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Oscar Nominated Moody Pt.2: From Fagin to Merlin - But No Harry Potter

19 June 2015 4:00 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Ron Moody as Fagin in 'Oliver!' based on Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Ron Moody as Fagin in Dickens musical 'Oliver!': Box office and critical hit (See previous post: "Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.") Although British made, Oliver! turned out to be an elephantine release along the lines of – exclamation point or no – Gypsy, Star!, Hello Dolly!, and other Hollywood mega-musicals from the mid'-50s to the early '70s.[1] But however bloated and conventional the final result, and a cast whose best-known name was that of director Carol Reed's nephew, Oliver Reed, Oliver! found countless fans.[2] The mostly British production became a huge financial and critical success in the U.S. at a time when star-studded mega-musicals had become perilous – at times downright disastrous – ventures.[3] Upon the American release of Oliver! in Dec. 1968, frequently acerbic The »

- Andre Soares

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Ron Moody, the original 'Oliver!' Fagin, dies at 91

11 June 2015 9:28 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Oscar nominated actor Ron Moody, best known for a career of playing Fagin in the musical "Oliver!," died on Thursday, June 11 at the age of 91. Moody was the original Fagin in Lionel Bart's West End production of "Oliver!," which premiered in 1960. He was able to play the pick-pocketing grifter in Carol Reed's 1968 film adaptation, which won the Best Picture Oscar, earned Moody his lone Oscar nomination and also earned him a Golden Globe win for Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy. Over the years, Moody returned to various productions of "Oliver!" to great acclaim, even picking up a Tony nomination for a 1984 Broadway revival. Moody famously turned down the opportunity to replace Patrick Troughton as the third Doctor, but he did appear in a "Doctor Who" audio play in 2005.  His other credits include "EastEnders" and performances as Merlin in both "Unidentified Flying Oddball" and "A Kid in King Arthur's Court. »

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Ron Moody 1924-2015

10 June 2015 6:29 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Ron Moody, best known for his portrayal of Fagin in the 1968 Charles Dickens adaptation Oliver!, has passed away at the age of 91, his family has announced.As well as earning a Golden Globe and Oscar nomination for his role as the infamous miser, Moody's career also saw him play EastEnders' Edwin Caldecott and legendary wizard Merlin in both 1995's A Kid in King Arthur's Court and 1979's Unidentified Flying Oddball.It is as Fagin he will be best remembered, however, a part he not only played in Carol Reed's classic film but also on stage both in the West End and on Broadway. "Fate destined me to play Fagin. It was the part of a lifetime," he told The Guardian in 2012.Born Ronald Moodnick in Tottenham on January 8, 1924, his casting as Dickens' villain changed his life immeasurably, earning him a host of job offers afterwards, some of which he turned down, »

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