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Overview (5)

Born in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died in West Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameJack Carlton Moore
Nickname Clay
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Clayton Moore grew up in Chicago, Illinois and although his father wanted him to become a doctor, he had visions of something a little more glamorous. Naturally athletic, he practiced gymnastics during family summer vacations in Canada, eventually joining the trapeze act The Flying Behrs at 19. During the 1934 Chicago World's Fair, Clayton performed in the position of catcher. Playing off his good looks, he was signed by the John Robert Powers modeling agency and enjoyed a print career in NY for several years. But a friend urged him to make the move to Hollywood in 1938 where he entered films as a bit player and stuntman. In 1940, at the suggestion of his agent Edward Small, he changed his first name from Jack to Clayton. Beginning with Perils of Nyoka (1942), he eventually became King of the Serials at Republic Studios appearing in more than cliffhanger star Buster Crabbe. During this period, he also worked in many B westerns earning his acting chops along side Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and interestingly Jay Silverheels. Later in 1942 he entered the military, was stationed in Kingman, Arizona and assigned entertainment duties including the production of training films. While in Arizona, he asked his future wife Sally Allen to marry him; she said "yes" and joined him in Kingman for the balance of his enlistment. After the war, he returned to these supporting roles while concentrating on westerns. His turn as Ghost of Zorro (1949) came to the attention of the radio's hugely successful Lone Ranger producer George W. Trendle who was casting the lead role for the new television series. After the interview, Trendle said, "Mr. Moore would you like the role of the Lone Ranger?" Moore replied, "Mr. Trendle, I AM The Lone Ranger." The premiere episode appeared on ABC on September 15, 1949 and was the first western specifically written for the new medium. Although Moore's voice was a natural baritone, Trendle insisted he sound more like the radio actor Brace Beemer, so Moore worked with a voice coach to mimic both the speech pattern and tone. He starred in television's The Lone Ranger from 1949-1952 and 1953-1957. Along with William Boyd ("Hopalong Cassidy"), Moore was one of the most popular TV western stars of the era. Because of a salary dispute, he was replaced by John Hart, for one season. It was during his time away from the TV show that Moore returned to the big screen (as Clay Moore) to continue his movie career with such memorable movies as Radar Men from the Moon (1952) and Jungle Drums of Africa (1953). where he co starred with Phyllis Coates, TVs first "Lois Lane". Hired back to the series, at a higher salary, Moore remained as The Lone Ranger until the series ended in 1957, after 169 episodes. He appeared in two color big-screen movies continuations of that character, in The Lone Ranger (1956) and The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold (1958). After a lifetime of "B" movie parts, Clayton Moore finally found success in a TV series and continued to make commercials and personal appearances as "The Lone Ranger" for the next three decades. The commercials for Gino's Pizza Rolls and Aqua Velva have become legendary in their own right. At his appearances, he recited The Lone Ranger Creed, which he deeply believed in, and that image was never tarnished by the types of personal scandals that often affected other stars. In 1978 the Wrather Corp., which owned the series and the rights to the title character, obtained a court order to stop Moore from appearing in public as "The Lone Ranger". The company planned to film a new big-screen movie of the popular hero and did not want the public to confuse its new star with the old one. It would be the only screen appearance for Klinton Spilsbury, this "new Lone Ranger". Although the former "Arrow" shirt model appeared rugged and handsome in the "umasked" sequence, his voice projected so poorly it was overdubbed by the more melodious voice of James Keach. The film was one of the biggest flops of the 1980s and The Lone Ranger story wasn't attempted again until 30 years later with Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp as Tonto. Again, however the film flopped without a nod to the original tenets of the integrity of the character. After his death in 1984, Wrather's widow actress Bonita Granville dismissed the lawsuit allowing Moore to continue to appear as the masked man. Moore's legacy to the entertainment industry and western film genre has been cemented with the installation of his legendary mask in the Smithsonian, his star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame and a United States Postage Stamp bearing his image alongside Silver.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>/efffee@aol.com

Spouse (4)

Clarita (18 January 1992 - 28 December 1999) ( his death)
Connie (August 1986 - 1989) ( divorced)
Sally Allen (24 April 1943 - 22 February 1986) ( her death) ( 1 child)
Mary Moore (19 August 1940 - 1942) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (3)

The white Horse Silver he rode as the titular character
Blue shirt,white cowboy hat, black mask, and red scarf he wore as The Lone Ranger
Nasal voice.

