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Lyle Waggoner
This 60s and 70s TV heartthrob was the proverbial tall, dark and classically handsome actor. Completing the solid package was a great, muscular build, smooth charm, a perfect set of teeth and a marvelously resonant voice. Born in 1935 in Kansas City, Kansas, and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Lyle Waggoner...
“ Lyle Wesley Waggoner
LWW ” - christophershobris
Adam Wade
He may have made TV history as the first black game show host back in the 1970s, but the talents of singer/actor/musician Adam Wade extend far wider. Born Patrick Henry Wade, he grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In the late 1950s he served as part of the research team for Dr. Jonas Salk who invented the polio vaccine...
“ Patrick Henry Wade
PHW ” - christophershobris
“ Emanuel Weisgal
EW ” - christophershobris
Robert Wagner
Robert John Wagner, Jr. was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Thelma Hazel Alvera (Boe), a telephone operator, and Robert John Wagner, Sr., a traveling salesman. His paternal grandparents were German and his maternal grandparents were Norwegian. His family moved to Los Angeles when he was seven. Always wanting to be an actor...
“ Robert John Wagner Jr.
RJW Jr. ” - christophershobris
Donnie Wahlberg
Donald Edmond Wahlberg, Jr. was born August 17, 1969 in Dorchester Massachusetts, into a family of Swedish (from his paternal grandfather), Irish, and more distant French-Canadian, English, and Scottish, descent. He is the eighth of nine children of Alma Elaine (Donnelly), a nurse's aide and clerk, and Donald Edward Wahlberg...
“ Donald Edmond Wahlberg Jr.
DEW Jr. ” - christophershobris
Mark Wahlberg
American actor Mark Wahlberg is one of a handful of respected entertainers who successfully made the transition from teen pop idol to respected actor. A Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee for The Departed who went on to receive positive critical reviews for his performance in The Fighter, Wahlberg also is a solid comedy actor, proven by his starring role in Ted...
“ Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg
MRMW ” - christophershobris
David Wain
David Wain was born and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio. He met the other members of the comedy troupe The State while a film student at NYU, where he graduated from in 1991. As part of The State, he co-created and co-starred on their self-titled MTV sketch comedy show in the mid 90's. He then continued to work with his State partners on many other projects...
“ David Benjamin Wain
DBW ” - christophershobris
Loudon Wainwright III
Actor, Knocked Up
Loudon Snowden Wainwright III was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to Martha Taylor, a yoga teacher, and Loudon Wainwright II, longtime editor of Life Magazine. LWIII eschewed magazines in favor of folk music, which he began playing professionally in the '60s. Part of the "New Bob Dylan" scene in the late '60s...
“ Loudon Snowden Wainwright III
LSW III ” - christophershobris
“ Laim Owen East
LOE ” - christophershobris
“ Malcolm Ivan White
MIW ” - christophershobris
Tom Waits
Soundtrack, Fight Club
Thomas Alan Waits was born in Pomona, California, to schoolteachers Alma Fern (Johnson) and Jesse Frank Waits. Described as one of the last beatniks of the contemporary music, Waits in fact has two separate careers. From 1973 (LP "Closing Time") to 1983 ("One From The Heart" soundtrack), he recorded nine LPs for Asylum Records...
“ Thomas Alan Waits
TAW ” - christophershobris
Jimmy Wakely
Soundtrack, Mars Attacks!
He was one of filmdom's last dying breed of "B" crooning cowpokes following WWII. Jimmy Wakely had many talents (singing, songwriting, guitar-playing) and performed in many venues (radio, film, TV, rodeos, clubs) over his career. He began life in Mineola, Arkansas in 1914, but was raised in Depression-era Oklahoma...
“ James Clarence Wakely
JCW ” - christophershobris
Gregory Walcott
Gregory Walcott grew up in North Carolina and went into the Army just after the end of World War II. After leaving the service, he grew restless on the East Coast and, with $100 in his pocket, thumbed his way west to pursue an acting career. An agent who spotted him in a little theater play helped Walcott land his debut movie role in Red Skies of Montana...
