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 Clayton Moore

Clayton Moore

Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 28 Dec 1999 (aged 85)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Court of Freedom Section, Garden of Everlasting Peace, Map #G29, Garden Crypt 5294
Memorial ID 8451 · View Source
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Actor. His best known role was that of "The Lone Ranger" on the television series of the same name. Born Jack Carlton Moore, he grew up in Chicago, Illinois and started as a circus acrobat at age 8, appearing as an aerialist at the 1934 World's Fair. He then went to New York City, New York, where he worked as a male model, and entered the motion picture industry in 1938 as a bit player and stuntman. In 1940, at the suggestion of producer Eddie Small, he changed his first name to Clayton, and began appearing in B movies throughout the 1940s, mostly as a bad guy. His first role as the masked man was that of ‘Zorro’, in the movie "Ghost of Zorro" (1949). To win the part of the “Lone Ranger” on the television show, he had to change his voice to sound like the popular radio star of the Lone Ranger show. With actor Jay Silverheels playing the part of “Tonto”, his faithful Indian companion, he was the Lone Ranger from the show's debut in 1949 until 1952, when he was fired in a salary dispute. At the time, he was television's most popular western star, but he was replaced by Jack Hart, who lasted only one season. Fans demanded the return of Clayton Moore and the next year he was rehired at an even larger salary, continuing in the series until its end in 1957. During his television unemployed period, he returned to making movies, including "Radar Men from the Moon" (1952) and "Jungle Drums of Africa" (1953), to enhance his movie career. He also appeared as The Lone Ranger in two movies, "The Lone Ranger" (1956), and "The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold" (1958). After the series ended, and for the next three decades, Clayton made commercials and personal appearances as The Lone Ranger, preaching the “Ranger's Code of Good Conduct”, which Moore also personally practiced. In 1975, Warner Brothers Studio wanted to make a new version of The Lone Ranger movie, and did not want the public to confuse the new star with Moore. When he refused to give up wearing the mask, they obtained a court order to prohibit his wearing it, and Moore switched to dark glasses. Public rejection of the new Lone Ranger movie, combined with public anger over the studio's treatment of Moore, forced the Studio into granting permission for him to wear the mask again. Moore died of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California. He was inducted into the Stuntman's Hall of Fame in 1982, and received the Western Heritage Award from the Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1990. He is currently the only person to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with both his name and the character he was known for playing; his star reads "Clayton Moore, the Lone Ranger”.

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