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Dudley aired from April until May 1993 on CBS.
Dudley Bristol ( Dudley Moore), was a celebrated New York composer and nightclub pianist whose professional life was much more successful than his personal life, for one simple reason-he was incapable of making personal commitments. In this low-key comedy, he was faced with trying to raise his trouble-prone, 14 year old son Fred( Harley Cross), after his ex-wife Lorraine( Joanna Cassidy), had given up. Fred, who had an attitude problem and had spent more then his share of time in juvenile court grudgingly agreed to the arrangement, while Dudley, who didn't have a clue about parenting, tried to establish a viable relationship with the boy. Others seen regularly were Harold ( Joel Brooks), the owner of Liaisons, the supper club at which Dudley performed; Paul ( Max Wright), Dudley's business manager and best friend; and Marta ( Lupe Ontiveros), the Hispanic maid who spoke no English, but could at least talk to Fred who, for all his other shortcomings, spoke fluent Spanish.
A Review from The LA Times
TV REVIEW : 'Dudley': Moore Debuts as a Micro-Dad
April 16, 1993|HOWARD ROSENBERG
Dudley Moore is making his U.S. television series debut in a modestly amusing comedy about a popular New York cabaret performer whose indulgent singlehood is interrupted by the unexpected arrival of his testy teen-age son.
CBS' "Dudley" premieres at 8:30 tonight on Channels 2 and 8, temporarily replacing "Major Dad," whose season has been completed. Divorced Dudley Bristol (Moore) is definitely a micro-dad, having paid scant attention over the years to his 14-year-old son, Fred (Harley Cross). Tonight, Fred arrives from California with Dudley's former wife, Laraine (Joanna Cassidy), who wants the rebellious youth to live with his father.
Already beset by a non-English-speaking Latina housekeeper (Lupe Ontiveros), a doormat manager (Max Wright) and a nasty cabaret-owner boss (Joel Brooks), Dudley is aghast at having to open his life to his son, but is finally convinced to give it a shot.
"Why don't we start by being absolutely honest to each other," he tells the slovenly Fred. "God, you look just great!"
Moore's skill at delivering sardonic, occasionally witty one-liners lifts the premiere of "Dudley" above the formulaic routine--but not far above. "Dudley" also allows Moore, an accomplished pianist, to spend a few minutes performing inside the cabaret, where his character is as polished and sophisticated on stage as he is ineffectual at home. Yet the opening episode's largely urbane tone is undermined by loud, giggly laughter from the easily entertained studio audience.
A Review from USA TODAY
TV PREVIEW/BY MATT ROUSH
Disastrous 'Dudley' lands with a thud
Is Dudley Moore kidding when he opens his dreadful new sitcom by nightclub-crooning the Gershwin ditty Nice Work If You Can Get It?
As a career move, this lies somewhere between Arthur 2: On the Rocks and making a USA Network movie. I kept expecting the energizer bunny to bop across the screen, letting us all know it's just a put-on.
Dudley is at home behind a cabaret piano as Dudley Bristol, but at home he's just a dud. He looks exhausted as he tries to keep afloat his trademark throwaway charm, a thin conceit on which to build a career. He isn't helped by horrendous writing that relies on burrito jokes involving a Latino housekeeper who speaks no English.
If you can believe him as a dapper gadfly whose love life is the stuff of TV scandal and whose career makes Liz Smith filler, then maybe you'll swallow the series' tired concept. Dudley's a dad, and his sullen head-banger teen-age son -call him Thug-ley ( Harley Cross)-is thrust upon him by his ex ( adrift Joanna Cassidy).
Dispirited and joyless, this domestic bomb would be a total loss if not for game support by Max Wright ( ALF), reviving his jittery milquetoast act as Dudley's manager. Otherwise, another Gershwin tune better sums up this mess: Lets Call the Whole Thing Off.
An Article from USA TODAY
Published on April 16, 1993
Dudley hopes to do right by CBS sitcom
By Peter Johnson
NEW YORK-Ten years ago, many people thought Dudley Moore was a drunk.
" I remember walking into a hotel lobby and a woman came up to me , smiled and said, " I'm staying here with an Alcoholics Anonymous group."
