View Full Version : Oliver! star Jack Wild dies at 53


medium-deek
03-02-2006, 07:07 PM
Actor Jack Wild, who played The Artful Dodger in 1968 film Oliver!, has died at the age of 53.

Wild was nominated for an Oscar when he was just 16 for the role. He also starred in late-1960s US children's fantasy TV series HR Pufnstuf.

He suffered from mouth cancer after years of heavy drinking and smoking and had his voice box and tongue removed.

Wild's agent Alex Jay said the actor "died peacefully at midnight last night after a long battle with oral cancer".

Mark Lester, who played Oliver in the musical film, paid tribute to him.

He told the BBC: "Jack was like a brother to me during the making of the film and always was very protective.

"I gained a lot. The chemistry between us was just something very, very special, which lasted throughout our lives."

Wild was diagnosed with cancer in 2000 and was unable to speak, drink or eat after having surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

He had to communicate through his wife and his meals were delivered in liquid form via a tube that went straight into his stomach.

Wild recently said: "Until I was diagnosed with mouth cancer, I'd never heard of it.

"What I learned very quickly was that my lifestyle had made me a walking time bomb.

"I was a heavy smoker and an even heavier drinker and apparently together they are a deadly mixture."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/4765996.stm

Reading this makes me glad I aint a smoker or a heavy drinker.

medium-deek
03-02-2006, 07:10 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v93/onikami/oliver24C.jpg

Oasis_Lad
03-03-2006, 12:52 AM
i seen him on tv a few months ago and u could see he was at deaths door

medium-deek
03-03-2006, 06:01 AM
i seen him on tv a few months ago and u could see he was at deaths door

Yeah, unfortunately, time was not very kind to Jack.

Boxclever
03-03-2006, 06:22 AM
i seen him on tv a few months ago and u could see he was at deaths door

I Remember that, he looked terrible :(

MickyHatton
03-03-2006, 07:03 AM
Yep, he had aged very badly, must have been the drink!

I remember a documentary a couple of years ago where it documented his life, after Oliver he went onto the States and started using drugs and getting into drink!

It a shame becuase at one time he looked like he had a bright future!

Sorry to hear he passed!

medium-deek
03-03-2006, 07:23 AM
Yep, he had aged very badly, must have been the drink!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v93/onikami/_41392968_jack_pa_body203.jpg

Quiet a contrast.

Mick Hucknall
03-04-2006, 05:35 PM
Any death to a known face is a sad event. I remember watching something about Oliver twist where the past stars went back to the set and he looked a sad sight. Also i cant quite belive how he was 16 when he was in Oliver he looked about 10

msagrain
08-04-2007, 05:50 PM
R.i.p .