Mickey Moore

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Michael D. Moore
The Lost Romance (1921) - Wilson Moore & Nagle.jpg
Moore (center) with Lois Wilson and Conrad Nagel in The Lost Romance (1921)
Born Michael Sheffield
October 14, 1914
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Died March 4, 2013 (aged 98)
Malibu, California, U.S.
Occupation Film child actor, film director

Michael D. Moore (October 14, 1914 – March 4, 2013) was a Canadian-born American film director, second unit director, and child actor, when he was credited as Mickey Moore (or Micky Moore).[1] He was credited as Michael Moore on all the films and TV shows he directed, and on most of the films on which he was second unit director.

Life and career[edit]

Born Michael Sheffield in Vancouver, British Columbia,[2] He was the son of Thomas William Sheffield, a British marine engineer, and is wife, Norah Moore Sheffield.[3] He and his brother Patrick were Hollywood silent film child actors. At the age of 5 he appeared in his first film under the stage name "Mickey Moore", chosen because their mother "decided that the boys should work under her maiden name of Moore."[3] He appeared in two dozen films, including The Dramatic Life of Abraham Lincoln (1924), until 1927 when he was 13.

In the early 1950s, Moore began working as an assistant director. He was first A.D. on dozens of major motion pictures including The Ten Commandments (1956), and Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957). He was an assistant director on several Elvis Presley musical films and directed Presley in the film Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966) for Paramount Pictures. Because of that, plus his experience directing a western film, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer hired him to direct rock and roll singer Roy Orbison in The Fastest Guitar Alive (1967). He worked exclusively as a director in film and television from 1965 to 1969.

He then became a second unit director, working on numerous major films such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), Patton (1970), and The Man Who Would Be King (1975). He was credited as associate producer in charge of action and animal scenes for Quest for Fire (1981)..[4] In the 1980s, Steven Spielberg hired Moore as second unit director on Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. His association with Spielberg led him to direct the "Alamo Jobe" episode of the Amazing Stories television series. Moore was still active as a second unit director into his eighties. His most recent work was for Disney's 2000 film, 102 Dalmatians.[4]

Moore attended Santa Monica High School in the 1930s. He played football in High School. He married and had two daughters, Sandra [1936] and Patricia [1937]. Both his daughters are married.

Death[edit]

Moore died at the age of 98 in Malibu, California in 2013.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eyman, Scott (2010). Empire of Dreams: The Epic Life of Cecil B. DeMille. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781439180419. Retrieved 22 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Moore's obituary in the L.A. Times
  3. ^ a b Jarrett, Diane (Summer 2016). "Micky Moore: Acting with Pickford ... Directing with Spielberg". Films of the Golden Age (85): 68–91. 
  4. ^ a b Michael D. Moore at the Internet Movie Database

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