Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2013: W


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]


Wade, Abdoulaye
Born 29 May 1926  (Kébémer, Senegal)
Senegalese politician. President of Senegal from 2000-2012.
[Picture of Abdoulaye Wade]


Wade, Virginia
Born 10 July 1945  (Bournemouth, Hampshire, England)
The last British tennis player to win a singles championship at Wimbledon, which she did in 1977.
[Picture of Virginia Wade]


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]


Wagstaff, Stuart
Born 13 February 1925  (Great Durnford, Wiltshire, England)
English-born Australian actor and entertainer.
[Picture of Stuart Wagstaff]


Waite, Ralph
Born 22 June 1928  (White Plains, New York, USA)
American actor best known as John Walton, Sr in 'The Waltons'.
[Picture of Ralph Waite]


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


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]


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]


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


Walker, Clint
Born 30 May 1927  (Hartford, Illinois, USA)
Towering actor who starred in the western TV series 'Cheyenne'.
[Picture of Clint Walker]


Walker, Daniel
Born 6 August 1922  (Washington D.C., USA)
US Democrat politician. Governor of Illinois from 1973-77.
[Picture of Daniel Walker]


Walker, Graham Graham Walker is no longer with us
Born 19 May 1945  (Leeds, Yorkshire, England)

Died 2 June 2013  (Leeds, Yorkshire, England)

Age at death: 68  (read death notice)
Bassist with comedy band The Grumbleweeds, who even had their own TV series.
[Picture of Graham 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, Mort
Born 3 September 1923  (El Dorado, Kansas, USA)
Newspaper cartoonist.
[Picture of Mort 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]


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]


Walker, Jr., Robert
Born 15 April 1940  (Queens, New York, USA)
Son (and dead ringer) of the late Robert Walker (of 'Strangers on a Train') who later followed his father into the acting profession.
[Picture of Robert Walker, Jr.]


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 Ken Wallis is no longer with us
Born 16 April 1916  (Ely, Cambridgeshire, England)

Died 1 September 2013  (Reymerston, Norfolk, England)

Age at death: 97  (read death notice)
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]


Walmsley, Jon
Born 6 February 1956  (Blackburn, Lancashire, England)
Musican and actor, Played Jason Walton in 'The Waltons' and was the voice of Christopher Robin in the 'Winnie the Pooh' animated films.
[Picture of Jon Walmsley]


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


Walsh, Lawrence E.
Born 8 January 1912  (Port Maitland, Nova Scotia, Canada)
Lawyer and former Deputy Attorney General who invesitgated the Iran-Contra affair of 1986.
[Picture of Lawrence E. Walsh]


Walsh, Walter
Born 4 May 1907  (Union City, New Jersey, USA)
FBI agent and Olympic competitor in shooting.
[Picture of Walter Walsh]


Walters, Barbara
Born 25 September 1929  (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
Legendary US television news anchorwoman and interviewer.
[Picture of Barbara Walters]


Walton, Terry
Date and place of birth unknown
Gardening expert on BBC Radio 2. Born 1946.
[Picture of Terry Walton]


Waltrip, Michael
Born 30 April 1963  (Owensboro, Kentucky, USA)
American motor racer, twice winner of the Daytona 500.
[Picture of Michael Waltrip]


Walwyn, Cath
Born 5 November 1928  (place of birth unknown)
Racing horse owner and widow of trainer Fulke Walwyn.
[Picture of Cath Walwyn]


Wanchope, Paulo
Born 31 July 1976  (Heredia, Costa Rica)
Costa Rica international footballer who made a memorable debut for Derby County in 1997 when he scored a brilliant solo goal at Old Trafford.
[Picture of Paulo Wanchope]


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]


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


Ward, Bill
Born 5 May 1948  (Birmingham, England)
Drummer with the legendary heavy metal progenitors Black Sabbath.
[Picture of Bill Ward]


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]


