Anthony Newley

Highest Rated: 100% Oliver Twist (1951)
Birthday: Sep 24, 1931
Birthplace: Not Available
British entertainer Anthony Newley began as a child star, passing for 10 or 11 even as the Artful Dodger in Oliver Twist (1948), when in fact he was already of driving and shaving age. As a young leading man, Newley learned the ins and outs of self-promotion, chiefly the ability to convince the populace that he could do anything well. In 1959, he became a pop recording star thanks to his singing appearance in Idle on Parade, but this was only the beginning. Stop the World, I Want to Get Off was cowritten by Newley and Leslie Bricusse, but to the world at large Anthony Newley, who also starred in the play, was the whole show. This 1961 London-to-Broadway musical was a superbly written piece and a success. Newley followed up this production with another stage collaboration with Bricusse, 1965's The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd, this time sharing the spotlight (but not without a struggle) with veteran Cyril Ritchard. Few people can remember the plotlines of either of Newley's musical plays, but such song standards as "What Kind of Fool Am I," "Gonna Build a Mountain," "Look at That Face" and "Where Would You Be?" have become audition standards. Newley's overwhelming stage presence didn't translate that well to films, with Dr. Doolittle being the most obvious example of this (it is said that Newley and co-star Samantha Eggar kidded around on the set so much that Rex "Dr. Doolittle" Harrison had to resoundingly insist upon professional decorum). Since Doolittle, Newley has been content to merely write songs for other people's movies, occasionally stepping before the camera in such pictures as Mr. Quilp (1975) and It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time (1976). And in 1969, Anthony Newley directed his then-wife Joan Collins in Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness, a woebegone attempt at "hip" which gained fame only through the embarrassed co-starring stints from Milton Berle and George Jessel, and the fact that many American newspapers refused (probably at the request of studio publicity flacks) to mention the film's slightly licentious title in their movie listings.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Killers of Kilimanjaro Actor 2015
No Score Yet The Strange World Of Gurney Slade Actor Screenwriter 2011
No Score Yet Boris and Natasha Sal Manelli 1992
No Score Yet Coins in the Fountain Alfred 1990
No Score Yet Polly Dabney Mayhew 1989
0% The Garbage Pail Kids Movie Captain Manzini 1987
No Score Yet Stagecoach Actor 1986
No Score Yet Outrage! Victor Coles 1986
No Score Yet Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter 1985
No Score Yet Blade in Hong Kong Tommy T 1985
No Score Yet Animal Talk Actor 1980
No Score Yet It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time Sweeney 1975
No Score Yet Mr. Quilp (Old Curiosity Shop) Daniel Quilp 1975
No Score Yet Summertree Director 1971
No Score Yet Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? Director Producer Heironymus Merkin 1969
No Score Yet Sweet November Charlie Blake 1968
32% Doctor Dolittle Matthew Mugg 1967
No Score Yet The Small World of Sammy Lee Sammy Lee 1963
No Score Yet Idol on Parade (Idle on Parade) Jeep Jackson 1959
No Score Yet The Man Inside Ernesto 1958
No Score Yet Fire Down Below Miguel 1957
No Score Yet The Good Companions Mulbrau 1957
No Score Yet How to Murder a Rich Uncle Edward 1957
82% The Battle of the River Plate (Pursuit of the Graf Spee) Ralph 1956
60% X: The Unknown Pvt. Spider Webb 1956
No Score Yet Cockleshell Heroes Marine Clarke 1955
No Score Yet Above Us the Waves Engineer, X2 1955
100% Oliver Twist Artful Dodger 1951
83% Madeleine Chemist's Assistant 1950
No Score Yet Highly Dangerous Operator 1950
No Score Yet A Boy, a Girl and a Bike Charlie Ritchie 1949
No Score Yet The Guinea Pig Miles Minor 1948
No Score Yet Vice Versa Dick Bultitude 1947


No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
Peter Riddley-Smythe
  • 1988
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
  • 1987
No Score Yet The Flip Wilson Show
  • 1973