TV series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.


Megadeath (or megacorpse) is one million human deaths, usually caused by a nuclear explosion. The term was used by scientists and thinkers who strategized likely outcomes of all-out nuclear warfare.


NFD (meaning Noise for Destruction) are a London-based hybrid metal band formed by Peter "Bob" White and Simon Rippin (both formerly of Sensorium) and Tony Pettitt (formerly of Fields of the Nephilim). The band have released three albums and three EPs.

Patricia Clarkson

Patricia Davies Clarkson (born December 29, 1959) is an American actress. She has starred in numerous leading and supporting roles in a variety of films, ranging from independent features to major studio productions. Her accolades include one Academy Award nomination, two Golden Globe Award nominations, four Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, one Tony Award nomination, two Primetime Emmy Awards, two National Society of Film Critics Awards, and one British Independent Film Award.

Born and raised in New Orleans to a politician mother and school administrator father, Clarkson earned a degree in drama from Fordham University before attending the Yale School of Drama, where she graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree. She made her feature film debut in Brian De Palma's mob drama The Untouchables (1987), followed by a supporting role in Clint Eastwood's The Dead Pool (1988). After appearing in numerous minor roles in the early and mid-1990s, she garnered critical attention for her portrayal of a drug-addicted actress in the independent drama High Art (1998). Clarkson went on to appear in numerous supporting roles in such films as The Green Mile (1999), The Pledge (2001), and Dogville (2003).

She garnered further critical acclaim in 2003 for her performances in the drama films The Station Agent, which earned her a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, and Pieces of April, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Clarkson also appeared as a recurring guest star on the HBO series Six Feet Under from 2002 to 2006, and won two Primetime Emmy Awards for her performance. Other credits from the 2000s include Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), Lars and the Real Girl (2007), and Elegy (2008).

In 2010, Clarkson had a supporting role in Martin Scorsese's thriller Shutter Island, followed by roles in the mainstream comedies Easy A (2010) and Friends with Benefits. She subsequently portrayed the villainous Ava Paige in The Maze Runner (2014) and its two sequels. She returned to theater in 2014, playing the role of Madge Kendal in a Broadway production of The Elephant Man, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress. In 2017, she won a British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Sally Potter's drama The Party, and guest-starred on the Netflix series House of Cards. She co-starred with Amy Adams on the HBO miniseries Sharp Objects in 2018, for which she won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film.

Patrick Van Horn

Patrick Van Horn (born August 19, 1969) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Sue in the 1996 film Swingers, starring alongside real-life friends Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn and Ron Livingston. He had previously appeared in the Dirty Harry film The Dead Pool (1988), in the Pauly Shore comedy Encino Man (1992), and on the TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in 1990. From 1992 to 1993 he hosted the series I Witness Video.

After Swingers he had roles in the Neve Campbell/Matthew Perry comedy Three To Tango (1999), the 2002 film Devious Beings, and 2008's Four Christmases which reunited him with his Swingers co-stars Vaughn and Favreau.

Professional wrestling career of Insane Clown Posse

Insane Clown Posse (also known as ICP) is a professional wrestling tag team currently competing in Juggalo Championship Wrestling (JCW) that consists of Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope. Both members began wrestling as single competitors in 1983 in their backyard wrestling promotion Tag Team Wrestling, later renamed National All-Star Wrestling.The two later competed in various independent promotions in Michigan from 1990 to 1997 before making an appearance in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) as Insane Clown Posse. The team later wrestled for World Wrestling Federation (WWF) with The Oddities, World Championship Wrestling (WCW) with The Dead Pool and The Dark Carnival, NWA Total Nonstop Action, and Juggalo Championship Wrestling. Insane Clown Posse are two-time JCW Tag Team Champions. Bruce is a one-time JCW Tag Team Champion with 2 Tuff Tony, and Utsler is a one-time JCW Heavyweight Champion. Bruce and Utsler are founding members of the Juggalo World Order.

Raven's Nest

Raven's Nest was a professional wrestling stable led by Raven that was present in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) between 1995 and 1997.

Later, Raven created other incarnations of the group in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) such as The Flock and The Dead Pool, and in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) such as The Gathering and Serotonin.

Road Wild (1999)

Road Wild (1999) was the fourth and final Road Wild professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Championship Wrestling (WCW). It took place on August 14, 1999 from the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota.In the main event, Hulk Hogan defeated Kevin Nash in a retirement match to retain the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, forcing Nash to retire from professional wrestling. Nash would come out of retirement in late 1999. This was Hogan's fourth straight Road Wild main event match. Other important matches on the card featured Randy Savage defeating Dennis Rodman, Goldberg defeating Rick Steiner, Sid Vicious defeating Sting and Chris Benoit retained the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship against Diamond Dallas Page in a No Disqualification match. The event also featured Filthy Animals vs. Dead Pool and The Revolution vs. The West Texas Rednecks.

Ronnie Claire Edwards

Ronnie Claire Edwards (February 9, 1933 – June 14, 2016) was an American actress, best known for playing Corabeth Walton Godsey on the TV series The Waltons. was a shock site with the tag line "An archive of disturbing illustration," active from 1996 to 2012. It was devoted to morbid curiosities, pictures of violent acts, deformities, autopsy or forensic photographs, depictions of perverse sex acts, and disturbing or misanthropic historical curios. The site was founded in 1996, and its format changed little over the years. It was run by a developer who called himself Soylent, via the company Soylent Communications. The site's updating slowed in 2009, with the final update in February 2012. The site was down as of November 2018.

The Dead Pool

The Dead Pool is a 1988 American action film directed by Buddy Van Horn, written by Steve Sharon, and starring Clint Eastwood as Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan. It is the fifth and final film in the Dirty Harry film series, set in San Francisco, California.

The story concerns the manipulation of a dead pool game by a serial killer, whose efforts are confronted by the hardened detective Callahan. It co-stars Liam Neeson and Patricia Clarkson, with Jim Carrey in his first action dramatic role.

It is the only film in the series to not feature Albert Popwell, an actor who had played a different character in each of the previous four films.

At 91 minutes, it is the shortest of the five Dirty Harry film series. Like those films, The Dead Pool is notable for coining catchphrases uttered by Clint Eastwood's gun-wielding character, one of which is: "Opinions are like assholes; everybody has one".

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