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Roger Moore collapses on stage

Roger Moore
Moore has been an ambassador for U.N. children's fund since 1991.

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NEW YORK -- Former James Bond star Roger Moore was recovering in hospital Thursday after collapsing on a Broadway stage.

The 75-year-old British actor, who had been complaining of breathing difficulties, had been singing and dancing in the second act of the show, "The Play What I Wrote" -- in which he has a cameo role as a secret celebrity guest -- at the Lyceum on Broadway.

Moore, who played secret agent James Bond for more than 12 years during the 1970s and 1980s, was "comfortable and doing well," according to his assistant Gareth Owen.

"Roger was taken short of breath and fell to the floor on stage," Owen told the UK's Press Association.

The performance was resumed after a short break in which the curtains came down.

Moore battled through the final 10 minutes of his performance before being taken away by ambulance with an oxygen mask covering his face, PA said.

He was being treated at St Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan, where he is reported to be in stable condition. The cause of his collapse is unknown.

Moore shot to fame as the detective Simon Templar in the 1960s television series, "The Saint." The London-born actor took over the role of 007 agent James Bond from his predecessors Sean Connery and George Lazenby in the 1973 film "Live and Let Die."

He went on to star in another six Bond films such as "The Man with The Golden Gun" and "The Spy Who Loved Me" until his final Bond film, "A View to a Kill" in 1985.

Moore became an ambassador for the United Nations children's fund (UNICEF) in 1991, traveling the world for the international charity, campaigning and fundraising against cruelty to children.

He has continued to perform on stage and in films over the years. He hosted the Night of a Thousand Voices show at London's Royal Albert Hall last Sunday.

Other actors in the cast include Sean Foley, Hamish McColl and Toby Jones. This was Moore's second performance of the 2002 Olivier Award-winning play.

Other celebrity guests in "The Play What I Wrote" -- a tribute to 1970s British comics Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise directed by Kenneth Branagh -- include Schindler's List star Liam Neeson, actor Nathan Lane and actress Zoe Caldwell.


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