William "Willie" George Rushton (August 18th, 1937 - December 11th, 1996) was an English cartoonist, satirist, comedian, actor and performer who co-founded the "Private Eye" satirical magazine.
Rushton became the narrator for the Railway Stories after Johnny Morris left. He narrated Edward the Blue Engine through Tramway Engines. He has also recorded adaptations of the "Asterix" comic books and "Alice in Wonderland". He is also famous in his lead roles in both BBC's "Muzzy in Gondoland" and the claymation television series "The Trap Door".
Rushton passed away during heart surgery on the 11th of December in 1996. A plaque was established at Mornington Crescent tube station in his honour.
- His last vocal appearance was in "Dennis and Gnasher", produced in 1996, the same show both Thomas actor Kerry Shale and TUGS actor John Baddeley appeared.
- He, along with David Holt and TUGS voice actors John Baddeley and Timothy Bateson voiced characters from "Shakespeare: The Animated Tales".
- He illustrated Jan Needle's "Wild Wood".
- A narrow gauge Diesel engine named "Willy the Rushton" was featured in a story for the Corris Railway's newsletter, known as the "Corris-Pondent", alongside Cora, Hugh, and Kerr.