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Tuesday, 2 April, 2002, 08:42 GMT 09:42 UK
Dudley Moore: Your tributes
Dudley Moore, one of Britain's best-loved comedians, actors and musicians, has died aged 66.
He died at his home in New Jersey, a spokeswoman said.
Moore had been suffering from the degenerative brain condition Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.
He won worldwide stardom for his 1960s comic partnership with the late Peter Cook and his role as a hard-drinking millionaire in the 1981 film Arthur won him an Oscar nomination.
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I'm blowing kisses to heaven for you Dudley, as you make them all laugh. How wonderful, you have your music back again!! You will certainly be missed here and, as I currently suffer from a rare disorder too, I have a deep understanding of some of the pain that you no longer deal with. Thank you for the love, the laughter and the tears.
Dudley Moore made us laugh like no one has ever done or will ever do! He will be missed.
Well I must say how sad I was to get the news about Dudley Moore. He will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace.
The 'Frog and Peach' is now open for business in heaven. Thank you for teaching so many of us how to laugh. Stories from the north indeed!
Steve Law, England
God has some elite members in his family this week, I can just imagine the fun they will eventually have. God Bless you Dud for the joy you bought into so many lives.
I wish I could've met Dudley or even e-mailed him before he died. Why do we always wait to say "You are absolutely a shining star!" I hope his star is shining brightly up above and that he is at peace. What a truly gifted person. The world and I will miss him. Rest in peace, Dudley.
I think that I will always remember Mr. Moore as a funny man who achieved a great thing. Who said that you had to be beautiful to become an actor? I also liked the music that he played and that's how I think that I will remember him the most.
A truly memorable tribute to Dudley Moore, you were able to mix & reflect the mans musical talent and comic abilities in this heartfelt show.
Thank you for making
me laugh so much.
May you rest in peace. We will missed you
Your music and your humour will be missed... We, in the USA, loved you well. Rest in peace.
I remember developing quite a crush on Dudley Moore when I was a little girl. He was a man who made lots of people laugh. Now, a lot of people cry. We'll miss you, Dudley!
There's not much I can say, words fail me. You really knew how to make people laugh! You will be sorely missed. Rest in peace Duds.
Frances Campbell, Australia
I read what PCP does to a person. I am very sure a person with your talent and comic genius would have prayed for death. God bless your soul and thanks for all the laughter.
Dud was born two streets from where I live and it seems he never lost touch with the common people. Dud the People of Dagenham will miss you. You were one of comedy's greats
Dudley was a great actor, musician, and comedian. He will be sadly missed. But he will suffer no more. So be at peace and rest! God bless.
We were saddened to hear of Dudley Moore's passing. A funny little man, who had a knack of winning people's hearts, by his (often hidden) talents. There was only one Dudley Moore. Another era ended.
Margaret Green, UK
We laughed and laughed, we loved you always no matter what...
Rest in Peace Dudley
Small man, huge talents.
There will never be another quite like you. So witty, so, talented, we'll miss you.
I was the great fan of Mr. Moore and enjoyed his movies. Now he is gone. Godspeed "Arthur".
Kenny Walker, USA/UK
Dudley Moore - Pure genius in both his fields of comedy and music I will miss him dearly
Thank you for your struggles and your gifts. You probably had no idea, did you, that we all loved you so? Farewell.
I spoke to my brother on the phone, when I heard the news.
My brother lifted the phone and said, "He's gone"
We loved you to pieces, Dud!!
Linda Day, UK
He brought so much joy around him. Why him? A man like him didn't deserve such a sad end, it's too bad. God bless his wonderful soul!
Dud, in a heightist world you shone through with your brilliance and talent! We have so few positive short role models and now we have one less.
Well done Dud for showing the world that short men are just as sexy and able as our taller brothers! You did a lot to counter height prejudice in our society. RIP
Dudley, I know how it is to be forced to give up playing music professionally, when the body will no longer do what the muse has stirred within you. Now, may you have that ability restored to you in the Eternal Hereafter. I long to join you. How about practicing the Brahms G major Violin & Piano Sonata until I get there?
You shall be missed
dearly and remembered fondly. You are truly in a better place.
