Nice summary of the history...September 23 2010 at 2:29 PM
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of probably the most memorable fictional western characters that actually helped people out of bad situations. Yes, the Cartwright family of Bonanza was popular, but they were more a depiction of family life in the 1880's rather than of "righting wrongs" in the Old West.
There is another interesting incident that the summary does not touch upon, however, When they were getting ready to film The Legend of the Lone Ranger back in '81.
At that time Clayton Moore, the original tv Lone Ranger was still alive and began publicly claiming that HE should be the one starring in the movie.
He began appearing in tv interviews to proclaim this and even wore his black mask. Well the producers of the movie had decided that Moore was just too old for the part and began to take legal action to try to shut him up. He received a court order forbidding him to wear the mask in any future news interviews.
Of course, that did not stop him and he continued to proclaim his right to play the character. However, so as to not violate the court order, he would give interviews while wearing a very large pair of very dark sunglasses!
He was eventually pushed out of the scene, but remained a minor celebrity who continued to sign autographs and make occasional public appearances.