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Published: 3/27/2015
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Dudley Moore (Everett Collection)

Dudley Moore is well-known for his work in classic comedies like 10 and the Arthur films, for which he picked up an Oscar nomination. Moore also was a talented musician and composer, creating film soundtracks and often playing piano at the Venice, California, restaurant he co-owned. In 2001, he was appointed a commander of the Order of the British Empire. We remember Moore's life today as well as the lives of other notable people who died this day in history.

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2014: James R. Schlesinger, U.S. economist and public servant who was the first U.S. secretary of energy, serving under President Jimmy Carter, dies at 85.

James Schlesinger (Associated Press)The onetime University of Virginia economics professor built an impressive national-security resume as defense secretary for Republican presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford and was the nation's first energy secretary under Democratic President Jimmy Carter. Earlier he was a top White House budget official, chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and director of the Central Intelligence Agency — all under Nixon. Read more


2013: Paul Williams, U.S. founder of the music magazine Crawdaddy! in 1966, dies at 64.

2013: Fay Kanin, U.S. screenwriter who was nominated for an Oscar for co-writing the movie Teacher's Pet, dies at 95.

Fay Kanin (Associated Press/Danny Moloshok)Kanin was nominated for an Academy Award for 1958's Teacher's Pet alongside her husband and writing partner, Michael Kanin. The film starred Clark Gable and Doris Day. Fay Kanin also won recognition for her television contributions, collecting two screenwriting Emmys in 1974 and another for producing the TV special Friendly Fire in 1979. Read more



2012: Warren Stevens, U.S. actor who appeared in more than 150 prime-time shows from the 1950s until the 1980s, dies at 92.

2011: Farley Granger, U.S. actor known best for appearing in the Alfred Hitchcock movies Rope and Strangers on a Train, dies at 85.

Farley Granger (AP Photo)He made Rope in 1948 and Strangers on a Train in 1951. In the latter he played a tennis star who meets a man on a train. The other man, played by Robert Walker, turns out to be a psychotic who proposes that each of them murder the other's troublesome relative. He tells Granger's character, "Some people are better off dead – like your wife and my father, for instance." Walker's character proceeds to carry out his part of the bargain, killing the tennis star's estranged wife and trapping the Granger character in an ever-tightening circle of suspicion. Read more


2009: Irving R. Levine, U.S. journalist who was a longtime correspondent for NBC News, dies at 80.

Known for his dry, measured delivery and trademark bow ties, Levine was a presence at NBC since 1950, when he began covering the Korean War, until his retirement in 1995. He had become the network's full-time economics correspondent in 1971 and in the last five years of his tenure also delivered weekly commentaries on CNBC. He also appeared on Meet the Press more than 100 times over the years. Read more



2006: Dan Curtis, U.S. television director and producer known for his afternoon TV series Dark Shadows and the miniseries The Winds of War, dies at 78.

2004: Art James, U.S. game show host who hosted the shows Concentration and Tic-Tac-Dough, among others, dies at 74.

2002: Billy Wilder, Austrian film director, writer and producer who won six Oscars and whose classic movies include Sunset Boulevard, Some Like It Hot and The Apartment, dies at 95.

Part film noir, part horror movie, part self-reflexive critique of Hollywood, Sunset Boulevard stands as one of the greatest cinematic achievements in the history of the medium. Wilder said the film's genesis came when, as a new arrival to Hollywood in the 1940s, he would drive down Sunset Boulevard and see all the sprawling mansions built in the 1920s by mostly forgotten movie stars and wonder what their lives must be like after the parade had passed them by. Read more


2002: Dudley Moore, English actor and comedian well-known for his starring roles in 10 and Arthur, dies at 66.

IDudley Moore (Wikimedia Commons/Alan Light)nspector Clouseau was Peter Sellers’ territory for six Pink Panther movies, and he was slated for a seventh: Romance of the Pink Panther. But Sellers died unexpectedly just two months before filming was scheduled to begin. The studio wanted to continue the hugely successful Pink Panther franchise and so approached Moore about stepping into the Clouseau role. Moore was interested … but only in the one movie, not the four-picture contract the studio wanted him to sign. He declined, and Romance of the Pink Panther was never made. The original series fizzled, though Steve Martin later played Clouseau in the 2006 reboot and 2009 sequel. Read more

2002: Milton Berle, U.S. comedian and actor who was one of TV's first stars and was known as "Uncle Miltie," dies at 93.

2000: Ian Dury, English rock singer-songwriter who was the leader of Ian Dury and the Blockheads, dies at 57.

1996: Howard Wyeth, U.S. drummer and pianist who was the drummer for Bob Dylan's band and played with Roger McGuinn and Mick Ronson, dies at 51.

1991: Aldo Ray, U.S. actor who appeared in many movies including We're No Angels, dies at 64.

1989: Jack Starrett, U.S. actor known best for his role as Gabby Johnson in the movie Blazing Saddles, dies at 52.

1989: May Allison, U.S. actress who was very popular during the silent-movie era, dies at 98.

1977: Eve Meyer, U.S. model and actress who worked with and was married to filmmaker Russ Meyer, dies at 48.

1977: Diana Hyland, U.S. actress who was in the TV soaps Young Dr. Malone and Peyton Place, dies of breast cancer at 41.

1959: Grant Withers, U.S. actor who starred in the title role in the Jungle Jim movie serials and acted in many movies with his good friend John Wayne, including Rio Grande, commits suicide at 54.

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