British actor Sir Roger Moore died May 23 in Switzerland as a result of cancer at the age of 89.
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Sir Roger is known to millions of James Bond fans as the man who took over the role of super spy 007 after Sir Sean Connery left the role. He was the oldest person to play the role of Bond.
While he is best known for his role in seven of the Bond films – “Live and Let Die”, “The Man with h Golden Gun”, “The Spy Who Loved Me”, “Octopussy”, “Moonraker”, “For Your Eyes Only”, and “View to a Kill” – Sir Roger appeared in nearly 100 productions including that of another super spy – Simon Templer – in 118 episodes of “The Saint”.
Other roles include his 1945 debuted as a soldier in an uncredited role in “Vacation from Marriage”. His first credited role came in 1949 in “The Governess”. From there Sir Roger’s television and film roles included “The Last Time I Saw Paris”, “Diane”, 39 episodes of “Ivanhoe”, 37 episodes of “The Alaskans”, “77 Sunset Strip”, 16 episodes of “Maverick”, 24 episodes of “The Persuaders”, Sherlock Holmes in “Sherlock Holmes in New York”, “The Wild Geese”, “ffolkes”, “The Cannonball Run”, “Curse of the Pink Panther”, “Spice World”, and Jasper in the TV movie of “The Saint”. As himself Sir Roger appeared in a number of talk and variety shows, morning shows, game shows, award shows, documentaries, a number of James Bond related programs, and “The Muppet Show”
Away from the screen Sir Roger made a couple of appearances on Broadway in “The Play What I Wrote” and “A Pin to See the Peepshow”.
Not just an actor, Sir Roger was the Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF in 1991.
His accomplishments include receiving the Dag Hammarskjold Inspiration Award, the National Order of Arts and Lettres from France as a Commander, the London Variety Club’s International Humanitarian Award, and received his knighthood in 2003 for his humanitarian work.
An only child, Roger George Moore was born October 14, 1927 in London the son of a policeman. As a child he showed an aptitude toward art and painting but turned to acting while still in his teens. He attended RADA – the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art – but had to leave in 1945 to hoonour his obligation to military service where he was assigned to intelligence in the Royal Army Corps.
Married four times, he is survived by his fourth wife Kristina and children Deborah, Geoffrey, and Christian.
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