Trivia (23)

Best remembered as TV's "The Lone Ranger."
Inducted into the Stuntman's Hall of Fame in 1982.
Received the Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1990.
"The Lone Ranger" premiered on WXYZ-AM radio in Detroit, MI, in 1933. The show was created because WXYZ, a small station, could not afford network programs. After getting the role in the TV series The Lone Ranger (1949), Moore had to train his voice to sound more like the radio Lone Ranger, Brace Beemer. Moore's favorite character was "The Ol' Prospector", in which the Lone Ranger would dress up as a crotchety old miner and infiltrate places to gather information. He used the character on his home answering machine in Calabasas, CA, and would greet callers with it.
Having a history of heart trouble, he died at 9:20 am PST of a heart attack, at West Hills Regional Medical Center in West Hills, Los Angeles.
Liked to quote and live by "The Lone Ranger Creed" written by Fran Striker around 1940, which began, "I believe that to have a friend, a man must be one" and included moral lessons such as, "God put the firewood there, but every man must gather and light it himself".
He is the only person to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with both his name and the character that he was famous for playing. His star says, "Clayton Moore, The Lone Ranger".
Adopted a baby girl, Dawn Angela, in December of 1958.
Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1990.
The Lone Ranger (1949) premiered on September 15, 1949, exactly one day after his 35th birthday.
Of the nearly 200 appearances that Moore made with co-star Jay Silverheels, they appeared together in only four features where they did not play the Lone Ranger and Tonto: Kit Carson (1940), Perils of Nyoka (1942), The Cowboy and the Indians (1949), and The Black Dakotas (1954).
During his hiatus from The Lone Ranger (1949) in 1952-1953 he appeared in three serials: Radar Men from the Moon (1952), Son of Geronimo: Apache Avenger (1952) and Jungle Drums of Africa (1953).
In an earlier "masked" role, he was the title character in Ghost of Zorro (1949).
"Silvercup Bread" was the original sponsor of "The Lone Ranger" on radio. Hence, the use of silver bullets and his horse named "Silver".
Appears as The Lone Ranger, with his horse Silver, on a 44¢ USA commemorative postage stamp in the Early TV Memories issue honoring The Lone Ranger (1949), issued 11 August 2009.
In 1952 when John Hart assumed the role of "The Lone Ranger" for 52 episodes on ABC, CBS began showing reruns of the first 78 episodes (1949-1951) with Moore as "The Lone Ranger", on Saturday afternoons. When Moore returned to the series in 1954, he was seen as the "only Lone Ranger", twice weekly, on ABC and with reruns on CBS.
He performed a trifecta with regard to appearing with the contemporary western heroes of the day. In 1948, one year prior to assuming the role of The Lone Ranger, he appeared in the Roy Rogers feature The Far Frontier (1948). During his hiatus from "The Lone Ranger" (1952-53), he appeared in four TV episodes - three times on The Gene Autry Show (1950) and as outlaw Trimmer Lane in Hopalong Cassidy: Lawless Legacy (1952).
Inducted into the Golden Valley [Minnesota] Hall of Fame in 2013.
Moore's Lone Ranger mask is on permanent display in the Museum of American Popular Culture at the Smithsonian Institution and is considered one of their 101 Greatest Objects, as noted in the book by Dr. Richard Kunin.
In 1988 when his pair of Colt 45s were stolen, he was given an unprecedented legal courtesy by the State District judge who allowed Moore to testify in his trademark white hat and dark glasses explaining, "I didn't want to be the one to reveal the identity of the Lone Ranger!".
Appeared as The Lone Ranger welcoming guests to Frontierland on Disneyland's opening day July 17, 1955.
Is the face of God in L.A. artist Kent Twitchell's mural of "The Holy Trinity" painted on the exterior of Otis Parson's Institute in downtown Los Angeles.
He is one of very few (or if not the only one) considered to have been a famous television actor whose face is largely unknown to the public. His full face was never shown on the 'Lone Ranger' TV series (apart from wearing the mask, his character would be in disguise wearing a beard, revealing the upper-half of his face in the process).

Personal Quotes (5)

Playing him [the Lone Ranger] made me a better person.
Once I got the Lone Ranger role, I didn't want any other. I was playing the good guy.
[on 2/4/85, about his Lone Ranger costume] I will continue wearing the white hat and black mask until I ride up into the big ranch in the sky.
[in 1982] Clayton Moore and The Lone Ranger are one and the same. I'm proud that I decided to wear the white hat for the rest of my life.
[on working with Bela Lugosi in Black Dragons (1942)] [He] seemed like a nice man. He was very courteous, but he generally stayed to himself working on his lines.

Salary (2)

The Lone Ranger (1949) $500 /week (1949-1951 seasons)
The Lone Ranger (1949) $1,500 /week (1954-1957)

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