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Oliver Reed is a Actor British born on 13 february 1938 at Wimbledon (United-kingdom)

Oliver Reed

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Birth name Robert Oliver Reed
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 13 february 1938 at Wimbledon (United-kingdom)
Death 2 may 1999 (at 61 years) at Valletta (Malte)

Robert Oliver Reed (13 February 1938 – 2 May 1999) was an English actor known for his upper-class, macho image, hellraiser lifestyle, and "tough guy" roles. His films include The Trap, Oliver!, Women in Love, Hannibal Brooks, The Devils, The Three Musketeers, Tommy, Castaway, Lion of the Desert and Gladiator. At the peak of his career, in 1971, British exhibitors voted Reed 5th most popular star at the box office.


Reed was born in Wimbledon, to sports journalist Peter Reed and his wife Marcia (née Napier-Andrews). He was the nephew of film director Sir Carol Reed, and grandson of the actor-manager Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree by his alleged mistress May Pinney Reed. He was alleged to have been a descendant (through an illegitimate step) of Peter the Great, Tsar of Russia. Reed attended Ewell Castle School in Surrey. He claimed to have been expelled from more than a dozen schools. Oliver's brother Simon Reed, a sports journalist, works for British Eurosport.

In 1959–1960, Reed married Kate Byrne. The couple had one son, Mark, before their divorce in 1969. While filming his part of Bill Sikes in Oliver!, he met Jacquie Daryl, a classically trained dancer who was also in the film. They became lovers and subsequently had a daughter named Sarah. In 1985, he married Josephine Burge, to whom he was still married at the time of his death. In his last years, Reed and Burge lived in Churchtown, County Cork, Ireland.

Reed's face was scarred in a 1963 bar fight after which he received 63 stitches and was in danger of losing his film career over his facial damage. He claimed to have turned down major roles in two Hollywood movies: The Sting (1973; although he did appear in the 1983 sequel The Sting II) and Jaws (1975).

When the UK government raised taxes on personal income, Reed initially declined to join the exodus of major British film stars to Hollywood and other more tax-friendly locales. In the late 1970s Reed finally relocated to Guernsey as a tax exile. He had sold his large house, Broome Hall, between the villages of Coldharbour and Ockley some years earlier and initially lodged at the Duke of Normandie Hotel in Saint Peter Port.

The writer Robert Sellers published in 2013 What Fresh Lunacy Is That? – The Authorised Biography of Oliver Reed.

Reed was known for his alcoholism and binge drinking. Numerous anecdotes exist, such as Reed and 36 friends drinking in an evening 60 gallons of beer, 32 bottles of scotch, 17 bottles of gin, four crates of wine, and a bottle of Babycham. He subsequently revised the story, claiming he drank 106 pints of beer on a two-day binge before marrying Josephine Burge; "The event that was reported actually took place during an arm-wrestling competition in Guernsey about 15 years ago, it was highly exaggerated." Steve McQueen told the story that in 1973 he flew to the UK to discuss a film project with Reed and suggested the two men visit a London nightclub. They ended up on a marathon pub crawl during which Reed vomited on McQueen.

Reed became a close friend and drinking partner of The Who drummer Keith Moon in 1974 while working together on the film version of Tommy. With their reckless lifestyles Reed and Moon shared much in common, and both cited the hard drinking actor Robert Newton as a role model. Christopher Lee, a friend and colleague of Reed, commented on his alcoholism in 2014: "when he started, after number eight, he became a complete monster. It was awful to see."

Reed was often irritated that his appearances on TV chat shows concentrated on his drinking feats rather than his latest film. David Letterman cut to a commercial when it appeared Reed might get violent after being asked too many questions about his drinking. In September 1975, in front of a speechless Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, the bellicose Reed had a glass of whisky poured over his head on-camera by an enraged Shelley Winters (Winters had been upset by Reed's derogatory comments toward women).

He was held partly responsible for the demise of BBC1's Sin on Saturday after some typically forthright comments on the subject of lust, the sin featured on the first programme. The show had many other problems, and a fellow guest revealed that Reed recognised this when he arrived and virtually had to be dragged in front of the cameras. Near the end of his life, he was brought onto some TV shows specifically for his drinking; for example The Word put bottles of liquor in his dressing room so he could be secretly filmed getting drunk. He left the set of the Channel 4 television discussion programme After Dark after arriving drunk and attempting to kiss feminist writer Kate Millett, uttering the memorable phrase, "Give us a kiss, big tits."

