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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 13 December 1917Los Angeles, California, USA
Date of Death 20 September 2009Rosarito Beach, Baja California, Mexico  (complications from dementia)

Mini Bio (1)

Tall and athletic, and possessed of "movie star" good looks, John Hart acted on the stage of the renowned Pasadena Playhouse as a young man, before making his screen debut in a supporting role in director Cecil B. DeMille's big-budget The Buccaneer (1938). With these physical assets and early acting credentials, the native Los Angeleno seemed bound for bigger and better things but military service slowed his momentum: Returning to Hollywood after World War II, he found himself back at the proverbial starting line. Hart soon fell into the low-budget Western and serial rut, but he served with distinction in many youth-oriented productions: He was the perfect embodiment of radio-comic strip hero Jack Armstrong in a 1947 serial, rode the Western plains in 52 episodes of TV's The Lone Ranger (1949) (playing the Masked Man) and brought life to James Fenimore Cooper's courageous frontiersman Hawkeye in TV's Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans (1957). In more recent years, he worked behind-the-scenes (as a cameraman, post-production supervisor, dubbing supervisor, etc.).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tom Weaver <tomweaver@aol.com>

Spouse (1)

Beryl Braithwaite (22 February 1957 - 20 September 2009) (his death) (1 child)

Trivia (11)

He acted in two episodes of The Lone Ranger (1949) before he himself portrayed the famous Masked Man from 1952 to 1953 replacing Clayton Moore for a year. The episodes were "Sheriff at Gunstock" (episode # 1.46) 27 July 1950 playing "Duke, Henchman" and "Rifles and Renegades" (episode # 1.34) 4 May 1950 playing "Sergeant of the Guard." Later he gave a very convincing portrayal as Hawkeye in Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans (1957).
Interviewed in Tom Weaver's "Eye on Science Fiction" (McFarland & Co., 2003).
Loved to surf and lived near the California/Mexico ocean for much of his life.
Appeared in three episodes of the classic I Love Lucy (1951) series, he's best remembered perhaps as the hunky lifeguard who tries to save an unwilling Lucy (who is attempting to draw publicity for Ricky) from drowning in a Hollywood hotel pool.
Served in the Army during World War II.
Worked as a cowboy during the summers while growing up.
Born in Los Angeles, he grew up in San Marino and graduated from South Pasadena High School. His mother was a drama critic for the Pasadena Star-News and he later trained at the Pasadena Playhouse where he was discovered by a Paramount talent agent and signed.
Met his wife, the former Canadian actress Beryl Braithwaite on the set of his Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans (1957) series. They wed ten days later in February of 1957. The union lasted 52 years, until his death, and produced a daughter, Robyn.
Supervised post-production the series Quincy M.E. (1976).
Replacing actor Clayton Moore as The Lone Ranger in 1952 due to a dispute over pay involving the star, John appeared in 52 episodes. He returned to The Lone Ranger role in later years--on a 1981 episode of The Greatest American Hero (1981) and a 1982 episode of Happy Days (1974).
Father of Buddy Joe Hooker.

Personal Quotes (4)

I've been the "other" Lone Ranger for 50 years. There are worse things people could call me.
I had big parts in lousy movies and lousy parts in big movies. I never made a lot of money, but it sure was fun.
[about director Spencer Gordon Bennet] I got to know him very well at Columbia. If he got ahead on a shooting schedule, he got really excited . . . pushing like hell, you know. But if he was behind or just going along, he [took it in stride]. Really a nice guy.
[on Ben Welden] A neat guy. He always knew his stuff. A nice type . . . reliable actor that was all over the place. I liked him a lot.

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