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 Oliver Reed

Oliver Reed

Birth
Wimbledon, London Borough of Merton, Greater London, England
Death 2 May 1999 (aged 61)
Valletta, Southern Harbour, Malta
Burial Buttevant, County Cork, Ireland
Plot His gravesite was picked so that it was in full view of his favorite pub
Memorial ID 5530 · View Source
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Actor. Most remembered for his role as the brutal Bill Sykes in the award winning 1968 musical "Oliver!", Reed mostly played heavy roles that were suitable to his rough good looks. His off-screen persona was equal to that of his on-screen performances: he was a notorious drinker, carouser, womanizer and brawler. He was also known to have had public disputes with the likes of Bette Davis, Jack Nicholson, Richard Harris, and Shelley Winters. Reed had a very humorous view of life and death, and he left almost $20,000 to his favorite pub to cover his post-funeral celebration costs. Some of his quotes are as follows: "You meet a better class of people in pubs." "I do not live in the world of sobriety." "My only regret is that I didn't drink every pub dry and sleep with every woman on the planet." "Ollie" as he was known to his friends, died as he lived - drinking hard. His body was returned to his favorite Irish village, and he was buried in a spot where there is a full view of his favorite pub.

Bio by: Ron Greenberg


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 25 May 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5530
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Oliver Reed (13 Feb 1938–2 May 1999), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5530, citing Bruhenny Graveyard, Buttevant, County Cork, Ireland ; Maintained by Find A Grave .