Thank you for bringing so many of us so much laughter and enjoyment.
Dudley Moore will be with all of us who seek laughter and a unique sense of humour daily to break the tensions of a war torn world. He taught us all how to look and reflect upon the positive. He has now left the dressing room and entered Eterntiy. God Bless Dudley Moore who gave us such happiness, hope and escape from the ugliness of that around us all.
I remember discovering "Derek and Clive Live", listening to it in my bedroom, aged 14 with the volume turned down in case my mother heard it. "This bloke walked up to me...". I laughed so much my face ached for days. I miss you Pete and Dud!
An hilarious man who, along with that man Cook, taught me that swearing is indeed grown up, clever and funny...
I felt extremely honoured and privileged to be the recipient of this very personal information, and because of the trust he bestowed upon me, a virtual stranger. I have always treasured that time with him as I have watched his career grow, and his life change in so many ways. Strangely, we hardly laughed at all during that time together, and I felt in some way that he also valued spending time with someone where he didn't have to be "on". (It was only many years later that he revealed to the public at large that he had a club-foot). Dudley was a wonderful human being, and I am deeply saddened by his death. I know he is now at peace, and keeping everyone entertained in Heaven.
Small bloke....HUGE talent!
"You see Dudley's are not seaworthy"......you cannot float on a Dudley.......Give our regards to Saint Peter mate.
I yelled "Hi" to you amid the throngs at Toronto airport, you stuck up your arm loaded with bags & yelled "How are you!"
What a thrill!. Your comic genius in the dentist aftermath scene in "10" & The apt scene with Goldie in "Foul Play" were classics!!! Thank you.
I pray you are at peace now , we will continue to laugh always, at a very creative loving man.
The world will be less without you!
GOD BLESS YOU DUDLEY!
Even though Mr Moore's passing means a great loss to the world of comedy, we must think of Mr Moore's life as a gift. How often is it that the mere thought of someone can make you break out into uncontrollable fits of laughter? His talent was on par with the great Peter Sellers, and I hope the two are cooking up a storm of laughter in Elysium at this moment.
Bryan Day, Ireland
What can I say... Dudley Moore was a genius - I'll never forget the "Derek & Clive" tapes - used to listen to them was a student. You were a great all rounder - we will all miss your unique genius.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Moore in LA for one of his films. I told him that I was an amateur musician with a love for Bach and we spent the rest of the interview talking about his love of Bach's organ works that he had studied and played at Oxford. It was "to heck with this movie business, let's talk music." It was something I'll always fondly remember. What a wonderful musician he was!
Such a shame that Dud - like the irrepressible Pete - had such misery in his final years, such a shame the two of them fell out for so long, such a shame the foolish Beeb erased so much of their early work. But lets just remember the tears of absolute joy and hilarity we shared with Dud as Pete made him crack up yet again - "never go to sea on a bogie". We must have a new generation to take the mantle of the Moores, Cooks and Milligans - but where are they?
There will only ever be one "Patch", hope Santa looks after you now. Rest in Peace.
I don't even know where to begin. Without doubt the funniest, most talented man I've ever seen. And at the piano ż absolutely incredible and enchanting. I loved it all. It's a sad, sad day but also a release. I just hope you're playing the piano again upstairs. And maybe 'philosophising' with Pete.
Lesley Kempson, Toronto, Canada
I had been thinking of you just the night before, wondering how you were doing, then the next morning came the sad news. You were first on my list of "guests I would invite to dinner". Thank God we have "Gospel Truth", "one legged
Tarzan" and that "little bit of gauze strategically placed on all the Rubens paintings of women". From that first Mayfair Hotel performance of "Beyond the Fringe" to the chance meeting in the lift on Rodeo Drive what joy and laughter you gave us through the years. Au revoir sweet man, au revoir.
Dudley held a special place in my heart. He was a man who seemed to grace the darker issues of life with a beautiful sense of humour and irony. It was always that special mix of fine-tuned wit and occasional drunken idiocy that made him so interesting. God bless him, I raise a glass.
Dudley, you were a great bloke and I'm sure I speak for all of England, we'll miss you and we'll always remember you. You've deserve your rest.
