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Dudley Moore
Born April 19, 1935
Dagenham, Essex, England
Died March 27, 2002
Watchung, New Jersey

Dudley Stuart John Moore, CBE (April 19, 1935March 27, 2002), was an Academy-Award nominated British comedian, actor and musician. Image File history File linksMetadata Dudley_moore. ... April 19 is the 109th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (110th in leap years). ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Dagenham is a town within the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. ... Essex is a county in the East of England. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... March 27 is the 86th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (87th in leap years). ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Map of Watchung in Somerset County Watchung is a Borough located in Somerset County, New Jersey. ... Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire (Military division) The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority... April 19 is the 109th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (110th in leap years). ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... March 27 is the 86th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (87th in leap years). ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... A comedian, or comic, is an entertainer who amuses an audience by making them laugh. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke while waiting between takes during location filming An actor or actress is a person who acts, or plays a role, in a dramatic production. ... A musician is a person who plays or composes music. ...


Moore became famous as a performer in "Beyond the Fringe" in the 1960s and later for his work with Peter Cook. He gained worldwide recognition in the Hollywood movie 10 with Bo Derek. Peter Edward Cook (17 November 1937–9 January 1995) was an English satirist, writer and comedian who is widely regarded as the leading figure in the British satire boom of the 1960s. ... 10 is a 1979 film directed by Blake Edwards and starring Bo Derek, Dudley Moore and Julie Andrews. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ...

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Early life

Moore was born in Dagenham, Essex, England, to working-class parents who showed little affection to their offspring (as his older sister publicly revealed). He was notably short: 5' 2½" (1.59 m) and was born with a club foot that required extensive hospital treatment and which, coupled with his diminutive stature, made him the butt of jokes by other children. Seeking refuge from his problems he became a choirboy at the age of six and took up piano and violin. He rapidly developed into a talented pianist and organist and was playing the organ at church weddings by age 14. He attended Dagenham County High School where he received musical tuition from a dedicated teacher, Peter Cork. Cork later went on to become a friend and confidant to Moore, corresponding with him until 1994. Dagenham is a town within the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. ... Essex is a county in the East of England. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... Working class is a term used both in academic sociology as well as in ordinary conversation. ... Club foot. ...


While studying music and composition at Oxford University (Magdalen College, where he was an organ scholar), Moore performed with Alan Bennett in the Oxford Revue. Bennett then recommended him to the producer putting together Beyond the Fringe, a comedy revue which many see as a forerunner to Monty Python's Flying Circus. Beyond the Fringe was at the forefront of the 1960s satire boom. After enormous success in Britain it transferred to the USA where it was also a hit. The University of Oxford (usually abbreviated as Oxon. ... College name Magdalen College Collegium Beatae Mariae Magdalenae Named after Mary Magdalene Established 1458 Sister College Magdalene College President Professor David Clary FRS JCR President Jessica Jones Undergraduates 395 MCR President Kader Allouni Graduates 230 Homepage Boatclub Magdalen College (pronounced ) is one of the constituent colleges of the University of... An organ scholar is a young man or woman who is employed as a part-time assistant organist in a cathedral or collegiate church. ... Published by Faber/Profile Books in 2005 Alan Bennett (born May 9, 1934) is an English author and actor famous for his work, schoolboy-like appearance and his sonorous Yorkshire accent. ... The Oxford Revue is a comedy theatrical revue featuring students from Oxford University. ... Album of Beyond the Fringe Published by EMI in 1996 Beyond the Fringe was a British comedy stage revue written and performed by Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett and Jonathan Miller. ... Monty Pythons Flying Circus (also known as Flying Circus, MPFC or just Monty Python during the fourth season) was a highly popular, surreal BBC sketch comedy show from Monty Python, and the groups initial claim to fame. ... The satire boom is a general term to describe the emergence of a generation of English satirical writers, journalists and performers at the end of the 1950s. ...


During his university years Moore became passionately interested in jazz and soon became an accomplished jazz pianist and composer as well as working with leading musicians such as John Dankworth and Cleo Laine. In 1960 he left Dankworth's band to work on Beyond the Fringe. Later in the 1960s he formed the acclaimed "Dudley Moore Trio" (with drummer Chris Karan and bassists Pete McGurk and later Peter Morgan). The trio performed regularly on British television, made numerous recordings and had a long-running residency at Peter Cook's club, The Establishment. Jazz is a musical art form that originated in New Orleans at around the start of the 20th century. ... Sir John Dankworth CBE Born in London, England, in 1927, was brought up in a musical environment amongst a family of musicians. ... Dame Cleo Laine, Lady Dankworth DBE, (born Clementina Dinah Campbell on October 28, 1927 in Middlesex, England) is a scat and jazz singer and an actor. ... Chris Karan (born October 14, 1939 [1]) is a jazz percussionist, primarily a drummer, of Greek descent from Melbourne. ... Peter Edward Cook (17 November 1937–9 January 1995) was an English satirist, writer and comedian who is widely regarded as the leading figure in the British satire boom of the 1960s. ...


