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Tex Ritter

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As a college student, Tex Ritter (born Woodward) began studying cowboy ballads and southwest folklore, and later dropped out of law school to launch a stage and radio folk-singing career. He debuted on Broadway in 1930; his first screen appearance was in Song of the Gringo (1936). Almost immediately, he rivalled Gene Autry in popularity (as a singing cowboy) among movie fans; from 1937-41 and 1944-45 he was on the top-ten Western stars list, and ultimately he appeared in 85 films. He was often referred to as "America's most beloved cowboy." In the latter half of the '40s he stopped making films, instead touring with White Flash, his horse, in live shows; he also continued his successful recording career. He went on to provide the title songs of five Westerns, narrate a sixth, and appear on TV's "Zane Grey Theater." He moved to Nashville and became a weekly fixture at the Grand Ole Opry. He also founded a restaurant franchise, "Tex Ritter's Chuck Wagons." In 1966 he had a prominent role in the film The Girl from Tobacco Row and was featured in cameos as himself in two others. In 1970 he ran in the Republican primary for U.S. Senator in Tennessee, but lost. He was the only entertainer to be elected to both the Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame. He was married to actress Dorothy Fay; their son is actor John Ritter.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Opry Video Classics: Pioneers
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Cowboys of the Saturday Matinee
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet The Nashville Sound
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet The Girl from Tobacco Row
  • Actor
1966
No Score Yet Nashville Rebel
  • Himself
1966
No Score Yet The Cowboy Way
  • Narrator
1954
No Score Yet The Marshal's Daughter
  • Actor
1953
No Score Yet Flaming Bullets
  • Actor
1945
No Score Yet Frontier Fugitives
  • Tex Haines
1945
No Score Yet Enemy of the Law
  • Tex Haines
1945
No Score Yet Marked for Murder
  • Tex Haines
1945
No Score Yet The Whispering Skull
  • Tex Haines
1944
No Score Yet Gangsters of the Frontier
  • Tex Haines
1944
No Score Yet Three in the Saddle
  • Tex Haines
1944
No Score Yet The Lone Star Trail
  • Fargo Steele
1943
No Score Yet Ridin' the Cherokee Trail
  • Lieutenant Tex Ritter
1941
No Score Yet The Pioneers
  • Tex
1941
No Score Yet Take Me Back to Oklahoma
  • Tex Lawton
1940
No Score Yet The Man from Texas
  • Tex Allen
1939
No Score Yet Rollin' Plains
  • Tex
1938
No Score Yet Frontier Town
  • Tex Collins
1938
No Score Yet Starlight over Texas
  • Tex Newman
1938
No Score Yet Utah Trail
  • Tex
1938
No Score Yet The Mystery of the Hooded Horsemen
  • Tex Martin
1937
No Score Yet Arizona Days
  • Tex Malinson
1937
No Score Yet Sing, Cowboy, Sing
  • Tex Archer
1937
No Score Yet Trouble in Texas
  • Tex Masters
1937
No Score Yet Riders of the Rockies
  • Tex
1937
No Score Yet Hittin' the Trail
  • Tex Randall
1937
No Score Yet Tex Rides with the Boy Scouts
  • Tex
1937
No Score Yet Headin' for the Rio Grande
  • Tex Saunders
1936
No Score Yet Song of the Gringo
  • Tex
1936

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