Oliver Reed

Actor, Club bouncer, Fairground boxer
A versatile performer who made his living playing ruthless villains, actor Oliver Reed also developed a reputation as one of the bad boys of British cinema. In the 1960s and 1970s, he - along with pals Richard Burton ... Read more »
Born: 02/13/1938 in Wimbledon, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (82)

Louisa and the Jackpot 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Gladiator 2000 (Movie)

Proximo (Actor)

Jeremiah 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Marco Polo 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Parting Shots 1998 (Movie)

Jamie Campbell Stewart (Actor)

The Bruce 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Severed Ties 1991 (Movie)

Dr Hans Vaughan (Actor)

The Pit and the Pendulum 1991 (Movie)

Cardinal (Actor)

Panama Sugar 1990 (Movie)

General (Actor)

Treasure Island 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Dragonard 1989 (Movie)

Captain Shanks (Actor)

Hired to Kill 1989 (Movie)

Michael Bartos (Actor)

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen 1989 (Movie)

Vulcan (Actor)

The Return of the Musketeers 1989 (Movie)

Athos (Actor)

The Revenger 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hold My Hand, I'm Dying 1988 (Movie)

Ballinger (Actor)

Rage to Kill 1988 (Movie)

General Turner (Actor)

Skeleton Coast 1988 (Movie)

Captain David Simpson (Actor)

The House of Usher 1988 (Movie)

Roderick Usher (Actor)

The Misfit Brigade 1988 (Movie)

The General (Actor)

Captive 1987 (Movie)

Gregory LeVay (Actor)

Captive Rage 1987 (Movie)

General Belmondo (Actor)

Castaway 1987 (Movie)

Gerald Kingsland (Actor)

Gor 1987 (Movie)

Sarm (Actor)

Spasms 1986 (Movie)

Jason Kincaid (Actor)

Black Arrow 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Christopher Columbus 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Two of A Kind 1983 (Movie)

Beazley (Actor)

Fanny Hill 1982 (Movie)

Lawyer (Actor)

Condorman 1981 (Movie)

Krokov (Actor)

Lion of the Desert 1981 (Movie)

General Rodolfo Graziani (Actor)

The Sting II 1981 (Movie)

Doyle Lonnegan (Actor)

Venom 1980 (Movie)

Dave (Actor)

Dr. Heckyl & Mr. Hype 1979 (Movie)

Dr Heckyl (Actor)

The Brood 1979 (Movie)

Dr Hal Raglan (Actor)

Crossed Swords 1978 (Movie)

Miles Hendon (Actor)

The Big Sleep 1978 (Movie)

Eddie Mars (Actor)

Maniac 1977 (Movie)

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The Class of Miss MacMichael 1977 (Movie)

Terence Sutton (Actor)

Tomorrow Never Comes 1977 (Movie)

Jim Wilson (Actor)

Burnt Offerings 1976 (Movie)

Ben (Actor)

Royal Flash 1976 (Movie)

Otto Von Bismarck (Actor)

And Then There Were None 1975 (Movie)

Hugh Lombard (Actor)

The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday 1975 (Movie)

Joe Knox (Actor)

The Sell Out 1975 (Movie)

Gabriel Lee (Actor)

Tommy 1975 (Movie)

Frank Hobbs (Actor)

Blood in the Streets 1974 (Movie)

Vito Cipriani (Actor)

The Four Musketeers 1974 (Movie)

Athos (Actor)

The Triple Echo 1973 (Movie)

Sergeant (Actor)

Blue Blood 1972 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

Mordi e Fuggi 1972 (Movie)

Fabrizio (Actor)

The Three Musketeers 1972 (Movie)

Athos (Actor)

Z.P.G. 1972 (Movie)

Russ (Actor)

Sitting Target 1971 (Movie)

Harry Lomart (Actor)

Take a Girl Like You 1970 (Movie)

Patrick (Actor)

The Devils 1970 (Movie)

Father Grandier (Actor)

The Hunting Party 1970 (Movie)

Frank Calder (Actor)

Hannibal Brooks 1969 (Movie)

Brooks (Actor)

The Assassination Bureau 1969 (Movie)

Ivan Dragomiloff (Actor)

Women in Love 1969 (Movie)

Gerald Crich (Actor)

I'll Never Forget What's 'Is Name 1968 (Movie)

Andrew Quint (Actor)

Oliver! 1968 (Movie)

Bill Sikes (Actor)

The Jokers 1966 (Movie)

David (Actor)

The Bridge of Kandahar 1965 (Movie)

Eli Khan (Actor)

The Trap 1965 (Movie)

Jean La Bete (Actor)

The System 1963 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Rebel 1961 (Movie)

Artist (Actor)

These Are the Damned 1961 (Movie)

King (Actor)

The Curse of the Werewolf 1960 (Movie)

Leon (Actor)

The Pirates of Blood River 1960 (Movie)

Brocaire (Actor)

Sword of Sherwood Forest 1959 (Movie)

Melton (Actor)

The Angry Silence 1959 (Movie)

Mick (Actor)

A Ghost in Monte Carlo (TV Show)

Actor

Black Arrow (Movie)

