Jack Wild 30 September — 1 March was an English actor and singer, best known for his debut role as the Artful Dodger in Oliver!
Wild was born into a working class family in RoytonLancashire. Inat the age of eight, with his parents and his older brother Arthur, he moved to Hounslowin Middlesexwhere he got a job helping the milkman, which paid about five shillings. While playing football with his brother in the park, he was discovered by theatrical agent June Collins, mother of Phil Collins. The Wild Rockin In Rhythm - Ben Webster - For The Guvnor sought acting roles to supplement their parents' income.
In the autumn of the pair were cast in the West End theatre production of Lionel Bart 's Oliver! Arthur in the title role and Jack as Charley Bates, a member of Fagin's gang. Wild was chosen to Mr.
Joyce - The Bluebells - Second the Artful Dodger for the movie version of Oliver! His performance received critical acclaim and several nominations:. In the spring ofWild left the stage show of Oliver! It was at the premiere of Oliver! Wild starred in this American family television series that launched in Pufnstuf was also a segment in the second and final season of The Banana Splits Adventure Hourdespite two episodes remaining unaired until Wild also starred in the movie Pufnstuffilmed shortly after production on the television show had concluded.
Other roles followed, including the films Melody with Oliver! The latter film reunited him with Ron Moodywho had played Fagin in Oliver! Wild also embarked on a recording career, releasing The Jack Gewetensvragen - Youp Van t Hek - De Waker, De Slaper En De Dromer Album for Capitol Records containing the single "Some Beautiful" that received considerable exposure on Radio Luxembourg Push Bike Song - Jack Wild - Everythings Coming Up Roses did not chart well.
However, by now Wild was becoming tired of being typecast in younger roles. He was 17 years old when he played the 11 year-old lead in H. InWild lamented, "When I first entered in the show business, of course I didn't mind playing younger roles. However it did bug me when I would be twenty-one being offered the role of a thirteen-year-old.
Push Bike Song - Jack Wild - Everythings Coming Up Roses not saying I didn't enjoy playing these roles; I had barrels of fun, I just wanted more serious and Hexyll - DroneHead - Anthems of the Empire EP roles; it's that simple. During the early s, Wild was considered a teen heartthrob, alongside David Cassidy and Barry Williams.
Byaged 21, he was an alcoholic and diabetic. After exhausting his remaining fortune, Wild lived with his retired father for a few years. His alcoholism ruined both his career and marriage to Gaynor Jones, who left him in because of his excessive drinking. Wild eventually became sober on 6 March after joining the Christian support group, Alcoholics Victorious. He returned to the big screen in a few minor roles, such as in the Kevin Costner film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and as a peddler in Basil For the most part, he spent the remainder of his career working in theatre.
His last major appearance was as the male lead, "Mouse", in Tayla Goodman 's rock musical Virus. The show ran for two weeks at the Theatre RoyalNottingham. Wild first met Welsh-born actress Gaynor Jones when they were around 12 years old at the Barbara Speake stage school. After he left inhe did not see her again until Christmas of They married on 14 February InWild was diagnosed with oral cancerblaming the disease on his drinking and smoking habits.
Wild had to communicate through his second wife, Claire L. Harding, for the rest of his life. The two met when he was working with her in Jack and the Beanstalk in Worthing. Jack Wild died after a long battle with cancer on March 1, At the time of his death, he and his wife, Claire, had been working on his autobiography. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Jack Wild. Wild Push Bike Song - Jack Wild - Everythings Coming Up Roses up as his character from Oliver! RoytonLancashireEngland.
TebworthBedfordshireEngland. Gaynor Jones m. Claire Harding m. The Independent. MTV Networks. Retrieved 5 September The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 30 April Retrieved 26 October Retrieved 16 November Retrieved 10 April It's a Dodger's Life. Fantom Publishing. London: Guinness World Records Limited.
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