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Born October 14th 1927 in Stockport, England, Roger George Moore began his adult life as an art school student of painting. He made his film debut as an extra in 1945, and appeared in small roles on stage and in films prior to army service. He appeared on Broadway in A Pin to See the Peepshow (1953) and in the Hollywood film The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954). On television he won stardom as the action-man hero of such series as Ivanhoe (1958), The Alaskans (1960-1) and The Persuaders (1972-3), but most especially, The Saint (1962-9).

His own wittiest critic, he brought a lightweight insouciance to the role of James Bond in seven films between Live and Let Die (1973) and A View to a Kill (1987)