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Dudley Moore is a Actor, Scriptwriter, Producer and Sound British born on 19 april 1935 at Hammersmith (United-kingdom)

Dudley Moore

Dudley Moore
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Birth name Dudley Stuart John Moore
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 19 april 1935 at Hammersmith (United-kingdom)
Death 27 march 2002 (at 66 years) at Plainfield (USA)
Awards Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Dudley Stuart John Moore, CBE (19 April 1935 – 27 March 2002) was an English actor, comedian, musician and composer.

Moore first came to prominence in the UK as one of the four writer-performers in the comedy revue Beyond the Fringe from 1960, and with one member of that team, Peter Cook, collaborated on the television series Not Only... But Also. The double act worked on other projects until the mid-1970s, by which time Moore had settled in Los Angeles to concentrate on his movie acting.

His solo career as a comedy film actor was heightened by the success of hit Hollywood films, particularly Foul Play, 10 and Arthur. He received an Oscar nomination for the latter role. He was frequently referred to in the media as "Cuddly Dudley" or "The Sex Thimble", a reference to both his short stature and his reputation as a "ladies' man".


Moore was married and divorced four times: to actresses Suzy Kendall, Tuesday Weld (by whom he had a son, Patrick, in 1976), Brogan Lane, and Nicole Rothschild (one son, Nicholas, born in 1995).

He maintained good relationships with Kendall, Weld and Lane, but expressly forbade Rothschild to attend his funeral. At the time his illness became apparent he was going through a difficult divorce from Rothschild, despite sharing a house in Los Angeles with her and her previous husband.

Moore dated Susan Anton in the early 1980s, with much being made of their height difference: Moore at 5 feet 2.5 inches (1.59m) and Anton at 5 feet 11 inches (1.80m).

In 1994, Moore was arrested after Rothschild claimed he had beaten her before that year's Oscars. She later withdrew her charges.

Health and death
In April 1997, after spending five days in hospital in New York, Moore was informed that he had calcium deposits in the basal ganglia of his brain and irreversible frontal lobe damage.

In September 1997, Moore underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery in London.

In June 1998, Nicole Rothschild was reported to have told an American television show that Moore was "waiting to die" due to a serious illness, but these reports were denied by Suzy Kendall.

On 30 September 1999, Moore announced that he was suffering from the terminal degenerative brain disorder progressive supranuclear palsy, some of the early symptoms being so similar to intoxication that he had been reported as being drunk, and that the illness had been diagnosed earlier in the year.

Moore died on the morning of 27 March 2002, as a result of pneumonia, secondary to immobility caused by the palsy, in Plainfield, New Jersey. Rena Fruchter was holding his hand when he died, and she reported his final words were, "I can hear the music all around me." Moore was interred at Hillside Cemetery in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. Fruchter later wrote a memoir of their relationship (Dudley Moore, Ebury Press, 2004).

Honours and awards
In November 2001, Moore was appointed a Commander of the Order of The British Empire (CBE). Despite his deteriorating condition, he attended the ceremony in a wheelchair, at Buckingham Palace to collect his honour.


Flatland (1965) (short)
The Wrong Box (1966)
Bedazzled (1967)
30 Is a Dangerous Age, Cynthia (1968)
The Bed-Sitting Room (1969)
Monte Carlo or Bust! (1969)
(aka Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1972)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1978)
Foul Play (1978)
10 (1979)
BBC Horizon: "It's About Time" (1979)
Derek and Clive Get the Horn (1979)
The Muppet Show (1980) (TV)
Wholly Moses! (1980)
Arthur (1981)
Six Weeks (1982)
Lovesick (1983)
Romantic Comedy (1983)

Unfaithfully Yours (1984)
Micki + Maude (1984)
Best Defense (1984)
Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)
Like Father Like Son (1987)
Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988)
The Adventures of Milo and Otis (1989)
Crazy People (1990)
Orchestra! (1991) (TV)
Blame It on the Bellboy (1992)
Really Wild Animals (1993)
Dudley (1993)
Concerto! (1993) (TV)
Daddy's Girls (1994) (TV)
Parallel Lives (1994)
Oscar's Orchestra (1994)
The Disappearance of Kevin Johnson (1995)
A Weekend in the Country (1996)
The Mighty Kong (1998)

Best films

Arthur (1981)
10 (1979)

Usually with

Peter Cook
Peter Cook
(7 films)
Stanley Donen
Stanley Donen
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Dudley Moore (30 films)

