Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2020: W


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


Wada, Emi
Born 18 March 1937  (Kyoto, Japan)
Oscar winning costume designer who worked on Ran with Akira Kurosawa.
[Picture of Emi Wada]


Waddy, John John Waddy is no longer with us
Born 17 June 1920  (Taunton, England)

Died 27 September 2020  (United Kingdom)

Age at death: 100  (read death notice)
Former director of the SAS.
[Picture of John Waddy]


Waggoner, Lyle Lyle Waggoner is no longer with us
Born 13 April 1935  (Kansas City, Kansas, USA)

Died 17 March 2020  (USA)

Age at death: 84  (read death notice)
Actor and model.
[Picture of Lyle Waggoner]


Wagner, Chuck
Born 20 June 1958  (Nashville, Tennessee, USA)
Broadway veteran who also starred on TV in the short-lived Tron rip-off "Automan".
[Picture of Chuck 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'. Younger viewers may know him as Number Two out of the 'Austin Powers' films (as pictured here). He did not, repeat not, push his wife Natalie Woo
[Picture of Robert Wagner]


Waite, Terry
Born 31 May 1939  (Styal, Cheshire, England)
Rotund, bearded Church of England envoy who hugged a radiator in Beirut for almost 5 years after a peace mission went wrong.
[Picture of Terry Waite]


Wakeham, John
Born 22 February 1922  ()
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]


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]


Walder, Ernst
Born 17 November 1927  (Salzburg, Austria)
Actor who played Ivan Cheveski in "Coronation Street" during the 1960s, and was also the lover of show creator Tony Warren.
[Picture of Ernst Walder]


Waldo, Elisabeth
Born 18 June 1918  (Yakima, Washington, USA)
Composer and ethnomusicologist.
[Picture of Elisabeth Waldo]


Waldron, Gy
Born 5 August 1932  (Lenoxburg, Kentucky, USA)
Creator of The Dukes Of Hazzard.
[Picture of Gy Waldron]


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, 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]


Wallace, Julie T.
Born 28 May 1961  (London, England)
Tall actress still best known for her breakthrough role in the BBC TV adaptation of 'The Life and Loves of a She-Devil' in 1986.
[Picture of Julie T. Wallace]


Wallace, Willie
Born 23 June 1940  (Kirkintilloch, Glasgow)
Celtic Lisbon Lion who scored over 250 Scottish league goals.
[Picture of Willie Wallace]


Wallis, Steven
Born in   (exact date unknown)
2007 Masterchef champion.
[Picture of Steven Wallis]


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


Walsh, Jill Paton Jill Paton Walsh is no longer with us
Born 29 April 1937  (London, England)

Died 18 October 2020  (United Kingdom)

Age at death: 83  (read death notice)
Children's author who continued the work of Dorothy Sayers with the Peter Wimsey mysteries.
[Picture of Jill Paton Walsh]


Walsh, M. Emmet
Born 22 March 1935  (Ogdensburg, New York, USA)
Frequently seen character actor in Hollywood films.
[Picture of M. Emmet Walsh]


Walsh, Paul
Born 1 October 1962  (Plumstead, UK)
One-time England international and a top-flight regular for some 15 years. Now serves as one of the backup pundits on "Soccer Saturday".
[Picture of Paul Walsh]


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]


Walter, Mick
Born in Huddersfield, England  (exact date unknown)
Actor who appeared in Blackadder and Black Books.
[Picture of Mick 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]


Wanamaker, Zoe
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 Zoe Wanamaker]


Wang, Yuja
Born 10 February 1987  (Beijing, China)
Internationally acclaimed concert pianist, has a name that sounds a bit like "Huge Wang".
[Picture of Yuja Wang]


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]


Wark, John
Born 4 August 1957  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Scottish midfielder, most associated with his lengthy stays with Ipswich Town. Also popped up in "Escape to Victory".
[Picture of John Wark]


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]


Wash, Martha
Born 28 December 1953  (San Francisco, California, USA)
Former singer with the Weather Girls and Black Box, although you wouldn't of known about the latter at the time…
[Picture of Martha Wash]


Watanabe, Chitetsu Chitetsu Watanabe is no longer with us
Born 5 March 1907  (Niigata, Japan)

Died 23 February 2020  (Joetsu, Niigata, Japan)

Age at death: 112  (read death notice)
The officially recognised oldest living man in the world as of January 1st 2020.
[Picture of Chitetsu Watanabe]


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


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


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. Faces trial for sexual abuse of children.
[Picture of Ian Watkins]


