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Jack Carlton Moore (Moore, Clayton)

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Born: 1914 AD
Died: 1999 AD, at 85 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Actors, Entertainers, Stunt Performer

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1914 - Jack Carlton Moore or Clayton Moore born on the 14th of September in Chicago, Illinois. He was an American actor best known for playing the fictional western character The Lone Ranger.

1934 - He grew up in Chicago and started as a circus acrobat at age 8, appearing as an aerialist at the World's Fair.

1938 - He then went to New York City, where he worked as a male model, and entered the film world as a bit player and stuntman.

1940 - At the suggestion of producer Eddie Small, he changed his first name to Clayton, and began appearing in B movies, mostly as a bad guy.

1949 - 1952 - With Jay Silverheels playing the part of Tonto, his faithful Indian companion, he was the Lone Ranger from the show's debut, 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.

1949 - His first role as the masked man was that of Zorro, in the movie "Ghost of Zorro". 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.

1952 - 1958 - During his television unemployed period, he returned to making movies, including "Radar Men from the Moon" and "Jungle Drums of Africa", to enhance his movie career. He also appeared as The Lone Ranger in two movies, "The Lone Ranger", and "The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold".

1957 - 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.

1982 - Best remembered for his role of "The Lone Ranger" on the television series of the same name. He was inducted into the Stuntman's Hall of Fame.

1990 - Received the Western Heritage Award from the Cowboy Hall of Fame.

1999 - Died of a heart attack on the 28th of December in Los Angeles, California.

2004 - 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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