Jack Wrather

Born May 24, 1918

John Devereaux "Jack" Wrather, Jr., was a petroleum millionaire who became a television producer and later diversified by investing in broadcast stations and resort properties. He is best known for producing The Lone Ranger, Sergeant Preston of the Yukon, and Lassie television series in the 1950s. Wrather was born in Amarillo, Texas, the seat of Potter County, and grew up in Tyler, the seat of Smith County.… Read More

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1918 Birth Born on May 24, 1918.


1935 17 Years Old Wrather was born in Amarillo, Texas on to Mazie (Cogdell) and John Devereaux Wrather, Sr. They moved to Tyler, where he grew up and graduated from the local high school in 1935.


1939 21 Years Old He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 1939. … Read More
1945 27 Years Old On, he married Molly O'Daniel, the daughter of Democratic Governor and later U.S. Senator Wilbert Lee "Pappy" O'Daniel. They had two children. They eventually filed for divorced in 1945. … Read More
1946 28 Years Old After the war, Wrather bought a home in Hollywood and became a movie producer, founding Jack Wrather Pictures Inc. In 1946, he produced his first movie, The Guilty, starring Bonita Granville, whom he would later marry. … Read More
1947 29 Years Old In 1947, he married movie actress Bonita Granville. … Read More


1953 35 Years Old Wrather-Alvarez went on to purchase the San Diego television and radio stations KFMB-TV and KFMB in 1953 and New York City radio station WNEW in 1955. … Read More
1954 36 Years Old In 1954, Wrather-Alvarez purchased the complete rights to The Lone Ranger and took over production of the television series (1954–1957). … Read More


1958 40 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1958, Wrather bought Alvarez's shares of Wrather-Alvarez and became sole owner of its television and hotel assets. … Read More
1961 43 Years Old …  In 1961, he combined his various holdings into the Wrather Corporation.


1984 67 Years Old Wrather died of cancer on November 12, 1984 at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California. … Read More
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