Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2015: W


Wada, Koji
Born 24 January 1974  (Kyoto, Japan)
Japanese rocker, provided the theme tune to the 'Digimon' cartoon series.
[Picture of Koji Wada]


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


Wade, Dwayne
Born 17 January 1982  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Three-time NBA champion, has played for the Miami Heat since turning professional in 2003.
[Picture of Dwayne Wade]


Wade, James
Born 6 April 1983  (Aldershot, England)
Manic depressive darts player, easily the finest player in the sports' history to never play in a World Championship final.
[Picture of James 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'. He did not, repeat not, push his wife Natalie Wood off a boat.
[Picture of Robert Wagner]


Wagstaff, Stuart Stuart Wagstaff is no longer with us
Born 13 February 1925  (Great Durnford, Wiltshire, England)

Died 10 March 2015  (Sydney, NSW, Australia)

Age at death: 90  (read death notice)
English-born Australian actor and entertainer.
[Picture of Stuart Wagstaff]


Wainwright III, Loudon
Born 5 September 1946  (Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA)
Cult folk musician behind some of the best "New Dylan" albums of the 1970s. Has two very talentless children.
[Picture of Loudon Wainwright III]


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]


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]


Waldheim, Elisabeth
Born 13 April 1922  (place of birth unknown)
Widow of former United Nations General Secretary, Kurt.
[Picture of Elisabeth Waldheim]


Waldhorn, Gary
Born 3 July 1943  (London, England)
Councillor Horton in 'The Vicar of Dibley', along with various other roles.
[Picture of Gary Waldhorn]


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]


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, 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, Murray
Born 10 October 1923  (Hall Green, Birmingham, England)
Excitable motor-racing commentator.
[Picture of Murray 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]


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]


Walter, Jessica
Born 31 January 1941  (New York City, New York, USA)
Lucille Bluth in 'Arrested Development' and the nutjob who tries to kill Clint Eastwood in 'Play Misty for Me'.
[Picture of Jessica Walter]


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


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


Wan, Gok
Born 9 September 1974  (Leicester, England)
Camp-as-Christmas fashion consultant, gets paid ridiculous sums just for telling fat girls to wear a belt.
[Picture of Gok Wan]


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]


Ward, Mary
Born 6 March 1914  (Freemantle, Australia)
Veteran Australian actress. Played "Mum" Brooks in cult series 'Prisoner Cell Block H'.
[Picture of Mary 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]


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]


Waterman, Dennis
Born 24 February 1948  (Clapham, London, England)
English actor, who also likes to sing the theme tune to almost every show he's ever appeared in.
[Picture of Dennis Waterman]


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]


Watsa, Mahinder
Born in Punjab, India  (exact date unknown)
Indian journalist who found national fame at a late age as the country's premier sexual advice columnist.
[Picture of Mahinder Watsa]


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, Emma
Born 15 April 1990  (Paris, France)
Hermione in the 'Harry Potter' movie series, female rights activist and very, very rich.
[Picture of Emma Watson]


Watson, Michael
Born 15 March 1965  (London, England)
Former boxer, whose career came to an abrupt halt after receiving head injuries in a bout with Chris Eubank in 1991. Has never made a full recovery, but did complete the London Marathon in 2003.
[Picture of Michael Watson]


Watson, Russell
Born 24 November 1966  (Salford, Lancashire, England)
English opera singer, who has had two brain tumours removed in the last few years.
[Picture of Russell Watson]


Watson-Challis, Mike
Date and place of birth unknown
Former chairman of Luton Town, whose decision to sell the club in 2003 led to that venerable institution's rapid fall down the league.
[Picture of Mike Watson-Challis]


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]


Waylett, Jamie
Born 21 July 1989  (London, England)
Vincent Crabbe in the 'Harry Potter' movies, more famous for his arrest for criminal damage during the 2012 London Riots.
[Picture of Jamie Waylett]


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


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


Weaver, Gertrude Gertrude Weaver is no longer with us
Born 4 July 1898  (Arkansas, USA)

Died 6 April 2015  (Camden, Arkansas, USA)

