Dudley Moore

Dudley Moore


4/19/1935, Dagenham, Essex, England, UK



Birth Name

Dudley Stuart John Moore


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Dudley Moore's career spanned four decades, both in music and in film. His first love was music, as he began studying piano at the age of six, and by age 14 was playing organ at weddings. Music served as a refuge for Moore, who was teased as a…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Dudley's first stage appearance was with Oxford University Drama Society in 1955.

    • During the 1950's, Dudley was a regular member of The Johnny Dankworth Seven where established himself as an accomplished jazz pianist.

    • Dudley was the Godfather of comedic actor and long time friend Peter Cook's eldest daughter,Lucy.

    • Dudley was an incredibly talented classically trained pianist.

    • Dudley appeared in several TV commercials for National Car Rental in 1995.

    • Dudley's star on the Walk of Fame for his contributions to the Motion Picture industry is located in Hollywood, CA at 7018 Hollywood Blvd.

    • In 1982, Dudley won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actor - Comedy/Musical for his work in the film, Arthur (1981).

    • In 1985, Dudley won the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical for his appearance in the film, Micki + Maude (1984).

    • In 1982, Dudley was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role
      for his appearance in the film, Arthur (1981).

    • Dudley has a Bar/Restaurant named after him in his honor in Cromwell Connecticut.

    • Dudley won the NATO award in 1983 for Male Star of the Year.

    • Long time friend of Dudley, Rena Fruchter took care of Dudley in his final days.

    • Dudley was made a Commander in the CBE, that is the order of the British Empire.

    • Dudley's first son whom he had with Tuesday Weld was born in 1976. His name is Patrick.

    • 72 Marker Street was the name of a restaurant Dudley owned in Venice, Los Angeles.

    • Dudley's second son was born on June 28, 1995. He was named Nicholas Anthony.

    • Dudley was an established piano player and got his recognition when he was a member of The Johnny Dankworth Seven.

    • Dudley had problems with his health from birth. He was born with a club foot and had to undergo surgery to correct that.

    • Dudley went under the knife in 1997. He had a quadruple bypass. After his surgery Moore had suffered 4 minor strokes in 1997.

    • One of Dudley's performances was on a music video where he sang in a choir Voices that Care.

    • Dudley's life did not come without difficulties. He was arrested and charged with suspicion of domestic violence on a cohabitant in March of 1994.

    • Brogan Lane was the next in the line of marriages for Dudley. He married her on February 21 1988 and divorced her in December of 1991.

    • Dudley married Suzy Kendal on June of 1968 and he divorced her in September of 1972.

    • Dudley was short of stature, he stood 5'2 ½" tall.

    • Many of his friends nicknamed Dudley Cuddly Dudley.

    • In many circles Dudley was known as The Dudley Moore Trio.

    • Dudley was originally cast as Henry in The Mirror Has Two Faces, but began to have trouble remembering his lines. As a result, he lost the role to George Segal (who, ironically, was once chosen to star in 10, only to be replaced by Moore).

  • Quotes

    • Dudley Moore: The best car safety device is a rear-view mirror with a cop in it.

    • Dudley Moore: I haven't had that many women - only as many as I could lay my hands on.

    • Dudley: I'm always looking for meaningful one-night stands.

    • Dudley Moore: I certainly did feel inferior. Because of class. Because of strength. Because of height...I guess if I'd been able to hit somebody in the nose...I wouldn't have been a comic.

    • Dudley Moore: I can't imagine not having music in my life, playing for myself or for other people. If I was asked, Which would you give up, I'd have to say acting.