Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2024: W


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


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]


Wakao, Ayako
Born 8 November 1933  (Toshima City, Tokyo, Japan)
Fairly notable Japanese actress
[Picture of Ayako Wakao]


Wakeham, John
Born 22 February 1932  ()
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]


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


Walesa, Lech
Born 29 September 1943  (Popowo, Poland)
Former Trade Unionist and electrician who later became President of Poland and a noted peace activist.
[Picture of Lech Walesa]


Walken, Christopher
Born 31 March 1943  (Queens, New York, USA)
Quirky film and stage actor and dancer who first came to fame in 1978 in 'The Deer Hunter'. Also known for his role of Bruce Dickinson (Yes, the Bruce Dickinson) in 'Saturday Night Live'.
[Picture of Christopher Walken]


Walker, Amanda
Born 29 November 1935  (Scotland)
Highly busy TV bit actress, but also some side parts on movies The English Patient and Cloud Atlas
[Picture of Amanda Walker]


Walker, Dave
Born 25 January 1945  (Walsall, Staffs, England)
Front man for many bands including briefly Fleetwood Mac and Black Sabbath, but mainly his own bands such as The Idle Race and Savoy Brown.
[Picture of Dave Walker]


Walker, Jim
Born 10 June 1947  (Northwich, England)
Footballer most prominently with Chester.
[Picture of Jim 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, John
Born 12 January 1952  (Papakura, New Zealand)
Gold medal winning New Zealand middle-distance runner who was first person to run sub 3:50 for a mile
[Picture of John Walker]


Walker, John E.
Born 7 January 1941  (Halifax, West Riding of Yorkshire, England)
Chemist and Nobel laureate.
[Picture of John E. Walker]


Walker, Johnnie
Born 30 March 1945  (Hampton-in-Arden, Birmingham, England)
DJ who started out on the pirate Radio Caroline in 1966, before moving to BBC Radio 1 not long after Caroline's demise. Since then he's been a continual presence on various stations, most recently presenting Radio 2's Drivetime Show. Born Peter
[Picture of Johnnie Walker]


Walker, Ray
Born 16 March 1934  (Centreville, Mississippi, USA)
American singer, a part of the Jordanaires.
[Picture of Ray Walker]


Walker, Roy
Born 31 July 1940  (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Comedian and presenter of the popular gameshow 'Catchphrase' from 1986-2002. If he doesn't croak it this year, then this pick would be guud but naht ryeet...
[Picture of Roy Walker]


Walker, Rudolph
Born 28 September 1939  (Trinidad, West Indies)
Actor, best known for 'Love Thy Neighbour', 'The Thin Blue Line' and now on 'EastEnders' as Patrick Trueman.
[Picture of Rudolph Walker]


Wallace, Danny
Born 21 January 1964  (Greenwich, London, England)
Former footballer for Southampton, Manchester United & England, who now suffers from MS.
[Picture of Danny Wallace]


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, Sean
Date and place of birth unknown
College-level, Yahoo gambit American football coach with pancreatic cancer.
[Picture of Sean Wallace]


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


Wallin, Pamela
Born 10 April 1953  (Wadena, Saskatchewan, Canada)
Canadian Senator for Saskatchewan since 2009, and host of the Canadian Who Wants to be a Millionaire for all two episodes of its run.
[Picture of Pamela Wallin]


Wallis, Shani
Born 14 April 1933  (Tottenham, London, United Kingdom)
British actress and all around entertainer, mostly known for playing Nancy in Oliver!
[Picture of Shani Wallis]


Walsh, Joe
Born 20 November 1947  (Wichita, Kansas, USA)
Prolific rock guitarist who joined the Eagles in time for "Hotel California".
[Picture of Joe Walsh]


Walsh, M. Emmet M. Emmet Walsh is no longer with us
Born 22 March 1935  (Ogdensburg, New York, USA)

Died 19 March 2024  (St. Alban's VT, USA)

Age at death: 88  (read death notice)
Frequently seen character actor in Hollywood films.
[Picture of M. Emmet Walsh]


