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Child star Dickie Moore dies at 89

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Famed child actor Dickie Moore, who stole hearts at age 6 playing the lead in 1933’s Oliver Twist, died, according to the New York Times. He was 89.

Born John Richard Moore Jr. on Sept. 12, 1925 in Los Angeles, Moore made his film debut as a baby in The Beloved Rogue in 1927. He worked steadily as a childhood star, appearing in more than 20 films and starring alongside Marlene Dietrich in 1932’s Blonde Venus and W.C. Fields in Million Dollar LegsFrom 1932-33, he became notable as one of Hal Roach’s “The Little Rascals,” appearing in multiple Our Gang shorts. Later, he was cast as the lucky man behind Shirley Temple’s first on-screen kiss in 1942’s Miss Annie Rooney

Moore served two years as a correspondent for the military newspaper Stars and Stripes at the end of World War II. In later years, he produced and starred in a 1949 Academy Award-nominated short The Boy and the Eagle before giving up acting and and serving as the public relations director for the Actors’ Equity Association. His own public relations firm, Dick Moore Associates, was founded in 1966.

He is survived by his wife, actress Jane Powell; his sister, Pat Kingsley; and his son, Kevin; as well as stepchildren Geary, Lindsay, and Suzanne; and several grandchildren.

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