Watkins, Matthew J. Matthew J. Watkins is no longer with us
Born 2 September 1978  (Newport, Wales)

Died 7 March 2020  (United Kingdom)

Age at death: 41  (read death notice)
Former Wales and Llanelli Scarlets rugby centre.
[Picture of Matthew J. Watkins]


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, June
Born in Edinburgh, UK  (exact date unknown)
Character actress who tends to take matronly roles. Pops up on Sky comedies a lot. Born 1935.
[Picture of June Watson]


Watson, Ralph
Born 20 January 1936  (Newcastle, UK)
British actor who worked as a straightman for Dave Allen, among thousands of other minor roles.
[Picture of Ralph 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]


Wax, Ruby
Born 19 April 1953  (Evanston, Illinois, USA)
American actress, comedian, mental health campaigner, lecturer, and author.
[Picture of Ruby Wax]


Way, Gerard
Born 9 April 1977  (Summit, New Jersey, USA)
My Chemical Romance singer. He's not OK, Helena, but thank you for the venom. Famous last words. Works for DC Comics too.
[Picture of Gerard Way]


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


Wayne, Ronald
Born 17 May 1934  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
The less-remembered third of the trio that founded Apple, along with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.
[Picture of Ronald Wayne]


Webb, Marti
Born 13 December 1943  (London, England)
English actress who sang a cover of Ben in 1985, and didn't seem to realise it was about a rat.
[Picture of Marti Webb]


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]


Weck, Peter
Born 12 August 1930  (Vienna, Austria)
Actor best known for Otto Premingers The Cardinal.
[Picture of Peter Weck]


Weekes, Everton Everton Weekes is no longer with us
Born 26 February 1925  (Saint Michael, Barbados)

Died 1 July 2020  (Barbados)

Age at death: 95  (read death notice)
Former West Indies cricketer, one of the legendary "3 W's", of Walcott, Weekes and Worrall.
[Picture of Everton Weekes]


Weighton, Bob Bob Weighton is no longer with us
Born 29 March 1908  (Hull, UK)

Died 28 May 2020  (Alton, Hampshire, United Kingdom)

Age at death: 112  (read death notice)
The oldest-living man in the UK (alongside Alf Smith, born on the same day) as of the start of 2019.
[Picture of Bob Weighton]


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]


Weir, Doddie
Born 4 July 1970  (Edinburgh, UK)
Former rugby union lock with 61 appearances for the Scotland national team. Now dying from ALS.
[Picture of Doddie Weir]


Weiskopf, Tom
Born 9 November 1942  (Massilion, Ohio, USA)
Golfer, winner of the 1973 Open. Currently a pundit in the US.
[Picture of Tom Weiskopf]


Weiss, Rainer
Born 29 September 1932  (Berlin, Germany)
Won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Physics for his work in "the observation of gravitational waves".
[Picture of Rainer Weiss]


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]


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


Wenger, Arsène
Born 22 October 1949  (Strasbourg, France)
Manager of Arsenal FC since 1996.
[Picture of Arsène Wenger]


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, David
Born 16 November 1964  (Dorchester, UK)
Former Liverpool striker, career ended early following an accident with a milk truck.
[Picture of David West]


West, Kanye
Born 8 June 1977  (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
Increasingly self-important rap artist and musician.
[Picture of Kanye West]


West, Norma
Born 19 November 1943  (Cape Town, South Africa)
TV actress ("The Prisoner", "The Shadow of the Tower")
[Picture of Norma West]


West, Rose
Born 29 November 1953  (Devon, England)
Born Rosemary Letts, in 1972 she married Fred West, with whom she committed a series of murders at the now infamous 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester, during the 1970s. In 1995 her husband hanged himself in prison while awaiting trial; she is serving a life
[Picture of Rose West]


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


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]


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


Westheimer, Dr Ruth
Born 4 June 1928  (Frankfurt, Germany)
American sex therapist & author. Also, believe it or not, was a trained sniper during the Arab-Israeli war of 1948.
[Picture of Dr Ruth Westheimer]


Westman, Iris
Born in Aneta, North Dakota, USA  (exact date unknown)
Oldest citizen of North Dakota as of the start of 2018.
[Picture of Iris Westman]


Wevers, Lydia
Born in Netherlands  (exact date unknown)
New Zealand literary critic.
[Picture of Lydia Wevers]


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]


