Dudley Moore (April 19, 1935 – March 27, 2002)
Dudley Stuart John Moore was born in London, England. Born with club feet, his left leg became permanently twisted and withered below the knee. This caused Moore to be self-conscious his entire life. While a teen, he developed a love of jazz which was nourished by his numerous scholarships to music schools and college programs. In the early 1960s, Moore was recommended to a producer of Beyond the Fringe, a comedy revue. Here, he met his comedy partner Peter Cook. The revue was a success in the UK and then in the U.S.
In the mid-60s Moore was offered his own BBC series, Not Only…But Also. Though it was supposed to be only for Moore, with Cook alongside him, it was a hit.
In the late 70s Moore moved to Hollywood where he landed a role alongside Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase in Foul Play. His breakout role, in 1980, was in Blake Edwards’ romcom, 10. Moore is best remembered for his role in Arthur, which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.
Moore was married four times and has two sons. In September 1997, Moore had a quadruple heart bypass surgery and suffered four minor strokes. In September 1999 Moore announced that he was suffering from the terminal and degenerative brain disorder progressive supranuclear palsy. In March 2002 Moore caught a case of pneumonia which, alongside the palsy, proved fatal. In June 2001, Moore was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). Despite his degenerative disease, bound in a wheelchair, Moore attended the ceremony. Over his career, Moore starred in 33 movies and TV episodes. He recorded 17 jazz albums and had 2 singles enter the UK Singles chart in 1965.