Dan Vadis (1938-1987)

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Lee Van Cleef (1925-1989)

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Lupe Velez (1908-1944)

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Martha Vickers (1925-1971)

Martha Vickers
Sultry Martha Vickers had an all-too short career in films, which lasted just a few years and culminated in a couple dozen films. After working her way up in bit roles, Vickers made a big splash in the 1946 film The Big Sleep. But when she married producer A.C. Lyles in 1948, Vickers retired from the screen. Unfortunately, the marriage dissolved in just a few months, and Vickers married actor Mickey Rooney soon afterward. But Vickers divorced Rooney in 1951. In 1954, Vickers married again, this time to actor Manuel Rojas. She came out of retirement in the 1950s to do a few films and TV apperances, but after 1960 she quit the business. Vickers passed away in 1971 at the age of 46.

Yvette Vickers (1928-2011?)

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Helen Walker (1920-1968)

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Deborah Walley (1941-2001)

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John Wayne (1907-1979)

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Jack Webb (1920-1982)

Jack Webb
Producer/director/actor Jack Webb cut his show business teeth on radio in the 1940s. Taking a few small roles in film noir thrillers in the late 1940s, such as He Walked By Night (1948), Webb parlayed this experience into a popular radio show titled Dragnet in 1949. The show moved to television in 1951 and was produced by Webb's Mark VII Ltd. production company. The show remained on the air until 1959; during that time, Webb had also acted in and produced a number of films, including Dragnet (1954), Pete Kelly's Blues (1955), and The D.I. (1957). After a few more films, Webb went back to television work as a TV executive and producer. His Dragnet series was revived in 1967 and ran until 1970. In the 1970s, Webb's Mark VII Ltd. company produced that decade's most popular shows, including Adam-12, Emergency!, and Chase. Married four times, his most famous wife was his first: singer and actress Julie London. The couple married in 1947 and had two daughters but divorced seven years later. London and her second husband, songwriter and actor Bobby Troupe, acted on Webb's series Emergency! from 1972-1977. Webb died of a heart attack in 1982 at the age of 62.

Johnny Weissmuller (1904-1984)

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Cornel Wilde (1912-1989)

Cornel Wilde
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Bill Williams (1915-1992)

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Grant Williams (1930-1985)

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Guy Williams (1924-1989)

Guy Williams
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Van Williams (1934-2016)

Van Williams
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Chill Wills (1903-1978)

Chill Wills
Character actor Chill Wills appeared in dozens of films from the 1930s through the 1970s but is best known for his westerns. Wills worked in a variety of films, acting as sidekick in B westerns with such cowboy actors as George O'Brien, and he even did the voiceover of Francis the Talking Mule in the popular Universal-International film series of the same name. Perhaps the greatest moment of his career was being nominated for an Oscar for his supporting role in The Alamo (1960). In the 1960s Wills' career began to slow, but he still found a few roles in The Rounders (1965; with Glenn Ford) and Fireball 500 (1966; with Fabian, Frankie Avalon, and Annette Funicello). Wills passed away from cancer at the age of 73 in December 1978.

Marie Windsor (1922-2000)

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Shelley Winters (1920-2006)

Shelley Winters
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Doris Wishman (1912-2002)

Doris Wishman in the early 1960s
Sometimes referred to as the 'female Ed Wood,' producer/director Doris Wishman was well known for her notorious nudie flicks, primarily made between 1960s and 1974. After the death of her first husband in 1958, with no real experience Wishman started directing nudist films such as Blaze Starr Goes Nudist (1960; with Blaze Starr) and Nude on the Moon (1962). When changes in legalities created markets for sexploitation films, Wishman left the nudist colony behind, making grittier films such as Bad Girls Go to Hell (1965), Another Day, Another Man (1966), and the hilarious Deadly Weapons (1973; with Chesty Morgan and Harry Reems). Wishman's career went belly-up when hardcore pornographic films went mainstream in the 1970s; her output dwindled thereafter, although she tried her hand at X-rated features such as Satan Was a Lady (1975). In the late 1970s she attempted a comeback with A Night to Dismember, a combination of the slasher/horror and sex film genres. The film was not released until the 1980s and was an unsuccessful attempt at reviving her career. Eventually Wishman did make a comeback, directing a couple of films. She passed away from lymphoma in August 2002 at the age of 90.

Fay Wray (1907-2004)

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Dana Wynter (1931-2011)

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Francine York (1936-2017)

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