Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004
Longtime character actor in Vaudeville, on the stage and in film. Moore originated the role of Vice President Throttlebottom on Broadway in Of Thee I Sing, and appeared in a number of films including Gold Diggers of 1937, Swing Time (1936), The Ziegfeld Follies (1946), and The Seven Year Itch (1955).
His entry in The Film Encyclopedia has this to say about him:
[s]hort and pudgy, he typically portrayed bumbling, helpless little men. Therefore, little wonder that Friz Freleng used both the voice and caricature of Moore in an Elmer Fudd-like role in 1945’s Aint That Ducky.
Maltin, at pg. 256, quotes Freleng:
I approached him and wanted to know if he’d do it. He said he’d love to do it. We did a caricature of him, showed it to him, and he said, “I love it, if you’d just put more hair on my head.”
Moore did not charge Warner Brothers for his work on the cartoon, despite the fact that he provided the voice for his own caricature.