Audiences everywhere would recognise Ron Moody for his most acclaimed role as Fagin from Lionel Bart’s Oliver! Appearing in both the stage and the movie version of the musical, Moody encompassed something unique and special about the character that hasn’t been matched. Self-professedly giving all to the role, the determination and skill comes beaming out of him as the slimy thief who runs a pickpocket gang around the streets of London. Whilst he has a few songs that he fulfils greatly such as Pick A Pocket or Two and he is able to devilishly flesh out the Dickens’ character with flare and seediness, it’s really Moody’s performance of Reviewing the Situation, both the original and the reprise that excels. Bobbing along with this seedy nature whilst extrapolating answers and fun at the same time, his performance as Fagin is unparalleled.
Apparently Moody’s biggest regret would be turning down the role of The Doctor in science fiction television series Doctor Who, with Peter Troughton taking his place. As much as we love Troughton, we cannot help but imagine Moody travelling through time and space, that would’ve been amazing.
It’s with great sorrow that Ron Moody left our lives today and his cinematic, theatrical and television escapades will live on in our memory. He was also a graduate of London of Economics, a gifted writer and had a personality that transcended art forms and enthralled us all. May he rest in peace.