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The Mighty Kong, 1h18
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Adventure, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about apes, King Kong films, Giant monster films, Disaster films
Actors Dudley Moore, Jodi Benson, Jason Gray-Stanford, Richard Newman, Don Brown, Ian James Corlett
Roles Carl Denham / King Kong (voice)
Rating50% 2.536982.536982.536982.536982.53698
The film begins with Ann Darrow, a down-on-her-luck actress looking for work, meeting film director Carl Denham, who offers her a job in a new movie. They board the Venture to leave for the film shoot. The monkey that lives on board causes trouble throughout the trip. They arrive on the island and the natives, who are friendly to the crew, ask that the crew leave Ann so they can sacrifice her. Ann is then sacrificed to the giant ape King Kong who makes off with her into the jungle. Together they fight a dinosaur and are off the island in five minutes.
Parallel Lives
Directed by Linda Yellen
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors James Belushi, Liza Minnelli, Gena Rowlands, James Brolin, Helen Slater, LeVar Burton
Roles Imaginary Friend / President Andrews
Rating50% 2.5281752.5281752.5281752.5281752.528175
The Pickle
The Pickle (1993)
, 1h43
Directed by Paul Mazursky
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Films about films
Actors Danny Aiello, Dyan Cannon, Shelley Winters, Clotilde Courau, Barry Miller, Jerry Stiller
Roles Planet Cleveland Man (uncredited)
Rating43% 2.17412.17412.17412.17412.1741
Danny Aiello stars as Harry Stone, an NYC film director who has been living in Paris, France for the past ten years. Despite the fact that he still has a loyal fan base, his last three films were flops, and he returns to New York to hear a pitch from a studio executive. The movie turns out to be The Pickle, a science fiction film with an absurd storyline, but when the executive offers him "a ton of money," Harry immediately sells out his better judgment and agrees to direct the picture.
Blame It on the Bellboy, 1h18
Directed by Mark Herman
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Actors Dudley Moore, Bryan Brown, Richard Griffiths, Patsy Kensit, Andreas Katsulas, Bronson Pinchot
Roles Melvyn Orton
Rating56% 2.801842.801842.801842.801842.80184
Three men board the same plane at Heathrow Airport bound for Venice: Melvyn Orton, a shy and unassuming clerk with an assignment of purchasing a house in Venice under penalty of losing his job; Mike Lawton, a hitman en route to Venice to kill his next mark, and Lord Maurice Horton, a rather large man who is mayor of a small city in the United Kingdom.
Crazy People, 1h30
Directed by Tony Bill
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about psychiatry, Films set in psychiatric hospitals
Actors Dudley Moore, Daryl Hannah, Paul Reiser, J. T. Walsh, Danton Stone, Mercedes Ruehl
Roles Emory Leeson
Rating60% 3.0482553.0482553.0482553.0482553.048255
Emory Leeson is an advertising executive who experiences a nervous breakdown. He designs a series of "truthful" advertisements, blunt and bawdy and of no use to his boss Drucker's firm.
Arthur 2: On the Rocks, 1h53
Directed by Bud Yorkin
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about alcoholism, Medical-themed films, Christmas films, Films about drugs
Actors Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud, Dudley Moore, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Kathy Bates, Paul Benedict
Roles Arthur Bach
Rating46% 2.3037552.3037552.3037552.3037552.303755
Arthur Bach (Dudley Moore) is still rich and still drinks too much, but he and Linda (Liza Minnelli) are now happily married. The one thing missing in their life is a child. Seeking revenge, billionaire Bert Johnson (Stephen Elliott), the father of Susan Johnson (Cynthia Sikes), the wealthy woman whom he jilted at the altar, takes control of his inheritance, leaving him broke and homeless. Susan wants him back and is willing to break up his marriage if that's what it takes.
Like Father Like Son, 1h36
Directed by Rod Daniel
Origin USA
Genres Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy
Actors Kirk Cameron, Dudley Moore, Margaret Colin, Catherine Hicks, Sean Astin, Patrick O'Neal
Roles Dr. Jack Hammond / Chris Hammond
Rating52% 2.6030352.6030352.6030352.6030352.603035
Chris Hammond (Kirk Cameron) is a high school senior who is very self-conscious about the stains in his underwear. He's a special needs student, a decent Special Olympian, and he likes a girl at school who happens to be dating his best friend. His father Jack (Dudley Moore), a proctologist, wants him to get into barber school. Chris' friend Trigger (Sean Astin) has an uncle who had experimented with body-switching potions, and helps Jack and Chris switch brains.
The Adventures of Milo and Otis, 1h37
Directed by Masanori Hata
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Seafaring films, Transport films, Films about cats, Films about dogs, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Dudley Moore, Kyoko Koizumi
Roles Narrator
Rating69% 3.4967153.4967153.4967153.4967153.496715
The film opens in 1969 with a barn with a mother cat who has given birth to kittens. One of the kittens is named Milo ("Chatran" in the Japanese version), and has a habit of being too curious and getting himself into trouble. He finds a "pug-nosed" pug puppy named Otis ("Poosky" in the Japanese version), and they soon become friends. When Milo is playing inside a box floating in the river, he accidentally drifts downstream. Otis runs after Milo. Milo goes on many adventures, escaping one incident after another.
