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Ron Moody, actor who played Fagin in Oliver!, dies at the age of 91

Ron Moody, actor who played Fagin in Oliver!, dies at the age of 91
Actor Ron Moody has died at the age of 91.

The British star was best known for his Oscar-nominated role as Fagin in Oliver!.

Moody also played Jim Branning's nemesis Edwin Caldecott in EastEnders, and the wizard Merlin in Disney's A Kid in King Arthur's Court.

"He brought joy to his family and to the hearts of many and will be greatly missed. He was singing until the end," his widow Therese said.

Born Ronald Moodnick in Tottenham in 1924, his Jewish father anglicised the family name to Moody several years later.

After originally planning to be an economist, Moody didn't take up acting until he was in his late 20s.

He won a Golden Globe award for playing pickpocket master Fagin in the musical version of Oliver Twist in 1968.

Moody had also said that his biggest regret was turning down the chance to play The Doctor in Doctor Who.

Other notable
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Pat Keen obituary

Versatile actor who brought depth and humanity to supporting roles

The actor Pat Keen, who has died aged 79, had a successful career in supporting roles for more than half a century. She possessed an uncommon versatility, as happy in Chekhov and Ibsen as she was feeding lines to Les Dawson, whom she adored. For all that she was in demand in later years to play harridans and busybodies, she never resorted to caricature. She believed in the people she portrayed, breathing life into the stereotypes beloved by too many writers of comedy for television. She refused to take the easy route of playing for laughs, whether on stage or screen.

Pat was born and raised in Willesden, north-west London. She left school after taking A-levels, and it was because of her ability to speak very good colloquial French that she secured a post at the Foreign Office when she was 18. Two years later,
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Pat Keen obituary

Versatile actor who brought depth and humanity to supporting roles

The actor Pat Keen, who has died aged 79, had a successful career in supporting roles for more than half a century. She possessed an uncommon versatility, as happy in Chekhov and Ibsen as she was feeding lines to Les Dawson, whom she adored. For all that she was in demand in later years to play harridans and busybodies, she never resorted to caricature. She believed in the people she portrayed, breathing life into the stereotypes beloved by too many writers of comedy for television. She refused to take the easy route of playing for laughs, whether on stage or screen.

Pat was born and raised in Willesden, north-west London. She left school after taking A-levels, and it was because of her ability to speak very good colloquial French that she secured a post at the Foreign Office when she was 18. Two years later,
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Anna Massey Dead at 73: Worked for Alfred Hitchcock, Michael Powell, Otto Preminger

Anna Massey, a Tony nominee who played supporting roles in more than 40 movies, died of cancer on Sunday, July 3, in London. Massey was 73. The daughter of Academy Award nominee Raymond Massey (Abe Lincoln in Illinois) and sister of another Oscar nominee, Daniel Massey (Star!), Anna Massey began her acting career in the late '50s. She was nominated for a Tony for her performance in The Reluctant Debutante (1958), which was made into a movie that same year. Directed by Vincente Minnelli, the movie version starred Sandra Dee as an Americanized version of the role Massey had originated in the West End and on Broadway. Massey's first film appearance also took place in 1958, in John Ford's crime drama Gideon's Day, starring Jack Hawkins. Other notable film roles, invariably supporting bigger names, include those in Michael Powell's controversial Peeping Tom (photo, 1960), with Karl Böhm as a fetishistic serial killer; Otto Preminger
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