The reason, of course, was his portayal as a lovable boozer in 1981's Arthur, even though Moore says he's just a social drinker.
In the past few years in his native England, where he plugs a supermarket chain on TV, he's widely known by kids as the guy who is constantly looking for-but never finding-free range chickens. The supermarket naturally sells 'em.
Friday at 8:30 ET/PT on CBS, Moore once again has a chance to appeal to a mass audience in Dudley.
He plays Dudley Bristol, a celebrated cabaret pianist and one of New York's most eligitable bachelors whose teenage son returns suddenly to live with him, just as Dudley's former wife decides to live in a nearby apartment.
It being a sitcom, they both drive him nuts.
Why a sitcom at this point in his career?
For starters, Moore says, no film offers have appealed to him and , in short, the work isn't too hard. CBS has ordered 6 episodes, with two backups.
" I don't have to pull myself around in a caricatured sort of way. I think he's a very regular sort of guy, which I am, actually."
A concert musician, Moore says he'll just tease us with parts of tunes. " I like the idea of me being a pianist because it's one of the few things I can do."
An Article from The LA Daily News
Moore Becomes A Sitcom Dad In His First American Tv Show
April 16, 1993|By Diane Joy Moca, Los Angeles Daily News
LOS ANGELES — It's not a coincidence that the title character in the new sitcom Dudley is a pianist, a divorced bachelor and a father with limited experience parenting his teen-age son - just like the show's star, Dudley Moore.
After all the role was created and written specifically for Moore.
Although Moore insists the character is ''not really me . . ., this situation of a character not really grown up enough to take care of his son is a fairly accurate thing about myself.''
Moore has been divorced three times. His 17-year-old son, Patrick, lives on the East Coast with his mother, Moore's ex-wife, actress Tuesday Weld.
''I try to be (a visible parent). I'm not really very good at it. I think it's a fairly normal thing - that rift between father and son,'' Moore said.
In today's premiere of Dudley at 8:30 p.m. on WCPX-Channel 6, Moore stars as a celebrated New York pianist who is forced to curtail his bachelor ways when his 14-year-old son, Fred (Harley Cross), moves in with him.
The character's ex-wife, Laraine (Joanna Cassidy), who has been raising Fred as a single mother, made the trek from California to the Big Apple because she was convinced their rebellious teen needed a male influence.
As Dudley tries to be a father, Laraine rents a nearby apartment and meddles while Fred takes advantage of his new living arrangement.
Although Moore starred in the British television series Not Only, But Also, which he described as ''a review type show with sketches,'' the CBS half-hour comedy is his first American television series and his first sitcom.
''I think there's a stigma (associated with television and especially sitcoms), but it hasn't affected me,'' said Moore, who was born and raised in Dagenham, England, and has lived in Southern California for 20 years. ''I've always gone toward what I like to do. I like this particular vehicle. It's been very good.''
In the past, he has been offered many opportunities to star in his own television series but never pursued any of them until now.
Moore explained his change of heart: ''I've been gradually sort of petering toward the idea of doing television here because I'm very nervous about development deals; films take so long.
''On a weekly basis, there's a certain urgency about (television). I think it's very hard work, there's no doubt. I just feel maybe I'll do some better work in television, because the writing is sort of around me. You can't do the sort of stories that I do in television on film. And it's a different way of working.
''I've had a lot of film projects offered in the past, but I haven't responded to any of them,'' Moore added.
He said he has not done a film since Blame It on the Bellboy, which was released more than a year ago.
Americans know Oscar nominee Moore primarily for his work in comedy feature films. His career highlights include the leading man in 10, the lovable drunk in Arthur and the lecherous orchestra leader in Foul Play.
In addition to his new television role, he plans to continue working as an actor in film and theater, as well as a concert performer and composer in the music world.
Moore, who was trained from a young age in both piano and violin and earned two university degrees in music and composition, has performed in concert as a solo artist and with many orchestras, such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He recently released an album, Songs Without Words, and plans to play the piano in concerts throughout the United States this year.
But for now, his focus is on Dudley.
''I don't know,'' responded Moore when asked if viewers will relate to and enjoy a series about a dysfunctional family. ''I've been wrong about so many things in my life, the commercial success of things,'' he said.
