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Oliver Reed Biography

Birth Name:
Robert Oliver Reed
Birth Place:
Wimbledon, London, England

Fast Facts

  • Was expelled from 13 grammar schools; quit school and ran away from home at the age of 17
  • Worked his first job as a bouncer at a Soho strip club
  • Had no acting experience prior to making films
  • In 1961, landed his first starring role as the title character in The Curse of the Werewolf
  • Had a near fatal accident on the set of The Three Musketeers (1973) when he was stabbed in the throat during a dueling scene
  • In 1979, wrote the autobiography Reed All About Me, detailing his dramatic life
  • Passed away during the filming of Gladiator (2000); director Ridley Scott had to digitally re-create his likeness in order to complete the film


  • 2001BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2000Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated