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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. 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. 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. Upon the American release of Oliver! in Dec. 1968, frequently acerbic The »
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Actor Ron Moody has died at the age of 91.
The British star was best known for his Oscar-nominated role as Fagin in Oliver!.
"He brought joy to his family and to the hearts of many and will be greatly missed. He was singing until the end," his widow Therese said.
Born Ronald Moodnick in Tottenham in 1924, his Jewish father anglicised the family name to Moody several years later.
After originally planning to be an economist, Moody didn't take up acting until he was in his late 20s.
He won a Golden Globe award for playing pickpocket master Fagin in the musical version of Oliver Twist in 1968.
Moody had also said that his biggest regret was turning down the chance to play The Doctor in Doctor Who.
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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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