“ Bernard Mattox
BM ” - christophershobris
Robert Walden
Actor, Brothers
Robert Walden plays Fran Drescher's father Glen in TV Land's original sitcom "Happily Divorced." Walden's acting credits include hits in both television and film, such as the smash series "Lou Grant" (for which he received three Emmy® nominations), the show "Brothers" (two CableACE nominations) and...
“ Robert Wolkowitz
RW ” - christophershobris
Christopher Walken
Nervous-looking lead and supporting actor of the American stage and films, with sandy colored hair, pale complexion and a somewhat nervous disposition. He won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Deer Hunter, and has been seen in mostly supporting roles, often portraying psychologically unstable characters...
“ Christopher Ronald Walken
CRW ” - christophershobris
Benjamin Walker
Benjamin Walker was born Benjamin Walker Davis in Georgia, and was raised in Cartersville, GA, the son of Jeannine (Walker), a music teacher, and Greg Davis, who worked in finance and owned a movie rental store. He has one older brother. Walker was educated at Cartersville High School in Georgia and the Interlochen Arts Academy in Traverse City...
“ Benjamin Walker Davis
BWD ” - christophershobris
Caleb Walker
Camera and Electrical Department, Running Scared
“ Caleb Michael Walker
CMW ” - christophershobris
Clint Walker
Actor, Cheyenne
Clint Walker was born Norman Eugene Walker in Hartford, southwestern Illinois, to Gladys Huldah (Schwanda), a Czech immigrant, and Paul Arnold Walker, who was from Arkansas. Walker almost single-handedly started the western craze on TV in the 1950s as Cheyenne Bodie in Cheyenne. Growing up in the Depression era meant taking work wherever you could get it...
“ Norman Eugene Walker
NEW ” - christophershobris
“ Cody Beau Walker
CBW ” - christophershobris
Doug Walker
Writer, Kickassia
Doug Walker was born in Naples, Italy; and because his father was in the Navy, lived in many different places across the United States when he was growing up. He went on to study film at Northern Illinois University, majoring in communications. After college, he worked as an illustrator and started making YouTube videos for fun...
“ Douglas Robert Walker
DRW ” - christophershobris
Jimmie Walker
Actor, Good Times
He symbolized the 70s American dream of success -- the former kid from the ghetto who rose to wisecracking TV superstardom. While in his element as the broadly strutting, gleamy-toothed J.J. Evans of the popular urban-styled sitcom Good Times, Jimmie Walker lived the extremely good life. Following the series' demise...
“ James Carter Walker Jr.
JCW Jr. ” - christophershobris
Paul Walker
Paul William Walker IV was born in Glendale, California. He grew up together with his brothers, Caleb and Cody, and sisters, Ashlie and Amie. Their parents, Paul William Walker III, a sewer contractor, and Cheryl (Crabtree) Walker, a model, separated around September 2004. His grandfather, William Walker...
“ Paul William Walker IV
PWW IV ” - christophershobris
Robert Walker
He possessed the same special brand of rebel/misfit sensitivity and charm that made superstars out of John Garfield and (later) James Dean and Montgomery Clift. In the war-torn 1940s, Robert Walker represented MGM's fresh, instinctive breed of up-and-coming talent. His boyish good looks combined with an attractive vulnerability came across the screen with such beauty...
“ Robert Hudson Walker
RHW ” - christophershobris
“ Robert Donald Walker
RDW ” - christophershobris
Robert Walker Jr.
Actor, Easy Rider
Born at Queens Hospital on April 14, 1940. As the son of actors Robert Walker and Jennifer Jones, Robert Walker Jr. certainly had the right pedigree to make the grade in Hollywood. His parents separated when Robert was only three, and at age 9 his stepfather became the powerful film mogul David O. Selznick who by this time had already taken firm control of his mother's career...
“ Robert Hudson Walker Jr.
RHW Jr. ” - christophershobris
“ William Franklin Walker
WFW ” - christophershobris
“ Robert Alan Wall
RAW ” - christophershobris
“ Christopher Jordan Wallace Jr.
CJW Jr. ” - christophershobris
George Wallace
George Wallace was born in New York and, at age 13, moved with his mom and her new husband to McMechen, West Virginia, a coal mining town where the boy began working in the mines. He joined the Navy in 1936, got out in 1940, and then went right back in again when World War II started. A chief boatswain's mate...
