This year saw the publication of "What Fresh Lunacy is This?: The Authorised Biography of Oliver Reed" by Robert Sellers, a fully-rounded portrait of Britain's beloved, notorious actor/drinker/hellraiser, the self-proclaimed "Mr. England." Starting out as a contract player for England's Hammer Studios, Reed's matinee idol good looks were transformed after the actor was attacked with a broken bottle at the Crazy Elephant nightclub in 1964, leaving him with the facial scars that nearly ended his career.
Oliver Reed gave a series of epic screen performances in a career that spanned 40 years and nearly 100 films. He once said, "My only regret is that I didn't drink every pub dry and sleep with every woman on the planet."
Reed died on May 2, 1999, while drinking in a Maltese pub on an off-day near the end of production on Ridley Scott's "Gladiator," leaving behind an enduring legacy, both on film and in the tabloids.