Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2016: W


W3ll5, J@ck
Date and place of birth unknown
Man who after suffering a pain in his arm for two years was then told he had an incurable cancer. Born 1992. Died in June 2016 but no obit.
[Picture of J@ck W3ll5]


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, 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]


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]


Wain, Bea
Born 30 April 1917  (New York City, New York, USA)
Big Band singer, closely associated with bandleader Larry Clinton. One of her hits, 'Deep Purple', inspired the name of the eponymous hard rock band as it was a favourite tune of Ritchie Blackmore's grandmother.
[Picture of Bea Wain]


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 Andrzej Wajda is no longer with us
Born 6 March 1926  (Suwalki, Poland)

Died 9 October 2016  (Warsaw, Poland)

Age at death: 90  (read death notice)
Polish film director.
[Picture of Andrzej Wajda]


Wakabayashi, Akiko
Born 26 August 1941  (Ota, Tokyo, Japan)
Japanese actress, portrayed the Bond girl Aki in 'You Only Live Twice'.
[Picture of Akiko Wakabayashi]


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]


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 Janet Waldo is no longer with us
Born 4 February 1924  (Yakima, Washington, USA)

Died 12 June 2016  (Encino, California, USA)

Age at death: 96  (read death notice)
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, April
Date and place of birth unknown
Actress, mostly as a guest star in classic 70s sitcoms such as 'Fawlty Towers'. Was also the actress originally poised for the now-beloved companion role of Sarah Jane Smith in 'Doctor Who', which ultimately went to Elisabeth Sladen. Born 1941.
[Picture of April 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, 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, 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]


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


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, 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]


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


Warne, Shane
Born 13 September 1969  (Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia)
Ace cricketer, one of the greatest leg spinners in cricket history. Best remembered for making Mike Gatting look an ever bigger fool than normal in 1993.
[Picture of Shane Warne]


Warnock, Mary
Born 14 April 1924  (Winchester, Hampshire, England)
Baroness Warnock. Moral philosopher known for her writings on existentialism.
[Picture of Mary Warnock]


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 Tony Warren is no longer with us
Born 8 July 1936  (Pendlebury, Lancashire, England)

Died 1 March 2016  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 79  (read death notice)
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]


Washington, Abraham
Born 4 July 1977  (Texas, USA)
Patriotically-fashioned WWE wrestler and commentator until 2012, when a joke about Kobe Bryant's sexual assault allegations forced him off the air. Born Brian Bary Jossie.
[Picture of Abraham Washington]


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]


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]


Waterston, Sam
Born 15 November 1940  (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)
Veteran actor best known for his long-standing portrayal of Assistant District Attorney Jack McCoy on 'Law & Order'.
[Picture of Sam Waterston]


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, Peter
Born 29 October 1935  (Norbiton, Surrey, England)
Film and television director, a pioneer in docudrama whose works frequently embody an anti-war message. His 'The War Game', which hypothesised a nuclear attack on Kent, was met to critical acclaim despite being banned by the BBC.
[Picture of Peter Watkins]


Watkins, Tom
Date and place of birth unknown
Music impresario, perhaps best known as the manager of synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys. Born c. 1950.
[Picture of Tom 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-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]


Waugh, Steve
Born 2 June 1965  (Sydney, NSW, Australia)
Cricketer. Captained Australia to their victory in the 1999 Cricket World Cup.
[Picture of Steve Waugh]


Waxman, Henry
Born 12 September 1939  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Though his name suggests a fixture at Madame Tussauds, he's actually a US politician with oft-Photoshopped nostrils.
[Picture of Henry Waxman]


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 Fritz Weaver is no longer with us
Born 19 January 1926  (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)

Died 26 November 2016  (Manhattan, New York, USA)

Age at death: 90  (read death notice)
Actor, often seen in genre shows such as 'The X-Files'.
[Picture of Fritz Weaver]


Webb, Laurie
Date and place of birth unknown
Actor, played Mr. Ollis in the 'Doctor Who' serial 'The Three Doctors'. Born 1925.
[Picture of Laurie Webb]


Webber, Mark
Born 27 August 1976  (Queanbeyan, NSW, Australia)
Plucky racing driver. A Formula 1 mainstay until switching to the less frenetic FIA World Endurance Championship in 2013, where he won his first world championship in 2015.
[Picture of Mark Webber]


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 George Weidenfeld is no longer with us
Born 13 September 1919  (Vienna, Austria)

