Singer-actor Anthony Newley

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on December 19, 2004

I would like to know what happened to Anthony Newley, who was a singer and did some acting years ago.
—Ron B., Indiana

Sadly, the British actor, singer and composer died of cancer in 1999 at age 67. Newley became famous at age 17 for his role as the Artful Dodger in the 1948 film version of Oliver Twist. He was best known for the stage hit Stop the World: I Want to Get Off and the 1967 film version of Doctor Doolittle. He had a series of hit records, including What Kind of Fool Am I, Why and Do You Mind. Newley co-wrote the score for the hit musicals Stop the World: I Want to Get Off, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and The Roar of the Greasepaint—The Smell of the Crowd. He also wrote The Candy Man and Goldfinger. He was married three times (his second wife was actress Joan Collins) and had four children.