Ward, Zack
Born 31 August 1970  (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Canadian actor.
[Picture of Zack Ward]


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


Warner, David
Born 29 July 1941  (Manchester, England)
Prolific actor still best remembered for having his head knocked off in 1976's 'The Omen'.
[Picture of David 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]


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


Watkins, Ian
Born 30 July 1977  (Merthyr Tygfil, Glamorganshire, Wales)
Singer with noughties metallers Lost Prophets. Sentenced to 35 years in prison in December 2013 for a succession of horrendous child-sex crimes.
[Picture of Ian Watkins]


Watkins, Ian "H"
Born 8 May 1976  (Llwynypia, Rhondda, Wales)
Former member of the pop group Steps, who somehow managed to keep his relationship with Steps' manager, Tim Byrne, secret for 10 years.
[Picture of Ian


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


Watling, Deborah
Born 2 January 1948  (Fulmer Chase, Buckinghamshire, England)
Actress, mostly remembered for her role as Victoria Waterfield in 'Doctor Who'.
[Picture of Deborah Watling]


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


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


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


Weber, Bruce
Born 29 March 1946  (Greensburg, Pennsylvania, USA)
Photographer and filmmaker.
[Picture of Bruce Weber]


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]


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]


Weiner, Michael Michael Weiner is no longer with us
Born 21 December 1961  (Paterson, New Jersey. USA)

Died 21 November 2013  (Mansfield Township, New Jersey, USA)

Age at death: 51  (read death notice)
Executive director of the American Major League Baseball Players Association.
[Picture of Michael Weiner]


Weitz, Bruce
Born 27 May 1943  (Norwalk, Connecticut, USA)
Actor best known as the scruffy Sgt Mick Belker in the classic 1980s police series 'Hill Street Blues'.
[Picture of Bruce Weitz]


Welch, Florence
Born 28 August 1986  (London, England)
Musician and singer with her band Florence and the Machine, part of a new wave of somewhat more privileged artists than previous generations…
[Picture of Florence Welch]


Welch, Raquel
Born 5 September 1940  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
American actress & sex symbol.
[Picture of Raquel Welch]


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, Robb
Born 28 October 1971  (Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada)
Canadian actor who played Ricky in mockumentary series 'Trailer Park Boys'.
[Picture of Robb Wells]


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


Wenham, Jane
Born 26 September 1927  (Southampton, Hampshire, England)
Actress who was married to Albert Finney from 1957-61.
[Picture of Jane Wenham]


Wenner, Christopher
Born 6 December 1954  (place of birth unknown)
Journalist and former presenter of 'Blue Peter'.
[Picture of Christopher Wenner]


Wertmüller, Lina
Born 14 August 1926  (Rome, Italy)
Italian film director. First woman to be nominated for Best Director, in 1976.
[Picture of Lina Wertmüller]


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, Leslie
Born 22 October 1945  (New York City, New York, USA)
Guitarist with American hard rockers Mountain.
[Picture of Leslie 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]


Westergaard, Kurt
Born 13 July 1935  (Døstrup, Denmark)
Danish cartoonist whose cartoons of the prophet Muhammad in 2005 caused an almighty rumpus among Islamists and he now under police protection.
[Picture of Kurt Westergaard]


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]


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


Wheeler, Harriet
Born 26 June 1963  (place of birth unknown)
Singer with twee 90s indie band The Sundays.
[Picture of Harriet Wheeler]


Whicker, Alan Alan Whicker is no longer with us
Born 2 August 1921  (Cairo, Egypt)

Died 12 July 2013  (Jersey, Channel Islands)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
Travel guru. Now in his 80s, and still gadding around the world and doing TV adverts.
[Picture of Alan Whicker]


Whitaker, Michael
Born 17 April 1960  (Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England)
Olympic equestrian rider.
[Picture of Michael Whitaker]


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


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, 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]


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 Slim Whitman is no longer with us
Born 20 January 1923  (Tampa, Florida, USA)

