Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2009: 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]


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]


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]


Walker, Rudolph
Born 28 September 1939  (Trinidad, West Indies)
Actor, best known for "Love Thy Neighbour", "The Thin Blue Line" and now on "EastEnders" as Patrick Trueman.
[Picture of Rudolph 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 Ian Wallace is no longer with us
Born 10 July 1919  (London, England)

Died 12 October 2009  (London, England)

Age at death: 90  (read death notice)
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, 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]


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, Louis
Born 5 August 1952  (Kiltimagh, County Mayo, Ireland)
Music manager, producer & judge on the X Factor.
[Picture of Louis Walsh]


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]


Ward, Fred
Born 30 December 1942  (San Diego, California, USA)
American character actor, often seen on TV shows & films.
[Picture of Fred Ward]


Ward, Willis (Died in 1983)
Born 28 December 1912  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Former American footballer & athlete. Died in 1983, so no points, I'm afraid!
[Picture of Willis 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]


Washington, Kerry
Born 31 January 1977  (The Bronx, New York, USA)
Actress, rapidly gaining fame & plaudits - has starred in "The Fantastic Four", "Ray" and "The Last King of Scotland".
[Picture of Kerry Washington]


Waters, Roger
Born 6 September 1943  (Great Bookham, Surrey, England)
Guitarist & singer, best remembered for his time with Pink Floyd.
[Picture of Roger Waters]


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, Michael
Born 15 March 1965  (London, England)
Former boxer, whose career came to an abrupt halt after receiving head injuries in a bout with Chris Eubank in 1991. Has never made a full recovery, but did complete the London Marathon in 2003.
[Picture of Michael 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, Anna Anna Watt is no longer with us
Born in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, Scotland  (exact date unknown)

Died 19 February 2009  (Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, Scotland)

Age at death: 85  
Former variety/music hall performer & singer. Born sometime in 1924.
[Picture of Anna Watt]


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


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]


Weidenfield, Baron George
Born 13 September 1919  (Vienna, Austria)
Philanthropist & publisher (one half of Weidenfeld & Nicolson).
[Picture of Baron George Weidenfield]


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]


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


Weinstein, Elliot
Born 26 December 1948  (Brookline, Massachusetts, USA)
US lawyer, in the news recently as he was defence lawyer for British murderer Neil Entwistle.
[Picture of Elliot Weinstein]


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]


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]


Wells, Steven Steven Wells is no longer with us
Born 10 May 1960  (Swindon, Wiltshire, England)

Died 24 June 2009  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)

Age at death: 49  (read death notice)
Journalist & author, mainly on punk music, but also on a range of diverse topics, including football.
[Picture of Steven Wells]


Werber, Billy Billy Werber is no longer with us
Born 20 June 1908  (Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA)

Died 22 January 2009  (Charlotte, North Carolina, USA)

Age at death: 100  
Former NY Yankees baseball player.
[Picture of Billy Werber]


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


Westbrook, Daniella
Born 5 November 1973  (Walthamstow, London, Enfland)
EastEnders actress of yore who is better remembered for her cocaine habit which destroyed the septum in her nose.
[Picture of Daniella Westbrook]


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]


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]


White, Jimmy
Born 2 May 1962  (London, England)
Popular snooker player, who has never won the World Championship, finishing runner-up 6 times.
[Picture of Jimmy White]


White, Kevin Hagan (Died in 2012)
Born 25 September 1929  (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
Former mayor of Boston, Massachusetts. Now suffering from Alzheimer's Disease.
[Picture of Kevin Hagan 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, USA)
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 James Whitmore is no longer with us
Born 1 October 1921  (White Plains, New York, USA)

Died 6 February 2009  (Malibu, California, USA)

Age at death: 87  (read death notice)
American film actor, most recently known for his role as elderly prisoner Brooks in The Shawshank Redemption.
[Picture of James Whitmore]


Whitnall, Mick
Born 7 November 1968  (Doncaster, Yorkshire, England)
Lead guitarist & songwriter for Pete Doherty's band, Babyshambles.
[Picture of Mick Whitnall]


Wight, Paul
Born 8 February 1972  (Aiken, South Carolina, USA)
Yet another wrestler.
[Picture of Paul Wight]


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 MP and outspoken critic of Islamic fundamentalism.
[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, 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 2 July 1931  (Hampstead, London, England)
Actor - Rev. Farthing in "Dad's Army".
[Picture of Frank Williams]


