Dudley Moore CBE (1936 -- 2002)
Dudley Moore, from Dagenham, Essex, became a bankable, if unlikely, Hollywood star in 1979 in Blake Edwards' 10, a male menopause comedy featuring Julie Andrews and Bo Derek.
A gifted musician who won an organ scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford, Moore graduated to BBC TV's satirical Beyond the Fringe and Not Only...But Also alongside the late Peter Cook, and he had already acted in several British films and one Hollywood movie - Foul Play (1976) with Goldie Hawn - when the call from Edwards changed his life.
In the title role of the huge hit comedy Arthur (1981), he showed he could carry a film alone, and subsequently appeared in a string of romantic comedies as an underdog who succeeds in the end.
Dudley Moore was married to several actresses and battled ill health for many years until his death, aged 66, on 27 March 2002.