Brace Beemer

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Brace Beemer
Born
Brace Beemer

December 9, 1902
DiedMarch 1, 1965 (age 62)
OccupationActor
Known forThe voice of the Lone Ranger on radio
Spouse(s)Evelyn (Couvert) Beemer,[1] Leta (Wales) Beemer[2][3][4][5]
ChildrenRobert Beemer, J.D. Beemer, Richard Beemer, Barbara B. Daniel[1][6][7]

Brace Beemer[8] (December 9, 1902 – March 1, 1965) was an American radio actor and announcer at radio station WXYZ (AM), Detroit, Michigan.

He is best known as the radio voice of the Lone Ranger.

The Lone Ranger[edit]

Brace Beemer became the third radio voice of the Lone Ranger on April 18, 1941,[9][10] and remained so until the series' last new episode on September 3, 1954. During the 13 years that Beemer played the title character, he was required by contract to restrict his radio acting to that one role until the program left the air.

The experienced and popular Western film actor, Clayton Moore, was chosen to take over the role for the television series. Although Beemer had the right voice and had made many public appearances as the Ranger, he had no experience as a film actor, as he preferred live action to television. However, Beemer's voice as the character was so familiar that Moore imitated his sound in the earliest TV episodes.

Other roles[edit]

Beemer also portrayed "Sergeant William Preston" of the Yukon on Challenge of the Yukon, for a brief time after the Lone Ranger series ended.

Beemer's last TV appearance, was an interview with former film actor, Bill Kennedy on his "At the Movies" show on CKLW TV9 from Windsor, Ont., Canada. Brace Beemer died the very next day.

Early years[edit]

Brace Bell Beemer was born at his home on Cherry Street in Mount Carmel, Illinois on December 9, 1902, the son of Joseph D. Beemer and Bertina (Bell) Beemer.[11]

He attended high school in Vincennes, Indiana, leaving school to enlist in the military.[12]

When Beemer was 14,[13] he misrepresented his age to participate in World War I. He served with "Battery E, 150th field artillery, and was wounded in action in France May 27," 1918.[12] He was said to be the youngest sergeant in that war.[14]

Later years[edit]

Beemer resided in Oxford Township, Michigan. He raised thoroughbred horses on his 300-acre ranch, Paint Creek Acres.[15] The barn where the great white stallion Silver used to stay still stands, and it’s rumored that the horse was buried in the woods on the property.[4]

Death[edit]

Brace Beemer died of a heart attack March 1, 1965.[14] He is buried in White Chapel Cemetery in Troy, Michigan.[16] At the time of his death, he was using his famous "Lone Ranger" voice in automobile commercials running on radio stations.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Barbara B. Daniel's Obituary on The Leaf Chronicle". The Leaf Chronicle.
  2. ^ "Leta Beemer in the 1940 Census - Ancestry". www.ancestry.com.
  3. ^ "Leta Beemer on horseback - DPL DAMS". digitalcollections.detroitpubliclibrary.org.
  4. ^ a b "Oxford Middle School students re-enact Lone Ranger".
  5. ^ "The Macomb Daily: Breaking News, Sports, Business, Entertainment & Macomb County News". www.sourcenewspapers.com.
  6. ^ "Beemer personified The Lone Ranger".
  7. ^ "Justice Colt". detroitkidshow.com.
  8. ^ Harmon, Jim (2015). The Great Radio Heroes, rev. ed. McFarland. p. 169. ISBN 9780786483655. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Old Time Radio Westerns » The Lone Ranger". www.otrwesterns.com.
  10. ^ ""Lone Ranger" Crash Victim". The Vidette-Messenger. Indiana, Valparaiso. April 8, 1941. p. 1. Retrieved November 15, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  11. ^ "birthplace". bracebeemer.homestead.com.
  12. ^ a b "Three Vincennes Men In List". The Indianapolis News. Indiana, Indianapolis. June 3, 1918. p. 8. Retrieved November 15, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  13. ^ "Mother Overcome With Joy When She Sees Returning Soldier Son". The Indianapolis News. Indiana, Indianapolis. May 7, 1919. p. 1. Retrieved November 15, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  14. ^ a b "Brace Beemer, Lone Ranger, Died Today". Santa Cruz Sentinel. March 1, 1964. p. 4. Retrieved April 25, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  15. ^ "Radio's Lone Ranger Dies". Standard-Speaker. March 2, 1965. p. 2. Retrieved April 25, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  16. ^ "Last Rites". The Ogden Standard-Examiner. March 4, 1965. p. 1. Retrieved April 25, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access

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