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Dickie Moore Dies: Little Rascal and Much, Much More Was 89

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Child star Dickie Moore, known for his role in the much-loved "Little Rascals," died Sept. 7 at the age of 89.

In a career that began when he was just 11 months old, Moore left his mark on Hollywood beginning in the silent film days and continuing through Broadway appearances, television, and numerous movies, Fox News reported.

By age 4, Moore was "working regularly," Fox said, appearing in early movies like "The Squaw Man" and "So Big." But, aside from being a Little Rascal in the classic TV series "Our Gang," he's well-known for his leading roles in "Oliver Twist," "Sergeant York," "The Life of Louis Pasteur," and "Heaven Can Wait."

He also was the actor honored to give Shirley Temple her first on-screen kiss when he played her boyfriend in "Miss Annie Rooney," Fox said.

In an interview with New York's WNBC TV about Moore's book "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (But Don't Have Sex or Take the Car)," Moore recalled his days as a child star and talked about what he and other child stars of the time went through.



"I think Natalie (Wood) summed up the common thread. She said, 'We were very intelligent and very energetic.' She said, but, and she was talking for herself, 'I was very shy and very lonely and there was no grownup I could in any way confide in,'" Moore said. "That was the most common thread, I think."

Glimpses of Moore's childhood stardom abound on YouTube, as in this clip from the movie "The Passion Flower," where Moore says his bedtime prayers:



Moore was married to actress Jane Powell, who survives. Many went online to share their memories or express their sadness at the iconic star's death.


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