Age at death: 116  (read death notice)
Oldest person in the USA as of the start of 2015.
[Picture of Gertrude Weaver]


Webb, Elsworth "Spider"
Born 20 November 1931  (Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA)
Middleweight boxer of the 1950s.
[Picture of Elsworth


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]


Weeramantry, Christopher
Born 17 November 1926  (Colombo, Sri Lanka)
Vice president of the International Court of Justice between 1997 and 2000.
[Picture of Christopher Weeramantry]


Weiland, Scott Scott Weiland is no longer with us
Born 27 October 1967  (Santa Cruz, California, USA)

Died 3 December 2015  (Bloomington, Minnesota, USA)

Age at death: 48  (read death notice)
Lead singer of US grunge/hard rock group Velvet Revolver.
[Picture of Scott Weiland]


Weir, Bob
Born 16 October 1947  (San Francisco, California, USA)
Founding member of and rhythm guitarist for the Grateful Dead who had a somewhat fractious relationship with Jerry Garcia.
[Picture of Bob Weir]


Weissman, Jeffrey
Born 2 October 1958  (place of birth unknown)
The second actor to play George McFly in the 'Back to the Future' franchise, who still never managed to wonder why his son looks exactly like the guy his wife was trying to fuck at their high school dance.
[Picture of Jeffrey Weissman]


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]


Welby, Justin
Born 6 January 1956  (London, England)
Archbishop of Canterbury since 2013, has a lot of strong opinions on payday lenders.
[Picture of Justin Welby]


Welch, Bruce
Born 2 November 1941  (Bognor Regis, England)
Rhythm guitarist for The Shadows, also served as the songwriter for many of Sir Cliff's early hits.
[Picture of Bruce Welch]


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 Colin Welland is no longer with us
Born 4 July 1934  (Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire, England)

Died 2 November 2015  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 81  (read death notice)
Actor - 'Kes', 'Z-Cars', then became a script & screen writer, most notably for 'Chariots of Fire'.
[Picture of Colin Welland]


Wells, Claudia
Born 5 July 1966  (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Jennifer Parker in the original 'Back to the Future' movie; was replaced by Elisabeth Shue for the movie's two sequels.
[Picture of Claudia 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]


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]


Wesker, Arnold
Born 24 May 1932  (London, England)
Prodigious playwright, one of the last surviving big names of the New Wave of British theatre.
[Picture of Arnold Wesker]


Wesseley, Rudolf
Born 19 January 2025  (Vienna, Austria)
Austrian Shakespearean actor, most notably as The Fool in 'King Lear'.
[Picture of Rudolf Wesseley]


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, 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, 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]


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


Westerwelle, Guido
Born 27 December 1961  (Bad Honnef, Germany)
Former vice-chancellor and foreign minister underneath Angela Merkel, has had a rollercoaster relationship with the German voting public.
[Picture of Guido Westerwelle]


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]


Weston, Brad
Date and place of birth unknown
Actor, mainly in westerns and TV series.
[Picture of Brad Weston]


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]


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]


Whibley, Deryck
Born 21 March 1980  (Scarborough, Ontario, Canada)
Turps-nudging Sum 41 lead singer who was married to Avril Lavigne for four years. No wonder he turned to the bottle.
[Picture of Deryck Whibley]


Whitaker, Chico
Date and place of birth unknown
Brazilian architect and liberation theologist, heavily involved with the Wikileaks organisation. Born 1931.
[Picture of Chico Whitaker]


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]


Whitcomb, Edgar
Born 6 November 1917  (Hayden, Idaho, USA)
43rd governor of Indiana who later blew the majority of his fortune on trying to sail around the world.
[Picture of Edgar Whitcomb]


White, Arthur
Born in London, England  (exact date unknown)
Elder brother of Sir David Jason and his co-star in 'A Touch of Frost'. Born 1933.
[Picture of Arthur White]


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, Jason
Born 11 November 1973  (Little Rock, Arkansas, USA)
Long-time touring guitarist for Green Day who become a full-time member of the group in 2012.
[Picture of Jason 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]


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]


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


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


Whitworth, Ralph V.
Date and place of birth unknown
Former Hewlett Packard chairman who quit the company in 2014 due to health issues. Born 1955.
[Picture of Ralph V. Whitworth]


