Dudley Moore was part of a comedy team with Peter Cook in the great comedy review Beyond the Fringe. The two eventually made the brilliant English flick Bedazzled. The story was of a Wimpy’s short order cook Stanley (Mo0re) who makes a pact with the Devil (Peter Cook) to win the heart of a waitress. Stanley gets seven wishes to capture her affections, all of which go terribly wrong. It is a biting satire with Raquel Welch as the deadly sin of Lust.
Eventually, Dudley took off for the bright shores of Southern California. He worked with Chevy Chase on Foul Play. Foul play could easily describe Chevy Chase’s career. That role led to 10, the Blake Edwards film that broke box office records and made a corn-rowed Bo Derek the poster girl of the year.
In 1981, he played the title role in Arthur. The film was nominated for four Oscars and won two. The story is a romantic comedy of a millionaire alcoholic (Moore) who trying to find love. In the film Arthur is so drunk that he thinks Liza Minnelli is good looking. Now, that’s drunk! In the sequel, Arthur 2: On the Rocks, out hero was broke and sober. I can understand being either one of those things but not both at the same time.
He made a few more films after that but never regained that box office clout. Eventually, he developed a reputation as a playboy. On this, Dudley has been quoted as saying, “I’m always looking for meaningful one-night stands,” and “I haven’t had that many women–only as many as I could lay my hands on.”
He passed on March 27, 2002.