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Owen Moore
Irish-born actor in American films

Owen Moore

Owen Moore
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Intro Irish-born actor in American films
Was Actor Film actor
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 12 December 1886, County Meath, Leinster, Ireland
Death 9 June 1939, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA (aged 52 years)
Star sign Sagittarius
Spouse: Mary PickfordKatherine Perry
Owen Moore
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Owen Moore (12 December 1886 – 9 June 1939) was an Irish-born American actor, appearing in more than 279 movies spanning from 1908 to 1937.

Early life and career

Moore was born in Fordstown Crossroads, County Meath, Ireland, and along with his parents, John and Rose Anna Moore, brothers Tom, Matt, and Joe, and sister Mary (1890–1919), he emigrated to the United States as a steerage passenger on board the S.S. Anchoria and was inspected on Ellis Island in May 1896; settled around Toledo, Ohio; Moore and his siblings went on to successful careers in motion pictures in Hollywood, California.

While working at D. W. Griffith's Biograph Studios, Moore met a young Canadian actress named Gladys Smith whom he married on January 7, 1911. Their marriage was kept secret at first because of the strong opposition of her mother. However, Gladys Moore would soon overshadow her husband under her stage name, Mary Pickford. In 1912, he signed on with Victor Studios, co-starring in a number of their films with studio owner/actress Florence Lawrence.

Moore with Florence Lawrence in a scene still from a silent drama, possibly The Redemption of Riverton (1912)

Mary Pickford left Biograph Studios to join the Independent Moving Pictures (IMP) to replace their major star, Pickford’s Canadian friend, Florence Lawrence. Carl Laemmle, the owner of IMP who soon merged IMP into Universal Studios, agreed to sign her husband as part of the deal. This humiliation, together with his wife's meteoric rise to fame, drastically affected Moore and alcohol became a problem that led to violent behavior and his physically abusing Pickford. In 1916, Pickford met actor Douglas Fairbanks, Pickford filed for a divorce from Moore, when she agreed to his demand of $100,000 settlement. Pickford and Fairbanks married just days later in 1920.

Appearing in a number of successful films for Lewis J. Selznick (father of producer David O. Selznick and agent Myron Selznick), in the late teens and early 1920s, Moore was a popular star at Selznick Pictures along with Olive Thomas, Elaine Hammerstein, Eugene O'Brien and Conway Tearle. He also appeared in films for his own production company as well as Goldwyn and Triangle.

Moore married a second time to another silent film actress, Katherine Perry, in 1921. With the advent of sound film, Moore's career declined and he became basically a supporting actor for newer stars. He competed, as the third lead, with Cary Grant and Noah Beery, Sr. for the attentions of Mae West in She Done Him Wrong, Paramount's most lucrative film of 1933. His last film appearance was as a movie director in the 1937 drama A Star Is Born starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March.


After years of fighting alcoholism, Owen Moore died in Beverly Hills, California from a heart attack and was interred in the Calvary Cemetery in East Los Angeles, California.

For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Moore has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6727 Hollywood Boulevard.

