Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2012: W


Wachter, Emil
Born 29 April 1921  (Neuburgweier, Germany)
German visual artist. Died in January 2012 but no obit.
[Picture of Emil Wachter]


Waddell, Sid Sid Waddell is no longer with us
Born 10 August 1940  (Alnwick, Northumberland, England)

Died 11 August 2012  (Leeds, England)

Age at death: 72  (read death notice)
In one word - "Mr Magic Darts!", the popular if somewhat excitable darts commentator.
[Picture of Sid Waddell]


Waddington, David
Born 2 August 1929  (Burnley, Lancashire, England)
Conservative politician. Was briefy Home Secretary in the final year of the Thatcher government before being enobled and becoming governor of Bermuda. Must have done something embarrassing then…
[Picture of David Waddington]


Waggoner, Lyle
Born 13 April 1935  (Kansas City, Kansas, USA)
Actor and model.
[Picture of Lyle Waggoner]


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]


Wainwright, Rufus
Born 22 July 1973  (Rhinebeck, New York, USA)
Singer, son of ex DDP pick Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III.
[Picture of Rufus Wainwright]


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]


Wakeham, John
Born 22 February 1922  (place of birth unknown)
Cabinet minister who's wife was killed in the Brighton bombing of 1984.
[Picture of John Wakeham]


Wakeman, Rick
Born 18 May 1949  (London, England)
Keyboardist for prog-rockers Yes and the name most associated with that genre's excesses.
[Picture of Rick Wakeman]


Walcott, Gregory
Born 13 January 1928  (Wendell, North Carolina, USA)
Film actor best known for his role in the cult classic 'Plan 9 from Outer Space'.
[Picture of Gregory Walcott]


Walden, Brian
Born 8 July 1932  (West Bromwich, England)
Former Labour MP and presenter of political magazine show 'Weekend World', which is just as well since he famously couldn't pronounce his r's!
[Picture of Brian Walden]


Waldo, Janet
Born 4 February 1924  (Yakima, Washington, USA)
Actress - the voice of Penelope Pitstop amongst others. "I'll get you Penelope Pitstop if it's the last thing I ever do!"
[Picture of Janet Waldo]


Walker, Andrew
Date and place of birth unknown
Triple murderer, released on compassionate grounds in December 2011. Born 1954.
[Picture of Andrew Walker]


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 Mike Wallace is no longer with us
Born 9 May 1918  (Brookline, Massachusetts, USA)

Died 7 April 2012  (New Canaan, Connecticut, USA)

Age at death: 93  (read death notice)
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]


Wallace, Richard
Date and place of birth unknown
Man who's compulsive hoarding was the subject of a TV documentary last year. Born 1950.
[Picture of Richard 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]


Walliams, David
Born 20 August 1971  (Banstead, Surrey, England)
One half of the Little Britain comedy sketch show duo.
[Picture of David Walliams]


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]


Wangford, Hank
Date and place of birth unknown
Stage name for Dr. Samuel Hutt, a family planning dcotor for the NHS! Wangford is noted for his humourous but political country music. Born 1940.
[Picture of Hank Wangford]


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


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


Warman, Bob
Born 11 October 1946  (Walsall, Staffordshire, England)
TV presenter in the midland region for aeons. I must stop saying aeons….
[Picture of Bob Warman]


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]


Warren, Tony
Born 8 July 1936  (Swinton, Lancashire, England)
Screenwriter, the man who devised and produced 'Coronation Street' in 1960.
[Picture of Tony Warren]


Washington, Ronald
Date and place of birth unknown
Alleged accomplice in the murder of hip hop legend Jam Master Jay in 2002. Born 1963.
[Picture of Ronald Washington]


Waterman, Hannah
Born 22 July 1975  (London, England)
Actress daughter of 'Minder' star Dennis Waterman.
[Picture of Hannah Waterman]


Waters, John
Born 22 April 1946  (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)
Cult film director.
[Picture of John Waters]


Waterson, Norma
Born 15 August 1939  (Hull, Yorkshire, England)
Folk singer with The Watersons.
[Picture of Norma Waterson]


Watkins, Sid Sid Watkins is no longer with us
Born 6 September 1928  (Liverpool, England)

Died 12 September 2012  (London, England)

Age at death: 84  (read death notice)
F1's resident medic for many years - helped save many driver's lives.
[Picture of Sid Watkins]


Watkins, Tionne "T-Boz"
Born 26 April 1970  (Des Moines, Iowa, USA)
Singer, part of TLC.
[Picture of Tionne


Watson, Charles "Tex"
Born 2 December 1945  (Dallas, Texas)
Man convicted in 1971 for the murders of five people including Sharon Tate in the notorious "Tate Murders".
[Picture of Charles


