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Jay Silverheels

Jay Silverheels

Best known as the Lone Ranger’s TV sidekick Tonto, Jay Silverheels worked for decades around the fringes of Hollywood, picking up jobs mostly in movie and TV Westerns playing Native Americans. Yet despite his chiseled looks, impressive resumé and solid acting talent, he frequently lost those parts to White actors.
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‘The Brady Bunch’ Star Christopher Knight Shares Throwback with ‘Lone Ranger’ Legend Jay Silverheels

On Thursday (October 21st) The Brady Bunch star Christopher Knight took to his Instagram page to share a throwback, which features Lone Ranger actor Jay Silverheels. “At the Grand Canyon with the talented Jay Silverheels,” The Brady Bunch castmate writes in the post. The snapshot shows Knight with his television brothers and sister posing next to Silverheels.
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Jay Silverheels: What Happened to Tonto from 'The Lone Ranger?'

Jay Silverheels helped make Tonto one of the most memorable characters in TV history. The loyal and trustworthy companion to the Lone Ranger was by his side from 1949 to 1957, during the entire run of the beloved western television series. It was the highest-rated TV show of the 50s and the first big hit for ABC. And really, where would Clayton Moore have been each week without Jay Silverheels by his side?
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