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Subject: ARCHIVE: March 27, 2002 ~Another to die the same day in that celeb trifecta was Dudley Moore, UK-born comic actor, musician/composer, whose early partnership w/Peter Cooke, later proved worthy of a film career of notable screen efforts "Foul Play", "10", and his most popular "Arthur" which earned him a Golden Globe win and Oscar nod, sadly dies of a terminally degenerative brain disorder progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), at age 66. ...

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Date Posted: Saturday, March 27, 02:55:36pm
In reply to: Bio & PHOTO 's message, "ARCHIVE: March 27, 2002 ~Another to die the same say was Milton Berle, whose career as an entertainer spanned over 80 years, popular as the host of NBC's Texaco Star Theatre (1948–1955), arguably the first major TV star, and was known to millions of viewers as "Uncle Miltie" and "Mr. Television" during the first Golden Age of Television, dies at 93. ..." on Saturday, March 27, 02:45:57pm

Dudley Moore
[ Dudley Stuart John Moore, CBE ]
(19 April 1935 – 27 March 2002)

English actor, comedian, musician, and composer. Moore first came to prominence in the UK as a leading figure in the British satire boom of the 1960s. He was one of the four writer-performers in the comedy revue Beyond the Fringe from 1960 that created a boom in satiric comedy, and with one member of that team, Peter Cook, collaborated on the BBC television series Not Only... But Also. They worked together on other projects until the mid-1970s, by which time Moore had settled in Los Angeles to concentrate on his film acting. His career as a comedy film actor was marked by hit Hollywood films, particularly Foul Play (1978), 10 (1979) and Arthur (1981). For Arthur, Moore was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor and won a Golden Globe Award. He received a second Golden Globe for his performance in Micki & Maude (1984).

Early life ...
Moore was born at the original Charing Cross Hospital in central London, the son of Ada Francis (née Hughes), a secretary, and John Moore, a railway electrician from Glasgow. Moore was brought up in Dagenham, Essex. He was short at 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m) and had club feet that required extensive hospital treatment. Coupled with his small stature, made him the butt of jokes from other children. His right foot responded well to corrective treatment by the time he was six, but his left foot was permanently twisted and his left leg below the knee was withered. He remained self-conscious throughout his life.

Moore became a chorister at the age of six. At age 11 he earned a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music, where he took up harpsichord, organ, violin, musical theory and composition. He rapidly developed into a highly talented pianist and organist and was playing the organ at local church weddings by the age of 14. He attended Dagenham County High School where he received musical tuition from a dedicated teacher, who became a friend and confidant to Moore and continued to correspond with him until 1994.

Moore won an organ scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was tutored by the composer Bernard Rose. While studying music and composition there, he also performed with Alan Bennett in the Oxford Revue. During his university years, Moore developed a love of jazz music and became an accomplished jazz pianist and composer. He began working with musicians such as John Dankworth and Cleo Laine. In 1960 he left Dankworth's band to work on Beyond the Fringe.

Illness and death ...
In April 1997, after spending five days in a New York hospital, Moore was informed that he had calcium deposits in the basal ganglia of his brain and irreversible frontal lobe damage. In September 1997 he underwent quadruple coronary artery bypass surgery surgery in London. He also suffered four strokes. On 30 September 1999, Moore announced that he was suffering from the terminal degenerative brain disorder progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), a Parkinson-plus syndrome, some of the early symptoms being so similar to intoxication that he had been reported as being drunk, and that the illness had been diagnosed earlier in the year.

Dudley Moore died on the morning of 27 March 2002 as a result of pneumonia, secondary to immobility caused by the palsy, in Plainfield, New Jersey, at the age of 66. Rena Fruchter was holding his hand when he died; she reported his final words were "I can hear the music all around me." Moore was interred at Hillside Cemetery in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. Fruchter later wrote a memoir of their relationship entitled Dudley Moore (Ebury Press, 2004). ...

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VIDEO of Moore's last interview after his cruel debilitating PSP diagnosis. ...YouTubeSaturday, March 27, 02:58:48pm

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