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]


Watson, Tom
Born 4 September 1949  (Kansas City, Missouri, USA)
Legendary golfer. Came within a cat's whisker of becoming the oldest Open Golf champion ever in 2009.
[Picture of Tom Watson]


Watt, James G.
Born 31 January 1938  (Lusk, Wyoming, USA)
Former Secretary of the Interior under President Reagan.
[Picture of James G. Watt]


Watts, Bill
Born 5 May 1939  (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA)
Former professional wrestler known as "Cowboy Bill".
[Picture of Bill Watts]


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]


Webster, William
Born 6 March 1924  (St. Louis, Missouri, USA)
Attorney, one of the few to work at a high level for the CIA and FBI.
[Picture of William Webster]


Weedon, Bert Bert Weedon is no longer with us
Born 10 May 1920  (East Ham, London, England)

Died 20 April 2012  (Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
Influential guitarist and composer, a guru to Hank Marvin.
[Picture of Bert Weedon]


Weekes, Everton
Born 26 February 1925  (Saint Michael, Barbados)
Former West Indies cricketer, one of the legendary "3 W's", of Walcott, Weekes and Worrall.
[Picture of Everton Weekes]


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


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


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 Kitty Wells is no longer with us
Born 30 August 1919  (Nashville, Tennessee, USA)

Died 16 July 2012  (Nashville, Tennessee, USA)

Age at death: 92  (read death notice)
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]


Wentz, Pete
Born 5 June 1979  (Wilmette, Illinois, USA)
Bassist with Emo band Fall Out Boy. Married to Ashlee Simpson.
[Picture of Pete Wentz]


Wepner, Chuck
Born 26 July 1939  (New York City, New York, USA)
Heavyweight boxer, whose title shot against Muhammad Ali in 1975 was the inspiration for Sylvester Stallone's 'Rocky'.
[Picture of Chuck Wepner]


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]


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]


West, Timothy
Born 20 October 1934  (Bradford, Yorkshire, England)
Actor, mostly on stage, but has had loads of TV roles. Married to Prunella Scales
[Picture of Timothy 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]


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]


Wexler, Haskell
Born 6 February 1922  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Cinematographer, won the last ever Oscar for specific black & white cinematography in 1966 for 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf'.
[Picture of Haskell Wexler]


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


Whelan, Dave
Born 24 November 1936  (Bradford, Yorkshire, England)
Chairman of Wigan Athletic football club who in terms of survival in the Premier League are the Abdelbaset Al Megrahi and thus annoyingly still around…
[Picture of Dave Whelan]


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)
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, Edmund
Born 13 January 1940  (Cincinnati, Ohio, USA)
Gay writer and literary critic.
[Picture of Edmund 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, John "Coco"
Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland  (exact date unknown)
Former loyalist paramilitary with the UDA. Born 1950.
[Picture of John


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


Whitelaw, Billie
Born 6 June 1932  (Coventry, England)
Actress, best known for her collaborations with playwright Samuel Beckett
[Picture of Billie Whitelaw]


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]


Whitfield, Mal
Born 11 October 1924  (Bay City, Texas)
Former athlete. Twice winner of the Olympic 800m title.
[Picture of Mal 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]


Whittaker, Roger
Born 22 March 1936  (Nairobi, Kenya)
Easy-listening musician.
[Picture of Roger Whittaker]


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


Wilbur, Richard
Born 1 March 1921  (New York City, New York, USA)
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet.
[Picture of Richard Wilbur]


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]


Wildenstein, Jocelyn
Born 5 August 1940  (Lausanne, Switzerland)
Socialite who's excessive plastic surgery has amused and scared people in equal measure.
[Picture of Jocelyn Wildenstein]


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]


Wildman, Mark
Born 25 January 1936  (place of birth unknown)
Former professional snooker player, later a commentator in ITV.
[Picture of Mark Wildman]


Williams, Andy Andy Williams is no longer with us
Born 3 December 1927  (Wall Lake, Iowa, USA)

Died 25 September 2012  (Branson, Missouri, USA)

Age at death: 84  (read death notice)
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, Betty
Born 22 May 1943  (place of birth unknown)
Co-founder with Máiread Corrigan-Maguire of the Community of Peace People, an attempt to forge peace in Northern Ireland during 'the troubles', who's efforts led to the receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977.
[Picture of Betty 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 75?
[Picture of Billy Dee Williams]


Williams, Don
Born 27 May 1939  (Floydada, Texas, USA)
Gentle, popular C&W singer.
[Picture of Don 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, Heathcote
Born 15 November 1941  (Helsby, Cheshire, England)
Poet, actor, playwright, conjuror, lyricist and real father of Cenotaph climbing Charlie Gilmour.
[Picture of Heathcote Williams]


