John Hart (born December 13, 1917) is an American motion picture and television actor. In his early career, he appeared mostly in Westerns. Although he has played mostly minor roles in some fairly well-known films, he is probably best-known for replacing Clayton Moore in 1952 for two seasons of the television show The Lone Ranger when Moore demanded a higher salary. Based on the assumption that the masked character rather than the actor was the series' true star, the program's producers fired Moore and replaced him with Hart, who was of a similar build and even had a fairly similar background in Westerns.

However, the public never truly accepted Hart as The Ranger, and by 1954 the program's owners acquiesced to Moore's demands and returned him to the role, terminating Hart. Hart continued to act in films for over two more decades on a fairly regular basis, however, and appeared in films of several genres, almost always in supporting roles. His last film appearances (at least, as of 2004), were in 1981's The Legend of the Lone Ranger in which he appeared as a newspaper editor, apparently as a tribute to his time as The Ranger years earlier. The other major one is The Greatest American Hero episode. "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys" where Hart appears as himself inadvertently giving the title character an inspiring speech about heroism at a time when he was considering abandoning his superhero career.

In 1955, he starred in The Adventures of Captain Africa, which was originally intended to be a new movie about famous comic book hero The Phantom. However, licencing issues made Columbia re-film the entire serial and re-christen the hero "Captain Africa".


