Dudley Moore

Dudley Moore was born on April 19th, 1935 in Dagenham, England. He was a short man who was frequently the butt of jokes during his childhood. He became a choirboy at six and started to play the piano and the violin.

As a result of his musical talent he received a scholarship to Magdelen College in Oxford and during his years at university became an accomplished jazz pianist and composer which lead him to work with musicians such as John Dankworth and Cleo Laine. He formed a band called “Dudley Moore Trio” in the 1960’s. The “Dudley Moore Trio” performed regularly on British television and where a long-standing act at the London nightclub, The Establishment.

Moore made the move to Hollywood in the late 1970’s and appeared in the movie “Foul Play” with Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase. Blake Edward’s “10” is considered to be his breakout role. “Wholly Moses!” and “Arthur” followed shortly after “10” and although “Wholly Moses!” wasn’t a major hit “Arthur” earned more a Best Actor Academy Award nomination.

In 1984 Moore won a Golden Globe for Best Actor Musical/Comedy following his role in “Micki & Maude”.

Moore announced he suffered from the terminal brain disorder progressive supranuclear palsy on September 30th, 1999. He died on March 27th, 2002 of pneumonia, secondary to immobility caused by the palsy. His final words are reported as being “I can hear the music all around me.”

He was interred at the Hillside Cemetery in Scotch Plains, New Jersey.

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