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Robert Wagner -- b.2/10/1930
Protestant, TV/Movie Actor
Names/Places: b. in Detroit; 2x Natalie Wood's, then Jill St. John's hubby
TV Shows: It Takes a Thief (as Alexander Mundy), Switch (as Pete Ryan), Pearl, Hart to Hart (as Jonathan Hart), Lime Street (as James Greyson Culver)
Movie Titles: Austin Powers (series)

Otto Wahle -- b.11/5/1879 N.S. d.8/11/1963 N.S. (83)
Jewish, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, Austrian

Terry Waite -- b.5/31/1939
Author, Clergyman, Humanitarian, Hostage, English
Misc: Austrich; ex-Anglican Church Envoy

Nancy Walker -- b.5/10/1922 d.3/25/1992 (69)
Jewish, TV/Movie/Stage Actress, Comedienne, Commercial Actress, Director, Singer
Names/Places: b. in Philadelphia; RN:Anne Myrtle Swoyer
Misc: Bounty paper towels as Rosie; some say b. 1921
TV Shows: Family Affair (as Emily Turner), McMillan & Wife (as Mildred), Rhoda (as Ida Morgenstern), Nancy Walker Show (as Nancy Kitteridge), Blansky's Beauties (as Nancy Blansky), True Colors (as Sara Freeman)
Movie Titles: Murder by Death

Mike (Newscaster) Wallace -- b.5/9/1918 N.S. d.4/7/2012 N.S. (93)
Jewish, Newscaster, Correspondent, Journalist, Commentator, Actor, Game Show Host
Names/Places: b. in Brookline, Ma.; RFMN:Myron Leon
Misc: radio narrator of The Green Hornet & The Lone Ranger
TV Shows: 60 Minutes

Eli Wallach -- b.12/7/1915 d.6/24/2014 (98)
Jewish, TV/Movie/Stage Actor
Names/Places: Anne Jackson's hubby; b. in Brooklyn, New York
TV Shows: Batman (as Mr. Freeze), Our Family Honor (as Vincent Danzig)
Movie Titles: The Magnificent Seven, How the West Was Won, Godfather III, The Good The Bad and The Ugly, etc.

James Walsh -- b.4/30/1891 d.7/29/1981 (90)
Religious Leader
Misc: Roman Catholic Bishop

Barbara Walters -- b.9/25/1928
Jewish, Newscaster, Journalist, Commentator, TV Talk Show Hostess
Names/Places: b. in Boston
Misc: the first Network news anchor woman; occasional TV interview shows; Gilda Radner parodied her into Baba Wawa on Saturday Night Live many times
TV Shows: Today Show (1960-70s), ABC News, 20/20 (cohost)

Lesley Ann Warren -- b.8/16/1946
Jewish, TV/Movie Actress, Producer
Names/Places: b. in New York City
TV Shows: Mission: Impossible (as Dana Lambert), 79 Park Avenue, Pearl
Movie Titles: Secretary, The Limey, Jobs, 110 in the Shade, Portrait of a Stripper, Victor/Victoria

Rick Warren -- b.1/28/1954
Author, Pastor

Isaac Watts -- b.7/17/1674 J-LD d.11/25/1748 J-LD (74)
Clergyman, Theologian, Composer, English

Mary Webb -- b.3/25/1881 d.10/8/1927 (46)
Religious Leader, Scotish

Mason Locke Weems -- b.10/11/1759 d.5/23/1825 (65)
Author, Writer, Clergyman
Names/Places: aka Parson Weems
Misc: Storyteller; invented the story of George Washington and the cherry tree

Eudora Welty -- b.4/13/1909 d.7/23/2001 (92)
Author, Novelist, Athiest, Actress
Misc: the Eudora E-mail program was named for this person. Why, I don't know.

Charles Wesley -- b.12/18/1707 d.3/29/1788 (80)
Poet, Clergyman, Lyricist, Songwriter, English
Misc: Hymns; who, with his elder brother John, started the Methodist movement in the Church of England.

John Wesley -- b.6/17/1703 J-LD or 6/28/1703 N.S. d.3/2/1791 N.S.
Religious Leader, Evangelist, Theologian, English
Misc: Methodist church founder and leader; Jun 17=O.S./Jun 28=N.S.

Jessamyn West -- b.7/18/1902 d.2/23/1984 (81)
Novelist, Quaker

Richard Whately -- b.2/1/1787 d.10/8/1863 (76)
Theologian, Economist, British
Misc: rhetorician, logician.

