Moore BrothersThe Moore Brothers were three brothers who became famous in early Hollywood.
Thomas J. Moore (May 1, 1883 - February 12, 1955) was born in Fordstown Crossroads, County Meath, Ireland. Along with his brothers Matt and Owen, he emigrated to America and all went on to Hollywood, California and to successful careers in motion pictures.
The photo, Left to right: Matt, Owen, and Tom.
Tom Moore appeared in his first motion pictrure in 1912 and directed the 1915 film The Secret Room. Frequently cast as the romantic lead, he starred in many silent films as well as in some of the first sound films.
In 1914, he married silent film star Alice Joyce, with whom he had a daughter named Alice who, in later years, would act in films with her father.
While in New York City on New Year’s Eve 1920 Tom Moore met the young French actress Renée Adorée. A whirlwind romance ensued and six weeks after meeting, they were married on February 12, 1921 in his home in Beverly Hills, California. The marriage lasted only a few years and in 1931 Tom Moore married a third time to Eleanor Merry.
The Great Depression saw many studios close and much consolidation as the motion industry went through tough times and Tom Moore retired from film in the mid 1930s. Ten years later, he returned to act in minor supporting roles.
A few of his films:
- Dodging a Million - (1918)
- Made in Heaven - (1921)
- One Night in Rome - (1924)
- Manhandled (1924)
- The Love Thrill - (1927)
- The Wise Wife - (1927)
- Ten Laps To Go - (1938)
- Behind Green Lights (1946)
- Mother Wore Tights (1947)
- Road House (1948)
Owen Moore (December 12, 1886 - June 9, 1939) was born in Fordstown Crossroads, County Meath, Ireland. Along with his brothers Tom and Matt, he emigrated to America and they all went on to to successful careers in motion pictures in Hollywood, California.
While working at D.W. Griffith's Biograph Studios, Owen 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.
So much in demand, Mary Pickford left Biograph Studios to join the IMP Co. who had lost their major star, Pickford’s Canadian friend, Florence Lawrence. Carl Laemmle, the owner of IMP Co., agreed to sign her husband as part of the deal. This humiliation and his wife’s meteoric rise to fame, drastically affected Owen Moore and alcohol became a problem, as it would become for Pickford. Before long, the marriage soured and Mary Pickford left him for actor Douglas Fairbanks.
Owen Moore married a second time to another silent film actress, Katherine Perry. Although Moore was a good actor, his talent for singing and music went to waste during the silent film era. By the time "musical talkies" came along, it was too late for Moore to take much advantage of his gifts.
Some of his films:
- The Lonely Villa - (1909)
- Home Sweet Home - (1914)
- Little Meena's Romance - (1916)
- The Blackbird - (1926)
- The Red Mill - (1927)
- The Taxi Dancer - (1927)
- High Voltage - (1929)
- Side Street - (1929)
- As You Desire Me - (1932)
- She Done Him Wrong - (1933)
- A Man of Sentiment - (1933)
- A Star Is Born (1937)
Matthew Moore (January 8, 1888 - January 20, 1960) was born in Fordstown Crossroads, County Meath, Ireland. He and his brothers Tom and Owen emigrated to America and all went on to Hollywood, California and to successful careers in motion pictures.
Once his brothers had made a name for themselves in the motion picture business, Matt Moore made his first movie in 1913 and continued to act in film regularly up to the time of his death.
Matt Moore died in Hollywood, California. He has Star #6301 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6301 Hollywood Blvd.
Some of his films:
- The Pride Of The Clan - (1916)
- 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea - (1916)
- The Dark Star - (1919)
- White Tiger - (1923)
- Coquette - (1926) (Mary Pickford, his former sister in law, was the star of the film)
- The Front Page - (1931)
- Rain - (1932)
- Little Orphan Annie - (1932)
- Deluge - (1933)
- Range War - (1939)
- Santa Fe Marshal - (1940)
- Wilson - (1944)
- Neptune's Daughter - (1949)
- That Forsyte Woman - (1949)
- The Big Hangover - (1950)
- Malaya - (1950)
- The Great Caruso - (1951)
- Three Guys Named Mike - (1951)
- Plymouth Adventure - (1952)
- Latin Lovers - (1953)
- Executive Suite - (1954)
- Seven Brides For Seven Brothers - (1954)
- The Last Time I Saw Paris - (1954)
- The King's Thief - (1955)
- An Affair To Remember - (1957)
- I Bury The Living - (1957)