- 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"Oliver Reed
"There has to be somebody like me around. The press can’t write about fruits in paisley shirts. They like somebody like Richard Harris or myself, somebody who’s a boozer and gets in fights and is colourful as hell"Oliver Reed
"Once a pirate, always a pirate. I'm a buccaneer - a bucco - through and through. I'm the same old Ollie I was years ago. Ollie Reed doesn't change"Oliver Reed
"One day I should like to live in Ireland. I love the Irish, the more I see of other races the more I believe the Irish are the only real people left"Oliver Reed
"I have made many serious statements - I just can't remember any of them. I guess they mustn't have been very important"Oliver Reed
"I'm fed up with being an emotional prostitute. I say I love you and I don't mean it. I smile when I don't feel it"Oliver Reed
"Life shouldn't be about sitting around staring at frosted glass. Life should be lived and that's all there is to it"Oliver Reed
"I'd like to think I would be brave enough to drink myself into the grave"Oliver Reed
"I like the effect drink has on me. What's the point of staying sober?"Oliver Reed
"Do what you must, but do it well, above all enjoy yourself"Oliver Reed
"I have two ambitions in life: one is to drink every pub dry, the other is to sleep with every woman on earth"Oliver Reed
"I'm not a villain, I've never hurt anyone. I'm just a tawdry character who explodes now and again"Oliver Reed
"I like to give my inhibitions a bath now and then"Oliver Reed
"I do not live in the world of sobriety"Oliver Reed
"Winner gave me my bread and Russell gave me my art"Oliver Reed
"I also use women as a sex object; maybe I'm kinky. However, I like to talk to them as well"Oliver Reed
"You meet a better class of people in pubs"Oliver Reed
"I am not a product of nepotism"Oliver Reed
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Oliver Reed Biography
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 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 so this is my compilation of 18 of the best Oliver Reed quotes.
Quotes About Oliver Reed
The director Ken Russell was impressed by his character:
"He struck me as vivacious, cheeky and not run-of-the-mill. He came to see me and looked terrific. I remember him being very moody and glowering. I liked his spirit - everyone else seemed to fade into insignificance"
The actor Russell Crowe was not over enamoured by him:
"I never got on with Ollie. He has visited me in dreams and asked me to talk kindly of him. So I should... but we never had a pleasant conversation"
The director Ridley Scott described his vibe:
"Oliver was what I'd call a "charming scoundrel." He was a wonderful actor, incredibly intense"
Michael Winner summed him up thus:
"I absolutely loved Oliver. He was the kindest, the quietest, and gentlest man in the world, and the most polite and well behaved, except when he had a drink.... Utterly professional on set–in the evening a disaster"