Dickie Moore, actor, died at 89

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John Richard Moore, Jr., born September 12, 1925 and died September 7, 2015, he was an American child actor, known as Dickie Moore.

Dickie was 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 to 1933 season.

In addition to his Our Gang work, Dickie 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).

Dickie was less successful as a teenage actor and young adult, and he retired from the screen in the 1950s.

He later performed on Broadway, in stock, and on television.

Dickie 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.

Dickie owned a public relations firm, Dick Moore and Associates, in 1966 for 44 years and was married to the actress Jane Powell since 1988.

They met when Dickie interviewed Powell for Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, and live in Manhattan and Wilton, Connecticut.

In March 2013, Powell reported that Dickie Moore had arthritis and “bouts of dementia”.

Dickie Moore died on September 7, 2015, five days before his 90th birthday.