Jackie Moran (John E. Moran)
Photos with Jackie Moran
BiographyMattoon, Illinois, USA
One of the lesser remembered but quite active child actors during the 30s and 40s was Jackie Moran. Born in 1923, he was a tyke model placed into films as a teen, often cast as a feisty street orphan. David O. Selznick took an interest in the gangly, fair-haired lad and cast him as Huckleberry Finn in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938) and in Since You Went Away (1944), not to mention a bit part in his epic classic Gone with the Wind (1939). Read more... who co-piloted the giant dirigible along with Buster Crabbe's titular hero. In the 40s Jackie played in a number of youth-oriented programmers, none particularly memorable, though he did create the role of teenager Jimmy Forrest in a mildly popular series of be-bop musical comedy romps that included Junior Prom (1946), Freddie Steps Out (1946), and High School Hero (1946). He retired from acting in 1947 and became interested in screen writing and public relations work. He died at 67 of cancer in 1990.