Jack Wild (1952-2006) Best remembered as a child star, Jack Wild had a best supporting actor nomination for "Oliver" in 1968 (he played the Artful Dodger). He did quite a bit of TV--"H. R. Pufnstuf" and the like. When he could no longer pass as a teenager, things got grim. Died of mouth and lung cancer (he was a heavy smoker). Not all child stars end up like this, but such a number do, it's a good argument for using puppets instead.