September 14, 1914 – December 28, 1999
Clayton Moore spent so much time saying hello to kids and signing autographs, and I never got to meet him. What a drag.
To me, The Lone Ranger TV show and the features (The Lone Ranger, 1956, and 1958’s The Lone Ranger And The Lost City Of Gold) are pure joy. There are so many ways you could criticize them, yet they’re all perfect.
Clayton Moore (from his autobiography, I Was That Masked Man): “The greatest thing about working on the feature was that the pace was much more leisurely. On the series, we would shoot at least 12 pages of script a day, sometimes as much as 15 to 18, but for the film, we would shoot maybe four or five. That’s still working pretty fast compared to some productions, but it seemed like a vacation to us.”
Of course, he did so much more over the course of his career, like those great Republic serials, but how can you top being The Lone Ranger?