Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2011: 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]


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 Nancy Wake is no longer with us
Born 30 August 1912  (Wellington, New Zealand)

Died 7 August 2011  (London, England)

Age at death: 98  (read death notice)
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, Elisabeth
Born 13 April 1922  (place of birth unknown)
Widow of former United Nations General Secretary, Kurt.
[Picture of Elisabeth Waldheim]


Wales, Jimmy
Born 7 August 1966  (Huntsville, Alabama, USA)
Internet entrepreneur and founder of Wikipedia and thus the man I have to thank for helping me find a lot of the information regarding picks on the DDP!
[Picture of Jimmy Wales]


Wali-Ur-Rehman, (insurgent) (Died in 2013)
Date and place of birth unknown
Member of the Taliban in Northern Pakistan.
[Picture of (insurgent) Wali-Ur-Rehman]


Walken, Christopher
Born 31 March 1943  (Queens, New York, USA)
Quirky film and stage actor and dancer who first came to fame in 1978 in 'The Deer Hunter'. Also known for his role of Bruce Dickinson (Yes, the Bruce Dickinson) in 'Saturday Night Live'.
[Picture of Christopher Walken]


Walker, Jimmie
Born 25 June 1947  (The Bronx, New York, USA)
Actor and comdedian, best known as J.J. Evans in the U.S. 1970s sitcom 'Good Times'.
[Picture of Jimmie Walker]


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, Roy
Born 31 July 1940  (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Comedian and presenter of the popular gameshow 'Catchphrase' from 1986-2002. If he doesn't croak it this year, then this pick would be guud but naht ryeet...
[Picture of Roy Walker]


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]


Walser, Martin
Born 24 March 1927  (Wasserburg am Bodensee, Germany)
German writer.
[Picture of Martin Walser]


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


Waltz, Christoph
Born 4 October 1956  (Vienna, Austria)
Austrian-born actor who won acclaim (and Best Supporting Actor Oscar) for his subtle portrayal of SS officer Colonel Lander in the Quentin Tarantino film 'Inglourious Basterds'.
[Picture of Christoph Waltz]


Warfman, Rose
Born 4 October 1916  (Zürich, Switzerland)
French survivor of Auschwitz and heroine of the French Resistance.
[Picture of Rose Warfman]


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]


Warner, John
Born 18 February 1927  (Washington D.C., USA)
Five term US senator for Virginia. Married to Elizabeth Taylor from 1976 to 1982.
[Picture of John Warner]


Warsi, Muzaffar
Born 20 December 1933  (Meerath, India)
Leading Urdu poet and essayist. Died in January 2011 but no obit.
[Picture of Muzaffar Warsi]


Warwick, Dionne
Born 12 December 1940  (East Orange, New Jersey, USA)
Legendary soul singer, famous for her renditions of Burt Bacharach/Hal David songs.
[Picture of Dionne Warwick]


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, Moray
Born 25 June 1928  (Sunningdale, Berkshire, England)
British actor, mostly on TV, including notable roles in 'Rumpole of the Bailey' and 'The Darling Buds of May'.
[Picture of Moray 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]


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


Way, Pete
Born 7 August 1951  (Enfield, Middlesex, England)
Bassist with heavy rockers UFO.
[Picture of Pete Way]


Weber, Wolfgang
Born 26 June 1944  (Germany)
International footballer, who scored for West Germany in the 1966 World Cup final against England.
[Picture of Wolfgang Weber]


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, Andrew
Born 8 June 1942  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
Author specialising in medicine.
[Picture of Andrew 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]


Weinstein, Josh
Born 5 May 1966  (Virginia, USA)
Television writer on 'The Simpsons' and 'Futurama'.
[Picture of Josh Weinstein]


Welbeck, Danny
Born 26 November 1990  (Longsight, Manchester, England)
Manchester United winger.
[Picture of Danny Welbeck]


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, Dawn
Born 18 October 1938  (Reno, Nevada, USA)
Actress who starred in the 1960s sitcom 'Gilligan's Island'.
[Picture of Dawn Wells]