Died 20 January 2016  (London, England)

Age at death: 96  (read death notice)
Philanthropist & publisher (one half of Weidenfeld & Nicolson).
[Picture of George Weidenfeld]


Weinstein, Harvey
Born 19 March 1952  (Flushing, New York, USA)
Hollywood honcho, co-founder of Miramax. Something of a provocative figure in the industry due to his history of tantrums and his overtampering with the foreign films he distributes.
[Picture of Harvey Weinstein]


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]


Welbourne, Duncan
Born 28 July 1940  (Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England)
Footballer, spent most of his playing career for Watford FC, later managed Southport FC for a brief spell.
[Picture of Duncan Welbourne]


Welch, Jenna Hawkins
Born 21 July 1919  (Little Rock, Arkansas, USA)
Mother of former US First Lady Laura Bush.
[Picture of Jenna Hawkins Welch]


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]


Welker, Frank
Born 12 March 1946  (Denver, Colorado, USA)
Veteran voice actor, the go-to guy in the industry if you need someone to mimic animal noises. Has also voiced meddling kid Fred in nearly all of the umpteen 'Scooby-Doo' incarnations.
[Picture of Frank Welker]


Wells, Stanley
Born 21 May 1930  (Kingston-Upon-Hull, England)
Shakespearean scholar editor of the Oxford Shakespeare series. Was formally married to 'Woman In Black' author Susan Hill.
[Picture of Stanley Wells]


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]


Wessely, Rudolf
Born 19 January 1925  (Vienna, Austria)
Austrian Shakespearean actor, most notably as The Fool in 'King Lear'. Died in April 2016 but no obit.
[Picture of Rudolf Wessely]


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]


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]


Wetton, John
Born 12 June 1949  (Willington, Derbyshire, England)
Singer, songwriter & guitarist.
[Picture of John Wetton]


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]


Wheeler, Anne
Born 23 September 1946  (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
Canadian film director, mostly of World War II-set dramas.
[Picture of Anne Wheeler]


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, 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]


Whitcomb, Edgar Edgar Whitcomb is no longer with us
Born 6 November 1917  (Hayden, Idaho, USA)

Died 4 February 2016  (Rome, Indiana, USA)

Age at death: 98  (read death notice)
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, Michael Michael White is no longer with us
Born 16 January 1936  (Glasgow, Scotland)

Died 7 March 2016  (Ojai, California, USA)

Age at death: 80  (read death notice)
Scottish theatre and film producer ('The Rocky Horror Show', Monty Python and the Holy Grail').
[Picture of Michael 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. Died in September 2016 but no obit.
[Picture of Ralph V. Whitworth]


Wicks, John
Born 28 February 1953  (Caversham, Reading, England)
Singer-songwriter, fronted power pop band The Records.
[Picture of John Wicks]


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


Wiedmeier, Bryan
Born 19 October 1959  (place of birth unknown)
NFL Executive Vice President for the Cleveland Browns. Died in June 2016 but no obit.
[Picture of Bryan Wiedmeier]


Wiesel, Elie Elie Wiesel is no longer with us
Born 30 September 1928  (Sighet, Romania)

Died 2 July 2016  (New York City, New York, USA)

Age at death: 87  (read death notice)
Israeli political activist, novelist & Holocaust survivor.
[Picture of Elie Wiesel]


Wiesel, Torsten
Born 3 June 1924  (Uppsala, Sweden)
Neurophysiologist, co-recipient of the 1981 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his studies of the visual system.
[Picture of Torsten Wiesel]


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]


Wilde, Taylor
Born 26 January 1986  (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Wrestler. Born Shantelle Larissa Malawski.
[Picture of Taylor 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 Gene Wilder is no longer with us
Born 11 June 1933  (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA)

Died 28 August 2016  (Stamford, Connecticut, USA)

Age at death: 83  (read death notice)
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]


Wildish, D. B. H.
Born 24 December 1914  (Milton, Kent, England)
Vice admiral in the Royal Navy. Survived the sinking of the HMS Prince of Wales during World War II.
[Picture of D. B. H. Wildish]


Will, George
Born 4 May 1941  (Champaign, Illinois, USA)
American conservative political commentator and journalist. Was chummy with Reagan, though his relationship with the GOP has been fractious in recent years.
[Picture of George Will]