He was the first comic who showed me that you can be hilarious and make a real point at the same time. How do you thank someone for that?
Elizabeth Shepherd, USA
Dudley Moore was such a talented man. Whether acting or playing the piano. Arthur was such a great movie. But I remember him best with Peter Cook. What a fantastic duo they were. He will be greatly missed.
One of the comedy worlds greatest, Dud joins his old mate Peter Cook.
Something rare today, real talent and a good man, sadly the good die young.
From concert pianist to one of the funniest men that ever lived. Dudley you will be sadly missed.
I remember listening to Pete & Dud as Derek and Clive years ago and laughing so hard, my stomach would hurt and tears would pour down my face. The chemistry between the both of them was superb and we will probably never see their like again. I'll always remember the two of them breaking out of character because Dudley was laughing uncontrollably - always good to see people happy in their work.
"Arthur" is one of my top three favourite movies, made great by Dudley's irrepressible and infectious humour. I loved him.
Jeremy Morris, UK
To the Master (from your number one fan in New Mexico). My God, how you made me laugh! How you made me rip with laughter, gave me that zest to burst into life 100 miles an hour. And how you made me feel good, from my heart to my soul. I shall miss you. There's gonna be some laughing going on up there! I shall never forget you.
A truly great comedian and musician who made and gave pleasure to millions he and his music will be greatly missed.
Thanks for all the happy comedy and laughter you gave to millions. You'll always be around to make us smile. Regards to Pete, he'll be waiting for you.
A light has gone out in the comedy world, Dud joins his old mate Peter Cook.
What a sad loss. We as teenagers used to listen to "Clive and Derek" (Against our parents' wishes!) and thought it was brilliant! A talented man who will be greatly missed.
Will be sadly missed by my family, as my uncle was in the same choir in Dagenham as boys - he lived only around the corner from my Mother/Uncle. Deepest regrets.
You pleased so many people with your wit and wisdom. you will be greatly missed by millions. Rest Well
You will never be forgotten, you have given us all so much laughter thru' the years, you are missed so much.
There was something irresistibly real and humane about Dudley that reaffirmed that life isn't all cold and calculated.
Oh Dudley. You're the best there ever was. I love you dearly, and miss you so. I can just imagine you now, happy as ever, playing the piano in between laughing fits with Pete. I love you.
Dudley Moore was the first celebrity I ever saw, walking out of a newsagent in Hampstead. I was eight-years-old and I followed him half way to his house - I knew him as Santa's little elf that sold to the world those flying sugar canes! We'll miss you Dud!
I grew up on Pete & Dud. I have missed Pete and now I miss Dud too. Such sad news. Tonight I shall watch the immortal "Bo Dudley" and "Mama's Got a Brand New Bag" sketches (you know the ones I mean) plus the one-legged Tarzan sketch. Sheer brilliance. Heaven must be in stitches by now!
You've brought us so many laughs
when we've needed then, now it's
time for you to rest in God's arms
and finally be in peace. You shall
never be forgotten.
The underrated George Harrison of comedy, compared to Pete's genius. But a comic master himself. Viva Derek and Clive. Thanks, Dudley, you were bloody brilliant.
I remember my face aching after laughing so much at Pete and Dud. Dud's talent was simply huge.
Thank you for immortalising some very funny lines... (Arthur, take my hand) "But that will leave you with only one".
Many laughs - and the reunion of Peter & Dud.
Dearest Dud, at an early age I've always marvelled at your musical and acting attributes. You've certainly set a bench mark for others awaiting to embark along your footsteps. RIP my friend.
Probably one of the greatest all-round entertainers of his generation, Dudley Moore seemed to excel effortlessly at everything he did in front of an audience. To achieve all that he did, and yet to remain so reticent and down-to-earth made him almost unique. Thanks for all the laughs Dud - you were a gentleman in the truest sense of the word.
Firstly Peter Cook left us. Then Spike Milligan. And now the super Dud. We have lost our best comedy talent. The U.K.is a now a much darker place.
