Jack Wild, the "Artful Dodger" dies at 53

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  1. Cypros

    Cypros New Member

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    I heard this on the news this morning but do not have a link. He was suffering from mouth cancer.

    I was 5 years old when OLIVER! came out in 1968 and I can remember going to the theater and then playing the record over and over and over again throughout my childhood. It is one of my favorite musicals. I think Jack had a troubled life, but he was perfect as the Artful Dodger who matched wits with the conniving Fagan. I can also remember Saturday mornings watching him on "H.R. Pufnstuf". I loved that Witchiepoo!!

    RIP Jack. You were too young to leave us.

    P.S. I was shocked to learn that there were only 17 episodes of PufnStuf made. Somehow they managed to entertain me year after year through my elementary school days.
     
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  3. Floh

    Floh Former Member

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    Here's a link:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4765996.stm

    Very sad indeed -- his life caught up with him. apparently he said he took care never to be photographed with a drink or cigarette in hand because he didn't want to encourage children to take up the life-destroying habits.

    R.I.P. Jack. :(
     
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    Tricia Owner Websleuths.com Staff Member Administrator

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    OMG. I JUST watched Oliver 2 nights ago. I sang along to every song. Not very well I might add. LOL.

    This is so sad.
     
  5. Cypros

    Cypros New Member

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    Thank you for the link. How very sad. I didn't even recognize him in the recent phot. He had aged well beyond his years.
     
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    sandraladeda Inactive

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    ditto. To this day, I could sing every song, word for word.

    I think I will go out and try to find the soundtrack on CD.

    Thanks for the story.
     
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    Very sad indeed. He made the Dodger one of my all time favorite movie characters.

    Godspeed, Jack!
     
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    jaybird Pop Culture Princess

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    this is crazy. I watched Oliver! yesterday, and looked up Jack on imdb last night. Wow. I hope he's free from pain and suffering now.
     
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    I was so sad when I saw this on the news earlier today. I had a HUGE crush on this guy when I was 12 and he was 17. I loved PufnStuf ~ anybody else remember the motion picture they made of it after the series? He also had a single and a solo album released during that time period ~ I think I wore my copies out, LOL. My Mom thought I was nuts, but he was such a cute little thing!! RIP Jack ~ you brought me much happiness as a young girl, and I will continue to remember you fondly.
     

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