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‘Oliver!’ Star Ron Moody Dies at 91

‘Oliver!’ Star Ron Moody Dies at 91
London — The actor Ron Moody, who played Fagin in the movie “Oliver!,” has died at the age of 91.

“He brought joy to his family and to the hearts of many and will be greatly missed. He was singing until the end,” Moody’s widow Therese Blackbourn Moody told the BBC.

Moody is best known for the role of the criminal Fagin in the Charles Dickens adaptation “Oliver!,” a role that earned him Oscar and BAFTA nominations, as well as a Golden Globe win in 1969. The film received 11 Oscar nomination and took home six statuettes, including for film and director for Carol Reed.

Moody first appeared as Fagin in Lionel Bart’s West End stage adaptation in 1960, and won a Tony when he returned to the role for a Broadway revival in 1984.

“Fate destined me to play Fagin. It was the part of a lifetime,” he said.

The depiction of Fagin in the source novel,
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Lester Lands Saxon Fan Son A Part In Comeback Film

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Lester Lands Saxon Fan Son A Part In Comeback Film
Oliver! star Mark Lester turned his new movie into a history lesson for his son Felix after the youngster started becoming obsessed with Saxon life. Lester makes a return to movie acting after 30 years in 1066 - and asked if his son could join him on the set of the film.

Producers were excited about teaming up father and son as historical royals King Harold and his son Godwin, and agreed to let the youngster take part.

Felix impressed his bosses so much, he landed a second part in the film - as a younger version of his father's character.

Associate producer Lance Prebble tells WENN, "We first met Felix and his brother when Mark visited the annual celebration and reenactment of the great 1066 conflict at the original site in Battle, near Hastings, in the U.K.

"Felix really enjoyed the whole day, soaking up the atmosphere, touring the Saxon-tented village and learning how to fight like a real Saxon warrior.

"It appears that he enjoyed it so much that some time later we received a call from Mark to ask if there was any way in which we could involve Felix in the project, as he had developed a real passion for the story of King Harold and William the Conqueror. Of course we said yes, and decided that he would be the obvious choice as not only the young Harold, but also as the adult Harold's son Godwin, adding a real family authenticity to the story."

Oliver's Lester To Battle Craig At The Box Office?

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Oliver's Lester To Battle Craig At The Box Office?
Daniel Craig faces a battle royal at the box office, if he signs on to play William The Conqueror in a new film - Oliver star Mark Lester will play King Harold in a rival movie.

The former child star will don the crown for a new movie, called 1066, which will also feature Alien Vs Predator star Ian Whyte. The $75 million (GBP50 million) movie will be shot in Wales next year.

The project, written by Robin Jacob and historical novelist Helen Hollick, is the culmination of over four years of historical research and script development.

Industry stunt legend Rocky Taylor, who has featured in 17 Bond movies, will take charge of the film's stunt scenes.

Craig is said to be in negotiations to play Harold's rival William in a rival epic, which will trace his life prior to his victory at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

Actor Jack Wild Dies at 53

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Jack Wild, the former teen idol who earned an Oscar nomination for his role as the Artful Dodger in the movie musical Oliver!, died Wednesday after a long battle with mouth cancer; he was 53. Wild had initially been diagnosed with cancer in 2000, and was left unable to speak after undergoing chemotherapy, surgery, and radiotherapy; he blamed his illness on years of heavy drinking and smoking, and was quoted as saying, "My lifestyle had made me a walking time bomb." Born in 1952 in northern England, Wild was discovered by a talent scout while playing soccer. He was cast in the London stage production of Oliver!, and his engaging, energetic portrait of the pickpocket the Artful Dodger, who sang one of the show's most famous songs, "Consider Yourself," won him acclaim as well as the role in the Oscar-winning 1968 film adaptation. His success in the film, which earned him Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations, led to the lead role in the 1970 children's show H.R. Pufnstuf, one of the first television projects from producers Sid and Marty Krofft. The fantastical, sometimes surreal show, centering around a lost boy named Jimmy, his magic flute, and the helpful, six-foot dragon of the title, cemented Wild's status as a teen idol, and he also released three music albums while a TV star. By the mid-70s, however, Wild's fame had faded, and he worked only fitfully through the 80s and 90s as he struggled with alcoholism, though he did have a small role in the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. His last film credit was for the 2005 film Moussaka & Chips, which featured his Oliver! co-star Ron Moody. Wild is survived by his wife, Claire Harding. --Prepared by IMDb staff

'Chicago' and 'Oliver!' Among "Worst" Oscar Winners

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Musicals Chicago, Oliver! and My Fair Lady feature on a new top 10 Worst Oscar Winners list. Editors of movie magazine Premiere have come up with the best and worst Academy Award Best Picture winners in the Oscar issue of the publication. Joining the musicals on the 'worst' list is American Beauty, Around The World In 80 Days, The Greatest Show On Earth and The Great Ziegfield. The "best" list features It Happened One Night, All About Eve, Lawrence Of Arabia, Annie Hall and Marlon Brando classics The Godfather and On The Waterfront.

Oliver! Star Gives Advice To Harry Potter Star

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Oliver! Star Gives Advice To Harry Potter Star
Jack Wild is warning the new Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe to not let fame go to his head. Wild says nothing will prepare the 11-year-old Brit for his starring role in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001). Wild played the Artful Dodger in the hit film Oliver! (1968) and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for the role. Now 47 he says, "With so much going for me, you might have thought I could hardly go wrong. But I paid a high price for my instant success. I remember going to parties where the snacks were bowls of marijuana and cocaine." Wild says to Radcliffe, "Steer clear of temptations and keep your feet on the ground."

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