(1914 – 1999) was best known for playing the fictional western character The Lone Ranger from 1949–1951 and 1954-1957 on the television series.
Moore became a circus acrobat by age 8 and appeared at the Century of Progress exposition in Chicago in 1934 with a trapeze act. As a young man, Moore worked successfully as a model. Moving to Hollywood in the late 1930s, he worked as a stunt man and bit player between modeling jobs. According to his autobiography, around 1940 Hollywood producer Edward Small persuaded him to adopt the stage name "Clayton" Moore. He was an occasional player in B westerns and the lead in four Republic Studio cliffhangers, and two for Columbia. Moore served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.
Moore's career advanced in 1949, when George Trendle spotted him in the Ghost of Zorro serial. As creator/producer of The Lone Ranger radio show (with writer Fran Striker), Trendle was about to launch the television version. Moore landed the role.
1. Black Dragons (1942) - Clayton Moore and Bela Lugosi -
A cabal of American industrialists, all fifth-columnists (led by Bela Lugosi) intent on sabotaging the war effort, are methodically murdered by the malevolent Monsieur Colomb. It is only until detective Dick Martin (Clayton Moore) is assigned to the case that everyone's true motives and identities are revealed.
2. Buffalo Bill in Tomahawk Territory (1952) Clayton Moore -
Clayton Moore stars as Buffalo Bill, the famous cowboy, and Slim Andrews as his sidekick Cactus. They together will try to stop the continuous attacks of Indians to a caravan. Soon, they will discover the Indians are really outlaws in disguise trying to make easy money....
This movie was made during the period when Clayton Moore had been replaced on the Lone Ranger television series by John Hart. Clayton Moore starred as the Lone Ranger during Season One. When Clayton asked for more money, he was replaced by John Hart during Season 2. The producers and Clayton reached an agreement during Season 3, and Clayton again played the Lone Ranger.
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