“ George Dewey Wallace
GDW ” - christophershobris
“ Leo Melis
LM ” - christophershobris
Eli Wallach
One of Hollywood's finest character / "Method" actors, Eli Wallach was in demand for over 60 years (first film/TV role was 1949) on stage and screen, and has worked alongside the world's biggest stars, including Clark Gable, Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, Marilyn Monroe, Yul Brynner, Peter O'Toole, and Al Pacino, to name but a few...
“ Eli Herschel Wallach
EHW ” - christophershobris
“ Charles Hunter Walsh
CHW ” - christophershobris
“ John Douglas Walsh
JDW ” - christophershobris
“ James Thomas Patrick Walsh
JTPW ” - christophershobris
“ Joseph Fidler Walsh
JFW ” - christophershobris
M. Emmet Walsh
Wonderfully talented, heavyset character actor (from New York, but regularly playing Southerners) M. Emmet Walsh has made a solid career of playing corrupt cops, deadly crooks, and zany comedic roles since the early 1970s. Michael Emmet Walsh was born in Ogdensburg, to Agnes Katharine (Sullivan) and Harry Maurice Walsh...
“ Michael Emmet Walsh
MEW ” - christophershobris
Matt Walsh
Actor, Ted
“ Matthew Paul Walsh
MPW ” - christophershobris
Ray Walston
Ray Walston started his acting career as a spear carrier with a local stock company. When the family moved to Houston, Texas, Walston's father wanted to teach him the oil business, but Walston instead joined a traveling repertory company (selling tickets as well as acting). He went on to associate with Margo Jones at the Houston Civic Theater for six years...
“ Herman Raymond Walston
HRW ” - christophershobris
Jamie Walters
Actor, Shout
Jamie is a native of Marblehead, a little town north of Boston. Besides being an actor he is also a musician and has released three solo records: "Jamie Walters" , "Ride" and "Believed". After doing a TV commercial for Levi's 501 Jeans he starred in Shout along with John Travolta. After that he went on to star in the short-lived Fox TV series The Heights...
“ James Leland Walters Jr.
JLW Jr. ” - christophershobris
Henry B. Walthall
Henry B. Walthall was a respected stage actor who became a favorite of pioneering film director D.W. Griffith. Born in 1878 in Alabama, Walthall embarked on a law career but quit law school in 1898 to enlist in the US Army in order to fight in the Spanish-American War. Returning from the war he decided to take up an acting career instead of the law...
“ Henry Brazeale Walthall
HBW ” - christophershobris
“ Michael Gordon Waltman
MGW ” - christophershobris
“ Frederick Heming
FH ” - christophershobris
Garrett Wang
Garrett Richard Wang was born on December 15, 1968 in Riverside, California to Chinese immigrant parents. He and his sister Laura spent their childhood on the move. He lived in Indiana, then moved to Bermuda and finally to Tennessee. Later, he graduated from Harding Academy High School, Memphis, and moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA where he majored in Asian studies...
“ Garrett Richard Wang
GRW ” - christophershobris
Patrick Warburton
Patrick Warburton is known to many for the role of "Puddy" in the hit NBC comedy "Seinfeld," the laconic, enigmatic, quirky Saab salesman and Elaine's boyfriend. Warburton starred for 7 seasons on the hit CBS comedy "Rules of Engagement" with David Spade, Oliver Hudson, and Megyn Price about two couples and their single friend...
“ Patrick John Warburton
PJW ” - christophershobris
Burt Ward
Actor, Batman
Actor Burt Ward had to endure one of the toughest setbacks ever to befall a TV star once his camp-styled antics as the "Boy Wonder" superhero ended on the one-time hit series Batman. Irreparably typecast, he was out of commission for much of his "post-Robin" career with the cult star eventually becoming a frequent participant at TV nostalgia conventions...
“ Bert John Gervis Jr.
BJG Jr. ” - christophershobris
Fred Ward
Actor, Tremors
A marvelous character actor with intense eyes, a sly grin and somewhat grizzled appearance, Fred Ward has nearly 70 appearances under his belt in many tremendous films. He first became interested in acting after serving three years in the US Air Force and studied at New York's Herbert Berghof Studio...
