“Richard Burton was hitting the bottle with Jimmy Hurt the night before his death. He knew it was going to kill him, but he did not stop. I don’t have a drink problem. But if that was the case and doctors told me I would have to stop, I’d like to think I would be brave enough to drink myself into the grave.”
Let’s take a minute to remember one of cinema’s most outrageous and talented rascals, Oliver Reed. Here are a few of my favourite Oliver Reed moments.
In the mid-1980s, Paul Heiney receives an acting lesson from Reed for a BBC documentary. As was usually the case with Reed, things escalated:
Oliver Reed plays a psychiatrist with a unique treatment program in David Cronenberg’s thoroughly underrated, The Brood (1979). Here we see this technique in action:
David Letterman interviews a thoroughly out of control Reed in a 1987 episode of Late Night:
And finally, who could forget one of his most recognised performances as the psychotic Bill Sykes in Oliver Twist (1968):