In the early 1970s he had a brief relationship with British singer-songwriter Lynsey De Paul whom he met at a party. Lynsey Rubin (born June 11, 1950 in London) is a songwriter and singer. ...

"Not Only... But Also (VHS)
"Not Only... But Also (VHS)

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Pete and Dud

After following the Establishment to New York City, Moore returned to the UK and was offered his own series on the BBC. Not Only... But Also (1965) was commissioned as a vehicle for Moore, but when he invited Peter Cook on as a guest, their comedy partnership was so notable that it became a fixture of the series. Cook and Moore are most remembered for their sketches as two working-class men, Pete and Dud, in macs and cloth caps, commenting on politics and the arts, but they fashioned a series of character one-offs, usually with Moore in the role of interviewer to one of Cook's upper-class eccentrics. The pair developed an unorthodox method for scripting the material by using a tape recorder to tape an adlibbed routine that they would then have transcribed and edited. This would not leave enough time to fully rehearse the script so they often had a set of cue cards. Moore was famous for "corpsing"—the programmes often went on live, and Cook would deliberately make him laugh in order to get an even bigger reaction from the studio audience. Regrettably, many of the videotapes and film reels of these seminal TV shows were later erased by the BBC (an affliction which wiped out large portions of other British television productions as well, such as Doctor Who), although some of the soundtracks (which were issued on record) have survived. Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham, NYC Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1613  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, usually known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is one of the largest broadcasting corporations in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the UK alone and with a budget of more than £4 billion. ... Not Only. ... Peter Edward Cook (17 November 1937–9 January 1995) was an English satirist, writer and comedian who is widely regarded as the leading figure in the British satire boom of the 1960s. ... Laurel and Hardy are one of the worlds most popular double acts A double act, also known as a comedy duo, is a comic device in which humor is derived from the uneven relationship between two partners, usually of the same gender, age, ethnic origin, and profession, but drastically... Peter Cook and Dudley Moore as Pete and Dud Pete and Dud were characters played by the comedians and entertainers Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. ... Doctor Who is a long-running British science fiction television programme (and 1996 television movie) produced by the BBC about the adventures of a mysterious time-traveller known as the Doctor, who explores time and space with his companions, solving problems and righting wrongs. ...


Moore and Cook co-starred in the film Bedazzled (1967) with Eleanor Bron, and also had tours called Behind the Fridge and Good Evening. Bedazzled was remade in 2000 with Brendan Fraser and Elizabeth Hurley in the lead roles. Bedazzled is a 1967 motion picture, irreverently retelling the Faust legend set in the Swinging London of the 1960s. ... Eleanor Bron (born 14 March 1938) is a British actress. ... Elizabeth Hurley in Bedazzled Bedazzled is a 2000 motion picture, and is a remake of the original Bedazzled (1967). ... Brendan James Fraser (born December 3, 1968 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a Canadian-American actor. ... Elizabeth Jane Hurley (b. ...


However, their three albums of the late 1970s as Derek and Clive, were widely condemned for their use of obscene language and shocking, ad-libbed content. Shortly following the last of these, Ad Nauseam, Moore made a break with Cook, whose alcoholism was affecting his work, to concentrate on his film career. Ironically, when Moore began to manifest the symptoms of the disease that eventually killed him, it was at first suspected that he too had a drinking problem. Further irony manifested itself in two of Moore's early starring roles, most famously the titular drunken playboy Arthur, and to a lesser extent the heavy drinker George Webber in 10. Dudley Moore (left) and Peter Cook as Derek and Clive Derek and Clive are controversial cult characters created by double act Dudley Moore and Peter Cook respectively on the records Derek and Clive (Live), 1976; Derek and Clive Come Again, 1977 and Derek and Clive Ad Nauseam, 1978 and a... Derek and Clive Ad Nauseam is the third and final recording made by Peter Cook and Dudley Moore of their characters Derek and Clive. ... Alcoholism is the consumption of, or preoccupation with, alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the drinkers normal personal, family, social, or work life, and may lead to physical or mental harm. ... Arthur is a 1981 film which tells the story of drunken playboy millionaire Arthur Bach (Dudley Moore), who was on the brink of an arranged marriage to a wealthy heiress, Susan Johnson (Jill Eikenberry). ... 10 is a 1979 film directed by Blake Edwards and starring Bo Derek, Dudley Moore and Julie Andrews. ...


