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Intergenerational Cult Actor Stephen Moore Dies at 81

By Gary Cutlack on at

People all over the internet have been inadvertently revealing how old they are this weekend, in the wake of the death of numerous film and TV pie-fingering British actor Stephen Moore.

It is my sad duty to admit I'm old enough to remember him from the BBC adaptation of the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, in which he provided the voice of Marvin the Paranoid Android. If you're a bit younger than that and perhaps even enjoy an age that starts with a 3, you may remember him as the dad from the mid-80s ITV adaptation of Sue Townsend's Adrian Mole books, which was, at the time, the funniest thing on ITV, for all of the first six episodes.

People as young as perhaps even their early 30s will be reminiscing about the passing of "The Dad" from Harry Enfield's sketch show character Kevin (and Perry), while millennials may perhaps recognise him as another dad, this time from BBC children's production The Queen's Nose. Film enthusiasts, meanwhile, will only admit to knowing him from serious war epic A Bridge Too Far, or later work Brassed Off. In short, Moore was a key background figure from 40 years' worth of film and TV, and leaves a large, dad-shaped hole in the character of the nation. [BBC]