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I Was That Masked Man

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Every baby boomer in America knows who that masked man was. He was mysterious and mythic at the same time, the epitome of the American hero: compassionate, honest, patriotic, inventive, an unswerving champion of justice and fair play.
Paperback, 280 pages
Published January 28th 1998 by Taylor Trade Publishing (first published October 1st 1996)
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Jim
Jan 21, 2012 rated it liked it
This autobiography of Clayton Moore, the iconic portrayer of The Lone Ranger in the 1950s, is a pleasant read by a genial man. Moore seems genuinely to have taken on the personal ethics and attitudes of the heroic character he became famous for playing, and while he (admittedly) held rather old-fashioned and unnuanced views, there is something quite endearing and noble about his approach to being a role model for a generation or two of kids. His interest in the details of his work is admirable, ...more
Mahlon
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
Clayton Moore portrayed the Lone Ranger on television and in movies from 1949-1957, but he WAS the Lone Ranger for the rest of his life. embodying and translating the values of the Lone Ranger creed to generations of children.

In this entertaining Autobiography, Moore details his career, including the time that he was fired from the show due to a salary dispute. He also relates the saga of his almost 10 year legal fight to reclaim the mask after he was told he could no longer wear it.
John Yingling
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a kid, I loved my Westerns, and my two favorites were (and are) The Lone Ranger and Roy Rogers. I was so happy to see this autobiography of Clayton Moore, and the book didn't disappoint me in the least. He really was a man to be admired, as much as his character was--and is. One aspect, among others, that I liked about The Lone Ranger was his friendship with Tonto. He treated his Native American partner as a true friend, as well as a comrade. In real life, Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels ha ...more
Pat Camalliere
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was pretty good for an autobiography. For once I still liked the guy after I read his story, which doesn't always happen for me with autobiographies! I have a lot of respect for the man, although I do think he was a bit too good to be true and reminded the reader overly often of that. Nonetheless, it was reasonably well written until the end when it began to ramble while tying up loose ends. I liked knowing more about the man, who did not seem to have ever been touched by fame, just appreci ...more
Jeff Carpenter
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Clayton Moore, the most famous of all the people that portrayed the Lone Ranger, tells his own story here. Clayton Moore not only portrayed the Lone Ranger, he became the Lone Ranger. He strove to live his life by the ideals that were represented by the Ranger. A great addition to any collection.
Maxine
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Baby Boomers, Fans of TV Westerns
This book was given to me by my sister, who also managed to get it signed by Clayton Moore himself. As a Baby Boomer who grew up watching TV Westerns, this book really meant a lot to me. Mr. Moore seems to be as truly likable and as upstanding as the Texas Ranger he portrayed. I found the book very enjoyable, and, for me, a welcome dose of nostalgia.
Stephen A. Jestis
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I enjoyed the way Mr. Moore told his story, first person. He became a true hero to all of us and continues to be one for the generations to come.
Mac Daly
Interesting biography of a man who lived the part of The Lone Ranger
Jason
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
After subjecting myself to that godawful "Lone Ranger" movie (which was essentially a "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie disguised as a western), I felt I had to cleanse the pallete with the REAL Lone Ranger, Clayton Moore. Reading Moore's book gives the reader insight into the career of the original and real Lone Ranger. Moore discusses his childhood, his early days as a trapeze, working his way up through numerous Republic Pictures serials, his time on the Lone Ranger TV show, and his years afte ...more
Len Knighton
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
As a fan who loved the Lone Ranger Since I was a small boy, it was hard to not give this book five stars. I didn't for two reasons. First, I thought it was a bit repetitive at times. Second, I would have liked to have read more about the show. Nevertheless, I was thrilled to read this book about my childhood hero. I even had a Lone Ranger mask back in those days, almost 60 years ago. When I took it off I looked like a raccoon. I remember seeing Clayton Moore as the Lone Ranger, and Silver at a c ...more
Chuck White
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Who doesn't love the Lone Ranger? I love the Lone Ranger. And I admire Clayton Moore and his determinations to live up to the ideals of the iconic character that he portrayed. Often to the detriment of his career, as keeping with the Lone Ranger's code of ethics precluded Moore from taking many roles that didn't fall into that strictly defined sense of morality. Was it the wisest choice? Only Clayton Moore can answer that.

Is this a good autobiography? Yes. Is it great? No. While the book is amia
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Mike Jensen
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Not much of a book, really, more of a fan-fest by an actor with a little too much ego for his modest accomplishments. Still, it is good to see his career from his perspective and while his accomplishments were indeed modest, he was the freakin' Lone Ranger for children and adults of several generations. It is good to have his point of view on the record.

The book is probably most interesting when he writes about his ups and downs in the role and with producers and when he comments on his friendsh
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Rick Barnett
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
"I Was That Masked Man," Clayton Moore's autobiography was refreshing. In the aftermath of that disastrous Johnny Depp movie, it was reassuring to discover a man who truly emulated the heroic character he played on television and the big screen. In an age when smirking at virtuous behavior has become fashionable, Clay stood for the pursuit of ideals that distinguish genuine fame from vulgar notoriety. For him and his millions of fans, "Hiyo Silver, away" is not a punchline, but a call to yestery ...more
Richard Russell
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh for those wonderful days oops yesteryear!!

What a great read, and what wonderful memories it brings back. A truly uplifting book.A must read. Return to those days again, Hi to Silver!!
Debbie
Jan 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
What can I say? I'm a Ranger fan, and Moore was THE Lone Ranger. I even mailed the book to him for his autograph, and the story is just as much a delight as the man himself was.
Dave
Jul 16, 2015 rated it liked it
An unique insight to an interesting person. Learned a great deal about the man. Could use some good editing though.
Glen Go
Jun 09, 2010 rated it liked it
A warm and hearty book by a true gentleman. No gossip, dissing or spilling the beans here. Clayton Moore led a way cool life though.
John Drew
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
In need of some minor edits, it's interesting to see how this show and Clayton Moore has much in common with other fandoms of mine. If you're a Lone Ranger fan, definitely check this out.
Toni
Jun 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Since I was a HUGE Lone Ranger fan, this was a fun book for me.
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“But I can’t help but long for a real return to the Western. Westerns are true Americana. They tell of the struggles of our ancestors who came West seeking new homes, new ways of living, freedom and the promise of a bright future. The story of the West is inspiring and terrible, idealistic and bloody, sublime and atrocious. It embodies this country’s best and worst characteristics. The good parts of the story inspire us. The bad parts warn us of what we have to do to make things better. Even though many Western films have only a slight connection to the true history of the West, I believe exposure to these motion pictures can stimulate kids to learn more about what their forefathers endured to make the United States one nation, from sea to shining sea.” 0 likes
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