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Seller: Top-Rated Plus Seller collectiblecollectiblecollectible (651) 100%, Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 333238312161 TWO EXTREMELY RARE AUTOGRAPHS FROM 1968 OF JACK WILD AND MARK LESTER ON SEPARATE PAPER SHEETS MEASURING 3" X 5" INCHES EACH FROM THE FANTASTIC MOVIE OLIVER! AUTOGRAPHS ARE IN BLUE INK AND ARE VERY VERY RARE FROM THEIR CHILD ACTING DAYS. Theatre workoliverstageJack’s brother Arthur Wild as Oliver, Phil Collins as the Artful Dodger, and Jack as Charley Bates, 19651964-66 : Oliver! : New Theatre, LondonDonald Albery for Donmar Productions Limited Director: Peter Coe Book, Music and Lyrics: Lionel Bart, freely adapted from Dickens’ “Oliver Twist” Designer: Sean Kenny Lighting: John Wyckham Orchestrations: Eric Rogers Oliver! opened on June 30th 1960, with Georgia Brown playing Nancy, and Ron Moody creating the role of Fagin which he would later play so brilliantly in the 1968 film. The show went through several changes of cast in its long run of 2,618 performances. Jack was in the show from late 1964 until spring 1966 (with time off during this period which was mandatory for child actors). By February 1965 Oliver was played by Jack’s elder brother Arthur Wild, and Phil Collins was Dodger. At the same time Aubrey Woods was Fagin, and Nicolette Roeg was Nancy Jack played various small roles among the workhouse boys and Fagin’s gang, and the largest speaking part he had was Dodger’s sidekick Charlie Bates (Some sources mistakenly state that Jack played Dodger or even Oliver in the show). Jack finally left the show in 1966 to work on the film serial Danny the Dragon. The New Theatre was renamed the Albery Theatre in 1973, and in 2006 became the Noel Coward Theatre. In November 1965 Oliver! became the longest running musical to that date in Britain, beating the record of Salad Days (2,283 perfs) and Chu-Chin-Chow (2,282). At that point the show was on its 11th Oliver, its 10th Dodger, and its 4th Fagin and Nancy. bigBig Sin City: original company1978 : Big Sin City : U.K. Tour(The original Big Sin City Company) A Bill Kenwright Presentation Directors: Bill Kenwright & Brian Peck Book, Music and Lyrics: Neil, Lea & John Heather Choreographer: Paul Hart Design & Lighting: Graham Walne Arrangements: John, Neil and Lea Heather Associate Producer: Roderic H Coton Cast Album Produced by Ed Welch Musical Director & Piano: John Heather Musicians: Barry Gibbon (synth), Keith Hayman (guitar), Mac Norman [Mac Roberts on the album] (bass), Steve Booker [‘Steve Boorer’ on the album and in some theatre programmes] (drums) Cast in order of appearance: Jack Wild (Slic), Michael Price (Al), Ian Bartholomew [or Mike Fields] (Sargeant / Doc / Disco Kid), Peter Styles (Constable / Motion / Grunt), Myra Sands [or Ellie Smith] (Alice Grope / Heavy Leather), Linda Dobell (Victoria Grope / Mafioso), Lea Heather (Mike Spanner), Nicholas Chagrin (Ponzie / Shark), Jane West [or Debbie Armstrong] (Nobodies), Tim Myers (Mort Cadavos), Su Pollard (Big Louie), Deena Payne (Dolores). A modern rock musical by the Heather brothers, featuring gang-fights and a doomed romance as a country boy searches for his lost love. Jack played Slic, a kind of street-wise narrator figure. There were various changes of cast during the run. Character names also vary on the original cast album and various theatre programmes: ‘Sargeant’ and ‘Constable’ appear to become ‘Starstruck’ and ‘Krutch’; ‘Shark’ becomes ‘Flasher’. The show rehearsed from January 1978 and opened at the Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon, Surrey on February 13th 1978. The tour included weeks in Leeds, Darlington, Coventry and Wimbledon, and a few days at the Roundhouse in Camden, North London. There was a break in the tour before it started again later in the year. By that time Jack was making a series for the BBC, and did not rejoin the cast. There was an original cast album, now a bit of a collector’s item, issued by Logo Records (Logo 1004). Jack’s main number in the show was ‘Everything Money Can Buy’ 1982 : A Christmas Carol : U.K. TourPhilip Bernard Productions Staging and Lighting Design by Stewart Suthurst Designed by Graham Brown Adapted and Directed by Bryan Johnson Bryan Johnson (Scrooge), Jack Wild (Bob Cratchit / Dick Wilkins), Brian Weston (Young Scrooge / Fred), Alex Ward (Marley / Ghost of Christmas Present), Dave Peters (Fezziwig / Old Joe), Renee Bourne-Webb (Ghost of Christmas Past / Fred’s Wife), Zena Daire-Walker (Mrs Cratchit / Belle), Laura Nayman (Mrs Fezziwig / Mrs Dilber), other roles (including Tiny Tim) played by a different team of local children at each venue. This winter tour was Jack’s final brush with Dickens, after Oliver! and Our Mutual Friend. 1990-91 : Captain Beaky and his Band in Heaven’s Up : Playhouse Theatre, London29th November 1990 to 12th January 1991 Presented by Greenleaf Entertainments Director: Wendy Toye Writer: Jeremy Lloyd Music: Jim Parker Designer: Caire Lyth Lighting: Brian Harris Musical Director: Anthony Ingle Patrick Cargill (Artful Owl), Jack Wild (Reckless Rat), Mike Berry (Captain Beaky), Nigel Leach (Hissing Sid), Jenny Galloway (Timid Toad), Marsha Bland (Bat), David Kelsey (Serpent / Badger) A family musical which brought Jack back to the West End. His contract for this meant he missed out on some scenes in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves when shooting on the movie overran. oz1996-97 : The Wizard of Oz : Cresset Theatre, Peterborough23rd December 1996 – 5th January 1997 Garth Harrison for Stage Further Productions on behalf of Cresset Leisure Services(adapted by John Kane from the MGM motion picture) Director: Brian Howard Choreographer: Samantha Lindsay Designer: David Benson Costumes: Carousel Costumes Sophie Lawrence (Dorothy), Jack Wild (Zeke / Cowardly Lion), Gordon Davidson (Uncle Henry / Guardian of Oz), Keith Charles (Hunk / Scarecrow), John Witts (Hickory / Tin Man), David Medina (Professor Marvel / The Wizard), Sandra Hunt (Aunt Em / Glynda), Robert Laughlin (Miss Gulch / Wicked Witch), Basil (Toto), Susanna Driscoll, Julian Mills, Lisa Brackenbury, Espen Nowacki, Emma Hill, Michael Laidler, Michelle Carter, Emile Armstong (Citizens, Bodyguards & Farmhands). 1999 : Virus : Theatre Royal, NottinghamMarch 10th-20th 1999 Taymar Productions in association with Nottingham Theatre Royal and Churchill Theatre Bromley Adaptor, Co-Producer & Director: Peter Everett Book & Co-Producer: Tayla GoodmanMusic: The Slip Choreographer: Helen O’Dwyer Musical Director: Gaz Bedford Claire Harding (Diskette), Jack Wild (Mouse), Colin Bower (Data/Wordage), Alistair Everett (Softy/Doors), Nyron ([singing] Doors), Tayla Goodman (DD), Tony Goodman (Virus/FM), Mark Hedges (HD), Kellie Grace, Elizabeth Haslam, Louise Hibbert, Clare Holmes, Nicholas Jocia, Hayley Reed, Terry M Shaw, Graham Wadsworth, Jason Webb (dancers). Claire was originally hired as one of the dancers and to understudy Samantha Fox as Diskette, eventually replacing her due to illness. The musical, inspired by the ‘Millennium Bug’, was booked to tour after its opening weeks, but financial problems led to the cancellation of the show after Nottingham. lavenderClive Francis, Michael Melia, Jack & Victor Spinetti2002 : The Lavender Hill Mob : U.K. TourMarch – July 2002 Charles Vance Productions Director: Clive FrancisAdapted by Clive Francis, Brian Levenson and Paul MinettProducer: Charles Vance Clive Francis (Holland), Victor Spinetti (Pendlebury), Jack Wild (Shorty), Michael Melia (Lackery Smith), Claire Harding (Mrs Fazackerly / Madame Gascoigne) This tour of the stage version of the classic Ealing Studios comedy was a highlight for Jack and Claire, working together alongside Clive Francis, Victor Spinetti and Michael Melia. In the original 1951 film, the role of Shorty was played by Alfie Bass, who Jack had worked with at the BBC in Our Mutual Friend. Director and adaptor Clive Francis later developed a part for Jack in a production of Three Men in a Boat, but Jack died before this could happen. cindarellaChris Vincent, Ann Mayor, Daniel Whitley, Paul Tate and Jack2004-5 : Cinderella : Swan Theatre, Worcester 10th December 2004 to 1st January 2005 (Chris Vincent, Ann Mayor, Daniel Whitley, Paul Tate and Jack) Producer, Writer & Director: Paul Tate Assistant Director: Chris Jaeger Choreographers: Heather Ingram & Heidi Wilson Additional Choreography: Paul Tate Musical Director: Rick Godsall Jack Wild (Baron Hardup), Liz Grand (Fairy Godmother), Paul Tate (Trinny), Chris Vincent (Susannah), Sarah-Jane Bourne (Cinderella), Claire Harding (Prince Charming), Daniel Whitley (Buttons), Jackie Bevan (Dandini), Ann Mayor (Buttercup), Edward Stokoe (Major-Domo) Jack and Claire had already signed up for this show when Jack had to have the major operation in July 2004 to combat his oral cancer. Despite being unable to speak, Jack fulfilled his commitment and the show was re-written so that Baron Hardup was constantly interrupted by other characters before he could say anything. Jack’s determination paid off and he completed the run, although afterwards his cancer returned and this proved to be his last stage role. His final performance was on New Year’s Day, 2005. TelevisionJack appeared in a wide variety of television programmes from 1965 onwards. His very first work was probably as a stand-in for camera rehearsals on the BBC children’s series Crackerjack, although he did not appear in the show. Many stage school children were supplied for this kind of work. A step up from this was non-speaking extra work in drama series and television plays, then to featured roles with the occasional line and an on-screen credit. Jack did a mixture of all these, mostly for the BBC, though sadly few of the programmes survive. He also played