A hearty hi-oh silver, and please pass the remote control. Clayton Moore, who charmed a generation of television viewers as the rugged Lone Ranger, now spends much of his time on the other side of the TV set. The 80-year-old-actor admits to being something of a couch potato, and says he's now as fast with a remote as he used to be with his six-shooter. Moore, who lives not too far from the Southern California hills where the Lone Ranger series was shot from 1949 to 1957, remembers those days fondly but says he isn't all that sad they came to an end. He still believes in the same philosophies espoused by the masked man he portrayed _ "fair play and honesty," as he puts it _ but isn't so concerned with spreading the word. "I'm doing very well," he says. "Everything is fine in retirement."
Veteran television newsman Roger Mudd, who moved over to PBS from CBS a couple of years back, now is going cable. Not completely, mind you, but he has been given the okay by his bosses to host a new show that will be a part of the initial line-up on the History Channel, an erstwhile offering of the A&E folks set for launch Jan. 1. Mudd's show, called History Alive, will take a look at recent world events dating from World War II until the present time. He will continue as a correspondent for The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, but admits that he's really thrilled to be a part of this new show. It will cover topics of personal interest to Mudd, making it something of a pet project for the serious-minded journalist.
TV's original Batman, Adam West, continues to plug away at an acting career that has never quite taken off. He's landed a number of roles in a variety of productions _ mostly B-movies and TV projects that haven't gone very far _ but now says better parts are being offered in greater numbers. The 66-year-old actor has a featured role in an upcoming film, The New Age, and several TV projects in the works.
Former Dallas star Steve Kanaly never dreamed he'd be doing daytime, but now wild horses couldn't have kept him from joining All My Children on October 14 as Del and Dixie's dad, Seabone Hunkle. Seabone bears no resemblance to Kanaly's salt-of-the-earth Southfork persona, Ray Krebbs. "Ray was everybody's best friend," says Kanaly. "Seabone, on the other hand, doesn't care much for anybody else, except perhaps his son, Del. He's perceived as sort of a sleazy scoundrel. He's going to be a fun character to play."
1994 BPI Communication