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Also Known As: Dudley Stuart John Moore Died: March 27, 2002
Born: April 19, 1935 Cause of Death: pneumonia as a complication of progressive supranuclear palsy
Birth Place: Essex, England, GB Profession: actor, pianist, composer, musician, screenwriter, producer

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A mischievous presence on British stage and television during the 1960s, Dudley Moore was one-half of an influential comedy team with Peter Cook before finding solo success in America as the giddy star of Hollywood comedies like "10" (1979) and "Arthur" (1980). With Cook, he was the eternally put-upon sidekick, the butt of his taller, more verbally vicious partner's taunts as well as his best sounding board, but after the duo split in the 1970s, Moore became an unlikely romantic hero - if one given to frequent pratfalls - in American comedies. A classically trained pianist, his tenure as a movie star was short-lived; by the 1980s, he was reduced to unworthy flops like "Santa Claus: The Movie" (1985) while he made unpleasant legal headlines and his health was jeopardized by a degenerative brain disease. His death in 2002 robbed the comedy and film world of one of their most joyous and charismatic figures.

A mischievous presence on British stage and television during the 1960s, Dudley Moore was one-half of an influential comedy team with Peter Cook before finding solo success in America as the giddy star of Hollywood comedies like "10" (1979) and "Arthur" (1980). With Cook, he was the eternally put-upon sidekick, the butt of his taller, more verbally vicious partner's taunts as well as his best sounding board, but after the duo split in the 1970s, Moore became an unlikely romantic hero - if one given to frequent pratfalls - in American comedies. A classically trained pianist, his tenure as a movie star was short-lived; by the 1980s, he was reduced to unworthy flops like "Santa Claus: The Movie" (1985) while he made unpleasant legal headlines and his health was jeopardized by a degenerative brain disease. His death in 2002 robbed the comedy and film world of one of their most joyous and charismatic figures.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Mighty Kong, The (1998) Carl Denham
3.
 Weekend in the Country, A (1996) Simon Farrell
4.
 Really Wild Animals: Swinging Safari (1994) Voice Of Spin
5.
6.
8.
9.
 Really Wild Animals: Deep Sea Dive (1994) Voice Of Spin
10.
 Parallel Lives (1994) Una'S Imaginary Friend/President Andrews
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Milestones close milestones

1955:
First stage appearance with Oxford University Drama Society
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Wrote toothpaste jingles that played in the West Indies; composed an original ballet
1958:
Became resident composer for London's Royal Court Theater; composed first stage score for "Serjeant Musgrave's Dance"
1959:
Traveled to the USA as a sideman with the Vic Lewis Orchestra; toured US military camps
1959:
Performed as jazz pianist at the Duplex in NYC
1959:
Joined the John Dankworth Band, featuring singer Cleo Laine, playing jazz piano
1960:
Professional stage debut, "Beyond the Fringe" at the Edinburgh Festival, Scotland; worked with Jonathan Miller, Alan Bennett, and Peter Cook
1961:
London stage debut, "Beyond the Fringe"
1961:
Worked as a nightclub performer in London
1962:
Broadway debut, "Beyond the Fringe"
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Frequently performed in Manhattan nightclubs like Michael's Pub. Village Vanguard and the Rainbow Grill
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Starred with Peter Cook in three seasons of the BBC comedy sketch series "Not Only ... But Also"
1967:
Composed first film score and co-wrote first screen story for "30 Is a Dangerous Age, Cynthia"
1967:
With Cook, co-wrote and co-starred the stylish updating of the Faust legend, "Bedazzled"; also scored
1969:
Appeared in the black comedy "The Bed Sitting Room"
1970:
Had lead role in the London production of Woody Allen's stage comedy "Play It Again, Sam"
1972:
Starred in British TV series, "It's Lulu ... Not to Mention Dudley Moore"
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Reunited with Peter Cook for the stage revue "Behind the Fridge"; also co-wrote; production opened on Broadway in 1973 under the title "Good Evening"; later toured USA
1975:
Settled in Los Angeles
1978:
Co-starred with Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn in "Foul Play"
1979:
Starred as a married man intrigued by a woman he spots on the beach in "10"; replaced George Segal in role
1980:
Debut as an executive producer, "Derek and Clive Get the Horn"; also starred
1981:
Performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a Gershwin salute
1981:
Received Best Actor Oscar nomination as the alcoholic title character, a spoiled wealthy man who finally finds love, in "Arthur"
1982:
Cast as a politician romancing a widow with a sick child in "Six Weeks"; also composed the film's musical score
1983:
Starred in "Lovesick" and "Romantic Comedy"
1984:
Headlined the remake of "Unfaithfully Yours", playing a jealous orchestral conductor
1985:
Played a wisecracking elf in "Santa Claus: The Movie"
1988:
Reprised his signature role in the inferior sequel "Arthur II: On the Rocks"; also served as an executive producer
1991:
With Sir Georg Solti, co-hosted the Showtime series "Orchestra!"; also served as an executive producer
1993:
Starred in the short-lived American TV sitcom series, "Dudley" (CBS)
1992:
Last starring role in features "Blame It on the Bellboy"
1994:
Second attempt at US TV series, the short-lived CBS sitcom "Daddy's Girls"
1994:
Voiced Spin in a series of National Geographic videos released under the umbrella title of "Really Wild Animals"
1995:
Replaced by George Segal in "The Mirror Has Two Faces", directed by and starring Barbra Streisand
1996:
Acted in "A Weekend in the Country"; aired on USA Network
1997:
Sued for nine counts of assault, battery, domestic violence and defamation by Nicole Rothschild, estranged wife
1997:
Underwent open heart surgery (September)
1999:
In late September, announced he was suffering from progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), a rare, degenerative Parkinson's disease-like brain disorder
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Education