Williams, J. P. R.
Born 2 March 1949  (Bridgend, Wales)
Legendary Wales Rugby Union internation. Fullback for the Wales team tha won 3 grand slams in the 1970s.
[Picture of J. P. R. Williams]


Williams, Jody
Born 9 October 1950  (Brattleboro, Vermont, USA)
Aid worker and teacher who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her campaign to ban landmines.
[Picture of Jody 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, Otis
Born 30 October 1941  (Texarkana, Texas, USA)
Baritone singer of The Temptations.
[Picture of Otis 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, 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]


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]


Williams, Steven
Born 7 January 1949  (Memphis, Tennessee, USA)
American actor of film and TV.
[Picture of Steven Williams]


Williams, Jr., Hank
Born 26 May 1949  (Shreveport, Louisiana, USA)
Son of the legendary country music pioneer Hank Williams.
[Picture of Hank Williams, Jr.]


Willis, Eddie
Born 3 June 1936  (Grenada, Mississippi, USA)
Electric guitarist for Motown.
[Picture of Eddie Willis]


Willis, Norman
Born 21 January 1933  (Ashford, Surrey, England)
General Secretary of the TUC from 1984-1993.
[Picture of Norman Willis]


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, E. O.
Born 10 June 1929  (Birmingham, Alabama, USA)
Award-winning biologist.
[Picture of E. O. Wilson]


Wilson, Jocky Jocky Wilson is no longer with us
Born 22 March 1950  (Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland)

Died 24 March 2012  (Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland)

Age at death: 62  (read death notice)
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, Larry
Born 24 March 1936  (Rigby, Idaho, USA)
American footballer for the St. Louis Cardinals.
[Picture of Larry 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]


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, Torrie
Born 24 July 1975  (Boise, Idaho, USA)
Female wrestler.
[Picture of Torrie Wilson]


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


Windham, Barry
Born 4 July 1960  (Sweetwater, Texas, USA)
Wrestler, son Blackjack Mulligan.
[Picture of Barry Windham]


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]


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]


Winkler, Irwin
Born 25 May 1931  (New York City, New York, USA)
Film producer most notably of the 'Rocky' series.
[Picture of Irwin Winkler]


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]


Winter, Johnny
Born 23 February 1944  (Beaumont, Texas, USA)
Albino rock singer and guitarist.
[Picture of Johnny Winter]


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]


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]


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]


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]


Wolfe, Tom
Born 2 March 1931  (Richmond, Virginia, USA)
Journalist and novelist who wrote 'The Bonfire of the Vanities'.
[Picture of Tom Wolfe]


Wolstenholme, Chris
Born 2 December 1978  (Rotherham, Yorkshire, England)
Bassist for prog-revivalists Muse.
[Picture of Chris Wolstenholme]


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]


Wong, Yishan
Date and place of birth unknown
Computer engineer, one of the technicians that helped make Facebook the parasitic presence it is today.
[Picture of Yishan Wong]


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, Roy
Born 8 November 1946  (Kitts Green, Birmingham, England)
Lead singer of the Move, then Wizzard.
[Picture of Roy Wood]


Wood, Violet
Born 2 September 1899  (Dargate, Faversham, Kent, England)
Britain's oldest person at the start of 2012. Died in February 2012 but no obit.
[Picture of Violet Wood]


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 Norman Joseph Woodland is no longer with us
Born 6 September 1921  (Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA)

Died 9 December 2012  (Edgewater, New Jersey, USA)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
Inventor of the barcode. Beep.
[Picture of Norman Joseph Woodland]


Woods, Eli
Born in Stockton-on-Tees, England  (exact date unknown)
Comedian. Lanky stooge to Northeast comeidan Jimmy James.
[Picture of Eli Woods]


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]


Woodson, Bill
Born 16 July 1917  (Glendale, California, USA)
Voice over artist.
[Picture of Bill Woodson]


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


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]


Wretzky, D'Arcy
Born 1 May 1968  (South Haven, Michigan, USA)
Bass player with The Smashing Pumpkins until their split in 1999.
[Picture of D'Arcy Wretzky]


Wright, Samuel E.
Born 20 November 1946  (Camden, South Carolina, USA)
Voice actor, Sebastian the Crab in 'The Little Mermaid'.
[Picture of Samuel E. 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]


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]


Wymark, Olwen
Born 14 February 1932  (Oakland, California, USA)
American playwright and widow of British actor Patrick Wymark.
[Picture of Olwen Wymark]


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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