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The Lone Ranger was an American radio and television show created by George W. Trendle and developed by writer Fran Striker. This character, who's identity was left unknown, was a masked Texas Ranger in the American Old West who righted injustices with the aid of his clever Indian sidekick, Tonto, and his white horse, Silver.
He first appeared on the radio in 1933 and quickly proved to be a hit which then spawned a series of books, an equally popular television show that ran from 1949 to 1957, many comic book series and several movies.
The Lone Ranger was played on the radio by a handful of different actors including George Stenius and Brace Beemer. But Earle Graser took the reins for some 13,ooo episodes! Brace Beemer went on to become the show’s narrator.
Tonto was played by a handful of actors including John Todd and Roland Parker.
On television, the title role was played by Clayton Moore with just a little help from John Hart during a contract dispute. Hart wore a different style of mask while standing in for Moore. Tonto was played by Jay Silverheels, a Mohawk from the Six Nations Indian Reserve in Ontario, Canada.