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Tex Ritter (1905–1974)

Tex Ritter was born on January 12, 1905 in Murvaul, Texas, USA as Woodward Maurice Ritter. He was married to Dorothy Fay. He died on January 2, 1974 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

High Noon Soundtrack
Frontier Town Tex Lansing, alias Tex Rawlins
Varsity Blues Soundtrack


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 2019 Goliath (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Argus 2: Battledome (2019) ... (performer: "Billy The Kid")
 2015 Bloodline (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Part 2 (2015) ... (performer: "The Gallows Pole")
 2013 A Thousand Suns (Documentary) (performer: "High Noon")
 2009 Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1930s: Dancing Away the Great Depression (Video documentary) (performer: "Ride, Ride, Ride", "Down the Trail of My Dreams" - uncredited)
 2007 Opry Video Classics: Pioneers (Video) (performer: "High Noon")
 2007 Neal Cassady (performer: "We'll Rest at the End of the Trail")
 2003 Ramona (TV Mini-Series) (performer: "High Noon")
 2000 Ready to Rumble (performer: "Wayward Wind")
 1999 Varsity Blues (performer: "The Wayward Wind")
 1998 I'll Be Home for Christmas (performer: "Christmas Carols By The Old Corral")
 1996 American Strays (performer: " (I Got Spurs) Jingle Jangle Jingle")
 1995 Canadian Bacon (performer: "God Bless America Again")
 1988 The Great Outdoors (performer: "Paul Bunyan Love")
 1984 Arena (TV Series documentary) (arranger - 1 episode)
- The Everly Brothers: Songs of Innocence and Experience (1984) ... (arranger: "Long Time Gone" - uncredited)
 1976 Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (performer: "I Ride an Old Paint" - uncredited)
  The Porter Wagoner Show (TV Series) (performer - 3 episodes, 1966 - 1973) (writer - 1 episode, 1970)
- Tex Ritter (1973) ... (performer: "Fall Away", "Jealous Heart")
- Bobby Lewis (1970) ... (writer: "Dear John (I Sent Your Saddle Home)")
- Tex Ritter (1969) ... (performer: "Texas", "A Funny Thing Happened (On the Way to Miami)")
- Tex Ritter (1966) ... (performer: "High Noon", "I Dreamed of a Hillbilly Heaven")
 1972 The Magic of Walt Disney World (Documentary short) (performer: "Blood on the Saddle" - uncredited)
  The Johnny Cash Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode, 1970) (performer - 1 episode, 1970)
- Episode #2.2 (1970) ... (writer: "Here Was a Man")
- Episode #1.32 (1970) ... (performer: "The Wayward Wind", "Boll Weevil")
 1967 What Am I Bid? (performer: "I Never Got to Kiss the Girl")
 1966 Nashville Rebel (performer: "Hillbilly Heaven")
 1965 The Drifter (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- General Store (1965) ... (performer: "I Ride an Old Paint", "Blood on the Saddle", "Boll Weevil")
 1960 Startime (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Academy Award Songs (1960) ... (performer: "High Noon", "The Hanging Tree" - uncredited)
 1957-1958 Ranch Party (TV Series) (performer - 8 episodes)
- Episode #1.32 (1958) ... (performer: "Ridin' Old Paint")
- Episode #1.21 (1958) ... (performer: "New Moon over My Shoulder")
- Episode #1.35 (1958) ... (performer: "Deck of Cards")
- Episode #1.4 (1957) ... (performer: "Goodbye Old Paint (I'm Leavin' Cheyenne)")
- Episode #1.3 (1957) ... (performer: "The Best Time of All")
 1958 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Sundown at Bitter Creek (1958) ... (performer: "The Ballad of Dan Case" - uncredited)
 1957 Trooper Hook (performer: "Trooper Hook")
 1956 Bus Stop (writer: "Rye Whisky" (1936) - uncredited)
 1956 Down Liberty Road (Short) (performer: "Freedom Road" - uncredited)
 1956 The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Third Rider (1956) ... (performer: "Gunfighters' Lament")
 1955 Wichita (performer: "Wichita")
