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Jack Wild

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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Sep 30, 1952
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Z-Cars 1962-01-02
Latest Project:
Series Lock, Stock... 2000-05-29
Known For
Poster of Get It Together
Poster of H.R. Pufnstuf
Poster of Oliver!
Poster of Z-Cars
Series Lock, Stock... Unknown 2000-05-29
Movie Basil Peddler 1998-07-22
Series E! True Hollywood Story Unknown 1996-03-29
Movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Much 1991-06-14
Movie Alice Mock Turtle 1982-03-29
Movie Keep It Up Downstairs Peregrine Cockshute 1976-07-28
Movie The 14 Reg 1973-06-15
Movie The World of Sid & Marty Krofft at the Hollywood Bowl Himself 1973-11-24
Movie The Pied Piper Gavin 1972-12-27
Movie Melody Ornshaw 1971-03-28
Movie Flight of the Doves Finn Dove 1971-04-02
Series Get It Together Unknown 1970-01-03
Movie Pufnstuf Jimmy 1970-05-03
Series The Liberace Show Unknown 1969-05-16
Series H.R. Pufnstuf Jimmy 1969-09-06
Movie Oliver! The Artful Dodger 1968-09-26
Movie The Tent with Four Legs Gavin 1966-01-01
Movie Stranger from Dragonara Gavin 1966-01-01
Movie In Search of Zoomite Gavin 1966-01-01
Movie Danny the Dragon Unknown 1966-01-01
Movie Potter in Pursuit Gavin 1966-01-01
Movie Dragon Hunt Gavin 1966-01-01
Movie Dannicaforilithermidor Gavin 1966-01-01
Movie The Invisible Space Bubble Gavin 1966-01-01
Movie Danny Gets Jet-Propelled Gavin 1966-01-01
Movie The Runaway Bubble Gavin 1966-01-01
Movie Dragon Trail Gavin 1966-01-01
Series Z-Cars Unknown 1962-01-02