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


Wendt, Roger
Born 31 December 1933  (Staplehurst, Nebraska, USA)
Former Member of the House of Representatives, representing Iowa.
[Picture of Roger 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, Kanye
Born 8 June 1977  (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
Increasingly self-important rap artist and musician.
[Picture of Kanye West]


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


Whale, James
Born 13 May 1951  (Ewell, Surrey, England)
Right-wing radio 'Shock Jock'.
[Picture of James Whale]


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]


Whitcombe, Dave
Born 27 June 1954  (Chatham, Kent, England)
Darts player. Twice runner-up in the BDO World Championships, losing both times to Eric Bristow.
[Picture of Dave Whitcombe]


White, Betty
Born 17 January 1922  (Oak Park, Illinois, USA)
Last survivor of the 'Golden Girls' 1980s TV sitcom, despite being the eldest.
[Picture of Betty White]


White, Canon Andrew
Born in Bexley, Kent , England  (exact date unknown)
Vicar of St George's Church, Baghdad. Yes, you've read that right, Baghdad. Born 1964.
[Picture of Canon Andrew White]


White, Martin
Born 31 July 1909  (Tullraon, Kilkenny, Rep of Ireland)
One of the oldest surviving All-Ireland Hurling winners, having won three titles with Kilkenny in the 1930s. Died in October 2011 but no obit.
[Picture of Martin White]


White, Stewart
Date and place of birth unknown
BBC journalist and news anchor of 'Look East' since 1984.
[Picture of Stewart White]


Whitfield, Andy Andy Whitfield is no longer with us
Born 17 July 1972  (Amlwch, Wales)

Died 11 September 2011  (Sydney, Australia)

Age at death: 39  (read death notice)
Welsh-born actor, now resident in Australia. Starred in the US TV series 'Spartacus' before succumbing to lymphatic cancer in September 2011.
[Picture of Andy Whitfield]


Whitfield, June
Born 11 November 1925  (London, England)
Veteran Comedy actress, 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 '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]


Whitlock, Simon
Born 3 March 1969  (Sydney, Australia)
Australian professional darts player, runner-up in both the BDO and PDC versions of the World Championship.
[Picture of Simon Whitlock]


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]


Whitman, Stuart
Born 1 February 1928  (San Francisco, California, USA)
U.S. film actor.
[Picture of Stuart Whitman]


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


Wiedergott, Karl
Born 8 February 1969  (Berlin, Germany)
Voice actor on 'The Simpsons'.
[Picture of Karl Wiedergott]


Wilby, Tim
Date and place of birth unknown
Former chairman of Hull City FC.
[Picture of Tim Wilby]


Wilde, David
Born in Manchester, England  (exact date unknown)
Pianist and composer.
[Picture of David 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 MP and outspoken critic of Islamic fundamentalism.
[Picture of Geert Wilders]


Willcocks, David
Born 30 December 1919  (Newquay, Cornwall, England)
Choral conductor and composer. Director of Music at King's College, Cambridge from 1957-73.
[Picture of David Willcocks]


William of Wales, Prince
Born 21 June 1982  (London, England)
2nd in line to the British throne, "Wills" married Kate Middleton in April 2011.
[Picture of Prince William of Wales]


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, Billy Dee
Born 6 April 1937  (New York City, New York, USA)
Actor, chiefly recognised as Lando Calrissian in the 'The Empire Strikes Back' and 'Return of the Jedi'. Surely he's not 74?
[Picture of Billy Dee Williams]


Williams, Elmo
Born 30 April 1913  (Lone Wolf, Oaklahoma)
Film editor and producer. Won an Academy Award for 'High Noon' in 1952.
[Picture of Elmo Williams]


