Clayton Moore

Clayton Moore

  • Highest Rated: 60% The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold (1958)
  • Lowest Rated: 60% The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold (1958)
  • Birthday: Sep 14, 1914
  • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • A circus acrobat from the age of eight, Clayton Moore had performed as an aerialist with two circuses and at one World's Fair before turning 20. He became a male model in New York, then struck out for Hollywood in 1938 to seek out acting jobs. He began at the bottom rung as an extra, worked his way up to stunt man, and by 1939 was playing nondescript supporting roles. Alternating between heroes and villains in serials and B-Westerns, Moore didn't strike professional gold until 1949, when he was selected to play the "masked rider of the west" in the TV version of The Lone Ranger. He remained with the series until 1952, when he walked off the show over a salary dispute. His replacement for 26 episodes was John Hart, who had neither the bearing nor the stirring vocal timbre that had distinguished Moore's performances. Briefly returning to serials, Moore was brought back into the Lone Ranger fold in 1954 at a much higher weekly compensation. He stayed with the series until its last episode in 1956, and also starred in two Technicolor Lone Ranger theatrical features. Thereafter, Moore made a good living trading on his Lone Ranger image in TV commercials and personal appearances. In 1978, the Wrather Corporation, which owned the Lone Ranger property and was about to embark on a new feature film based on the character, served Moore with a court order barring him from appearing in public in the Ranger mask and costume. The outpouring of public support and sympathy eventually forced the Wrather people to reverse their decision, but it should be noted that they weren't quite the Scrooges depicted in the press: Throughout the 1970s, Clayton Moore made many appearances as the Lone Ranger without paying the necessary licensing fee to Wrather.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet The Obama Effect Executive Producer $0.2M 2012
No Score Yet Gun Justice Featuring The Lone Ranger Actor 2009
60% The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold The Lone Ranger 1958
No Score Yet The Lone Ranger The Lone Ranger 1956
No Score Yet The Search Actor 1956
No Score Yet One Mask Too Many Actor 1956
No Score Yet Champions of Justice Actor 1955
No Score Yet The Black Dakotas Stone 1954
No Score Yet Kansas Pacific Stone 1953
No Score Yet Jungle Drums of Africa Alan King 1953
No Score Yet Barbed Wire Bailey 1952
No Score Yet Night Stage to Galveston Clyde Chambers 1952
No Score Yet Mutiny Peters 1952
No Score Yet Radar Men from the Moon Graber 1952
No Score Yet Buffalo Bill in Tomahawk Territory Buffalo Bill Cody 1952
No Score Yet Legend of the Lone Ranger Actor 1952
No Score Yet Masked Raiders Matt 1949
No Score Yet The Gay Amigo Lieutenant 1949
No Score Yet Riders of the Whistling Pines Pete 1949
No Score Yet Bride of Vengeance Long Bowman 1949
No Score Yet The Far Frontier Tom Sharper 1948
No Score Yet G-Men Never Forget Ted O'hara 1948
No Score Yet The Adventures of Frank and Jesse James Jesse James 1948
No Score Yet Jesse James Rides Again Jesse James 1947
No Score Yet The Crimson Ghost Ashe 1946
No Score Yet Heldorado Actor 1946
No Score Yet Black Dragons FBI Agent Richard "Dick" Martin 1942
No Score Yet International Lady Sewell 1941
No Score Yet Son of Monte Cristo Fritz Dorner 1941
No Score Yet Kit Carson Paul Terry 1940
No Score Yet Sergeant Madden Interne 1939
No Score Yet Crime School Reporter Covering Escape 1938

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet The Lone Ranger
1949-1957
Lone Ranger The Lone Ranger
  • 2019
  • 1957
  • 1956
  • 1955
  • 1954
  • 1953
  • 1952
  • 1951
  • 1950
  • 1949

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