We at The Marlowe Theatre are saddened to learn of the death of actor Ron Moody at the age of 91.
Ron had a lengthy career as an actor in both theatre and on screen, but was best known for playing Fagin in the 1968 film Oliver! for which he earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination.
Ron is remembered fondly by many people here at The Marlowe – he reprised his famous role as Fagin in a community production of Oliver! in the early 2000s. He also performed as part of the Gala Evening which closed our old theatre building in March 2009.
He is survived by his widow Therese and six children. Today, Therese said, “He brought joy to his family and to the hearts of many and will be greatly missed. He was singing until the end.”
Our Theatre Director Mark Everett has fond memories of the actor: “I can remember the buzz when it was confirmed that Ron was going to appear in our community production: Ron Moody reprising his iconic film role on our stage! I know the amateur actors really appreciated working with him as much as the audiences appreciated seeing him.
“Of course, it was equally as delightful – and somehow more moving – when Ron agreed to take part in our closing gala performance. It was one of the real highlights of the evening for me, and for many other people.”
Our thoughts are with Ron’s family at this time.