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Clayton Moore as The Lone Ranger
|Born||Jack Carlton Moore|
(1914-09-14)September 14, 1914
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||December 28, 1999(1999-12-28) (aged 85)|
West Hills, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park|
|Known for||The Lone Ranger|
|Television||The Lone Ranger|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Moore (1940-1942)|
Sally Allen (1943-1986) (her death) 1 child
Connie Moore (1986-1989)
Clarita Moore (1992-1999) (his death)
Early yearsBorn Jack Carlton Moore in Chicago, Illinois, Moore became a circus acrobat by age 8 and appeared at the Century of Progress exposition in Chicago in 1934 with a trapeze act. He graduated from Stephen K. Hayt Elementary School in Chicago.
As a young man, Moore worked successfully as a John Robert Powers model. Moving to Hollywood in the late 1930s, he worked as a stunt man and bit player between modeling jobs. According to his autobiography, around 1940 Hollywood producer Edward Small persuaded him to adopt the stage name "Clayton" Moore. He was an occasional player in B westerns and the lead in four Republic Studio cliffhangers, and two for Columbia. Moore served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II and made training films (Target--Invisible, etc.) with the First Motion Picture Unit.
As The Lone RangerMoore's career advanced in 1949, when George Trendle spotted him in the Ghost of Zorro serial. As creator-producer of The Lone Ranger radio show (with writer Fran Striker), Trendle was about to launch the television version. Moore landed the role.
Moore trained his voice to sound like the radio version of The Lone Ranger, which had then been on the air since 1933, and succeeded in lowering his already distinctive baritone even further. With the first notes of Rossini's "William Tell Overture" and actor Gerald Mohr's "Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear ... ," Moore and co-star Jay Silverheels, in the role of Tonto, made television history as the stars of the first Western written specifically for that medium. The Lone Ranger soon became the highest-rated program to that point on the fledgling ABC network and its first true hit, earning an Emmy nomination in 1950. Moore starred in 169 episodes of the television show.
Leaving seriesAfter two successful years presenting a new episode every week, 52 weeks a year, Moore had a pay dispute and left the series. As "Clay Moore", he made a few more westerns and serials, sometimes playing the villain. Moore was replaced for a time by actor John Hart. Eventually the show's producers came to terms and rehired Moore. He stayed with the program until it ended first-run production in 1957. He and Jay Silverheels also starred in two feature-length Lone Ranger motion pictures. Moore appeared in other series too, including a role in the 1952 episode "Snake River Trapper" of Bill Williams's syndicated western, The Adventures of Kit Carson.
After completion of the second feature, The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold in 1958, Moore embarked on what would be 40 years of personal appearances, TV guest spots, and classic commercials as the legendary masked man. Silverheels joined him for occasional appearances during the early 1960s. Throughout his career, Moore expressed respect and love for Silverheels.
The Finale or "cavalry charge" of the The William Tell Overture by Gioachino Rossini was used as the theme music for The Lone Ranger in the movies, serials, television and on radio and for Lark (cigarette) television commercials in the 1960s. Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels appeared in Stan Freberg's Jeno's Pizza Roll commercial, incorporating all three cultural icons.
Lawsuit over public appearancesIn 1979, the owner of the Ranger character, Jack Wrather, obtained a court order prohibiting Moore from making future appearances as The Lone Ranger. Wrather anticipated making a new film version of the story, and did not want the value of the character being undercut by Moore's appearances. Also, Wrather did not want to encourage the belief that the 65-year-old Moore would be playing the role in the new picture. This move proved to be a public relations disaster. Moore responded by changing his costume slightly and replacing the Domino mask with similar-looking Foster Grant wraparound sunglasses, and by counter-suing Wrather. He eventually won the suit, and was able to resume his appearances in costume, which he continued to do until shortly before his death. For a time he worked in publicity tie-ins with the Texas Rangers baseball team. (Wrather's planned motion picture remake, The Legend of the Lone Ranger, was released in 1981 and was a critical and commercial failure.)
