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OLIVER REED (Proximo) appeared in over 100 movies in a career that spanned more than 40 years. He is best remembered for his starring roles in such classics as Ken Russell's "Women in Love," with Alan Bates, and the musical "Oliver!," as Bill Sykes. He also starred as Athos in the 1973 hit "The Three Musketeers" and its sequel "The Four Musketeers," both with Michael York, Richard Chamberlain and Raquel Welch. He reunited with York and Chamberlain in 1989's "The Return of the Musketeers."

Reed began his film career in his native England with a string of small parts in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He landed his first lead role in the 1961 British thriller "The Curse of the Werewolf," and was soon one of Britain's most sought-after and prolific actors. In addition to the aforementioned films, the next two decades saw him starring in such features as "The Crimson Blade," "These Are the Damned," "The Jokers," "I'll Never Forget What's 'is Name," "The Shuttered Room," "The Devils," "The Hunting Party," the rock opera "Tommy" "Burnt Offerings," "The Prince and the Pauper" (aka "Crossed Swords"), and the remake of "The Big Sleep."

Reed began the 1980s with the epic "Lion of the Desert," in which he starred with Anthony Quinn, Rod Steiger and Sir John Gielgud. His later film credits include "The Sting II," Nicolas Roeg's "Castaway," "The House of Usher," "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen," "Severed Ties," "Funny Bones," "Parting Shots" and "Marco Polo." He was also seen on television in such longform projects as "Return to Lonesome Dove," "Jeremiah," "Prisoner of Honor," "Treasure Island," "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "Christopher Columbus."

Sadly Oliver Reed passed away in Malta on May 2, 1999, near the end of filming his role in "Gladiator." He was 61 years old.

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