Ron Moody, best known as Fagin, dies at age 91

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

LONDON -- British actor Ron Moody, best known for playing Fagin in the 1968 film "Oliver!" has died at age 91.

His agent said Moody, who received an Oscar nomination for best actor for his performance in the Charles Dickens adaptation, died in the hospital Thursday.

The actor was born Ronald Moodnick in London, the son of Jewish immigrants. He studied at the London School of Economics and did not start acting until his university years.

Moody played Fagin in the stage version of the musical "Oliver!" in the West End and on Broadway before starring in the film.

He continued to have a long career in TV and film, including a role in the long-running soap opera EastEnders.

He is survived by his widow and six children.