However, Cliff Goodwin's biography of Reed, Evil Spirits, offered the theory that Reed was not always as drunk on chat shows as he appeared to be, but rather was acting the part of an uncontrollably sodden former star to liven things up, at the producers' behests. In addition, he was arrested in the southern United States, where he was acquitted of disturbing the peace while drunk. He was banned from Georgia as a result. In December 1987, Reed, who already suffered from gout, became seriously ill with kidney problems as a result of his alcoholism and had to abstain from drinking for a year.

In later years, Reed could often be seen quietly drinking with his wife, Josephine Burge, at the bar of the White Horse Hotel in Dorking, Surrey, not far from his home in Oakwoodhill. When working in London, he was often found at the The Duke of Hamilton pub in Hampstead, an area and pub he often frequented earlier in his career with Peter O'Toole and Richard Burton.

In his final years, when he lived in Ireland, he was a regular in the one-roomed O'Brien's Bar in Churchtown, County Cork, close to the 13th Century cemetery in the heart of the village where he was laid to rest.

Reed died from a heart attack during a break from filming Gladiator in Valletta, Malta, on 2 May 1999. He was 61 years old. Several of his scenes in Gladiator had to be completed using computer-generated imagery (CGI) techniques and, in one place, a mannequin. Despite not completing his work on the film, he was posthumously nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Reed's funeral was held in Churchtown, County Cork, where he had spent the last years of his life. The song "Consider Yourself" from the film Oliver! was played at Oliver Reed's funeral.

Best films

Gladiator (2000)
Oliver! (1968)
Tommy (1975)
The Devils (1971)
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
Women in Love (1969)

Usually with

Ken Russell
Ken Russell
(6 films)
Roy Ashton
Roy Ashton
(7 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Oliver Reed (85 films)