Wiedemann, Elisabeth
Born 8 April 1926  (Bassum, Lower Saxony, Germany)
Veteran German actress. Died in May 2015 but no obit.
[Picture of Elisabeth Wiedemann]


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


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


Wilcox, Larry
Born 8 August 1947  (San Diego, California, USA)
The guy from 'CHiPs' who wasn't Erik Estrada, later involved in widescale financial fraud.
[Picture of Larry Wilcox]


Wilcox, Paula
Born 13 December 1949  (Manchester, England)
Chrissy Plummer in 'Man About The House', doing better healthwise than her co-star Richard O'Sullivan.
[Picture of Paula Wilcox]


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


Wilder, Gene
Born 11 June 1933  (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA)
Comic actor, screenwriter and director, noted for his collaborations with Mel Brooks and Richard Pryor. Underwent treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1999, apparently making a full recovery. Real name Jerome Silberman.
[Picture of Gene Wilder]


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


Willett, Aimee
Born in Sittingbourne, Kent, England  (exact date unknown)
"Inspiring", "cancer", "battler" with two mentions on the Daily Mail website.
[Picture of Aimee Willett]


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, Cara
Born 29 June 1925  (New York City, New York, USA)
Long-retired actress, Oscar-nominated in 1958 for her role in 'The Defiant Ones' and briefly married into the Barrymore acting family.
[Picture of Cara Williams]


Williams, Chuck Chuck Williams is no longer with us
Born 2 October 1915  (Helena, Arkansas, USA)

Died 5 December 2015  (San Francisco, California, USA)

Age at death: 100  (read death notice)
Founder of the Williams-Sonoma kitchenware company in addition to writing numerous cookbooks.
[Picture of Chuck Williams]


Williams, Don
Born 27 May 1939  (Floydada, Texas, USA)
Gentle, popular C&W singer.
[Picture of Don Williams]


Williams, Elmo Elmo Williams is no longer with us
Born 30 April 1913  (Lone Wolf, Oaklahoma)

Died 25 November 2015  (Brookings, Oregon, USA)

Age at death: 102  (read death notice)
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, Hugo
Born 20 February 1942  (place of birth unknown)
Poet and contributor to The Spectator and The Times. Has been on dialysis for the past few years.
[Picture of Hugo 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 4 April 1937  (Walsall, England)
Beauty queen who became the first female presenter of 'Blue Peter' in 1958.
[Picture of Leila Williams]


Williams, Mark "Choco"
Born 21 August 1958  (place of birth unknown)
Managed Port Adelaide to their 2004 AFL Championship victory, a handy goalkicker during his playing days as well.
[Picture of Mark


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, 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, Van
Born 27 February 1934  (Fort Worth, Texas, USA)
Starred as the titular Green Hornet in the 1960s TV show, his fame has been eclipsed by his co-star on the programme Bruce Lee.
[Picture of Van Williams]


Williams (1937), John
Born 8 June 1937  (Wrexham, Wales)
Retired snooker referee. Presided over nine World Championship finals at the Crucible.
[Picture of John Williams (1937)]


Williamson, Fred
Born 5 March 1938  (Gary, Indiana, USA)
Former American footballer who found everlasting fame of a type by starring in the Blaxploitation classic 'Black Caesar'.
[Picture of Fred Williamson]


Williamson, Oliver E.
Born 27 September 1932  (Superior, Wisconsin, USA)
Winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Economics for his work in economic governance.
[Picture of Oliver E. Williamson]


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, Luke
Born 21 September 1971  (Dallas, Texas, USA)
Actor, brother of troubled Owen.
[Picture of Luke Wilson]


Wilson, Maia
Date and place of birth unknown
The voice of Bulda the Troll in 'Frozen'.
[Picture of Maia Wilson]


Wilson, Mary
Born 16 January 1916  (Diss, Norfolk, England)
Baroness Wilson of Rievaulx, widow of former Prime Minister Harold Wilson.
[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, 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, Rebel
Born 3 February 1986  (Sydney, Australia)
Australian comedian and actress.
[Picture of Rebel Wilson]


