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Clayton Moore

Real name:
Jack Carlton Moore

September 14, 1914 - December 28, 1999
 
(From Old Corral image collection)



(From Old Corral image collection)
A native of Chicago, Clayton Moore came to prominence in the Republic serials and westerns of the 1940s, where he did a mix of hero and badguy roles.  His credits at Republic Pictures number about twenty films for the period 1941-1953.

Around 1949, Moore, along with Jay Silverheels, was signed to star in a half-hour western adventure series that was to be broadcast on some newfangled technology called television.

The character had been heard on radio for about fifteen years and Republic brought two serials to the silver screen in the late 1930s - this was the Lone Ranger, the fabled 'Masked Rider of the Plains', created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker.

Through that role, as well as his off-screen deeds and actions, Moore became immortalized as what all of us imagine and believe is THE Lone Ranger.

Most important, he became a real life role model that we could look up to and admire. That's the legacy that Clayton Moore leaves behind ... and that's how I'll remember him.


   

Clayton Moore (and Jay Silverheels as Tonto) as TV's Lone Ranger

   



(From Old Corral image collection)
 

(From Old Corral image collection)



(Courtesy of Boyd Magers)

Above is the Chapter 1 title lobby card for the 13 episode ADVENTURES OF FRANK AND JESSE JAMES (Republic, 1948). "Frank James" was portrayed by a moustached Steve Darrell (in buckskins) and Clayton Moore (upper right) was "Jesse James". Shown bottom left is George J. Lewis and heroine Noel Neill is pictured bottom right.



(From Old Corral image collection)

Above - Clayton Moore battles an unidentified player in the 12 chapter GHOST OF ZORRO (Republic, 1949).



(From Old Corral image collection)

Above from L-to-R are a very grey Bud Osborne, Tommy Farrell and Clayton Moore in the serial, SON OF GERONIMO (Columbia, 1952).



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