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Publicity portrait of Moore, Bangs Studio, New York (1914)
12 December 1886|
Fordstown Crossroads, County Meath, Ireland
|Died||9 June 1939
Beverly Hills, California
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Resting place||Calvary Cemetery, East Los Angeles|
Mary Pickford (1911–1920)
Katherine Perry (1921–1939)
Tom Moore (brother)
Matt Moore (brother)
Owen Moore (12 December 1886 – 9 June 1939) was an Irish actor in American films, appearing in more than 279 movies spanning from 1908 to 1937.
Moore was born in Fordstown Crossroads, County Meath, Ireland, and along with his parents, John and Rose Anna Moore, brothers Tom, Matt, and Joe (1895–1926), 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.
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.
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