important roles in dramas such as A Game – Like – Only A Game and Z Cars. In 1968 the release of Oliver! made him much in demand for variety shows both at home and in the U.S., and his pop career also ensured many small-screen appearances. His best-known television work was in H R Pufnstuf, filmed in 1969, but he worked on several other series in the 1970s and continued to make occasional appearances for the rest of his life. The Links below will take you to the two different sides of Jack’s television career. Filmsdanny1Christopher Cooper, Sally Thomsett and Jack leaning on the ‘invisible space bubble’1967 : Danny the DragonTen 17-minute episodes Filmed: Summer 1966 Released: 1967 A Children’s Film Foundation / Ansus Films Ltd Production Director: Pennington RichardsProducer: Frank Godwin Screenplay: Pennington Richards, from an original story by Henry Geddes, Adaptation by Michael Barnes Sally Thomsett (Jean), Christopher Cooper (Peter), Jack Wild (Gavin), Peter Butterworth (Farmer Godwin), Frank Thornton (Sergeant Bull), Patrick Newell (P C Potter), Jack Le White (Danny the Dragon), Kenneth Connor (voice of Danny the Dragon) Danny the Dragon was filmed on location in Surrey in the summer of 1966 and completed at Halliford Studios. Three children meet a friendly dragon from outer space and have a series of adventures in which they try to help the dragon and keep him away from the suspicious farmer and the bumbling local police. The serial was later described as ‘possibly the most successful ever produced by the C.F.F. in 10 glorious episodes… of fantasy, comedy and slapstick with inventive youngsters, comic policemen and the most endearing dragon you could ask for.’ (The Times, July 31st 1968) danny2Sally Thomsett, Christopher Cooper and JackFor two decades, the Children’s Film Foundation specialised in producing short films and serials for younger audiences, and was responsible for giving many young actors their first experience of big screen work. Episode 1 . The Invisible Space Bubble.Episode 2. Stranger from Dragonara.Episode 3. Dannicaforilithermidor.Episode 4. The Tent with four legs.Episode 5. Dragon Hunt.Episode 6. Danny gets Jet-Propelled.Episode 7. The Runaway Bubble.Episode 8. Potter in Pursuit.Episode 9. In search of Zoomite.Episode 10 Dragon Trap. oliver1Jack as The Artful Dodger, with Ron Moody as Fagin1968 : Oliver!Rehearsed and Filmed throughout 1967September 26, 1968, Royal World Premiere at the Odeon, Leicester Square, London Columbia Pictures / Romulus Films Director: Carol ReedScreenplay: Vernon Harris Book, Music and Lyrics: Lionel BartProducer: John WoolfChoreography and Musical sequences staged by: Onna WhiteMusical Supervision and Arrangement: Johnny GreenFilmed at Shepperton Studios, England Ron Moody (Fagin), Oliver Reed (Bill Sykes), Harry Secombe (Mr Bumble), Shani Wallis (Nancy), Mark Lester (Oliver Twist), Jack Wild (The Artful Dodger), Hugh Griffith (The Magistrate), Joseph O’Connor (Mr. Brownlow), Peggy Mount (Widow Corney), Leonard Rossiter (Mr Sowerberry), Hylda Baker (Mrs Sowerberry), Sheila White (Bet), Clive Moss (Charlie Bates), Kenneth Cranham (Noah Claypole), Megs Jenkins (Mrs Bedwin), Wensley Pithey (Mr Grimwig), James Hayter (Jessop), Fred Emney (Chairman), John Baskcombe, Norman Pitt, Arnold Locke, Frank Crawshaw (Workhouse Governors), Elizabeth Knight (Charlotte), Veronica Page (Oliver’s Mother), Henry Kay (Doctor) Fagin’s Gang: Robert Bartlett, Jeffrey Chandler, Chris Duff, Nigel Grice, Ronnie Johnson, Nigel Kingsley, Robert Langley, Peter (Stuart) Lock, Ian Ramsey, Billy Smith, Kim Smith, Freddie Stead, Ray Ward, John Watters. film2Jack as The Artful DodgerThe film needs little introduction as it was a huge hit at the time and became a perennial favourite. The great success of Lionel Bart’s long-running stage show made it an inevitable candidate for a screen version, but the late 1960s was a period of decline in movie musicals: Doctor Doolittle, Star! and Camelot all disappointed at the box office. So adapting Oliver! did not guarantee success, but veteran director Carol Reed knew how to get the best performances out of everyone, and the entire production team, from Onna White’s inventive choreography to John Box’s amazing production designs, made the resulting film a classic. It was made almost entirely at Shepperton studios, rehearsing and filming throughout 1967. Wisely, the film made few major changes to the hit show. One alteration was the strengthening of the bond between Fagin and Dodger. In Dickens’ original, Dodger is sentenced to transportation and is not present in the final chapters, whilst Fagin is last seen awaiting execution at Newgate prison. In the stage show, Bart had Dodger arrested in the climactic scene when Sikes is shot, and Fagin escaping alone. Vernon Harris’s screenplay invented the marvellous coda in which Fagin and Dodger meet up and dance off into the sunrise, presumably to continue their criminal careers somewhere else, and it became one of the most memorable scenes in the picture. Initial reviews were mixed: John Russell Taylor in The Times didn’t think much of it, but Ian Christie, writing in the Express, thought it was excellent. The movie didn’t find favour with the British film establishment, and gained no major awards at the BAFTAs, but it was a different story in the U.S. where the film won a string of Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director. Ron Moody and Jack were both nominated but didn’t win. pufstuff1970 : PufnstufFilmed: Winter 1969-70 Released: Summer 1970 (U.S.)(Jack as Jimmy and Billie Hayes as Witchiepoo with Roberto Gamonet as Pufnstuf) A Sid & Marty Krofft Production Director: Hollingsworth MorseWriters: John Fenton Murray & Si RoseExecutive Producers: Sid & Marty Krofft Producer: Si RoseMusic: Charles Fox Lyrics: Norman GimbelChoreography: Paul Godkin Jack Wild (Jimmy), Billie Hayes (Witchiepoo), Martha Raye (Boss Witch), Mama Cass (Witch Hazel), Billy Barty, Jane Dulo, Allison McKay, Jan Davis, Princess Livingston, Sharon Baird, Joy Campbell, Roberto Gamonet, Andrew Ratoucheff, Angelo Rossitto, Feliz Silla, Johnny Silver, Van Snowden, Lou Wagner, Hommy Stewart, Pat Lytell, Buddy Douglas, Jon Linton, Bob Howland, Scutter McKay, Roberta Keith, Penny Krompier, Brooks Hunnicutt, Barrie Duffus, Evelyn Dutton, Tony Barro, Ken Creel, Fred Curt, Dennis Edenfield; Character Voices: Al Melvin, Walker Edmiston, Joan Gerber, Don Messick Filmed in the Winter of 1969-70 Pufnstuf reunited Jack with the fabulous Billie Hayes and many of the great performers who worked on the H R Pufnstuf tv series. The film went into production whilst the tv series was still on its first run. The movie had different writers, composer and choreographer to the series, plus a Witches’ Convention and more of the real world Jimmy leaves behind. Otherwise, things were largely unchanged on Living Island, with more elaborate schemes from the ‘evil but ineffective’ Witchiepoo, the familiar characters of Seymour, Orson, Cling, Clang, and the reassuring presence of the benevolent yellow dragon. The soundtrack album produced by Charles Fox (Capitol SW-542) was released at the same time, and Jack features in several songs: If I Could, Living Island, A Friend in You, Pufnstuf and Zap the World. dovesJack, Helen Raye and Ron Moody on location in Ireland1971 : Flight of the Doves 101 minutesFilmed: Summer / Autumn 1970 Released: Spring 1971 (U.S.) August 1971 (U.K.) A Rainbow / Columbia Production Producer & Director: Ralph NelsonScreenplay: Frank Gabrielson & Ralph Nelson, from the novel by Walter MackenMusic: Roy Budd Lyrics: Alf Elson, Brendan O’Dbuil Ron Moody (Hawk Dove), Jack Wild (Finn Dove), Dorothy McGuire (Mary Magdalene St Bridget O’Flaherty), Stanley Holloway (The Judge), Helen Raye (Derval Dove), William Rushton (Uncle Toby), Niall Toibin (Sergeant O’Casey), Dana (Sheila), Noel Purcell (Rabbi), John Molloy, Barry Keegan, Brendan O’Reilly, Thomas Hickey Jack and Helen Raye play two children who run away from their cruel stepfather (William Rushton) and travel to Ireland to try and find their grandmother (Dorothy McGuire). But their journey is a hazardous one, as they are pursued by their wicked uncle Hawk (Ron Moody). The film has splendid location photography, a touching central relationship between Finn and Derval, a great Irish supporting cast (including Dana), an excellent score by Roy Budd (including the whimsical production number ‘You Don’t Have to be Irish to be Irish’), and a superb, anarchic performance by Moody as he adopts a range of disguises in his increasingly desperate efforts to catch the children. melodyJack on location in Trafalgar Square1971 : Melody(aka S.W.A.L.K)107 minutes Filmed: Summer 1970 Released: Spring 1971 Hemdale Group / Sagittarius Productions in association with Goodtimes Enterprises Director: Waris HusseinOriginal Story and Screenplay: Alan ParkerProducer: David PuttnamMusic by the Bee Gees ‘Teach Your Children’ by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young Additional music and arrangements: Richard HewsonProduction Supervisor: Gavrik Losey Art Director: Roy Stannard Editor: John Victor Smith Jack Wild (Ornshaw), Mark Lester (Daniel), Tracy Hyde (Melody), Roy Kinnear (Mr. Perkins), Ken Jones (Mr. Dicks), Sheila Steafel (Mrs. Lattimer), James Cossins (Headmaster), Kate Williams (Mrs. Perkins), Hilda Barry (Granma Perkins), Colin Barrie (Chambers), Billy Franks (Burgess), Ashley Knight (Stacey), Craig Marriott (Dadds), William Vanderpuye (O’Leary), Peter Walton (Fensham), Camille Davies (Muriel), Dawn Hope (Maureen), Kay Skinner (Peggy), Lesley Roach (Rhoda), June Jago (Miss Fairfax), June Ellis (Miss Dimkins), Tim Wylton (Mr Fellows), John Gorman (Boys Brigade Captain), Petal Young (Betty), Robin Hunter (George) Melody was widely promoted