Jack Wild

Actor
Compact dark-haired English juvenile lead of the late 1960s and early 70s. An enthusiastic singer and hoofer, Wild gained international notice as The Artful Dodger opposite Mark Lester's wan blond Oliver Twist in ... Read more »
Born: 09/30/1952 in Lancashire, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (12)

Basil 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves 1991 (Movie)

Much (Actor)

Keep It Up Downstairs 1975 (Movie)

Peregrine Cockshute (Actor)

H.R. Pufnstuf 1969 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The 14 1972 (Movie)

Reg (Actor)

Bing Crosby's Christmas Show 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Melody 1971 (Movie)

Ornshaw (Actor)

The Pied Piper 1971 (Movie)

Gavin--the Crippled Boy (Actor)

Flight of the Doves 1970 (Movie)

Finn Dove (Actor)

Pufnstuf 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

Oliver! 1968 (Movie)

The Artful Dodger (Actor)

Our Mutual Friend (TV Show)

Actor
Other (1)

When Saturday Comes 1997 (Movie)

minibus driver (Driver)

Biography

Compact dark-haired English juvenile lead of the late 1960s and early 70s. An enthusiastic singer and hoofer, Wild gained international notice as The Artful Dodger opposite Mark Lester's wan blond Oliver Twist in "Oliver!" (1968), Carol Reed's lavish film version of Lionel Bart's musical take on the Charles Dickens story. Wild's lively rendition of the showstopper "Consider Yourself" helped him net an Oscar nomination. Moving to Hollywood to exploit his new teen idol status, Wild was showcased in the campy and crypto-druggie kid's show, "H. R. Pufnstuf" (NBC, 1969-71; ABC, 1972-73). This Sid and Marty Krofft production featured Wild amid a gaggle of puppets and folks in elaborate costumes as a boy who is marooned with his magic talking flute in an enchanted land presided over by Mayor Pufnstuf, a friendly dragon, and bedeviled by the evil Witchipoo, who schemes to steal the flute for herself. Wild reprised this role for a feature version, "Pufnstuf" (1970).

Relationships

Arthur Wild

Brother

Gaynor Wild

Wife
Welsh divorced

Milestones

1968

Starred in the live-action Saturday morning kids' show, "H. R. Pufnstuf"

1968

Moved to Hollywood

1968

Feature debut, "Oliver!"

Returned to England to work in British features

Bonus Trivia

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There is an official Web site at www.jackwild.com

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Wild struggled with a drinking problem until his mid-30s.

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