Selected filmography

Moore in the 1916 film Under Cover
Moore and Dorothy Gish in silent drama Betty of Graystone (1916)
  • The Guerrilla (1908, Short)
  • The Valet's Wife (1908, Short)
  • The Honor of Thieves (1909, Short) as Ned Grattan
  • The Sacrifice (1909, Short)
  • A Rural Elopement (1909, Short) as In Crowd
  • The Criminal Hypnotist (1909, Short) as The Man
  • The Welcome Burglar (1909, Short) as In Office / In Bar
  • The Brahma Diamond (1909, Short)
  • The Prussian Spy (1909, Short) as The Spy
  • His Wife's Mother (1909, Short) as Restaurant Patron
  • A Fool's Revenge (1909, Short) as The Duke
  • The Roue's Heart (1909, Short) as Nobleman
  • The Deception (1909, Short) as The Rich Patron
  • A Burglar's Mistake (1909, Short) as At Folsom's
  • Lady Helen's Escapade (1909, Short) as The Boyfriend
  • Resurrection (1909, Short) as At Court / At Prison
  • Two Memories (1909, Short) as Party Guest
  • The Lonely Villa (1909, Short) as A Burglar
  • The Little Darling (1909, Short) as In Boarding House
  • The Hessian Renegades (1909, Short) as Colonial Army Messenger
  • Leather Stocking (1909, Short) as Leather Stocking
  • Pippa Passes (1909, Short) as Sibald
  • Nursing a Viper (1909, Short) as Fleeing Aristocrat
  • The Red Man's View (1909, Short) as Indian (uncredited)
  • In Little Italy (1909, Short) as At the Ball
  • To Save Her Soul (1909, Short) as At Party
  • The Rocky Road (1910, Short)
  • What the Daisy Said (1910, Short) (uncredited)
  • In the Border States (1910, Short)
  • Love in Quarantine (1910, Short)
  • Their First Misunderstanding (1911, Short)
  • Behind the Times (1911, Short) as Billy Thompson
  • The Lesser Evil (1912, Short)
  • The Angel of the Studio (1912, Short)
  • So Runs the Way (1913, Short)
  • Caprice (1913) as Jack Henderson
  • The Battle of the Sexes (1914) as Cleo's lover
  • Home, Sweet Home (1914) as The Tempter
  • The Escape (1914) as Dr. von Eiden
  • Aftermath (1914) as Allan Buchannan
  • Cinderella (1914) as Prince Charming
  • Mistress Nell (1915) as King Charles II
  • Pretty Mrs. Smith (1915) as Mr. Smith No. 3, Frank
  • Help Wanted (1915) as Jack Scott
  • Betty in Search of a Thrill (1915) as Jim Denning
  • Mabel Lost and Won (1915, Short) as Mabel's Sweetheart
  • The Little Teacher (1915, Short) as Teacher's Fiancé
  • Nearly a Lady (1915) as Jack Rawlins
  • 'Twas Ever Thus (1915) as Long Biceps / Frank Warren / Jack Rogers
  • Jordan Is a Hard Road (1915) as Mark Sheldon
  • Betty of Greystone (1916) as David Chandler
  • Little Meena's Romance (1916) as The Count
  • Susan Rocks the Boat (1916) as Larry O'Neil
  • Under Cover (1916) as Steven Denby
  • Rolling Stones (1916) as Dave Fulton
  • Intolerance (1916) as Extra (uncredited)
  • The Kiss (1916) as Jean-Marie
  • A Coney Island Princess (1916) as Pete Milholland
  • A Girl Like That (1917) as Jim Brooks
  • The Little Boy Scout (1917) as Thomas Morton
  • The Crimson Gardenia (1919) as Roland Van Dam
  • Piccadilly Jim (1919) as James Braithwaite Crocker / Piccadilly Jim
  • Sooner or Later (1920) as Patrick Murphy
  • The Desperate Hero (1920) as Henry Baird
  • The Poor Simp (1920) as Melville G. Carruthers
  • The Chicken in the Case (1921) as Steve Perkins
  • A Divorce of Convenience (1921) as Jim Blake
  • Oh, Mabel Behave (1922) as Randolph Roanoke
  • Reported Missing (1922) as Richard Boyd
  • Love Is an Awful Thing (1922) as Anthony Churchill
  • Modern Matrimony (1923) as Chester Waddington
  • Hollywood (1923) as Himself
  • The Silent Partner (1923) as George Coburn
  • Thundergate (1923) as Robert Wells / Kong Sur
  • Her Temporary Husband (1923) as Thomas Burton
  • Torment (1924) as Hansen
  • East of Broadway (1924) as Peter Mullaney
  • The Parasite (1925) as Arthur Randall
  • Code of the West (1925) as Cal Thurman
  • Go Straight (1925) as John Rhodes
  • Camille of the Barbary Coast (1925) as Robert Morton
  • False Pride (1925) as James Mason Ardsley
  • The Blackbird (1926) as Bertram P. Glayde aka West End Bertie
  • The Skyrocket (1926) as Mickey Reid
  • Married ? (1926) as Dennis Shawn
  • Money Talks (1926) as Sam Starling
  • The Road to Mandalay (1926) as The Admiral
  • The Red Mill (1927) as Dennis
  • The Taxi Dancer (1927) as Lee Rogers
  • Women Love Diamonds (1927) as Patrick Michael Regan
  • Tea for Three (1927) as Philip Collamore
  • Becky (1927) as Dan Scarlett
  • Husbands for Rent (1927) as Herbert Willis
  • The Actress (1928) as Tom Wrench
  • Stolen Love (1928) as Curtis Barstow
  • High Voltage (1929) as Det. Dan Egan
  • Side Street (1929) as Dennis O'Farrell
  • What a Widow! (1930) as Gerry Morgan
  • Outside the Law (1930) as Harry 'Fingers' O'Dell
  • Extravagance (1930) as Jim Hamilton
  • Stout Hearts and Willing Hands (1931, Short) as Lookalike Bartender 1
  • Hush Money (1931) as Steve Pelton
  • As You Desire Me (1932) as Tony Boffie
  • She Done Him Wrong (1933) as Chick Clark
  • A Man of Sentiment (1933) as Stanley Colton
  • A Star Is Born (1937) as Casey Burke - Director (final film role)

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