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Oliver Reed

Oliver Reed (Wimbledon,England, 1938-Saint Julian's, Malta, 1999) was a British actor known for his macho image on and off screen.

His films include "Women In Love", "The Devils", "Oliver", "Tommy", "The Three Musketeers", "Castaway", and "Gladiator". A major international star in the late 1960s and 1970s, his career declined in the 1980s.

Reed began his career playing romantic leads, but gradually acquired a tougher image. He was famous for his heavy drinking, and was once forced to leave the set of a television discussion programme after arriving drunk and attempting to kiss feminist writer, Kate Millett.

Following his sudden death while in the middle of filming Gladiator, his remaining scenes made use of electronically-simulated images to disguise the fact that he was not there.

Autobiography: "Reed All About Me" (1978)