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Moore, Timlocked

(09 December 1887?–13 December 1958)
  • Dennis Wepman

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Moore, Tim (09 December 1887?–13 December 1958), vaudeville, stage, and television comedian, was born Harry Roscoe Moore in 1887—or, according to some sources, 1888—in Rock Island, Illinois, the son of Harry Moore, night watchman at a brewery, and Cynthia Wilson. From the age of eight Moore buck‐danced on the sidewalks with other African American children for loose change, and at eleven he left school to join a traveling vaudeville troupe in an act called Cora Miskel and Her Gold Dust Twins for $12 a week. The trio toured the country singing and doing comic turns for more than a year, and they followed this successful run with another of eighteen months in the music halls of England. On their return Moore widened his theatrical range by joining the medicine show of Dr. Mick's Puritia Company, demonstrating the benefits of that herbal panacea and performing a song‐and‐dance routine in vacant lots throughout the Midwest....

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