Walsh, Mike
Born 5 March 1938  (Corowa, New South Wales, Australia)
Veteran Australian TV presenter, won 24 logies for his titular TV show.
[Picture of Mike Walsh]


Walters, Julie
Born 22 February 1950  (Birmingham, England)
Actress who achieved international recognition for her appearance alongside Michael Caine in 1983's 'Educating Rita'. British viewers are also familiar with her work as a sidekick of the middle-of-the-road comedienne Victoria Wood.
[Picture of Julie 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]


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


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]


Wap, Fetty
Born 7 June 1991  (Paterson, New Jersey, USA)
Rapper of "Trap Queen" fame, gets into legal trouble for typical rapper reasons.
[Picture of Fetty Wap]


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'. Formerly married to Tom Baker then to Richard Dawkins, now to Nicholas Rawlins. Raises money for Denville Hall. Born The Honourable Sarah Ward.
[Picture of Lalla Ward]


Ward, Lyman
Born 21 June 1941  (Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada)
Canadian actor who portrayed Ferris's dad in 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'.
[Picture of Lyman 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]


Warner, Jack
Born 26 January 1943  (Rio Claro, Trinidad and Tobago)
Trinidad and Tobago politician, better-known now as a corrupt FIFA Vice president.
[Picture of Jack Warner]


Warren, Annette
Born 11 July 1922  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Popular jazz singer with frequent TV appearances in the 50s and 60s
[Picture of Annette 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]


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


Washam, Rey
Born 14 March 1961  (Austin, Texas, USA)
American rock drummer.
[Picture of Rey Washam]


Watanabe, Sadao
Born 1 February 1933  (Utsunomiya, Japan)
Japanese jazz saxophonist.
[Picture of Sadao 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 companions to be killed off.
[Picture of Matthew Waterhouse]


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. Convicted in 2013 of sexual abuse of children.
[Picture of Ian Watkins]


Watkins, Tionne
Born 26 April 1970  (Des Moines, Iowa, USA)
Member of TLC better known as T-Boz.
[Picture of Tionne Watkins]


Watson, Charles "Tex"
Born 2 December 1945  (Dallas, Texas)
Man convicted in 1971 for the murders of five people including Sharon Tate in the notorious "Tate Murders".
[Picture of Charles


Watson, Dave
Born 10 November 1973  (Barnsley, West Yorkshire, England)
Former goalkeeping coach for the England team.
[Picture of Dave Watson]


Watson, Dr James
Born 6 April 1928  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Molecular biologist, one of the co-discoverers of the structure of DNA. Recently in a spot of bother over racial comments he made.
[Picture of Dr James Watson]


Watson, John
Born 4 May 1946  (Belfast, UK)
Former F1 driver, finished third in the 1982 Drivers' Championship. Took to commentary after retirement.
[Picture of John 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, 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 (defender), Dave
Born 5 October 1946  (Stapleford, England)
Great English defender of the 60s and 70s, now with the all-too-well-known neurological problems
[Picture of Dave Watson (defender)]


Watt-Roy, Norman
Born 15 November 1951  (Bombay, India)
Member of the Blockheads, Ian Dury's band.
[Picture of Norman Watt-Roy]


Watts, Bill
Born 5 May 1939  (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA)
Former professional wrestler known as "Cowboy Bill".
[Picture of Bill Watts]


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]


Wearing, Clive
Born 11 May 1938  (United Kingdom)
British classical musician, who suffers from heavy amnesia and thinks every day that he woke up from a coma
[Picture of Clive Wearing]


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


Webb, Betty
Born 13 May 1923  (place of birth unknown)
British code breaker involved with the mission at Bletchley Park during WWII.
[Picture of Betty Webb]


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, Peggy
Born 15 September 1925  (Laredo, Texas, USA)
Former actress of Film, TV and radio, Dragnet, the Waltons, the Smurfs.
[Picture of Peggy Webber]


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


Webster, William
Born 6 March 1924  (St. Louis, Missouri, USA)
Attorney, one of the few to work at a high level for the CIA and FBI.
[Picture of William Webster]


