Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2014: 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]


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


Wagner, Pauline Pauline Wagner is no longer with us
Born 18 August 1910  (Shattuck, Oklahoma, USA)

Died 2 May 2014  (La Crescenta, California, USA)

Age at death: 103  (read death notice)
Film actress.
[Picture of Pauline Wagner]


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'. 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 Ralph Waite is no longer with us
Born 22 June 1928  (White Plains, New York, USA)

Died 13 February 2014  (Palm Desert, California, USA)

Age at death: 85  (read death notice)
American actor best known as John Walton, Sr in 'The Waltons'.
[Picture of Ralph Waite]


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]


Wajda, Andrzej
Born 6 March 1926  (Suwalki, Poland)
Polish film director.
[Picture of Andrzej Wajda]


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, Theo
Born 16 March 1989  (London, England)
Footballer who plays for Arsenal and England. In 2006 became England's youngest ever capped player.
[Picture of Theo Walcott]


Waldegrave, William
Born 15 August 1946  (London, England)
Health secretary in Margaret Thatcher's cabinet and held a number of posts under John Major but lost his seat in 1997 and was elevated to the house of lords.
[Picture of William Waldegrave]


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, Dreama
Born 20 June 1986  (Tampa, Florida, USA)
TV actress from 'The Good Wife' and 'Gossip Girls'.
[Picture of Dreama 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. Since then he's been a continual presence on various stations, most recently presenting Radio 2's 'Sounds of the 70s'. Born Peter Dingley.
[Picture of Johnnie Walker]


Walker, Kyle
Born 28 May 1990  (Sheffield, England)
Tottenham Hotspur and England right back.
[Picture of Kyle 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]


Wallach, Eli Eli Wallach is no longer with us
Born 7 December 1915  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)

Died 24 June 2014  (New York City, New York, USA)

Age at death: 98  (read death notice)
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'.
[Picture of Eli Wallach]


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


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


Wally, Eddy
Born 12 July 1932  (Zelzate, East Flanders, Belgium)
Belgian singer, so-called "The Voice of Europe".
[Picture of Eddy Wally]


Walsh, Bradley
Born 4 June 1960  (Watford, Herfordshire, England)
Presenter and actor who hosts the TV game show 'The Chase'. Could have been a footballer.
[Picture of Bradley Walsh]


Walsh, Lawrence E. Lawrence E. Walsh is no longer with us
Born 8 January 1912  (Port Maitland, Nova Scotia, Canada)

Died 19 March 2014  (Nichols Hills, Oklahoma, USA)

Age at death: 102  (read death notice)
Lawyer and former Deputy Attorney General who invesitgated the Iran-Contra affair of 1986.
[Picture of Lawrence E. Walsh]


Walsh, Walter Walter Walsh is no longer with us
Born 4 May 1907  (Union City, New Jersey, USA)

Died 29 April 2014  (Arlington, Virginia, USA)

Age at death: 106  (read death notice)
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, Bill
Born 5 November 1952  (La Mesa, California, USA)
Former UCLA basketball player turned commentator, referred to as the "Big Red-Head".
[Picture of Bill 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]


Wamala, Emmanuel
Born 15 December 1926  (Lwaggulwe Masaka, Uganda)
Former Cardinal and Archbishop of Kampala, Uganda.
[Picture of Emmanuel Wamala]


Wanamaker, Zoë
Born 13 May 1949  (New York City, New York, USA)
Versatile stage and screen actress, daughter of Sam Wanamaker, appeared in everything from 'My Family' through 'Doctor Who' & 'Harry Potter' to 'Prime Suspect'. Married to actor Gawn Grainger.
[Picture of Zoë Wanamaker]


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, Lalla
Born 28 June 1951  (London, England)
Aristocratic actress most famous for her portrayal as Romana's second incarnation in 'Doctor Who'. Formally married to Tom Baker now married to Richard Dawkins. Raises money for Denville Hall. Born The Honourable Sarah Ward.
[Picture of Lalla Ward]


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]


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, Lorraine
Born 31 January 1927  (Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA)
Paranormal investigator, who along with her husband, looked into the "Amityville Horror" which later became a film.
[Picture of Lorraine Warren]


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


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]


Waterhouse, Matthew
Born 19 December 1961  (Hertford, Hertfordshire, England)
Actor who played Adric in 'Doctor Who' in the early eighties, one of the few companaions to be killed off.
[Picture of Matthew Waterhouse]


