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Born in Pinner, Middlesex, England, UK
Died in Selsey, West Sussex, England, UK
Birth NamePatrick Alfred Caldwell-Moore
Height 6' 0½" (1.84 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Patrick Moore was born on March 4, 1923 in Pinner, Middlesex, England as Patrick Alfred Caldwell-Moore. He was an actor and writer, known for The Sky at Night (1957), Gamesmaster (1992) and Destination Titan (2011). He died on December 9, 2012 in Selsey, West Sussex, England.

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Trivia (10)

He is an Astronomer/TV presenter.
He is the host of many British astronomy programs, including "The Sky at Night" since 1957.
He plays the xylophone.
He served with the British Royal Air Force from 1940 to 1945 during World War II.
He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1968 Queen's Birthday Honours List, the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1988 Queen's Birthday Honours List and was made a Knight Bachelor in the 2001 Queen's New Year Honours List for his services to astronomy and broadcasting.
He presents one of the longest running TV shows in United Kingdom history, The Sky at Night (1957), which started in 1957 and is still shown every month as at 2006.
In 1957 on the programme, The Sky at Night (1957), he opened his mouth to speak and a fly flew in. Ever the professional, Moore swallowed the fly in front of millions of viewers and carried on with the show. He later told his family of his ordeal, and got no sympathy from his mother, telling him "it was worse for the fly"!
He is the author of the Caldwell catalog, an index concerning star gazing for amateurs.
He was awarded an Honorary Degree from England's Lancaster University in 1974.
His fiancée was killed during the war and he has never married or had children.

Personal Quotes (4)

The trouble is the BBC now is run by women and it shows soap operas, cooking, quizzes, kitchen-sink plays. You wouldn't have had that in the golden days. I would like to see two independent wavelengths - one controlled by women, and one for us, controlled by men. (Speaking in 2007)
I used to watch Doctor Who (1963) and Star Trek (1966), but they went PC - making women commanders, that kind of thing. I stopped watching.
He was ahead of his time in so many ways. Quite apart from artificial satellites there were other things too. A great science fiction writer, a very good scientist, a great prophet and a very dear friend, I'm very, very sad that he's gone. (On Arthur C. Clarke)
I was in hospital once and I watched a whole episode of EastEnders (1985). I suppose it's true to life. But so is diarrhoea - and I don't want to see that on television.

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