“ Frederick Joseph Ward
FJW ” - christophershobris
Mateus Ward
Mateus Ward was born in Burbank, California, but was raised on the island of Maui in Hawaii. He is the son of an American father, producer/director/filmmaker Justin Ward, and an Italian immigrant mother, Laura Di Nardo (Laura Ward). His first role was in a live musical theater production where he impersonated Elvis...
“ Mateus Cole Ward
MCW ” - christophershobris
“ Harlan Ward Lufkin
HWL ” - christophershobris
Jack Warden
Jack Warden was born John Warden Lebzelter, Jr. on September 18, 1920 in Newark, New Jersey, to Laura M. (Costello) and John Warden Lebzelter. His father was of German and Irish descent, and his mother was of Irish ancestry. Raised in Louisville, Kentucky, at the age of seventeen, young Jack Lebzelter was expelled from Louisville's DuPont Manual High School for repeatedly fighting...
“ John Warden Lebzelter Jr.
JWL Jr. ” - christophershobris
Joe Warfield
Joe is a veteran of stage, film and television working as an actor, director and teacher. He is a former full-time Professor and Head of Acting Study in the NYU Grad Film Department teaching Directing Actors. Previously, he taught at Loyola University, New Orleans as well as the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport...
“ Joseph Alton Warfield
JAW ” - christophershobris
“ Richard Stephens
RS ” - christophershobris
“ William Alan Leming
WAL ” - christophershobris
“ Richard Anthony Leming
RAL ” - christophershobris
David Warshofsky
Actor, Taken
David was born David Warner in San Francisco, CA. He changed his last name back to the original, Warshofsky, in 1984 when he joined Actor's Equity and then legally when his son Macgee was born in 1997. He went to Saratoga High School and is still good friends with fellow show biz alumni Lance Guest and Ed Solomon...
“ David Alan Warner
DAW ” - christophershobris
Robert Warwick
A prominent matinée stage and silent-film star with handsome features offset only slightly by a prominent proboscis, Robert Warwick was born and raised in Sacramento, California, as Robert Taylor Bien. The gift of music was instilled at an early age (he sang in his church choir) and he initially prepared for an operatic career...
“ Robert Taylor Bien
RTB ” - christophershobris
“ Franklin Bryant Washburn
FBW ” - christophershobris
“ Edgar Washington
EW ” - christophershobris
Carl Washington
Actor, Killjoy
Carl was born in Los Angeles, California on December 18, 1978 in the Hollywood area. He attended and graduated from Westchester High School in Los Angeles in June of 1997. Is an only child but has one step brother and one step sister. He loves acting more than writing. He admires the work of Director John Singleton and his films...
“ Carl Edward Washington
CEW ” - christophershobris
Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington is an American actor and filmmaker. He has received three Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award, and two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for the historical war drama film Glory and Best Actor for his role as a corrupt cop in the crime thriller Training Day. Denzel Hayes Washington...
“ Denzel Hayes Washington Jr.
DHW Jr. ” - christophershobris
“ Jascha Akili Washington
JAW ” - christophershobris
Vernon Washington
Samuel "Vernon" Washington was born in Hartford, Connecticut, the 8th child of Benjamin and Olive Evans of Dinwiddie County, Virginia and Fredrick, Maryland, respectively. On checking a perpetual Calendar, we learned that Vernon was born on Friday, and according to the nursery rhyme, Friday's child is loving and giving...
“ Samuel Vernon Washington
SVW ” - christophershobris
“ Willard Lewis Waterman
WLW ” - christophershobris
“ Derek Matthew Waters
DMW ” - christophershobris
“ Samuel Atkinson Waterston
SAW ” - christophershobris
Pierre Watkin
Pierre Watkin was one of a stable of tall, distinguished-looking and sophisticated character actors (such as Russell Hicks, Jonathan Hale, Selmer Jackson and Samuel S. Hinds) whom Hollywood kept steadily employed playing political leaders, army officers, lawyers, wealthy businessmen and the like...
