Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2008: W

 

Wagner, Robert
Born 10 February 1930  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Hollywood actor of "The Longest Day" fame, who went on to play Jonathan Hart in the TV series "Hart to Hart". Younger viewers may know him as Number Two out of the "Austin Powers" films (as pictured here). He did not, repeat not, push his wife Natalie Wood off a boat.
[Picture of Robert Wagner]

 

Wagner, Wolfgang (Died in 2010)
Born 30 August 1919  (Bayreuth, Germany)
Director of the Bayreuth Music Festival in Germany until 2008. Wife Gudrun died in 2007 with a mass of obits, so Wagner himself is assured an obituary if he should shuffle off any time soon.
[Picture of Wolfgang Wagner]

 

Wahid, Abdurrahman
Born 4 August 1940  (Jombang, East Java, 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]

 

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]

 

Wakelin, Johnny
Born in Brighton, Sussex, England  (exact date unknown)
Born in 1939. Singer of reggae, rock & country, but has never hit the same heights as he did in the mid 1970's.
[Picture of Johnny Wakelin]

 

Walesa, Lech
Born 29 September 1943  (Popowo, Poland)
Former Trade Unionist and electrician who later became President of Poland and a noted peace activist.
[Picture of Lech Walesa]

 

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]

 

Walker, Peter (Died in 2010)
Born 25 March 1932  (Worcester, England)
Former politician, a cabinet minister for nearly a decade, in the 1970's-1980's.
[Picture of Peter Walker]

 

Wallace, Danny
Born 21 January 1964  (Greenwich, London, England)
Former footballer for Southampton, Manchester United & England, who now suffers from MS.
[Picture of Danny Wallace]

 

Wallace, Ian (Died in 2009)
Born 10 July 1919  (London, England)
Scottish singer, of both opera & easy listening, and was part of the panel on radio panel game My Music for decades.
[Picture of Ian Wallace]

 

Wallace, Merv Merv Wallace is no longer with us
Born 19 December 1916  (Auckland, New Zealand)

Died 21 March 2008  (Auckland, New Zealand)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
NZ cricketer & former test captain.
[Picture of Merv Wallace]

 

Wallace, Mike (Died in 2012)
Born 9 May 1918  (Brookline, Massachusetts, USA)
American game show host, TV presenter and journalist, best known as a correspondent on "60 Minutes" for 38 years until his retirement in 2006.
[Picture of Mike Wallace]

 

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]

 

Waller, Rik
Born 25 August 1981  (Gillingham, Kent, England)
Singer who shot to fame in Pop Idol in 2002, despite (or because of) his massive obesity. Still performing.
[Picture of Rik Waller]

 

Wallis, Ken (Died in 2013)
Born 16 April 1916  (Ely, Cambridgeshire, England)
Former RAF type and MBE who holds several world records relating to flying autogyros (sort of a cross between a light aircraft and a helicopter).
[Picture of Ken Wallis]

 

Walsh, M. Emmet
Born 22 March 1935  (Ogdensburg, New York, USA)
Frequently seen character actor in Hollywood films.
[Picture of M. Emmet Walsh]

 

Walwyn, Peter
Born 1 July 1933  (Berkshire, England)
Former racehorse trainer.
[Picture of Peter Walwyn]

 

Wang, Y.C. Y.C. Wang is no longer with us
Born 18 January 1917  (Hsintien Township, Taiwan)

Died 15 October 2008  (Livingston, New Jersey, USA)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
Also known as Wang Yung-Ching. Was a mega-rich Taiwanese businessman.
[Picture of Y.C. Wang]

 

Wapner, Joseph
Born 15 November 1919  (Los Angeles, California)
Former American judge, later turned US TV personality.
[Picture of Joseph Wapner]

 

Ward, Burt
Born 6 July 1945  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Actor, best remembered as Robin in the 1960's "Batman" TV series.
[Picture of Burt Ward]

 

