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Tex Ritter
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    (January 12, 1905-January 2, 1974)
    Born in Murvual, Texas
    Birth name was Woodward Maurice Ritter
    Singing/acting cowboy
    Recorded 'I'm Wastin' My Tears On You,' 'There's a New Moon Over My Shoulder,' 'Jealous Heart,' 'You Two Timed Me One Time Two Often,' 'Have I Told You Lately that I Love You?,' 'The Wayward Wind' and 'I Dreamed of a Hill-Billy Heaven'
    Acted in 'Song of the Gringo (1936),' 'The Utah Trail (1938),' 'Down the Wyoming Trail (1939),' 'The Pioneers (1941),' 'Deep in the Heart of Texas (1942),' Arizona Trail (1943),' 'Wichita (1955),' 'Apache Ambush (1955)' and 'Sing a Country Song (1973)'
    Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame (1964)
    Died of a heart attack in Nashville at age 68
    Father of John Ritter
    A singing cowboy named Woodward Maurice? (no wonder he changed his name)
    Most of his movies were B-Western schlock.
    His wife co-starred in several of those movies.
    Many of his movie characters were variations of 'Tex' (Tex Rand, Tex Martin, Tex Houston, Tex Yancy, Tex Haines, etc.)
    He ran in Tennessee for the Republican nomination of the U.S. Senate in 1970, and was soundly beaten.
    His nickname was America's Most Beloved Cowboy.
    He had 14 Billboard Country chart Top 10 hits, including three #1s and three #2s.
    'You Two-Timed Me Once Too Often' was Billboard's #1 country hit of 1945.
    He was the 5th inductee of the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the first singing cowboy to be so honored.
    He earned a lifetime membership in the Grand Ole Opry, and at one time his wife Dorothy was its official greeter.
    His son Thomas was born with cerebral palsy, and he and his other son raised money and public awareness to help others with the affliction.
    In 1980, he was posthumously inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
    He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his efforts in the recording industry.

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