Dudley Moore

moored1April 19, 1935 – March 27, 2002

What Dudley Moore lacked in stature, he more than made up for in talent. The diminutive English actor/comedian was also a brilliant musician who learned to play organ and piano at a young age. His musical ability led to scholarships and eventually to Oxford, where he fell in love with jazz…and comedy.

Moore was recruited by one of his bandmates to join a satirical stage revue that eventually played in London. The show, Beyond the Fringe, showcased Moore’s comedy and his music and, most notably, introduced him to fellow funnyman Peter Cook. Cook and Moore would launch a partnership that found success all over the world through TV shows, records, films and live shows, including a Broadway run in the early ’70s. Dudley used his opportunity in America to pursue the Hollywood dream. He eventually landed starring roles in classic comedies like 10 and Arthur, the latter of which garnered him an Academy Award nomination. More movies and TV shows followed with varying success and he continued to compose music throughout. In the late 1990’s, Moore was diagnosed with a degenerative brain condition that caused loss of motor skill and memory; symptoms which some had often (and erroneously) attributed to him being drunk. The condition eventually cost him his mobility and he contracted pneumonia during a lengthy convalescence at a friend’s house in New Jersey. He died in 2002 at the age of 66.

Burial

Hillside Cemetery – Scotch Plains, NJ

Specific Location

Section D-3; Enter the cemetery and stay to the right. Past the maintenance shed, go straight through the 4-way intersection with Pine Grove. At the next intersection, veer right at the triangular island and stop at the “D-3” sign on your left. Dudley’s large, black marker is up the hill in the trees to your left.

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