Warne, Shane
Born 13 September 1969  (Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia)
Ace cricketer, one of the greatest leg spinners in cricket history. Best remembered for making Mike Gatting look an ever bigger fool than normal in 1993.
[Picture of Shane Warne]

 

Wasserman Davis, Kathryn (Died in 2013)
Born 25 February 1907  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
American philanthropist.
[Picture of Kathryn Wasserman Davis]

 

Waterhouse, Keith (Died in 2009)
Born 6 February 1929  (Leeds, Yorkshire, England)
Journalist, novelist & successful screenwriter.
[Picture of Keith Waterhouse]

 

Watling, Deborah
Born 2 January 1948  (Fulmer Chase, Buckinghamshire, England)
Actress, mostly remembered for her roles in "Dr. Who".
[Picture of Deborah Watling]

 

Watson, Dr James
Born 6 April 1928  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Molecular biologist, one of the co-discoverers of the structure of DNA. Recently in a spot of bother over racial comments he made.
[Picture of Dr James Watson]

 

Watson, Russell
Born 24 November 1966  (Salford, Lancashire, England)
English opera singer, who has had two brain tumours removed in the last few years.
[Picture of Russell Watson]

 

Watt-Roy, Norman
Born 15 November 1951  (Bombay, India)
Member of the Blockheads, Ian Dury's band.
[Picture of Norman Watt-Roy]

 

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

 

Wayne, Lil'
Born 27 September 1982  (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
American rapper, born Dwayne Carter.
[Picture of Lil' Wayne]

 

Webster, Bruce
Born 31 May 1972  (Pine Bluff, Paris, Texas, USA)
Convicted murderer, on Death Row in Indiana. Was scheduled for a lethal injection in April 2007, but received a stay of execution.
[Picture of Bruce Webster]

 

Weedon, Bert (Died in 2012)
Born 10 May 1920  (East Ham, London, England)
Influential guitarist and composer, a guru to Hank Marvin.
[Picture of Bert Weedon]

 

Weider, Joe (Died in 2013)
Born 29 November 1922  (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Founder of a bodybuilding federation & pioneer in the Mr. Olympia bodybuilding contests.
[Picture of Joe Weider]

 

Weil, Jack Jack Weil is no longer with us
Born 28 March 1901  (Evansville, Indiana, USA)

Died 13 August 2008  (Denver, Colorado, USA)

Age at death: 107  
Head of Rockmount Ranch Wear, whose clothes were used extensively in "Brokeback Mountain". Still CEO of the company at his death.
[Picture of Jack Weil]

 

Weiland, Scott
Born 27 October 1967  (Santa Cruz, California, USA)
Lead singer of US grunge/hard rock group Velvet Revolver.
[Picture of Scott Weiland]

 

Welland, Colin
Born 4 July 1934  (Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire, England)
Actor - "Kes", "Z-Cars", then became a script & screen writer, most notably for "Chariots of Fire".
[Picture of Colin Welland]

 

Weller, George
Born 7 December 1916  (Tennessee, USA)
Elderly driver who killed 10 people and injured 63 others by ploughing his car into a crowded marketplace in Santa Monica, California, in July 2003 and continuing to accelerate. Was convicted in October 2006 of 10 counts of vehicular manslaughter.
[Picture of George Weller]

 

Wellington, The Duke of
Born 2 July 1915  (Rome, Italy)
Aristocrat and current holder of this famous military name.
[Picture of The Duke of Wellington]

 

Wells, Kitty (Died in 2012)
Born 30 August 1919  (Nashville, Tennessee, USA)
Successful US country & western singer.
[Picture of Kitty Wells]

 

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]

 

Westheimer, Dr Ruth
Born 4 June 1928  (Frankfurt, Germany)
American sex therapist & author. Also, believe it or not, was a trained sniper during the Arab-Israeli war of 1948.
[Picture of Dr Ruth Westheimer]

 

