Jay Silverheels (born Harold Jay Smith, May 26, 1912 – March 5, 1980) was an Indigenous Canadian actor and athlete. He was well known for his role as Tonto, the Native American companion of the Lone Ranger in the American western television series The Lone Ranger.
Kemosabe means “friend,” popularized by The Lone Ranger radio and TV show.
In Navajo, on the other hand, “ kemosabe ” translates as “soggy shrub.” If this seems an odd thing for faithful friend Tonto to call the Lone Ranger, perhaps he was just repaying the Ranger’s long-standing insult. “Tonto,” after all, is a Spanish word meaning “stupid.”
The neighboring Western Apache ethnonym for them was Koun’nde (“wild rough People”), from which the Spanish derived their use of Tonto (“loose”, “foolish”) for the group.
The Lone Ranger never shoots to kill. When he has to use guns, The Lone Ranger never shoots to kill, but rather only to disarm his opponent as painlessly as possible.
Jay Silverheels, 62, who costarred in the long-running “Lone Ranger” television series as the faithful Indian Tonto, died Wednesday at the Motion Picture and Television Country House. A spokesman at the home said he died of complications from pneumonia. He had been hospitalized there since Jan.
The Lone Ranger is a fictional masked former Texas Ranger who fought outlaws in the American Old West with his Native American friend, Tonto. The character has been called an enduring icon of American culture. He first appeared in 1933 in a radio show on WXYZ (Detroit), conceived either by station owner George W.
Clayton Moore continued to appear as the Lone Ranger for many years, before dying of a heart attack on December 28, 1999. As any Hollywood icon should, he received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1987. However, his is the only star to feature both his name and the name of the character he personified.
The Lone Ranger (formerly known as John Reid) is a one-time Texas Ranger, the sole survivor of a group of Rangers killed in ambush. He wears a mask to conceal his identity as he travels throughout the West fighting for law and order.
It has become a common catchphrase. Ultimately derived from gimoozaabi, an Ojibwe and Potawatomi word that may mean “he/she looks out in secret”, it is sometimes translated as “trusty scout” (the first Lone Ranger TV episode, 1941) or “faithful friend”.
In Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish, ” tonto ” translates as “a dumb person”, “moron”, or “fool”. In the Italian version the original name is retained, but in the Spanish dubbed version, the character is called “Toro” ( Spanish for “bull”) or “Ponto”.
Wearing that mask, Clayton Moore became one of the most recognizable characters on the planet. Until the end of his life, he wore it with honor. If he were alive today, I bet he’d be wearing not one but two masks — both designed to save lives and help others.
Tonto, American fictional character, companion of the Lone Ranger. Primarily through his presence on radio and television, Tonto was one of the best-known Native American characters in 20th-century popular culture.
Hence his moniker—the Lone Ranger. Later, via his first film appearances in 1938, the Ranger’s back story was even more fully fleshed out. His real name was John Reid. He, his brother, Dan, and four other Texas Rangers had been ambushed in the Badlands by the outlaw Butch Cavendish and his gang.
Silver is the Lone Ranger ‘s great white stallion. The horse was so named by Tonto who once remarked that the horse’s coat looked like silver.