Dennis Moore (actor)
Moore in The Dawn Rider (1935)
January 26, 1908
|Died||March 1, 1964 (aged 56)|
|Other names||Denny Meadows|
|Spouse(s)||Marilyn Mason (1947-1964) (his death) (1 child)|
A plane crash nearly ended his life. After more than a year spent in a hospital and two additional years of recovery, he could not pass the physical examination for a pilot's license. Therefore, he chose to change from aviation to acting.
Moore began appearing in short subjects and low-budget feature films in the 1930s under the name Denny Meadows and enjoyed greater recognition and employment after he changed his professional name to Dennis Moore.
His dark looks and solemn demeanor kept him working steadily as an all-purpose utility player, in both heroic and villainous roles. Moore became a familiar face in Westerns but never became a major star. In 1942, he co-starred for six films in PRC's "Lone Rider" series, beginning with The Lone Rider and the Bandit and ending with Overland Stagecoach.
He also appeared on television in the syndicated The Range Rider, with Jock Mahoney and Dick Jones, in the 1955 CBS series Brave Eagle with Keith Larsen, and in the 1956 episode "Panhandle" of the CBS series Tales of the Texas Rangers, with Willard Parker and Harry Lauter.
He was cast as Mr. Finley in "The Gold Watch" and as Jeb in "A Permanent Juliet" on the NBC Western series Buckskin, starring Tom Nolan, Sally Brophy and Mike Road. He was cast as Walker in the 1958 episode "Three Wanted Men" of the syndicated Western series Frontier Doctor, starring Rex Allen. At this time, he also made multiple appearances on Richard Carlson's syndicated Western series Mackenzie's Raiders.
He also guest starred on the syndicated adventure series Rescue 8, starring Jim Davis and Lang Jeffries, the crime drama U.S. Marshal, starring John Bromfield, and the NBC Western Riverboat, starring Darren McGavin.
Moore moved with his family from Los Angeles to Big Bear Lake, operating a gift shop there.
- The Dawn Rider (1935)
- China Clipper (1936)
- Fugitive in the Sky (1936) Unbilled
- Irish Luck (1939)
- Girl from Rio (1939)
- Boys of the City (1940) as Giles
- Fugitive from a Prison Camp (1940)
- Flying Wild (1941) as George
- Bowery Blitzkrieg (1941) as Dorgan
- Spooks Run Wild (1941) as Dr. Von Grosch
- The Lone Rider Fights Back (1941) as Al Williams
- Billy the Kid in Santa Fe (1941) as Silent Don Benson
- The Lone Rider and the Bandit (1942) as Sheriff Smoky Moore
- The Lone Rider in Cheyenne (1942) as Sheriff Smoky Moore
- The Lone Rider in Texas Justice (1942) as Sheriff Smoky Moore
- Border Roundup (1942) as Sheriff Smoky Moore
- Outlaws of Boulder Pass (1942) as Sheriff Smoky Moore
- Overland Stagecoach (1942) as Sheriff Smoky Moore
- Arizona Trail (1943)
- West of the Rio Grande (1944)
- The Mummy's Curse (1944) as Dr. James Halsey
- Song of the Range (1944) as Denny
- The Frozen Ghost (1945) Radio Show Announcer (uncredited)
- The Crime Doctor's Courage (1945) David Lee (uncredited)
- The Master Key (1945)
- Rainbow Over the Rockies (1947)
- Frontier Agent (1948)
- Range Renegades (1948)
- Across the Rio Grande (1949) as Carson
- Life of St. Paul series (1949) as Roman Centurion
- I Killed Geronimo (1950) as Henchman Luke
- Hot Rod (1950)
- Federal Man (1950) as Harry
- Snow Dog (1950) as LaFontaine Factor (uncredited)
- Yukon Manhunt (1951) as Henchman
- Blazing Bullets (1951) as Crowley - Henchman
- The Lusty Men (1952)
- The Shrike (1955) as spectator
- The White Squaw (1956) as rancher (uncredited)
- Friendly Persuasion (1956) Farmer (uncredited)
- Blazing the Overland Trail (1956) as Ed Marr, Pony Express relay station manager
- The Phantom Stagecoach (1957) as Townsman
- Bat Masterson (1959) as Tom
- Bat Masterson (1960) as Sheriff
- Bat Masterson (1961) as Hacker
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- Feramisco, Thomas M. (2015). The Mummy Unwrapped: Scenes Left on Universal's Cutting Room Floor. McFarland. pp. 145–146. ISBN 978-1-4766-0792-4. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
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