Jack Wild

Jack Wild


9/30/1952, Royton, near Oldham, Lancashire, England, UK



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Jack Wilde
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Jack Wild made his debut in acting after being discovered by talent agent, June Collins. Although most people remember his role as the Artful Dodger in the film, Oliver! Jack's first acting job was playing the role of Oliver in a London stage production the musical. His performance…more


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    • Jack: I'm thought of as a celebrity. Everything I've ever done...has been for children. As long as I was working constantly, that was fine, because, although I don't have any children, I do relate better to them than adults.

    • Jack: Until I was diagnosed with mouth cancer, I'd never heard of it. What I learned very quickly was that my lifestyle had made me a walking time bomb. I was a heavy smoker and an even heavier drinker and apparently together they are a deadly mixture.

  • Jack Wild, best known for his role as The Artful Dodger, is definitely one of the most talented British actors you will ever see. It is evidenced by his charisma, his singing voice, and, of course, that unmistakable accent you can\'t help but love.moreless

    Even when Jack Wild isn\'t directly in the spotlight, he always seems to shine. Case in point: His role as The Artful Dodger in the 1968 movie \"Oliver!\", which put him on the proverbial map, wasn\'t exactly what one would consider a leading role---Oliver and Nancy were definitely parts than Dodger (there\'s no denying that). However, he stole the show...he just seems to draw you to him with his charisma, comedic timing, and that adorable Cockney accent we (or I, at least) try to mimic. If you can do this while cast as a well-known character, wearing a silly little top hat and stealing valuables from wealthy gentlemen...you deserve kudos. And that\'s exactly what Jack Wild did...kudos, Jack, kudos. Rest in peace.moreless
  • Jack Wild (British Actor RIP 9/30/1952-3/2/2006)

    Jack Wild (30 September 1952 – 2 March 2006) was a British actor, born in Royton, Lancashire, England, who achieved fame for his roles in both stage and screen productions of the Lionel Bart musical Oliver!. For the latter performance (playing the Artful Dodger), he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the age of 16, but the Oscar went to Jack Albertson for his performance in The Subject was Roses.

    It was at the premiere of the 1968 film version of Oliver! that he met brothers Sid and Marty Krofft, who thought Wild would make a good lead for a show they were developing called H.R. Pufnstuf. Wild starred in this American family TV series that launched in 1969, and also in the spin-off movie. He also embarked on a recording career, cutting one album for Capitol Records and two for Buddah Records in the early 1970s.

    Excessive drinking at an early age derailed Wild\'s career. Sobering up in 1988, he returned to the big screen in a few minor roles, such as in the 1991 Kevin Costner film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. He was also reported to be developing a TV situation comedy with Suzi Quatro around the same time, but those plans never materialised in an actual series. For the most part, though, Wild spent the remainder of his career working in theatre.

    Wild died in Tebworth, age 53, after a long battle with oral cancer. Diagnosed with the disease in 2000, he underwent surgery in July 2004 and had part of his tongue and both vocal cords removed. Because of this surgery, he had lost his speech[1] and had to communicate through his wife.