A Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee for Carol Reed’s 1968 film musical, Oliver!, Ron Moody has died. He was 91. Moody, who was born in Tottenham in 1924, originated the iconic role of Fagin in Lionel Bart’s West End stage version of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist in 1960. He went on to portray the petty criminal who leads a gang of pickpocketing children in the 1968 Best Picture Oscar winning feature for which he was nominated as Best Actor. He won the Golden Globe. Later, he scored a Tony Award nomination for the 1984 Broadway revival, although Clive Revill originally played Fagin in the 1963 New York show.
Throughout his career, Moody appeared in such TV series as Gunsmoke, Starsky & Hutch, Hart To Hart and UK soaps Eastenders and Holby City. He was offered, but declined, the lead role in Doctor Who in 1969. His long list of film credits includes 1995 Disney family adventure A Kid In King Arthur’s Court. He played Merlin with such actors as Daniel Craig and Kate Winslet also in the cast.
According to the BBC, Moody’s widow Therese said today, “He brought joy to his family and to the hearts of many and will be greatly missed. He was singing until the end.”