Wilson, Thomas F.
Born 15 April 1959  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
Biff Tannen in the 'Back to the Future' films, also a surprisingly passable stand-up comedian nowadays.
[Picture of Thomas F. Wilson]


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


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


Windsor, Barbara
Born 6 August 1937  (Shoreditch, London, England)
Veteran actress of the 'Carry On' films who went on to become Peggy Mitchell in the tiresome BBC soap 'EastEnders'. 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'. Died on Christmas Day 2015 but no UK obit came in time...
[Picture of Jason Wingreen]


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]


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 Nicholas Winton is no longer with us
Born 19 May 1909  (Maidenhead, Berkshire, England)

Died 1 July 2015  (Slough, Berkshire, England)

Age at death: 106  (read death notice)
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]


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]


Wittik, Johann
Born 9 August 1923  (Liberec, Czech Republic)
Former East German ambassador to China.
[Picture of Johann Wittik]


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


Wolfe, 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]


Womersley, David
Date and place of birth unknown
Production designer for Disney smash film 'Frozen'.
[Picture of David Womersley]


Wong, Tyrus
Born 25 October 1910  (Xinning, China)
Chinese-born artist in a variety of disciplines who worked as the lead storyboarder for 'Bambi'.
[Picture of Tyrus Wong]


Wood, Alf
Born 25 October 1945  (Macclesfield, England)
Millwall's lead striker in the early 1970s, now suffering with dementia.
[Picture of Alf 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]


Woodhead, Chris Chris Woodhead is no longer with us
Born 20 October 1946  (London, England)

Died 23 June 2015  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 68  (read death notice)
Controversial former Chief Inspector of Schools from 1994 to 2000.
[Picture of Chris Woodhead]


Woodlawn, Holly Holly Woodlawn is no longer with us
Born 26 October 1946  (Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico)

Died 6 December 2015  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 69  (read death notice)
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]


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


Woodward, Dani
Born 7 March 1984  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Retired pornographic actress who, despite starring in 'Semen Sippers' and 'Lick My Balls', claims to be a lesbian.
[Picture of Dani Woodward]


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


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


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]


Wotton, Ronald
Date and place of birth unknown
Former schoolteacher jailed on 17 counts of historical child sexual abuse in 2014.
[Picture of Ronald Wotton]


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, Jim Jim Wright is no longer with us
Born 22 December 1922  (Fort Worth, Texas, USA)

Died 6 May 2015  (Fort Worth, Texas, USA)

Age at death: 92  (read death notice)
Speaker of the US House of Representatives during the Reagan era.
[Picture of Jim Wright]


Wright, Martin
Date and place of birth unknown
Left-wing activist and anarchist.
[Picture of Martin Wright]


Wright, Stevie Stevie Wright is no longer with us
Born 20 December 1948  (Leeds, England)

Died 27 December 2015  (Moruya, NSW, Australia)

Age at death: 68  (read death notice)
Lead singer of Australian 1960s pop band The Easybeats.
[Picture of Stevie Wright]


Wünsche, Kurt
Born 14 December 1929  (Obernigk, Germany)
Two-time Minister for Justice in East Germany.
[Picture of Kurt Wünsche]


Wyatt, Bray
Born 23 May 1987  (Brooksville, Florida, USA)
Part of the Rotunda wrestling family (along with Michael "IRS" Wallstreet, Barry Windham and Bo Dallas), easily the least talented of the four.
[Picture of Bray Wyatt]


Wybourne, Sister Catherine
Date and place of birth unknown
Benedictine nun and prioress of the Howton Grove priory, often called upon when the BBC need a nun's perspective on things.
[Picture of Sister Catherine Wybourne]


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]


Wyschofsky, Günther
Born 8 May 1929  (Bischofswerda, Germany)
Served as Minister of Chemical Industry in East Germany between 1966 and 1989.
[Picture of Günther Wyschofsky]


Wysoczanski, Wiktor
Born 24 March 1939  (Verkhnye Vysotske, Ukraine)
Current head of the Catholic Church in Poland.
[Picture of Wiktor Wysoczanski]

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