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You are bidding on an antique US Springfield Trapdoor 50-70 Rifle that was personally owned by the TV & Movie actor John Hart! This is a US Indian Wars Rifle. These were made from surplus Civil War parts (hence the 1863 lockplate, etc). Great historic firearm. I acquired this Rifle directly from John in January of 2002 while working as his agent/public relations manager. It comes with a notarized letter of Authenticty from John Hart & 2 autographed Movie Still photos of John in costume & a Certificate of Authenticity for them. -see pics. (Extremely rare to get a notarized letter from a celebrity.) I couldn't picture the whole notarized letter but you can see enough of it to know what it is & see that it is notarized. John starred in many parts & western films such as Rawhide (He was Narbo along with many other characters), Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans (He was Hawkeye), and The Lone Ranger (He was the Lone Ranger), among others! John starred as the Lone Ranger for the entire 1952 television season making 52 episodes which is about 23% of all the episodes ever produced. Here is your chance to get a great collectible, to treasure forever! I have been John's agent for many years. (You can confirm this fact on many of the Lone Ranger websites, by reading the June 2002 issue of Biography Magazine, Man At Arms Magazine (vol 29 #3), or reading any of the fan periodicals such as the Silver Bullet Publication). This is a really neat historic piece! If you are looking for a family heirloom to treasure forever, this is it! This is an Antique & can be shipped right to you. UPS Shipping is $25 in Continental USA. (Hawaii & Alaska is more) **************************************** *****************************JOHN HART FILM CREDITS: John Hart appeared in these movies: ***********************The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981) as Lucas Striker, Kate Bliss and the Ticker Tape Kid (1978)(TV), as Jake Terry The Gift of Love (1978)(TV), as the Justice of the Peace John Hus (1977), Invisible Strangler (1976), Blood Voyage (1976) as psychiatrist, Gemini Affair (1974) as Bob, Only with Married Men (1974)(TV) as minister, The Great Ice Rip-Off (1974)(TV) as Klein salesman, Santee (1973) as Cobbles, Blackenstein (1973) as Dr. Stein, Simon King of the Witches (1971) as a doctor, The Phynx (1970) as the Lone Ranger, Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? (1968), The Fastest Guitar Alive (1967), Django spara per primo (1967), Riot on Sunset Strip (1967) as a police officer named Pritchard Hold, On! (1966) as a detective The Cincinnati Kid (1965) (uncredited) as a poker player The Sandpiper (1965) as a state trooper Day of the Nightmare (1965) as Dr. Philip Crane, 36 Hours (1964) (uncredited) as Perkins, Viva Las Vegas starring Elvis (1964) (uncredited) as a mechanic, Marnie (1964) (uncredited) as the Reverend Captain Newman, M.D. (1963) as officer, The Man from the Diner's Club (1963), It Happened at the World's Fair (1963) (uncredited) as a policeman, Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962) (TV) (voice) as Billings, Stage Manager, Milkman, Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962) as the marshall, The Horizontal Lieutenant (1962), Ada (1961,) Atlantis, the Lost Continent (1961), Go Naked in the World (1961), The Subterraneans (1960), Noose for a Gunman (1960) as Barker, Bells are Ringing (1960), The Shaggy Dog (1959) (uncredited) as a police broadcaster, Vice Raid (1959) as the final thug at Malone's Office, Inside the Mafia (1959) as a state trooper, Diary of a High School Bride (1959) as policeman, Wolf Dog (1958) (uncredited) as Andy Bates, The Ten Commandments (1956) (uncredited) as the ambassador from Crete, Perils of the Wilderness (1956), The Crooked Web (1955) as Charlie Holt, The Man Who Loved Redheads (1955) as Sergei, Adventures of Captain Africa (1955) as Captain Africa (The Phantom), Dial Red O (1955), Gunfighters of the Northwest (1954), The Great Adventures of Captain Kidd (1953) as Jenkins, Caribbean (1952) as Stuart, Texas City (1952) as the first Sergeant, Wild Stallion (1952) (uncredited) as a corporal, Thief of Damascus (1952) (uncredited), Jungle Jim in the Forbidden Land (1952) (uncredited) as Commissioner's Aide, The Longhorn (1951) as Moresby, Fury of the Congo (1951) as a guard named Emmett, Stage Coach Driver (1951) as Slim, Stage to Blue River (1951) as Kingsley, Warpath (1951) as Sergeant Plennert, Texas Lawmen (1951) as Marshal Dave, Colorado Ambush (1951) as a gambler, Hit Parade of 1951 (1950) as bandit, Atom Man vs. Superman (1950) (uncredited) as a henchman in Chapter 3, Champagne for Caesar (1950) as executive, Pirates of the High Seas (1950) as Jenkins aka Earl Turner [Ch.1], Joe Palooka in the Counterpunch (1949) as Pedro, El Paso (1949) (uncredited), Batman and Robin (1949)as John Tex Granger, Midnight Rider of the Plains (1948) as Crane, a Carson henchman in white shirt I Love Trouble (1948), The Plunderers (1948) (uncredited) as Tom, Brick Bradford (1947) as Dent, Jack Armstrong (1947) as Jack Armstrong Vacation Days (1947) as Big Jim, Last of the Redmen (1947) as a sergeant, The Vigilantes Return (1947) as henchman, North West Mounted Police (1940) (uncredited) as Constable Norman, $1000 a Touchdown (1939) as Buck, Disbarred (1939) as reporter, Persons in Hiding (1939) as male stenographer, Touchdown Army (1938) as Cadet Battle, Hunted Men (1938) as young man at the party, Illegal Traffic (1938) as Davis, King of Alcatraz (1938) as 1st Radio Operator, Prison Farm (1938) as "Texas" Jack, Tip-Off Girls (1938) as driver, Dangerous to Know (1938), The Buccaneer (1938), Daughter of Shanghai (1937) as a sailor ***************************************** JOHN HART, TELEVISION CREDITS: *********************************"The Greatest American Hero" (1981) as "The Lone Ranger" in the episode "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys" (April 29, 1981), "Happy Days" (1974) as "The Lone Ranger" in the episode "Hi Yo, Fonzie Away" (Feb. 9, 1982), "The Addams Family" (1964) as Scotty in the episode "Progress and the Addams Family" (April 23, 1965), "The Lieutenant" as Captain Quincy in the episode "The Alien" (December 28, 1963), "Ben Casey" (1961) in the episode "Behold a Pale Horse" (Feb. 26, 1962), "The Jack Benny Program" in the episode "Final Show of the Season" (May 1, 1960), "National Velvet" as the veternarian in the episode "Stable Mates" (January 8, 1962), "National Velvet" as Dr. Loomis in the episode "The Experiment" (December 11, 1961), "National Velvet" as Doc Loomis in the episode "The Fall" (October 9, 1961), "Perry Mason" (1957) as Jamison Selff in the episode "The Case of the Wrathful Wraith" (Nov. 7, 1965), "Perry Mason" (1957) as Dion in the episode "The Case of the Thermal Thief" (Jan. 14, 1965), "Rawhide" (1959) as Narbo in the episode "Prairie Fire" (March 19, 1965), "Rawhide" (1959) as Harley Leer in the episode "The Meeting" (December 25, 1964), "Rawhide" (1959) as Narbo in the episode "Abilene" (May 18, 1962), "Rawhide" (1959) in the episode "The Devil and the Deep Blue" (May 11, 1962), "Rawhide" (1959) in the episode "Reunion" (April 6, 1962), "Rawhide" (1959) in the episode "The Child Woman" (March 23, 1962), "Rawhide" (1959) as Narbo in the episode "The Pitchwagon" (March 2, 1962), "Rawhide" (1959) as Narbo in the episode "The Captain's Wife" (Jan. 12, 1962), "Rawhide" (1959) as Narbo in the episode "Twenty-Five Santa Clauses" (Dec. 22, 1961), "Rawhide" (1959) as Spence in the episode "The Gentleman's Gentleman" (Dec. 15, 1961), "Rawhide" (1959) as the sheriff in the episode "The Lost Tribe" (Oct. 27, 1961), "Rawhide" (1959) as Rep One in the episode "The Sendoff" (Oct. 2, 1961), "Rawhide" (1959) as George in the episode "Incident of the New Start" (March 3, 1961), "Rawhide" (1959) as sheriff in the episode "Incident of the Broken Word" (Jan. 20, 1961), "Rawhide" (1959) as Nate Johnson in the episode "Incident of the Challenge" (Oct. 14, 1960), "Rawhide" (1959) as Murdoch in the episode "Incident of the Champagne Bottles" (March 18, 1960), "Rawhide" (1959) as a posse member in the episode "Incident of the Sharpshooter" (Feb. 26, 1960), "Rawhide" (1959) in the episode "Incident of the 13th Man" (Oct. 23, 1959), "Congressional Investigator" (1959) as Mr. Kirby in the "Fallout Shelter Racket", "Shotgun Slade" (1959) in the episode "Marked Money" (Nov. 16, 1959), "Bat Masterson" (1958) as Jacobs in the episode "A Picture of Death" (Jan. 14, 1960), "Bat Masterson" (1958) as Wilson in part two of the episode "The Conspiracy" (June 24, 1959), "Bat Masterson" (1958) as Wilson in part one of the episode "The Conspiracy" (June 17, 1959), "World of Giants" (1959) in the episode "The Smugglers" Nov. 7, 1959), "Leave It To Beaver" (1957) as the Park Ranger in the episode "A Night In The Woods" (June 9, 1962), "Leave It To Beaver" (1957) as a construction worker in the episode "Beaver Plays Hooky" (Jan. 22, 1959), "Leave It To Beaver" (1957) as the Scoutmaster in the episode "Lonesome Beaver" (Feb. 28, 1958), "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin" (1954) as Sharps in the episode "Grandpappy's Love Affair" (Nov. 14, 1958), "Fury" (1955) as Val Benton in the episode "The Miracle" (Feb. 25, 1956), "Hawkeye and The Last of The Mohicans" (1956-1957) as Nat "Hawkeye" Cutler in 39 episodes, "Sergeant Preston of the Yukon" (1955) as Mort Elborn in "Girl from Vancouver" (Dec. 8, 1955), "Tales of The Texas Rangers" (1955) as Steve MacDonald in the episode "The Shooting of Sam Bass" (Oct. 15, 1955), "Tales of The Texas Rangers" (1955) as Sam Crane in the episode "Double Edge" (Oct. 8, 1955), "I Love Lucy" (1951) as Jim Stevens in the episode "Don Juan Is Shelved" (March 21, 1955), "I Love Lucy" (1951) as the lifeguard in the episode "The Hedda Hopper Show" (March 14, 1955), "I Love Lucy" (1951) as Tom Henderson in the episode "Lucy Changes Her Mind" (March 30, 1953), "Sky King" (1951) as Mr. Blake in the episode "Two-Gun Penny" (September 20, 1952), "Gangbusters" (1952) as Capt. Hobart in "Bayless Case", "The Lone Ranger" (1949) as "The Lone Ranger" (1952-1953)(Season 2), "The Lone Ranger" (1949) as Duke in the episode "Sheriff of Gunstock" (July 27, 1950), "The Lone Ranger" (1949) as a Sergeant in the episode "Rifles and Renegades" (May 4, 1950)

