Join or Sign In

Sign in to customize your TV listings

Continue with Facebook Continue with email

By joining TV Guide, you agree to our Terms of Use and acknowledge the data practices in our Privacy Policy.

Oliver Reed Biography

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

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

Awards

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

Relationships