Anthony Newley Biography ((?)-)

See index for CTFT sketch: Born September 24, 1931, in London, England; died of cancer on April 14, 1999, in Jensen Beach, FL. Actor, playwright, composer, lyricist, and singer. Multitalented Newley worked in a variety of capacities in the entertainment industry. His greatest success was the musicalStop the World(1961), which he directed, starred in, and cowrote. Themusical gave him international recognition and ran for 555 showings. Newley also had success with his musical The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell ofthe Crowd(which he cowrote, directed, and starred in) in 1965. Newley also composed the score for the popular 1971 movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The actor grew up in a working class section of London andduring World War II was evacuated to the countryside, where he met a music hall performer--whom Newley cited as a major influence in his life. Newley acted in movies and on the stage in the 1940s and 1950s and began to move into the role of lyricist and composer later in his career. He moved to the United States in the 1970s and performed in nightclubs, where his signature voice wasundiminished. His playwriting credits include Chaplin(1983) and Once Upon a Song(1990-1991). His film music credits include Vampira(1975) and Feeling Good(1993).


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