as the on-screen reunion of Jack and Mark Lester for the first time since Oliver! It was a coup for the Hemdale group which represented both actors at the time. The script by Alan Parker certainly played to their relative strengths: Mark once again the well-spoken innocent, this time falling for an eleven-year-old girl at his school (the title-role charmingly played by Tracy Hyde); Jack again playing a scruffy, down-at-heel, quick-witted ragamuffin. The film tackles the young love of Daniel and Melody and the ultimate rebellion of the schoolchildren (orchestrated by Ornshaw) against the establishment. Funny, touching, and slightly disturbing in places, the film retains its energy after 40 years, thanks to Parker’s sharp writing, the excellent direction of Waris Hussein, the stalwart supporting cast and the energy of the youngsters. It also benefits from great location work in London some of which (e.g. when Daniel and Ornshaw take a trip to West End) was shot with hidden cameras. piedJack as Gavin, after the execution1972 : The Pied Piper90 minutes Filmed: Summer 1971 Released: May 1972 (U.S.) December 1972 (U.K.) Sagittarius Productions Inc present a Goodtimes Enterprises Film Director: Jacques DemyWriters: Andrew Birkin, Jacques Demy, Mark Peploe Producers: David Puttnam, Sanford LiebersonMusic composed and sung by: Donovan Music arranged and conducted: Kenneth Clayton Director of Photography: Peter Suschitzky Associate Producer: Gavrik Losey Editor: John Trumper Production Designer: Assheton Gorton Donovan (Piper), Michael Hordern (Melius), Jack Wild (Gavin), Donald Pleasence (Baron), John Hurt (Franz), Cathryn Harrison (Lisa), Roy Kinnear (Burgomaster Poppendick), Diana Dors (Frau Poppendick), Peter Vaughan (Bishop), Keith Buckley (Mattio), Peter Eyre (Pilgrim), John Welsh (Chancellor), Hamilton Dyce (Papal Nuncio), Arthur Hewlett (Otto), Andre Van Gyseghem (Friar), Patsy Puttnam (Helga), Paul Hennen (Karl), Gertan Klauber (Town Cryer), David Netheim (Kulik), Mary McLeod (Maidservant), John Falconer and Clive Elliott (Priests), David Leland (Officer), Roger Hammond, Edwin Brown, George Cormack and Michael Goldie (Burgers), Sammie Winmill (Gretel), Jacques Demy directed this distinctive version of the Grimm fairytale, with a sombre emphasis on the Black Death and religious persecution. A superb British cast filmed much of the picture in the atmospheric medieval setting of Rothenberg ob der Tauber in Germany. A unique twist was the casting of singer-songwriter Donovan in the title role: he provided a haunting soundtrack. Jack played the young apprentice to the ill-fated old alchemist, played by Michael Hordern. 141973 : The 14(a.k.a. The Wild Little Bunch / Existence)101 minutes Filmed: Autumn 1972 Released: June 1973 (U.K.) (Poster for the first run of The 14 in London, June 1973) Avianca Productions Director: David HemmingsScreenplay: Roland StarkeProducers: Robert Mintz and Frank Avianca Director of Photography: Ousama Rawi Art Director: William McCrow Editor: John ShirleyTitle song (“Kids never hurt anybody at all”) composed by Biddu Arriah, sung by Brian Keith) Music Score Composed and Conducted by Kenny Clayton Filmed in London and at Pinewood Studios Jack Wild (Reg), June Brown (The Mother), Liz Edmiston (Sylvia), John Bailey (Mr Sanders), Cheryl Hall (Reena), Anna Wing (Mrs. Booth), Diana Beevers (Miss Field), Alun Armstrong (Tommy), Keith Buckley (Mr Whitehead), Tony Calvin (Father Morris), Anne Dyson (Mrs Gibbs), Jane Wood (Sister Dolores), Jaqueline Hurst (Sister Irene), Brian Smith (Mr Thomas), Malcolm Tierney (Mr Michael), Raymond Byrom (Bus Conductor), Judy Leibert (Nun in Shower), Matthew Guinness (Reporter) The Family: Christian Kelly (Roy), Frank Gentry (Terry), Peter Newby (Billy), Paul Daly (Freddy), Richard Heyward (John), Terry Ives (Mick), Christopher Leonard (Eugene), Sean Hyde (Brian), Alfons Kaminsky (Paul), Wayne Brooks (David), Mark Lee Hughes (Alan), Wayne Dyer (Marie), Snowey (Dog) The 14 was a departure for Jack, playing his first adult role as the eldest brother of 14 children, who struggles to keep his family together when their mother dies. The story was based on the real-life struggles of a British family whose case had been used to highlight social problems in deprived areas. Extensive location shooting in derelict parts of London during the autumn of 1972 added to the gritty realism of the film. The film premiered in London on June 28th 1973. The following week director David Hemmings won a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for his outstanding direction of the child actors. Unfortunately the film was not a big commercial success and is now seldom seen. screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-11-41-44Keeping It Up DownstairsKEEP IT UP DOWNSTAIRS 94 minutesFilmed: July-September 1975Released: Summer 1976(UK)A Pyramid Film/ EMI Director: Robert Young Producer and Writer: Hazel AdairMusic: Michael Nyman Lyrics: Clare Moray Music played by: Keith Nichols’ Cinema Orchestra conducted by Cliff Adams Director of Photography: Alan Pudney Art Director: Jacquemine Charrott-Lodwige Production Manager: Ron Fry Editor: Mike Campbell Filmed on location at Knebworth House, Stevenage, Hertfordshire and at Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire Diana Dors (Daisy), Jack Wild (Peregrine Cockshute), Neil Hallet (Hampton), William Rushton (Shuttleworth), Aimi MacDonald (Actress / Christabelle St. Clair), Mark Singleton (Lord Cockshute), Sue Longhurst (Lady Cockshute), Francoise Pascal (Mimi), Julian Orchard (Bishop), Simon Brent (Rogers), John Blythe (Francis), Carmen Silvera (Lady Bottomley), Olivia Munday (Lady Kitty), Anthony Kenyon (Mellons), Seretta Wilson (Betsy Ann), Joan Newall (Mrs Burgess), Peter Halliday (PC Harbottle / Old Harbottle), Craig Marriot (Newsboy), April Olrich (Duchess), Nigel Pegram (Count Von Schilling), Sally Harrison (Maud), Mary Millington (Polly), Maria Coyne (Vera), and Heidi as herself The only ‘X’ certificate film Jack ever made. This decidedly eccentric British comedy had extra saucy scenes filmed without the knowledge of the main cast. Playing an innocent young inventor, Jack managed to keep his clothes on throughout. screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-11-42-01Sophie Barjac and Jack on locationALICE (aka ALICJA; ALICIA) Filmed: September – December 1979Not widely released. A Cibalco Poltel production for South Street Films Ltd. Original story by Jacek Bromski & Jerzy Gruza (Based on characters created by Lewis Carroll)Directors: Jerzy Gruza & Jacek BromskiWriters: Joseph R. Juliano and Jacek Bromski Additional Dialogue: Judy Raines, Susannah York, Jacek Bromski, Jerzy Gruza Producer: Baudouin Mussche Directors of Photography: Witold Sobocinski (SFP), Alec Mills Film Editors: Keith Palmer (CBFE), Brian Smedley-Acton, Bill Blunden, Charles Nemes Musical Numbers staged by: David ToguriOriginal Music: Henri Seroka, Lyrics: Gyllianna Music Arranged & Conducted by: Charles Blackwell Alice’s vocals sung by: Lulu Sophie Barjac (Alice), Jean-Pierre Cassel (Rabbit), Susannah York (Queen of Hearts), Paul Nicholas (Cheshire Cat), Jack Wild (Mock Turtle), Dominic Guard (Gryphon), Tracy Hyde (Mona), Peter Straker (Mad Hatter), Marc Seaberg (March Hare), Joanna Bartel (landlady), Wieslaw Golas (Killer 1), Andrzej Wasilewicz (Killer 2), Julia Hubner (Little Girl), David Toguri (Hairdresser), Henri Seroka (Florist), Dominique Mucrel (Patient), Joachim Hubner (Maitre D’Hotel), Kris Juliano (2nd Landlady), Gregory Knop (Jogger) This quirky fantasy, more a variation on the theme of Alice in Wonderland than a modern version of it, was not shown until long after it was made and has almost vanished without trace. Jack nearly died during the making of it, and his ‘drinking career’ meant it was his last film in a decade. Ther are some lovely performances; a charming leading lady in Sophie Barjac, a charismatic White Rabbit from Jean-Pierre Cassel who demonstrates his excellent dancing, and a commanding Queen from Susannah York, but the film is hampered by some curious dubbing and music tracks which were pre-recorded with other people’s voices. Jack said the finished result made him sound like Barry White! Filmed in Marseilles, Warsaw, Szczechin and at Pinewood Studios, England. screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-11-42-16Jack and Danny PeacockROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES Filmed: Autumn 1990Released: Summer 1991 (US & UK)Director: Kevin Reynolds Writers: Pen Densham, John WatsonProducers include: Gary Barber, David Nicksay, James G. Robinson, Pen Densham, Richard Barton Lewis, John Watson, Michael J. Kagan, Kevin Costner (uncredited) Original Music: Bryan Adams, Michael Kamen, Jeff Lynne Filming Locations: Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surry; Buckinghamshire (Burnham Beeches); Hampshire (New Forest); North Yorkshire (Aysgarth Falls; Hardraw Force); Northumberland (Alnwick Castle; Hadrian’s Wall; Hulne Park; Hulne Priory), Wiltshire (Old Wardour Castle, Salisbury); France (Calvados; Carcassonne, Aude; Metz, Moselle) Kevin Costner (Robin of Locksley), Morgan Freeman (Azeem), Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Marian Dubois), Christian Slater (Will Scarlett), Alan Rickman (Sheriff of Nottingham), Michael McShane (Friar Tuck), Brian Blessed (Lord Locksley), Michael Wincott (Guy of Gisborne), Nick Brimble (Little John), Jack Wild (Much the Miller’s Son), Daniel Peacock (Bull), Sean Connery (King Richard) A hugely successful film which needs no introduction. Jack had enormous fun as one of the Merry Men, his comic dialogue in the scenes with Danny Peacock largely made up by them at the time. Unfortunately filming overran and Jack was already committed to a West End show, Heaven’s Up, which