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Wouldn’t want this to get lost in all the coverage of Christopher Lee’s passing. When I saw Oliver, the musical version of “Oliver Twist” on stage at the Muny Opera in St. Louis in 1976, hometown hero Vincent Price essayed the roll of Fagin, the leader of the gang of juvenile pickpockets. Price was terrific but the role belonged to Ron Moody who had originated it on Broadway and received an Oscar nomination for Oliver, the Best Picture-winning film version in 1969 (he lost to Cliff Robertson for Charly). Moody starred in Mel Brooks’ The Twelve Chairs in 1970 and had other film roles but was best known for his stage work. Moody died today in England at age 91.
From The New York Times:
- Tom Stockman
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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Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis next month! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con May 22nd through the 24th at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101), and boy oh boy, do they have an amazing line-up of guests!
Sure, you got the comic artists and cosplayers, wrestlers, a St. Louis Ram, a Power Ranger, and of course the ubiquitous Walking Dead stars, but what We Are Movie Geeks is most excited about are the celebrities from movies that will be on hand: Horror legend George Romero, Sharknado legend Tara Reid, horror hostess with the mostest (if you know what I mean) Elvira, Guardians Of The Galaxy tough guy Dave Bautista, Henry the serial killer himself Michael Rooker, Do The Right Thing’s ‘Buggin Out’ Giancarlo Esposito. Lord of the Rings Trilogy’s Pippin Billy Boyd, Captain America squeeze Hayley Atwell, and Silent Bob’s buddy Jay aka Jason Mewes. »
- Tom Stockman
Scriptwriter says viewers need ‘some kind of redemptive moment’ having watched three hours of the Sunday night drama
Phelps, a former EastEnders scriptwriter who has previously worked on the BBC’s adaptations of Great Expectations and Oliver Twist, said the climax to the novel was too bleak for viewers who needed “some kind of redemptive moment at the end of it all”.
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- John Plunkett
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