Later life

In the late 1970s, Moore moved to Hollywood, where he appeared in Foul Play (1978) with Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase. The following year saw his breakout role in Blake Edwards's 10, which he followed up with the movie Wholly Moses. Soon thereafter Arthur, an even bigger hit than 10, which also starred Liza Minnelli and Sir John Gielgud (who won an Oscar for his role as Arthur's stern but loving caretaker) and Geraldine Fitzgerald (who played his wealthy, socially prominent, relentless grandmother who insists that he marry the daughter of a business associate of the family, and threatens to disinherit him if he doesn't do so). Moore was nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award but lost to Henry Fonda (for On Golden Pond). In 1984, Moore had another hit, starring in the Blake Edwards directed Micki + Maude, co-starring Amy Irving. Greetings from Hollywood Hollywood is a district of the city of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., that extends from Vermont Avenue on the east to just beyond Laurel Canyon Boulevard above Sunset and Crescent Heights Boulevards on the west; the north to south boundary east of La Brea Avenue... Foul Play is a 1978 comedy/thriller film by Colin Higgins (the director of the cult classic Harold and Maude) starring Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase. ... Goldie Jeanne Hawn (born November 21, 1945) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress, director and producer. ... Chevy Chase (born Cornelius Crane Chase on October 8, 1943) is an Emmy Award-winning American comedian, writer, and television and film actor. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 10 is a 1979 film directed by Blake Edwards and starring Bo Derek, Dudley Moore and Julie Andrews. ... VHS Cover Wholly Moses! is a 1980 Biblical spoof similar to that of Monty Pythons Life of Brian. ... 10 is a 1979 film directed by Blake Edwards and starring Bo Derek, Dudley Moore and Julie Andrews. ... Liza May Minnelli (born March 12, 1946 in Los Angeles, California) is an Academy Award-winning and Tony Award-winning American actress and singer. ... John Gielgud as photographed in 1936 by Carl Van Vechten Sir Arthur John Gielgud OM, CH (14 April 1904 – 21 May 2000), known as Sir John Gielgud, was an English theatre and film actor, regarded by many as one of the greatest British actors in history. ... Geraldine Fitzgerald Geraldine Fitzgerald (24 November 1913 - 17 July 2005) was an Irish-American actress. ... On Golden Pond (1981) was a successful Broadway play written by playwright Ernest Thompson which was turned into a successful and popular movie starring Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Micki + Maude (1984) is a comedy film starring Dudley Moores as Rob Salinger, an overworked television reporter. ... Amy Irving (born September 10, 1953 in Palo Alto, California) is an Academy Award nominated American actress. ...


His subsequent films, including an Arthur sequel and an animated adaptation of King Kong, were inconsistent in terms of both critical and commercial reception. In later years Cook would wind-up Moore by claiming he preferred Arthur 2: On the Rocks to Arthur. The Mighty Kong was a 1998 animated adaptation of the classic King Kong story. ... Arthur is a 1981 film which tells the story of drunken playboy millionaire Arthur Bach (Dudley Moore), who was on the brink of an arranged marriage to a wealthy heiress, Susan Johnson (Jill Eikenberry). ...


In addition to acting, Moore continued to work as a composer and pianist, writing scores for a number of films and giving piano concerts, which were highlighted by his popular parodies of classical favourites. In addition, Moore collaborated with the conductor Sir Georg Solti to create a 1991 television series, Orchestra!, which was designed to introduce audiences to the symphony orchestra. A composer is a person who writes music. ... Pianist Claudio Arrau, Carnegie Hall, 1954. ... Sir Georg Solti, KBE (pronounced ) (21 October 1912 - 5 September 1997) was a world-renowned Hungarian-British orchestral and operatic conductor. ...


Moore was married to actresses Suzy Kendall and Tuesday Weld (by whom he had a son, Patrick, in 1976). His third and fourth wives were Brogan Lane and Nicole Rothschild (one son, Nicholas, born in 1995). Moore dated and was a favorite of some of Hollywood's most attractive women, including the statuesque Susan Anton; he was generally known as "Cuddly Dudley". Tuesday Weld, born August 27, 1943, is an American film actress. ... Susan Anton (born on October 12, 1950 in Oak Glen, California) is an American actress, best known for her role as Susan Williams in the various Stop Susan Williams!-related television series and television movies. ...


Moore was deeply affected by the untimely death of Peter Cook in 1995, and for weeks would regularly telephone Cook's home in London just to get the answerphone and hear his friend's voice. Moore attended Cook's memorial service in London and at the time many people who knew him noted that Moore was behaving strangely and attributed it to grief or drinking. In November 1995, Moore teamed up with friend and humorist Martin Lewis in organizing a two-day salute to Cook in Los Angeles which Moore co-hosted with Lewis. Peter Edward Cook (17 November 1937–9 January 1995) was an English satirist, writer and comedian who is widely regarded as the leading figure in the British satire boom of the 1960s. ... Martin Lewis. ...


