Oliver Reed

Oliver Reed

Highest Rated: 100% Castaway (1987)

Lowest Rated: 0% The Sting II (1983)

Birthday: Feb 13, 1938

Birthplace: Wimbledon, London, England, UK

A versatile performer who made his living playing ruthless villains, actor Oliver Reed also developed a reputation as one of the bad boys of British cinema. In the 1960s and 1970s, he - along with pals Richard Burton, Richard Harris and Peter O'Toole - notoriously raised hell while drinking themselves into oblivion, leaving behind a long line of battered hotel rooms and broken bones, courtesy of numerous bar fights. With no formal training to speak of, Reed burst onto the scene with "The Curse of the Werewolf" (1961) and delivered a memorable performance as the evil Bill Sykes in the Oscar-winning musical "Oliver!" (1968). He was delightful as the amoral head of "The Assassination Bureau" (1969), and was at his swashbuckling best as Athos in "The Three Musketeers" (1973) and its sequel "The Four Musketeers" (1974). From there, Reed embarked on a series of misbegotten films like "The Big Sleep" (1978), "The Sting II" (1983) and "Castaway" (1986), none of which added any value to his career. Reed had a bit of fun as the evil Vulcan in "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" (1988) and Billy Bones in "Treasure Island" (TNT, 1990), only to once again make several rather forgettable pictures. But Reed began reviving himself once more late in his career, only to suffer a fatal heart attack in the midst of production on the Oscar-winning "Gladiator" (2000), leaving behind a long career that to critics and fans seemed unworthy of the actor's considerable gifts.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
77% 87% Gladiator Proximo (Character) $187.7M 2000
No Score Yet 22% Parting Shots Jamie Campbell-Stewart (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 33% Marco Polo Captain Cornelius Donovan (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 76% Jeremiah General Safan (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bruce Unknown (Character) - 1996
61% 82% Funny Bones Dolly Hopkins (Character) $527K 1995
No Score Yet 45% Severed Ties Doctor Hans Vaughan (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 80% Prisoner of Honor Gen. de Boisdeffre (Character) - 1991
56% 39% The Pit and the Pendulum Cardinal (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet 33% Hired to Kill Michael Bartos (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet 77% Treasure Island Capt. Billy Bones (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet That's Action Unknown (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Revenger Jack Fisher (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Ghost in Monte Carlo The Rajah (Character) - 1990
92% 82% The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Vulcan (Character) $8.6M 1989
No Score Yet 46% The Lady and the Highwayman Sir Phillip Gage (Character) - 1989
60% 34% The Return of the Musketeers Athos (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet 29% The House of Usher Roderick Usher (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Captive Rage General Belmondo (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 0% Skeleton Coast Capt. Simpson (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fair Trade General Belmondo (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Blind Justice Ballinger (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 2% Gor Sarm (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hold My Hand, I'm Dying Ballinger (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dragonard Captain Shanks (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Master of Dragonard Hill Captain Shanks (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 37% Wheels of Terror The General (Character) - 1987
100% 73% Castaway Gerald Kingsland (Character) $229.9K 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rage to Kill Gen. Turner (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Captive Gregory Le Vay (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Arrow Sir Daniel (Character) - 1985
18% 37% Two of a Kind Beasley (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 10% Spasms Jason Kincaid (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 31% Fanny Hill Mr. Edward Widdlecome (Character) - 1983
0% 29% The Sting II Lonnegan (Character) - 1983
23% 65% Condorman Krokov (Character) - 1981
43% 31% Venom Dave Averconnelly (Character) - 1981
71% 93% Lion of the Desert Gen. Rodolfo Graziani (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 20% Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype Dr. Henry Heckyl/Mr. Hype (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet No Secrets Captain Daniel Nelson (Character) - 1979
83% 68% The Brood Dr. Hal Raglan (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 0% Tomorrow Never Comes Jim Wilson (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Class of Miss MacMichael Terence Sutton (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 52% Crossed Swords Miles Hendon (Character) - 1978
67% 27% The Big Sleep Eddie Mars (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Maniac Unknown (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ransom Nick McCormick (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 41% The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday Joe Knox (Character) - 1976
54% 43% Burnt Offerings Ben Rolf (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 20% The Sellout Gabriel Lee (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 64% Royal Flash Otto von Bismarck (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 73% Blood in the Streets Vito Cipriani (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 33% Ten Little Indians Hugh Lombard (Character) - 1975
70% 71% Tommy Frank Hobbs (Character) - 1975
76% 75% The Four Musketeers Athos (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 67% The Triple Echo Sergeant (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Blue Blood Tom (Character) - 1973
86% 78% The Three Musketeers Athos (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet One Russian Summer Palizyn (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 62% Sitting Target Harry Lomart (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 9% Z.P.G. Russ McNeil (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Age of Pisces Unknown (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dirty Weekend Fabrizo (Character) - 1972
67% 89% The Devils Urbain Grandier (Character) - 1971
20% 53% The Hunting Party Frank Calder (Character) - 1971
20% No Score Yet The Lady in the Car With Glasses and a Gun Michael Caldwell (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 0% Take a Girl Like You Patrick Standish (Character) - 1970
75% 72% The Assassination Bureau Ivan Dragomiloff (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 85% Hannibal Brooks Hannibal Brooks (Character) - 1969
83% 75% Women in Love Gerald Crich (Character) - 1969
82% 81% Oliver! Bill Sikes (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 78% The Trap La Bete (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 52% I'll Never Forget What's 'is Name Andrew Quint (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 70% The Jokers David Tremayne (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 42% The Shuttered Room Ethan (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Brigand of Kandahar Ali Khan (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 30% The Crimson Blade Capt. Tom Sylvester (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 55% The System Tinker (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 69% Paranoiac Simon Ashby (Character) - 1963
86% 52% These Are the Damned King (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 61% Night Creatures Harry Cobtree (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 17% The Pirates of Blood River Brocaire (Character) - 1962
50% 58% The Curse of the Werewolf Leon Corledo (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 39% Sword of Sherwood Forest Lord Melton (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 62% No Love for Johnnie Man with Bucket on His Head (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 47% Wild for Kicks Plaid Shirt (Character) - 1960

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Return to Lonesome Dove Unknown (Character) 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Christopher Columbus Martin Pinzon (Character) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Saint Aristides (Guest Star) 1963-1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet H.G. Wells' Invisible Man Unknown (Guest Star) 1958

QUOTES FROM Oliver Reed CHARACTERS

Dr. Hal Raglan says: They're her children. More exactly, the children of her rage.

Proximo says: And the great whore will suckle us until we are fat and happy and can suckle no more.

Proximo says: You should see the Colosseum Spaniard. Fifty-thousand Romans... watching every movement of your sword... willing you to make that killer blow. The silence before you strike and the noise afterwards. It rises. It rises up... like a storm. As if you were the thunder god himself.

Proximo says: You should see the Colosseum Spaniard. Fifty-thousand Romans watching every movement of your sword, willing you to make that killer blow. The silence before you strike and the noise afterwards. It rises. It rises up like a storm. As if you were the thunder god himself.

Proximo says: Gladiators... I salute you.

Proximo says: Ultimately, we are all dead men. Sadly we cannot choose how but we can decide how we meet that end in order that we are remembered as men

Proximo says: Ultimately, we are all dead men. Sadly we cannot choose how but we can decide how we meet that end in order that we are remembered as men.

Proximo says: We are nothing but dust and shadows. Dust and shadows!

Proximo says: You have sold me queer giraffes.