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John Hart

John HartBorn: 13-Dec-1917
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA
Died: 20-Sep-2009
Location of death: Rosarito Beach, Mexico
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Replaced Clayton Moore as TV's Lone Ranger

Military service: US Army (WWII)

Studied acting at Pasadena Playhouse before signing a contract with Paramount. World War II interrupted his career, and in 1947 he played the lead in a 15-episode serial, Jack Armstrong: The All-American Boy. Following that he entered a slump, landing only undistinguished and often uncredited film roles. But in 1952, during Clayton Moore's contract dispute with George W. Trendle, Hart appeared as the title character for 52 episodes of the The Lone Ranger. The reason for the dispute remains hazy, Trendle (a notorious cheapskate) suggesting it was over money, but Moore in his autobiography claimed it was over the public's identification of Moore as the Lone Ranger. The dispute somehow settled, Hart relinquished his role. A second serial, The Adventures of Captain Africa followed, and then in 1957 he was cast as the star of Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans, with Lon Chaney, Jr. playing Chingachgook. Hart reprised his Lone Ranger role in episodes of The Greatest American Hero (1981), and Happy Days (1982). He died in 2009 at his home in Mexico, sufferering dementia in his ending years.

Wife: Beryl Braithwaite (m. 1957, until his death, one daughter)
Daughter: Robyn Hart Proiette

    High School: South Pasadena High School, Pasadena, CA

    Hollywood Walk of Fame 6432 Hollywood Blvd.

    Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans Hawkeye Cutler (1957)
    The Lone Ranger The Lone Ranger (1952-53)
    Rawhide Narbo (1959-62)

    The Legend of the Lone Ranger (22-May-1981)
    The Gift of Love (8-Dec-1978)
    Cheerleaders Beach Party (Sep-1978)
    The Astral Factor (1976) · Harbormaster
    The Centerfold Girls (8-Aug-1974)
    Welcome to Arrow Beach (May-1974)
    Santee (Sep-1973) · Cobbles
    Bonnie's Kids (8-Feb-1973)
    Blackenstein (1973)
    Simon, King of the Witches (Apr-1971)
    The Phynx (6-May-1970)
    Riot on Sunset Strip (Mar-1967)
    Django Strikes First (28-Oct-1966)
    Hold On! (22-Jun-1966)
    Day of the Nightmare (1965)
    Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (18-Dec-1962) · Billings, etc. [VOICE]
    The Horizontal Lieutenant (18-Apr-1962)
    Adventures of Captain Africa, Mighty Jungle Avenger! (9-Jun-1955)
    Caribbean (Sep-1952)
    The Longhorn (25-Nov-1951)
    Warpath (Aug-1951)
    State Penitentiary (8-Jun-1950)
    Champagne for Caesar (11-May-1950)
    The Vigilantes Return (1-Jun-1947)
    Persons in Hiding (10-Feb-1939)
    King of Alcatraz (30-Sep-1938)

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