Clayton Moore, The Lone Ranger
From the iconic opening theme to the “Hi-yo silver! Away!” the Lone Ranger is one of the most iconic television characters of all time. What began as a radio show quickly morphed into quite the phenomenon, with Clayton Moore playing the titular character.
Pernell Roberts, Bonanza
While Lorne Greene may have played the patriarch of the Cartwright family, it was Pernell Roberts as Adam Cartwright whom we remember most fondly. Bonanza lasted for 14 seasons from 1959 to 1973, though Roberts left after six.
Spin and Marty, The Mickey Mouse Club
In what was a series of shorts that aired as part of The Mickey Mouse Club, Spin and Marty starred David Stollery as Marty, the rich orphan, and Tim Considine as Spin, his athletic, poorer counterpart.
Yes, we couldn’t leave our favorite puppet off the list. Howdy Doody and Buffalo Bob Smith both wore cowboy attire, and the name “Howdy Doody,” actually derives from the Old West expression of “Howdy Do,” (a shortened version of “how do you do,”).