Roger Moore

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Sir Roger Moore

Roger Moore in 2012
Born Roger George Moore
14 October 1927 (1927-10-14) (age 86)
Stockwell, London, England
Nationality British
Occupation Actor
Years active 1945–present
Notable works Simon Templar
James Bond
Spouse Doorn van Steyn
(1946–53)
Dorothy Squires
(1953–68)
Luisa Mattioli
(1969–96)
Kristina Tholstrup
(2002–present)
Moore in 1973

Sir Roger George Moore (born 14 October 1927) is an English actor and United Nations ambassador. He is probably the most well known for playing fictional spy James Bond in seven movies from 1973 to 1985. He played James Bond more times than any other actor. He was also well known for playing Simon Templar in the television show The Saint. He began his career by becoming a male model.

He is the only child of policeman, George Moore, and housewife, Lilian "Lily".[1] He attended Battersea Grammar School, but was evacuated to Holsworthy, Devon, during the Second World War. He was then educated at Dr Challoner's Grammar School in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. He then attended the College of the Venerable Bede at the University of Durham, but never graduated.[2] Moore served in the Royal Army Service Corps, commanding a small depot in West Germany.

Personal life[change | edit source]

Moore left his first wife, skater Doorn Van Steyn, for singer Dorothy Squires. Squires was 12 years older than him. She was also, at that time, much more famous than he was. They lived together for a short time in Dafen, Llanelli, South Wales. While making a movie in Italy in 1961, Moore left Squires for Italian actress Luisa Mattioli. Moore has a daughter and two sons with Mattioli. Moore ended this marriage in 1993. His current marriage is to the Danish-Swedish multi-millionaire Kristina 'Kiki' Tholstrup.

When Moore married Kiki Tholstrup, he began spending winters in Crans-Montana, Valais (Switzerland) and summers at his apartment in Monaco.

In 1999, Moore was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE),[3] and advanced to Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) on 14 June 2003.[4] He was proud the honor was for his charity work rather than his acting.

On 11 October 2007, three days before he turned 80, Moore was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Moore's Star was the 2,350th star. It is appropriately located at 7007 Hollywood Boulevard.

In 2008, the French Government appointed Moore a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Filmography[change | edit source]

Roger Moore at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival with wife Luisa Mattioli.
Year Title Role
1945 Perfect Strangers Soldier
Caesar and Cleopatra Roman Soldier
1946 Gaiety George Member of the Audience
Piccadilly Incident Guest sitting at Pearson's table
1949 Trottie True Stage Door Johnny
1951 One Wild Oat Bit Part
1953 Robert Montgomery Presents French Diplomat
1954 The Last Time I Saw Paris Paul
1955 Interrupted Melody Cyril Lawrence
The King's Thief Jack
1956 Diane Prince Henri (later King Henry II)
Ford Star Jubilee Billy Mitchell
Goodyear Television Playhouse Patrick Simmons
1957 Matinee Theater Scottish man/Randolph Churchill
1958 Ivanhoe Ivanhoe
1959 The Third Man Jimmy Simms
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Inspector Benson
The Miracle Capt. Michael Stuart
The Alaskans Silky Harris
Maverick Beau Maverick
1961 The Sins of Rachel Cade Paul Wilton
Gold of the Seven Saints Shaun Garrett
The Roaring 20s 14 Karat John
1962 Romulus and the Sabines Romulus
No Man's Land Enzo Prati
1962 The Saint Simon Templar
1968 The Fiction Makers
Vendetta for the Saint
1969 Crossplot Gary Fenn
1970 The Man Who Haunted Himself Harold Pelham
1971 The Persuaders! Lord Brett Sinclair
1973 Live and Let Die James Bond
1974 Gold Rod Slater
The Man with the Golden Gun James Bond
1975 That Lucky Touch Michael Scott
1976 Street People Ulysses
Shout at the Devil Sebastian Oldsmith
1977 Sherlock Holmes in New York Sherlock Holmes
The Spy Who Loved Me James Bond
1978 The Wild Geese Lieutenant Shaun Fynn
1979 Escape to Athena Major Otto Hecht
Moonraker James Bond
1980 North Sea Hijack Rufus Excalibur ffolkes
The Sea Wolves Captain Gavin Stewart
Sunday Lovers Harry Lindon
1981 The Cannonball Run Seymour Goldfarb as Roger Moore
For Your Eyes Only James Bond
1983 Octopussy
Curse of the Pink Panther Chief Insp. Jacques Clouseau
1984 The Naked Face Dr. Judd Stevens
1985 A View to a Kill James Bond
1990 Fire, Ice and Dynamite Sir George Windsor
Bullseye! Sir John Bevistock
1992 Bed & Breakfast Adam
1995 The Man Who Wouldn't Die Thomas Grace
1996 The Quest Lord Edgar Dobbs
1997 The Saint Voice on Car Radio
Spice World The Chief
1999 The Dream Team Desmond Heath
2000 The Secret KGB UFO Abduction Files Himself
2001 The Enemy Supt. Robert Ogilvie
2002 Alias Edward Poole
Boat Trip Lloyd Faversham
2004 The Fly Who Loved Me Father Christmas
2010 Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Tab Lazenby
2011 A Princess for Christmas Edward, Duke of Castlebury

References[change | edit source]

  1. "Roger Moore Biography (1927–)". Filmreference.com. http://www.filmreference.com/film/21/Roger-Moore.html. Retrieved 18 June 2010.
  2. "Link to www.rogermoore.org". Rogermoore.org. 14 October 1927. http://www.rogermoore.org/. Retrieved 18 June 2010.
  3. London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 55354, p. 23, 30 December 1998. Retrieved 17 October 2009.
  4. London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 56963, p. 24, 14 June 2003. Retrieved 17 October 2009.