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Dudley Moore
Dudley Stuart John Moore was born 19 April 1935 in Dagenham, Essex, England. A musical prodigy, he attended the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Magdalen College, Oxford University. He left school to perform as part of the Johnny Dankworth Seven and tour the United States with the Vic Lewis Band. By the late 1950s he had established himself as a first-rate jazz pianist and entered into a long-lived collaborative partnership with Peter Cook as the comedy duo of Derek & Clive on such well-received British television shows as Not Only-But Also and Derek & Clive. (Moore and Cook won a Grammy in 1974). He joined Cook, Alan Bennett and Jonathan Miller in the comedy revue Beyond the Fringe, which ran for four years in London and New York, and won a special Tony Award for his work. (The Beyond the Fringe comedy troupe has been described as a precursor of Monty Python's Flying Circus.) He debuted on the big screen in The Wrong Box (1966) and got his first starring role in 1968's 30 Is A Dangerous Age, Cynthia. His film career soared when Blake Edwards chose him to replace George Segal in "10" with Bo Derek (1979). In the 1980s, Moore became one of Hollywood's leading men in romantic comedies; though standing only 5' 2" tall, his irresistible charm and irreverent wit turned him into a sex symbol and made him perfect for roles in such films as Micki & Maude, Lovesick and Unfaithfully Yours. He won worldwide recognition for his Oscar-nominated performance as Arthur Bach in the smash hit Arthur (1981), costarring John Gielgud and Liza Minnelli. Moore also composed the scores for such films as Bedazzled (1967) and Six Weeks (1982).
Though involved in a high-profile romance with the statuesque Susan Anton, Moore never married her. He did, however, wed actress Suzy Kendall in 1968, then Tuesday Weld in 1975, Brogan Lane in 1988 and Nicole Rothschild in 1994. All four marriages ended in divorce. His ability to work was hampered by health problems in the 1990s, during which he suffered a series of heart attacks. In 1998 he was diagnosed with a rare disease called Progressive Supernuclear Palsy. PSP took his life in March 2002, but not before Moore was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE), an honor presented by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace in 2001. Long-time agent Lou Pitt said of Moore: "His humour, his joy and his passion to make people laugh will be sorely and deeply missed."

1980s Filmography
Wholly Moses (1980)
The Muppets Go to the Movies (1981)
Arthur (1981)
Six Weeks (1982)
Lovesick (1983)
Romantic Comedy (1983)
Unfaithfully Yours (1984)
Best Defense (1984)
Micki & Maude (1984)
Santa Clause: The Movie (1985)
The Adventures of Milo & Otis (voice-1986)
Like Father, Like Son (1987)
Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988)


Critics' Comments
Arthur (1981)
"Dudley Moore has the angelic yet decadent look of a choirboy gone to seed. In this, his most brilliantly crazed performance, the five-foot-two-inch actor proves that he can be a giant when it comes to comedy."
-- People Weekly

Unfaithfully Yours (1984)
"In this funny remake of a funny 1948 Preston Sturges film, Dudley Moore plays a famous orchestra conductor who has just married a much younger woman, Nastassja Kinski....Moore, whose films have been erratic, is wildly in form....His gift for comic timing has never been better exploited."
 -- People Weekly

Micki & Maude (1984)
"Moore has never been better as he careens from one funny scene to another, trying to lead two lives and cater to every whim of both pregnant wives."
 -- The Eighties Club

John Gielgud and Dudley Moore in a scene from Arthur

Moore was born with a clubfoot, which was surgically corrected.
He turned down a job as organist at King's College, Oxford to pursue a musical and acting career.
In 1993, Moore starred in his own (short-lived) TV sitcom, entitled Dudley.
Moore was survived by his two sons, Patrick (from his second marriage) and Nicholas (from his fourth).

 Awards
1983 - Golden Globe, Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy), Arthur
1985 - Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy), Micki & Maude