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The Lone Ranger ACTOR


The Lone Ranger character is perhaps the world's best known Western hero.

From the first broadcast in 1933 , to the first movie serial in 1938, to the television program in 1949 , the Lone Ranger has been a part of the myths created about the early Western United States.

The character origins of the Lone Ranger begin with John Reid, born in 1850, a Texas Ranger Captain leading a group of Texas Rangers that were ambushed by a band of savage outlaws.  All of the Texas Rangers were killed in the ambush except for Reid.  John's older brother, Daniel, was one of the Rangers killed.  Reid was discovered by Tonto, who rescued the lawman and nursed him back to health.  Reid dons a black mask made from the vest of his dead brother and becomes the Lone Ranger, roving the West fighting crime and injustice.

The Lone Ranger was always guided by his own moral code, expressed as The Lone Ranger Creed:

“I believe:

·   That to have a friend, a man must be a friend.

·   That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world.

·   That God put the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself.

·   In being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight, when necessary, for that which is right.

·   That a man should make the most of what equipment he has.

·   That this government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall live always.

·   That men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number.

·   That sooner or later, somewhere, somehow, we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken.

·   That all things change but truth, and that truth alone lives on forever.”

To ensure that The Lone Ranger remained constant and true to his code writer Fran Striker created a list of rules which embody who and what the Lone Ranger is:

·   The Lone Ranger is never seen without his mask or a disguise.

·   The Lone Ranger is never held for any length of time by lawmen.

·   The Lone Ranger never drinks or smokes.

·   The Lone Ranger uses perfect grammar and precise speech at all times.

·   The Lone Ranger never shoots to kill, but rather only to disarm his opponent.

·   The Lone Ranger never fights against hopeless odds.

·   Adversaries are never from minority groups.

·   Criminals are never shown in enviable positions of wealth or power.

·   Criminals never appear as successful or glamorous.

The Lone Ranger has spawned countless spin-offs (such as the Green Hornet, who is the Lone Ranger's great-nephew!), comic books, animated shorts and films, and merchandise.  He is arguably the most famous western hero of all time and is a large part of the mythology surrounding the Wild West.

The Lone Ranger and The Lost City of Gold (1958)

The Actors who played The Lone Ranger:

George Seaton (Radio) [January 30, 1933-April 21, 1933]

Jack Deeds (Radio) [April, 1933]

Earle Graser (Radio) [April 16, 1933-April 20, 1941]

Brace Beemer (Radio) [April 20, 1941-September 3, 1954]

Lee Powell (Serial: The Lone Ranger) [1938]

Robert Livingston (Serial: The Lone Ranger Rides Again) [1939]

Clayton Moore (Television Series ) [1949 -1951, and 1954 - 1957]

John Hart (Television Series) [1952]

The Actors who played Tonto:

John Todd (Radio) [January 30, 1933-September 3, 1954]

Victor Daniels, aka Chief ThunderCloud (Serial: The Lone Ranger and The Lone Ranger Rides Again) [1938 and 1939]

Jay Silverheels (Television Series) [1949 - 1957]

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