4/18/2012 8:39:58 AM
Classic Boyfriends #105: Oliver Reed.
One infamous night Reed and 36 friends drank 60 gallons of beer, 32 bottles of Scotch, 17 bottles of gin, four crates of wine, and one bottle of Babycham. Steve McQueen recalled once that in 1973 he flew to the UK to discuss a film project with Reed and suggested the pair go to a nightclub in London. They ended up on a marathon pub crawl during which Reed vomited on McQueen.
He was forced to leave the set of the Channel 4 television discussion program After Dark, after arriving drunk and attempting to kiss feminist writer Kate Millett, uttering the memorable phrase, “Give us a kiss, big tits.”
Reed died of a sudden heart attack during on 2 May 1999 as a result of a night of hard drinking, which included three bottles of downed rum and arm wrestling five sailors. He beat them all. He was 61 years old.
That’s how I want to go.