Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2006: W


Wagoner, Porter (Died in 2007)
Born 12 August 1927  (West Plains, Missouri, USA)
Country music singer.
[Picture of Porter Wagoner]


Wahid, Abdurrahman
Born 4 August 1940  (Indonesia)
Muslim cleric, former President of Indonesia (1999-2001) and leader of the oddly-named National Awakening Party. Has been impeached for corruption and suffered several strokes, leaving him almost blind. Also goes by the name of Gus Dur for some reason.
[Picture of Abdurrahman Wahid]


Waite, Terry
Born 31 May 1939  (Styal, Cheshire, England)
Rotund, bearded Church of England envoy who hugged a radiator in Beirut for almost 5 years after a peace mission went wrong.
[Picture of Terry Waite]


Wake, Nancy (Died in 2011)
Born 30 August 1912  (Wellington, New Zealand)
The Allies' most decorated servicewoman of World War II - received 6 major honours for her work alongside the French Resistance.
[Picture of Nancy Wake]


Waldheim, Kurt (Died in 2007)
Born 21 December 1918  (St. Andrä-Wördern, Austria)
Former president of Austria (1986-92), and before that Secretary-General of the United Nations (1971-1981). Ironically (or perhaps bafflingly, given his later position), after the Second World War he was wanted by the UN War Crimes Commission because of his involvement in Nazi atrocities committed in Bosnia while serving in the Wehrmacht. Perhaps we can look forward to Secretary-General Saddam Hussein in the not-too-distant future.
[Picture of Kurt Waldheim]


Walker, Johnnie
Born 30 March 1945  (Hampton-in-Arden, Birmingham, England)
DJ who started out on the pirate Radio Caroline in 1966, before moving to BBC Radio 1 not long after Caroline's demise. Since then he's been a continual presence on various stations, most recently presenting Radio 2's Drivetime Show. Born Peter Dingley, he announced in June 2003 that he was suffering from non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
[Picture of Johnnie Walker]


Walker, Murray
Born 10 October 1923  (Hall Green, Birmingham, England)
Excitable motor-racing commentator.
[Picture of Murray Walker]


Wallach, Eli
Born 7 December 1915  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Prolific film actor, mainly playing supporting roles. Highlights: "The Magnificent Seven", "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly", and Marilyn Monroe's last screen outing, "The Misfits". Lowlight: the risible final part of the "Godfather" trilogy. He has also maintained a continual presence on the stage throughout his film career.
[Picture of Eli Wallach]


Ward Baker, Roy
Born 19 December 1916  (London, England)
English film director.
[Picture of Roy Ward Baker]


Wasserstein, Wendy Wendy Wasserstein is no longer with us
Born 18 October 1950  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)

Died 30 January 2006  (New York, New York, USA)

Age at death: 55  (read death notice)
American playwright noted for her comedies, such as The Heidi Chronicles (1988), for which she won a Pulitzer Prize.
[Picture of Wendy Wasserstein]


Watkins, Sir Tasker (Died in 2007)
Born 18 November 1918  (Nelson, Glamorgan, Wales)
Soldier, judge & member of the Taffia. Awarded the Victoria Cross in 1944. Held judicial appointments from the 1960s onwards, including Lord Justice of Appeal from 1980-93 and Deputy Chief Justice of England from 1988-93.
[Picture of Sir Tasker Watkins]


Watts, Charlie
Born 2 June 1941  (Islington, London, England)
The Rolling Stones' drummer. Diagnosed with throat cancer in June 2004.
[Picture of Charlie Watts]


Weinberger, Caspar Caspar Weinberger is no longer with us
Born 18 August 1917  (San Francisco, California, USA)

Died 28 March 2006  (Bangor, Maine, USA)

Age at death: 88  (read death notice)
US Secretary of Defense from 1982-87 under the Reagan government, responsible as such for the Strategic Defense Initiative program, a.k.a. 'Star Wars'.
[Picture of Caspar Weinberger]


Weitz, Greta (Died in 2011)
Born in Norway  (exact date unknown)
World champion marathon runner of the late 1970s and early '80s.
[Picture of Greta Weitz]


Wemyss & March, The Earl of (Died in 2008)
Born 19 January 1912  (place of birth unknown)
Scottish aristocrat and landowner.
[Picture of The Earl of Wemyss & March]


Wendt, George
Born 17 October 1948  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
TV actor - plays the part of Norm in "Cheers".
[Picture of George Wendt]


West, Adam
Born 19 September 1928  (Walla Walla, Washington, USA)
Played Batman in the original (1966-68) TV series.
[Picture of Adam West]