Dagenham County High School: -
Guildhall School of Music and Drama: London , England -
Magdalen College, Oxford University: - 1957
Magdalen College, Oxford University: - 1958

Notes

He was born with a clubfoot and a shorter left leg.

Was part owner (with Tony Bill and Liza Minnelli) of 72 Sarket Street Club in Venice, California. Opened in 1984. Closed in November 2000.

With Tony Bill, part owner of the restaurant Maple Drive in Beverly Hills, California.

Moore's fourth wife Nicole Rothschild filed suit in June 1997, suing Moore on nine counts of domestic violence, assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and other claims asking for $10 million in damages.

Moore was fired from his role in "The Mirror Has Two Faces" because he was having problems recalling his lines. Rumors swirled that it was because he had a substance abuse problem (fueled in part by his signature role of "Arthur"). In reality, he was suffering from the early stages of progressive supranuclear palsy which results in impaired balance and slurred speech. Commenting on his condition, Moore was quoted, "It's so frustrating. My thoughts aren't always able to be amplified - they disappear into a blank space, a blank connection. ..."

Made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in June 2001.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Suzy Kendall. Actor, model. Married in 1968; divorced.
wife:
Tuesday Weld. Actor. Married on September 20, 1975; divorced in 1980.
companion:
Susan Anton. Actor, singer. Had long-term relationship from c. 1980 toc. 1987.
wife:
Brogan Lane. Former model. Born c. 1960; married on February 21, 1988, divorced in December 1991.
wife:
Nicole Rothschild. Born c. 1964; claimed that Moore struck her on March 21, 1994; investigation of domestic abuse followed; married on April 16, 1994; separated on May 27, 1996; filed for divorce in June 1996; reconciled briefly in 1997 before re-filing for divorce in August; divorced in November 1998.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
John Moore. Electrician.
mother:
Ada Francis Moore.
son:
Patrick H Moore. Born on February 26, 1976; mother, Tuesday Weld.
son:
Nicholas Anthony Moore. Born on June 28, 1995; mother, Nicole Rothschild.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Musical Bumps" Robson Books
"Dud and Pete: The Dagenham Dialogues"
"Off Beat: A Musical Companion" St. Martin's Press
"The Authorized Biography of Dudley Moore" Sidgwick & Jackson
"Pete & Dud: An Illustrated Biography" Andre Deutsch
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