USA Today This could go in either Movies or TV (thanks to his appearance in H.R. Pufnstuf), but since his first impression for many of us was as The Artful Dodger in Oliver!, I'm mentioning it here. Wild died from complications of cancer, first diagnosed in 2000 - he was a heavy drinker and smoker and treated for mouth cancer thru surgery and chemo. He was still instantly recognizable in Robin Hood: King Of Thieves (his sickly appearance led me to believe there was some sort of illness which I suspected was alcoholism), and I am still waiting for a domestic release of Melody with Oliver co-star Mark Lester. A very limited film career that still left an indelible mark. He will be missed.