Moore often was quoted as saying he had "fallen in love with the Lone Ranger character" and strove in his personal life to take The Lone Ranger Creed to heart. This, coupled with his public fight to retain the right to wear the mask, linked him inextricably with the character. In this regard, he was much like another cowboy star, William Boyd, who portrayed the Hopalong Cassidy character. Moore was so identified with the masked man that he is the only person on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, as of 2006[update], to have his character's name along with his on the star, which reads, "Clayton Moore — The Lone Ranger". He was inducted into the Stuntman's Hall of Fame in 1982 and in 1990 was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Moore also was awarded a place on the Western Walk of Fame in Old Town Newhall, California.
DeathClayton Moore died on December 28, 1999, in a West Hills, California, hospital after suffering a heart attack at his home in nearby Calabasas. He was survived by his fourth wife, Clarita Moore, and an adopted daughter, Dawn Angela Moore. Moore was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale.
|1938||Go Chase Yourself||Reporter||uncredited|
|1939||Burn 'Em Up O'Connor||Hospital Interne||as Jack Moore|
|1940||Kit Carson||Paul Terry|
|1940||The Son of Monte Cristo||Lieutenant Fritz Dorner|
|1941||Tuxedo Junction||Bill Bennett|
|1942||Black Dragons||FBI Agent Richard 'Dick' Martin|
|1942||Perils of Nyoka||Dr. Larry Grayson|
|1942||Outlaws of Pine Ridge||Lane Hollister|
|1946||The Bachelor's Daughters||Bill Cotter|
|1946||The Crimson Ghost||Ashe|
|1947||Jesse James Rides Again||Jesse James|
|1947||Along the Oregon Trail||Gregg Thurston|
|1948||G-Men Never Forget||Agent Ted O'Hara|
|1948||Marshal of Amarillo||Art Crandall|
|1948||Adventures of Frank and Jesse James||Jesse James|
|1949||The Far Frontier||Tom Sharper|
|1949||Sheriff of Wichita||Raymond D'Arcy|
|1949||Riders of the Whistling Pines||Henchman Pete|
|1949||Ghost of Zorro||Ken Mason/ el Zorro|
|1949||Frontier Investigator||Scott Garnett|
|1949||The Cisco Kid||Lieutenant|
|1949||South of Death Valley||Brad|
|1949||Masked Raiders||Matt Trevett|
|1949||The Cowboy and the Indians||Henchman Luke|
|1949||Bandits of El Dorado||B. F. Morgan|
|1949||Sons of New Mexico||Rufe Burns|
|1949/1957||The Lone Ranger||The Lone Ranger||(TV series) 169 episodes|
|1952||Son of Geronimo: Apache Avenger||Jim Scott||as Clay Moore|
|1952||Radar Men from the Moon||Graber|
|1953||Jungle Drums of Africa||Alan King||as Clay Moore|
|1953||Kansas Pacific||Henchman Stone|
|1953||The Bandits of Corsica||Ricardo|
|1953||Down Laredo Way||Chip Wells|
|1954||Gunfighters of the Northwest||Bram Nevin|
|1955||The Lone Ranger Rides Again||The Lone Ranger||(1955 film)|
|1956||The Lone Ranger||The Lone Ranger||(1956 film)|
|1958||The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold||The Lone Ranger||(1958 film)|
- "Clayton Moore, the 'Lone Ranger,' dead at 85". CNN. http://edition.cnn.com/1999/SHOWBIZ/TV/12/28/obit.moore/index.html. Retrieved 2009-10-19.
- Goldstein, Richard (1999-12-29). "Clayton Moore, Television's Lone Ranger And a Persistent Masked Man, Dies at 85". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/1999/12/29/arts/clayton-moore-television-s-lone-ranger-and-a-persistent-masked-man-dies-at-85.html?scp=1&sq=&pagewanted=1. Retrieved 2010-04-25.
- "Who's That Masked Man? Hi-Yo-It's Clayton Moore!". The Los Angeles Times. 1985-01-15. http://articles.latimes.com/1985-01-15/news/mn-7324_1_clayton-moore. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
- Vallance, Tom (1999-12-30). "Obituary: Clayton Moore". The Independent (London). http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/obituary-clayton-moore-1135066.html. Retrieved 2009-10-19.