Willenberg, Samuel Samuel Willenberg is no longer with us
Born 16 February 1923  (Czestochowa, Poland)

Died 19 February 2016  (Udim, Israel)

Age at death: 93  (read death notice)
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, 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, 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, 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 4 April 1937  (Walsall, England)
Beauty queen who became the first female presenter of 'Blue Peter' in 1958.
[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, Otis
Born 30 October 1941  (Texarkana, Texas, USA)
Baritone singer of The Temptations.
[Picture of Otis 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 Van Williams is no longer with us
Born 27 February 1934  (Fort Worth, Texas, USA)

Died 28 November 2016  (Scottsdale, Arizona, USA)

Age at death: 82  (read death notice)
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]


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


Willis, Elliot
Born 16 June 1983  (Kent, England)
Sailor whose hopes of partaking in the 2016 Olympics were dashed by a bowel cancer diagnosis in late 2015.
[Picture of Elliot Willis]


Wills, Garry
Born 22 May 1934  (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
Historian and faith writer, one of the US's leading authorities on the history of the Catholic Church.
[Picture of Garry Wills]


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, Carnie
Born 29 April 1968  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Daughter of Brian Wilson, who had some success with the group Wilson Phillips in the 1980s.
[Picture of Carnie 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, 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, Ray
Born 14 July 1955  (place of birth unknown)
Synth musician. Curator of the do-it-yourself synths database Music from Outer Space. Died in July 2016 but no obit.
[Picture of Ray Wilson]


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


Wilson, Richard
Born 9 July 1936  (Greenock, Inverclyde, Scotland)
Actor (real name Ian Colquhoun Wilson) famous for playing the grumpy Victor "I don't believe it!" Meldrew in sitcom 'One Foot in the Grave'. Will the other foot follow this year?
[Picture of Richard Wilson]


Wilson of Dinton, Lord Richard
Born 11 October 1942  (place of birth unknown)
Civil servant and peer.
[Picture of Lord Richard Wilson of Dinton]


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]


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]


Winspear, Jacqueline
Born 30 April 1955  (Kent, England)
Mystery writer, best known for her Maisie Dobbs novels.
[Picture of Jacqueline Winspear]


Wogan, Terry Terry Wogan is no longer with us
Born 3 August 1938  (County Limerick, Republic of Ireland)

Died 31 January 2016  (Taplow, Buckinghamshire, England)

Age at death: 77  (read death notice)
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]


Wohlert, Johan
Born 10 March 1976  (Denmark)
Bassist for Danish indie rockers Mew.
[Picture of Johan Wohlert]


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]


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]


Wolpert, Lewis
Born 19 October 1929  (South Africa)
Eminent developmental biologist. Endured controversy in 2014 when plagarised passages from Wikipedia were discovered in one of his recent books. He could probably assist with the DDP bios then…
[Picture of Lewis Wolpert]


Won-Hong, Kim
Born 17 July 1945  (North Hwanghae Province, North Korea)
North Korean army general. Minister of State Security from 2012 until whenever he falls out of favour with Kim Jong-un.
[Picture of Kim Won-Hong]


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


Woodson, Woody
Date and place of birth unknown
1-legged diabetic drummer who the music community recently pitched in and bought him a prosthetic. In his 2-legged days he played with Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Wilson Pickett, The Drifters, The Isley Brothers…
[Picture of Woody Woodson]


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]


Woolf, Henry
Born 20 January 1930  (London, England)
Film and theatre actor. Was lifelong friends with Harold Pinter, and it was Woolf who directed the original production of Pinter's debut play, 'The Room'.
[Picture of Henry 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]


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]


Wozniak, Steve
Born 11 August 1950  (San Jose, California, USA)
Co-founder of Apple, the tech wiz to compliment Steve Jobs's marketing prowess during the company's early years.
[Picture of Steve Wozniak]


Wright, Gary
Born 26 April 1943  (Cresskill, New Jersey, USA)
Mellow-voiced rocker of 'Dream Weaver' fame. For how much longer can he reach the morning light?
[Picture of Gary Wright]


Wright, Suzanne Suzanne Wright is no longer with us
Date and place of birth unknown

Died 29 July 2016  (Fairfield, Connecticut, USA)

Age at death: 69  (read death notice)
Co-founder of the US's highest-profile autism advocacy organisation, Autism Speaks. Now has pancreatic cancer. No word on if she blames it on vaccines...
[Picture of Suzanne Wright]


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]


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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