 1953 The Marshal's Daughter (performer: "The Marshal's Daughter")
 1953 The 25th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (performer: "High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin')")
 1952 High Noon (performer: "High Noon")
 1950 Holiday Rhythm (performer: "Old Chisolm Trail")
 1945 Flaming Bullets (performer: "I Hang My Head and Cry", "Be Honest With Me")
 1945 Frontier Fugitives (performer: "Too Late To Worry, Too Blue To Cry", "I'll Wait For You, Dear")
 1945 Three in the Saddle (performer: "I've Done the Best I Could", "Try Me One More Time") / (writer: "I've Done the Best I Could")
 1945 Enemy of the Law (performer: "Teach Me To Forget", "You Will Have To Pay") / (writer: "Teach Me To Forget", "You Will Have To Pay")
 1945 Beyond the Pecos (writer: "High, Wide and Handsome")
 1945 Marked for Murder (performer: "Long Time Gone", "Tears of Regret", "Froggie Went A-Courtin'") / (writer: "Long Time Gone")
 1944 The Whispering Skull (performer: "In Case You Change Your Mind", "It's Never Too Late") / (writer: "In Case You Change Your Mind", "It's Never Too Late")
 1944 Dead or Alive (performer: "I'm Gonna Leave You Like I Found You", "Don't Care Since You Told Me Goodbye") / (writer: "I'm Gonna Leave You Like I Found You", "Don't Care Since You Told Me Goodbye")
 1944 Gangsters of the Frontier ("Please Remember Me")
 1944 Oklahoma Raiders (performer: "I'll Be a Cowboy 'Till I Die", "Roll On, Little Dogies, Roll On")
 1944 Cowboy Canteen (performer: "Goin' To Lasso a Rainbow" - uncredited)
 1944 Marshal of Gunsmoke (arranger: "Git Along Little Dogies") / (performer: "Git Along Little Dogies")
 1943 Arizona Trail (performer: "Stay Away From My Heart")
 1943 The Lone Star Trail (performer: "I Gotta See Texas Just Once More")
 1943 Raiders of San Joaquin (performer: "A Carefree Cowboy")
 1943 Cheyenne Roundup (performer: "Rose of the Hills")
 1943 Tenting Tonight on the Old Camp Ground (performer: "Riding Home")
 1942 The Old Chisholm Trail (arranger: "The Rovin' Gambler") / (performer: "Out On The Lone Star Trail", "The Rovin' Gambler")
 1942 Deep in the Heart of Texas (arranger: "Cowboy's Lament") / (performer: "Deep In The Heart Of Texas", "Cowboy's Lament")
 1942 Vengeance of the West (performer: "Along The Trail Somewhere", "Only Yesterday")
 1942 Prairie Gunsmoke (performer: "Where The Buffalo Roam", "Someone To Call Darling") / (writer: "Where The Buffalo Roam")
 1942 The Devil's Trail (performer: "When the Sun Goes Down", "Hi Diddle Dum, Diddle Dum, Diddle Dee")
 1942 Home in Wyomin' (arranger: " (Oh My Darling) Clementine")
 1942 North of the Rockies (arranger: "Ninety-Nine Days in Jail" - uncredited) / (performer: "Jog, Jog, Jogging Along", "Get Your Man, Mountie Boys, Get Your Man", "Ninety-Nine Days in Jail" (uncredited))
 1942 Bullets for Bandits (performer: "With My Boots On When I Die", "Somewhere on the Lone Prairie", "Reelin', Rockin', Rollin' (Down the Trail)")
 1942 The Lone Star Vigilantes (performer: "Headin' Home to Texas", "When the Moon is Shinging on the Old Corral", "Going to Join the Rangers")
 1941 Roaring Frontiers (performer: "You've Got To Come And Get Me Boys", "You're A Part Of The West", "Judge Morrow Will Find The Truth")
 1941 Ridin' the Cherokee Trail (performer: "Dynamite Dan", "Song of the Coyotes", "Old Pete the Bandito")
 1940 Rollin' Home to Texas (writer: "Give Me a Horse, a Saddle and You")
 1940 Roll Wagons Roll (lyrics: "Oh! Susanna") / (performer: "Roll, Wagons, Roll", "Oh! Susanna")
 1940 The Golden Trail ("Gold Is Where You Find It") / (arranger: "Clementine") / (performer: "Clementine")
 1940 The Cowboy from Sundown (performer: "Symphony of the Prairie", I've Done the Best I Can", The Craw-dad Song") / (writer: I've Done the Best I Can")
 1940 Pals of the Silver Sage (performer: "Prairie Fairyland")
 1940 Rhythm of the Rio Grande (performer: "Rhythm of the Rio Grande", "Mexicali Moon")
