Jack Wild

Jack Wild

Birth
Royton, Metropolitan Borough of Oldham, Greater Manchester, England
Death 1 Mar 2006 (aged 53)
Tilsworth, Central Bedfordshire Unitary Authority, Bedfordshire, England
Burial Toddington, Central Bedfordshire Unitary Authority, Bedfordshire, England
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Memorial ID 13499963 · View Source
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Actor. Best known as the teenage Artful Dodger in the 1968 film "Oliver!" for which he received and Oscar nomination. Wild also was known to a generation of children as the hero of "H.R. Pufnstuf," a psychedelic TV series about a boy stranded on a fantastical island with a talking flute, a friendly dragon and eerie, chatty trees. A feature film, "Pufnstuf," was released in 1970. He became a teen music idol, releasing three albums "The Jack Wild Album," "Everything's Coming up Roses" and "Beautiful World." But Wild struggled with alcoholism and his adult acting career was fitful, although he had a role in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" in 1991. He was diagnosed with mouth cancer in 2000, and surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy had left him unable to speak. He blamed his cancer on years of heavy drinking and smoking and was quoted as saying, "My lifestyle made me a walking time bomb."

Bio by: Ron Moody

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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Ron Moody
  • Added: 2 Mar 2006
  • Find a Grave Memorial 13499963
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jack Wild (30 Sep 1952–1 Mar 2006), Find a Grave Memorial no. 13499963, citing Toddington Parish Cemetery, Toddington, Central Bedfordshire Unitary Authority, Bedfordshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .