Oliver Reed

Born Feb 13, 1938

Robert Oliver Reed was an English actor known for his burly screen presence. Reed exemplified his real-life macho image in "tough guy" roles. His films include The Trap, Oliver!, Women in Love, Hannibal Brooks, The Triple Echo, The Devils, The Three Musketeers, Tommy, Castaway, Lion of the Desert and Gladiator. At the peak of his careeer, in 1971, British exhibitors voted Reed one of the most popular stars at the box office (5th).… Read More

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1938 Birth Born on February 13, 1938.


1959 21 Years Old In 1959–1960, Reed married Kate Byrne. The couple had one son, Mark, before their divorce in 1969. … Read More
1963 25 Years Old Reed's face was scarred in a 1963 bar fight after which he received 63 stitches and was in danger of losing his film career over his facial damage. … Read More


1971 33 Years Old At the peak of his career, in 1971, British exhibitors voted Reed 5th most popular star at the box office. … Read More
1973 35 Years Old Steve McQueen told the story that in 1973 he flew to the UK to discuss a film project with Reed and suggested the two men visit a London nightclub. … Read More
1974 36 Years Old Reed became a close friend and drinking partner of The Who drummer Keith Moon in 1974 while working together on the film version of Tommy. … Read More
1975 37 Years Old 1 More Event
Reed was often irritated that his appearances on TV chat shows concentrated on his drinking feats rather than his latest film. In September 1975, in front of a speechless Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, the bellicose Reed had a glass of whisky poured over his head on-camera by an enraged Shelley Winters (Winters had been upset by Reed's derogatory comments toward women). … Read More


1981 43 Years Old …  In October 1981 he was arrested in Vermont, where he was acquitted of disturbing the peace while drunk. … Read More
1985 47 Years Old In 1985, he married Josephine Burge, to whom he was still married at the time of his death. … Read More
1987 49 Years Old In December 1987, Reed, who was overweight and already suffered from gout, became seriously ill with kidney problems as a result of his alcoholism and had to abstain from drinking for over one year on the advice of his doctor. … Read More


1999 61 Years Old Reed died from a heart attack during a break from filming Gladiator in Valletta, Malta, on 2 May 1999. … Read More
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