12 Facts About Ron Moody


Ron Moody's surname was legally changed to the more anglicised Moody in 1930.


Ron Moody created the role in the original West End production in 1960, and reprised it in the 1984 Broadway revival, receiving a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical.


Ron Moody reprised his role as Fagin in the 1983 Channel 4 television programme The Other Side of London, and again at the 1985 Royal Variety Performance in Theatre Royal, Drury Lane before Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh.


Ron Moody appeared in several children's television series, including the voice of Badger and Toad in the TV Adaptation of Colin Dann's The Animals of Farthing Wood, Noah's Island, Telebugs, and Into the Labyrinth.


Ron Moody played French entertainer and mime artist The Great Orlando in the 1963 Cliff Richard film Summer Holiday.


Ron Moody appeared as Hopkirk in the 1966 episode entitled "Honey For the Prince" of The Avengers.


In 1969, Ron Moody was offered, but declined, the lead role in Doctor Who, following the departure of Patrick Troughton from the part.

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Ron Moody later told many people that declining the role was a decision he subsequently regretted.


Ron Moody wrote a novel, The Devil You Don't, which was published by Robson Books, London, in 1980.


Ron Moody appeared in an episode of BBC1's Casualty as a Scottish patient who had served with the Black Watch during the Second World War.


Ron Moody then reprised the "Pick a Pocket or Two" number with the cast.


Ron Moody died of natural causes while in a London hospital on 11 June 2015, aged 91.