 1939 Westbound Stage (performer: "It's All Over Now", "Trail To Mexico")
 1939 Riders of the Frontier (arranger: "The Boll Weevil Song") / (performer: "Rose of My Dreams", "Ten Thousand Cattle", "Ridin' Down to Texas", "The Boll Weevil Song")
 1939 Down the Wyoming Trail (performer: "It Makes No Difference Now", "In Elk Valley", "Goin' Back to Texas" - uncredited)
 1939 Man from Texas (performer: "Men Who Wear the Stars", "Prairie Lights")
 1939 Rollin' Westward (performer: "Out In The Golden West", "Bold Vaquero")
 1939 Sundown on the Prairie (arranger: "My Love Is A Rider") / (performer: "Dust On My Saddle", "Cactus Pete", "My Love Is A Rider") / (writer: "Dust On My Saddle")
 1938 Song of the Buckaroo (performer: "Texas Dan", "Little Tenderfoot', "I Promise You") / (writer: "I Promise You")
 1938 Where the Buffalo Roam (performer: "Where the Buffalo Roam", "Troubador of the Prairie", "Longside of the Sana Fe Trail", "Home on the Range", "Shoot the Buffalo") / (writer: "Where the Buffalo Roam", "Troubador of the Prairie")
 1938 Starlight Over Texas ("Starlight Over Texas") / (performer: "Starlight Over Texas", "Ah! Viva Tequila", "A Garden in Granada")
 1938 Utah Trail (performer: "Utah Trail", "Give Me Back My Saddle", "A Mighty Good Horse", "A'Roamin' I'll Be")
 1938 Rollin' Plains (performer: "Me, My Pal and My Pony", "Rollin' Plains")
 1938 Frontier Town (performer: "Old Cayuse", "Yip, Yip, Yowie, I'm an Eagle", "Give Me a Horse, a Saddle and You", "The Cowboy's Lament (Streets of Laredo)", "Old Brass Wagon") / (writer: "Old Cayuse", "Give Me a Horse, a Saddle and You")
 1937 Tex Rides with the Boy Scouts (performer: "I'm Headin' For My Texas Home", "The Gal I Left Behind Me")
 1937 The Mystery of the Hooded Horsemen (performer: "Ride, Ride, Ride", "I'm A Texas Cowboy", "Ride Around Little Dogies", "Rosita", "A' Ridin' Old Paint")
 1937 Riders of the Rockies (performer: "Song of the Open Range", "Arizona Rangers", "Riders of the Rockies", "Home on the Range" - uncredited) / (writer: "Song of the Open Range", "Arizona Rangers", "Riders of the Rockies" - uncredited)
 1937 Sing, Cowboy, Sing (performer: "Goodbye Old Paint, I'm a-Leavin' Cheyenne", "Get A Horse and Saddle", "Sing, Cowboy, Sing", "Twilight Reverie" - uncredited) / (writer: "I'm A Natural Born Cowboy", "Sing, Cowboy, Sing", "Twilight Reverie" - uncredited)
 1937 Hittin' the Trail ("Hittin' the Trail", uncredited) / (performer: "Hittin' the Trail", "Blood on the Saddle", "Headin' For Town", "The Vagabond Song" (aka "The Renegade Song"), "I'm a Natural Born Cowboy" - uncredited)
 1937 Trouble in Texas (performer: "Down the Colorado Trail", "The Rodeo Song", "A Cowboy's Lament") / (writer: "The Rodeo Song")
 1937 Arizona Days (performer: "High, Wide and Handsome", "Tombstone, Arizona", "Arizona Days") / (writer: "High, Wide and Handsome", "Tombstone, Arizona", "Arizona Days")
 1936 Headin' for the Rio Grande (performer: "Headin' For the Rio Grande", "The Night Herding Song", "A Campfire Love Song", "Jailhouse Lament") / (writer: "Headin' For the Rio Grande", "The Night Herding Song", "A Campfire Love Song", "Jailhouse Lament")
 1936 Song of the Gringo (lyrics: "My Sweet Chiquita" (1936), "Rye Whiskey" - uncredited) / (music: "My Sweet Chiquita" (1936), "Rye Whiskey" - uncredited) / (performer: "Out on the Lone Prairie" (1936), "My Sweet Chiquita" (1936), "Sam Hall", "Rye Whiskey" - uncredited)
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5' 11" (1.8 m)

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Personal Quote:

[Asked on "The Dick Cavett Show" if being named "Tex" had a negative effect on his unsuccessful run for the US Senate in Tennessee.] Well, Tennessee is the mother of Texas. We never have discovered who the father was.


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