is the reason his character disappears from parts of the film. BASIL Filmed: Spring 1997Released: various from summer 1998 Director: Radha BharadwajWriter: Radha Bharadwaj, from the Wilkie Collins novelProducers: Radha Bharadwaj, Fuminori Hayashida, Donald Kushner, Peter Locke, Lawrence Mortorff, Christian SlaterOriginal Music: Richard G. Mitchell Locations included: Gaddesen Place, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, and Wales, where Jack’s scenes were filmed Christian Slater (John Mannion), Jared Leto (Basil), Derek Jacobi (Father Frederick), Claire Forlani (Julia), Stephanie Bagshaw (Emma), Jack Wild (Peddler) Another film which, despite its interesting cast, was not widely seen. Jack filmed his scenes in April 1997. MOUSSAKA AND CHIPS 90 mins.Filmed: early 2005Film festival showing: November 13, 2005 Director: Danny Patrick Writers: Emily Corcoran, Danny PatrickProducer: Danny PatrickOriginal Music: Sean C Davies Executive/Co-Producer: Miles Petit Editors: Simon Lowe, James Westcott, Danny Patrick Director of Photography: Jane Scanlon, David LeMay Production Designer: Maria Chysrioska Sound: Simon Gillman Ron Moody (Officer David Tomlinson), Mike Reid (Shalom Godsall), Miles Petit (Miles Foster), Danny Ogle (Danny), Jason Gerard (Jay), Helena Roman (Charlotte Green), Matthew Hendrickson (Agent Joshua Marks), Spiros Merianos (Theo Papaphillpou), Jack Wild (Durgen Fleece), Abbie Balchin (Clare Marks), Rachel Balchin (Joanna Marks) Jack’s final screen role after losing his voice, a cameo in this comedy thriller involving inept Irish assassins on a Greek islanD Music – albumsmusic-001THE JACK WILD ALBUM (1970, Capitol: ST 22545) Produced: Brian Lane Arrangements by Don Gould, John Cameron and Gene Page Engineer: Bob Auger Side 1:Sugar and SpiceEarly in the MorningFish ‘n’ ChipsSome BeautifulFlying Machine Side 2:Wait for SummerMaxwell’s Silver HammerMelodyWhen I’m Sixty-FourI was Lord Kitchener’s ValetLazy Sunday music-002EVERYTHING’S COMING UP ROSES (1971, Buddah: BDS 5083) Producer: Brian Lane Engineer: Martin Rushent Side 1:(Holy Moses!) Everything’s Coming Up RosesPush Bike SongCotton CandyBring Yourself Back to MeHello (Jack) Side 2:The Old Man Song (Na Na Na Na)ApemanTakin’ it EasyOb-La-Di Ob-La DaWhat Have They Done To My Song Ma music-003BEAUTIFUL WORLD (1972, Buddah: BDS 5110) Produced by Biddu Side 1:A Beautiful WorldPunch and JudySweet Sweet Lovin’Bird in the HandThe Lord Side 2:Beggar BoySongs of FreedomBeing With YouE.O.I.O.Bunny Bunny BiographyJack was born in Royton, Manchester on September 30th 1952. screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-11-43-07Jack and his brother ArthurIn 1963 his family (father Jack, mother Vera, and elder brother Arthur) moved to London. In 1964 he and Arthur met agent June Collins and started to attend Barbara Speake’s stage school. In late 1964 both brothers went into the West End production of Oliver! at the New Theatre (now the Noel Coward Theatre) in St Martin’s Lane, London. Jack would stay in the show with various breaks until May 1966, by which time he had moved up to playing the role of Charlie Bates. Arthur played Oliver for a while, and their friend Phil Collins played Dodger. screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-11-43-34Dad Jack Wild senior, brother Arthur, Jack and mum Verascreen-shot-2016-10-24-at-11-43-46Jack and his parents in 1972During his time in the show and at stage school, Jack appeared in over a dozen tv dramas, and some variety shows. In 1966 he was cast as one of the leads in a 10-part Children’s Film Foundation serial, Danny the Dragon. Shortly after completing this, he auditioned for the film of Oliver! and was cast in his most famous role, The Artful Dodger. Oliver! rehearsed and filmed throughout 1967, and premiered in September 1968. Jack was nominated for an Academy Award. The attention he received led to his first record deal, with Capitol, and a contract with Sid and Marty Krofft, which led to his other signature role, Jimmy in H R Pufnstuf, which began filming in May 1969. In the early 1970s, Jack was much in demand, both acting and singing. His films included Melody which reunited him with Mark Lester, Flight of the Doves which saw him working once more with the brilliant Ron Moody, and The Pied Piper with acclaimed singer-songwriter Donovan. Jack moved into more serious contemporary drama with David Hemmings’ award-winning The 14 in 1973. Other work included the major BBC Dickens serial Our Mutual Friend in 1976 and Everyday Maths, a situation comedy series aimed at schools which teamed Jack with comedy favourite Arthur English. Jack married Gaynor Jones, an actress and singer from the same stage school, in 1976. By the time he was filming Alice in France and Poland in 1979, alcohol had begun to endanger his health, and although he continued to work into the early 80s, by the middle of that decade he was into what he later called ‘my drinking career’. He and Gaynor divorced in 1985. At a very low point in Jack’s life, his mother died in December 1987 (he would lose his brother Arthur in 2000 and his father in 2005). After various attempts to give up alcohol, Jack was introduced to Alcoholics Victorious and was completely sober from March 1989 onwards. The early 90s saw him rebuilding his career, playing Much, the Miller’s son in the blockbuster Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and returning to the West End stage in Heaven’s Up. screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-11-44-06Jack and ClaireAlthough Jack’s screen acting roles were few in his final years, he remained busy on stage. It was in a production of Jack and the Beanstalk in Worthing, at Christmas 1995, that he met Claire Harding, and they would remain together for the rest of his life, eventually moving to a quiet village in Bedfordshire. A highlight of their time together was the 2002 tour of The Lavender Hill Mob in which they appeared with Clive Francis, Victor Spinetti and Michael Melia, In 2001 Jack was diagnosed with oral cancer, and in July 2004, in an attempt to save his life, his tongue and larynx were removed. Shortly before, he enjoyed a joyful reunion with many old friends for the filming of Oliver! After They Were Famous. Despite his life-changing operation, he fulfilled his commitment to appear in a pantomime later that year, winning praise for his silent performance as Baron Hardup in Cinderella at Worcester. This was his last stage role, though he continued to make appearances on television and worked on the film Moussaka and Chips in 2005. Jack and Claire married in September 2005, and Jack died at home on March 1st 2006. For several years, Jack and Claire had been working on his autobiography, and she has devoted much of the time since his death to researching his career, cataloguing his archive, and finishing his book, which is published by Fantom in October 2016. he child star of Oliver! yesterday pledged to take a DNA test to determine if he is the father of Michael Jackson's children. Mark Lester, who made his name in the 1968 film version of the musical, said he believed there was a 'good possibility' he is the father of Prince Michael, 16, Paris, 15, and Blanket, 11. The 54-year-old was close friends with Jackson for more than three decades and claims he donated sperm for the superstar before the first child was born. Scroll down for videoThe man in question: British actor Mark Lester asserts he may be the biological father of Michael Jackson's children Prince Michael, 16, Paris, 15, and Blanket, 11The man in question: British actor Mark Lester asserts he may be the biological father of Michael Jackson's children Prince Michael, 16, Paris, 15, and Blanket, 11 Mr Lester said: 'I wouldn't have a DNA test without the children's permission but when the children come of age, and it's not far away, and they decide they want me to do it then I will. 'It is up to them. I don't want to tell them what to do. I just want to reconnect and be the godfather that Michael made me.' He added: 'My 18-year-old daughter Olivia looks like Paris. People have also pointed out similarities between myself when I was younger and Prince Michael.' RELATED ARTICLESPrevious1Next A royal night out! Prince Jackson takes 'Kumati princess'... Lisa Marie Presley: Michael Jackson didn't want to die like...SHARE THIS ARTICLEShareMr Lester found fame at the age of eight when he played the title role in the film of the Lionel Bart musical Oliver! He became good friends with Jackson in London in 1978 when the singer was performing with the Jackson 5. In 1995, shortly after Mr Lester's third child was born, Jackson broached the subject of fertility, he said. 'I remember Michael ringing and saying, “Oh, you don't have any fertility difficulties do you?” He was half joking so I joked, “Oh, I just look at her and she gets pregnant”. 'So then in a light-hearted way he said, “Will you help me out?” Initially I thought he wanted me to do something with his ex-wife Debbie Rowe and I was thinking, “I don't think so”. Birth father? Paris with her birth mother Debbie Rowe on Saturday, the two have recently reconciledWill she want to meet him? Paris with her birth mother Debbie Rowe on Saturday, the two have recently reconciled Severed ties: Lester claims he last saw the three children at Jackson's memorial service in 2009 following his untimely death at age 50Severed ties: Lester claims he last saw the three children at Jackson's memorial service in 2009 following his untimely death at age 50 'Then out of the blue about a year later, he mentioned sperm donation and I agreed. Michael set it up for me to turn up to a clinic in Harley Street to do it. It was weird. I went in a couple of times to donate but we never talked about it ever again. 