Dudley Moore's Obituary From CNN
Actor Dudley Moore dies at 66
Announced his diagnosis of PSP in 1999
March 28, 2002 Posted: 8:09 AM EST (1309 GMT)
LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- British comedian and actor Dudley Moore has died at age 66 at his home in the United States after a long illness.
Moore, was best known for his comic performance as a drunk millionaire in the 1981 film "Arthur" and his role as a composer grappling with a midlife crisis in the 1979 hit "10."
He died in New Jersey of pneumonia as a complication of progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), his publicist said.
Michelle Bega said the actor died at 11 a.m. EST (1600 GMT) on Wednesday. Funeral arrangements are pending and a memorial service is planned, she said.
Progressive supranuclear palsy attacks brain cells and impairs mental and motor functions.
He was "Dud" to many British fans, who knew Dudley Moore's work and comedy better from his early "Dud and Pete" partnership with Peter Cook than from the films that would introduce him to American audiences.
From "Beyond the Fringe" in 1964 on TV to what was probably his most famous effort, "Arthur" in 1981, Dudley Moore's career was rich, varied and busy.
Moore was last seen in public in Britain in November when he travelled to London to receive a honor from Queen Elizabeth II.
The frail-looking star of "10" and "Arthur" remained seated in a wheelchair as he received his CBE (Commander of the British Empire) from Prince Charles.
Moore's illness robbed him of his speech and rendered him virtually immobile.
Announcing his illness in 1999, he said: "I understand that one person in 100,000 suffers from the disease and I am also aware that there are 100,000 members of my union, the Screen Actors Guild, who are working every day.
"I think, therefore, it is in some way considerate of me that I have taken on the disease for myself, thus protecting the remaining 99,999 members from this fate."
But in a later interview for the BBC he was less casual. He said, "It's totally mysterious the way this illness attacks and eats you up, and then spits you out.
"There's always this feeling of 'Why did it hit me?' and I cannot make peace with it because I know I am going to die from it.
"Yes I feel angry, that's true -- to be reduced to this insignificant version of myself is overpowering."
One of the first tributes was paid by British film director Michael Winner who said Moore will be best remembered around the world for "10" and "Arthur" and in the United Kingdom for his partnership with Peter Cook.
Winner told Sky News that the partnership "changed the whole attitude to comedy in Great Britain. He was the lovable one of the two, he was the funny one and the sweet one but with immense skill as well.
"He was not unlike the character he played in some of his films on occasion. But he was just a wonderful chap. I shall miss him very much."
Chat show host Michael Parkinson, who interviewed Moore a number of times, paid tribute to "a bloody good comedian and a lovely man."
"He said he and Cook were "a great comedy duo" but said Moore also had "a little boy lost quality."
"He was the most charming of men and delightful company, a superb musician, a bloody good comedian and a lovely man."
Tony, Grammy, Globes
At the time he was honored in November at Buckingham -- his last public appearance -- Moore had lost his ability to speak.
In a career spanning more than 30 years, Moore won Tony awards, a Grammy, two Golden Globes, as well as an Oscar nomination.
He set up the Dudley Moore Research Fund, dedicated to finding a cure for PSP and the charity Music for All Seasons, which takes live music into hospitals, homes for the elderly and prisons.
Moore was a musical prodigy as a child and won a music scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford, to study the organ.
He left university an accomplished jazz pianist and performed widely before finding fame with "Beyond The Fringe," a comedy revue with Cook, Jonathan Miller and Alan Bennett.
His collaboration with Cook on the legendary TV shows "Not Only -- But Also" and "Derek and Clive" paved the way for Moore's Hollywood career as an unlikely romantic leads.
He married four times -- to actresses Suzy Kendall, Tuesday Weld, Brogan Lane and Nicole Rothschild -- and had two sons.
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For more on Dudley go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dudley_(TV_series)
For the Official Website of Dudley Moore go to http://www.dudleymoore.com/
For The Harley Cross Picture Gallery go to http://www.teenidols4you.com/pictures.html?g=Actors&pe=harley_cross
To watch the opening credits go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGenm3C2_x8
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