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Dudley Moore

Highest Rated:   90% Arthur (1981)
Lowest Rated:   13% Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988)
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Birthplace:   Dagenham, Essex, England, UK
A gifted musician as well as comic actor, diminutive British performer Dudley Moore made his mark as an American movie star with his hilarious turns as sensitive, bumbling libertines in the hit movies 10 (1979) and Arthur (1981). His stardom, however, had already ebbed before he was diagnosed with a degenerative brain disorder in 1997. Born with a clubfoot and withered leg, Moore endured a series of operations as a child to correct them. He found a refuge from his physical difficulties when he began studying the piano at age six, adding violin and organ to the mix as he got older. After a stint at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Moore attended prestigious Oxford University on an organ scholarship and began composing music for local shows. While at Oxford, Moore met Peter Cook, with whom he teamed up several years after graduation for the popular London musical and comedy revue Beyond the Fringe (1961). After the show's four-year run, Moore and Cook branched out into British TV and movies, including The Wrong Box (1966) and the original version of Bedazzled (1968), featuring Moore as the schlub who makes an absurd Faustian pact with Cook's Satan. Taking a brief break from his comedy partnership, Moore co-wrote, composed the score, and starred in the romantic comedy 30 Is a Dangerous Age, Cynthia (1968), opposite his then-wife Suzy Kendall. After spending the mid-'70s performing live in their hit revue Good Evening, Moore and Cook parted for good in 1977 (save for performances in the Amnesty International benefit shows immortalized on film in The Secret Policeman's Ball [1979]) and Moore headed to Hollywood for his first movie role since 1972. Though the part was small, Moore made the most of it with his outrageous performance as a swinging opera conductor in the Hitchcockian comedy Foul Play (1978). A summer hit, Foul Play inspired Blake Edwards to hire Moore to replace George Segal for the lead in 10. A sex comedy about 1970s hedonism, midlife crises, and the male search for female physical perfection, 10 made inept pursuer Moore and voluptuous fantasy girl Bo Derek into stars. After the woeful Biblical spoof Wholly Moses (1980), Moore had his greatest film success with the blockbuster romantic comedy Arthur. Starring Moore as a soused, piano-playing millionaire, Liza Minnelli as his working-class true love, and Sir John Gielgud as his long-suffering butler, Arthur managed to be as funny as it was charming, earning Moore his sole Oscar nomination and a marvelously dry Gielgud his one Oscar win.Following a dramatic performance in the unpopular weepy Six Weeks (1982), Moore returned to the frothy genre that had served him so well. Lovesick (1983), Romantic Comedy (1983), and Moore's remake of the Preston Sturges marital farce Unfaithfully Yours (1984), however, all failed to live up to Arthur's success. Whatever ground Moore regained with Blake Edwards' bigamy romp Micki + Maude (1984) was soon frittered away with Santa Claus: The Movie (1985) and Moore's entrant in the late '80s young/old body-swapping comedies, Like Father, Like Son (1987). The saccharine sequel Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988) failed to recapture the original's sparkle and flopped accordingly. His movie-star status further crippled by box-office duds Crazy People (1990), Blame It on the Bellboy (1992), and The Pickle (1993), Moore returned to TV in the early '90s. Neither of his sitcom vehicles, Dudley (1993) and Daddy's Girls (1994), made it past the first season. Still, through his movie heyday and decline, Moore maintained his parallel career as a musician, appearing as a concert pianist during the 1980s and '90s, as well as masterminding and performing in Showtime's documentary series Orchestra! (1991). The effects of Moore's disease became apparent, though, during a troubled 1996 concert tour in Australia, and he lost the lead in The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996) when he couldn't remember his lines. Already tabloid fodder when his then-fiancée f

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Comic Relief: The Greatest...and The Latest
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Legends of British Comedy
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Beyond the Fringe
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet The Mighty Kong
  • King Kong/Carl Denham
1997
No Score Yet The Disappearance of Kevin Johnson
  • Hmself
1996
No Score Yet A Weekend in the Country
  • Simon
1996
No Score Yet Parallel Lives
  • Imaginary Friend/President Andrews
1994
No Score Yet The Nutcracker
  • Narrator
1994
No Score Yet Really Wild Animals - Swinging Safari
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Really Wild Animals - Deep Sea Dive
  • Actor
1994
20% The Pickle
  • Planet Cleveland Man
1993
20% Blame It on the Bellboy
  • Melvyn Orton
1992
No Score Yet Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Orchestra! - Introduction to the Orchestra
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Orchestra!
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Orchestra!
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Orchestra!
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Orchestra! - Lower Strings
  • Host
1991
No Score Yet Orchestra! - Woodwinds
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Orchestra!
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Orchestra! - Upper Strings
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Orchestra!: The Art of Conducting
  • Actor
1991
33% Crazy People
  • Emory Leeson
1990
No Score Yet The Eighth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition: Here to Make Music
  • Narrator
1989
No Score Yet The Secret Policeman's Biggest Ball
  • Actor
1989
13% Arthur 2: On the Rocks
  • Arthur Bach
1988
No Score Yet Like Father, Like Son
  • Dr. Jack Hammond
1987
No Score Yet W.C. Fields Straight Up
  • Narrator
1986
80% The Adventures of Milo and Otis
  • Erzähler
1986
17% Santa Claus: The Movie
  • Patch
1985
67% Micki + Maude
  • Rob Salinger
1984
No Score Yet Best Defense
  • Wylie Cooper
1984
20% Unfaithfully Yours
  • Claude Eastman
1984
No Score Yet Romantic Comedy
  • Jason Carmichael
1983
40% Lovesick
  • Saul Benjamin
1983
No Score Yet Six Weeks
  • Patrick Dalton
1982
90% Arthur
  • Arthur Bach
1981
No Score Yet The Secret Policeman's Ball
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Screenwriter
  • Dr.Watson/Mr. Spiggot/Mrs. Ada Holmes
1980
No Score Yet Wholly Moses!
  • Harvey Orchid / Herschel
1980
68% 10
  • George Webber
1979
No Score Yet Derek and Clive Get the Horn
  • Actor
1979
74% Foul Play
  • Stanley Tibbets
1978
No Score Yet Pleasure at Her Majesty's (Monty Python Meets Beyond the Fringe)
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  • Dormouse
1972
No Score Yet The Bed Sitting Room
  • Sergeant
1969
No Score Yet Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies
  • Kit
1969
No Score Yet 30 is a Dangerous Age, Cynthia
  • Screenwriter
  • Rupert Street
1968
82% Bedazzled
  • Stanley Moon
1967
88% The Wrong Box
  • John Finsbury
1966

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 1986
  • 1976

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