Mickey Moore - Silent Film Star-turned-moviemaker Mickey Moore Dead At 98

Silent screen child star-turned-director Mickey Moore has died, aged 98.

The actor, who was a toddler when he made his big screen debut in 1916, died at his home in California on 4 March (13), according to his family.

Mentored by movie mogul Cecil B. DeMille throughout his youth, Moore went on to enjoy a nine-decade career, helping to make more than 200 movies, including Patton, Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid and the first three Indiana Jones movies.

He retired from acting in the late 1920s after appearing in Good As Gold and turned to directing, making his debut as a credited assistant director in 1947's Welcome Stranger. His final credit was as a second unit director on 2000 film 102 Dalmatians.

Moore retired from showbusiness a decade ago and published his memoirs My Magic Carpet of Films when he turned 95 in 2009. George Lucas wrote the foreword.

Born Dennis Michael Sheffield in Vancouver, Canada, the actor/director was the younger brother of silent screen star Pat Moore, who appeared in the 1923 version of The Ten Commandments. He died in 2004.

Mickey Moore's credits as an assistant director also included the classic films Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, James Bond movie Never Say Never Again and seven Elvis Presley movies. He also directed Presley in Paradise, Hawaiian Style.


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