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


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


Watkins, Ian
Born 30 July 1977  (Merthyr Tygfil, Glamorganshire, Wales)
Singer with noughties metallers Lost Prophets. Jaild for the sexual abuse of children in 2013.
[Picture of Ian Watkins]


Watkins, Matthew J.
Born 2 September 1978  (Newport, Wales)
Former Wales and Llanelli Scarlets rugby centre.
[Picture of Matthew J. 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, Dave
Born 10 November 1973  (Barnsley, West Yorkshire, England)
Goalkeeping coach for the England team.
[Picture of Dave Watson]


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, Lewis
Born 19 October 1992  (Oxford, England)
Singer-songwriter whom The Man In Black has never heard of but with such releases entitled 'It's Got Four Sad Songs On It BTW', 'Another Four Sad Songs' and 'Some Songs With Some Friends', it's probably just as well...
[Picture of Lewis 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]


Wayne, Rick
Born 27 January 1938  (St. Lucia)
St. Lucian singer, bodybuilder and journalist. Well, you've got to make a living somehow...
[Picture of Rick Wayne]


Weathers, Carl
Born 14 January 1948  (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
Actor who famously sparred with those 80s meatheads Stallone and Schwarzenegger in 'Rocky' and 'Predator' respectfully.
[Picture of Carl Weathers]


Weaver, Fritz
Born 19 January 1926  (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)
Actor, often seen in genre shows such as 'The X-Files'.
[Picture of Fritz Weaver]


Weaving, Hugo
Born 4 April 1960  (Ibadan, Nigeria)
Australian actor who has had a large number of roles in blockbuster films including The Matrix Trilogy, 'LOTR', 'V for Vendetta' and 'Transformers'. Diagnosed with epilepsy aged 13.
[Picture of Hugo Weaving]


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]


Weeks, Honeysuckle
Born 1 August 1979  (Cardiff, Wales)
British television actress known for 'Foyle's War'. The Man In Black must be getting old as he remembers her as a child actress!
[Picture of Honeysuckle Weeks]


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, Warren
Born 3 July 1941  (USA)
US contractor, kidnapped by al-Qaeda whilst in Pakistan in 2011.
[Picture of Warren Weinstein]


Weintraub, Fred
Born 27 April 1928  (New York City, New York, USA)
Film and Television producer, often of martial arts, such as 'Enter the Dragon'.
[Picture of Fred Weintraub]


Weisz, Rachel
Born 7 March 1970  (London, England)
Award winning actress most noticeably for 'The Constant Gardener' but most people are more interested in the fact she is Mrs Daniel Craig.
[Picture of Rachel Weisz]


Weld, Tuesday
Born 27 August 1943  (New York City, New York, USA)
Film actress, nominated for several awards and married once to Dudley Moore but seemingly fell off the radar since the mid-80s.
[Picture of Tuesday Weld]


Weldon, Fay
Born 22 September 1931  (Birmingham, England)
Old school feminist writer who works include 'The Life and Loves of a She Devil' and 'The Cloning of Joanna May'.
[Picture of Fay Weldon]


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 The Duke of Wellington is no longer with us
Born 2 July 1915  (Rome, Italy)

Died 31 December 2014  (Stratfield Saye, Hampshire, England)

Age at death: 99  (read death notice)
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]


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


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


Wenzel, Hanni
Born 14 December 1956  (Straubing, Germany)
German born skier who won Liechtenstein's first Olympic medal in the 1976 winter games in Innsbruck.
[Picture of Hanni Wenzel]


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. Inexplicably married to vapid reality show parasite, big-arsed Kim Kardashian.
[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. She is serving a life sentence.
[Picture of Rose West]


West, Simon
Born in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, England  (exact date unknown)
British film director of 'Con Air' and 'The Expendables 2'.
[Picture of Simon 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. Currently acting the socks off everyone else in 'EastEnders' as patriarch Stan Carter.
[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]


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


Wheatley, Ossie
Born 28 May 1935  (Low Fell, Gateshead, County Durham)
Cricketer who captained Glamorgan to the County Championship in 1969.
[Picture of Ossie Wheatley]


Whelan, Eileen
Born 30 October 1911  (London, England)
Played in 7 tests for England women's team in the 30s & 40s.
[Picture of Eileen Whelan]


