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Born: July 11, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Oxford, England, GB Profession: actor

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At the age of eight, Mark Lester kickstarted his acting career. Lester's career in acting began with his roles in various films like the Oskar Werner adaptation "Fahrenheit 451" (1966), "Our Mother's House" (1967) and the dramatic adaptation "Oliver!" (1968) with Ron Moody. He also appeared in "Philip" (1969) and "Eyewitness" (1970). His passion for acting continued to his roles in projects like "Black Beauty" (1971), "Melody" (1971) and "Who Slew Auntie Roo?" (1971). He also appeared in "Senza Ragione" (1972). During the latter half of his career, he tackled roles in "Scalawag" (1973), "La Prima volta sull'Erba" (1975) and the Oliver Reed historical feature "Crossed Swords" (1978). Lester most recently worked on "Michael Jackson & Bubbles: The Untold Story" (Animal Planet, 2009-2010).

At the age of eight, Mark Lester kickstarted his acting career. Lester's career in acting began with his roles in various films like the Oskar Werner adaptation "Fahrenheit 451" (1966), "Our Mother's House" (1967) and the dramatic adaptation "Oliver!" (1968) with Ron Moody. He also appeared in "Philip" (1969) and "Eyewitness" (1970). His passion for acting continued to his roles in projects like "Black Beauty" (1971), "Melody" (1971) and "Who Slew Auntie Roo?" (1971). He also appeared in "Senza Ragione" (1972). During the latter half of his career, he tackled roles in "Scalawag" (1973), "La Prima volta sull'Erba" (1975) and the Oliver Reed historical feature "Crossed Swords" (1978). Lester most recently worked on "Michael Jackson & Bubbles: The Untold Story" (Animal Planet, 2009-2010).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Crossed Swords (1978) Prince Edward; Tom Canty
2.
 La Prima volta sull'Erba (1975) Franz
3.
 Scalawag (1973) Jamie
4.
 Senza Ragione (1972) Lennox Duncan
5.
 Black Beauty (1971)
6.
 Melody (1971) Daniel
7.
 Sudden Terror (1971) [Timothy Armstrong-Smith, also known as] Ziggy
8.
 Who Slew Auntie Roo? (1971) Christopher [Coombs]
9.
 Run Wild, Run Free (1969) Philip Ransome
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Notes

From The Guardian (August 22, 2000): Now 41, the star of the film Oliver! won fame at the age of 10. By 14, was earning 100,000 pounds a year as he starred in an average of two films a year.


But, as puberty beckoned, the roles dried up. There seemed little to do but spend his newly released money: on his 18th birthday he was handed 70,000 pounds and went wild. "I bought myself a Ferrari and it was party, party, party," he has said. "It was terrific fun at first. I tried everything that was going, drink, dope, acid - whatever was on offer. For a teenage boy, it was like a dream come true."

But it soon turned sour: the 70,000 pounds took just two years to get through, and his three-year relationship disintegrated when his girlfriend tired of his dissolute lifestyle.

It was a wake-up call. He ended up in rehab, began to keep fit, and, at 28, went back to school to gain the A levels required to study osteopathy. Now married with young children, he runs a successful osteopathy and acupuncture clinic in Cheltenham.

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