Biography

Born September 30, 1952, in Royton, near Oldham, England, Jack Wild was discovered by talent agent June Collins, mother of rock star Phil Collins. His breakthrough came when he landed the role of Oliver in the London stage production of "Oliver!" When it came to casting the film, the role of the Artful Dodger went to Jack, a role that resulted in his getting an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Fresh from this success, Jack was offered the lead role in the American television series "H.R. Pufnstuf" (1969). This Sid Krofft and Marty Krofft production featured Wild as a boy marooned in an enchanted land with puppets and actors in elaborate costumes. The success of this program led to Wild reprising the role for the film version, Pufnstuf (1970). Other roles followed, including Melody (1971) and Flight of the Doves (1971). Around the same time, Wild released three albums ("The Jack Wild Album"; "Everything's Coming up Roses", featuring along with cover numbers a couple of new songs written by up-and-coming songwriter Lynsey De Paul; and "Beautiful World"). By 1972, however, he was already being demoted to the role of supporting actor for The Pied Piper (1972). He also appeared in "Our Mutual Friend" (1976). He returned to films in two small roles: the miller's son in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) and a peddler in Basil (1998). Wild underwent surgery for oral cancer in July 2004, and had some vocal cords and part of his tongue removed. Unfortunately, the cancer proved untreatable and he died on 1 March 2006.

Born September 30, 1952, in Royton, near Oldham, England, Jack Wild was discovered by talent agent June Collins, mother of rock star Phil Collins. His breakthrough came when he landed the role of Oliver in the London stage production of "Oliver!" When it came to casting the film, the role of the Artful Dodger went to Jack, a role that resulted in his getting an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Fresh from this success, Jack was offered the lead role in the American television series "H.R. Pufnstuf" (1969). This Sid Krofft and Marty Krofft production featured Wild as a boy marooned in an enchanted land with puppets and actors in elaborate costumes. The success of this program led to Wild reprising the role for the film version, Pufnstuf (1970). Other roles followed, including Melody (1971) and Flight of the Doves (1971). Around the same time, Wild released three albums ("The Jack Wild Album"; "Everything's Coming up Roses", featuring along with cover numbers a couple of new songs written by up-and-coming songwriter Lynsey De Paul; and "Beautiful World"). By 1972, however, he was already being demoted to the role of supporting actor for The Pied Piper (1972). He also appeared in "Our Mutual Friend" (1976). He returned to films in two small roles: the miller's son in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) and a peddler in Basil (1998). Wild underwent surgery for oral cancer in July 2004, and had some vocal cords and part of his tongue removed. Unfortunately, the cancer proved untreatable and he died on 1 March 2006.

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Known Credits 27

Birthday 1952-09-30

Day of Death 2006-03-01

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2000 Lock, Stock... (1 episode)
1996 E! True Hollywood Story (1 episode)
1991 Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves as Much
1982 Alice as Mock Turtle
1976 Keep It Up Downstairs as Peregrine Cockshute
1973 The World of Sid & Marty Krofft at the Hollywood Bowl as Himself
1973 The 14 as Reg
1972 The Pied Piper as Gavin
1971 Flight of the Doves as Finn Dove
1971 Melody as Ornshaw
1970 Pufnstuf as Jimmy
1970 Get It Together (1 episode)
1969 H.R. Pufnstuf (17 episodes) as Jimmy
1969 The Liberace Show (1 episode)
1968 Oliver! as The Artful Dodger
1966 Danny Gets Jet-Propelled as Gavin
1966 Dragon Hunt as Gavin
1966 The Runaway Bubble as Gavin
1966 Dragon Trail as Gavin
1966 The Tent with Four Legs as Gavin
1966 Potter in Pursuit as Gavin
1966 Dannicaforilithermidor as Gavin
1966 In Search of Zoomite as Gavin
1966 Danny the Dragon
1966 Stranger from Dragonara as Gavin
1966 The Invisible Space Bubble as Gavin
1962 Z-Cars (3 episodes)

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