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Actor Dudley Moore Dies at 66
March 27, 2002 11:06 AM   Subscribe

Actor Dudley Moore Dies at 66
posted by lostbyanecho (28 comments total)

 
Damn.
posted by MiguelCardoso at 11:16 AM on March 27, 2002


Ahhh fackit.
posted by glenwood at 11:20 AM on March 27, 2002


Sad News.

Hobson is drawing your bath in Heaven, Mr. Moore.
posted by jonmc at 11:22 AM on March 27, 2002


Do we need another obit post?

I was a big fan of Pete and Dud, but come on.
posted by Kafkaesque at 11:24 AM on March 27, 2002


Who didn't see that coming?
posted by SweetJesus at 11:27 AM on March 27, 2002


Around the corner, the smiling mortician...
posted by luriete at 11:30 AM on March 27, 2002


And what is wrong with obit posts?
posted by Lanternjmk at 11:35 AM on March 27, 2002


"I race cars, play tennis, and fondle women, BUT! I have weekends off, and I am my own boss."
posted by whatnot at 11:36 AM on March 27, 2002


And what is wrong with obit posts?

Nothing is wrong with an obit post. Just post more than just the obituary itself. Find something interesting about the deceased and try to create a eulogy of sorts. Better discussion, better links make for a better front page post.
posted by BlueTrain at 11:42 AM on March 27, 2002


It's unfortunate that before his brain disease was disclosed, he was the victim of uninformed rumors in tabloids and gossip columns suggesting he was constantly drunk, like Arthur; and later as his health failed, that he had AIDS.
posted by dhartung at 11:52 AM on March 27, 2002


pardon the forthcoming rudeness, but remember Dud not as the cutesy guy from Arthur and 10, but as Derek to Peter Cook's Clive:

DEREK:
You going to go out laughing, are you? Fucking .....

CLIVE:
No, I'm going out, going out fucking .....

DEREK:
Fucking shitting yourself with fear!

CLIVE:
Shitting myself with fucking fear in fucking cancer, which God so kindly provided.

DEREK:
(giggles)

CLIVE:
Without that we wouldn't have a way to die, would we? Fucking good of him! Not to torment us with being eternally young and being able to fuck everyone. No! He gave us this great gift of fucking cancer, 's very kind. I wouldn't have thought of that if I'd been creating the universe, would you? Bung in cancer? No, I'd have left that out.

...
Turns out God got the last laugh, mebbe.
posted by quirkafleeg at 11:56 AM on March 27, 2002


Everytime I leave the dentist's office with my lips numb with Novocaine, I remember Dudley Moore in 10. Cheers, mate.
posted by tommasz at 12:54 PM on March 27, 2002


Personally, I think this is maybe how I'll always remember Dudley Moore.
posted by UnReality at 1:37 PM on March 27, 2002


My grandmother also died due to complications from progressive supranuclear palsy. It's a nasty disease that slowly paralyses it's victims until eventually their throats cease to function and they starve or choke or their lungs stop functioning and the suffocate.

As unfortunate as this death is, his family should be greatful that his final days weren't even worse.
posted by KnitWit at 1:58 PM on March 27, 2002


One word: Bedazzled. Not the monstrous Branden Frasier remake, but the original. Unavailable on VHS or DVD, but probably the finest teamup between Cook & Moore. And Moore also composed the score to the movie.
posted by ed at 3:21 PM on March 27, 2002


Take the whining here.
posted by Su at 3:31 PM on March 27, 2002


I beg to differ, ed. I boguht the original on VHS last year.
posted by Kafkaesque at 4:32 PM on March 27, 2002


bought even.
posted by Kafkaesque at 4:32 PM on March 27, 2002


is a post asking if an obituary post is necessary, necessary everytime someone posts an obit?

i'm glad it was posted. i don't have time to read or watch the news every day. that's why i read metafilter + several other sites. okay?
posted by centrs at 4:55 PM on March 27, 2002


Not that it has been mentioned yet in a seperate post, but Milton Berle has also just passed today...
Man - 2 comics in one day. The world is a little less funny.

nH
posted by niteHawk at 5:30 PM on March 27, 2002


As celebrity deaths tend to happen in threes, Bob Hope must be seriously freaked out about now...
posted by PrinceValium at 5:38 PM on March 27, 2002


Arthur: Do you know what I'm going to do? I'm going to take a bath.
Hobson: I'll alert the media.
Arthur: Do you want to run my bath for me?
Hobson: It's what I live for. Perhaps you would like me wash your dick for you... you little shit.
posted by Mapes at 6:36 PM on March 27, 2002


kafkaesque: You are my hero.

As for the obit or not obit, that is the posting, why the hell not? When you're dealing with talents as influential as Moore and Berle, it seems worth the collective time to affirm why they left footprints on the moon. Or will we always let the FPP pyromaniacs out of the asylum? Come to think of it, has there been a single thread on MeFi that has not come under some sort of "appropriate" scrutiny? It seems to me like the online equivalent to a Bataan death march.
posted by ed at 7:44 PM on March 27, 2002


Here's hoping heaven has IOL.
posted by justgary at 8:15 PM on March 27, 2002


He confessed to being driven by feelings of inferiority about his working-class origins in Dagenham, east London, and because of his height of five feet, 2 1/2 inches. In later life he also spoke of the pain of being rejected by his mother because he was born with a deformed left foot.

Fucking hell... I hope I get slightly more flattering eulogy when I go.

Andy was insecure about his bad teeth, which his orthodontist always scolded him for. Then there was the time one of his Uncles humiliated him at his first communion, pointing out that his fly was open and roaring in laughter, a painful experience Andy discussed in a recent interview.
posted by scarabic at 8:24 PM on March 27, 2002


I'd just like to reiterate what others have mentioned in passing. Television is mentioning Moore's solo film acting career with 10 & Arthur (and conveniently avoiding his bombs like Best Defense) but they're almost completely ignoring his golden age with Peter Cook. They were like Abbot & Costello Meets Monty Python with a particularly surrealistic bent to their comedy. Enough could never be said about that unique pairing, which deserves more than a footnote in comedic history.
posted by ZachsMind at 7:17 AM on March 28, 2002


A big reason why you don't hear much about Not Only But Also (the Dud and Pete show) is that the BBC, like many broadcasters in the 70s, taped over most of its archives to save money and storage space. The thoughtless, tight bastards.
posted by quirkafleeg at 8:42 AM on March 28, 2002


Chris Moyles, BBC Radio 1 DJ, pointed out how disrespectful the papers have been with announcing Moore's death.. headlines like.. 'DUDLEY IS NO MOORE' and 'DUDLEY IS DEAD'. However, he decided to stoop to their level for a minute.. with this cracker.. 'Legless Dud Dies of Broken Brain'
posted by wackybrit at 2:04 PM on March 28, 2002


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