Anthony Newley

Biography

Born in London's East End, Anthony was attracted to acting after seeing an ad for a child actor in a Fleet Street window. He attended the Italia Conti Stage School from the age of 14 and two years later played the Artful Dodger in David Lean's film Oliver Twist (1948). Called up to the Army for his national service and by the late _1950s he had a hit song Idol on Parade (1959) when he was in the movie of the same name. He married his first wife, Tiller Girl Ann Lynn in 1956 but it was a rocky marriage and they divorced in 1963. He was in the pop charts 7 times in 1960, twice at number 1 with "Why ?" and "Do You Mind ?" written by Lionel Bart. In 1961 he collaborated with Leslie Bricusse on the hit stage show Stop the World: I Want to Get Off (1966). After long runs in London and on Broadway it was made into a film starring Millicent Martin with the hit song "What Kind of Fool am I ?". In 1963 he married Rank starlet Joan Collins. She described him at the time as "A half Jewish Cockney git" and herself as a "Half Jewish princess from Bayswater via Sunset Boulevard". Newley's film career thrived, most notably with acting roles in Doctor Dolittle (1967) and The Cockleshell Heroes (1955) and as a writer and composer. Hir partnership with Bricusse continued with "The Roar of the Greasepaint: The Smell of the Crowd" and many other Oscar, Grammy and Ivor Novello award winning collaborations. The had hit songs such as "The Candy Man" and "Goldfinger". His marriage to Joan Collins broke up in 1971. He had two of his four children with her. He married a third time to former air hostess Dareth Rich only to divorce again. He once said "My only regret is that in a show business career you can have no private life." Aloneand facing a battle against cancer, he moved in with his mother Gracie - now in her 90s - at her home in Esher, Surrey. The stage performances continued but were nothing to match his heyday. His last TV appearance was in The Lakes in February 1999. He died in April of that year..

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The Garbage Pail Kids Movie

Captain Manzini

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It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

Sweeney

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X The Unknown

LCpl. 'Spider' Webb

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The Small World of Sammy Lee

Sammy 'Lee' Leeman

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Sweet November

Charlie Blake

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Idol on Parade

Jeep Jackson

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Killers of Kilimanjaro

Hooky Hook

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Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?

Heironymus Merkin

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Tank Force

Noakes

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The Man Inside

Ernesto

Starring In
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This Is Joan Collins

Self (archive footage)

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Bowie: The Man Who Changed the World

Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Boris and Natasha

Sal Manelli

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The Garbage Pail Kids Movie

Captain Manzini

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Stagecoach

Trevor Peacock (Old John's Whiskey Salesman)

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Outrage!

Victor Coles

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Alice in Wonderland

The Mad Hatter

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It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

Sweeney

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Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?

Heironymus Merkin

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Sweet November

Charlie Blake

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Doctor Dolittle

Matthew Mugg

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The Small World of Sammy Lee

Sammy 'Lee' Leeman

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Killers of Kilimanjaro

Hooky Hook

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Idol on Parade

Jeep Jackson

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Tank Force

Noakes

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The Man Inside

Ernesto

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X The Unknown

LCpl. 'Spider' Webb

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How to Murder a Rich Uncle

Edward

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Fire Down Below

Miguel

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The Battle of the River Plate

Radio Operator, Tairoa, Prisoner on Graf Spee (uncredited)

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Navy Heroes

Fred Starling

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Cockleshell Heroes

Marine Clarke

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Madeleine

Chemist's Assistant (uncredited)

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Highly Dangerous

Operator (uncredited)

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A Boy, a Girl and a Bike

Charlie Ritchie

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Vote for Huggett

Dudley

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Oliver Twist

Artful Dodger

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Vice Versa

Dick Bultitude / Paul Bultitude

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The Guinea Pig

Miles Minor

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Henry V

Boy in English Camp (uncredited)

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