Whelan, Ronnie
Born 25 September 1961  (Dublin, Ireland)
Liverpool midfielder for 15 years and part of Ireland's 1990 and 1994 World Cup squads.
[Picture of Ronnie 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]


White, Angela
Born 4 March 1985  (Sydney, Australia)
32GG-breasted adult actress, arguably Australia's greatest ever contribution to the industry.
[Picture of Angela 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, Jacqueline
Born 27 November 1922  (Beverly Hills, California, USA)
RKO leading lady of the 40s and 50s, most notably in "The Narrow Margin".
[Picture of Jacqueline White]


White, Jimmy
Born 2 May 1962  (London, England)
Popular snooker player, who has never won the World Championship, finishing runner-up 6 times.
[Picture of Jimmy White]


White, Ron
Born 18 December 1956  (Fritch, Texas, USA)
US comedian of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, whatever that is.
[Picture of Ron White]


White Jr., Marco Pierre
Born 11 December 1961  (London, England)
Marco Pierre White's son. Apparently.
[Picture of Marco Pierre White Jr.]


White-Gluz, Alissa
Born 31 July 1985  (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Metal singer from band Arch Enemy.
[Picture of Alissa White-Gluz]


Whitman, Stuart Stuart Whitman is no longer with us
Born 1 February 1928  (San Francisco, California, USA)

Died 16 March 2020  (Monecito, California)

Age at death: 92  (read death notice)
U.S. film actor.
[Picture of Stuart Whitman]


Whitmore, Richard
Born 22 December 1933  (Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England)
BBC newsreader from the 1970s.
[Picture of Richard Whitmore]


Whittaker, Jim
Born 10 February 1929  (Seattle, Washington, USA)
US mountaineer, and first US american on the Mount Everest
[Picture of Jim Whittaker]


Whittaker, Lou
Born 10 February 1929  (Seattle, Washington, USA)
Mountaineer, led the first American ascent of Mt Everest.
[Picture of Lou Whittaker]


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


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


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


Wilchek, Meir
Born 17 October 1935  (Warsaw, Poland)
Israeli biochemist.
[Picture of Meir Wilchek]


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, Dee Dee
Born 24 September 1946  ()
Member of dance troupe Pan's People between 1966 and 1975.
[Picture of Dee Dee Wilde]


Wilde, Gabriella
Born 8 April 1989  (Basingstoke, USA)
Model-turned-actress, formerly the face of Estee Lauder and currently in the "Poldark" reboot.
[Picture of Gabriella Wilde]


Wilde, Kim
Born 18 November 1960  (London, England)
New wave popstrel and daughter of Marty Wilde, now a landscape gardener.
[Picture of Kim Wilde]


Wilde, Marty
Born 15 April 1939  (London, England)
Rug-toting '60s pop star, and father of '80s pop star Kim.
[Picture of Marty Wilde]


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


Wilder, Douglas
Born 17 January 1931  (Richmond, Virginia, USA)
Virginia Governor from 1990 to 1994.
[Picture of Douglas Wilder]


Wiles, Andrew
Born 11 April 1953  (Cambridge, England)
Mathematician who proved Fermat's Last Theorem.
[Picture of Andrew Wiles]


Wilkie, David
Born 8 March 1954  (Colombo, Sri Lanka)
Scottish athlete, often considered the greatest swimmer in British history.
[Picture of David Wilkie]


Wilkinson, Albert
Born in Burnley, England  (exact date unknown)
Actor who appeared in Labyrinth and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
[Picture of Albert Wilkinson]


Wilkinson, Ken
Born in N Ireland  (exact date unknown)
PUP councilor who once fought off masked men but is now struggling from end stage cancer.
[Picture of Ken Wilkinson]


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]


Williams, Betty Betty Williams is no longer with us
Born 22 May 1943  ()

Died 17 March 2020  (Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom)

Age at death: 76  (read death notice)
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, Cindy
Born 22 August 1947  (Los angeles, California, USA)
Actress, the still-living half of "Laverne and Shirley".
[Picture of Cindy Williams]


Williams, Hayley
Born 27 December 1988  (Meridian, Mississippi, USA)
Lead singer of band Paramore.
[Picture of Hayley 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, Kate
Born in London, UK  (exact date unknown)
Actress, played Audrey in the original "Widows" trilogy, as well as popping up in "Eastenders" about a decade back.
[Picture of Kate Williams]


Williams, Kipper
Born 30 December 1951  (The Wirral, UK)
Cartoonist whose unfunny work has appeared pretty much everywhere in the past 30 years. Most associated with the "Radio Times".
[Picture of Kipper Williams]