Died 13 June 2013  (Jacksonville, Florida, USA)

Age at death: 90  (read death notice)
Yodelling folk singer who enjoyed more success in Europe than in his native USA.
[Picture of Slim Whitman]


Whitney, Grace Lee
Born 1 April 1930  (Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA)
Actress who many might recognise as Yeoman Janice Rand in the original 'Star Trek' TV series.
[Picture of Grace Lee Whitney]


Whitwam, Barry
Born 21 July 1946  (Prestbury, Cheshire, England)
Drummer with 1960s band Herman's Hermits.
[Picture of Barry Whitwam]


Wiegel, Hans
Born 16 July 1941  (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Dutch politician. Was Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 1977-81.
[Picture of Hans Wiegel]


Wiesel, Elie
Born 30 September 1928  (Sighet, Romania)
Israeli political activist, novelist & Holocaust survivor.
[Picture of Elie Wiesel]


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


Wigley, Dafydd
Born 1 April 1943  (Derby, England)
English-born Welsh nationalist politician.
[Picture of Dafydd Wigley]


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


Wilde, Danny
Born 3 June 1956  (Maine, USA)
Singer and guitarist with power-pop band The Rembrandts whose finest hour was the hit theme tune to 1990s sitcom 'Friends'.
[Picture of Danny Wilde]


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]


Wilders, Geert
Born 6 September 1963  (Venlo, Netherlands)
Dutch MP and outspoken critic of Islamic fundamentalism.
[Picture of Geert Wilders]


Willard, Greg Greg Willard is no longer with us
Born 5 November 1958  (Pasedena, California, USA)

Died 1 April 2013  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 54  (read death notice)
NBA referee.
[Picture of Greg Willard]


Williams, Anne Anne Williams is no longer with us
Born 6 February 1951  (Formby, Merseyside, England)

Died 18 April 2013  (Liverpool, England)

Age at death: 62  (read death notice)
Woman whose son died in the Hillsborough disaster of 1989.
[Picture of Anne 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 76?
[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 Esther Williams is no longer with us
Born 8 August 1921  (Inglewood, California, USA)

Died 6 June 2013  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
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, Gerald
Born in Surrey, England  (exact date unknown)
Veteran tennis commentator. Born June 1928.
[Picture of Gerald 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, Leila
Born in Walsall, England  (exact date unknown)
Beauty queen who became the first female presenter of 'Blue Peter' in 1958. Born 1937.
[Picture of Leila 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, Richard
Born 16 February 1942  (Shreveport, Louisiana, USA)
Father and coach of tennis siblings the Williams sisters
[Picture of Richard 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, Rowan
Born 14 June 1950  (Swansea, Wales)
Archbishop of Canterbury, elected in 2002.
[Picture of Rowan Williams]


Williams, Serena
Born 26 September 1981  (Saginaw, Michigan)
The younger and more successful of the tennis siblings. Winner of tons of grand slam titles through her crude, bullying style.
[Picture of Serena 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, Venus
Born 17 June 1980  (Lynwood, California, USA)
Elder of the Williams sisters, tennis stars whose over-physical style has blighted the women's game for a decade...
[Picture of Venus 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, Chick
Born 24 September 1934  (Cabiness, Georgia, USA)
Blues singer. Cousin of Chick Willis. I wonder if there's a Check Willis as well? Died in December 2013 but no obit.
[Picture of Chick Willis]


Wills, Len
Born 8 November 1927  (London, England)
Retired footballer. Played right back for Arsenal during one of their less distinguished periods.
[Picture of Len Wills]


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, Danny
Born in Cardiff, Wales  (exact date unknown)
Rugby fly-half and father of evergreen Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs. Born 1955.
[Picture of Danny 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, Ralph
Born 17 October 1918  (Columbus, Ohio, USA)
Founder, owner & President of NFL side Buffalo Bills.
[Picture of Ralph Wilson]


