Oliver Reed in Tommy

Oliver Reed (1938 - 1999)

Film Deaths

  • Sword Of Sherwood Forest (1960) [Lord Melton]: Killed in the climactic mass swordfight by Richard Greene. (Thanks to Brian)
  • The Crimson Blade (The Scarlet Blade) (1963) [Captain Tom Sylvester]: Shot by Lionel Jeffries.
  • Paranoiac (1963) [Simon Ashby]: Burned to death when he runs back into the burning building in his madness.
  • These Are the Damned (The Damned) (1963) [King]: Killed in a car crash when his car goes over a bridge.
  • The Brigand of Kandahar (1965) [Eli Khan]: Strangled by Ronald Lewis after they both lose both of their swords.
  • The Shuttered Room (Blood Island) (1967) [Ethan]: Falls through a trapdoor in the mill after being attacked by Ann Bell. (Thanks to Dave)
  • Oliver! (1968) [Bill Sikes]: Shot in the chest by police while trying to escape by swinging across the street from a rope; his body is shown swinging back and forth from the rope afterwards. (Thanks to Katherine)
  • Women in Love (1969) [Gerald Crich]: Freezes to death after he wanders outside in the mountains.
  • The Devils (The Devils of Loudon) (1971) [Father Urbain Grandier]: Executed by being burned at the stake. 
  • Sitting Target (1972) [Harry Lomart]: Lets himself get killed in a car explosion, as the police surround him.
  • Burnt Offerings (1976) [Ben Rolf]: Thrown out of the balcony by the supernatural forces and lands on his car. 
  • Venom (1982) [Dave Averconnelly]: Bitten on the leg by the black mamba after it crawls up his pants leg, in addition to having been shot in the chest by Nicol Williamson. (Thanks to Matt)
  • Clash of Loyalties (1983) [Colonel Leachman]: Dies. (This seldom-seen film is very rare, but clips of it, including a scene of Oliver dead in a coffin, appeared in the TV documentary Saddam Goes to Hollywood.)
  • The Misfit Brigade (1987) [The General]: Shot to death along with David Carradine by Bruce Davison and the surviving 27th Panzers. The film ends with them making a mock firing squad then opening fire
  • The House of Usher (The Fall of the House of Usher) (1988) [Roderick Usher]: Presumably killed, though I don't know the circumstances. (Based on the plot synopsis on the IMDB listing, this adaptation varies drastically from the original story, including eliminating the character of the sister who kills Usher, so I don't know what happens in this version.)
  • Gladiator (2000) [Proximo]: Stabbed to death by Roman soldiers. (This scene was filmed after Oliver's real-life death; it was accomplished by using CGI to superimpose Oliver's face onto a stand-in as the soldiers close in on him. The original script called for Oliver to survive the movie and eulogize Russell Crowe at the end, but his death forced the filmmakers to rewrite his character's fate.) (Thanks to Matt)

TV Deaths

  • Treasure Island (1990 TV) [Captain Billy Bones]: Dies of a heart attack from fright, after being given the Black Spot by Christopher Lee. (I haven't seen this version, but I'm familiar with the story.)

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