'It was a really strange request but while Michael was alive I never gave it another thought. I didn't donate to get something out of it.' Mr Lester is now an osteopath and lives in Cheltenham with his second wife Lisa and the four children from his first marriage. Questionable resemblance: The former child actor, pictured in 1970, is the godfather of Jackson's three children including son Prince Michael, pictured at Jackson's 2009 memorial service Questionable resemblance: The former child actor, pictured in 1970, is the godfather of Jackson's three children including son Prince Michael, pictured at Jackson's 2009 memorial serviceQuestionable resemblance: The former child actor, pictured in 1970, is the godfather of Jackson's three children including son Prince Michael, pictured at Jackson's 2009 memorial service Close friends: Jackson and Lester remained friends for over 30 years, and often spent holidays together with their respective familiesClose friends: Jackson and Lester remained friends for over 30 years, and often spent holidays together with their respective families Quality time: Lester, pictured in 1968, said of his meetings with Jackson's offspring, 'Every time Michael came to the UK, I used to take my children to see his. They always got on really well' Quality time: Lester, pictured in 1968, said of his meetings with Jackson's offspring, 'Every time Michael came to the UK, I used to take my children to see his. They always got on really well'Quality time: Lester, pictured in 1968, said of his meetings with Jackson's offspring, 'Every time Michael came to the UK, I used to take my children to see his. They always got on really well' Similar features: Lester alleges his daughters Olivia and Harrett, pictured in 2009, resemble Jackson's daughter Paris, pictured in 2012 Similar features: Lester alleges his daughters Olivia and Harrett, pictured in 2009, resemble Jackson's daughter Paris, pictured in 2012Similar features: Lester alleges his daughters Olivia and Harrett, pictured in 2009, resemble Jackson's daughter Paris, pictured in 2012 Cause for concern: Lester, pictured in 2009 with daughter Harriet, said he began to doubt the paternity of Jackson's children when he 'noticed the likenesses in my own children and his'Cause for concern: Lester, pictured in 2009 with daughter Harriet, said he began to doubt the paternity of Jackson's children when he 'noticed the likenesses in my own children and his' He said his children became friends with Jackson's children and when they met up they were like 'one big happy family'. Jackson made him godfather to his three children in 2001, he said. But Mr Lester said it was only two months after Jackson died aged 50 in June 2009 after overdosing on painkillers and tranquillisers that he first considered that he could be the father of the children. Lawyers for Jackson's family have previously rubbished his claims, saying they have 'no merit' and branding them a 'genetic lottery attempt'. The singer's brother Jermaine has also insisted the children were all fathered by Jackson. Jackson's British former bodyguard Matt Fiddes has previously claimed he could be the father of Blanket, saying he agreed to become a sperm donor in 2001. The Jackson children are due to be witnesses in a £26million lawsuit against concert promoter AEG Live. Jackson's family say the firm, which organised his 50 farewell gigs in London, ignored fears over his health. Mark Lester (born Mark A. Letzer;[1] 11 July 1958) is an English former child actor who starred in a number of British and European films in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1968 he played a starring role in the film Oliver!, a musical version of the Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist. Lester also made several appearances in a number of British television series. In 1977, after appearing in the all-star international action adventure film The Prince and the Pauper, he retired from acting. In the 1980s, he trained as an osteopath specialising in sport injuries.[2] Contents1Early life2Acting career3Later life4Personal life4.1Friendship with Michael Jackson & subsequent sperm donation5Filmography5.1Film5.2Television6References7Bibliography8External linksEarly lifeLester was born in the city of Oxford, Oxfordshire, in southern England, to actress Rita Keene Lester and actor and producer Michael Lester (originally Michael Boris Letzer). His father was Jewish and his mother Anglican.[3] Lester was educated at three independent schools: at Corona Theatre School in Ravenscourt Park in West London, followed by Tower House School, a boys' preparatory school near Richmond Park (also in West London), and at Halliford School in Shepperton in Surrey. Acting careerLester initially had supporting roles in several British television series, including The Human Jungle and Danger Man. In 1964, at the age of six, Lester was cast in Robert Dhéry's film Allez France! (English title The Counterfeit Constable) with Diana Dors (who appeared in the 1948 film version of Oliver Twist). He played a small part as the second schoolboy in Fahrenheit 451. In 1967, at the age of eight, Lester was cast in the title role in the film version of Lionel Bart's musical Oliver!.[4] The multiple Academy Award-winning adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel co-starred Jack Wild, Ron Moody, Harry Secombe, Shani Wallis and Oliver Reed and was directed by Carol Reed. Since Lester could not sing, his singing was dubbed by Kathe Green, daughter of the film's music arranger Johnny Green.[5] Lester became good friends with Wild during production of the film and their friendship continued after production, with Lester describing Wild as a "long lost brother". These two child actors later reunited for Melody (1971), which depicted schoolchildren in love. Tracy Hyde played the role of Melody in the film, which used music from the Bee Gees and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. In 1969, Lester received critical acclaim for his portrayal of a dysfunctional and withdrawn only child in Run Wild, Run Free, starring opposite John Mills, and then as a disturbed child in the first regular episode of Then Came Bronson. Lester's acting roles peaked as he starred in Eyewitness (1970), with Susan George, Night Hair Child with Britt Ekland, Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?, with Shelley Winters, Melody and a film version of Black Beauty (all 1971). After this period, his acting roles in the UK would begin to wane. He extended his range with roles in a series of films in Italy including Redneck (1972) with Telly Savalas and the Western Scalawag (1973) with Kirk Douglas. The final film of his Italian-based career was in the costume drama La Prima volta sull'erba (English title The First Time on the Grass, 1974), which was nominated for the Golden Bear prize at the 25th Berlin International Film Festival. Lester wrapped up his film career playing the dual role as Edward VI of England and Tom Canty in the all-star film The Prince and the Pauper (US title: Crossed Swords) starring Raquel Welch, Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, George C. Scott, and Oliver Reed, who had played Bill Sikes in Oliver!. Later lifeAt the age of 18 Lester had access to some of his earnings from his films. He bought a Ferrari and a house in Belgravia and went to parties, nightclubs and restaurants, often paying for friends. He dabbled with drugs.[6] After the poor reception of The Prince and the Pauper, Lester gave up acting at the age of 19 and took his A Levels. In his twenties he became a karate black belt, through this grew interested in sports injuries, and from there osteopathy.[6] At the age of 28 became an osteopath, studying at the British School of Osteopathy and in 1993, Lester opened the Carlton Clinic, an acupuncture clinic in Cheltenham.[7][8] He is a patron of the theatre charity The Music Hall Guild of Great Britain and America.[9] Personal lifeLester has four children with his first wife, whom he married in January 1993 and divorced in 2005. In 2006 he married Lisa, a psychiatric nurse.[10][11] Friendship with Michael Jackson & subsequent sperm donationLester was a close friend of Michael Jackson and is godfather to Jackson's three children. In August 2009, after Jackson's death, Lester gave an interview to the British tabloid newspaper News of the World in which he claimed that he could be the biological father of Paris, the late singer's daughter. Lester claimed to have been a sperm donor for Jackson in 1996, and announced that he was willing to take a paternity test to determine whether he was the father.[12] Brian Oxman, former lawyer for the Jackson family, rejected the claim in a television interview, stating, “The thing I always heard from Michael was that Michael was the father of these children, and I believe Michael."