Williams, Esther (Died in 2013)
Born 8 August 1921  (Inglewood, California, USA)
Actress & swimmer, former swimming champ who starred in many films (and musicals) based on her swimming ability between the 1940s & 1960s.
[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, John
Born 8 February 1932  (Floral Park, New York, USA)
Award-winning composer of such legendary film scores as 'Star Wars', 'Superman', 'ET', 'Indiana Jones' and many more.
[Picture of John 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. Has returned to the Take That fold for a new album and tour.
[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, Roger Roger Williams is no longer with us
Born 1 October 1924  (Omaha, Nebraska, USA)

Died 8 October 2011  (Encino, California, USA)

Age at death: 87  (read death notice)
American pianist who scored a number 1 hit in the U.S. charts in 1955 with the instrumental 'Autumn Leaves'.
[Picture of Roger Williams]


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


Williams, Russell
Born 7 March 1963  (Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England)
British-born military pilot in the Canadian Army, convicted in 2010 for the rape and murder of two women in 2009.
[Picture of Russell Williams]


Williams, Sir 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 Sir Frank Williams]


Wilson, Bob
Born 30 October 1941  (Chesterfield, England)
Former Arsenal and Scotland goalkeeper turned TV presenter.
[Picture of Bob Wilson]


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, 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]


Wiltshire, Gary
Date and place of birth unknown
Morbidly obese bookmaker as seen on television. Born 1964.
[Picture of Gary Wiltshire]


Windass, Dean
Born 1 April 1969  (Kingston upon Hull, England)
The very epitome of the journeyman footballer. Helped his home club Hull City win promotion to the Premier League for the first time in their history in 2008.
[Picture of Dean Windass]


Windsor, Barbara
Born 6 August 1937  (Shoreditch, London, England)
Veteran actress of the '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. Distant relative of the artist John Constable.
[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 Amy Winehouse is no longer with us
Born 14 September 1983  (Enfield, Middlesex, England)

Died 23 July 2011  (London, England)

Age at death: 27  (read death notice)
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. Died of alcohol abuse in July 2011.
[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]


Wingett, William
Date and place of birth unknown
Soldier with Easy Company, the U. S. Regiment featured in the WWII TV series 'Band of Brothers'.
[Picture of William Wingett]


Wingreen, Jason
Born 9 October 1919  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Actor, the voice of Boba Fett in 'The Empire Strikes Back'.
[Picture of Jason Wingreen]


Winkelman, Pete
Date and place of birth unknown
Current chairman of Milton Keynes Dons FC.
[Picture of Pete Winkelman]


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]


Winnick, David
Born 26 June 1933  (place of birth unknown)
Labour MP for Walsall North since 1979.
[Picture of David Winnick]


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 Major Richard Winters is no longer with us
Born 21 January 1918  (Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA)

Died 2 January 2011  (Campbelltown, Pennsylvania, USA)

Age at death: 92  (read death notice)
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, 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 Nicholas Winton]


Wise, Phil
Born 25 April 1949  (Omaha, Nebraska, USA)
American footballer, chiefly for the New York Jets in the 1970s.
[Picture of Phil Wise]


Witchalls, Danny
Date and place of birth unknown
BASE jumper, known as Dan-The-Man. Hmmmm...
[Picture of Danny Witchalls]


Witchell, Nicholas
Born 23 September 1953  (Shropshire, England)
Flame-haired former news anchor, now BBC royal and diplomatic correspondent. Once sat on a lesbian on live television.
[Picture of Nicholas Witchell]


Withers, Googie Googie Withers is no longer with us
Born 12 March 1917  (Karachi, Pakistan)

Died 15 July 2011  (Sydney, Australia)

Age at death: 94  (read death notice)
Actress of 'Within These Walls' fame. Widow of John McCallum.
[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]


Wofford, Dawn
Born 23 May 1936  (Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England)
Former Olympic showjumper, now chairperson of the Pony Club.
[Picture of Dawn Wofford]


Wogan, Terry
Born 3 August 1938  (County Limerick, Republic of Ireland)
Radio & TV presenter, former 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]


Wolf, Charlie
Born 12 April 1959  (place of birth unknown)
British based American talk radio host with uncompromising neoconservative views.
[Picture of Charlie Wolf]


