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Also Known As: Dick Moore, John Richard Moore Jr., Dick Moore, Dickey Moore Died:
Born: September 12, 1925 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, publicist, producer

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A cherubic boy with pronounced dimples, Dickie Moore was a prolific child actor in features from the late 1920s through the 1950s in such films as "Blonde Venus" (1932), "Sergeant York" (1941) and "Heaven Can Wait" (1943) among his hundred-plus titles. Moore hit his stride at age seven, when he appeared in over 20 films, including "Oliver Twist" (1932), for which he played the title role, and numerous "Our Gang" shorts. Like many juvenile actors, his career slowed as he reached his teenaged years, though there were occasional choice parts, like the courageous "Kid" in "Out of the Past" (1947). He also co-produced and starred in an Oscar-nominated short film, "The Boy and the Eagle" (1949), but by the 1950s, he had abandoned acting for public relations, which kept him active for several decades. Moore's long, successful and turmoil-free life stood in stark contrast to the countless stories of child actors whose lives crumbled into disarray after their stars had dimmed.

A cherubic boy with pronounced dimples, Dickie Moore was a prolific child actor in features from the late 1920s through the 1950s in such films as "Blonde Venus" (1932), "Sergeant York" (1941) and "Heaven Can Wait" (1943) among his hundred-plus titles. Moore hit his stride at age seven, when he appeared in over 20 films, including "Oliver Twist" (1932), for which he played the title role, and numerous "Our Gang" shorts. Like many juvenile actors, his career slowed as he reached his teenaged years, though there were occasional choice parts, like the courageous "Kid" in "Out of the Past" (1947). He also co-produced and starred in an Oscar-nominated short film, "The Boy and the Eagle" (1949), but by the 1950s, he had abandoned acting for public relations, which kept him active for several decades. Moore's long, successful and turmoil-free life stood in stark contrast to the countless stories of child actors whose lives crumbled into disarray after their stars had dimmed.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 The Member of the Wedding (1953) Soldier
3.
 Eight Iron Men (1952) Muller
5.
 Killer Shark (1950) Jonesy
6.
 Wagon Master (1950) Prudence's brother
7.
 Tuna Clipper (1949) Frankie Pereira
8.
 Bad Boy (1949) Charlie
9.
 Behind Locked Doors (1948) Jim
10.
 16 Fathoms Deep (1948) George
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1927:
Made screen debut at 11 months as the infant Francois Villon in "The Beloved Rogue"
1932:
Became a member of The Little Rascals as 'Dickie'
1932:
Appeared in over 20 films including "Blonde Venus" and "Deception"
1933:
Played the title character in "Oliver Twist"
1936:
First film with Paul Muni, "The Story of Louis Pasteur"
1937:
Again acted with Muni in "The Life of Emile Zola"
1941:
Cast as Gary Cooper¿s young brother in "Sergeant York"
1942:
Became first actor to kiss Shirley Temple onscreen in "Miss Annie Rooney"
1949:
Produced and starred in Oscar-nominated short "Boy and the Eagle"
1957:
Final screen credit, as Civil War General J.E.B. Stuart on an episode of CBS/NBC anthology series "Omnibus"
1964:
Formed his own public relations firm Dick Moore Associates
1984:
Published the book <i>Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (But Don¿t Have Sex or Take the Car)</i>
1993:
Appeared in documentary "Shirley Temple: America's Little Darling"
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wife:
Jane Powell. Actor, singer. Star of MGM musicals of the 1940s and 50s.

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Source: Wikipedia the internet encyclopedia

Dickie Moore (born John Richard Moore Jr. on September 12, 1925) is a former American child actor. 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). In 1984 he published a book about his and others' experiences as child actors, titled Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star: And Don't Have Sex or Take the Car. The book's dust jacket listed the author as Dick Moore. Moore is one of the few living Our Gangers from the original series. Other surviving members are Jackie Cooper, Dorothy DeBorba, Shirley Jean Rickert, Jean Darling, Robert Blake, Jerry Tucker, and Jacqueline Taylor. Married to actress Jane Powell from 1988 to present.

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