Lone Ranger

Clayton Moore ready for action as the Lone Ranger
Clayton Moore ready for action as the Lone Ranger.

Who was that masked man?

Clayton Moore was the best-known Lone Ranger of 'em all. But he wasn't the only one to wear the mask. Here you can explore the origins of the character and learn a little about the men who played him on TV, radio and in the movies.

The Lone Ranger's Creed:

The moral code upheld by the masked man

"I believe that to have a friend, a man must be one.

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.

In my Creator, my country, my fellow man."

Days of Yesteryear: A Lone Ranger Chronology

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It all began on Jan. 30, 1933 with the first radio broadcast of The Lone Ranger on WYXZ in Detroit. The first voice of the Lone Ranger was George Stenius (Seaton). Other actors have voiced the part (including Fred Foy), but the major players were Earle W. Graser, who took the part on May 16, 1933, until his death in 1941, and Brace B. Beemer, who took over after Graser and finished the run on Sept. 3, 1954.

Fans got their first look at the Lone Ranger in the movie serials. 1938's The Lone Ranger starred Lee Powell and Chief Thundercloud. The next year brought The Lone Ranger Rides Again, starring Robert Livingston and Chief Thundercloud.

The Lone Ranger next appeared as a cartoon from 1966-69, starring Michael Rye and Shepard Menken. In 1980 the masked man returned as a cartoon in The Tarzan / Lone Ranger Adventure Hour. William Conrad voiced the Ranger and Ivan Naranjo played Tonto.

The Lone Ranger last appeared on the silver screen in 1981 with The Legend of the Lone Ranger, starring Klinton Spilsbury and Michael Horse.

The WB network aired a two-hour special of The Lone Ranger in 2003. It starred Chad Michael Murray and Nathaniel Arcand.

Disney made a Lone Ranger movie with Armie Hammer as The Lone Ranger and Johnny Depp as Tonto which was released in July 2013. It was not sucessful at the box office.