Weston, Simon
Born 8 August 1961  (Nelson, Wales)
Badly burnt in the Falklands War, when his ship Sir Galahad was bombed. Has used his misfortune in a positive way & is now patron & campaigner for many charities.
[Picture of Simon Weston]

 

Westwood, Dame Vivienne
Born 8 April 1941  (Tintwistle, Glossop, Derbyshire)
Fashion designer, with a strong tendency to feature punk & new wave into fashions, even now.
[Picture of Dame Vivienne Westwood]

 

Wetton, John
Born 12 June 1949  (Willington, Derbyshire, England)
Singer, songwriter & guitarist.
[Picture of John Wetton]

 

Wheeler, John Archibald John Archibald Wheeler is no longer with us
Born 9 July 1911  (Jacksonville, Florida, USA)

Died 13 April 2008  (Hightstown, New Jersey, USA)

Age at death: 96  (read death notice)
American physicist who coined the term "black hole".
[Picture of John Archibald Wheeler]

 

Wheeler, Sir Charles Sir Charles Wheeler is no longer with us
Born 26 March 1923  (Bremen, Germany)

Died 4 July 2008  (London, England)

Age at death: 85  (read death notice)
Veteran British journalist and broadcaster, who was with the BBC for over 60 years.
[Picture of Sir Charles 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, George (Died in 2011)
Born 12 December 1913  (Salem, Massachusetts)
US bookstore owner, based mainly in Paris.
[Picture of George Whitman]

 

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]

 

Whitmore, James (Died in 2009)
Born 1 October 1921  (White Plains, New York, USA)
American film actor, most recently known for his role as elderly prisoner Brooks in The Shawshank Redemption.
[Picture of James Whitmore]

 

Whitney, Phyllis A. Phyllis A. Whitney is no longer with us
Born 9 September 1903  (Yokohama, Japan)

Died 8 February 2008  (Faber, Virginia, USA)

Age at death: 104  (read death notice)
Writer of mystery novels for both the adult and juvenile markets.
[Picture of Phyllis A. Whitney]

 

Widdecombe, Anne
Born 4 October 1947  (Bath, Somerset, England)
Tory politician, former cabinet minister. Also a novelist & TV presenter.
[Picture of Anne Widdecombe]

 

Widmark, Richard Richard Widmark is no longer with us
Born 26 December 1914  (Sunrise, Minnesota, USA)

Died 24 March 2008  (Roxbury, Connecticut, USA)

Age at death: 93  (read death notice)
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]

 

Wilde, Brian Brian Wilde is no longer with us
Born 13 June 1927  (Lancashire, England)

Died 20 March 2008  (Ware, Hertfordshire, England)

Age at death: 80  (read death notice)
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]

 

Wilders, Geert
Born 6 September 1963  (Venlo, Netherlands)
Dutch politician, controversial for his right-wing views & opinions on Islam.
[Picture of Geert Wilders]

 

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

 

Williams, Bert
Born 31 January 1920  (Bilston, Staffordshire, England)
Former Wolverhampton Wanderers and England goalkeeper.
[Picture of Bert Williams]

 

Williams, Cliff
Born 14 December 1949  (Romford, Essex, England)
AC/DC's bassist.
[Picture of Cliff Williams]

 

Williams, Esther (Died in 2013)
Born 8 August 1921  (Inglewood, California, USA)
Actress & swimmer, former swimming champ who starred in many films (and musicials) based on her swimming ability between the 1940's & 1960's.
[Picture of Esther 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, Montel
Born 3 July 1956  (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)
US talk show host, formerly a US Naval Officer. Diagnosed with MS in 1999.
[Picture of Montel Williams]

 

Williams, Robbie
Born 13 February 1974  (Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England)
The apparently directionless one out of Take That who unexpectedly made it huge as a solo artist, but now just bleats on about how hard his life is, despite having 95m in the bank.
[Picture of Robbie Williams]

 

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

 

