Dudley Moore

Actor, Pianist, Composer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 04/19/1935 in Dagenham, Essex, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (79)

Oscar's Orchestra 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories 1991 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Mighty Kong 1997 (Movie)

Carl Denham (Actor)

National Geographic's Really Wild Animals 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

Daddy's Girls 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Disappearance of Kevin Johnson 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

A Salute to the Newport Jazz Festival 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Dudley Moore 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Concerto 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Dudley 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Really Wild Animals: Adventures in Asia 1993 (Movie)

of Spin (Voice)

Really Wild Animals: Amazing North America 1993 (Movie)

of Spin (Voice)

Really Wild Animals: Deep Sea Dive 1993 (Movie)

of Spin (Voice)

Really Wild Animals: Swinging Safari 1993 (Movie)

of Spin (Voice)

Really Wild Animals: Wonders Down Under 1993 (Movie)

of Spin (Voice)

The Full Wax 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

This Joint Is Jumpin' 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

What Is This Thing Called Love? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Blame It on the Bellboy 1992 (Movie)

Melvyn Orton (Actor)

The Meaning of Life 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Orchestra! 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Movie Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Secret Policeman's Biggest Ball 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Voices That Care 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Camera Magic: Images of Nature 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Crazy People 1990 (Movie)

Emory Leesom (Actor)

Life of Python 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Ready, Steady, Go! 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Richard Lewis: "I'm Doomed" 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 4th Annual American Comedy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

Adventures of Milo and Otis 1989 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

America's All-Star Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

The 75th Anniversary of Beverly Hills 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Comedy Club Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Arthur 2 On The Rocks 1988 (Movie)

Arthur Bach (Actor)

Comic Relief II 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Santa Claus: The Making of the Movie 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

The 60th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

Like Father, Like Son 1987 (Movie)

Dr Jack Hammond (Actor)

Mancini and Friends 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

W.C. Fields Straight Up 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Narrator

Santa Claus: The Movie 1985 (Movie)

Patch (Actor)

Best Defense 1984 (Movie)

Wylie (Actor)

Micki & Maude 1984 (Movie)

Rob Salinger (Actor)

Unfaithfully Yours 1984 (Movie)

Claude Eastman (Actor)

Bob Hope Special: Happy Birthday, Bob! 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Lovesick 1983 (Movie)

Saul Benjamin (Actor)

Romantic Comedy 1983 (Movie)

Jason Carmichael (Actor)

The American Film Institute Salute to John Huston 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Performer

Six Weeks 1982 (Movie)

Patrick Dalton (Actor)

Arthur 1981 (Movie)

Arthur Bach (Actor)

The Muppets Go Hollywood 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Wholly Moses! 1980 (Movie)

Herschel (Actor)

10 1979 (Movie)

George Webber (Actor)

Derek and Clive Get the Horn 1979 (Movie)

(Actor)

Foul Play 1978 (Movie)

Stanley Tibbets (Actor)

To Russia... With Elton 1978 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Hound of the Baskervilles 1977 (Movie)

Mr Spiggot (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 1976 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pleasure at Her Majesty's 1975 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 1971 (Movie)

Dormouse (Actor)

Monte Carlo or Bust! 1969 (Movie)

Lieutenant Barrington (Actor)

The Bed Sitting Room 1969 (Movie)

Sergeant (Actor)

30 Is a Dangerous Age, Cynthia 1968 (Movie)

Rupert Street (Actor)

Bedazzled 1967 (Movie)

Stanley Moon (Actor)

The Wrong Box 1965 (Movie)

John Finsbury (Actor)

A Weekend in the Country (TV Show)

Actor

Dolly (TV Show)

Actor

Parallel Lives (TV Show)

Actor
Music (12)

Six Weeks 1982 (Movie)

(Music)

Six Weeks 1982 (Movie)

(Performer)

Derek and Clive Get the Horn 1979 (Movie)

(Music)

The Hound of the Baskervilles 1977 (Movie)

(Music)

Staircase 1969 (Movie)

(Music)

30 Is a Dangerous Age, Cynthia 1968 (Movie)

(Music)

Inadmissible Evidence 1968 (Movie)

(Music)

Inadmissible Evidence 1968 (Movie)

(Song)

Inadmissible Evidence 1968 (Movie)

