Although best-known as TV's "The Lone Ranger", Clayton Moore also appeared in dozens of Westerns and serials in the 1940s and 50s. The dark, handsome Chicagoan worked as a model and circus aerialist b...
Chicago, Illinois, USA
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|Riders of the Whistling Pines||Actor||Pete||7|
|Kit Carson||Actor||Paul Terry||7|
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|Sons of New Mexico||Actor||Rufe Burns||7|
|Night Stage to Galveston||Actor||Clyde Chambers||7|
|The Cowboy and the Indians||Actor||Luke||7|
|Perils of Nyoka||Actor||Larry||7|
|The Bachelor's Daughters||Actor||Bill Cotter||7|
|The Lone Ranger||1956 1948 - 1956||Actor||John Reid/The Lone Ranger||19567|
|Cliffhangers: Adventures from the Thrill Factory||Actor||n/a||7|
|The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold||1958||Actor||Lone Ranger||19587|
|The Lone Ranger||1956||Actor||Lone Ranger||19567|
|When the West Was Fun: A Western Reunion||Actor||n/a||7|
|Began working in films as stuntman|
|Starred as The Lone Ranger on TV|
|Made acting debut in "Kit Carson"|
|Serial debut in "Perils of Nyoka"|
|Legally forbidden from appearing as The Lone Ranger (won case in 1985)|
|First "Lone Ranger" feature|
Moore started his long association with the Western genre in films like "Outlaws of Pine Ridge" (1942), "Along the Oregon Trail" (1947), "Adventures of Frank and Jesse James" (1948) and "The Cowboy and the Indians" (1949, with Gene Autry and future co-star Jay Silverheels). He also made several penny-dreadful serials, including "The Perils of Nyoka" (1942), "Cyclotrode X" (1946), "G-Men Never Forget" (1947) and the memorable "Radar Men from the Moon" (1952).
Stardom finally came with the ABC series "The Lone Ranger" (1949-57), co-starring Silverheels as Tonto. Riding the crest of the Western TV craze of the 1950s, Moore became the idol of a generation of American youth. He missed only the 1952-53 season, when he struck for more money and was briefly replaced by John Hart. Moore spent his vacations making films: amazingly, he released eight films and two serials in 1952 alone. Among his later titles were "Desert Passage" (1952), "Kansas Pacific" (1953), "The Lone Ranger" (1956) and his last, "The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold" (1958).
Moore continued playing The Lone Ranger in commercials and promotional tours (mostly for Dodge), hitting the headlines again in 1979 when Lone Ranger Television Inc. and the Wrather Corporation barred him from appearing as the character. He was forced to abandon his mask for large sunglasses until winning the case on appeal in 1985.
|Dawn Moore Gerrity||Daughter|
|Sally Allen||Wife||Married 1943 until her death 1986|
|Clarita Moore||Wife||Married 1992 until his death 1999|
|"I've been The Lone Ranger for 30 years, and I intend to be The Lone Ranger for the rest of my life; I've decided I'll stay The Lone Ranger until I'm called" --Clayton Moore, quoted in The New York Times, September 6, 1979.|
|"I try to lead a good, clean life; I don't smoke; I don't drink; it's not that I'm trying to be a goody-good, but I just don't want to" --Moore to The New York Times, September 6, 1979.|
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