Born Joseph Garland Moore Jr, he was part Cherokee Indian and an Oklahoma native, the son of a small town pharmacist and distant cousin to famed humorist Will Rogers. He graduated from Classen High School in Oklahoma City, and attended the University of Oklahoma on a music scholarship, graduating in 1943. While appearing on stage in New York, he was discovered by a scout for Italian director Roberto Rossellini and began his professional career in Italy. IMDb filmography lists Moore's acting credits to include: “Paisan”, “To live in peace”, "Illegal Entry", "Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff", "Johnny Stool Pigeon", "The Girl in White" and "Curse of the Faceless Man", in addition to his work in television. Numerous online resources erroneously list him as “Morfit Thomas Garrison”, which was the birth name of TV entertainer and game-show host Garry Moore.
Gar and actress/comedienne Nancy Walker eloped to Tijuana August 01, 1948. The couple divorced within 10 months. The Chicago Tribune reported at his death that he painted portraits, including one of Eva Peron, enjoyed writing poetry and was preparing a book to be published by Northwood Institute. He was one time engaged to Magda Gabor, the eldest of Hollywood’s famous Gabor sisters, before marrying Marge Sinek, reportedly a relative of the Oscar Meyer family.
Although there is a small memorial bearing his name in his family burial plot, His obituary, as published in “The Chelsea Reporter”, (the local newspaper of his birth community), stated that Moore was cremated and his ashes were scattered over the [Palm Springs] desert that he so dearly loved.
1922–1992 (m. 1948)
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