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


Weeknd, The
Born 16 February 1990  (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Canadian singer-songwriter, one of the most prominent figures in the current musical landscape.
[Picture of The Weeknd]


Weider, Nicole
Born 21 April 1985  (Portland, Oregon, USA)
Former supermodel who has since turned to Jeebus.
[Picture of Nicole Weider]


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, and as of 2020, a convicted sex offender.
[Picture of Harvey Weinstein]


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


Welch, 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, Denise
Born 22 May 1958  (Tynemouth, United Kingdom)
Quintessential British TV actress and panelist on Loose Women
[Picture of Denise Welch]


Weld, Dermot
Born 29 July 1948  (Ireland)
Irish jockey.
[Picture of Dermot Weld]


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 formerly married to 'Woman In Black' author Susan Hill.
[Picture of Stanley Wells]


Wells, Vernon
Born 31 December 1945  (Rushworth, Australia)
Actor who was "Bennett" in "Commando"
[Picture of Vernon Wells]


Wenders, Wim
Born 14 August 1945  (Düsseldorf, Germany)
Artistic German director and a favourite of the critics, for example for Wings of Desire
[Picture of Wim Wenders]


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


Wenner, Jann
Born 7 January 1946  (New York City, New York, USA)
Founder of Rolling Stone magazine and the man behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Doesn't like The Monkees.
[Picture of Jann Wenner]


Wepper, Fritz Fritz Wepper is no longer with us
Born 17 August 1941  (Munich, Germany)

Died 25 March 2024  (Munich, Germany)

Age at death: 82  (read death notice)
Veteran German film and television actor of the harmless senior TV variety
[Picture of Fritz Wepper]


Wessels, Frances
Born 18 August 1919  (USA)
Dancer and choreographer.
[Picture of Frances Wessels]


West, Delonte
Born 26 July 1983  (Washington, D.C. USA)
Basketball player.
[Picture of Delonte West]


West, Gladys
Born 27 October 1930  (Sutherland, Virginia, USA)
Mathematician whose precise calculations of the Earth's shape formed the foundations of GPS.
[Picture of Gladys 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, Simon
Born in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, England  (exact date unknown)
British film director of 'Con Air' and 'The Expendables 2'.
[Picture of Simon West]


West, Timothy
Born 20 October 1934  (Bradford, Yorkshire, England)
Actor, mostly on stage, but has had loads of TV roles. Married to Prunella Scales
[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 Dr Ruth Westheimer is no longer with us
Born 4 June 1928  (Frankfurt, Germany)

Died 12 July 2024  (New York City, New York, USA)

Age at death: 96  (read death notice)
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, Kim
Born 20 December 1939  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Motown singer best known for dueting on It Takes Two with Marvin Gaye.
[Picture of Kim Weston]


Wexner, Les
Born 8 September 1937  (Dayton, OH, USA)
Billionaire businessman who expanded one clothing store to an empire that included Victoria's Secret & Abercrombie & Fitch
[Picture of Les Wexner]


Wexton, Jennifer
Born 27 May 1968  (Washington D.C., USA)
Virginia Congresswoman, a prominent defender of LGBT rights
[Picture of Jennifer Wexton]


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


Whelan, Jim
Date and place of birth unknown
Actor appearing in numerous British soaps.
[Picture of Jim 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
Born in   (exact date 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]


Whitby, Joy
Born 27 July 1930  (England)
Notable British TV executive for the BBC and commercial channels
[Picture of Joy Whitby]


Whitchurch, Philip
Born 30 January 1951  (place of birth unknown)
English actor.
[Picture of Philip Whitchurch]


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, 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, Frances
Born 1 November 1938  (Leeds, UK)
English actress, perhaps best known for her roles as Kate Hamilton in Crossroads and as Vera Flood in the BBC sitcom May to December
[Picture of Frances White]


White, Jack
Born 9 July 1975  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
US rock musician and muso darling, first with The White Stripes, and then successfully solo
[Picture of Jack 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, Lavelle
Born 3 July 1929  (Amite City, Louisiana, USA)
Texas blueswoman who wrote songs for Bobby Bland and performed alongside legends like Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, and Aretha Franklin.
[Picture of Lavelle White]