Wolf, Christa Christa Wolf is no longer with us
Born 18 March 1929  (Gorzów Wielkopolski, Poland)

Died 1 December 2011  (Berlin, Germany)

Age at death: 82  (read death notice)
One of the leading essayists to emerge from East Germany.
[Picture of Christa Wolf]


Wolfe, Ronald Ronald Wolfe is no longer with us
Born 8 August 1922  (London, England)

Died 18 December 2011  (London, England)

Age at death: 89  (read death notice)
'On the Buses" and 'The Rag Trade' script writer.
[Picture of Ronald Wolfe]


Wolodarsky, Wallace
Date and place of birth unknown
One of the writers of 'The Simpsons' in its early days.
[Picture of Wallace Wolodarsky]


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, John John Wood is no longer with us
Born 5 July 1930  (Derbyshire, England)

Died 6 August 2011  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 81  (read death notice)
Actor, mainly on the stage but also known for his film role as the elusive, charismatic computer programmer Stephen Falken in the 1983 cult classic 'WarGames'.
[Picture of John Wood]


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]


Woodhall, Norrie Norrie Woodhall is no longer with us
Born 18 December 1905  (place of birth unknown)

Died 25 October 2011  (Owermoigne, Dorset, England)

Age at death: 105  (read death notice)
Last surviving member of the Hardy Players theatre group, devoted to the poems and novels of Thomas Hardy. Met the man himself in 1924.
[Picture of Norrie Woodhall]


Woodhead, Chris
Born 20 October 1946  (London, England)
Controversial former Chief Inspector of Schools from 1994 to 2000.
[Picture of Chris Woodhead]


Woodland, Norman Joseph (Died in 2012)
Born 6 September 1921  (Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA)
Inventor of the barcode. Beep.
[Picture of Norman Joseph Woodland]


Woods, Tiger
Born 30 December 1975  (Cypress, California, USA)
Golfer, one of sport's greatest ever players. Struggling to get his career back on track after a series of revelations about his private life.
[Picture of Tiger Woods]


Woodward, Bob
Date and place of birth unknown
Founder of the CLIC Sargent cancer charity in 1976. Born 1933.
[Picture of Bob Woodward]


Worcester, Robert
Born 21 December 1933  (Kansas City, Kansas, USA)
US-born but UK-based psephologist and founder of the MORI polling organisation.
[Picture of Robert Worcester]


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]


Wyatt, Oscar
Born in Beaumont, Texas, USA  (exact date unknown)
American businessman who was convicted for making illegal payments to Saddam Hussein's Iraq via the Oil for Food program in 2007. Born 1924.
[Picture of Oscar Wyatt]


Wyatt, Robert
Born 28 January 1945  (Bristol, England)
Founder member and drummer for 1960s proto-prog band Soft Machine. A paraplegic since falling out of a third floor window in 1973. Came back to release the quite extraordinary 'Rock Bottom' album in 1974.
[Picture of Robert Wyatt]


Wylde, Zakk
Born 14 January 1967  (Bayonee, New Jersey, USA)
Guitarist and sideman to Ozzy Osbourne. Also formed his own heavy metal band, Black Label Society.
[Picture of Zakk Wylde]


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


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]


Wynne, David
Born in Lyndhurst, Hampshire, England  (exact date unknown)
Sculptor and father of Ed and Roly Wynne of the cult band Ozric Tentacles. Born 1926.
[Picture of David Wynne]


Wynne Jones, Diana Diana Wynne Jones is no longer with us
Born 16 August 1934  (London, England)

Died 26 March 2011  (Bristol, England)

Age at death: 76  (read death notice)
Children's author.
[Picture of Diana Wynne Jones]


Wynter, Dagmar Dagmar Wynter is no longer with us
Born 8 June 1931  (Berlin, Germany)

Died 5 May 2011  (Ojai, California, USA)

Age at death: 79  (read death notice)
German actress who found fame in Hollywood in the film 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers'.
[Picture of Dagmar Wynter]

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