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Richard Allen Boone (June 18, 1917 – January 10, 1981) was an American actor who starred in over 50 films and was notable for his roles in Westerns and for the TV series Have Gun – Will Travel.


1 Early life 2 Acting career

2.1 Early training and work 2.2 From films to television

2.2.1 Have Gun – Will Travel 2.2.2 Alongside John Wayne

2.3 Work on 1960s television 2.4 Work on 1970s television 2.5 Work outside television

3 Personal life 4 Death 5 Filmography

5.1 Film 5.2 TV

6 References 7 Bibliography 8 External links

Early life[edit] Boone was born in Los Angeles, California, the middle child of Cecile (née Beckerman) and Kirk E. Boone, a corporate lawyer. His father was a descendant of Squire Boone, brother to frontiersman Daniel Boone.[1][2] His mother was Jewish, the daughter of immigrants from Russia.[3] Richard Boone
Richard Boone
graduated from Hoover High School in Glendale, California. He attended Stanford University
Stanford University
in Palo Alto, California, where he was a member of Theta Xi
Theta Xi
fraternity. He dropped out prior to graduation and went to work in oil-rigging, bartending, painting, and writing. He joined the United States Navy
United States Navy
in 1941 and served on three ships in the Pacific during World War II, seeing combat as an aviation ordnanceman, enlisted Naval Aircrewman and tail gunner on Grumman TBF Avenger torpedo bombers. Acting career[edit] Early training and work[edit] In his youth, Boone had attended the San Diego Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad, California, where he was introduced to theatre under the tutelage of Virginia Atkinson.[citation needed] After the war, Boone used the G.I. Bill
G.I. Bill
to study acting at the Actors Studio
Actors Studio
in New York. "Serious" and "methodical," Boone debuted on the Broadway theatrical scene in 1947 with the plays Medea, Macbeth
(1948) and The Man (1950). Elia Kazan
Elia Kazan
used Boone to feed lines to an actress for a film screen-test done for director Lewis Milestone. Milestone was not impressed with the actress, but he was impressed enough with Boone's voice to summon him to Hollywood, where he was given a seven-year contract with Fox.[4] From films to television[edit] In 1950, Boone made his screen debut as a Marine officer in Milestone's Halls of Montezuma. In 1953, he played Pontius Pilate
Pontius Pilate
in the first Cinemascope
film released, The Robe. He had only one scene in the film, in which he gives instructions to Richard Burton, who plays the centurion ordered to crucify Christ. When he was ordered to appear in another film for Fox made at the same time as The Robe, he ended his contract with the studio.[5] During the filming of Halls of Montezuma he befriended Jack Webb, who was then producing and starring in Dragnet, whose writer was preparing a series about a doctor for NBC. From 1954–56, Boone became a familiar face in the lead role of that medical drama, titled Medic,[5] receiving in 1955 an Emmy
nomination for Best Actor Starring in a Regular Series. While on Medic, he also guest-starred as the character Everett Brayer on NBC's Frontier anthology series, in the episode "The Salt War". He appeared in the 1954 Dragnet film based on Webb's series. Have Gun – Will Travel[edit] Main article: Have Gun - Will Travel Boone's next television series, Have Gun – Will Travel, made him a national star because of his role as Paladin, the intelligent and sophisticated, but tough, gun-for-hire in the late 19th-century American West. The show had first been offered to actor Randolph Scott, who turned it down and gave the script to Boone while they were making the film Ten Wanted Men.[6] The show ran from 1957–63, with Boone receiving two more Emmy
nominations, in 1959 and 1960.