White, Lenny
Born 19 December 1949  (New York City, New York, USA)
Jazz fusion drummer, considered a founding father of the genre.
[Picture of Lenny White]


Whitesides, George
Born 3 August 1939  (Louisville, Kentucky, USA)
One of the most influential living chemists in the world
[Picture of George Whitesides]


Whitlock Jr., Isiah
Born 13 September 1954  (South Bend, Indiana, USA)
TV actor, played Senator Clay Davis in the Wire.
[Picture of Isiah Whitlock Jr.]


Whittington, Dick
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA  (exact date unknown)
American actor with numerous roles in television and film in the 70's and 80's.
[Picture of Dick Whittington]


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


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]


Wiff, Biff
Born 26 October 1948  (USA)
Actor, 'Everything Everywhere All at Once'.
[Picture of Biff Wiff]


Wild, Susan
Born 6 July 1957  (Wiesbaden Air Force Base, West Germany)
US Democratic Representative from Pennsylvania.
[Picture of Susan Wild]


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]


Wiley, (rapper)
Born 19 January 1979  (London, United Kingdom)
British grime MC, veteran of the genre who got his start in the late 90s garage scene
[Picture of (rapper) Wiley]


Wilk, Pete Pete Wilk is no longer with us
Date and place of birth unknown

Died 1 April 2024  (Virginia, USA)

Age at death: 58  (read death notice)
Baseball player and coach.
[Picture of Pete Wilk]


Wilkinson, Howard
Born 13 November 1943  (Sheffield, UK)
Football manager, famously the last Englishman to win the top-flight title in England, doing so with the Strachan/Speed/Batty/Cantona Leeds United side.
[Picture of Howard Wilkinson]


Williams, Alyson
Born 11 May 1962  (New York, New York, USA)
R&B singer, had top 10 single with "I Need Your Loving" in 1989. Hospitalised with likely COVID in late 2021.
[Picture of Alyson 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 75? No, he's 87!
[Picture of Billy Dee Williams]


Williams, Corey Corey Williams is no longer with us
Born 3 August 1977  (New York City, New York, USA)

Died 10 May 2024  ()

Age at death: 46  (read death notice)
Basketball player, AKA "Homicide".
[Picture of Corey Williams]


Williams, Delaney
Born 12 December 1962  (Washington, D.C. USA)
Television actor mostly known as defence attorney John Buchanan in Law and Order.
[Picture of Delaney Williams]


Williams, Eric
Born 10 July 1921  (Salford, England)
Footballer of the 40s and 50s, probably dead already.
[Picture of Eric 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, Leila
Born in Walsall, England  (exact date unknown)
Beauty queen who became the first female presenter of 'Blue Peter' in 1958. Born 1937.
[Picture of Leila Williams]


Williams, Lucinda
Born 26 January 1953  (Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA)
A-List US singer, songwriter and guitarist, playing country, a bit of blues, and classic rock
[Picture of Lucinda Williams]


Williams, Maurice
Born 26 April 1938  (Lancaster, South Carolina, USA)
Lead singer of doo-wop group the Zodiacs, whose "Stay" remains the shortest-length song to top the US charts.
[Picture of Maurice 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, Richard
Born 16 February 1942  (Shreveport, Louisiana, USA)
Father and coach of tennis siblings the Williams sisters
[Picture of Richard Williams]


Williams, Royce
Born 4 April 1925  (Wilmot, south Carolina, USA)
Former US Naval Aviator who took on seven Soviet MiG fighters in the Korean war, shooting down six.
[Picture of Royce Williams]


Williams, Steven
Born 7 January 1949  (Memphis, Tennessee, USA)
American actor of film and TV.
[Picture of Steven Williams]


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


Williams (actor), David
Born in   (exact date unknown)
Minor British actor with a role in Last of the Summer Wine
[Picture of David Williams (actor)]


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, 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]


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


Willis, 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]


