Tonto is a fictional character; he is the Native American (either Comanche or Potawatomi) companion of the Lone Ranger, a popular American Western character created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker.
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.
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.
Mr. Silverheels, a full -blooded Mohawk, was born on the Six Nations Indian Reservation in Ontario, Canada, and moved to the United States with his family in the 1930s.
“Kemosabe” has a couple of meanings. “Trusty Scout” and “He who knows much.” The name “Tonto” comes from the Apaches. it might mean “Stupid” in Spanish, But not in reference to the Apache.
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 has been occasionally translated as “trusty scout” (the first Lone Ranger TV episode, 1941) or “faithful friend”.
Kemosabe means “friend,” popularized by The Lone Ranger radio and TV show.
The character, identified as being from the Potawatomi Indian nation, was primarily voiced by Caucasian actor John Todd. The program, which went off the air in 1954, spawned Tonto’s term of endearment for the Lone Ranger, “kemo sabe” — “trusty scout” in Potawatomi.
Aficionados of old-time radio and television know that the Lone Ranger’s faithful Indian companion is Tonto and that Tonto’s horse is Scout. In real-life, TV’s Tonto was the late Jay Silverheels. And his horse is Hi Ho Silverheels, a standardbred named in memory of the actor by a close friend, trainer Milan Smith.
Noting that tonto in Spanish means “ stupid” or “crazy,” some people have pointed out that kemosabe sounds a lot like the Spanish phrase quien no sabe, “he who doesn’t understand.” (In Spanish-language versions of The Lone Ranger, Tonto is called Toro, Spanish for bull.)
— Even in the animal world, Hollywood stardom is all about timing. Take the 10-year-old Thoroughbred quarter horse called Silver who happened to be born with a pure white coat. The horse was a natural for animal scouts looking for the right horse to play the famous steed called Silver in the The Lone Ranger reboot.
He starred as Silver in “The Lone Ranger” Television Series from 1949 to 1954, and was thought to be one of the most popular horses of all the western heroes. He was retired after a brief stand-in appearance in the 1956 movie, “The Lone Ranger”, and was only used for close ups and head shots thereafter.
Clayton Moore (born Jack Carlton Moore, September 14, 1914 – December 28, 1999) was an American actor best known for playing the fictional western character the Lone Ranger from 1949 to 1952 and 1953 to 1957 on the television series of the same name and two related movies from the same producers.
Tonto is the Native-American partner of the Lone Ranger. He is from the Potawatomi tribe (an Apache in the 2003 television film, but a Comanche in the 2013 film). His name means “Crazy One” or “The Fool” in Spanish.
A small history was created for their character: he was a former Texas ranger but one who now worked alone. 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.