- Stassel, Stephanie (1999-12-29). "Clayton Moore, TV's 'Lone Ranger,' Dies". The Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/1999/dec/29/news/mn-48531. Retrieved 2009-10-19.
- "Lone Ranger star dies". BBC. 1999-12-29. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/581634.stm. Retrieved 2009-10-19.
- I Was That Masked Man, by Clayton Moore with Frank Thompson, Taylor Publishing Company, 1996 - ISBN 0-87833-939-6
- Jay Thomas talks about Clayton Moore on Letterman
- Clayton Moore at the Internet Movie Database
- Clayton Moore Memorial
- Clayton Moore at The Old Corral (b-westerns.com)
- "Clayton Moore, Television's Lone Ranger And a Persistent Masked Man, Dies at 85", by Richard Goldstein, The New York Times, December 29, 1999
With Lupe Velez, with whom Clayton Moore was associated with in real life, although they didn't work together in the movies.
PERILS OF NYOKA
With Kay Aldridge and Billy Benedict
With THE CRIMSON GHOST
With Ramsy Ames in G-MEN NEVER FORGET
With Noel Neill in THE ADVENTURES OF FRANK AND JESSE JAMES
Noel Neill would later appear on the Lone Ranger show.
With Phyllis Coates in JUNGLE DRUMS OF AFRICA
With Phyllis Coates on the Lone Ranger show.
Phyllis Coates worked with both Clayton Moore and John Hart on the series.
The Lone Ranger And Tonto
With their horses Scout and Silver.
Different characters played by Clayton Moore on the program
Tonto also disguised himself as a Mexican along with the Lone Ranger.
Poster for the movie THE LONE RANGER AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD
Lone Ranger comic book. Not only the Lone Ranger, but Tonto and even Silver had their own comic books.
I don't think Clayton Moore ever recieved a dime for his image appearing on things like comic books. I think all he was actually paid for was acting the part of the Lone Ranger.
Clayton Moore is still popular today, even though there are some people who don't want you to think so. They don't want anyone even to know about him and insist that nobody does. But you can't just make everyone forget something overnight, and there are people still watching the Lone Ranger show. The program has been run on television here within recent memory and there are lots of people still around who remember it from when it was new.
Then there are people who want to say that there was something wrong with the way Tonto was depicted. There was. He was treated the same as everyone else. History tells us that in real life Indians were frequently shot on sight during the period the program is supposed to be set in. Tonto would have been likely to run into trouble any time he went into town.
Tonto and the Lone Ranger were always depicted as friends.
I think a lot of problem is that some people just can't stand it that the Lone Ranger is not only a symbol of good, a symbol of justice, but a symbol of masculinity. They can't stand that and they tell you that it's all wrong, that the Lone Ranger needs to be changed.
It's been done before. It didn't work.
Unlike other movie stars I've written about, Clayton Moore is someone I appeared with on television. Clayton was the friend of the sherrif here ( Indianapolis ) and would occasionally come to town to visit. He'd also visit little kids in the hospital, one time I was in front of the hospital when he arrived, and I ended up on a spot on the evening news with him. That was before I had a vcr and I didn't record it. Somebody else might have ( vcrs were available at the time ), but I don't know. The spot could be lost to history along with a lot of other things that were broadcast on television at some point.
Oh, yeah. That was when they made him stop wearing the mask. He was wearing glasses. I don't think it made much difference, although he didn't like it. A lot of other people didn't like it either. I think it backfired on the ( then ) new movie they were making when they told Clayton Moore he couldn't wear the mask.
Later on they gave him permission to put the mask back on. So I guess this time the story did have a happy ending.
Clayton Moore Autobiography
Hi-Yo Silver ( Lone Ranger Song ):
Clayton Moore Gets A Star On The Walk Of Fame:
Clayton Moore At Lone Ranger Fan Club:
Clayton Moore, The Lone Ranger:
Clayton Moore At Booksteve's Library:
Clayton Moore Memmorial:
Clayton Moore At B Westerns:
Lone Ranger Comic Books ( With Clayton Moore Covers ):