Where Is He Now: Jack Wild (Actor) as The Artful Dodger - Oliver.
Name: Jack Wild
Born: September 30, 1952, Royton, near Oldham, Lancashire, England.
Claim To Fame: If you're like me you remember Jack from his role in the Sid & Marty Kroft TV
Series, "H.R. Pufnstuf".
Probably his other most notable role is that in the movie "Oliver". He won the
plum role The Artful Dodger, and was nominated for an Academy Award for his
At the Hollywood premiere of "Oliver," Jack was introduced to Sid and Marty Krofft, who
thought Jack would be the perfect
young actor to play the lead in their upcoming
Saturday morning kids program, H.R. Puf n' Stuf.
Family Life: Divorced around 1999.
Info: A true sensation, 15-year-old Jack became the darling of the teen
magazines with a profitable recording contract and active career in films,
including a starring role Alan Parker's first film, "Melody"
After a few years, Jack faded from the limelight, and as with many of teen idols
fell in to several years of obscurity, depression and alcohol abuse.
Heavy drinking cost him his career and his health. He has been
sober since 1988.
Trivia: He was discovered by talent agent June Collins. June is the
mother of rock star Phil Collins.
The Morrissey song, "Little Man, What Now", which describes a
child-star long faded from the spotlight, is widely believed to be about Jack
Wild, although some sources claim that it is Malcolm McFee who is referred to in
Jack also had a Top 10 gold record hit in the UK with his version of The
Archies' song "Sugar and Spice"
Where Is He Now: He passed away on March 1, 2006
In September of 2004 he had emergency surgery
after a cancerous growth was discovered in his mouth. As a result of this
he lost his tongue and voice box.
But you've got to say he's resilient, before the cancer he was cast in a
London stage production of Cinderella (in a small role) and he intends to still
The part has now been re-written so that Jack has a silent role. It starts on
December 10th and runs until New Year’s Day 2005.
He communicates through a special voice machine he types words into. There is no
word yet on whether he will be able to undergo restorative surgery in the