West, Rose
Born 29 November 1953  (Devon, England)
Born Rosemary Letts, in 1972 she married Fred West, with whom she committed a series of murders at the now infamous 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester, during the 1970s. In 1995 her husband hanged himself in prison while awaiting trial; she is serving a life sentence.
[Picture of Rose West]


Wheeler, John Archibald (Died in 2008)
Born 9 July 1911  (Jacksonville, Florida, USA)
American physicist who coined the term "black hole".
[Picture of John Archibald Wheeler]


Whicker, Alan (Died in 2013)
Born 2 August 1925  (Cairo, Egypt)
Travel guru. Now in his 80s, and still gadding around the world and doing TV adverts.
[Picture of Alan Whicker]


White, Betty
Born 17 January 1922  (Oak Park, Illinois, USA)
Rose Nylund in "The Golden Girls".
[Picture of Betty White]


Whitfield, June
Born 11 November 1925  (London, England)
Comedy actress, allegedly, who started out in radio in the 1950s and went on to work with most of the top comedians of her era. Was best known as the eponymous June in "Terry and June" before taking the role of Mother in the deeply unfunny "Absolutely Fabulous".
[Picture of June Whitfield]


Whitlam, Gough
Born 11 July 1916  (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
Leader of the Australian Labor Party for ten years, and Prime Minister from 1972 to 1975, during which time he oversaw the abolition of conscription, the introduction of "Advance Australia Fair" as the national anthem, and the granting of full independence to Papua New Guinea. He was dismissed by the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr, amidst great controversy. He resigned from parliament in 1978 to become an academic.
[Picture of Gough Whitlam]


Whitman, Slim (Died in 2013)
Born 20 January 1924  (Tampa, Florida, USA)
Yodelling folk singer who enjoyed more success in Europe than in his native USA.
[Picture of Slim Whitman]


Whitney, Phyllis A. (Died in 2008)
Born 9 September 1903  (Yokohama, Japan)
Writer of mystery novels for both the adult and juvenile markets.
[Picture of Phyllis A. Whitney]


Widmark, Richard (Died in 2008)
Born 26 December 1914  (Sunrise, Minnesota, USA)
After a legendary silver screen debut as psychopathic villain Tommy Udo in 1947's "Kiss of Death", he went on to act in a wide variety of film roles, though by the 1980s was pretty much relegated to television.
[Picture of Richard Widmark]


Wild, Jack Jack Wild is no longer with us
Born 30 September 1952  (Royton, Lancashire, England)

Died 1 March 2006  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 53  (read death notice)
Former child actor who played the Artful Dodger in the stage and screen versions of "Oliver!", having been discovered by a talent scout whilst playing football in a park with a young Phil Collins. Also starred as Jimmy in the cult classic TV series "H.R. Pufnstuf".
[Picture of Jack Wild]


Wilde, Brian (Died in 2008)
Born 1 June 1921  (Lancashire, England)
Stalwart of the mild-mannered BBC sitcom "Last of the Summer Wine", in which he played the mild-mannered Foggy Dewhurst. He has appeared in various other mild-mannered TV dramas and sitcoms over the last few decades, for example as the mild-mannered prison officer Barrowclough in the classic sitcom "Porridge" (the 1979 film of which was released as "Doing Time" in the USA).
[Picture of Brian Wilde]


Wilde, Marty
Born 15 April 1939  (London, England)
Rug-toting '60s pop star, and father of '80s pop star Kim.
[Picture of Marty Wilde]


Wilder, Gene
Born 11 June 1933  (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA)
Comic actor, screenwriter and director, noted for his collaborations with Mel Brooks and Richard Pryor. Underwent treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1999, apparently making a full recovery. Real name Jerome Silberman.
[Picture of Gene Wilder]


Williams, Andy (Died in 2012)
Born 3 December 1927  (Wall Lake, Iowa, USA)
American crooner of "easy listening" (a misnomer if ever there was one) ballads.
[Picture of Andy Williams]


Williams, Charlie Charlie Williams is no longer with us
Born 23 December 1928  (Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England)

Died 2 September 2006  (Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England)

Age at death: 77  (read death notice)
Mineworker and Doncaster Rovers footballer who went on to become a successful stand-up comedian and host of TV game show "The Golden Shot".
[Picture of Charlie Williams]


Williams, Frank
Born 16 April 1942  (County Durham, England)
Boss of the Williams Formula 1 team. In a wheelchair since a car accident in 1986.
[Picture of Frank Williams]


Williams, Rowan
Born 14 June 1950  (Swansea, Wales)
Archbishop of Canterbury, elected in 2002.
[Picture of Rowan Williams]


Williamson, Nicol (Died in 2011)
Born 14 September 1938  (Hamilton, Scotland)
Grumpy British actor - appeared in "Return to Oz" as the Gnome King, and dated Helen Mirren for a while.
[Picture of Nicol Williamson]


