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Anthony George Newley was born into a working-class family, his father being a shipping clerk. His parents separated and he grew up mostly in the care of his mother. Newley applied to the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London, but found that the tuition was too expensive. Despite this, directors at the school saw him audition and were impressed enough to offer him a job as an office boy, which included free tuition. It was here that television producer Geoffrey de Barkus noticed him and cast him in the title role for his children's show, "The Adventures of Dusty Bales." He then was offered the part of the Artful Dodger in "Oliver Twist." As an older actor, he portrayed Matthew Mugg in the film adaptation of "Doctor Dolittle," and appeared in supporting roles in "Sweet November" and "Jazz Boat." His primary success, however, came as a vocalist and songwriter, with several hits on the U.K. pop chart including the Grammy Award-winning "What Kind of Fool am I?." He wrote the musicals "Stop the World - I Want to Get Off,"
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Made his film acting debut in the title role of "The Adventures of Dusty Bates"
Had his breakthrough screen role as the Artful Dodger in "Oliver Twist," directed by David Lean
First American film, "Above Us the Waves"
Had his breakthrough stage production, the musical "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off," for which he co-wrote the book and score with Leslie Bricusse as well as directed and starred in the show, which opened in London before transferring to Broadway.
Wrote the theme to the James Bond film "Goldfinger" with Leslie Bricusse
Had his second stage success as the songwriter and star of "The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd"
Co-starred in the film musical "Doctor Dolittle"
Made his feature directorial debut, "Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?"
Wrote songs for the children's musical "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," including "Candy Man," for which he received his sole Academy Award nomination
Hosted his own ABC variety special "The Anthony Newley Show"
Second feature as director, "Summertree"
Wrote and starred in the British stage production "The Good Old Bad Old Days"
Wrote the songs for and starred in the film musical "Mr. Quilp," based on the Charles Dickens' novel "The Old Curiosity Shop"
Had the title role in the ill-fated stage musical biography "Chaplin," for which he also co-wrote the book
Co-starred in the ABC miniseries "Malibu"
Underwent treatment for renal cancer
Final feature, "The Garbage Pail Kids Movie"
Wrote, directed and starred in the stage musical "Once Upon a Song," produced at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Florida
Was featured with his former wife Joan Collins in "Collins Meets Coward" (A&E)
Appeared in the British TV series "Anna Lee"
Cast as Toddy in the tour of the stage musical "Victor/Victoria," but withdrew after becoming ill with cancer