Dickie Moore (actor)

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Dickie Moore
Dickie Moore in Youth Runs Wild.jpg
Moore in 1944
Born John Richard Moore, Jr.
(1925-09-12) September 12, 1925 (age 89)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Occupation Child actor
Years active 1927–1957
Spouse(s) Pat Dempsey
(m. 19??–19??)
Eleanor Donhowe Fitzpatrick
(m. 1959–19??)
Jane Powell
(m. 1988–present)
Dickie Moore in 1932

John Richard "Dickie" Moore, Jr. (born September 12, 1925) is an American former child actor. He is one of the last surviving actors to have appeared in silent film.


Besides appearing in a number of major feature films, he was featured as a regular in the Our Gang series during the 1932–1933 season. In addition to his Our Gang work, Moore is most remembered for his portrayal of the title character in the 1933 adaptation of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist and as Marlene Dietrich's son in Blonde Venus (1932).

He is also famous for giving Shirley Temple her second onscreen kiss, in the film Miss Annie Rooney; her first was in the film War Babies (1932). He was less successful as a teenage actor and young adult, and he retired from the screen in the 1950s.[1] He would later perform on Broadway, in stock, and on television. He went on to teach and write books about acting, edit Equity News, and produce an Oscar-nominated short film (The Boy and the Eagle), and industrial films. In 1984, he published Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star: (But Don't Have Sex or Take the Car), a book about his and others' experiences as child actors.[2] Moore is one of the few living members of Our Gang from the original Hal Roach series and also one of the few living actors of the silent film era.

Personal life[edit]

Moore has owned a public relations firm for 44 years and has been married to the actress Jane Powell since 1988. They met when Moore interviewed Powell for Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,[3] and live in Manhattan and Wilton, Connecticut.[4]

In March 2013, Powell reported that Dickie Moore has arithritis and "bouts of dementia".[5]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Child stars". Elyria Chronicle Telegram. October 18, 1984. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Twinkle, twinkle, little star : but don't have sex or take the car". worldcat.org. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Lawler, Sylvia (1986-10-16). "Jane Powell Finally Has Learned How To Get Off The Treadmill". The Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania). Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  4. ^ Thomas, Nick. "Wilton's Jane Powell, 80 years young", p 1B, The Wilton Bulletin (and other Hersam Acorn newspapers), September 10, 2009.
  5. ^ "A date with Jane: Jane Powell remembers...". The Phoenix. March 21, 2013. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 

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