“ Pierre Franklin Watkin
PFW ” - christophershobris
“ Charles Curtis Watkins III
CCW III ” - christophershobris
Barry Watson
Actor, 7th Heaven
Barry was born in Traverse City, Michigan - the third of four children (Scott & Christie are older, Kip is younger). His dad was an attorney and his mother was a paralegal. At age 8, he moved to Dallas where he started modeling. At age 14, his parents divorced. At age 15, he took off for Burbank, California and almost immediately got a job on the NBC soap Days of Our Lives...
“ Michael Barrett Watson
MBW ” - christophershobris
Bobby Watson
Bobby Watson's acting career began in the late 19th Century, in Springfield, Illinois. At age 10 he had the peanut concession on Saturday afternoons at Springfield's only dance hall, the Olympic Theatre. By age 12 he graduated to the evening concession, and joyously studied the travelling variety acts that came through the town...
“ Robert Watson Knucher
RWK ” - christophershobris
“ David William Watson
DWW ” - christophershobris
“ David Delmar Watson
DDW ” - christophershobris
“ William Oscar Watson
WOW ” - christophershobris
“ Martin Patrick Watt
MPW ” - christophershobris
“ Craig Mikel Wayans
CMW ” - christophershobris
Damon Wayans
An outrageous cueball-domed comedian of film and TV satire, fortified by a dazzling, sly smile, New York-born Damon Wayans is the third of ten children of Elvira Alethia (Green), a social worker and singer, and Howell Wayans, a supermarket manager. He grew up humbly in the Fulton Housing Projects. He began zeroing in on his comedic skills while still a child...
“ Damon Kyle Wayans Sr.
DKW Sr. ” - christophershobris
Damon Wayans Jr.
Actor, Big Hero 6
Damon Wayans Jr. was born at his grandmother's home in Vermont, in November 1982, and was raised in Los Angeles. He is the son of Lisa Thorner and actor Damon Wayans. He made his film debut at age 11 in the 1994 film "Blank Man" playing the role of young Kevin. Later, Damon pursued his early passion...
“ Damon Kyle Wayans Jr.
DKW Jr. ” - christophershobris
Dwayne Wayans
Miscellaneous Crew, My Wife and Kids
“ Dwayne Kim Wayans
DKW ” - christophershobris
“ Marlon Lamont Wayans
MLW ” - christophershobris
“ Shawn Mathis Wayans
SMW ” - christophershobris
David Wayne
His father was an insurance executive; his mother died when he was four. He attended Western Michigan University then worked as a statistician in Cleveland where he joined a Shakespeare repertory company. Two years later he had a minor role in "The American Way" in New York. He was rejected by the army in World War II but volunteered as an ambulance driver in North Africa...
“ Wayne James McMeekan
WJM ” - christophershobris
John Wayne
John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison in Iowa, to Mary Alberta (Brown) and Clyde Leonard Morrison, a pharmacist. He was of English, Ulster-Scots, and Irish ancestry. Clyde developed a lung condition that required him to move his family from Iowa to the warmer climate of southern California, where they tried ranching in the Mojave Desert...
“ Marion Robert Morrison
MRM ” - christophershobris
“ Robert Keith Hartman
RKH ” - christophershobris
Matt Wayne
Miscellaneous Crew, Ben 10: Omniverse
“ Matthew Wayne Tomasko
MWT ” - christophershobris
“ Michael Anthony Morrison
MAM ” - christophershobris
Patrick Wayne
Possessing his father's durable good looks, vigor and charm, this tall, strapping, exceedingly handsome second son of John Wayne had huge boots to fill in trying to escape his legendary father's shadow and corral Hollywood fame on his own terms. But attempt he did and, looking back, he may not have achieved the outright stardom of his father but certainly did quite admirably...
“ Patrick John Morrison
PJM ” - christophershobris
“ Randy Wayne Frederick
RWF ” - christophershobris
Soundtrack, Blade: Trinity
West coast gangsta rapper WC first succeeded (along with Maad Circle) with the CD "Curb servin'". Shortly after that he formed (with Ice Cube and Mack 10) the group "Wesside Connection" which had quite a big success ("Bow Down", "Gangstas make the world go round"). His first appearance in the movies was as "the shooter" in "Friday". His first CD was "Aint a Damn thing changed"
“ William Loshawn Calhoun Jr.
