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

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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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1925 - In the year that John Richard "Dick" Moore, Jr. was born, on November 28th, radio station WSM broadcast the Grand Ole Opry for the first time. Originally airing as “The WSM Barn Dance”, the Opry (a local term for "opera") was dedicated to honoring country music and in its history has featured the biggest stars and acts in country music.

1946 - At the age of 21 years old, John was alive when on July 4th, the Philippines gained independence from the United States. In 1964, Independence Day in the Philippines was moved from July 4th to June 12th at the insistence of nationalists and historians.

1949 - He was 24 years old when on April 4th, NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization) was established. Twelve nations originally signed the North Atlantic Treaty - the United States, Great Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Iceland, Canada, and Portugal. Greece, Turkey, and West Germany later joined. Today, there are 26 nations in NATO.

1960 - At the age of 35 years old, John was alive when on May 1st, an American CIA U-2 spy plane, piloted by Francis Gary Powers, was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over the Soviet Union. Powers ejected and survived but was captured. The U.S. claimed that the U-2 was a "weather plane" but Powers was convicted in the Soviet Union of espionage. He was released in 1962 after 1 year, 9 months and 10 days in prison.

1974 - When he was 49 years old, on August 9th, Gerald R. Ford became the 38th President of the United States. He had been Vice President for 8 months when he became President due to the resignation of President Nixon.

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John Richard "Dick" Moore, Jr. passed away on September 7, 2015 at Wilton, CT at age 89. There is no listed cause of death. He was born on September 12, 1925 at California. He married Jane Powell.

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