Whitaker, Johnny
Born 13 December 1959  (Van Nuys, California, USA)
US child actor who did the expected thing and sank into the drink/drugs mire.
[Picture of Johnny 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, Ron
Born 18 December 1956  (Fritch, Texas, USA)
US comedian of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, whatever that is.
[Picture of Ron White]


Whitehead, Geoffrey
Born 1 October 1939  (Sheffield, England)
Superbly laconic TV, radio and theatre actor. Another member of the "oh, its him.." brigade.
[Picture of Geoffrey Whitehead]


Whitehorn, Katharine
Born in London, England  (exact date unknown)
Journalist and columnist for The Observer. Born 1928.
[Picture of Katharine Whitehorn]


Whitehouse, Paul
Born 20 May 1958  (Stanleytown, Wales)
Prolific comedy performer known for 'The Fast Show' and his work with Harry Enfield and his award winning radio show 'Down The Line'. Now in the same game as Boutros Boutros-Ghali!
[Picture of Paul Whitehouse]


Whitelaw, Billie Billie Whitelaw is no longer with us
Born 6 June 1932  (Coventry, England)

Died 21 December 2014  (London, England)

Age at death: 82  (read death notice)
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]


Whiting, Roy
Born 26 January 1959  (Horsham, West Sussex, England)
Murderer of Sarah Payne in 2000. Now at HMP Wakefield.
[Picture of Roy Whiting]


Whitlam, Gough Gough Whitlam is no longer with us
Born 11 July 1916  (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)

Died 21 October 2014  (Sydney, Australia)

Age at death: 98  (read death notice)
Australian Prime Minister from 1972-75, during which time he oversaw the abolition of conscription and the introduction of "Advance Australia Fair" as the national anthem. Sacked by the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr, amidst great controversy.
[Picture of Gough Whitlam]


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


Whittaker, Jim
Born 10 February 1929  (Seattle, Washington, USA)
American mountaineer, the first to successfully climb Mount Everest, in 1963.
[Picture of Jim Whittaker]


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


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


Wiedemann, Elisabeth
Born 8 April 1926  (Bassum, Lower Saxony, Germany)
Veteran German actress.
[Picture of Elisabeth Wiedemann]


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


Wigdorowicz-Makowerowa, Noemi
Born 24 November 1912  (Warsaw, Poland)
Polish author.
[Picture of Noemi Wigdorowicz-Makowerowa]


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


Wilde, David
Born in Manchester, England  (exact date unknown)
Pianist and composer.
[Picture of David 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]


Wilder, Matthew
Born 24 January 1953  (New York City, New York, USA)
American musician and producer who wrote the lyrics for the songs in the brilliant Disney film 'Mulan' but will forever be associated with his one hit 'Break My Stride'. All together now: "Last night I had the strangest dream, I sailed away to China in a little row boat to find ya!."
[Picture of Matthew Wilder]


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


will.i.am, (singer)
Born 15 January 1975  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Music producer and performer with The Black Eyed Peas. Judge on UK version of 'The Voice'. Born William James Adams.
[Picture of (singer) will.i.am]


Willenberg, Samuel
Born 16 February 1923  (Czestochowa, Poland)
Apparently the last survivor of the Treblinka concentration camp.
[Picture of Samuel Willenberg]


Williams, Bert Bert Williams is no longer with us
Born 31 January 1920  (Bilston, Staffordshire, England)

Died 19 January 2014  (Wolverhampton, England)

Age at death: 93  (read death notice)
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 77?
[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, Frank
Born 2 July 1931  (Hampstead, London, England)
Actor - Rev. Farthing in 'Dad's Army'.
[Picture of Frank 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, 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 Robin Williams is no longer with us
Born 21 July 1951  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)

Died 11 August 2014  (Paradise Cay, California, USA)

Age at death: 63  (read death notice)
Comic, who started on TV and became famous for playing Mork in 'Mork and Mindy'. Had since gone on to star in many a comedy film, but in recent years has played serious roles too. Committed suicide in August 2014 to everyone's shock and dismay.
[Picture of Robin Williams]


Williams, Rowan
Born 14 June 1950  (Swansea, Wales)
Archbishop of Canterbury, elected in 2002.
[Picture of Rowan 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-Crosby, Spice
Born 26 April 1952  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Actress and stuntwoman.
[Picture of Spice Williams-Crosby]


Willis, Bruce
Born 19 March 1955  (Idar-Oberstein, Germany)
Vest wearing hard-man movie star who started his career in the postmodern rom-com detective comedy TV drama 'Moonlighting' alongside Cybil Sheppard.
[Picture of Bruce Willis]


