'Arthur' actor Dudley
Moore dies at age 66
By Geronimo Rodriguez
Daily Cougar Staff
The film industry lost its favorite "millionaire"
Dudley Moore, British comedian and actor,
died at his New Jersey home after a long battle with pneumonia as a complication
of a rare
disease, progressive supranuclear palsy
(PSP). He was 66.
Without a doubt, the performer stole the
spotlight in the 1980s. Moore didn't grace the covers of those fashion
magazines. Nor did he let
Hollywood get to him and begin to take
his work too seriously.
Instead, he entertained audiences with
roles that people can look back on and remember with hearty laughs.
Moore's acting career spanned three decades
with many notable performances.
In the 1979 hit 10, Moore played opposite
Bo Derek, portraying a character experiencing a midlife crisis.
With 10, the comedian established himself
as the industry's most unlikely yet most entertaining leading man.
Two years later, Moore excelled as the
bumbling, filthy-rich alcoholic opposite Liza Minnelli and Sir John Gielgud
This role has proven to be a moviegoers'
favorite and it also earned him both an Academy Award nomination and a
nomination for Best Actor. He won the
latter, and earned a second Golden Globe for his performance in 1984's
Micki & Maude.
His other film credits include Blame it
on the Bellboy, Arthur 2: On the Rocks, Crazy People and Like Father, Like
Moore also won a Tony award in 1963 and
1974 for Beyond the Fringe and Good Evening, respectively.
Moore was also a classically trained pianist,
and was quite an accomplished player. He recorded several jazz albums and
played with the
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.
More recently, the diminutive actor (he
stood five feet, 2 1/2 inches tall) received the honor of Commander of
the British Empire from Prince
In 1999, Moore publicly admitted to having
the incurable disease, which attacks brain cells and causes sufferers to
lose their sense of
balance, impairing both motor and mental
functions. The disease rendered him unable to play the piano.
He is survived by his two sons, Patrick
(from his marriage with actress Tuesday Weld) and Nicholas Anthony (from
his marriage with actress