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Gladiator (2000)
, 2h35
Directed by Ridley Scott
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure, Peplum
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about slavery, Films about families, Films about sexuality, Sports films
Actors Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed, Richard Harris, Derek Jacobi
Roles Proximo
Rating82% 4.119114.119114.119114.119114.11911
In AD 180, Spanish-Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius leads the Roman army to a decisive victory against the Germanic tribes near Vindobona, ending a long war on the Roman frontier and winning the favor of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius. Maximus, weary of battle, decides to retire at his Spanish farm estate at the Emperor's behest, but the Emperor tells him that his son and heir to the throne, Commodus, is unfit to rule and thus appoints him as regent to help save Rome from corruption. Before he makes his decision, Commodus is confronted by his father who tells him that he will not be emperor. Burdened by grief and believing he was never valued by his father, Commodus kills him.
Parting Shots
Directed by Michael Winner
Genres Comedy, Crime, Romance
Actors Felicity Ann Kendal, John Cleese, Bob Hoskins, Ben Kingsley, Diana Rigg, Joanna Lumley
Roles Jamie Campbell-Stewart
Rating50% 2.509632.509632.509632.509632.50963
The film concerns Harry Sterndale (Rea), a wedding photographer who is mistakenly told by his doctor that he has six weeks to live and begins to kill people who have wronged him in his life, only to find that the diagnosis was incorrect. Also he paid an assassin named Jamie (Reed) to kill him instead of living out his last days in custody and nearly leaves it too late to call off the hit. Jamie takes after the two and after being arrested for assassinating the dictator of a fictional country he takes the blame for all of the murders that occurred during the film. It ends with Harry and Jill visiting Jamie in prison as newlyweds.
The People vs. Larry Flynt, 2h9
Directed by Miloš Forman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Films about families, Politique, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Films about pornography, Films about disabilities, Political films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton, James Cromwell, Richard Paul, Crispin Glover
Roles le gouverneur Rhodes
Rating72% 3.6481353.6481353.6481353.6481353.648135
In 1952, 10-year-old Larry Flynt is selling moonshine in Kentucky. Twenty years later, Flynt and his younger brother, Jimmy, run the Hustler Go-Go club in Cincinnati. With profits down, Flynt decides to publish a newsletter for the club, the first Hustler magazine, with nude pictures of women working at the club. The newsletter soon becomes a full-fledged magazine, but sales are weak. After Hustler publishes nude pictures of former first lady Jackie Kennedy Onassis, sales take off.
Funny Bones, 2h8
Directed by Peter Chelsom
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Oliver Platt, Jerry Lewis, Lee Evans, Leslie Caron, Richard Griffiths, Sadie Corré
Roles Dolly Hopkins
Rating66% 3.347493.347493.347493.347493.34749
Tommy Fawkes is the son of comedy legend George Fawkes. After his own Las Vegas comedy act flops with his beloved father in the audience, Tommy returns to Blackpool, England, where he spent the summers of his childhood.
Severed Ties, 1h32
Directed by Damon Santostefano
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Horror
Actors Johnny Legend, Oliver Reed, Garret Morris, Elke Sommer
Roles Dr. Hans Vaughan
Rating45% 2.2642252.2642252.2642252.2642252.264225
A regeneration experiment on a severed arm goes awry, turning the limb into a murderous, reptilian creature.
The Pit and the Pendulum, 1h37
Directed by Stuart Gordon
Origin USA
Genres Horror, Romance
Actors Lance Henriksen, Jeffrey Combs, Tom Towles, Carolyn Purdy, Frances Bay, Oliver Reed
Roles Cardinal
Rating59% 2.9979852.9979852.9979852.9979852.997985
In 1492 Spain, Grand Inquisitor Torquemada leads a bloody reign of terror. Opposed to the use of torture by the Church, Maria speaks out during the public execution of a disenfranchised noble family. Torquemada is tempted by Maria's beauty, and atones through self-torture. Confused by these new desires, he accuses Maria of witchcraft and orders that she be tortured until she confesses. During Maria's interrogation, Torquemada cannot stop himself from staring at her naked body; he orders that she be imprisoned. Maria is befriended by fellow prisoner Esmerelda, a confessed witch. Together they struggle to save themselves from the sinister Torquemada.
Prisoner of Honor, 1h28
Directed by Ken Russell
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Spy films, Seafaring films, Prison films, Films about racism, Films about religion, Transport films, Films about capital punishment, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Richard Dreyfuss, Oliver Reed, Peter Firth, Jeremy Kemp, Brian Blessed, Peter Vaughan
Roles Gen. de Boisdeffre
Rating65% 3.295863.295863.295863.295863.29586
The film documents the events that saw a French Captain, Alfred Dreyfus, sent to Devil's Island for espionage near the end of the nineteenth century. Colonel Georges Picquart (Richard Dreyfuss) is given the job of justifying Dreyfus' sentence. Instead, he discovers that Dreyfus (Kenneth Colley), a Jew, was merely a convenient scapegoat for the actions of the true culprit, a member of the French General staff. His attempt to right the wrong sees his military career ended and the famous French author, Émile Zola (Martin Friend), found guilty of libel.
Treasure Island
Directed by Fraser Clarke Heston
Genres Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Pirate films, Films about disabilities, L'Or
Actors Charlton Heston, Christian Bale, Oliver Reed, Christopher Lee, Julian Glover, Pete Postlethwaite
Roles Billy Bones
Rating69% 3.493013.493013.493013.493013.49301
Jim Hawkins (Christian Bale) discovers a treasure map and embarks on a journey to find the treasure, but pirates led by Long John Silver (Charlton Heston) have plans to take the treasure for themselves by way of mutiny.
