William Joseph “Willie” Thorne (born 4 March 1954) is a former English professional snooker player who is now a sports commentator.
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William Joseph “Willie” Thorne (born 4 March 1954) is a former English professional snooker player who is now a sports commentator. He is most famous for missing a blue in the 1985 UK Championship. Willie is a must for any event, such as conferences, corporate hospitality, golf days, snooker exhibitions and many more. He is one of the UK’s leading after dinner speakers, auctioneers, hosts & MCs. Willie’s playing career has been showered with success, with a total of 14 tournament victories worldwide “The Great WT”, as he is affectionately known, was a regular in the Top 16 World Ranking players for well over a decade. Willie is the World Record holder of the highest number of 147 breaks in the history of snooker (190) earning him the nickname “Mr Maximum”. However, first and foremost Willie has established himself as one of the great characters of the game for over twenty-five years. ‘Mr Maximum’ is well known as a TV Celebrity with numerous appearances including ‘Wogan’, ‘Big Break’, ‘Noel’s House Party’, ‘You Bet’, ‘Question of Sport’, ‘They think its all over’, ‘Sporting Triangles’, ‘Des O’Connor’, ‘The Salon’, ‘Breakfast TV’, ‘Fantasy Football’ and ‘Through the keyhole’, to name a few. Willie also hosted 16 shows for Sky TV called ‘Cue Masters’. Willie is now a TV commentator for all the major snooker championships, on Sky TV, ITV and BBC, maintaining his status as a household name. Top class performers in any sporting discipline are a rare breed, with few holding the ability to be truly entertaining and hold an audience; a scarce commodity indeed that has made Willie one of the nation’s most popular sporting celebrities. Due to Willie’s vast experience of TV appearances and presenting, combined with his instantly recognizable features, Mr Maximum has established himself as one of the UK’s leading after dinner speakers, auctioneer, host and MC. An expert with the microphone, Willie has become one of the most sought after auctioneers around, due to his ability to raise money while entertaining the whole audience.
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