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Oliver Reed

Highest Rated:   100% Castaway (1987)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Sting II (1983)
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Birthplace:   Wimbledon, London, England, UK
Burly British actor Oliver Reed juggled over 60 film roles in 40 years and a full-blooded social life of women, booze, and bar fights, both of which became fodder for stories about one of England's darker leading men and villainous character actors. After getting his start in cult monster movies from Hammer Studios, Reed forged a body of work most associated with acclaimed directors Ken Russell, Richard Lester, and Michael Winner, in which he was able to sidestep his typecasting as a brooding heavy. Reed remains one of the only prominent British thespians never to amass any stage work, making him a pure film actor. Reed was born on February 13, 1938, in Wimbledon, England, a nephew of film director Sir Carol Reed (The Third Man). An antsy type given to partying with friends, Reed did not complete high school. He ended up taking on a variety of blue-collar jobs, including nightclub bouncer and hospital porter, and even a short career in pugilism. In 1960, he suddenly burst into films, showing up in the background of the Hammer films The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll and Sword of Sherwood Forest, and as a gay ballet dancer in The League of Gentlemen. His first starring role came with Hammer in 1961, as the title character in Curse of the Werewolf. Years later, he would serve as narrator on a full Hammer retrospective, putting his sonorous speaking voice to good use and paying homage to his roots. Such early work paved the way for a steady flow of bad-guy roles in horrors, costume dramas, and suspense thrillers. Reed's intense, glowering features could also be manipulated for believable ethnic characterizations. Titles such as These Are the Damned and Pirates of Blood River (both 1962) followed. His first of six collaborations with Michael Winner came with The Girl Getters in 1966. In 1968, he won his first leading role in a universally well-received film, the Oscar-winner Oliver!, directed by his uncle, in which he played murderous thief Bill Sikes. Despite complaints of nepotism, Reed insisted he had to persuade his uncle to cast him, even though his credentials closely matched the needs of the part. Another watershed moment came in 1969, when Ken Russell cast him as one of the leads in his adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's Women in Love. While the film was a well-received treatise on sexuality and marriage, it achieved some notoriety for featuring the first-ever full-frontal male nudity in an English-language commercial film. Reed and Alan Bates engage in a memorable nude wrestling match that audaciously fleshes out the film's themes. Reportedly, Russell had planned to scrap the scene, worried about censor backlash, until Reed wrestled him into including it, literally pinning him down, in Russell's kitchen. Still, Reed told the Los Angeles Times he had to drink a bottle of vodka before he could relax enough to film the scene. The actor and director would work together five more times, including The Devils (1971) and Tommy (1975), in which Reed played Frank Hobbs. Reed was also known for portraying musketeer Athos in three of Richard Lester's film versions of Alexandre Dumas' famous tale. Reed appeared in The Three Musketeers (1973) and its sequel, The Four Musketeers (1975), which originally had been planned as one long movie. He revived the role in 1989 for The Return of the Musketeers. During filming of the windmill scene in the first film, Reed was nearly killed when he received an accidental stab wound in the neck. Add in 36 facial stitches following a bar fight in 1963, and the actor had more than his share of scrapes. Reed peaked in many ways in the mid-'70s, and had to settle on genre work for much of his career. Films such as Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hipe (1980), Venom (1982), Gor (1987), and Dragonard (1987) became his regular source of paychecks for many years. For every respite, such as Nicolas Roeg's Castaway (1987) or Terry Gilliam's The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1989), there was a return to familiar territory with garba

