Ron Moody

Actor, Singer, Librettist
A sad-faced character player of stage and screen often cast in comic or seriocomic roles, Ron Moody is best recalled for portraying Fagin, the adult leader of a pickpocket gang, in both the 1960 London stage and 1968 ... Read more »
Born: 01/08/1924 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (27)

Lost Dogs 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Paradise Grove 2005 (Movie)

Izzie Goldberg (Actor)

Keen Eddie 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Revelation (Cyclops Vision / Romulus) 2001 (Movie)

Sir Isaac Newton (Actor)

A Kid in King Arthur's Court 1995 (Movie)

Merlin (Actor)

Asterix and the Big Fight 1989 (Movie)

of Prolix (Voice)

Where Is Parsifal? 1984 (Movie)

Baron Gaspard Beersbohm (Actor)

Tales of the Gold Monkey 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Wrong Is Right 1982 (Movie)

King Awad (Actor)

Dial M For Murder 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Nobody's Perfect 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Dominique 1979 (Movie)

Doctor Rogers (Actor)

The Unidentified Flying Oddball 1979 (Movie)

Merlin (Actor)

The Word 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The David Soul and Friends Special 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Dogpound Shuffle 1974 (Movie)

Steps (Actor)

David Copperfield 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Flight of the Doves 1970 (Movie)

Hawk Dove (Actor)

Portrait of Petula 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

The Twelve Chairs 1969 (Movie)

Vorobyaninov (Actor)

Oliver! 1968 (Movie)

Fagin (Actor)

Summer Holiday 1962 (Movie)

Orlando (Actor)

The Mouse on the Moon 1962 (Movie)

Mountjoy (Actor)

A Ghost in Monte Carlo (TV Show)

Actor

Holby City (Tv Show)

Actor

Ladies Who Do (Movie)

Police Inspector (Actor)

Biography

A sad-faced character player of stage and screen often cast in comic or seriocomic roles, Ron Moody is best recalled for portraying Fagin, the adult leader of a pickpocket gang, in both the 1960 London stage and 1968 feature film versions of "Oliver!. " He went on to play Uriah Heep in the 1970 NBC version of "David Copperfield" and Ippoli Vorobyaninov, the clerk of noble birth searching for his family fortune in "The Twelve Chairs" (1970). But Moody never seemed to land meaty roles again and his feature film and TV appearances became more sporadic in the 80s and 90s. He died on June 11, 2015 at the age of 91.

Relationships

Kate Moody

Mother

Bernard Moody

Father
changed family name in 1930

EDUCATION

London School of Economics

1950

Milestones

2005

Starred in the comedy-drama "Lost Dogs," his final major role.

1995

Had another go at Merlin in the Disney film "A Kid in King Arthur's Court"

1984

Again played Fagin in a revival of "Oliver!", first in London and later in a brief Broadway run

1981

Co-starred in the ABC adventure series "Tales of the Gold Monkey"

1980

Starred in the American sitcom "Nobody's Perfect" (ABC)

1979

Cast as Merlin in "The Unidentified Flying Oddball"

1978

US TV miniseries debut, "The Word" (CBS)

1976

Wrote and composed the score for the stage musical "The Showman"

1973

Made American stage debut playing Fagin in "Oliver!" in Los Angeles and San Francisco

1970

First directed for the stage, "Saturnalia"; also composed score

1969

Portrayed Uriah Heep in NBC version of "David Copperfield"; released theatrically in Europe

1969

Co-starred in Mel Brooks' "The Twelve Chairs"

1968

Repeated stage role of Fagin in film version of "Oliver!", directed by Carol Reed; earned Best Actor Oscar nomination

1962

Wrote and starred in the musical "Joey" at the Old Vic in Bristol

1960

First played the role of Fagin in the Lionel Bart musical "Oliver!" in London's West End

1958

Feature film debut, "Davy"

1952

London stage debut "Intimacy at Eight"

Bonus Trivia

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Recreated his famous dance scene from "Oliver!" at the age of 80 for a BBC special reuniting the cast.

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Studied sociology at the famed London School of Economics before deciding to become an actor.

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Served as a radar technician for the RAF during World War II.

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On his most famous role, as Fagin: "I couldn't possibly have played the role if it was seen as anti-semitic. I knew in my Jewish bones, he was a funny character, who would get laughs, because I played him anarchistically." The Jewish Chronicle Online, Dec. 22, 2010

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