Williams, Leila
Born 4 April 1937  (Walsall, England)
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, Otis
Born 30 October 1941  (Texarkana, Texas, USA)
Baritone singer of The Temptations.
[Picture of Otis Williams]


Williams, Paul
Born 19 September 1940  (Omaha, Nebraska, USA)
Singer-songwriter who has written for acts as varied as The Carpenters, Daft Punk and Kermit the Frog. Very distinctive singing voice as well.
[Picture of Paul Williams]


Williams, Rex
Born 20 July 1933  (Halesowen, West Midlands, England)
Former snooker player, who spent over 40 years playing the sport.
[Picture of Rex Williams]


Williams, 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, Wendy
Born 18 July 1964  (Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA)
US media figure on radio and TV
[Picture of Wendy Williams]


Williamson, Marianne
Born 8 July 1952  (Houston, Texas, USA)
Author running for US President (but might be out by the time you see this).
[Picture of Marianne 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. Died in May but, like so many Nobel Prize winners, did not receive a qualifying obit.
[Picture of Oliver E. Williamson]


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]


Willis, Wincey
Born 8 August 1948  (Gateshead, UK)
Mulleted weathergirl who briefly became the darling of British media in the early 80s during her spell on "TV-AM".
[Picture of Wincey Willis]


Wilson, Bob
Born 30 October 1941  (Chesterfield, England)
Former Arsenal and Scotland goalkeeper turned TV presenter.
[Picture of Bob Wilson]


Wilson, Bobby Bobby Wilson is no longer with us
Born 22 November 1935  (London, England)

Died 21 September 2020  ()

Age at death: 84  (read death notice)
English former top ranked tennis player and former member of the British Davis Cup team.
[Picture of Bobby Wilson]


Wilson, Brian
Born 20 June 1942  (Hawthorne, California, USA)
Founder member of, and producer, composer and arranger for, The Beach Boys. Has suffered from long-term mental illness and drug problems.
[Picture of Brian Wilson]


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


Wilson, 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, 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]


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 Barbara Windsor is no longer with us
Born 6 August 1937  (Shoreditch, London, England)

Died 10 December 2020  (London, United Kingdom)

Age at death: 83  (read death notice)
Veteran actress of the 'Carry On' films who went on to become Peggy Mitchell in the tiresome BBC soap 'EastEnders'. In the 1960s Babs, who changed her surname from Deeks at the time of the Queen's coronation, was also kn
[Picture of Barbara Windsor]


Windsor, Devon
Born 7 March 1994  (St Louis, Missouri, USA)
American model.
[Picture of Devon Windsor]


Windsor, Frank Frank Windsor is no longer with us
Born 12 July 1927  (Walsall, West Midlands, England)

Died 30 September 2020  (London, United Kingdom)

Age at death: 92  (read death notice)
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]


Wines, Catherine
Born in   (exact date unknown)
Founder of World Remit money exchange.
[Picture of Catherine Wines]


Winkle, Baddie
Born 18 July 1928  (Hazard, Kentucky, USA)
The "Instagrandma", an 89-year-old woman who is down with the kids and models latex mini-skirts.
[Picture of Baddie Winkle]


Winn, Debbie
Born in Bridgwater, England  (exact date unknown)
Mum with cancer.
[Picture of Debbie Winn]


Winnick, David
Born 26 June 1933  ()
Labour MP for Walsall North since 1979.
[Picture of David Winnick]


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


Winter, Edgar
Born 28 December 1946  (Beaumont, Texas, USA)
American songwriter and keyboardist.
[Picture of Edgar Winter]


Winter, Ophelie
Born 20 February 1974  (Boulogne, France)
French singer who has suffered a number of personal issues in recent years.
[Picture of Ophelie Winter]


Withers, Bill Bill Withers is no longer with us
Born 4 July 1938  (Slab Fork, West Virginia, USA)

Died 30 March 2020  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 81  (read death notice)
Singer-songwriter who enjoyed huge success in the 1970s with hits like 'Lean on Me' and 'Lovely Day' before quitting the business in 1985.
[Picture of Bill Withers]


Withers, Colin
Born 21 March 1940  (Birmingham, England)
Former goalkeeper for both Aston Villa and bitter rivals Birmingham City.
[Picture of Colin Withers]


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]


Woivalin, Folke
Born 14 April 1928  (Finstrom, Finland)
Prime Minister of the Åland islands from 1979 to 1988.
[Picture of Folke Woivalin]