Santa Claus: The Movie, 1h48
Directed by Jeannot Szwarc
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure
Themes Christmas films, Children's films, Santa Claus in film
Actors Dudley Moore, John Lithgow, David Huddleston, Judy Cornwell, Burgess Meredith, Jeffrey Kramer
Roles Patch
Rating62% 3.1484053.1484053.1484053.1484053.148405
Somewhere in the 14th century, Claus is a peasant woodcutter in his mid-50s who, with his wife Anya, delivers his gifts to the children of a certain village. One night, Claus, Anya and their two reindeer, Donner and Blitzen, are rescued from certain death in a blizzard, only to be transported to the vast "ice mountains, way up at the top of the world." Their expected arrival is heralded with the appearance of several elves, or as Claus's people call them in their legends, the Vendegums, led by the venerable and wise elf named Dooley. Inside the elves' home, Claus and Anya also meet inventive elf Patch, and the more down-to-earth Puffy. Dooley tells Claus it is his destiny to deliver toys to the children of the world every Christmas Eve, which the elves will make in their large workshops. Donner and Blitzen are joined by six other reindeer and fed magic food that allows them to fly. When Christmas Eve comes, Claus is approached by the oldest of elves, the Ancient One, who renames him as "Santa Claus".
Best Defense, 1h34
Directed by Willard Huyck
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Spy
Themes Spy films, Political films, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Dudley Moore, Eddie Murphy, Kate Capshaw, David Rasche, George Dzundza, Helen Shaver
Roles Wylie Cooper
Rating38% 1.9051551.9051551.9051551.9051551.905155
The movie takes place as two parallel plots separated by couple years: In 1982, Wylie Cooper (Moore), is an engineer developing a targeting system on a tank for the United States Army. In 1984, Murphy is US Army Lt. Landry, an American tank commander sent to Kuwait to demonstrate "XM-10 Annihilator", America's latest main battle tank, which is equipped with Cooper's system. Because of the tank's poor design and shoddy construction, Landry and his crew are barely able to control or navigate the XM-10 before it leaves the proving grounds and wanders into a combat zone during Iraq's invasion of Kuwait (an unintentional foreshadowing of the Gulf War that occurred six years after the release of the film).
Unfaithfully Yours, 1h36
Directed by Howard Zieff
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about classical music and musicians
Actors Dudley Moore, Nastassja Kinski, Armand Assante, Albert Brooks, Richard Libertini, Leonard Mann
Roles Claude Eastman
Rating59% 2.999872.999872.999872.999872.99987
Claude Eastman (Dudley Moore) is a composer and the conductor of a prestigious symphony who has recently married beautiful Daniella (Nastassja Kinski), a much younger woman. While travelling, he sends a message to his friend Norman Robbins (Albert Brooks) to keep an eye on his wife, but the message is garbled by Claude's Italian valet Giuseppe (Richard Libertini), and instead of looking after Daniella, Norman hires a private detective named Keller (Richard B. Shull) to investigate her.
Micki & Maude, 1h58
Directed by Blake Edwards
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality
Actors Amy Irving, Ann Reinking, Dudley Moore, Richard Mulligan, George Gaynes, Wallace Shawn
Roles Rob Salinger
Rating59% 2.9990352.9990352.9990352.9990352.999035
Rob Salinger (Dudley Moore) is an overworked television reporter. He is happily married to Micki (Ann Reinking), a lawyer who is a candidate to become a judge. Rob wants a child badly, but Micki decides to postpone having children in order to better pursue her new career opportunity. On an assignment, Rob interviews a young musician, Maude Guillory (Amy Irving), and is smitten with her. They begin seeing one another and, when she becomes pregnant, Maude and her father, professional wrestler Barkhas Guillory (Hard Boiled Haggerty) begin to plan her wedding to Rob.
Romantic Comedy, 1h43
Directed by Arthur Hiller
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Dudley Moore, Mary Steenburgen, Frances Sternhagen, Robyn Douglass, Ron Leibman
Roles Jason Carmichael
Rating52% 2.612342.612342.612342.612342.61234
Jason Kramer is a popular New York City playwright in desperate need of a new writing partner who can provide him with inspiration. Phoebe Craddock is a small-town teacher who aspires to be a writer.
Lovesick (1983)
, 1h35
Directed by Marshall Brickman
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Actors Dudley Moore, Elizabeth McGovern, Alec Guinness, Christine Baranski, Wallace Shawn, Ron Silver
Roles Saul Benjamin
Rating50% 2.5131052.5131052.5131052.5131052.513105
Psychologist Saul Benjamin takes on a patient temporarily as a favor to a colleague friend, Otto Jaffe, who is infatuated with her. After her doctor dies, Chloe Allen comes to see Dr. Benjamin and immediately he is smitten with her, too.
Six Weeks
Six Weeks (1982)
, 1h47
Directed by Tony Bill
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Dudley Moore, Mary Tyler Moore, Michael Ensign, Joe Regalbuto
Roles Patrick Dalton
Rating56% 2.8071352.8071352.8071352.8071352.807135
Charlotte Dreyfus, a wealthy cosmetic tycoon and her 12-year-old daughter Nicole, who's dying from leukemia, strike up a sentimental friendship with a California politician, Patrick Dalton. Nicole has decided to abandon all further treatments for the disease because of the treatments' side effects.