The Lady and the Highwayman, 1h30
Directed by John Hough
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Swashbuckler, Action, Adventure, Melodrama, Romance
Themes Political films
Actors Oliver Reed, Claire Bloom, Christopher Cazenove, Lysette Anthony, Hugh Grant, Michael York
Roles Sir Phillip Gage
Rating55% 2.7533252.7533252.7533252.7533252.753325
The film begins with a narrator telling us that Cromwell's tyranny is coming to an end, when we see several men approaching on horseback. We learn that King Charles II and several of his Cavaliers have been on an exploratory tour in England, checking to see if the populace is ready to back his return. At the moment he is being hounded by a troop of Roundheads. King Charles stops to bid one of his supporters, a Royalist Lord Lucius Vyne (Hugh Grant) who he gives one of his favorite rings, telling Lucius to send it if he ever needs his help. Taking the ring Lucius borrows the King's distinctive plumed hat and leads the King's pursuers away, allowing Charles and Lucius' cousin, Lord Richard Vyne to reach a waiting boat bound for France. Lucius manages to lose the Roundheads in a cavernous entrance of a quarried chalk cliff face.
The Return of the Musketeers, 1h42
Directed by Richard Lester
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Swashbuckler, Action, Adventure
Actors Michael York, Oliver Reed, Frank Finlay, Richard Chamberlain, C. Thomas Howell, Kim Cattrall
Roles Athos
Rating59% 2.9550752.9550752.9550752.9550752.955075
Twenty years after the events of The Four Musketeers, Cardinal Mazarin has imprisoned the Duke of Beaufort. Mazarin hires d'Artagnan to bring together Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, to work for him. Porthos accepts, but Athos and Aramis decline. By this time, Athos has a son named Raoul.
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, 2h5
Directed by Terry Gilliam, Michele Soavi
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Space adventure films, Sur la Lune, Space opera, Sur la Lune, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors John Neville, Sarah Polley, Eric Idle, Jonathan Pryce, Oliver Reed, Uma Thurman
Roles Vulcan
Rating70% 3.548713.548713.548713.548713.54871
The film begins in an unnamed war-torn European city in the late 18th century (dubbed "The Age of Reason" in an opening caption), where, amid explosions and gunfire from a large Turkish army outside the city gates, a fanciful touring stage production of Baron Munchausen's life and adventures is taking place. Backstage, city official "The Right Ordinary Horatio Jackson" reinforces the city's commitment to reason (here meaning uniformity) by ordering the execution of a soldier (Sting in a cameo) who had just accomplished a near-superhuman feat of bravery, claiming that his bravery is demoralizing to other soldiers.
Blind Justice, 1h30
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about racism, Political films
Actors Christopher Cazenove, Oliver Reed, Edita Brychta, Henry Cele, Siegfried Mynhardt
Roles Ian Ballinger
Rating50% 2.518742.518742.518742.518742.51874
When the British territory of Southern Rhodesia issues a unilateral declaration of independence in 1965, it means freedom and hope for some; despair, fear, and death for others. The one thing certain is that nobody can escape the changes it will bring - least of all Joseph Mahoney, the last colonial commissioner in Kariba Gorge, who finds himself charged with a vast region thrown into turmoil as UDI becomes reality. With the assistance of Afrikaner naturalist Suzie de Villiers and his loyal Ndebele manservant Sampson, Mahoney finds himself struggling to see justice administered to all despite unsympathetic colonists, tribal intrigues, and a mounting rural insurgency. Meanwhile, Sampson finds himself torn between his commitment to ZAPU nationalists and his friendship with Joseph. After Mahoney settles permanently in Rhodesia on Suzie's farm, ZIPRA orders Sampson to bomb the homestead; the latter is appalled, and only carries out his attack when his employers are away.
Gor (1987)
, 1h34
Directed by Fritz Kiersch
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Actors Urbano Barberini, Oliver Reed, Rebecca Ferratti, Jack Palance, Paul L. Smith, Larry Taylor
Roles Sarm
Rating34% 1.7118951.7118951.7118951.7118951.711895
After being snubbed before a weekend-getaway by his teaching assistant, socially awkward professor of physics Tarl Cabot accidentally unlocks the magical properties of a ring which transports him to the planet Gor. After his arrival, Cabot encounters a village being attacked by the army of the tyrannical priest-king Sarm. Sarm's forces are invading neighboring settlements in an effort to retrieve the Home Stone, a mystical object that creates pathways between Gor and distant Earth. Cabot too is abruptly attacked by Sarm's warriors. After inadvertently killing Sarm's own son during the encounter, he is left for dead in the desert. He awakens to find himself being nursed back to health by Talena (Rebecca Ferratti), a scantily clad barbarian princess of the Kingdom of Ko-ro-ba. Cabot learns that Talena's father, the King, has been captured by Sarm, along with the Home Stone. Cabot travels with Talena on a rescue mission to Sarm's lands, where they are captured. Cabot leads a group of rebels in an escape effort, whereupon Cabot is able to kill Sarm, rescue Talena and her father, and reacquire the Home Stone. Tarl et al. return to Ko-ro-ba, where, after Cabot and Talena admit their love for one another, Cabot accidentally activates the Home Stone, and is returned to Earth.
Captive (1986)
, 1h38
Directed by Paul Mayersberg
Origin France
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Oliver Reed, Irina Brook, Xavier Deluc, Michael Cronin, Corinne Dacla
Roles Gregory Le Vay
Rating46% 2.3177752.3177752.3177752.3177752.317775
Gregory Le Vay est un riche homme d'affaires qui vit seul avec sa fille, dans une grande maison entourée d'un jardin immense et isolée de tout. Sa fille Rowena se fait enlever par trois jeunes hommes qui, au fil du temps, la façonneront à leur niveau plus modeste. À travers diverses manipulations psychologiques, la jeune fille se rangera du côté de ses ravisseurs.