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Overview (5)

Born in Murvaul, Texas, USA
Died in Nashville, Tennessee, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameWoodward Maurice Ritter
Nickname America's Most Beloved Cowboy
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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.

Spouse (1)

Dorothy Fay (14 June 1941 - 2 January 1974) ( his death) ( 2 children)

Trivia (20)

Perhaps best remembered for his haunting vocalization of the theme song in High Noon (1952).
Singer, father of John Ritter.
His spouse, Dorothy Fay, was his leading lady in many of his western features.
In his later years, he was a disk jockey on Nashville radio.
In 1970, he ran unsuccessfully in Tennessee for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.
Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1964.
Grandfather of Jason Ritter.
Had a long string of hit singles on Billboard's country charts -- including the No. 1 hits "I'm Wasting My Tears on You" (1944); "You Two-Timed Me Once Too Often" (1945); and "You Will Have to Pay" (1946). Other famous hits included "Deck of Cards" (1948) and "I Dreamed of a Hillbilly Heaven" (1961).
"You Two-Timed Me Once Too Often" was Billboard's No. 1 country hit of the year in 1945.
Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1980.
Veteran character actor Morgan Woodward's uncle, Dr. S. A. Woodward, lived in the San Angelo, Texas area. One day, he was called to help in the birth of a male child. The family, not knowing what gender was expected, had not chosen a name, so in honor of the good doctor's service, they named him Woodward Ritter. Later, he would be known more widely as "Tex" Ritter.
Profiled in "Back in the Saddle: Essays on Western Film and Television Actors", Gary Yoggy, ed. (McFarland, 1998).
His horse in his earlier movies was called White Flash.
Father of Tom Ritter
Grandfather of Stella Ritter.
Buried in Port Neches, Texas.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6631 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Woodward Maurice "Tex" Ritter came from a long line of Texas horsemen. His grandfather Benjamin Franklin Ritter (1834-1902) was a Confederate officer (2nd lieutenant) in Company F the 37th Texas Cavalry (Terrel's) during the War between the States. Benjamin saw action in the saddle in Texas and Louisiana.
Singing-cowboy star of "B" westerns during the 30's and 40's and later country-music recording star.
The connection, above, of Ritter's given name to actor Morgan Woodward also applies to his brother Lee; who, as a long time television host and weatherman, re-purposed a discarded prop into the popular King Lionel and 'Granny' puppet characters. While many claim the high-top tennis shoe wearing, mildly acerbic irritant to other KOTV personalities as the most popular Tulsa personality, just as many embrace his cross town rival cartoon personality, created by the equally popular KTUL meteorologist and eventual college instructor Don Woods, Gusty; who was voted the first, and possibly only, state cartoon, by the Oklahoma legislature.

Personal Quotes (1)

[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.

Salary (3)

Song of the Gringo (1936) $2,400
Trouble in Texas (1937) $2,400
Hittin' the Trail (1937) $2,400

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