Actor is distracted by his volatile relationship with wife Nicole Rothschild

By Anna Holmes
December 26, 1997 at 05:00 AM EST

Whatever became of Dudley Moore? Once one of the world’s biggest comedy stars, the 62-year-old actor was inactive in ’97 (his last role was a small part in the 1996 made-for-cable A Weekend in the Country) — but his personal life has hardly lacked drama:

MARCH 1994 Moore is arrested for suspicion of domestic abuse after then girlfriend Nicole Rothschild calls the police, alleging he beat her; Moore denies it. Rothschild declines to press charges, claiming that it was ”a serious misunderstanding.”

APRIL 1994 Moore marries Rothschild at his house in Marina Del Rey, Calif. He later falls down on the beach while playfully chasing her after the ceremony.

AUGUST 1995 Moore moves out of the couple’s home six weeks after the birth of their first child, Nicholas.

JANUARY 1996 Moore’s Lexus skids off a Colorado mountain road during a blizzard and slides 150 feet down a hill; he suffers only minor injuries.

JUNE 1996 Moore files for divorce from Rothschild, citing irreconcilable differences. He drops the plan the next month.

JUNE 1997 Rothschild files a $10 million suit, claiming that Moore had assaulted her, emotionally abused her, and made her take illegal drugs and dance scantily clad for upwards of 20 hours a day.

JULY 1997 Rothschild drops the lawsuit and all charges against Moore; they reconcile.

AUGUST 1997 Moore files a restraining order against Rothschild, saying she attempted to assault him. Within a week, Moore refiles for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences and questioning the paternity of their 2-year-old son.

SEPTEMBER 1997 Moore undergoes open-heart surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to repair a blocked artery and a hole in his heart. Stress related, perhaps?