Oliver Reed, Villain of "Oliver!" Film, Dead at 61

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Oliver Reed, 61, the stocky British actor who played the villain Bill Sikes in the film version of the musical, "Oliver!," died May 2 in Malta, while filming a movie.

Oliver Reed, 61, the stocky British actor who played the villain Bill Sikes in the film version of the musical, "Oliver!," died May 2 in Malta, while filming a movie. Mr. Reed brought his fierce, ruddy presence to the 1968 film version of the stage musical drawn from Dickens' "Oliver Twist." The movie, which won a Best Picture Oscar, was directed by his uncle, Sir Carol Reed.

Notorious for his pugilistic, hard-drinking personality, Mr. Reed was not known as a stage actor but appeared in such films as "Women in Love," "Tommy," "The Three Musketeers" (1973), "The Devils" and many others.

-- By Kenneth Jones

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