Ron Moody was an English actor.


Born Ronald Moodnick in Tottenham, Middlesex, he trained as an economist and was a member of the Royal Air Force before deciding to become a professional actor and comedian, frequently writing and staging his own revues. Eventually he made his way on to the West End stage and found success, most notably for Oliver!, though there were a number of other successes. This led to him being offered the role of the Doctor in Doctor Who, which he turned down and later regretted.

Moody was also a successful screen actor, appearing Mel Brooks' The Twelve Chairs, and provided voices for a number of television and radio productions including The Animals of Farthing Wood.

Moody passed away in 2015.


A man of many skills, Moody had an extensive range of singing roles on stage and on film, beginning with a number of cabaret style engagements, notably For Amusement Only. He then appeared as the Governor in Candide, during which time he auditioned for the role that would cement his name in musical theatre history; that of Fagin in Lionel Bart's Oliver!, a role he would reprise for several revivals and a film adaptation, for which he received an Academy Award nomination.

He also spent a sizeable period of his life writing the musical Joey, Joey, which he later starred in, playing the lead. In 1988 he originated the titular role in Sherlock Holmes: The Musical and in 1996 appeared in a concert performance of Follies.


Every Day's a Holiday (1964)

  • Cor Blimey (duet)

Oliver! (1968)

  • Pick a Pocket or Two (contains solo lines)
  • Rum Tum Tum (solo)
  • Pick a Pocket or Two (reprise)
  • I'd Do Anything (contains solo lines)
  • Be Back Soon (contains solo lines)
  • Reviewing the Situation (solo)
  • Reviewing the Situation (reprise)(duet)


For Amusement Only (1956)

For Adults Only (1958)

Candide (1959)

  • My Love (contains solo lines)
  • Finale: Act I (contains solo lines)
  • Quiet (contains solo lines)
  • Bon Voyage (contains solo lines)

Oliver! (1960)(originated the role)

  • Pick a Pocket or Two (contains solo lines)
  • Rum Tum Tum (solo)
  • I'd Do Anything (contains solo lines)
  • Be Back Soon (contains solo lines)
  • It's a Fine Life (reprise)(contains solo lines)
  • Reviewing the Situation (solo)
  • Reviewing the Situation (reprise)(solo)

Joey, Joey (1962/1966)(originated the role)

Sherlock Holmes: The Musical (1988)(originated the role)

  • Without Him, There Can Be No Me (duet)
  • Men Like You (duet)
  • I Shall Find Her (contains solo lines)
  • No Reason (solo)
  • The Best Of You, The Best Of Me (duet)

Follies (1996)

  • Waiting for the Girls Upstairs (contains solo lines)
  • The Right Girl (solo)
  • The God-Why-Don't-You-Love-Me Blues (contains solo lines)


Gigi (2001)

  • Thank Heaven for Little Girls (solo)
  • It's a Bore (duet)
  • The Night They Invented Champagne (contains solo lines)
  • I Remember It Well (duet)
  • I'm Glad I'm Not Young Anymore (solo)


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