Oliver Reed

Born Feb 13, 1938

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.… 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
1964 26 Years Old In 1964 he starred in the first of six films directed by Michael Winner, The System, (known as The Girl-Getters in the U.S.). … Read More
1965 27 Years Old He first collaborated with director Ken Russell in a TV biopic of Claude Debussy in 1965, and later played Dante Gabriel Rossetti in Russell's subsequent TV biopic Dante's Inferno (1967).
1966 28 Years Old In 1966 Reed played a mountain fur trapper, with co-star Rita Tushingham, in an action-adventure film The Trap with a soundtrack by British film composer Ron Goodwin. … Read More


1969 31 Years Old An anecdote holds that Reed could have been chosen to play James Bond. In 1969, Bond franchise producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman were looking for a replacement for Sean Connery and Reed (who had recently played a resourceful killer in The Assassination Bureau) was mentioned as a possible choice for the role. … 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
1975 37 Years Old The controversial Russell film The Devils (1971) was followed in the summer of 1975 by the same director's musical film Tommy, based on The Who's 1969 concept album Tommy and starring its lead singer Roger Daltrey. … Read More


1979 41 Years Old Reed returned to horror as Dr. Hal Raglan in David Cronenberg's 1979 film The Brood. … 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 already suffered from gout, became seriously ill with kidney problems as a result of his alcoholism and had to abstain from drinking for a year. … 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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