Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Autographed photo of the day

moore clayton

This autographed photo of Clayton Moore as the Lone Ranger, aboard Silver, is yet another Ebay find. Moore died in 1999 at the age of 85. His given name was Jack Carlton Moore and he was born in Chicago.

Wikipedia says:

Moore became a circus acrobat by age 8 and appeared at the Century of Progress exposition in Chicago in 1934 with a trapeze act.

As a young man, Moore worked successfully as a John Robert Powers model. Moving to Hollywood in the late 1930s, he worked as a stunt man and bit player between modeling jobs. According to his autobiography, around 1940 Hollywood producer Edward Small persuaded him to adopt the stage name "Clayton" Moore. He was an occasional player in B westerns and the lead in four Republic Studio cliffhangers, and two for Columbia. Moore served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II and made training films (Target--Invisible, etc.) with the First Motion Picture Unit.

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