Sir Daniel Brackley (Actor)

Dante's Inferno (Movie)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Actor)

His and Hers (Movie)

Poet (Actor)

Prisoner of Honor (TV Show)

Actor

Return to Lonesome Dove (TV Show)

Actor

The Bulldog Breed (Movie)

Tough youth (uncredited) (Actor)

The Lady and the Highwayman (TV Show)

Actor

The Party's Over (Movie)

Moise (Actor)

Biography

A versatile performer who made his living playing ruthless villains, actor Oliver Reed also developed a reputation as one of the bad boys of British cinema. In the 1960s and 1970s, he - along with pals Richard Burton, Richard Harris and Peter O'Toole - notoriously raised hell while drinking themselves into oblivion, leaving behind a long line of battered hotel rooms and broken bones, courtesy of numerous bar fights. With no formal training to speak of, Reed burst onto the scene with "The Curse of the Werewolf" (1961) and delivered a memorable performance as the evil Bill Sykes in the Oscar-winning musical "Oliver!" (1968). He was delightful as the amoral head of "The Assassination Bureau" (1969), and was at his swashbuckling best as Athos in "The Three Musketeers" (1973) and its sequel "The Four Musketeers" (1974). From there, Reed embarked on a series of misbegotten films like "The Big Sleep" (1978), "The Sting II" (1983) and "Castaway" (1986), none of which added any value to his career. Reed had a bit of fun as the evil Vulcan in "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" (1988) and Billy Bones in "Treasure Island" (TNT, 1990), only to once again make several rather forgettable pictures. But Reed began reviving himself once more late in his career, only to suffer a fatal heart attack in the midst of production on the Oscar-winning "Gladiator" (2000), leaving behind a long career that to critics and fans seemed unworthy of the actor's considerable gifts.

Relationships

Marcia Reed

Mother

Simon Reed

Brother

Josephine Burge

Wife
married in 1985 born c. 1964 had been together since she was 16 years old

Katherine Byrne

Wife
married in 1960 divorced in 1970 mother of Mark Reed

Jacquie Daryl

Companion
ballerina had 12-year relationship mother of Sarah Reed

Peter Reed

Father

Sarah Reed

Daughter
mother, Jacquie Daryl

Mark Reed

Son
mother, Katherine Byrne

Carol Reed

Uncle
perhaps best remembered for "The Third Man" (1949) cast Reed in the Oscar-winning film "Oliver!"

Milestones

2000

Final film, "Gladiator"; had just about completed filming at time of death

1997

Wrapped three movies: "Marco Polo" with Jack Palance and Christopher Lee; his fifth feature with Michael Winner, "Parting Shots" (cast included Diana Rigg, Ben Kingsley and Bob Hoskins); and Menahem Golan's "Louisa and Jackpot"

1995

Portrayed Dolly Hopkins in "Funny Bones"

1993

Last intallment of Lester's "Musketeer" series, "The Return of the Musketeers", went straight to video

1993

Played Gregor Dunnegan in CBS miniseries "Return to Lonesome Dove"

1991

Yet another turn for director Ken Russell, this time in the HBO movie "Prisoner of Honor"

1990

Acted the part of Captain Billy Bones in Fraser C Heston's directorial debut, "Treasure Island" (TNT); Heston's father Charlton starred as Long John Silver

1989

Presided over underworld domain as Vulcan in "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen"

1985

Appeared as Martin Pinzon in CBS miniseries "Christopher Columbus"

1980

Acted the title roles of perverse comedy "Dr Heckyl and Mr Hype"

1979

Played Dr Hal Raglan in David Cronenberg's "The Brood"

1978

Fourth film with Winner, the noir remake of "The Big Sleep"

1975

Third feature with Russell, the Who's "Tommy", playing Frank Hobbs

1975

Portrayed a comic swashbuckler in Lester's "The Royal Flash"

1975

Reprised role of Athos for Lester's "The Four Musketeers"

1973

First of four movies with Richard Lester, "The Three Musketeers", playing Athos

1970

Reteamed with Russell for "The Devils"

1968

Portrayed Gerald Crich in Ken Russell's adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's "Women in Love"

1968

Delivered a memorable turn as Bill Sykes in Carol Reed's Oscar-winning musical "Oliver!"

1968

Played title role in third film with Winner, "Hannibal Brooks"

1967

Acted for director Ken Russell in "Dante's Inferno" episode of BBC series "Omnibus"

1967

Reteamed with Winner for "I'll Never Forget What's 'Is Name"

1966

Starred with Michael Crawford as upper class brothers putting everyone on and pulling off the perfect caper in Michael Winner's "The Jokers"

1963

Played a sadistic and lecherous motorcycle gang leader in Joseph Losey's "The Damned" (released in the USA as "These Are the Damned" in 1965)

1961

First starring role, "The Curse of the Werewolf"

First big break, terrifying children, in the BBC's kids series "The Golden Spur"

Served as Royal Army Medical Corpsman

Bonus Trivia

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Reed was an honorary Musketeer of France.

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"I'm not a villain, I've never hurt anyone. I'm just a tawdry character who explodes now and again." --Oliver Reed

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