Wolfendale, Arnold
Born 25 June 1927  (Rugby, UK)
Former astronomer royal and emeritus physics professor at Durham University.
[Picture of Arnold Wolfendale]


Wolfensohn, James James Wolfensohn is no longer with us
Born 1 December 1933  (Sydney, Australia)

Died 25 November 2020  (New York City, New York, USA)

Age at death: 86  (read death notice)
President of the World Bank from 1995-2005.
[Picture of James Wolfensohn]


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]


Wonder, Stevie
Born 13 May 1950  (Saginaw, Michigan, USA)
Singer & songwriter, blind since birth, hugely influential in the pop music world.
[Picture of Stevie Wonder]


Wood, Alf Alf Wood is no longer with us
Born 25 October 1945  (Macclesfield, England)

Died 10 April 2020  (United Kingdom)

Age at death: 74  (read death notice)
Millwall's lead striker in the early 1970s, now suffering with dementia. Died in April during lockdown and did not recieve a qualifying obit until the year-end round-ups.
[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]


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


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


Woodcock, Jacci
Born in   (exact date unknown)
Terminally ill woman who sued her firm for forcing her out because of her illness.
[Picture of Jacci Woodcock]


Woods, Slick
Born 13 August 1996  (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)
American model whose career has been championed by Rihanna
[Picture of Slick Woods]


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, Gabriel
Born 2 October 1932  (England)
Well travelled English actor on film, TV and radio. Voice instantly recognisable to all geeks as that of Sutekh the Destroyer from Doctor Who's classic Pyramids of Mars.
[Picture of Gabriel Woolf]


Worden, Alfred Alfred Worden is no longer with us
Born 7 February 1932  (Jackson, Michigan, USA)

Died 18 March 2020  (Sugar Land, Texas, USA)

Age at death: 88  (read death notice)
US astronaut, command module pilot on Apollo 15 in 1971. They went to the Moon don't you know…
[Picture of Alfred Worden]


Worsthorne, Peregrine Peregrine Worsthorne is no longer with us
Born 22 December 1923  (Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England)

Died 3 October 2020  (United Kingdom)

Age at death: 96  (read death notice)
Journalist & broadcaster, former editor of the 'Sunday Telegraph'.
[Picture of Peregrine Worsthorne]


Wreford, Catherine
Born 26 June 1980  (Winnipeg, Canada)
Professional dancer and actress.
[Picture of Catherine Wreford]


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


Wright, Eugene Eugene Wright is no longer with us
Born 29 May 1923  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)

Died 30 December 2020  (USA)

Age at death: 97  (read death notice)
Last surviving member of The Dave Brubeck Quartet.
[Picture of Eugene Wright]


Wright, Jeremiah
Born 22 September 1941  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
American pastor who had minor fame in 2008 as the former pastor of Barack Obama.
[Picture of Jeremiah Wright]


Wright, Ron
Born 8 April 1953  (Jacksonville, Texas, USA)
United States Representative from Texas.
[Picture of Ron Wright]


Wright Jr., Reggie
Born in   (exact date unknown)
Former head of security for the record label Death Row, one of many people who have been accused of 2Pac's (still unsolved) murder.
[Picture of Reggie Wright Jr.]


Wurtzel, Elizabeth Elizabeth Wurtzel is no longer with us
Born 31 July 1967  (New York City, New York, USA)

Died 7 January 2020  (Manhattan, New York, USA)

Age at death: 52  (read death notice)
Author best-known for her actually-not-very-good generation-defining debut novel "Prozac Nation".
[Picture of Elizabeth Wurtzel]


Wyatt, Caroline
Born in Darlinghurst, Australia  (exact date unknown)
BBC journalist for 25 years, covering defence and religious affairs, until MS forced her retirement in 2016.
[Picture of Caroline Wyatt]


Wylie, Ron Ron Wylie is no longer with us
Born 6 August 1933  (Glasgow, UK)

Died 14 April 2020  (Birmingham, United Kingdom)

Age at death: 86  (read death notice)
Scottish footballer who managed West Brom for two seasons in the early 80s.
[Picture of Ron Wylie]


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]


Wynant, H.M.
Born 12 February 1927  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Actor who appeared in Hogan's Heroes and Perry Mason, among many others.
[Picture of H.M. Wynant]


Wynn, May
Born 8 January 1929  (New York City, New Yorl, USA)
50s actress, was married to "Maverick" star Jack Kelly.
[Picture of May Wynn]

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