LONE RANGER TV CAST - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: CLAYTON "THE LONE RANGER" MOORE, JAY "TONTO" SILVERHEELS - HFSID 345781
This black and white photograph is signed by both the Lone Ranger and Tonto, the latter including his personal emblem, from the popular franchise The Lone Ranger. Very Rare!
Sale Price $1,020.00
LONE RANGER TV CAST: CLAYTON MOORE and JAY SILVERHEELS This black and white photograph is signed by both the Lone Ranger and Tonto, the latter including his personal emblem, from the popular franchise The Lone Ranger. Very Rare! Photograph Signed: "Clayton Moore/ The Lone Ranger" in blue felt tip and "Jay Silverheels/ Tonto/ [personal emblem]", in black ink, b/w, 8x10. Both actors are dressed in character in this photograph. Thin white border around image (one surface). Clayton Moore (1914-1999) entered show business as a young circus acrobat. His first starring role was in 1942 as Dr. Larry Grayson in Republic Pictures action thriller, Perils of Nyoka. He worked his way up the ladder in Hollywood Westerns from extra to stunt man to supporting actor, reaching stardom on television as The Lone Ranger from 1949-1952 and 1954-1957. Moore and costar Jay Silverheels also appeared in two feature films in 1956 and 1958. The actor known nationwide as the Lone Ranger continued to make appearances in character on talk shows and even commercials for decades. Moore is credited in dozens of other television shows and films, mostly before his Lone Ranger days. Actor Jay Silverheels (1912-1980), born on the Six Nations Reservation in Ontario, Canada to a Mohawk chief, is best known for playing Tonto, the Lone Ranger's faithful Indian companion, on one of television's most popular Westerns (1949-1957). A former star athlete, Silverheels went to Hollywood as a stuntman in 1938, usually playing stereotypical roles as a Native American in a number of feature films before first teaming up with Clayton Moore in 1949 in the feature film, The Cowboy and the Indians. Later that year, he was cast as Moore's sidekick in the television series, and he would appear as Tonto in two feature films: The Lone Ranger (1955) and The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold (1958). Following the series, Silverheels appeared in several feature films, including Alias Jesse James (1959), True Grit (1969) and The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (1973), and he made numerous appearances on the small screen, appearing primarily in Westerns, but also guest starring on such series as The Brady Bunch (1971) and Cannon (1973). While, at times, Silverheels would add "Tonto" to his signature, on this piece he also adds his personal emblem, a creative arrangement of the letters of his famed character's name: "TONTO". It is one of the very few emblem signatures we have seen over several decades of collecting. Fine condition.
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