Jack Carlton Moore was born on the 14th September 1914, in Chicago, Illinois USA, and was an actor, best known for appearing in the title role in the TV series “Long Ranger” from 1949-51, and 1954-57. His career in the acting world was active from 1934 to 1959. He passed away in December 1999.
So, have you ever wondered how rich Clayton Moore was? According to authoritative sources, it was estimated that the total sum of Moore’s net worth was as high as $1 million, accumulated through his successful career as a professional actor.
Clayton Moore Net Worth $1 Million
Clayton Moore was raised with his older brother in his hometown. Although his father, Charles Sprague Moore, wanted him to become a doctor, Clayton had different dreams, and at the age of eight he joined a circus, becoming an acrobat, and subsequently appearing with a trapeze act at the Century of Progress exposition in Chicago in 1934. After Stephen K. Hayt Elementary School, he attended both Sullivan Junior High School and Senn High School.
At the beginning of his career, Moore worked as a model for the John Robert Powers agency. He moved to Hollywood, and parallel with modelling he worked as a bit player and stunt man. Soon he became an occasional actor in B westerns, and progressed to the lead role in two Columbia Pictures and four for Republic Studio. During World War II, he served in the US Army, and when he returned home, his professional acting career really began.
His first roles had been as uncredited extras in such films as “Forlorn River” (1937), “Go Chase Yourself” (1938), and “Crime School” (1938). In 1938 he had his first role in the film “When Were You Born” (1938), but built his name with roles in such films as “Kit Carson” (1940), “The Son of Monte Cristo” (1940), “International Lady” (1941), with George Brent and Ilona Massey, while in 1946 he got the supporting role in “The Crimson Ghost”. The following year he starred in “Jesse James Rides Again”, with Linda Stirling and Roy Barcroft, and in the same year he was selected for the role of Lone Ranger in the TV series of the same name. The particular role celebrated him as an actor, and also increased his net worth by a large margin. He repeated his role in several films, including “The Legend of the Lone Ranger” (1952), “The Lone Ranger Rides Again” (1955), “The Lone Ranger” (1956), and “The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold” (1958), all of which added a substantial amount to his net worth.
Thanks to the success of the series, Clayton became one of the most prominent actors of the late 1940s and ‘50s, appearing in over 20 films until the mid- 1950s, all of which increased further his net worth. Some of the most successful films included “Ghost of Zorro” (1949), “Sheriff of Wichita” (1949), starring Allan Lane, “Buffalo Bill in Tomahawk Territory” (1952), “Captive of Billy the Kid” (1952), “The Hawk of Wild River” (1952), “Son of Geronimo: Apache Avenger” (1952), “Jungle Drums of Africa” (1953), and “Gunfighters of the Northwest” (1954), which maintained is net worth.
He retired from acting in 1959, making his last appearance in the TV series “Lassie” as the Lone Ranger. After that, he made numerous commercials, and appeared in talk shows as the masked Lone Ranger, which also added to his net worth.
Thanks to his skills, Clayton received several prestigious awards, including the Golden Boot Award, and a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to television.
Regarding his personal life, Clayton Moore was married four times, firstly to Mary Moore from 1940 to 1942; secondly to Sally Allen (1943-86), with whom he had a child, then to Connie Moore (1986-89), and his last wife was Clarita Moore from 1992 until his death. He died at the age of 85 from heart attack on the 28th December 1999 in West Hills, Los Angeles, His residence was in Calabasas, California.
Is the face of God in L.A. artist Kent Twitchell's mural of "The Holy Trinity" painted on the exterior of Otis Parson's Institute in downtown Los Angeles.
Appeared as The Lone Ranger welcoming guests to Frontierland on Disneyland's opening day July 17, 1955.
In 1988 when his pair of Colt 45s were stolen, he was given an unprecedented legal courtesy by the State District judge who allowed Moore to testify in his trademark white hat and dark glasses explaining, "I didn't want to be the one to reveal the identity of the Lone Ranger!".
Moore's Lone Ranger mask is on permanent display in the Museum of American Popular Culture at the Smithsonian Institution and is considered one of their 101 Greatest Objects, as noted in the book by Dr. Richard Kunin.
He was born on the 100th anniversary of the writing of the Star Spangled Banner.
Inducted into the Golden Valley [Minnesota] Hall of Fame in 2013.
He performed a trifecta with regard to appearing with the contemporary western heroes of the day. In 1948, one year prior to assuming the role of The Lone Ranger, he appeared in the Roy Rogers feature The Far Frontier (1948). During his hiatus from "The Lone Ranger" (1952-53), he appeared in four TV episodes - three times on The Gene Autry Show (1950) and as outlaw Trimmer Lane in Hopalong Cassidy: Lawless Legacy (1952).
In 1952 when John Hart assumed the role of "The Lone Ranger" for 52 episodes on ABC, CBS began showing reruns of the first 78 episodes (1949-1951) with Moore as "The Lone Ranger", on Saturday afternoons. When Moore returned to the series in 1954, he was seen as the "only Lone Ranger", twice weekly, on ABC and with reruns on CBS.
Appears as The Lone Ranger, with his horse Silver, on a 44¢ USA commemorative postage stamp in the Early TV Memories issue honoring The Lone Ranger (1949), issued 11 August 2009.
"Silvercup Bread" was the original sponsor of "The Lone Ranger" on radio. Hence, the use of silver bullets and his horse named "Silver".
In an earlier "masked" role, he was the title character in Ghost of Zorro (1949).
The Lone Ranger (1949) premiered on September 15, 1949, exactly one day after his 35th birthday.
Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1990.
Adopted a baby girl, Dawn Angela, in December of 1958.
He is the only person to have a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame with both his name AND the character he was famous for playing. His star says, "Clayton Moore, The Lone Ranger".
Liked to quote and live by "The Lone Ranger Creed" written by Fran Striker around 1940, which began, "I believe that to have a friend, a man must be one" and included moral lessons such as, "God put the firewood there, but every man must gather and light it himself".
Having a history of heart trouble, he died at 9:20 am PST of a heart attack, at West Hills Regional Medical Center in West Hills, Los Angeles.
"The Lone Ranger" premiered on WXYZ-AM radio in Detroit, MI, in 1933. The show was created because WXYZ, a small station, could not afford network programs. After getting the role in the TV series The Lone Ranger (1949), Moore had to train his voice to sound more like the radio Lone Ranger, Brace Beemer. Moore's favorite character was "The Ol' Prospector", in which the Lone Ranger would dress up as a crotchety old miner and infiltrate places to gather information. He used the character on his home answering machine in Calabasas, CA, and would greet callers with it.
Received the Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1990.
Inducted into the Stuntman's Hall of Fame in 1982.