John Richard “Dick” Moore, a child star known for working in “Our Gang” and the husband of Jane Powell, died on Sept. 7. He was 89.
Moore was also a longtime AFTRA public relations consultant for more than three decades.
Moore was a native of Los Angeles. His mother’s chance meeting with a casting director led to his film debut a year later in “The Beloved Rogue,” in which he portrayed John Barrymore as an infant.
He joined Screen Actors Guild in 1937 and AFTRA in 1950. He was known onscreen as “Dickie” Moore and appeared in more than 100 films and television episodes before leaving acting in 1957.
He worked for two years on the “Our Gang/Little Rascals” series. Other credits include “The Blonde Venus” (as Marlene Dietrich’s son), “Million Dollar Legs” with W.C. Fields, “Peter Ibbetson” as young Gary Cooper, “Out of The Past” with Robert Mitchum and “Disorderly Conduct” with Spencer Tracy (pictured above).
While serving in the army in World War II, he became a correspondent for The Stars and Stripes newspaper and later attended Los Angeles City College.
In 1949, he co-produced, co-directed and acted in a short film “Boy and the Eagle,” which received an Oscar nomination as the Best Short Subject. He later settled in New York and became involved on the Actors’ Equity council’s publications committee.
In the early 1960s, he started the public relations firm of Dick Moore and Associates and served as a public relations consultant to AFTRA and editor of Standby NY, the magazine of the AFTRA New York local. In 1997, he was awarded AFTRA’s George Heller Memorial Award.
In 1984, he authored the book “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (But Don’t Have Sex or Take the Car)” detailing the lives of many former child actors. He met Powell while he was writing the book.
Moore is survived by his wife and four children.