|Died||December 28, 1999 (aged 85)|
Career[change | change source]
His real name was Jack Carlton Moore. He was born in Chicago, Illinois. He began his career as a child, as an acrobat in the circus. In 1938 he went to Hollywood and acted in minor roles in Class B Western movies. In 1947 he was in the movie Jesse James Rides Again. He played Jesse James. He also played James in Adventures of Frank and Jesse James (1948). He starred in The Ghost of Zorro (1949). The other B-movies he starred in were Cyclone Fury 1951; Montana Territory, 1952, as Commissioner George Ives; and Gunfighters of the Northwest, 1954.
The Lone Ranger[change | change source]
In 1949 he was chosen by ABC Television to play The Lone Ranger. In the series of the same name. His co-star was the actor Jay Silverheels. It was the biggest success of ABC in the postwar period. From 1949 to 1956, 169 episodes were made of The Lone Ranger. His silver bullets, white hat and black mask were icons of the western U.S. In 1979, the company owning the rights to The Lone Ranger forced him to no longer use the character. Judge Vernon Foster said Moore could no longer use his black mask, or advertise as The Lone Ranger. Moore obeyed the judge's decision. In 1987 a star was placed on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.
References[change | change source]
- "The Day They Took the Mask off the Old Lone Ranger by Patrick Culliton". Houdinighost.com. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
- "Clayton Moore, the 'Lone Ranger,' dead at 85". CNN. Retrieved 2009-10-19.
- Vallance, Tom (1999-12-30). "Obituary: Clayton Moore". The Independent. London. Retrieved 2009-10-19.
- Stassel, Stephanie (1999-12-29). "Clayton Moore, TV's 'Lone Ranger,' Dies". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-10-19.
- "Lone Ranger star dies". BBC. 1999-12-29. Retrieved 2009-10-19.