Ronald Moodnick (1924-1930)
He was born in Tottenham, England to Jewish parents who worked in the film industry.
Ronald Moody (1930-2015)
Moody’s name was Anglicized from “Moodnick” to “Moody.”
He actually did not consider acting to pursue until his late 20s when he debuted in the musical Oliver! as Fagen.
Moody would eventually have an extensive bibliography in film and stage. His most notable appearances include EastEnders and A Kid In King Arthur’s Court. His roles were typically described as being mischievous musical villains, to paraphrase IMDb.
- “Oliver! actor Ron Moody dies aged 91”. BBC News. 11 June 2015.
- Ron Moody. IMDb.
- “Ron Moody Biography (1924–)”. Filmreference.com.