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Oliver Reed – MovieActors.com

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Reed in Lion Of The Desert.

About Oliver Reed (1938 – 1999)
Oliver Reed was born on February 13, 1938 in Wimbledon, London, England to Peter Reed and Marcia Napaer-Andrews. At a young age, Reed attended the Ewell Castle School in Surrey, England.

After a compulsory enlistment in the Royal Army Medical Corps, in the 1950’s, Reed started as an extra in THE SQUARE PEG (1958). His first major roles were in SWORD OF SHERWOOD FOREST (1960) and TWO FACES OF DR. JEKYLL (1960).

In January 1960, Reed married Kate Byrne with which he had one son, Mark. In the 1960’s, Oliver played rugged character roles in THE DAMNED (1963), BRIGAND OF KANDAHAR (1960), and THE SHUTTERED ROOM (1967). In 1968, Reed had a lead role in the stage musical OLIVER. During the filming of OLIVER (1968), Oliver had a love-affair with classically trained dancer, Jacquie Daryle (they later had a daughter named Sarah). Quite possibly because of this misstep, he divorced his first wife in 1969.

Reed starred as Athos in THE THREE MUSKETEERS (1973), THE FOUR MUSKETEERS (1974), and RETURN OF THE MUSKETEERS (1979). By the middle of the 1960’s, Oliver was considered by some as Britain’s biggest movie star and was even considered for the role of James Bond. He also returned to the horror genre with THE BROOD (1979).

Oliver’s success wained in the 1980’s. He co-starred with Anthony Quinn in LION OF THE DESERT (1981), and had a role in CASTAWAY (1986). His last major successes were THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN (1988), and TREASURE ISLAND (1988). In 1985, Reed married Josephine Burge to whom he was married until his death. Throughout his adult life, Oliver was known to be a misogynist and have a severe drinking problem-although not in his estimation. He once claimed, “I don’t live in a world of sobriety.” He also has the unfortunate distinction (after a night of drinking) of once vomiting on star Steve McQueen.

In 2000, Reed played Proximo in the movie, GLADIATOR. Fittingly, this was his last role as he passed away during the filming of the movie. Filming in Valletta, Malta from a heart attack, at the age of 62.. After downing three bottles of rum and beating five sailors at arm-wrestling, Oliver Reed passed away from a heart attack.

In 1973, Oliver Reed was severely injured and almost died during the filming of The Three Musketeers, when he was stabbed in the throat during the windmill duel scene.

Declined the role in the movie, JAWS (1975). Primarily because he did not want to relocate to Los Angeles, the part was filled by Robert Shaw.

In 1975, Oliver had a glass of whiskey poured over his head on the Johnny Carson Show by Shelley Winters after a derogatory remark about women.

Some interesting facts about Oliver Reed’s life are:

After a bar fight in 1963, Oliver Reed needed 36 stitches to repair cuts on his face.

It took director Ridley Scott $3,000,000 to digitally recreate Oliver Reed's face after he died, during the filming of Gladiator.

Declined the role in the movie, JAWS (1975). Primarily because he did not want to relocate to Los Angeles, the part was filled by Robert Shaw.

In 1975, Oliver had a glass of whiskey poured over his head on the Johnny Carson Show by Shelley Winters after a derogatory remark about women.

Oliver Reed had two brothers. To keep his business in the family, David Reed became his business manager and his half-brother Simon Reed became his press agent.

Oliver Reed in one of his best roles, as the villainous Bill Sykes in Oliver! (1968)

Had a tattoo of an eagle on his penis.

Had an intense dislike for Jack Nicholson.

Speaking of Reed, Bette Davis once said, “He is possibly one of the most loathsome human beings I’ve ever had the misfortune of meeting.”

Oliver Reed's notable movie credits include...

Orpheus & Eurydice (2000)
Gladiator (2000)
The Incredible Adventures Of Marco Polo (1998)
Funny Bones (1995)
Severed Ties (1992)
The Return Of The Musketeers (1989)
Castaway (1986)
Fanny Hill (1983)
Lion Of The Desert (1981)
A Touch Of Sun (1979)
Tomorrow Never Comes (1978)
Tommy (1975)
The Four Musketeers (1974)
The Three Musketeers (1973)
Oliver! (1968)
The Curse Of The Werewolf (1961)

Some of Oliver Reed's television credits include…

THE SAINT (1963-1964)
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS (1985 mini-series)
LIFT OFF (1987)
A GHOST IN MONTE CARLO (TV movie)
RETURN TO LONESOME DOVE (1993 mini-series)

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Oliver Reed in Oliver (1968).

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Oliver Reed in The Three Musketeers (1973).

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Oliver Reed in Gladiator (2000).

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Oliver Reed in The Four Musketeers (1974).

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Oliver Reed in Burnt Offerings (1976).