Johnnie Whitaker -- b.12/13/1959
Writer, Missionary, Actor, Producer/Director
TV Shows: Family Affair (as Jonathan "Jody" Patterson), Sigmund & the Sea Monsters
Movie Titles: Tom Sawyer, The Littlest Angel

Ellen White -- b.11/26/1827 d.7/16/1915 (87)
Author, Religious Leader
Misc: 7th-day Adventists founder

William White -- b.4/4/1748 N.S. or 3/24/1747 J-LD or 3/24/1748 Ju-1 d.7/17/1836 N.S. (88)
Revolutionary, Clergyman, American
Misc: First bishop consecrated in England for the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States, and first presiding bishop of that church.

Marcus Whitman -- b.9/4/1802 d.11/29/1847 (45)
Pioneer, Missionary
Misc: led to the U.S. securing Oregon; In 1836 his family became the first whites to reach the Pacific coast by wagon train. Whitman and his wife Narcissa were murdered by the Cayuse Indians in present-day Washington state in 1847.

Gene Wilder -- b.6/11/1933 N.S. d.8/29/2016 N.S. (83)
Jewish, Movie Actor, Comedian
Names/Places: b. in Milwaukee, WI; RN:Jerome Silberman; wed to Gilda Radner
Misc: AP says b. 1933 in 2004
Movie Titles: The Producers, Start The Revolution Without Me, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex But Were Afraid To Ask, Bonnie & Clyde, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother, Silver Streak, Stir Crazy, Frisco Kid, The World's Greatest Lover, Hanky Panky, Something Wilder, Silver Streak

Rich Wilkerson Jr. -- b.3/28/1984 N.S.
TV Shows: Rich in Faith (series)

Robert Wilkins -- b.1/16/1896 d.5/26/1987 (91)
Reverend, Singer, Blues Guitarist

John Williams -- b.12/10/1664 d.6/12/1729 (64)

Roger Williams -- b.12/21/1603 d.4/1/1683 (79)
Religionist, Theologian, British
Misc: American settler; died between January and March 1683

Rowan Williams -- b.6/14/1950
Poet, Religionist, Theologian, Bishop, Welsh (Wales)
Misc: Archbishop of Canterbury

Demond Wilson -- b.10/13/1946
Evangelist, TV Actor
Names/Places: b. in Valdosta, GA
TV Shows: Sanford & Son (as Lamont Sanford), Baby I'm Back (as Raymond Ellis), New Odd Couple (as Oscar Madison)
Movie Titles: Full Moon High

Debra Winger -- b.5/16/1955
Jewish, Actress, Producer
Names/Places: b. in Cleveland, Oh.; FN:Mary; Timothy Hutton's ex-wife
TV Shows: Wonder Woman (as Drusilla), The Ranch
Movie Titles: The Sheltering Sky, Urban Cowboy, Terms of Endearment, An Officer & a Gentleman, Leap of Faith, Shadowlands

Jonathan Winters -- b.11/11/1925 d.4/11/2013 (87)
Protestant, TV/Movie Actor, Comedian, Variety Show Host, Cartoon Voice Actor, Panelist
Names/Places: b. in Dayton, OH
Misc: Improvisationist; Hanna-Barbera cartoons
TV Shows: Jonathan Winters Show, Mork & Mindy (as Mearth-Mork's Son), Hee Haw, Andy Williams Show, Masquerade Party (panelist), Gravedale High, Davis Rules (as Gunny Davis), Fish Police

Shelley Winters -- b.8/18/1920 d.1/14/2006 (85)
Jewish, Movie/Stage Actress
Names/Places: b. in St. Louis, MO; RN:Shirley Schrift; some say b. 1920
TV Shows: Batman (as Ma Parker)
Movie Titles: Diary of Anne Frank, A Patch of Blue, Poseidon Adventure

Isaac Mayer Wise -- b.3/29/1819 d.3/26/1900 (80)
Religious Leader
Misc: Bohemian; founded American Hebrew Congregations

Rabbi Stephen Samuel Wise -- b.3/17/1874 d.4/19/1949 (75)

Thomas James Wise -- b.10/7/1859 d.5/13/1937 (77)
Bibliophile, Religionist

John Witherspoon -- b.2/5/1723 d.11/15/1794 (71)
Revolutionary, Clergyman, Educator, Scotish
Misc: Declaration of Independence signer

Joanne Woodward -- b.2/27/1930
Protestant, Movie Actress, Producer/Director
Names/Places: b. in Thomasville; Paul Newman's wife
Movie Titles: Philadelphia, Rachel Rachel, The Long Hot Summer, The Three Faces of Eve

Samuel Worcester -- b.1/19/1798 d.4/20/1859 (61)

John Wycliffe -- b.??/??/1320 d.12/??/1384
Philosopher, Theologian, Social Reformer

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