Dudley Moore

Dudley Moore

  • Highest Rated: 88% Arthur (1981)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% The Hound of the Baskervilles (1980)
  • Birthday: Apr 19, 1935
  • 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
19% 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
37% 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 Executive Producer 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
20% Santa Claus: The Movie Patch 1985
71% Micki + Maude Rob Salinger 1984
No Score Yet Best Defense Wylie Cooper 1984
27% 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
88% Arthur Arthur Bach 1981
No Score Yet The Secret Policeman's Ball Actor 1981
0% The Hound of the Baskervilles Screenwriter 1980
14% Wholly Moses! Harvey Orchid / Herschel 1980
68% 10 George Webber 1979
No Score Yet Derek and Clive Get the Horn Actor 1979
72% 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
62% 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
Host Guest
  • 1986
  • 1976
100% The Muppet Show
1976-1981
Guest
  • 1979
No Score Yet Daddy's Girls
1994
Dudley Walker
60% Dudley
1993
Dudley Bristol

QUOTES FROM Dudley Moore CHARACTERS

Arthur Bach
I'm going to take a bath now.
Mr. Hobson
I'll alert the media.
Arthur Bach
You must have hated this moose...
Stanley Moon
My ice lolly's melted. You really must be the Devil.
Arthur Bach
"Don't you wish you were me? I know I do..."
Arthur Bach
Don't you wish you were me? I know I do...
George Spiggott
Everything I've ever told you has been a lie. Including that.
Stanley Moon
Including what?
George Spiggott
That everything I've ever told has been a lie. That's not true.
Stanley Moon
I don't know WHAT to believe.
George Spiggott
Not me, Stanley, believe me!
Narrator
The noise upstairs didn't disturb the dogs that slept in the barn. They could sleep through anything. But a lot of the other animals were awakened by all the scurrying overhead. Some of them just accepted it... some were pretty annoyed... and a few quietly plotted revenge.
Arthur Bach
You must have ate out that night.
Arthur Bach
You, uh... probably ate out that night, what with that man lying in your kitchen.
Arthur Bach
Your a hooker?I just thought i was doing great with you!
Arthur Bach
You're a hooker? I just thought I was doing great with you!
Arthur Bach
I'm going to take a bath.