[13] FilmographyFilmYearTitleRoleNotes1964The Counterfeit ConstableGéralda.k.a. Allez France1965Spaceflight IC-1: An Adventure in SpaceDon Saunders1966Fahrenheit 451schoolboy(uncredited)1967Our Mother's HouseJiminee1968Oliver!Oliver Twist1969Run Wild, Run FreePhilip Ransome1970The Boy Who Stole the ElephantDaveyTV movie1970EyewitnessZiggy1971Melody (released as S.W.A.L.K.)Daniel Latimer1971Black BeautyJoe Evans1971Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?Christopher Coombs1972Night Hair ChildMarcus1973RedneckLennox Duncan1973Little AdventurerMike Richard1973ScalawagJamie1975The First Time on the GrassFranz Schmidta.k.a. La prima volta sull'erba1977The Prince and the PauperPrince Edward/Tom Cantya.k.a. Crossed SwordsTelevisionYearTitleRoleNotes1964The Human JungleSmall boyTV series (1 episode The Twenty-Four Hour Man)1966Danger ManA boyTV series (1 episode Someone is Liable to Get Hurt)1966Court MartialPaolo StevensTV series (1 episode Retreat from Life)1969Then Came BronsonJohn BeamanTV series (1 episode The Runner)1969The Ghost & Mrs. MuirMark HelmoreTV series (2 episodes Puppy Love and Spirit of the Law)1970DisneylandDavey(film in two parts) Jack WildJackwild-march1970.jpgJack Wild, 1970Born30 September 1952Royton, Lancashire, EnglandDied1 March 2006 (aged 53)Tebworth, Bedfordshire, EnglandOccupationActor, singerYears active1964–2006Spouse(s)Gaynor Jones(m. 1976; div. 1985)Claire Harding(m. 2005)Jack Wild (30 September 1952 – 1 March 2006) was an English actor and singer, best known for his debut role as the Artful Dodger in Oliver!, (1968) for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor as well as Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations. Wild is also known for his roles as Jimmy in the NBC children's television series H.R. Pufnstuf (1969) and in the accompanying 1970 feature film as well as Much the Miller's Son in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991). Jack Wild (right) with Oliver! co-star Mark Lester at the 41st Annual Academy Awards, 14 April 1969. Contents1Early life2Entertainment career3Challenges4Career restarts5Death6Autobiography7Filmography8Discography8.1Albums8.2Singles9See also10References11Bibliography12External linksEarly lifeWild was born into a working class family in Royton, Lancashire. He moved to Hounslow, in Middlesex, with his parents and his older brother Arthur in 1960 at the age of eight, where he got a job helping the milkman, which paid about five shillings. He was discovered while playing football with his brother in the park by theatrical agent June Collins, mother of Phil Collins. Collins enrolled both Jack and Arthur at the Barbara Speake Stage School, an independent school in Acton in West London. Entertainment career Wild with the title character in the NBC children's series H.R. Pufnstuf, 1969The Wild brothers sought acting roles to supplement their parents' income and, in the autumn of 1964, both were cast in a West End theatre production of Lionel Bart's Oliver!, Arthur in the title role, and Jack as a member of Fagin's gang, Charley Bates.[1] Although Jack auditioned as The Artful Dodger for several subsequent stage productions of Oliver!, he was always turned down because he was too short.[2] He stayed with the show until the spring of 1966, when he left to make the film serial Danny the Dragon for the Children's Film Foundation.[3] Wild's first speaking roles on TV were an episode of Out of the Unknown, and the third part of the BBC's version of the Wesker Trilogy, I'm Talking About Jerusalem. By the time he was chosen to portray the Artful Dodger for the 1968 movie version of Oliver! he had also appeared in episodes of Z-Cars, The Newcomers and George and the Dragon. He received critical acclaim and several nominations for his appearance as the Artful Dodger: Academy Award for Best Supporting ActorGolden Globe Award for Most Promising NewcomerBAFTA Award for Most Promising NewcomerIt was at the 1968 premiere of Oliver! that Wild met brothers Sid and Marty Krofft, who thought he would make a good lead for a show they were developing called H.R. Pufnstuf. Wild starred in this American family television series that launched in 1969. Pufnstuf was also a segment in the second (and final) season of The Banana Splits Adventure Hour, despite 2 episodes remaining unaired. He starred in the movie Pufnstuf (1970). Other roles followed, including the films Melody (1971) (with Oliver! co-star Mark Lester) and Flight of the Doves (1971). The latter film reunited him with Ron Moody, who had played Fagin in Oliver!. In 1972 he appeared as a stowaway in the Onedin Line episode 'A Woman Alone'.[citation needed] Wild also embarked on a recording career, cutting one album for Capitol Records- containing the single "Some Beautiful" that received a lot of airplay on Radio Luxembourg, but didn't chart very highly - and two for Buddah Records in the early 1970s. The three albums were called The Jack Wild Album, Everything's Coming Up Roses and Beautiful World.[4] At the height of his acting career, Wild usually acted younger than he was. For H.R. Pufnstuf, he was a seventeen-year-old playing a boy who was eleven. "When I first entered in the show business," Wild said in 1999," Of course I didn't mind playing younger roles. However it did bug me when I would be twenty-one being offered the role of a thirteen-year-old. I'm not saying I didn't enjoy playing these roles; I had barrels of fun, I just wanted more serious and dramatic roles; it's that simple." During the early 1970s, Wild was considered "one of the world's teen heartthrobs," alongside David Cassidy and Barry Williams. With large hazel eyes, a somewhat pug nose and freckles, Jack was loved and adored by many girls across the globe. "I received roughly 2,000 fan letters a week," he stated in 1989. "I never left any one of them blank. I always answered, even if I was exhausted. I really thought it was one of the most important things." While Jack and Arthur were at Barbara Speake stage school, Jack met Welsh-born actress Gaynor Jones when they were around twelve years old. After he left the school in 1966, he didn't see her again until Christmas of 1970, when she was hosting a Christmas party. Then, after seeing her for the first time in four years, he got her telephone number and they were soon dating. They married on Valentine's Day 1976; Wild was 23 years old and Jones was 22. Afterwards, they celebrated with a honeymoon to Paris. After they returned they bought a home a few weeks later in Richmond, London. ChallengesAt age 21 he was already an alcoholic and a diabetic. This did not help him find acting work, and by 1976 his film career was badly stalled. In 1981 he was supposed to star with Suzi Quatro in a series about a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde for British television, but it was cancelled at the last minute. His alcoholism ruined both his career and marriage to Gaynor Jones, who left him in 1985 because of his excessive drinking.[1] After exhausting his remaining fortune, Wild lived with his retired father for a few years.[5] His alcoholism caused three cardiac arrests and resulted in several hospital stays until he stopped drinking in 1989.[5] He later admitted his alcoholism was so debilitating during this period that from the late 1970s until he went sober, he was incapable of doing any kind of work.[6] His mother (Vera Boardman) died in 1989 and his brother (Arthur Wild) died in 2000. Wild lost his father (Jack Wild) in 2005, a year before his own death (2006). Career restartsWild unsuccessfully attempted various alcoholism rehabilitation programmes and finally let go of drinking on 6 March 1989 after joining Alcoholics Victorious.[6] He returned to the big screen in a few minor roles, such as in the 1991 Kevin Costner film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and as a peddler in Basil (1998).[2] For the most part, he spent the remainder of his career working in theatre. His last major appearance was as the male lead, "Mouse", in Tayla Goodman's rock musical Virus. The show ran for two weeks at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham. For his final film appearance, he had a minor role in Moussaka & Chips (2000), where he once again worked with Ron Moody.[2] DeathWild died on 1 March 2006 at age 53 after a long battle with mouth cancer, which he blamed on his drinking and/or smoking.[1][7] Diagnosed with the disease in 2000, he initially underwent chemotherapy, but later had part of his tongue and both vocal cords removed in July 2004.[1] Because of this surgery, he had lost his speech and had to communicate through his second wife, Claire Harding, whom he met when they were appearing in Jack and the Beanstalk in Worthing.[1] He was buried in Toddington Parish Cemetery, Bedfordshire.[8] AutobiographyAt the time of his death, Wild and his wife, Claire Harding, had been working on his autobiography.[9] It was completed by Claire, who explained: 'All the material was there when Jack died, it just needed rearranging, editing, and, in certain sections, writing out from transcripts Jack and I made as we recorded him talking about his life.'[10] The book, It's a Dodger's Life was finally published in 2016 by Fantom Films (ISBN 978-1-78196-266-4) with a foreword by Pufnstuf co-star Billie Hayes, an afterword by Clive Francis, and an epilogue by Claire Harding.[11] FilmographyList of acting performances in film and televisionTitleYearAlternate titlesRoleNotesPoor Cow1967Boy Playing Football [Wearing Hat]UncreditedDanny the Dragon1967GavinOliver!1968The Artful Dodger1st film to co-star with Mark Lester[1] and Ron Moody.Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting ActorNominated – BAFTA Award for Most Promising NewcomerNominated – Golden Globe Award for Most Promising NewcomerThe Banana Splits Adventure Hour1969JimmyTV series, 1 Season, 17 Episodes (Segment: H.R. Pufnstuf; 2 episodes unreleased)H.R. Pufnstuf1969JimmyTV seriesPufnstuf1970Pufnstuf Zaps the WorldJimmyMelody1971S.W.A.L.K.Ornshaw2nd and last film to co-star with Mark Lester.