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The other and first Lone Ranger
Clayton Moore (September 14, 1914 December 28, 1999) was an American actor best known for playing the fictional western character The Lone Ranger.

Born as Jack Carlton Moore in Chicago, Illinois, Moore was a circus acrobat as a boy, then later enjoyed a successful career as a John Robert Powers model. Moving to Hollywood in the late 1930s, he began working as a stunt man and bit player between modeling jobs. According to his autobiography, around 1940 Hollywood producer Edward Small convinced him to adopt the stage name "Clayton" Moore. He was an occasional player in B westerns and Republic Studio cliffhangers, ultimately starring in more such films than serial hero Buster Crabbe. His big break came in 1949, when George Trendle spotted him in "The Ghost of Zorro." As producer of the radio show and creator of "The Lone Ranger" character along with writer Fran Striker, Trendle was about to launch the masked man in the new medium of television. Moore was cast on sight.

Moore then faced the challenge of training his voice to sound like the radio version of The Lone Ranger, which had then been on the air since 1933, and succeeded in lowering his already distinctive baritone even further. With the first notes of Rossini's stirring "William Tell Overture" and announcer Fred Foy's, "Return with us now, to those thrilling days of yesteryear...", Moore and co-star Jay Silverheels in the role of Tonto made television history as the first western written specifically for that medium. The Lone Ranger soon became the highest-rated program to that point on the fledgling ABC network and its first true "hit", earning an Emmy nomination in 1950.

After two successful years, which presented a new episode every week, 52 weeks a year, Moore had a pay dispute and left the series. As "Clay Moore," he made a few more westerns and serials, sometimes playing the villain. The public didn't really accept the new Lone Ranger, actor John Hart, so the owners of the program relented and rehired Moore at his requested salary. He stayed with the program until it ended first-run production in 1957. He and Jay Silverheels also starred in two feature-length "Lone Ranger" motion pictures.

After completion of the second feature, "The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold" in 1956, Moore embarked on what eventually became 40 years of personal appearances, TV guest spots, and classic commercials as the legendary masked man. Silverheels joined him for occasional appearances during the early 1960s, and throughout his career Moore always expressed his tremendous respect and love for Silverheels.
In 1979, the owner of the Ranger character, Jack Wrather, obtained a court order prohibiting Moore from making future appearances as The Lone Ranger. Wrather anticipated making a new film version of the story, and did not want the value of the character being undercut by Moore's appearances, nor anyone to think that the 65-year-old Moore would be playing the role in the new picture. This move proved to be a public relations disaster of the first order. Moore responded by changing his costume slightly and replacing the mask with similar-looking wraparound sunglasses, and then counter-sued Wrather. He eventually won the suit, and was able to resume his appearances in costume, which he continued to do until shortly before his death. For a time he worked in publicity tie-ins with the Texas Rangers baseball team.

Some have attributed the incredible failure of Wrather's picture, finally released in 1981 as The Legend of the Lone Ranger, to this move. In reality, it was only one of the picture's many problems (including Klinton Spilsbury's performance in the title role, reportedly so inept that his dialogue was re-recorded by James Keach). However, none of the subsequent remakes of the fictional western hero caught the public's imagination nor earned their respect as did the original.

Moore often was quoted as saying he had "fallen in love with the Lone Ranger character" and strove in his personal life to take The Lone Ranger Creed to heart. This, coupled with his public fight to retain the right to wear the mask, ultimately elevated him in the public's eyes to an American folk icon. In this regard, he was much like another cowboy star, William Boyd, who nurtured the Hopalong Cassidy character.
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