Dick Moore, former Hollywood child star of 1930s, dies at 89

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‘Little Rascals’ star Dickie Moore dies at 89, leaving five surviving ‘Our Gang’ members.

The surviving members of the iconic “Little Rascals” cast dwindled to a handful this week after former child star Dick Moore died at age 89 — just three days after another member of the iconic “Gang” had passed away.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 her first on-screen kiss, died on Monday in Connecticut. 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. Kornman, 90, believed to be the oldest living “Rascal,” appeared in the series in the ’20s and ’30s, while the 82-year-old Landy was a “Gang” member from 1938 to 1941.

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. 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. It was the first-ever film version of “Oliver Twist” with sound. “We were all very isolated,” he said in an 1984 interview, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Shirley Temple told me she thought all children worked. … 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. 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).

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