Illness and death

In September 1999 Moore announced that he was suffering from progressive supranuclear palsy, for which there is no treatment. Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) (or the Steele-Richardson-Olszweski syndrome, after the Canadian physicians who described it in 1963 ) is a rare degenerative disorder involving the gradual deterioration and death of selected neurons in the brain. ...


In June 2001 Dudley Moore was made a Commander of the Order of The British Empire (CBE). Despite his deteriorating condition he attended the ceremony, mute and wheelchair-bound, at Buckingham Palace to collect his honour. Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire (Military division) The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority... Buckingham Palace and the Victoria Memorial. ...


On March 27, 2002 he died of pneumonia, secondary to immobility caused by the palsy, in Watchung, New Jersey. He was 66 years old. Moore was interred in Hillside Cemetery located in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. March 27 is the 86th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (87th in leap years). ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Pneumonia is an illness of the lungs and respiratory system in which the alveoli (microscopic air-filled sacs of the lung responsible for absorbing oxygen from the atmosphere) become inflamed and flooded with fluid. ... Map of Watchung in Somerset County Watchung is a Borough located in Somerset County, New Jersey. ... Hillside Cemetery is a cemetery located in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. ... Map of Scotch Plains Township in Union County Scotch Plains is a Township in Union County, New Jersey, United States. ...


In December 2004 the Channel 4 television network in the UK broadcast Not Only But Always, a television movie dramatising the relationship between Moore and Cook, although the focus of the production was on Cook. Around the same time the relationship between the two was also the focus of a stage play called Pete and Dud: Come Again. It has been suggested that Channel Four Television Corporation be merged into this article or section. ... Not Only But Always is a British TV movie, originally screened on the Channel 4 network in the UK on December 30, 2004. ... Telefilm redirects here. ...


Selected Filmography

The Wrong Box is a 1966 British comedy film directed by Bryan Forbes based on a story by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Bed-Sitting Room is a satirical play by Spike Milligan and John Antrobus. ... Foul Play is a 1978 comedy/thriller film by Colin Higgins (the director of the cult classic Harold and Maude) starring Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase. ... 10 is a 1979 film directed by Blake Edwards and starring Bo Derek, Dudley Moore and Julie Andrews. ... Arthur is a 1981 film which tells the story of drunken playboy millionaire Arthur Bach (Dudley Moore), who was on the brink of an arranged marriage to a wealthy heiress, Susan Johnson (Jill Eikenberry). ... Unfaithfully Yours is a 1948 film written and directed by Preston Sturges and starring Rex Harrison, Linda Darnell and Rudy Vallee. ... Best Defense is a comedy starring Dudley Moore and Eddie Murphy. ... The Adventures of Milo and Otis is a 1989 (Japanese release: 1986) live action film starring an orange tabby cat named Milo and a fawn pug named Otis. ... Crazy People is a 1990 movie starring Dudley Moore as an advertising executive. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... The Mighty Kong was a 1998 animated adaptation of the classic King Kong story. ...

UK chart singles

"Goodbye-ee" (1965) Peter Cook and Dudley Moore


"The L.S. Bumble Bee" (1967) Peter Cook and Dudley Moore


"Song for Suzy" (1972) Dudley Moore Trio — upbeat jazz.


Further reading

Further information about Dudley Moore can be found in the book:

  • From Fringe to Flying Circus - 'Celebrating a Unique Generation of Comedy 1960-1980' - Roger Wilmut, Eyre Methuen Ltd, 1980.
  • Alexander Games (1999). Pete & Dud: An Illustrated Biography. Andre Deutsch. ISBN 0-233-99642-7. 

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Dudley Moore - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1282 words)
Dudley Stuart John Moore, CBE (19 April 1935 27 March 2002), was a British musician, actor and comedian who was enormously popular in his home country for many years and who became famous in the United States when he made the film 10 with Bo Derek.
Cook and Moore are most remembered for their sketches as two working-class men, Pete and Dud, in macs and cloth caps, commenting on politics and the arts, but they fashioned a series of character one-offs, usually with Moore in the role of interviewer to one of Cook's upper-class eccentrics.
Moore was married to actresses Suzy Kendall and Tuesday Weld (by whom he had a son, Patrick, in 1976).
Dudley Moore (409 words)
Dudley Moore (April 19, 1935 - March 27, 2002), was a British actor and comedian who became a star after making the film 10.
Moore was famous for "corpsing" - the programmes often went out live, and Cook would deliberately make him laugh in order to get an even bigger reaction from the studio audience.
In June, 2001, Moore was knighted as a Commander of the British Empire (CBE).
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