("Gently" "Keep It Up") (Song Performer)

Bedazzled 1967 (Movie)

(Music)

Bedazzled 1967 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Bedazzled 1967 (Movie)

(Song Performer)
Writer (3)

The Hound of the Baskervilles 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

30 Is a Dangerous Age, Cynthia 1968 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)

Bedazzled 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (2)

Arthur 2 On The Rocks 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Derek and Clive Get the Horn 1979 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Ada Francis Moore

Mother

Susan Anton Actor

Companion
had long-term relationship from c. 1980 toc. 1987

Suzy Kendall Actor

Wife
Married in 1968 Divorced

Brogan Lane

Wife
born c. 1960 married on February 21, 1988, divorced in December 1991

John Moore

Father

Nicholas Moore

Son
born on June 28, 1995 mother, Nicole Rothschild

Patrick Moore

Son
born on February 26, 1976 mother, Tuesday Weld

Nicole Rothschild

Wife
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

Tuesday Weld Actor

Wife
married on September 20, 1975 divorced in 1980

EDUCATION

Magdalen College, Oxford University

Oxford , England 1958
(Music)

Dagenham County High School

graduated

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

London , England
attended at age 12; studied violin

began studying piano at age six; later studied harpsichord and organ

Magdalen College, Oxford University

Oxford , England 1957
attended on organ scholarship; began performing with Oxford Drama Society(Music)

Milestones

1999

In late September, announced he was suffering from progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), a rare, degenerative Parkinson's disease-like brain disorder

1997

Underwent open heart surgery (September)

1997

Sued for nine counts of assault, battery, domestic violence and defamation by Nicole Rothschild, estranged wife

1996

Acted in "A Weekend in the Country"; aired on USA Network

1995

Replaced by George Segal in "The Mirror Has Two Faces", directed by and starring Barbra Streisand

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"

1993

Starred in the short-lived American TV sitcom series, "Dudley" (CBS)

1992

Last starring role in features "Blame It on the Bellboy"

1991

With Sir Georg Solti, co-hosted the Showtime series "Orchestra!"; also served as an executive producer

1988

Reprised his signature role in the inferior sequel "Arthur II: On the Rocks"; also served as an executive producer

1985

Played a wisecracking elf in "Santa Claus: The Movie"

1984

Headlined the remake of "Unfaithfully Yours", playing a jealous orchestral conductor

1983

Starred in "Lovesick" and "Romantic Comedy"

1982

Cast as a politician romancing a widow with a sick child in "Six Weeks"; also composed the film's musical score

1981

Received Best Actor Oscar nomination as the alcoholic title character, a spoiled wealthy man who finally finds love, in "Arthur"

1981

Performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a Gershwin salute

1980

Debut as an executive producer, "Derek and Clive Get the Horn"; also starred

1979

Starred as a married man intrigued by a woman he spots on the beach in "10"; replaced George Segal in role

1978

Co-starred with Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn in "Foul Play"

1975

Settled in Los Angeles

1972

Starred in British TV series, "It's Lulu ... Not to Mention Dudley Moore"

1969

Had lead role in the London production of Woody Allen's stage comedy "Play It Again, Sam"

1968

Appeared in the black comedy "The Bed Sitting Room"

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

1962

Broadway debut, "Beyond the Fringe"

1961

Worked as a nightclub performer in London

1961

London stage debut, "Beyond the Fringe"

1960

Professional stage debut, "Beyond the Fringe" at the Edinburgh Festival, Scotland; worked with Jonathan Miller, Alan Bennett, and Peter Cook

1959

Performed as jazz pianist at the Duplex in NYC

1959

Joined the John Dankworth Band, featuring singer Cleo Laine, playing jazz piano

1959

Traveled to the USA as a sideman with the Vic Lewis Orchestra; toured US military camps

1958

Became resident composer for London's Royal Court Theater; composed first stage score for "Serjeant Musgrave's Dance"

1955

First stage appearance with Oxford University Drama Society

Starred with Peter Cook in three seasons of the BBC comedy sketch series "Not Only ... But Also"

Frequently performed in Manhattan nightclubs like Michael's Pub. Village Vanguard and the Rainbow Grill

Wrote toothpaste jingles that played in the West Indies; composed an original ballet

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

Bonus Trivia

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

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

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

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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.

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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. ..."

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

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