Willis, Marlene
Born in Kaufungen, Germany  (exact date unknown)
Film star Bruce Willis' mother.
[Picture of Marlene Willis]


Wilmer, Douglas
Born 8 January 1920  (London, England)
Actor who has played Sherlock Holmes in a couple of TV adaptations, as well as appearing in the James Bond film 'Octopussy', but hasn't really done much else of note.
[Picture of Douglas Wilmer]


Wilshere, Jack
Born 1 January 1992  (Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England)
Pugilistic Arsenal and England footballer.
[Picture of Jack Wilshere]


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, Debra
Born 26 April 1962  (Queens, New York, USA)
Actress and comedian.
[Picture of Debra Wilson]


Wilson, Luke
Born 21 September 1971  (Dallas, Texas, USA)
Actor, brother of troubled Owen.
[Picture of Luke 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 Ralph Wilson is no longer with us
Born 17 October 1918  (Columbus, Ohio, USA)

Died 25 March 2014  (Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan, USA)

Age at death: 95  (read death notice)
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]


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'. Changed her surname from Deeks and 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]


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]


Winkless, Terence H.
Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA  (exact date unknown)
Actor and writer who played Bingo in 'The Banana Splits'.
[Picture of Terence H. Winkless]


Winner, Charley
Born 2 July 1924  (Somerville, New Jersey, USA)
American football coach with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1966-71.
[Picture of Charley Winner]


Winokur, Marissa Jaret
Born 2 February 1973  (New York City, New york, USA)
Actress best known as Tracy Turnblad in the Broadway version of John Waters' cult film 'Hairspray'.
[Picture of Marissa Jaret Winokur]


Winslow, Michael
Born 6 September 1958  (Spokane, Washington, USA)
Actor recognised as Sgt Larvell Jones in the Police Academy series and his remarkable series of sound effects using only his voice.
[Picture of Michael Winslow]


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


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]


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-Yohannes, Legesse
Date and place of birth unknown
Ethiopian horticultral scientist. Answers on a postcard please for a more obscure pick than this one for 2014...
[Picture of Legesse Wolde-Yohannes]


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, Wolfgang
Born 24 September 1957  (Tiefenthal, Germany)
German former footballer and coach. Onces managed VfL Wolfsburg. Yes, Wolfgang Wolf of Wolfsburg!
[Picture of Wolfgang 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]


Wolff, Heinz
Born 29 April 1928  (Berlin, Germany)
Eccentric scientist, presenter of 'The Great Egg Race' on BBC2 in the 1980s.
[Picture of Heinz Wolff]


Wolff, Lester L.
Born 4 January 1919  (New York City, New York, USA)
Former Democrat representative for New York from 1965-81.
[Picture of Lester L. Wolff]


Wolfgramm, Paea
Born 1 December 1971  (Vava'u, Tonga)
Tongan boxer who won silver in Super Heavyweight division at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
[Picture of Paea Wolfgramm]


Womack, Bobby Bobby Womack is no longer with us
Born 4 March 1944  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)

Died 27 June 2014  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 70  (read death notice)
Soul singer-songwriter who's had an up and down career since the 1960s.
[Picture of Bobby Womack]


Wong, Ellen
Born 13 January 1985  (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Canadian actress who mainly appears on TV but was one of the cast of cult film 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World'.
[Picture of Ellen 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]


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


Woodlawn, Holly
Born 26 October 1946  (Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico)
Transgender actress and part of Andy Warhol's "supestars". Inspired the opening lines of Lou Reed's classic 'Walk on the Wild Side'.
[Picture of Holly Woodlawn]


Woods, Eli Eli Woods is no longer with us
Born 11 January 1923  (Stockton-on-Tees, England)

Died 1 May 2014  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
Comedian. Lanky stooge to Northeast comedian Jimmy James.
[Picture of Eli 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]


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


Wright, Aloma
Born 10 March 1950  (New York City, New York, USA)
Actress who played Laverne Roberts and Nurse Shirley in 'Scrubs'.
[Picture of Aloma 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, Stevie
Born 20 December 1948  (Leeds, England)
Lead singer of Austrlain 1960s pop band The Easybeats.
[Picture of Stevie Wright]


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]


Wylton, Tim
Born 27 February 1940  (Bangor-on-Dee, Wales)
One of those TV actors you recognise from loads of things but don't know the name. Well now you know!
[Picture of Tim Wylton]


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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