Williams, Shirley
Born 27 July 1930  (London, England)
Labour MP who defected and formed the SDP in 1981, before becoming a Lib Dem member of the House of Lords.
[Picture of Shirley Williams]

 

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. Colonel E. C. T. Wilson is no longer with us
Born 2 October 1912  (Sandown, Isle of Wight, England)

Died 23 December 2008  (Dorset, England)

Age at death: 96  (read death notice)
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 Twelves.
[Picture of Colonel E. C. T. Wilson]

 

Wilson, Jock Jock Wilson is no longer with us
Born 7 September 1903  (Leith, Scotland)

Died 29 September 2008  (Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland)

Age at death: 105  (read death notice)
Was the UK's oldest living D-Day veteran.
[Picture of Jock Wilson]

 

Wilson, Jocky (Died in 2012)
Born 22 March 1950  (Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland)
Short, multiple-chinned former world darts champion.
[Picture of Jocky Wilson]

 

Wilson, Mary
Born in Norfolk, England  (exact date unknown)
Baroness Wilson of Rievaulx, widow of former Prime Minister Harold Wilson. Born 1918.
[Picture of Mary Wilson]

 

Wilson, Owen
Born 18 November 1968  (Dallas, Texas, USA)
US actor, "You, Me and Dupree" and lots more. Failed to commit suicide in 2007, but some DDP'rs may think "If at first, you don't succeed, try, try again".
[Picture of Owen Wilson]

 

Wilson, Richard
Born 9 July 1936  (Greenock, Inverclyde, Scotland)
Actor (real name Ian Colquhoun Wilson) famous for playing the grumpy Victor "I don't believe it!" Meldrew in sitcom "One Foot in the Grave". Will the other foot follow this year?
[Picture of Richard Wilson]

 

Wilson, William (Died in 2010)
Born 28 June 1913  (place of birth unknown)
Labour MP for Coventry South from 1964-83.
[Picture of William 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]

 

Windom, William (Died in 2012)
Born 28 September 1923  (New York, New York, USA)
Actor who has appeared in countless TV series, films such as "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Sommersby", and his one-man stage shows about writer James Thurber and World War II reporter Ernie Pyle. Lives in California but also owns an island in Windom, Minnesota (a town named after his politician great-grandfather) which he bought for the princely sum of $1.
[Picture of William Windom]

 

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]

 

Windsor, Frank
Born 12 July 1927  (Walsall, West Midlands, England)
Actor, best known, for his role in "Z Cars" & its spin off, "Softly Softly". Still appears in TV adverts & the odd TV show.
[Picture of Frank Windsor]

 

Winehouse, Amy (Died in 2011)
Born 14 September 1983  (Enfield, Middlesex, England)
Young British singer/songwriter with a powerful soul voice, but - more interestingly from a DDP point of view - manic depression, eating disorders and a tendency to consume industrial quantities of booze and drugs. Indeed, her 2006 top 10 single "Rehab" was about her refusal to get help for this.
[Picture of Amy Winehouse]

 

Winfrey, Oprah
Born 29 January 1954  (Kosciusko, Illinois, USA)
US talk show host, businesswoman and book critic.
[Picture of Oprah Winfrey]

 

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]

 

Winner, Michael (Died in 2013)
Born 30 October 1935  (London, England)
Modest chap, keeps his views to himself. Food critic, newspaper columnist & film director.
[Picture of Michael Winner]

 

Winters, Jonathan (Died in 2013)
Born 11 November 1925  (Dayton, Ohio, USA)
Comic actor, better known for his work on stage, but has also appeared in many TV shows & films.
[Picture of Jonathan Winters]

 

Winters, Mike (Died in 2013)
Born 15 November 1930  (Islington, London, England)
Brother and stage/TV "comedy" partner of the late Bernie Winters.
[Picture of Mike Winters]

 

Winton, Sir Nicholas
Born 19 May 1909  (Maidenhead, Berkshire, England)
Humanitarian, who helped save 700 odd children from certain death at Nazi Concentration Camps in the Czech Republic, whilst on holiday to the country.
[Picture of Sir Nicholas Winton]

