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Jack Wild Dies of Cancer

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Born:

September 30, 1952 in England.

Died:

March 1, 2006 of oral cancer. The actor was diagnosed in 2001 and underwent surgery to remove part of his tongue and larynx in 2004.

Discovered:

By talent scout June Collins, mother of famous singer Phil Collins.

Big Break:

After playing the role of Oliver in a London stage production of Oliver!, he played The Artful Dodger in the film adaptation. It was that role that earned him an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor.

American Television Star:

In 1969, Wild accepted a role in an American television series called H.R. Pufnstuf where the actors donned elaborate costumes. He played the role of a marooned boy in an enchanted land.

Musical Talents:

Jack released three albums including The Jack Wild Album, Everythings Coming up Roses, and Beautiful World.

Rumor Mill:

Morrissey's famous track "Little Man, What Now" about a faded out child-star was rumored to be written about Jack Wild. Others believe the song may have been referring to the career of Malcolm McFee.
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