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Ron Moody dies

Published 11/06/2015

Ron Moody
Ron Moody

Oliver! actor Ron Moody has passed away.

The British actor is known to millions as his most famous character, pickpocket master Fagin in 1968's Oliver!

His family confirmed his passing, with his widow Therese paying tribute.

"He brought joy to his family and to the hearts of many and will be greatly missed. He was singing until the end," she said, reports the BBC.

Playing the part of Fagin won Ron an Oscar nomination at the 1969 ceremony, but he lost out to Cliff Robertson.

The musical, based on Charles Dickens' classic tale Oliver Twist, did pick up five Oscars that year, including best picture and best director.

Ron first helmed the role on the London stage, as well as taking it to Broadway, and didn't expect to be cast in the cinematic version due to backstage hostilities.

"That summer of 1967 was one of the happiest times of my life," Ron told British newspaper The Guardian in 2012.

"My proudest moment was the number Reviewing the Situation. I suspect that, because I gave my all to the role, and because I was working with such a fine team of people, it inhibited my future career.

"I turned down quite a few offers afterwards because I thought the people didn't come close to those I'd worked with on Oliver! - which in retrospect was a mistake."

Over the past 12 years Ron has been a regular on British TV shows, with cameos in The Bill, Casualty and soap opera EastEnders.

He is survived by six children.

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