[1]Flight of the Doves1971Finn Dove2nd film to co-star with Ron Moody.The Pied Piper1972GavinThe Onedin Line1972Peter ThompsonSeason 2, Episode 3. The Onedin Line 19th Century shipping BBC television drama series, 1971 to 1980.The 141973Existence (USA)The Wild Little Bunch (USA)RegSigmund and the Sea Monsters1973HimselfGuest AppearanceKeep It Up Downstairs1976Peregrine CockshuteAlicja1982Mock TurtleRobin Hood: Prince of Thieves1991Much the Miller's SonBasil1998PeddlerMoussaka & Chips2005Durgen Fleece3rd and last film to co-star with Ron Moody. (final film role)DiscographyAlbumsThe Jack Wild Album (1970)Everything's Coming Up Roses (1971)A Beautiful World (1972)SinglesList of singles, with selected chart positionsTitleYearPeak chart positionsUK[12]US"Some Beautiful"19704692"Wait For Summer"1970—115"Everything's Coming Up Roses"1971—107"—" denotes releases that did not chart. Oliver! is a 1968 musical drama film directed by Carol Reed and based on the stage musical of the same name, with book, music and lyrics written by Lionel Bart. The screenplay was written by Vernon Harris. Both the film and play are based on Charles Dickens's novel Oliver Twist. The film includes such musical numbers as "Food, Glorious Food", "Consider Yourself", "As Long as He Needs Me", "You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two", and "Where Is Love?". Filmed in Shepperton Film Studio in Surrey, the film was a Romulus Films production and was distributed internationally by Columbia Pictures. At the 41st Academy Awards for 1968, Oliver! was nominated for eleven Academy Awards and won six, including Best Picture, Best Director for Reed, and an Honorary Award for choreographer Onna White. At the 26th Golden Globe Awards, the film won two Golden Globes: for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, and Best Actor - Musical or Comedy for Ron Moody. The British Film Institute ranked Oliver! the 77th greatest British film of the 20th century. In 2017, a poll of 150 actors, directors, writers, producers and critics for Time Out magazine ranked it the 69th best British film ever.[1] Mark Lester (Oliver) and Jack Wild (The Artful Dodger) arrive at the annual Academy Awards (the film picked up six awards) Contents1Synopsis1.1Act 11.2Act 22Cast3Musical numbers4Production4.1Casting4.2Writing4.3Music4.4Additional notes5Reception6Preservation7Awards8Home media9References10External linksSynopsisAct 1A workhouse in Dunstable, England is visited by the wealthy governors who fund it. While a sumptuous banquet is held for them, the barefoot orphan boys who work there are being served their daily gruel. They dream of enjoying the same "Food, Glorious Food" as their masters. While eating, some boys draw straws to see who will ask for more to eat, and the job falls to a boy named Oliver Twist. He goes up to Bumble and Widow Corney, who run the workhouse and serve the gruel, and asks for more. Enraged, Bumble takes Oliver to the governors to see what to do with him ("Oliver!"). A decision is made to have Oliver sold into service. Bumble parades Oliver through the snow, trying to sell him to the highest bidder ("Boy for Sale"). Oliver is sold to an undertaker named Mr. Sowerberry, who intends to use him as a mourner for children's funerals. After his first funeral, Noah Claypole, Sowerberry's apprentice, insults Oliver's mother. Oliver attacks Noah in fury and Mrs. Sowerberry forces him into a coffin while Noah fetches Bumble. Oliver is too angry to be intimidated by Bumble, who places the blame on not keeping Oliver on a diet of gruel, instead of meat, which made him strong. Oliver is thrown into the cellar as further punishment. Alone in the dark with a roomful of empty coffins, Oliver wonders ("Where Is Love?"). While clutching the window grate, Oliver pushes it open and escapes. After a week on the road, Oliver reaches London. Soon, he crosses paths with the Artful Dodger, who decides to take Oliver under his wing ("Consider Yourself"). Dodger leads Oliver to his home, a hideout for a group of young boys housed by the elderly Fagin. Oliver naively believes the items they had actually stolen are "made" by them and Fagin and the boys play along for their amusement. After a laugh, they subtly explain to Oliver they are actually a pickpocket gang. At the same time, Fagin helps the boys practice their stealing while proclaiming his belief that ("You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two") to get by. Once the boys go to sleep, Fagin sneaks off to meet with an adult thief with whom he does business, Bill Sikes, who burgles houses, while Fagin's gang only steal out of peoples pockets. Sikes, unlike Fagin, is brutal, neglectful and merciless. Sikes' girlfriend, Nancy, waits for him at the pub and sings of her contentment with the life she shares with the reprobates of London while covering up her own broken dreams of the life she wishes she had with Sikes ("It's a Fine Life"). Back at the hideout, Oliver witnesses Fagin counting his hidden treasures and taking a little more than his fair share from Sikes' loot. Initially furious that he has been discovered, Fagin calms down and has Oliver go to sleep. Nancy and her sister Bet arrive in the morning to collect some money from Fagin on behalf of Sikes, and meet Oliver. The boys mock Oliver for his apparent class and manners towards Nancy, which she finds charming. Dodger attempts to be just as gentlemanly towards Nancy and the boys and Fagin join in the fun ("I'd Do Anything"). Fagin sends the boys out for the day and Oliver asks to go with Dodger, which he agrees to ("Be Back Soon"). While on the job, Oliver witnesses what Dodger really does and is apprehended for Dodger's theft of a wallet belonging to a gentleman named Mr. Brownlow. Afraid that Oliver will tell the police all about them, Fagin and Sikes send Nancy to court to observe him. Oliver is too terrified to say anything, but before the drunken magistrate can finalize the verdict, a bookseller who witnessed the act arrives and proclaims Oliver's innocence. Brownlow takes in Oliver, while Sikes and Fagin send Dodger to follow them, to Nancy's displeasure. Act 2Oliver has been living in the residence of wealthy Mr. Brownlow for several days now. From the balcony, he watches the merchants and other folk of London sell their wares ("Who Will Buy?"). Sikes has been keeping an eye on Oliver, firmly believing he may tell on them. He and Fagin are determined to get him back and employ Nancy to help them as Oliver trusts her more than he does the others. Nancy refuses as she wants Oliver to have a life free of thievery, but Sikes hits her. As Nancy reluctantly follows Sikes, she sings of her unwavering love for him despite his ways ("As Long As He Needs Me"). The next day, Brownlow entrusts Oliver with some books and money to be delivered to the bookshop. As he leaves, Brownlow notices a striking resemblance between Oliver and a portrait of his long-lost niece Emily, who ran away from home after being jilted by her lover. While walking through the streets of London, Oliver is sidetracked by Nancy and is kidnapped by Sikes and taken back to the hideout. Following a brief confrontation with Fagin over Oliver's five pound note, Sikes is defied by Oliver, who in turn is protected by Nancy. Sikes becomes increasingly violent, leading Nancy to leave. When Fagin warns him to calm down, Sikes threatens him with his life, should their operation be compromised. Realizing Sikes' violent nature, Fagin begins reconsidering his life as a criminal and weighs all his options, but decides to keep to his old ways after "Reviewing the Situation". Bumble and Corney have an affair and pay a visit to Brownlow after he begins searching for Oliver's origin. They present a locket belonging to Oliver's mother, who arrived at the workhouse penniless and died during childbirth. Brownlow recognizes the locket as his niece's and is enraged that they selfishly chose to keep the trinket and information to themselves until they could collect a reward for it. After throwing them out, Brownlow and his housekeeper, Mrs. Bedwin, realise that Emily ran away because she was pregnant. Meanwhile, in an attempt to introduce Oliver to a life of crime, Sikes forces Oliver to take part in a house robbery. The robbery fails when Oliver accidentally awakens the occupants, but he and Sikes get away. While Sikes and Oliver are gone, Nancy, fearful for Oliver's life, goes to Brownlow, confessing her part in Oliver's kidnapping, however, she refuses to state the name of Fagin or Bill Sikes for her own protection. She promises to return him to Brownlow at midnight on London Bridge. She then goes to the tavern. When Sikes and Oliver appear, Sikes orders his dog Bullseye to guard the boy. Nancy starts up a lively drinking song, hoping that the noise will distract Sikes while she and Oliver get away ("Oom-Pah-Pah"). Bullseye, however, alerts Sikes, who gives chase. As Oliver and Nancy share a farewell embrace at London Bridge, Sikes catches up and grabs both of them and throws Oliver aside. Nancy then tries to protect Oliver by pulling Sikes away, angering him. He then drags her behind the staircase of London Bridge and violently bludgeons her, murdering her. He then takes off with Oliver, but Bullseye betrays his cruel master and returns to the scene where Nancy has succumbed to her injuries. Bullseye's presence alerts the police to their suspect and the dog leads Brownlow with an angry mob to the thieves' hideout. Sikes arrives at Fagin's den and demands money, revealing that he killed Nancy, as well. Upon seeing the approaching mob, the thieves disband and flee. Sikes runs off with Oliver, using him as a hostage. During the evacuation, Fagin loses his prized possessions, which sink into mud. Sikes attempts to flee to an adjacent roof, but is shot dead in the process by the police. Fagin makes up his mind to change his ways for good. Just as he is about to walk away a reformed man, Dodger appears from nowhere with a wallet he stole earlier. They dance off into the sunrise together, happily determined to live out the rest of their days as thieves ("Reviewing the Situation" (reprise)"\) while Oliver returns to Brownlow's home for good ("Finale: Where Is Love?