Goin' to miss yer Dud. I don't think I can stand too much more of these very sad losses. I was just getting over the loss of lovely Harry Secomb, when the brilliant Spike Milligan died, then George Harrison and now Dud (another brilliant musician and comedian).
Although not a great fan of his acting ability or of the vehicles he chose, my memory of Dudley go back to the golden days of 'Beyond the Fringe' when he and Peter Cook had my undergraduate friends and I rolling in the aisles with their wry comments on the human condition. And what a pianist too. RIP Dud, you'll be sadly missed.
I was first introduced to British humour from Dudley Moore and Peter Cook. The two made me laugh hysterically for days. It's sad that his light has been snuffed so early and by something that even he had a problem forgiving because he knew it would take his life anyway. His sense of humour will be missed. His sensitivity in the acting realm will be missed, but, even more, Dudley will be missed.
I will most fondly remember Dudley Moore as "Patch" the elf in "Santa Claus The Movie," amongst other things. Another great person gone from the world. I hope he will rest in peace.
What dreadful news.
Dud will be impossible to replace.
He was not only a brilliant actor and a naturally funny man, but a first class musician.
Lets have a BEEB tribute to a great guy.
My sister and I went and saw the Dudley Moore Trio when they toured Australia back in the late 70s. We weren't enthusiasts of jazz - we just wanted to see lovely, cuddly Dudley. The jazz ended up being really great but the show was more than that. He did some wonderful comedy sketches throughout the show and it was one of the funniest evenings I've ever spent in a theatre. How cruel it was then that a man who entertained so many with his music and his humour should be "rewarded" with such a horrible illness. Thank you Dudley for some happy memories.
I am so sorry to hear Arthur is not going to be among us anymore.
Goodbye, Dudley. You were a comedic genius, one heck of a musician, and will be truly missed by the whole world. Keep the angels laughing, and play a tune for us. We'll miss you, Dudley.
Thanks, Dudley Moore, go well.
You and Pete will always be in my heart, I grow up in the UK with you - bye mate!
Can't you hear it...heaven is laughing already.
May the afterlife hold good health, cheer, friends and loved ones as well as a good Scottish inn that serves Peche ala Frog and Frog ala Peche. Good bye, old friend.
We will never forget that concert at Marlborough when you visited us with the Oxford University Jazz Band. You set the place 'alight' with your superb talent. Humbled to have been associated with you on a few occasions. Thanks Dudley.
Goodbye Dudley, we'll miss you
- not only one of the funniest of
comedians but also a brilliant
We will all miss you Dudley.
We will miss you very much. Love you
The "Misty Mr. Whistey" will be missed. What a great talent and nice person.
Thanks for the laughs. You will be missed.
Only the best people get to die in New Jersey. Rest in peace, big guy.
Dudley's decision to go public about his illness directly resulted in the recognition and eventual diagnosis of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy in my father, who, like Dud, had been mis-diagnosed for years beforehand. So on top of the laughs, the music and the films, thanks for your bravery in raising awareness of the condition.
Bye Dudley. Enjoyed you over the years.
I shall miss you so much. I had the privilege of seeing you on stage at The Royal Albert Hall in the early years; and meeting you a couple of times at Thames Television. For the laughter and the music for forty years, I thank you. Love and peace.
A great loss, not only for his fine acting accomplishments, but for his extraordinary abilities as an accomplished jazz pianist. God Speed, Dudley Moore.
Thanks for the laughs Dudley, be careful if you and Pete meet with Joan Crawford up there. God speed mate, I will really miss you.
Dud, you were part of my life. say 'ello to Pete.
We have been so privileged to laugh, cry, marvel at the comic and musical genius of the boy from Dagenham. Dudley, your departure has already left a void in our lives, we will never forget you......Pete n Dud, re-united again....forever!!
Derek and Clive will always give me the horn.
You made me laugh.
Dudley was a truly great performer.. his music, wit, and brilliant acting has brought me many an hour of pleasure over the years.
May he rest in peace.
Thank you for the laughs & the tears.
You will be deeply missed.
Only yesterday on a flight between Ecuador and Chile were the immortal words "all that brandy and all those cigars" spoken! RIP Dud. You were the master.
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