Thursday, March 28, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 118


 
 









 
'Arthur' actor Dudley Moore dies at age 66

By Geronimo Rodriguez
Daily Cougar Staff

The film industry lost its favorite "millionaire" Wednesday.

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 in Arthur.

This role has proven to be a moviegoers' favorite and it also earned him both an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe
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 Son.

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
Charles.

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
Nicole Rothschild).
 
 
 
 
 

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