Williams, Mason
Born 24 August 1938  (Abilene, Texas, USA)
Musician, composer and songwriter of bluegrass & folk music.
[Picture of Mason 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, Rex
Born 20 July 1933  (Halesowen, West Midlands, England)
Former snooker player, who spent over 40 years playing the sport.
[Picture of Rex 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, Robin
Born 21 July 1951  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Comic, who started on TV and became famous for playing Mork in "Mork and Mindy". Has since gone on to star in many a comedy film, but in recent years has played serious roles too.
[Picture of Robin 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, Jocky (Died in 2012)
Born 22 March 1950  (Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland)
Short, multiple-chinned former world darts champion.
[Picture of Jocky Wilson]


Wilson, Julian
Date and place of birth unknown
Former BBC TV presenter of horse racing.
[Picture of Julian 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, Ralph
Born 17 October 1918  (Columbus, Ohio, USA)
Founder, owner & President of NFL side Buffalo Bills.
[Picture of Ralph Wilson]


Wilson, Ray
Born 17 December 1934  (Shirebrook, Derbyshire, England)
Former footballer, left back for England when they won the 1966 World Cup.
[Picture of Ray Wilson]


Win Tin, U
Born 12 March 1930  (Kyo Bin Kauk, Payo, Burma)
Burmese journalist who was imprisoned by his country's military regime in 1989 for his opposition views. He remained behind bars until 2008, when he was finally released.
[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]


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, Major Richard (Died in 2011)
Born 21 January 1918  (Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA)
One of America's great war heroes, who led "Easy Company" in WW2 to great feats of courage, bravery & success, which was later immortalised in the TV series "Band of Brothers".
[Picture of Major Richard 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]


Wirtz, Willard (Died in 2010)
Born 14 March 1912  (DeKalb, Illinois, USA)
Former US Secretary of Labor in both Kennedy & Johnson's administrations.
[Picture of Willard Wirtz]


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]


Wise, Greg
Born 15 May 1966  (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England)
Actor, often in period dramas.
[Picture of Greg Wise]


Wiseman, Joseph Joseph Wiseman is no longer with us
Born 15 May 1918  (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

Died 19 October 2009  (Manhattan, New York, USA)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
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]


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]


Wolde-Giorgis, Girma
Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia  (exact date unknown)
President of Ethiopia since 2001. Born December 1924.
[Picture of Girma Wolde-Giorgis]


Wolfe, Ronald
Born 8 August 1924  (London, England)
"On the Buses" and "The Rag Trade" script writer.
[Picture of Ronald Wolfe]


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 Sidney Wood is no longer with us
Born 1 November 1911  (Black Rock, Connecticut, USA)

Died 10 January 2009  (Palm Beach, Florida, USA)

Age at death: 97  (read death notice)
Tennis player, Wimbledon Men's Champion in 1931.
[Picture of Sidney Wood]


Wood-Allen, Jenny (Died in 2010)
Born 20 November 1911  (Dundee, Scotland)
Former marathon runner, a regular featue on the London Marathon in the 1990's, in which she also competed in 2002, at the age of 90.
[Picture of Jenny Wood-Allen]


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]


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 Edward Woodward is no longer with us
Born 1 June 1930  (Croydon, Surrey, England)

Died 16 November 2009  (Truro, Cornwall, England)

Age at death: 79  (read death notice)
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]


Woodward, Joanne
Born 27 February 1930  (Thomasville, Georgia, USA)
Veteran film actress, widow of Paul Newman, who she was married to for 50 years.
[Picture of Joanne Woodward]


Woolf, Harry
Born 2 May 1933  (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England)
Lord Chief Justice Woolf, one of Britain's foremost judges of the last 30 years.
[Picture of Harry Woolf]


Woolfe, Billy (Died in 2010)
Born 1 February 1924  (Scotland)
Former leader of the Scottish National Party between 1969 & 1979.
[Picture of Billy Woolfe]


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


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]


Wyeth, Andrew Andrew Wyeth is no longer with us
Born 12 July 1917  (Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, USA)

Died 16 January 2009  (Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, USA)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
Profilic and popular American realist painter, best known for his work "Christina's World".
[Picture of Andrew Wyeth]


Wyngarde, Peter
Born 23 August 1933  (Marseille, France)
Actor, best known for his role as Jason King in the TV show of the same name.
[Picture of Peter Wyngarde]

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