Wilson, Brian
Born 20 June 1942  (Hawthorne, California, USA)
Founder member of, and producer, composer and arranger for, The Beach Boys. Has suffered from long-term mental illness and drug problems.
[Picture of Brian Wilson]


Wilson, Colonel E. C. T. (Died in 2008)
Born 2 October 1912  (Isle of Wight, England)
As a Colonel in the Somiland Camel Corps, Wilson held out against Italian attacks for 5 days in 1940, despite being severely wounded and suffering from malaria. Missing after the battle, he was presumed dead and was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously, but later turned up as a PoW. E.C.T. = Eric Charles Twelved.
[Picture of Colonel E. C. T. Wilson]


Wilson, Jock (Died in 2008)
Born 7 September 1903  (Scotland)
The UK's oldest living D-Day veteran.
[Picture of Jock Wilson]


Wilson, Jocky (Died in 2012)
Born in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland  (exact date unknown)
Short, multiple-chinned former world darts champion. Born 1951.
[Picture of Jocky Wilson]


Win Tin, U
Born 12 March 1930  (Burma)
Burmese journalist who was imprisoned by his country's military regime in 1989 for his opposition views. He remains behind bars, calls to set him free having been ignored despite his worsening health.
[Picture of U Win Tin]


Windsor, Barbara
Born 6 August 1937  (Shoreditch, London, England)
Veteran actress of the tiresome "Carry On" films who went on to become Peggy Mitchell in the tiresome BBC soap "EastEnders". In the 1960s Babs, who changed her surname from Deeks at the time of the Queen's coronation, was also known for her off-screen connections to the Kray Twins.
[Picture of Barbara Windsor]


Wing, Anna (Died in 2013)
Born 30 October 1914  (Hackney, London, England)
Played Lou Beale in the tiresome BBC soap "EastEnders", but was killed off before Peggy Mitchell's time.
[Picture of Anna Wing]


Winters, Shelley Shelley Winters is no longer with us
Born 18 August 1920  (East St Louis, Illinois, USA)

Died 14 January 2006  (Beverly Hills, California, USA)

Age at death: 85  (read death notice)
Hollywood actress, born Shirley Schrift, who used to be Marilyn Monroe's room-mate. Famed for her appearances on talk shows, she also had the misfortune to play opposite Michael Caine in the most overrated movie ever made: "Alfie".
[Picture of Shelley Winters]


Wisdom, Sir Norman (Died in 2010)
Born 4 February 1915  (London, England)
Inventive and hilarious comic or poor man's Charlie Chaplin, depending on your viewpoint. The cloth-cap-wearing star of stage and screen was awarded a knighthood in 2000 and lives in the medieval theme park known as the Isle of Man.
[Picture of Sir Norman Wisdom]


Withers, Googie (Died in 2011)
Born 12 March 1917  (Karachi, Pakistan)
One of those actresses who you've heard of, but can never name anything she was in.
[Picture of Googie Withers]


Wood, Ronnie
Born 1 June 1947  (Hillingdon, Middlesex, England)
Guitarist who played with Jeff Beck and the Faces before becoming a permanent member of the Rolling Stones.
[Picture of Ronnie Wood]


Wooden, John (Died in 2010)
Born 14 October 1910  (Martinsville, Indiana, USA)
The most successful coach in American college basketball history. Prior to becoming a coach, he was a well-respected player, and was nicknamed (in complete contrast to his surname) "The Indiana Rubber Man".
[Picture of John Wooden]


Woods, Earl Earl Woods is no longer with us
Born 5 March 1932  (Manhattan, Kansas, USA)

Died 3 May 2006  (Cypress, California, USA)

Age at death: 74  (read death notice)
Father and mentor to Tiger Woods.
[Picture of Earl Woods]


Woo-Suk, Hwang
Born 15 December 1952  (South Chungcheong, South Korea)
Stem-cell research scientist who was disgraced after it became clear that he had falsified the results of his experiments.
[Picture of Hwang Woo-Suk]


Worrall Thompson, Antony
Born 1 May 1951  (Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England)
TV chef. Once memorably described by Gordon Ramsay as "a squashed Bee Gee".
[Picture of Antony Worrall Thompson]


Wyman, Jane (Died in 2007)
Born 4 January 1914  (St. Joseph, Missouri, USA)
No relation to ex-Rolling Stone Bill (she was born Sarah Jane Mayfield and subsequently adopted the surname Fulks), the former Oscar-winning Hollywood actress may be better known to children of the 1980s for her role as Angela Channing in the TV series "Falcon Crest". Apparently she and Regis Toomey hold the record for the longest screen kiss. Her daughter Maureen, from her marriage to a certain Ronald Reagan, died of cancer in 2001.
[Picture of Jane Wyman]

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