Willoughby, India
Born 2 September 1965  (London, England)
English transgender newsreader who was both the first trans newsreader and trans host of an all-women's talk show in the UK.
[Picture of India Willoughby]


Wills, Anneke
Born 20 October 1941  (Fulmer, Bucks. England)
Most famously a Doctor Who companion to Doctors one and two, but other roles including the TV serialisation of The Railway Children
[Picture of Anneke Wills]


Wilms, Dorothee
Born 11 October 1929  (Grevenbroich, Germany)
German politician, final secretary for intra-german relations, you know, when there were two of them
[Picture of Dorothee Wilms]


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, Bridgette
Born 25 September 1973  (Gold Beach, Oregon, USA)
Film actress who is also married to DDP 2018 canon pick Pete Sampras.
[Picture of Bridgette Wilson]


Wilson, Demond
Born 13 October 1946  (Valdosta, Georgia, United States)
Film and TV actor who played Lamont Sanford in Sanford and Son
[Picture of Demond Wilson]


Wilson, Jo
Born 25 September 1985  (Perth, UK)
Sky Sports News presenter
[Picture of Jo 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]


Wilton, Penelope
Born 3 June 1946  (Scarborough, England)
English actress with appearances in 'Downton Abbey' and 'Doctor Who', among others.
[Picture of Penelope Wilton]


Wiman, Christian
Born 31 August 1966  (Snyder, Texas, USA)
[Picture of Christian Wiman]


Winchester, Simon
Born 28 September 1944  (London, United Kingdom)
British-American journalist and author who covered many important events for The Guardian
[Picture of Simon Winchester]


Windham, Barry
Born 4 July 1960  (Sweetwater, Texas, USA)
Wrestler, son Blackjack Mulligan.
[Picture of Barry Windham]


Wingrove, Marina
Born in   (exact date unknown)
Fan favourite on 'Gogglebox', born c. 1934.
[Picture of Marina Wingrove]


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]


Winkler, Henry
Born 30 October 1945  (Manhatten, New York, USA)
Fonzie! The Fonz from Happy Days. TV legend. Heyyy!
[Picture of Henry Winkler]


Winkler, Irwin
Born 25 May 1931  (New York City, New York, USA)
Film producer most notably of the 'Rocky' series.
[Picture of Irwin Winkler]


Winnick, David
Born 26 June 1933  ()
Labour MP for Walsall North since 1979 (until defeat in 2017).
[Picture of David Winnick]


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


Winter, William J.
Born 30 May 1930  (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)
Prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, former auxiliary bishop of Pittsburgh.
[Picture of William J. Winter]


Winterton, Nicholas
Born 31 March 1938  (Rugeley, England)
Husband of Ann, Tory MP for Macclesfield from 1971 to 2010 until undone by the expenses scandal, and claiming rent for a flat they’d bought.
[Picture of Nicholas Winterton]


Winwood, Muff
Born 15 June 1943  (Birmingham, England)
British songwriter and record producer, and the older brother of Steve Winwood. Both were formerly members of the Spencer Davis Group in the 1960s, in which Muff Winwood played bass guitar. He produc
[Picture of Muff Winwood]


Wisdom, Robert
Born 14 September 1953  (Washington, D.C. USA)
Howard "Bunny" Colvin in the Wire.
[Picture of Robert Wisdom]


Wiseman, Frederick
Born 1 January 1930  (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
Artistic documentary filmmaker
[Picture of Frederick Wiseman]


Wochy, Steve
Born 25 December 1922  (Fort William, Ontario, Canada)
Centenarian former hockey player from Canada
[Picture of Steve Wochy]


Wolde-Yohannes, Legesse
Born in   (exact date unknown)
Ethiopian horticultural scientist. Answers on a postcard please for a more obscure pick than this one for 2014…
[Picture of Legesse Wolde-Yohannes]


Wolf, Gary K.
Born 24 January 1941  (Earlville, Illinois, USA)
Author behind 'Who Censored Roger Rabbit?', the basis for 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?'.
[Picture of Gary K. Wolf]


