A courteous actor of British heritage, Roger Moore is famous as an icon of the
James Bond franchise and even earned a Saturn nomination for his performance in
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). First appearing as the famous spy in Live and Let
Die (1973), Moore reprised his signature role in The Man with the Golden Gun
(1974), Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983) and A View
to a Kill (1985). Still portraying a well-mannered, modern hero, he caught the
attention of TV viewers as Simon Templar in the series “The Saint” (1962-1969).
Moore also became a hit after playing Lord Brett Sinclair in the series “The
Persuaders” (1971-1972), a role he reprised on the big screen version of the
series. Thanks to his exceptional acting, the veteran actor was awarded a
Television Award for Best Actor from the 1967 Ondas awards, a World Film Male
Favorite from the 1980 Golden Globe awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award from
the 2002 Jamerican International Film Festival.
Outside the spotlight, the actor is famous for his never-ending work as a
Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, which started back when he filmed Octopussy
(1983) in India. Surprised at the level of poverty for some people, Moore has
been engaged in UNICEF humanitarian projects. A recipient of the CBE (Commander
of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) title and an honorary
doctorate from Ryerson Polytechnic University, the veteran actor also earned the
status of Knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II on October 9, 2003, for his
On a more personal note, the actor has had three failed marriages. He was once
married to Doorn Van Steyn, Dorothy Squires, and Luisa Mattioli. The father of
three (two sons and a daughter), Moore is now the husband of Kristina Tholstrup,
who in October 1999 was injured in a car accident while driving with him in
Childhood and Family:
The only child of George Moore (police officer) and Lillian Pope, Roger George
Moore was born on October 14, 1927, in Stockwell, London. He attended Dr
Challoner’s Grammar School in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England, and continued
his studies at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
Graduating from the college, he first worked as a tracer and filler-in for an
animated film company, but was later dismissed. He then tried acting before
serving in the entertainment branch of British army during World War II.
As for his married life, the charming actor has been married four times. After
divorcing Doorn Van Steyn in 1953, he married singer Dorothy Squires (died of
cancer on April 14, 1998). In 1968, the couple separated and Roger tied the knot
with Luisa Mattioli a year later. Ending their relationship in 1995 (divorce was
settled in 2002), Roger and Luisa share a daughter, actress Deborah Maria Moore
(Deborah Barrymore, born 1963) and two sons, actor Geoffrey Moore (born 1965)
and Christian Moore (born 1973). On March 9, 2002, the actor walked down the
aisle with actress Kristina Tholstrup (born in 1942).
Roger Moore kicked off his acting journey by accepting unaccredited extra roles
in several movies, like Perfect Strangers (1945), Piccadilly Incident (1946),
Trottie True (1949), Due mogli sono troppe (1950) and One Wild Oat (1951). He
also became a model during the early 50s in print advertisements for toothpaste
and knitwear products.
In 1953, Moore made a small screen debut with a guest appearance in two episodes
of “Robert Montgomery Presents.” Flying to the US, he acquired a supporting role
as pro tennis player Paul Lane in the drama The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954),
starring Elizabeth Taylor, and followed it up with the roles of Cyril Lawrence
in the musical drama Interrupted Melody (1955) and Billy in his TV film debut,
This Happy Breed (1956).
After appearing in “Lux Video Theatre” (1957), the newcomer received his first
title role, as a knight living in the reign of evil Prince John, in the
syndicated adventure series “Ivanhoe” (1958-1959). He then played adventurer
Silky Harris in “The Alaskans” (1959-1960), for which he also composed the
original music. The suave actor gained even more popularity when he was cast as
Simon Templar/The Saint in the acclaimed series “The Saint” (1962-1969). In the
course of the show, he directed five of the episodes, produced the last 47
episodes and helped write the screenplay (unaccredited).
While working with the long-running series, he also went to Italian movies and
had leading roles in Il Ratto delle Sabine (1961, as Romulus the founder of
Rome) and the war movie Un Branco di Vigliacchi (1962, played Enzo Prati). A
guest star of “The Trials of O’Brien” (1965), Moore reprised his popular turn as
Simon Templar in the self-produced motion pictures Vendetta for the Saint (1968)
and The Fiction Makers (1968).
The recipient of the Television award for Best Actor from the 1967 Ondas awards,
the charming performer took the leading turn in Crossplot (1969) and The Man Who
Haunted Himself (1970, as Harold Pelham), before thriving on the small screen
with the part of wealthy playboy Lord Brett Sinclair, opposite Tony Curtis, in
“The Persuaders” (1971-1972, also directed 2 episodes, co-produced and designed
Moore’s name stood out and rose to world recognition when director Guy Hamilton
cast him as the legendary, flamboyant spy James Bond in the adaptation of Ian
Fleming’s novel Live and Let Die (1973). For over a decade, he reprised his
famous role in six other James Bond movies: The Man with the Golden Gun (1974),
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977, received a Saturn nomination for Best Actor),
Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983) and A View to a
Aside from his lucrative work in the franchise, Moore also reprised his small
screen turn as Lord Brett Sinclair in Mission: Monte Carlo (1974), Sporting
Chance (1976, TV) and London Conspiracy (1976). He also appeared as Lt. Shawn
Fynn in the war movie The Wild Geese (1978), starred as Major Otto Hecht in the
action Escape to Athena (1979), played a sex-obsessed chauffeur named Harry in
the comedy Sunday Lovers (1980) and costarred with Burt Reynolds and Farrah
Fawcett in The Cannonball Run (1981). The actor then took a part as Chief Insp.
Jacques Clouseau in Blake Edwards’ Curse of the Pink Panther (1983), where he
was credited as Turk Thrust II.
The winner of the 1980 Golden Globe for World Film Male Favorite, the debonair
performer took a turn as psychiatrist Judd Stevens in the big screen version of
Sidney Sheldon’s novel, The Naked Face (1984). Three years later, he detoured to
family movies by voicing Lumi Ukko the Snowman in The Magic Snowman (1987),
before costarring with Michael Caine in the comedy Bullseye (1990).
Moore also starred in his two self-produced films, the romantic comedy Bed &
Breakfast (1992, as Adam) and the made-for-TV thriller The Man Who Wouldn’t Die
(1994). He, however, was criticized after appearing in such flops as The Quest
(1996) and Spice World (1997, earned a Razzie nomination for Worst Actor).
Returning to TV series, Moore undertook the role of Desmond Heath in the secret
agent-themed adventure “The Dream Team” (1999). Following the silver screen
thriller The Enemy (2001, costarred as Supt. Robert Ogilvie), the veteran actor
guest starred in the popular series “Alias” (2002).
Still in 2002, Moore was handed a Lifetime Achievement award from the Jamerican
International Film Festival for his commitment to acting. Two years later,
billed as Sir Roger Moore, the performer lent his voice for Father Christmas in
the short animated film The Fly Who Loved Me (2004), which was made by UNICEF.
Subsequent to his turn as the butler in the TV short comedy Foley & McColl: This
Way Up (2005), the skilled actor will do voice-over work once more in the
animated adventure Agent Crush (2006), as Burt Gasket. In the upcoming movie, he
is set to work alongside Neve Campbell, Ewan McGregor and Brian Cox.
Jamerican International Film Festival: Lifetime Achievement Award, 2002
Golden Globe: World Film Favorite – Male, 1980
Ondas: Television Award - International Television - Best Actor, 1967