Oliver Reed Overview:

Actor, Oliver Reed, was born Robert Oliver Reed on Feb 13, 1938 in Wimbledon, England. Reed died at the age of 61 on May 2, 1999 in Valletta, Malta .

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British horror movie magazine The Dark Side goes from strength to strength and continues with its exemplary coverage of the classic horror scene in its latest issue. The Dark Side number 153 features a superb cover painting depicting as Hammer Films’ furry fiend and Classic Horror ... Read full article


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Oliver Reed Quotes:

Gerald Crich: You know, I always believe in love, in true love. But where do you find it nowadays?
Rupert Birkin: I don't know. Life has all kinds of things. There isn't only one road.
Gerald Crich: I don't care how it is with me... as long as I feel... that I've lived. I don't care how it is, as long as I feel that.


Simon Ashby: [stumbles through the door inebriated]
Aunt Harriet: Where have you been?
Simon Ashby: [smirk on his face] I've been drinking.
[Looks at the liquor on the bar in the entryway]
Simon Ashby: Now I need to drink some more.


Gerald Crich: There's one thing about our family, you know. Once anything goes wrong, it can never be put right. Not with us.


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By the mid-1970s he was considered by many to be Britain's biggest movie star. He declined roles in The Sting (1973) and Jaws (1975) because he didn't want to relocate to Los Angeles. Both of these roles were taken by fellow British hellraiser Robert Shaw. However, a Hollywood executive claimed, "Reed didn't turn us down. We turned him down. We like our stars to have respect - Oliver Reed didn't respect anyone and he showed it."

Some obituaries mentioned the similarity between Reed's death and Robert Newton's. Newton, who had played Bill Sykes in David Lean's non-musical version of Oliver Twist (1948), was a notoriously heavy drinker. He remained sober while filming Around the World in Eighty Days (1956), which was supposed to be a big comeback for him as an actor. Toward the end of filming, however, he indulged in one final drinking marathon and died from a heart attack, aged only 50. Similarly, Reed remained sober while filming Gladiator (2000) - intended as a big comeback - but died from a heart attack after allowing himself one final binge.

Cousin of actress Tracy Reed and of the actor David Tree.

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