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" Richard Boone Biography"
Richard Allen Boone (June 18, 1917, Los Angeles, California – January 10, 1981) was an American actor who starred in over fifty films, and was notable for his roles in westerns. Most famously, he was the star of Have Gun, Will Travel.
Boone, a direct descendent of frontiersman Daniel Boone, was the middle child of a well-to-do corporate lawyer. He left Stanford University prior to graduation and tried his hand at oil-rigging, bartending, painting and writing before joining the Navy in 1941. Boone served as an aviation ordnance man and saw combat on three ships in the South Pacific during World War II.
After the war he used the G.I. Bill to study acting with the Actor's Studio in New York. Serious and methodical, Boone debuted on Broadway in 1947 in the play "Medea", as well as "Macbeth" (1948), and "The Man" (1950). In 1950, Boone made his screen debut as a Marine in Halls of Montezuma. He starred in three movies with John Wayne: The Alamo as Sam Houston, Big Jake and The Shootist.
From 1954 to 1956, Richard Boone starred in The Medic television show, receiving an Emmy nomination for Best Actor Starring in a Regular Series in 1955. However, it was his second television show, "Have Gun, Will Travel," in which Boone became a national star with his role of Paladin. The show ran from 1957 to 1963, with Boone receiving two more Emmy nominations in 1959 and 1960.
During the 1960s Boone appeared regularly on other television programs. For example, he did stints as both a guest panelist and as one of the What's My Line? Mystery Guests on the popular Sunday Night CBS-TV quiz show. On his visits to that show, he talked with host John Charles Daly about their days together working on the TV show The Front Page. Boone also had his own anthology television show called The Richard Boone Show. Even though it only aired from 1963 to 1964, he received his fourth Emmy nomination in 1964. Along with The Danny Kaye Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Richard Boone Show won a Golden Globe for Best Show in 1964.
The 6 ft 2 in Boone continued to star in many more movies, commonly as villains, with his pock-marked face, tobacco-fuelled bass voice and sullen demeanor a gift to directors of his most notable films, The Raid (1954), Man Without a Star (1955 King Vidor), The Tall T (1957 Budd Boetticher), The Alamo (1960 John Wayne), The War Lord (1965 Franklin Schaffner), Hombre (1967 Martin Ritt), The Arrangement (1968 Elia Kazan) and The Shootist (1976 Don Seigel).
He directed the final scenes of The Night of the Following Day (1968) at the insistence of star Marlon Brando, as Brando could no longer tolerate what he considered to be the incompetence of director Hubert Cornfield. The film is generally considered the nadir of Brando's career, though it didn't hurt Boone, who as usual, was cast as the heavy.
He starred as Hec Ramsey (a turn-of-the-20th-century western-style detective who preferred to use his brain instead of his gun) in the TV series of the same name in the early 1970s. Boone returned to The Neighbourhood Playhouse in New York — where he had once studied acting — to teach it, in the mid-1970s.
He was married three times: to Jane Hopper (1937 – 1940), Mimi Kelly (1949 – 1950), and Claire McAloon (1951), by whom he had a son, Peter.
In his final role, he played Commodore Matthew Perry in Bushido Blade. He died soon afterward of throat cancer in St. Augustine, Florida. His ashes were scattered in the ocean off Hawaii.