Oliver Reed was a natural actor who never had any training and never once took to the stage to work in theatre. He was purely a film actor who brought menace to the screen and his animal magnetism soon elevated him to become the top earning British actor of the late 60's and early 70's. Albert R. Broccoli once revealed that Reed would have become Sean Connery's replacement as James Bond if his off screen bad boy reputation had not preceded him. All his years of raising hell cost him many a leading Hollywood role and in what proved to be his final movie, Gladiator, he got the part on the promise of him being sober throughout the shoot. However it was not to be and during a break from filming he was coerced into a drinking competition and arm wrestling competition in an irish bar in Malta whereby he suffered a fatal heart attack and collapsed and died. He was a colourful character to say the least and talk shows used to invite him on and ply him with alcohol to spice up the show which resulted in lines like "Look, I'll put my plonker on the table if you don't give me a plate of mushy peas", that line was enough for the U.K. station Channel 4 to pull the plug on their After Dark talk show. There were many more great one liners and here is my compilation of 8 of the best Oliver Reed quotes.
- Mini Bio
- Name: Oliver Reed
- Born: 13th February 1938, Wimbledon, London, England
- Died: 2nd May 1999, Valletta, Malta
- Occupation: Actor
- Famous role: Playing Bill Sikes in the 1968 version of Oliver
- Inspiration: The actors he most admired were Errol Flynn and Robert Newton
- Trivia: The pub in Malta in which he died during a drinking competition was renamed "Ollie's Last Pub" in his memory
"Give us a kiss, big tits"
"Do what you must, but do it well, above all enjoy yourself"
"I have two ambitions in life: one is to drink every pub dry, the other is to sleep with every woman on earth"
"I'm not a villain, I've never hurt anyone. I'm just a tawdry character who explodes now and again"
"I like to give my inhibitions a bath now and then"
"I do not live in the world of sobriety"
"Winner gave me my bread and Russell gave me my art"
"I also use women as a sex object; maybe I'm kinky. However, I like to talk to them as well"