WLC Jr. ” - christophershobris
“ Jacob Michael Weary
JMW ” - christophershobris
Michael Weatherly
Actor, NCIS
Michael Manning Weatherly, Jr. was born on July 8, 1968 in New York City, to Patricia Ruth (Hetherington) and Michael Manning Weatherly, Sr. Raised in Fairfield, CT, he left college to pursue a career in acting. He also had a great passion for music, and played in a band while pursuing his acting career...
“ Michael Manning Weatherly Jr.
MMW Jr. ” - christophershobris
Rudd Weatherwax
Miscellaneous Crew, Lassie
“ Ruddell Bird Weatherwax
RBW ” - christophershobris
Beau Weaver
He grew up in Tulsa, and got his start working for a variety of radio stations as an on-air personality in a number of cities in the 60s and 70s. Today, Beau lives in Los Angeles, where he is a prolific voiceover talent, heard daily on network program promos, trailers for feature films, national commercials and animated cartoons...
“ Beauregard Rodriguez Weaver
BRW ” - christophershobris
Blayne Weaver
Actor, Manic
Blayne Weaver, of Bossier City, Louisiana, began his acting career in high school with the film The Flood: Who Will Save Our Children?, an NBC movie of the week. His first major TV movie was The Good Old Boys with Tommy Lee Jones. He has since done guest spots on ER, JAG, Chicago Hope, NCIS and did the voice of Peter Pan in Disney's animated film Return to Never Land...
“ Blayne Nutron Weaver
BNW ” - christophershobris
“ William Dennis Weaver
WDW ” - christophershobris
Doodles Weaver
Actor, The Birds
Well-remembered at Stanford for his many pranks and practical jokes. Was an occasional guest on Rudy Vallee radio program and Kraft Music Hall in the late 1930s and early 40s. Performed in clubs nationwide. He specialized in manic comic sports narrations, often using his friends' names as characters...
“ Winstead Sheffield Glenndenning Dixon Weaver
WSGDW ” - christophershobris
Fritz Weaver
Fritz Weaver, the American actor, was born on January 19, 1926, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He served in Civilian Public Service as a conscientious objector during World War II, breaking into acting in the early 1950s. He made his Broadway debut in October 1955 in "The Chalk Garden," which garnered five Tony Award nominations...
“ Fritz William Weaver
FWW ” - christophershobris
Jason Weaver
Born on July 18, 1979 in Chicago, Illinois, Jason Weaver has always been surrounded by the world of entertainment. His mother Kitty Haywood, a legendary studio singer, was a staple in his young life and encouraged his pursuit of singing as well as acting. In being surrounded by the some of the best entertainers to date...
“ Jason Michael Weaver
JMW ” - christophershobris
Clifton Webb
Actor, Laura
Already trained in dance and theater, he quit school at age 13 to study music and painting. By 19 he was a professional ballroom dancer in New York, and by his mid-twenties he was performing in musicals, dramas on Broadway and in London, and in silent movies. His first real success in film came in middle age as the classy villain Waldo Lydecker in Laura...
“ Webb Parmelee Hollenbeck
WPH ” - christophershobris
Jack Webb
Writer, Adam-12
John Randolph Webb was born in Santa Monica, California, to Margaret (Smith) and Samuel Chester Webb. His father left home before he was born; Webb would never know him. He was raised by his mother and maternal grandmother in dire poverty that preceded the Depression. Making things worse, Webb suffered from acute asthma from age six until adulthood...
“ John Randolph Webb
JRW ” - christophershobris
Mark Webber
Actor Mark Webber was raised by his single mother, Cheri Lynn Honkala, in the slums of North Philadelphia, where they spent a great deal of time homeless - living in cars and abandoned buildings, and struggling to survive during the harsh winters. Mark and his mother were then the subject of a major...
“ Mark Allen Webber
MAW ” - christophershobris
“ Brent Paul Weber
BPW ” - christophershobris
“ Charles Alan Weber Jr.
CAW Jr. ” - christophershobris