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John Hart

John Lewis Hart, also credited as John Hilton was an American film and television actor. In his early career, Hart appeared mostly in Westerns. Although Hart played mostly minor roles in some fairly well known films, he was probably best known for having replaced Clayton Moore in 1952 in the television series, The Lone Ranger for one season from 1952 until 1953. Hart began his screen career in 1937 with a bit part in Daughter of Shanghai. He continued in a variety of B pictures such as Prison Farm and King of Alcatraz before appearing in two of Cecil B. DeMille's films The Buccaneer and North West Mounted Police. In 1941, Hart's acting career was interrupted when he was drafted into the United States Army. He rose to the rank of first sergeant in the Coast Artillery and eventually served in the Philippines. Following his military service, Hart worked frequently for Sam Katzman; he was given the lead role in the Jack Armstrong film serial. Hart did stunt work and acted in numerous Westerns Hart was eventually offered the opportunity to replace Clayton Moore on The Lone Ranger television series. Based on the assumption that the masked character, rather than the actor, was the true star of The Lone Ranger, the program's producers fired Moore (presumably over salary differences) and replaced him with Hart, who was of a similar build and had a comparable background in Westerns. However, the public never truly accepted Hart as the Lone Ranger, and by 1954 the producers returned Moore to the role. According to Clayton Moore's autobiography I Was That Masked Man, Moore never knew why he was replaced by Hart, and also stated that he had not sought a pay increase. Hart acted in minor roles in two episodes of The Lone Ranger before being asked to replace Clayton Moore for the entire third season. The episodes were "Rifles and Renegades" (#34) and "Sheriff at Gunstock" (#46). Hart continued to act in films for more than two decades, appearing in films of several genres, almost always in supporting roles. Hart appeared twice in on the TV series I Love Lucy as Lucy's old boyfriend and again in the Hollywood episodes as a lifeguard at the hotel pool. In 1955, Hart starred in The Adventures of Captain Africa, which was originally intended to be a new movie about famous comic book hero The Phantom. However, licensing issues forced Columbia Pictures re-film the entire serial and re-christen the hero "Captain Africa." Hart also had numerous supporting roles in the Highway Patrol TV series. In 1965 Hart made two brief appearances on the TV series Perry Mason, including the role of title character and murder victim Jamison Selff in "The Case of the Wrathful Wraith." In the 1970 film The Phynx, Hart played the Lone Ranger alongside Jay Silverheels as Tonto, spoofing their characters. Hart's last theatrical film appearance was in 1981's The Legend of the Lone Ranger in which he appeared as a newspaper editor. He appeared in the television series Happy Days as the Lone Ranger in the episode "Hi Yo, Fonzie Away". In this episode Fonzie, played by Henry Winkler, meets his childhood hero, the Lone Ranger, for his birthday. Hart's other major late appearance was in an episode of The Greatest American Hero, My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys, where Hart gives the title character an inspiring speech about heroism.


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Born:
Dec 13, 1917 In Los Angeles, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
51
First Appeared:
In the movie Into the Woods with Mark
Latest Project:
Movie Hope & Fury: MLK, the Movement and the Media 2018-03-24
Known For

John Hart Movies Filmography

Movie
Into the Woods with Mark
2022
Movie
Hope & Fury: MLK, the Movement and the Media
Himself (archive footage) 2018-03-24
Movie
Larry Coryell: A Retrospective
2007-05-15
Movie
The Bible According to Hollywood
Himself 1994-01-01
Movie
The Legend of the Lone Ranger
Lucas Striker 1981-08-20
Series
The Greatest American Hero
Unknown 1981-03-18
Movie
The Astral Factor
Harbormaster 1978-02-01
Movie
Blood Voyage
Jules 1976-01-01
Movie
The Great Ice Rip-Off
Klein Salesman 1974-11-06
Movie
The Centerfold Girls
Sheriff 1974-08-08
Movie
Welcome to Arrow Beach
Doctor 1974-05-01
Series
Happy Days
Unknown 1974-01-15
Movie
The Roommates
Sheriff Sam 1973-03-01
Movie
Blackenstein
Dr. Stein 1973-01-01
Movie
Riot on Sunset Strip
Pritchard 1967-03-01
Movie
Day of the Nightmare
Dr. Philip Crane 1965-01-01
Movie
The Long Rifle and the Tomahawk
Nat 'Hawkeye' Cutler 1964-01-01
Series
The Addams Family
Unknown 1964-09-18
Movie
Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol
Billings / Stage Manager / Milkman (voice) 1962-12-18
Series
Ben Casey
Unknown 1961-10-02
Movie
Atlantis: The Lost Continent
Nobleman 1961-05-03
Series
Pete and Gladys
Unknown 1960-09-19
Series
National Velvet
Unknown 1960-09-18
Movie
The Subterraneans
Cop (uncredited) 1960-06-23
Movie
Vice Raid
Blond Gunman at Office Door 1959-12-01
Series
Rawhide
Unknown 1959-01-09
Series
Bat Masterson
Unknown 1958-10-08
Series
Perry Mason
Unknown 1957-09-21
Series
Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans
Hawkeye 1957-04-03
Series
Leave It to Beaver
Unknown 1957-10-04
Movie
Along the Mohawk Trail
Nat 'Hawkeye' Cutler 1957-01-01
Movie
Last of the Desperados
? 1955-10-31
Movie
The Man Who Loved Redheads
Sergei 1955-02-06
Movie
Adventures of Captain Africa
Captain Africa 1955-06-09
Movie
The Pathfinder
British Sergeant 1952-12-09
Movie
Stage to Blue River
Frederick Kingsley 1951-12-30
Movie
The Longhorn
Moresby 1951-11-25
Series
I Love Lucy
Tom Henderson 1951-10-15
Movie
Stagecoach Driver
Slim Cole 1951-07-15
Movie
Champagne for Caesar
Executive No. 4 1950-05-11
Movie
Joe Palooka in the Counterpunch
Pedro 1949-08-14
Movie
The Fighting Redhead
Faro Savage 1949-10-05
Movie
Cowboy and the Prizefighter
Mark Palmer 1949-12-14
Series
The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger (Season 2 only) 1949-09-15
Movie
Joe Palooka in Winner Take All
Army Sergeant George Malone 1948-09-19
Movie
Jack Armstrong
Jack Armstrong 1947-02-06
Movie
North West Mounted Police
Constable Norman 1940-10-22
Movie
Disbarred
First Reporter 1939-01-06
Movie
Illegal Traffic
Davis 1938-11-02
Movie
Prison Farm
'Texas' Jack 1938-06-17
Movie
Dangerous to Know
Undetermined Role 1938-03-11