John Richard "Dick" Moore, Jr. (1925 - 2015)

John Richard Moore
1925 - 2015
updated September 08, 2020
John Richard "Dick" Moore, Jr., father to 1 child, was born on September 12, 1925 at California. He married Jane Powell in 1948 and they later divorced in 1954. He married Pat Dempsey on December 17, 1948 and they later divorced in 1954. They gave birth to Kevin Moore. John died on September 7, 2015 at Wilton, CT at age 89.

John Richard "Dickie" Moore, Jr. (September 12, 1925 – September 7, 2015)
Married to Jane Powell. Public Relations Executive. Famous Child Star.
Dick Moore, a public relations executive who was known as Dickie when he was a Hollywood child star, playing the movies’ first talking Oliver Twist and later giving Shirley Temple what was widely publicized as her first on-screen kiss, died on Monday in Connecticut. He was 89.
Helaine Feldman, who works for his company, Dick Moore & Associates, confirmed the death but said she was not sure where it had occurred. Mr. Moore lived in Wilton, Conn.
Mr. Moore was not yet a year old and evidently cute as a button when he made his movie debut in the 1927 silent feature “The Beloved Rogue,” which starred John Barrymore as the 15th-century French poet and gadabout François Villon. Young Dickie, uncredited, played Villon as an infant.
He very quickly became a busy youngster, appearing in dozens of features and short films, many before he turned 12, including “Blonde Venus” (1932), in which he played Marlene Dietrich’s son, and “The Story of Louis Pasteur” (1936), in which he played a boy saved from rabies by Paul Muni. In 1932-33, he appeared regularly in “Our Gang” shorts (the series was known as “The Little Rascals” when the films were shown on television). He was 6 when he played the title role in Hollywood’s first sound adaptation of Charles Dickens’s “Oliver Twist” (1933).
Mr. Moore claimed that the much-ballyhooed kiss he gave Shirley Temple in “Miss Annie Rooney” (1942) — he was 16, she was 14 — was his first kiss on screen or off (though Temple, as she admitted in her autobiography, couldn’t say the same — and she had actually been kissed on screen at least once before).
Decades later, Mr. Moore wrote about the peculiar and not terribly nourishing life of child actors in a 1984 book, “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (But Don’t Have Sex or Take the Car),” in which he described his own experiences and those of others whom he interviewed. He recalled that when he was 8, he was so used to inscribing autographed pictures for fans that he signed his mother’s birthday card “from your friend Dickie Moore.”
John Richard Moore Jr. was born in Los Angeles on Sept. 12, 1925. Though his acting career, which also included some stage work and a role in the Robert Mitchum film noir “Out of the Past” (1947), did not end for good until the 1950s — his last film was “The Member of the Wedding” in 1952 — it was on the wane by the time he kissed Temple.
He spent two years in the Army at the end of World War II, serving as a correspondent for the newspaper Stars and Stripes. After his discharge he briefly studied journalism at Los Angeles City College. He went on to produce and star in an Academy Award-nominated short film, “The Boy and the Eagle” (1949), about a disabled young man who nurses a wounded eagle back to health.
Mr. Moore was later the public relations director for Actors’ Equity Association, the stage actors union, as well as editor of its magazine, before starting his own public relations firm in 1966.
He was married three times and divorced twice. In 1988 he married the actress Jane Powell, who had also been a child star. They met during the research for his book. She survives him. His survivors also include a son, Kevin; a stepson, Geary; two stepdaughters, Lindsay and Suzanne; a sister, Pat Kingsley; and several grandchildren and step-grandchildren.

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John Richard "Dick" Moore, Jr., father to 1 child, passed away on September 7, 2015 at Wilton, CT at age 89. John was born on September 12, 1925 at California. He married Jane Powell in 1948 and they later divorced in 1954. He also married Pat Dempsey on December 17, 1948 and they later divorced in 1954. They gave birth to Kevin Moore.
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In 1925, in the year that John Richard "Dick" Moore, Jr. was born, gangster Al "Scarface" Capone took over the Chicago bootlegging racket at age 26. Previously right hand man to boss Johnny Torrio, Capone took over when Torrio was shot and severely injured and decided to resign. The bootlegging and brothel organization was massive and when asked what he did, Capone often replied "I am just a businessman, giving the people what they want".

In 1930, John was merely 5 years old when on August 6th, N.Y. Supreme Court Judge Joseph Crater went through papers in his office, destroyed some of them, withdrew all his money from the bank - $5,150, sold his stock, met friends at a restaurant for dinner and disappeared after getting into a taxi (or walking down the street - his friends' testimony later changed). His disappearance was reported to the police on September 3rd - almost a month later. His wife didn't know what happened, his fellow Justices had no idea, and his mistresses (he had several) said that they didn't know. While his disappearance was front page news, his fate was never discovered and after 40 years the case was closed, still without knowing if Crater was dead or alive.

In 1951, he was 26 years old when on February 27th, the 22nd Amendment to the US Constitution (which limited the number of terms a president may serve to two) was ratified by 36 states, making it a part of the U.S. Constitution. The Amendment was both a reaction to the 4 term Roosevelt presidency and also the recognition of a long-standing tradition in American politics.

In 1962, at the age of 37 years old, John was alive when on October 1st, African-American James H. Meredith, escorted by federal marshals, registered at the University of Mississippi - becoming the first African-American student admitted to the segregated college. He had been inspired by President Kennedy's inaugural address to apply for admission.

In 1974, by the time he was 49 years old, on July 30th, the House Judiciary Committee adopted three articles of impeachment against President Nixon. He was charged with obstruction of justice, failure to uphold laws, and the refusal to produce material subpoenaed by the committee. In order to avoid impeachment, Richard M. Nixon announced that he would resign on August 8th, the first President to do so.

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