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Yirmiyahu
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Las Increíbles Aventuras de Marco Polo en su Viaje
  • Actor
2000
76% Gladiator
  • Proximo
2000
No Score Yet Parting Shots
  • Jamie
1999
No Score Yet Jeremiah
  • General Safan
1998
87% The People Vs. Larry Flynt
  • Governor Rhodes
1996
61% Funny Bones
  • Dolly Hopkins
1995
No Score Yet Severed Ties
  • Dr. Hans Vaughan
1992
No Score Yet Prisoner of Honor
  • Gen. de Boisdeffre
1991
56% The Pit and the Pendulum
  • Cardinal
1991
No Score Yet Hired to Kill
  • Bartos
1990
No Score Yet A Ghost in Monte Carlo
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Treasure Island (Devil's Treasure)
  • Billy Bones
1990
No Score Yet The Revenger
  • Actor
1990
60% The Return of the Musketeers
  • Athos
1989
No Score Yet The Lady and the Highwayman
  • Sir Phillip Gage
1989
92% The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
  • Vulcan
1989
No Score Yet The House of Usher
  • Roderick
1988
No Score Yet Master of Dragonard Hill
  • Capt. Shanks
1988
No Score Yet Skeleton Coast
  • Capt. Simpson
1988
No Score Yet Gor
  • Sarm
1988
No Score Yet Wheels of Terror
  • The General
1988
No Score Yet Blind Justice
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Captive Rage
  • Gen. Belmondo
1988
No Score Yet Rage to Kill
  • Gen. Turner
1988
100% Castaway
  • Gerald Kingsland
1987
No Score Yet Captive
  • Gregory Le Vay
1986
No Score Yet Black Arrow
  • Sir Daniel Brackley
1985
No Score Yet Ransom
  • Actor
1984
20% Two of a Kind
  • Beazley
1983
No Score Yet Spasms
  • Jason Kincaid
1983
0% The Sting II
  • Lonnegan
1983
No Score Yet Fanny Hill
  • Mr. Widdlecombe
1983
25% Condorman
  • Krokov
1981
80% Lion of the Desert (Omar Mukhtar)
  • Gen. Rodolfo Graziani
1981
50% Venom
  • Dave Averconnelly
1981
No Score Yet Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype
  • Dr. Henry Heckyl / Mr. Hype
1980
No Score Yet Blue Blood
  • Actor
1980
78% The Brood
  • Dr. Hal Raglan
1979
No Score Yet Tomorrow Never Comes
  • Jim Wilson
1978
No Score Yet Class of Miss MacMichael
  • Terence Sutton
1978
No Score Yet The Big Sleep
  • Eddie Mars
1978
No Score Yet Crossed Swords (The Prince and the Pauper)
  • Miles Hendon
1977
No Score Yet Maniac
  • Nick McCormick
1977
No Score Yet That's Action
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday (Wildcat)
  • Joe Knox
1976
No Score Yet Sell Out
  • Gabriel Lee
1976
33% Burnt Offerings
  • Ben Rolf
1976
No Score Yet Royal Flash
  • Otto Von Bismarck
1975
77% Tommy
  • Frank Hobbs
1975
79% The Four Musketeers
  • Athos
1975
43% Lisztomania
  • Princess Carolyn's Servant
1975
No Score Yet Ein unbekannter rechnet ab (Ten Little Indians)(And Then There Were None)
  • Hugh Lombard
1974
No Score Yet Mahler
  • Stationmaster
1974
82% The Three Musketeers
  • Athos
1973
No Score Yet One Russian Summer
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet Triple Echo
  • Sergeant
1973
No Score Yet Revolver
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet Blue Blood
  • Tom
1973
No Score Yet Zero Population Growth
  • Russ
1972
No Score Yet Z.P.G.
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet Sitting Target
  • Harry Lomart
1972
76% The Devils
  • Urbain Grandier
1971
No Score Yet The Hunting Party
  • Frank Calder
1971
No Score Yet Take a Girl Like You
  • Patrick
1970
No Score Yet Hannibal Brooks
  • Hannibal Brooks
1969
67% The Assassination Bureau
  • Ivan Dragomiloff
1969
91% Women in Love
  • Gerald Crich
1969
81% Oliver!
  • Sikes
1968
No Score Yet I'll Never Forget What's'isname
  • Andrew Quint
1968
No Score Yet The Jokers
  • David Tremayne
1967
No Score Yet The Shuttered Room (Blood Island)
  • Ethan
1967
No Score Yet The Trap (The Mad Trapper)
  • Jean La Bete
1966
No Score Yet The Girl-Getters
  • Tinker
1966
No Score Yet Party's Over
  • Moise
1966
No Score Yet The Brigand of Kandahar
  • Ali Khan
1965
No Score Yet Monitor: Always on Sunday
  • Narrator
1965
No Score Yet The Debussy Film
  • Actor
1965
No Score Yet The System (The Girl-Getters)
  • Actor
1964
100% The Damned (These Are the Damned)
  • King
1963
No Score Yet Paranoiac
  • Simon Ashby
1963
No Score Yet The Scarlet Blade (The Crimson Blade)
  • Capt. Tom Sylvester
1963
No Score Yet Pirates of Blood River
  • Brocaire
1962
No Score Yet Captain Clegg (Night Creatures)
  • Harry Crabtree
1962
No Score Yet No Love for Johnnie
  • Actor
1961
60% The Curse of the Werewolf
  • Leon Corledo
1961
No Score Yet The Rebel
  • Artist in Cafe
1961
No Score Yet Beat Girl
  • Yough Tough
1960
No Score Yet Sword of Sherwood Forest
  • Melton
1960
No Score Yet The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)
  • Actor
1960
No Score Yet The Angry Silence
  • Mick
1960
No Score Yet The Bulldog Breed
  • Tough youth (uncredited)
1960
100% The League of Gentlemen
  • Ballet Dancer
1959
No Score Yet The Square Peg
  • Actor
1958

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