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Full Name  Leonard Whiting
Role  Actor
Name  Leonard Whiting
Years active  1962–present
Occupation  Actor

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Born  30 June 1950 (age 70) (1950-06-30) London, England, UK
Children  Charlotte Westenra, Sarah Whiting
Spouse  Lynn Presser (m. 1995), Cathee Dahmen (m. 1971–1977)
Parents  Arthur Leonard Whiting, Peggy Joyce O'Sullivan
Siblings  Linda Whiting, Anne Whiting
Movies  Romeo and Juliet, Frankenstein: The True Story, Say Hello to Yesterday, Giacomo Casanova: Childhoo, Social Suicide
Similar People  Olivia Hussey, Franco Zeffirelli, Cathee Dahmen, John McEnery, India Eisley

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Leonard Whiting (born 30 June 1950) is an English actor and singer who is best known for his role as Romeo in the 1968 Zeffirelli film version of Romeo and Juliet opposite Olivia Hussey's Juliet, a role which earned him the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year - Actor. He was touted as a star in the making, the next Laurence Olivier and the next great British actor.


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Early life

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Whiting was born in the Wood Green area of London, England, the only son of Arthur Leonard Whiting and Peggy Joyce O'Sullivan. He has English, Irish and some Romani/Gypsy ancestry. Whiting attended the St. Richard of Chichester School, Camden Town, leaving just a week or two before beginning work on Romeo and Juliet (1968).


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Whiting was spotted by an agent at the Connaught Rooms where he was performing at a Jewish wedding at the age of 12. He only sang one song ("Summertime") which he had rehearsed as a one-off song with the group Teal Lewis and the Fourtunes, who were the entertainment for the evening. This was set up by his father to get him noticed. After hearing him sing, the agent suggested he try out for Lionel Bart's Oliver! which constantly needed replacements for its child performers. Whiting played the Artful Dodger in the long-running London musical for 18 months, and for 13 months appeared at Laurence Olivier's National Theatre in the production of Congreve's Love for Love opposite Olivier, which toured Moscow and Berlin.

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Director Franco Zeffirelli described his discovery, made from 300 youngsters who auditioned during more than three months: "He has a magnificent face, gentle melancholy, sweet, the kind of idealistic young man Romeo ought to be."

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He is also renowned for his on-stage part as the Artful Dodger in the original London cast of Oliver!, where he replaced Davy Jones when Jones and most of the London cast were transferred to New York City for the play's Broadway run.

In the mid-1970s, his voice caught the attention of Abbey Road and The Dark Side of the Moon engineer Alan Parsons, who was in the process of recording what was to be the first album by the Alan Parsons Project, Tales of Mystery and Imagination. Whiting performed lead vocals on the song "The Raven".

In 2014, he reunited with Olivia Hussey for the film Social Suicide (2015), their first work together in the 46 years since Romeo and Juliet.

Personal life

Whiting ended his film career, for the most part, in the mid-'70s and subsequently placed his focus upon his theatrical career as an actor and writer. He now lives in London.


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