11 Facts About Tonto


Tonto is a fictional character; he is the Native American companion of the Lone Ranger, a popular American Western character created by George W Trendle and Fran Striker.

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Tonto has appeared in radio and television series and other presentations of the characters' adventures righting wrongs in 19th-century western United States.

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Tonto made his first appearance on the 11th episode of the radio show, which originated on the Detroit, Michigan, radio station WXYZ.

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Tonto made his first appearance on the 11th episode of the radio show The Lone Ranger.

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The miner subsequently decided to keep Tonto around, intending to make him the fall guy when he would later murder his partner.

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Tonto recognizes the ranger as someone who had saved him when they were both boys.

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Portrayal of Tonto has been seen by some Native Americans and others as degrading, notably by Native American author and poet Sherman Alexie.

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Tonto spoke in a pidgin, saying things like, "That right, Kemo Sabe", or "Him say man ride over ridge on horse".

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Silverheels was not above making a little fun of the character, as in a classic sketch on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson with Carson playing a career counselor and Silverheels playing Tonto looking for a new job after working "thirty lousy years" as the Lone Ranger's faithful sidekick.

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Tonto has appeared in various media based on The Lone Ranger.

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Tonto starred in his own comic book, The Lone Ranger's Companion Tonto, 31 issues of which were published by Dell Comics during the 1950s.

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