Oliver Reed (1939-1999) b. London, England.
Reed’s first starring role was as the werewolf in Terence Fishers The Curse of the Werewolf (1961). If there was a tradition of restraint and decency in British post-war cinema, Reed belongs to that excess, which would also contain Hammer horror and Ken Russell, for whom Reed starred in Women in Love (1969), The Devils (1971) and Tommy (1975). Reed was one of Richard Lester’s musketeers in The Three Musketeers (1974) and The Four Musketeers (1975). He is, the nephew of Carol Reed, for whom he played a notable Bill Sikes in Oliver! (1968). He appeared in The Brood (1978) for David Cronenberg and in Castaway (1986) for Nicolas Roeg. Much loved by the popular tabloid press as a source of scandal, he was given to displays of boozy masculinity on television chat shows until his death in 1999.