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Tex Ritter (1905–1974)

Tex Ritter was born on January 12, 1905 in Murvaul, Texas, USA. He was an actor, known for Song of the Gringo (1936), High Noon (1952) and Varsity Blues (1999). He was previously 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
Varsity Blues Soundtrack
Rollin' Plains Tex Lawrence


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 1972 The Marshal of Windy Hollow
Windy Hollow Mayor
 1967 What Am I Bid?
Tex Ritter
 1966 Girl from Tobacco Row
Reverend E.F. Bolton
 1966 Nashville Rebel
Tex Ritter
 1965 The Drifter (TV Series)
- General Store (1965) ... Tex
 1961 The Rebel (TV Series)
- The Ballad of Danny Brown (1961) ... Marshall
 1959 Shotgun Slade (TV Series)
The Marshal
- The Missing Train (1959) ... The Marshal
 1958 Zane Grey Theatre (TV Series)
- Sundown at Bitter Creek (1958) ... Balladeer
 1957 Trooper Hook
Title Song Singer (voice)
 1956 Studio 57 (TV Series)
- The Ballad of Jubal Pickett (1956) ... Singer (voice)
 1955 The First Bad Man (Short)
Narrator / Dinosaur Dan (voice)
 1955 Apache Ambush
 1953 The Marshal's Daughter
Background Singer (singing voice)
 1950 Holiday Rhythm
Tex Ritter
 1945 Flaming Bullets
Tex Haines
 1945 Frontier Fugitives
Tex Haines
 1945 Three in the Saddle
Tex Haines
 1945 Enemy of the Law
Tex Haines
 1945 Marked for Murder
Tex Haines
 1944 The Whispering Skull
Tex Haines
 1944 Dead or Alive
Tex Haines aka Idaho Kid
 1944 Gangsters of the Frontier
Tex Haines
 1944 Oklahoma Raiders
Steve Nolan
 1944 Cowboy Canteen
Tex Coulter
 1944 Marshal of Gunsmoke
Marshal Ward Bailey
 1943 Arizona Trail
Johnny Trent
 1943 Frontier Badmen
Jerry Kimball - Cattle Buyer
 1943 The Lone Star Trail
Fargo Steele
 1943 Raiders of San Joaquin
Gil Blake
 1943 Cheyenne Roundup
Steve Rawlins
 1942 The Old Chisholm Trail
Montana Smith
 1942 Little Joe, the Wrangler
Sheriff Bob Brewster
 1942 Deep in the Heart of Texas
Brent Gordon
 1942 Vengeance of the West
Capt. Tex Lake
 1942 Prairie Gunsmoke
Tex Terrell
 1942 The Devil's Trail
Marshal Tex Martin
 1942 North of the Rockies
Tex Martin
 1942 Bullets for Bandits
Sheriff Tex Martin
 1942 The Lone Star Vigilantes
Tex Martin
 1941 Roaring Frontiers
Tex Martin (Tex Rawlings in credits)
 1941 King of Dodge City
Tex Rawlings
 1941 The Pioneers
Tex Ritter
 1941 Ridin' the Cherokee Trail
Texas Ranger Lt. Tex Ritter
 1940 Rollin' Home to Texas
Tex Reed
 1940 Take Me Back to Oklahoma
Tex Lawton
 1940 Arizona Frontier
Tex Whitedeer
 1940 Roll Wagons Roll
Tex Masters
 1940 Rainbow Over the Range
Marshal Tex Reed
 1940 The Golden Trail
Tex Roberts
 1940 The Cowboy from Sundown
Sheriff Tex Rockett
 1940 Pals of the Silver Sage
Tex Wright
 1940 Rhythm of the Rio Grande
Tex Regan
 1939 Westbound Stage
Tex Wallace
 1939 Riders of the Frontier
Tex Lowry posing as Ed Carter
 1939 Down the Wyoming Trail
Tex Yancey
 1939 Man from Texas
Tex Allen
 1939 Rollin' Westward
Tex Ramsey
 1938 Song of the Buckaroo
Texas Dan
 1938 Where the Buffalo Roam
Tex Houston
 1938 Starlight Over Texas
Tex Newman
 1938 Utah Trail
Tex Stewart - posing as the Pecos Kid
 1938 Rollin' Plains
Tex Lawrence
 1938 Frontier Town
Tex Lansing, alias Tex Rawlins
 1937 Tex Rides with the Boy Scouts
Tex Collins
 1937 Riders of the Rockies
Tex Rand
 1937 Sing, Cowboy, Sing
Tex Archer
 1937 Hittin' the Trail
Tex Randall
 1937 Trouble in Texas
Tex Masters
 1937 Arizona Days
Tex Malinson
 1936 Headin' for the Rio Grande
Tex Saunders
 1936 Song of the Gringo
Show Show Music department (2 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (90 credits)
Show Show Self (24 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (20 credits)

Personal Details

Other Works:

Had a hit song with "High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darlin')" See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 3 Articles | See more »


5' 11" (1.8 m)


Dorothy Fay  (his death)  (2 children)


John Ritter | See more »


Tyler Ritter (grandchild) | See more »

Did You Know?

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.


In his later years, he was a disk jockey on Nashville radio. See more »


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