/Consider Yourself"). CastMark Lester as Oliver (songs dubbed by Kathe Green)Ron Moody as FaginShani Wallis as NancyOliver Reed as Bill SikesHarry Secombe as Mr. BumbleJack Wild as the Artful DodgerHugh Griffith as the MagistrateJoseph O'Conor as Mr. BrownlowPeggy Mount as Widow Corney/Mrs. BumbleLeonard Rossiter as Mr. SowerberryHylda Baker as Mrs. SowerberryKenneth Cranham as Noah ClaypoleElizabeth Knight as CharlotteMegs Jenkins as Mrs. BedwinSheila White as BetWensley Pithey as Dr. GrimwiggJames Hayter as Mr. JessopFred Emney as Workhouse ChairmanRobert Bartlett, Graham Buttrose, Geoffrey Chandler, Kirk Clugston, Dempsey Cook, Christopher Duff, Nigel Grice, Dave Jarrett, Ronnie Johnson, Nigel Kingsley, Robert Langley, Brian Lloyd, Peter Lock, Clive Moss, Ian Ramsey, Peter Renn, Billy Smith, Kim Smith, Oliver Hancock, Freddie Stead, Raymond Ward and John Watters as Fagin's Boys.Musical numbers1 "Overture"2 "Main Title"3 "Food, Glorious Food"/"Oliver!" – Orphans/Mr. Bumble/Widow Corney4 "Oliver, Oliver!" - Mr. Bumble/Orphans5 "Boy for Sale" – Mr. Bumble6 "Where Is Love?" – Oliver7 "Consider Yourself" – Dodger/City of London8 "Pick a Pocket or Two" – Fagin/Pickpockets9 "It's a Fine Life" – Nancy/The Crippled Crowd10 "I'd Do Anything" – Dodger/Pickpockets11 "Be Back Soon" – Fagin/Pickpockets12 "Entr'acte"13 "Who Will Buy?" – City of London/Oliver14 "As Long as He Needs Me" – Nancy15 "Reviewing the Situation" – Fagin16 "Oom-Pah-Pah" – Nancy/The Three Cripples Crowd17 "Reviewing the Situation" (reprise) – Fagin/Dodger18 "Finale" ("Where Is Love?"/"Consider Yourself") – EnsembleProductionCastingThe film used mostly young unknowns, among them Mark Lester (Oliver), Shani Wallis (Nancy) and Jack Wild as The Artful Dodger, but also featured Hugh Griffith, an Oscar winner for Ben-Hur, in a role as the Magistrate. Harry Secombe, who played Mr. Bumble, was well known in Britain but not in the United States, and Oliver Reed, who played Bill Sikes, had just begun to make a name for himself. Producer John Woolf suggested Oliver Reed for the role to the director Reed, without knowing that the two were in fact related. Ron Moody, who was also well known in Britain but not the US, recreated his London stage performance, after Peter Sellers, Dick Van Dyke and Peter O'Toole reportedly turned down the role. Elizabeth Taylor turned down the role of Nancy as well. Julie Andrews was also considered. Director Reed also had Shirley Bassey in mind, but his choice was rejected by Hollywood studio bosses who felt that the public was not ready for a Black Nancy.[2] Classical actor Joseph O'Conor, not well known in the U.S., played Mr. Brownlow. Shooting at Shepperton Studios, England, began on 23 June 1967.[3] WritingThe screenplay was adapted from both Lionel Bart's musical and Dickens's novel. The screenplay was written by Vernon Harris, and the film was directed by Sir Carol Reed, who was also Oliver Reed's uncle. A few of the songs from the stage production were not used in the movie, although they often make appearances in the incidental music. For example, the music of Sikes' song "My Name" can be heard when the character first appears, and several other times whenever he is about to commit some nefarious deed. MusicMain article: Oliver! (soundtrack)The film omits "I Shall Scream", one of the songs sung by Mr. Bumble and the widow Corney (whose roles are larger in the stage version than in the film) and "That's Your Funeral", which is sung by the Sowerberrys at their funeral parlour. It also omits nearly all of the reprises of the show's other songs, with the exception of the songs "Who Will Buy?" and the comical "Reviewing the Situation", giving the second half of the film a more serious, gloomy quality than Act II of the stage production. Bill Sykes’ song "My Name" was also omitted, however, the recurrence of the instrumental for this song in the soundtrack suggests that it may have been filmed. There is also an extension of the song "Boy for Sale" where there is an extra verse, plus a faster middle section, followed by a slower section, where Mr. Bumble attempts to auction off Oliver at Three Pounds Ten, with no takers. The song "Where Is Love" uses a different last half the second time. In the film, "Food, Glorious Food" and "Consider Yourself" were sung by the choristers of the Temple Choir in London, conducted by Sir George Thalben-Ball. Additional notesThe beginning section of Dickens's novel, in which Oliver is born in the workhouse, was never filmed, although there is evidence that it was supposed to have been. Still photos of this section exist in an Oliver! novelisation for children, published in 1968. In this same Oliver! storybook, Nancy has a final moment in which, after being fatally bludgeoned by Bill Sikes, she gasps out her dying words to Mr. Brownlow, but there is nothing to indicate that this was actually filmed, so it may have been dramatic license on the part of the authors of the storybook. However, when Brownlow runs down the steps of London Bridge toward Nancy, she is clearly still alive - her feet are seen to be moving. The film, rather than following through on this, then cuts away to a scene showing Sikes trying to kill his bull terrier for fear that the dog may lead the police to him, and when the film returns again to Brownlow, Nancy has already died. ReceptionThe film earned $10.5 million in rentals at the North American box office (US/ Canada rentals)[4] and took $77,402,877 worldwide,[5][6] making it the seventh highest-grossing film of 1968. Oliver! received widespread acclaim from critics. It was hailed by Pauline Kael in her review published in The New Yorker as being one of the few film versions of a stage musical that was superior to the original show, which she suggested she had walked out on. "The musical numbers emerge from the story with a grace that has been rarely seen since the musicals of René Clair."[7] Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times awarded the film four stars out of four and was highly enthusiastic about the film, saying "Sir Carol Reed's Oliver! is a treasure of a movie. It is very nearly universal entertainment, one of those rare films like The Wizard of Oz that appeals in many ways to all sorts of people. It will be immediately exciting to the children, I think, because of the story and the unforgettable Dickens characters. Adults will like it for the sweep and zest of its production. And as a work of popular art, it will stand the test of time, I guess. It is as well-made as a film can be." He particularly admired Carol Reed's working relationship with the children in the film: "Not for a moment, I suspect, did Reed imagine he had to talk down to the children in his audience. Not for a moment are the children in the cast treated as children. They're equal participants in the great adventure, and they have to fend for themselves or bloody well get out of the way. This isn't a watered-down lollypop. It's got bite and malice along with the, romance and humor." Although he stated that the film's roadshow presentation was a minor problem for children, who are not used to long films,[8] he loved the production design, musical adaptation score, and casting and acting, particularly that of Ron Moody and Jack Wild. He concluded, "Oliver! succeeds finally because of its taste. It never stoops for cheap effects and never insults our intelligence. And because we can trust it, we can let ourselves go with it, and we do. It is a splendid experience."[9] He later named the film as the seventh best film of 1968.[10] Rotten Tomatoes awards the film an 81% "fresh" rating based on 30 reviews, with an average score of 7.8/10; the critics' consensus reads: "It has aged somewhat awkwardly, but the performances are inspired, the songs are memorable, and the film is undeniably influential."[11] PreservationThe Academy Film Archive preserved Oliver! in 1998.[12] AwardsOliver! was the last G-rated film to receive an Academy Award for Best Picture. It was the last movie musical to win the award until Chicago thirty-four years later, though others have been nominated such as Hello, Dolly!, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, All That Jazz, Beauty and the Beast, and Moulin Rouge!. Oliver! also had the distinction of being the last British film to win Best Picture until Chariots of Fire 13 years later. CategoryNomineeResult41st Academy Awards[13]Best PictureJohn WoolfWonBest DirectorCarol ReedWonBest Actor in a Leading RoleRon MoodyNominatedBest Actor in a Supporting RoleJack WildNominatedBest Writing, Adapted ScreenplayVernon HarrisNominatedBest CinematographyOswald MorrisNominatedBest Musical Adaptation ScoreJohn GreenWonBest Art DirectionArt Direction: John Box; Set Decoration: Terence MarshWonBest SoundBuster Ambler, John Cox, Jim Groom, Bob Jones and Tony DaweWonBest Costume DesignPhyllis DaltonNominatedBest Film EditingRalph KemplenNominatedHonorary Academy AwardOnna WhiteWon26th Golden Globe Awards[14]Best Motion Picture – Musical or ComedyOliver!WonBest DirectorCarol ReedNominatedBest Actor – Musical or ComedyRon MoodyWonBest Supporting ActorHugh GriffithNominatedNew Star of the Year - ActorJack WildNominated6th Moscow International Film Festival[15]Special PrizeCarol ReedWonBest ActorRon MoodyWon Home mediaOliver! was released on DVD for the first time by Columbia Pictures in 2005 with only two special features; a photo gallery and a behind the scenes featurette. The motion picture soundtrack (housed in a DVD case) was also released with the DVD. It was an exclusive and contained only fourteen songs from the movie. Oliver! was then released in 2013 on a Region B Blu-ray containing all the special features as the DVD release excluding the film's extra disc soundtrack. In 2013 Twilight Time released a blu-ray edition of the film available on their website but limited to 3000 copies, which has since sold out. As of 2017, Columbia Pictures has yet to release Oliver! on a Region A Blu-ray Disc. Country/Region of Manufacture: United States

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