 

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]

 

Wiseman, Joseph (Died in 2009)
Born 15 May 1918  (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Film and TV actor, best known for playing the part of Dr No in a James Bond film whose title escapes us at the moment.
[Picture of Joseph Wiseman]

 

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]

 

Withers, Jane
Born 12 April 1926  (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
Actress, a child star that never really achieved the same success in adulthood.
[Picture of Jane Withers]

 

Wittman, Don  
Born 10 April 1936  (Herbert, Saskatchewan, Canada)
TV sports commentator for the CBC network. Died on the 19th January 2008, but no obit yet.
[Picture of Don Wittman]

 

Wogan, Terry
Born 3 August 1938  (County Limerick, Republic of Ireland)
Radio & TV presenter, piss-taking commentator for the UK feed of the Eurovision Song Contest and more earnest host of the Children In Need shows.
[Picture of Terry Wogan]

 

Wonder, Stevie
Born 13 May 1950  (Saginaw, Michigan, USA)
Singer & songwriter, blind since birth, hugely influential in the pop music world.
[Picture of Stevie Wonder]

 

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]

 

Wood, Sidney (Died in 2009)
Born 1 November 1911  (Black Rock, Connecticut, USA)
Tennis player, Wimbledon Men's Champion in 1931.
[Picture of Sidney 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, Tiger
Born 30 December 1975  (Cypress, California, USA)
Golfer, arguably the sport's greatest ever player.
[Picture of Tiger Woods]

 

Woodvine, John
Born 21 July 1929  (Tyne Dock, County Durham, England)
Actor, mostly on TV & stage, who has a penchant for playing police officers.
[Picture of John Woodvine]

 

Woodward, Edward (Died in 2009)
Born 1 June 1930  (Croydon, Surrey)
Actor, best remembered for "The Wicker Man", "The Equalizer" and "Callan". Also known as "Ed 3 Planks" to some of his comic contemporaries.
[Picture of Edward Woodward]

 

Workman, John
Born 4 November 1923  (Woodchester, Gloucestershire, England)
Forester & National Trust consultant. Died in April 2008, but did not get a suitable UK obit.
[Picture of John Workman]

 

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]

 

Worsthorne, Peregrine
Born 22 December 1923  (Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England)
Journalist & broadcaster, former editor of the "Sunday Telegraph".
[Picture of Peregrine Worsthorne]

 

Wouk, Herman
Born 27 May 1915  (New York, New York, USA)
Popular author, best known for his novels "The Caine Mutiny" and "The Winds of War".
[Picture of Herman Wouk]

 

Wow, Bow
Born 9 March 1987  (Columbus, Ohio)
Known to his family as Shad Moss, US hip-hop singer & producer.
[Picture of Bow Wow]

 

Wright, Edgar
Born 18 April 1974  (Poole, Dorset, England)
Film director & producer, one of the men behind "Hot Fuzz" and "Shaun of the Dead".
[Picture of Edgar Wright]

 

Wright, Steve
Born 24 April 1958  (Erpingham, Norfolk, England)
Jailed for murdering 5 prostitutes in and around Ipswich in December 2006. Not to be confused with the radio DJ or the comedian of the same name.
[Picture of Steve Wright]

 

Wujcik, Erick
Born 26 January 1951  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Fantasy & video game designer, who had terminal pancreatic cancer, which he died of in June. His chances of getting a UK obit were slim, and sure enough, he didn't get a suitable one.
[Picture of Erick Wujcik]

 

Wyeth, Andrew (Died in 2009)
Born 12 July 1917  (Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, USA)
Profilic and popular American realist painter, best known for his work "Christina's World".
[Picture of Andrew Wyeth]

 

Wyman, Bill
Born 24 October 1936  (Lewisham, London, England)
Guitarist for the Rolling Stones for over 30 years.
[Picture of Bill Wyman]

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