Oliver: Jack Wild Dies at 53

Oliver! actor Jack Wild dies aged 53

Jack Wild, who was nominated for an Oscar at the age of 16 for his role as the Artful Dodger in the 1968 version of Oliver! has died from oral cancer at the age of 53.

Born in Royton, near Oldham, England, Wild was plucked from obscurity by talent agent June Collins, mother of Phil, and handed his big break by director Carol Reed in the musical version of the Charles Dickens classic.