Wolf, Jeanne
Born 6 June 1939  (USA)
Journalist with a focus on showbiz
[Picture of Jeanne Wolf]


Wolfgramm, Elizabeth
Born 19 August 1972  (Salt Lake City UT, USA)
One of 17 siblings, a member of the family group The Jets (just the 8 of them) before embarking on a solo career. Diagnosed with breast cancer at 19, but in remission since a mastectomy.
[Picture of Elizabeth Wolfgramm]


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, Lana
Born 1 March 1946  (Santa Monica, California, USA)
Natalie's younger sister and an actress in her own right.
[Picture of Lana 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]


Woodbury, Woody
Born 9 February 1924  (Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA)
Pioneering stand-up comedian who lost the job of hosting the Tonight Show to Johnny Carson
[Picture of Woody Woodbury]


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


Woods, Tiger
Born 30 December 1975  (Cypress, California, USA)
Golfer, one of sport's greatest ever players. Struggling to get his career back on track after a series of revelations about his private life.
[Picture of Tiger Woods]


Woodvine, John
Born 21 July 1929  (Tyne Dock, County Durham, England)
Actor, mostly on TV & stage, who has a penchant for playing police officers.
[Picture of John Woodvine]


Woodward, (journalist) Bob
Born 26 March 1943  (Geneva, Illinois, USA)
Investigative journalist who has doggedly covered most presidencies of the past half century ever since taking down Nixon with his and Carl Bernstein's Watergate reporting.
[Picture of (journalist) Bob Woodward]


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


Woolery, Chuck
Born 16 March 1941  (Ashland, Kentucky, USA)
Original US host of Wheel of Fortune. Has Alex Trebek started a trend?
[Picture of Chuck Woolery]


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]


Woolsey, Lynn
Born 3 December 1937  (Seattle, Washington, United States)
American politician who served as the U.S. representative for California's 6th congressional district from 1993 to 2013
[Picture of Lynn Woolsey]


Wootton, Dan
Born 2 March 1983  (Wellington, New Zealand)
NZ and British journalist, former News of the World, The Sun.
[Picture of Dan Wootton]


Workman, Reggie
Born 26 May 1937  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
Avantgarde jazz bassist
[Picture of Reggie Workman]


Worley, Jo Anne
Born 6 September 1937  (Lowell, Indiana, USA)
American comic actress from "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In".
[Picture of Jo Anne Worley]


Worthington, Tony
Born 10 November 1941  (Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England)
Former MP for Clydebank and Milngavie until the constituency was abolished.
[Picture of Tony Worthington]


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


Wright, Charles
Born 6 April 1940  (Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA)
Songwriter and leader of the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band. Not a godfather.
[Picture of Charles Wright]


Wright, Matthew
Born 8 July 1965  (Richmond upon Thames, United Kingdom)
British TV presenter and journalist, The Wright Stuff
[Picture of Matthew Wright]


Wright, Rob
Born 12 March 1954  (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Bassist for the Hanson Brothers.
[Picture of Rob Wright]


Wright, Robin
Born 8 April 1966  (Dallas TX, USA)
Commitment-phobic actress, winner of Golden Globe for her role in House of Cards (US)
[Picture of Robin Wright]


Wu, Bowie
Born 18 January 1932  (Guangzhou, China)
Hong Kong actor also known as Woo Fung he earned the title the Dance King for his dancing skills in musicals.
[Picture of Bowie Wu]


Wurttemberg, Duchess Marie-Therese of
Born 12 November 1934  (Altshausen, Nazi Germany)
German aristocrat, mother of the current French pretender
[Picture of Duchess Marie-Therese of  Wurttemberg]


Wyatt, Robert
Born 28 January 1945  (Bristol, England)
Founder member and drummer for 1960s proto-prog band Soft Machine. A paraplegic since falling out of a third floor window in 1973. Came back to release the quite extraordinary 'Rock Bottom' album in 1974.
[Picture of Robert Wyatt]


Wylton , Tim
Born 27 February 1940  (Bangor-on-Dee, United Kingdom)
British TV actor on My Hero and As Time Goes By
[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]

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