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Quotes of the day: Dudley Moore

Published Saturday, April 18, 2015 @ 6:36 PM EDT
Apr 18 2015

Dudley Stuart John Moore, CBE (April 19, 1935 – March 27, 2002) was an English actor, comedian, musician and composer. Moore first came to prominence in the UK as one of the four writer-performers in the comedy revue Beyond the Fringe from 1960, and with one member of that team, Peter Cook, collaborated on the television series Not Only... But Also. The double act worked on other projects until the mid-1970s, by which time Moore had settled in Los Angeles to concentrate on his movie acting. His solo career as a comedy film actor was heightened by the success of hit Hollywood films, particularly Foul Play, 10 and Arthur. He received an Oscar nomination for the latter role. He was frequently referred to in the media as "Cuddly Dudley" or "The Sex Thimble", a reference to both his short stature and his reputation as a ladies' man. On September 30, 1999, Moore announced that he was suffering from the terminal degenerative brain disorder progressive supranuclear palsy, some of whose early symptoms were so similar to intoxication that he had been reported as being drunk, and that the illness had been diagnosed earlier in the year. He died on March 27, 2002, as a result of pneumonia, secondary to immobility caused by the palsy, in Plainfield, New Jersey. Rena Fruchter was holding his hand when he died, and she reported his final words were, 'I can hear the music all around me.' (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Hollywood is just really a term. It doesn't exist as it did in the old days, and I think California gets rather maligned in the process.

I am trapped in this body, and there is nothing I can do about it.

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.

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.

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

I wish I had a dime for every dime I have.

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

Not everyone who drinks is a poet. Some of us drink because we're no poets.

Protocol does tend to trickle down one's leg at a certain age.

Sometimes life is a big mystery to me. But the music and humour give me the answers, and they are the threads woven through everything I do.

The best car safety device is a rear view mirror with a cop in it.

Dudley Moore: "Beethoven's Colonel Bogey"

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