Roger Moore Collapses (8th May,
James Bond actor Roger Moore has reportedly been taken to hospital
in New York after collapsing on stage during a show.
The 75-year-old actor was singing and dancing during a performance
of The Play What I Wrote on Broadway when he collapsed, a British
newspaper has reported.
He is being treated in a Manhattan hospital for respiratory problems,
and said to be in a stable condition.
Audiences first though the collapse was part of the actor's routine,
but soon realised it was a genuine health scare, the Sun newspaper
The show's stars, Right Size comics Sean Foley and Hamish McColl,
told the Lyceum Theatre audience the show would be taking a short
break after Moore is said to have told McColl: "I think I've
fainted, old boy."
Moore was said to have received "a huge cheer" when he
returned to the stage, dressed in lederhosen, for the last part
of his performance.
The actor managed to complete the last ten minutes, and still dressed
in his lederhosen costume, was then taken by paramedics to the St
Luke's and Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan, the Sun said.
Hamish McColl and Sean Foley pay homage to Morecambe and Wise
A hospital spokeswoman reportedly said doctors were looking at him
and that his condition was stable.
A London-based spokesperson for Moore told BBC News Online on Thursday
morning she had been unable to get any further details about his
Moore was playing a cameo role in the show, written by Foley and
McColl and directed by Kenneth Branagh. He is the latest of several
stars to do the guest spot in New York, after Liam Neeson, Kevin
Kline, Alan Alda and Jeff Goldblum.
The play, which started in London in 2001, is an homage to the
double act comedy of Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise.
Roger Moore took over the role of 007 agent James Bond in 1973
in the film Live and Let Die, after becoming a cult star playing
the suave hero Simon Templar in the TV series The Saint.
In recent years he has campaigned on behalf of the United Nations'
children's charity Unicef.
BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/showbiz/3009741.stm
(8th May, 2003)