Wilson, Rebel
Born 3 February 1986  (Sydney, Australia)
Australian comedian and actress.
[Picture of Rebel Wilson]


Wiltord, Sylvain
Born 10 May 1974  (Neuilly-sur-Marne, France)
France and Arsenal striker who had a habit of scoring important goals for the Gunners and Les Bleus.
[Picture of Sylvain Wiltord]


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]


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


Wing, Anna Anna Wing is no longer with us
Born 30 October 1914  (Hackney, London, England)

Died 7 July 2013  (Hackney, London, England)

Age at death: 98  (read death notice)
Played Lou Beale in the tiresome BBC soap 'EastEnders', but was killed off before Peggy Mitchell's time.
[Picture of Anna Wing]


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 Michael Winner is no longer with us
Born 30 October 1935  (London, England)

Died 21 January 2013  (London, England)

Age at death: 77  (read death notice)
Modest chap, keeps his views to himself. Food critic, newspaper columnist & film director.
[Picture of Michael Winner]


Winter, Tex
Born 25 February 1922  (Wellington, Texas, USA)
Basketball coach and innovator of the "triangle offense", whatever that is...
[Picture of Tex Winter]


Winters, Jonathan Jonathan Winters is no longer with us
Born 11 November 1925  (Dayton, Ohio, USA)

Died 11 April 2013  (Montecito, California, USA)

Age at death: 87  (read death notice)
Comic actor, better known for his work on stage, but has also appeared in many TV shows & films.
[Picture of Jonathan Winters]


Winters, Mike Mike Winters is no longer with us
Born 15 November 1930  (Islington, London, England)

Died 24 August 2013  (Gloucestershire, England)

Age at death: 82  (read death notice)
Brother and stage/TV "comedy" partner of the late Bernie Winters.
[Picture of Mike Winters]


Winterson, Jeanette
Born 27 August 1959  (Manchester, England)
Award-winning author whose semi-autobiographical account of a girl's religious upbringing and lesbian awakening, 'Oranges Are Not the only Fruit', was later made for TV.
[Picture of Jeanette Winterson]


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]


Wiseau, Tommy
Born 3 October 1968  (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
Cult fim director whose 2003 movie 'The Room' is considered one of the worst ever made. And it didn't even have Adam Sandler in it?
[Picture of Tommy Wiseau]


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]


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]


Wolde-Giorgis, Girma
Born 8 December 1924  (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
President of Ethiopia since 2001.
[Picture of Girma Wolde-Giorgis]


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]


Wolfensohn, James
Born 1 December 1933  (Sydney, Australia)
President of the World Bank from 1995-2005.
[Picture of James Wolfensohn]


Woll, Deborah Ann
Born 7 February 1985  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Actress who played Jessica in vampire drama 'True Blood'.
[Picture of Deborah Ann Woll]


Womack, Bobby
Born 4 March 1944  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Soul singer-songwriter who's had an up and down career since the 1960s.
[Picture of Bobby Womack]


Wood, Keith
Born 27 January 1972  (Killaloe, Clare, Rep of Ireland)
Cue-ball headed hooker of the Irish rugby team for a decade. Now a pundit.
[Picture of Keith 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]


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


Woodburn, Kim
Born 25 March 1942  (Eastney, Hampshire, England)
TV presenter & cleaner, one half of the presenting duo of TV programme 'How Clean Is Your House?'.
[Picture of Kim Woodburn]


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


Woods, D.
Born 6 July 1984  (Anaheim, California, USA)
Singer with girlband Danity Kane.
[Picture of D. Woods]


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]


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


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]


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, Allan
Born 20 February 1920  (Devon, England)
World War Two flying ace.
[Picture of Allan Wright]


Wright, Jim
Born 22 December 1922  (Fort Worth, Texas, USA)
Speaker of the US House of Representatives during the Reagan era.
[Picture of Jim Wright]


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]


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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