John Wayne
John Wayne
and Boone at premier of Big Jake, 1971

Alongside John Wayne[edit] Boone starred in three movies with John Wayne: The Alamo as Sam Houston, Big Jake, and The Shootist.[7] Work on 1960s television[edit] During the 1960s, Boone appeared regularly on other television programs. He was an occasional guest panelist and also a mystery guest on What's My Line?, the Sunday night CBS-TV
quiz show. On that show, he talked with host John Charles Daly
John Charles Daly
about their days working together on the TV show The Front Page. Boone had his own television anthology, The Richard Boone
Richard Boone
Show. Although it aired only from 1963–64, he received his fourth Emmy
nomination for it in 1964. Along with The Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show. The Richard Boone Show won a Golden Globe
Golden Globe
for Best Show in 1964.[8] After the end of the run of his weekly show, Boone and his family moved to Honolulu, Hawaii. While he was living on Oahu, Boone helped persuade Leonard Freeman to film Hawaii Five-O exclusively in Hawaii. Prior to that, Freeman had planned to do "establishing" location shots in Hawaii, but principal production in Southern California. Boone and others convinced Freeman that the islands could offer all necessary support for a major TV series and would provide an authenticity otherwise unobtainable.[9] Freeman, impressed by Boone's love of Hawaii, offered him the role of Steve McGarrett; Boone turned it down, however, and the role went to Jack Lord, who shared Boone's enthusiasm for the region, which Freeman considered vital. Coincidentally, Lord had appeared alongside Boone in the first episode of Have Gun – Will Travel, titled "Three Bells to Perdido." At the time, Boone had shot a pilot for CBS called Kona Coast, which he hoped CBS would adopt as a series, but the network went instead only with Hawaii Five-O.[10] The six-foot-one-inch (1.85 m) actor continued to appear in movies, typically as the villain, including The Raid (1954), Man Without a Star (1955 King Vidor), The Tall T
The Tall T
(1957 Budd Boetticher), The War Lord (1965 Franklin Schaffner), Hombre (1967 Martin Ritt), The Arrangement (1969 Elia Kazan), The Kremlin Letter
The Kremlin Letter
(1970 John Huston), Big Jake
Big Jake
(1971 George Sherman), The Shootist
The Shootist
(1976 Don Siegel), and a second rendition of The Big Sleep (1978 Michael Winner).[citation needed] Work on 1970s television[edit] In the early 1970s, Boone starred in the short-lived TV series Hec Ramsey, which Jack Webb
Jack Webb
produced for Mark VII Limited
Mark VII Limited
Productions, and which was about a turn-of-the-20th-century Western-style police detective who preferred to use his brain and criminal forensic skills instead of his gun. Ramsey had been a frontier lawman and gunman in his younger days, and the older Ramsey was now the deputy chief of police of a small Oklahoma city, still a skilled shooter and carrying a short-barreled Colt Single Action Army revolver. Boone said to an interviewer in 1972, "You know, Hec Ramsey
Hec Ramsey
is a lot like Paladin, only fatter."[11] This quote was often misinterpreted[by whom?] to mean that Hec Ramsey
Hec Ramsey
was a sequel to Have Gun – Will Travel, when it actually was not. In the mid-1970s, Boone returned to The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, where he had once studied acting, to teach. Work outside television[edit] In the 1960s and 1970s, Boone assisted the Israeli film industry at its inception. He appeared in the first Israeli-produced film shot outside Israel, the Western Madron
(1970), with a story set in the American West of the 1800s.[2] In 1979, he received an award from Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
Yitzhak Rabin
"for his contribution to Israeli cinema."[2] In 1965, he came in third in the Laurel Award for Rio Conchos in Best Action Performance; Sean Connery
Sean Connery
won first place with Goldfinger and Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
won second place with The Train. Boone provided the character voice of the dragon Smaug in the 1977 animated film version of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.[12] Personal life[edit] Boone was married three times: to Jane Hopper (1937–1940), Mimi Kelly (1949–1950), and Claire McAloon (from 1951 until his death). His son with Claire McAloon, Peter, worked as a child actor in several of his father's Have Gun – Will Travel
Have Gun – Will Travel
television shows.[13] Richard Boone
Richard Boone
moved to St. Augustine, Florida, from Hawaii in 1970 and worked with the annual local production of Cross and Sword, when he was not acting on television or in movies, until shortly before his death in 1981. In the last year of his life, Boone was appointed Florida's cultural ambassador.[14] During the 1970s, he wrote a newspaper column for the St. Augustine Record called "It Seems To Me". He also gave acting lectures at Flagler College
Flagler College
in 1972–1973.[15] In his final role, Boone played Commodore Matthew C. Perry
Matthew C. Perry
in The Bushido Blade. Death[edit] Richard Boone
Richard Boone
died soon afterward in St. Augustine of pneumonia while suffering from throat cancer. His ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean off Hawaii. Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Halls of Montezuma (1951) as Lt. Col. Gilfillan Call Me Mister (1951) as Mess Sergeant The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951) as Captain Hermann Aldinger Red Skies of Montana (1952) as Richard 'Dick' Dryer Return of the Texan
Return of the Texan
(1952) as Rod Murray Kangaroo (1952) as John W. Gamble Way of a Gaucho(1952) as Major Salinas Pony Soldier
Pony Soldier
(1952) (uncredited) Man on a Tightrope
Man on a Tightrope
(1953) as Krofta Vicki (1953) as Lt. Ed Cornell The Robe (1953) as Pontius Pilate City of Bad Men
City of Bad Men
(1953) as John Ringo Beneath the 12-Mile Reef
Beneath the 12-Mile Reef
(1953) as Thomas Rhys Siege at Red River
Siege at Red River
(1954) as Brett Manning The Raid (1954) as Capt. Lionel Foster Dragnet (1954) as Captain Jim Hamilton Ten Wanted Men (1955) as Wick Campbell Man Without a Star
Man Without a Star
(1955) as Steve Miles Robbers' Roost (1955) as Hank Hays The Big Knife
The Big Knife
(1955) as Narrator (voice, uncredited) Battle Stations (1956) as The Captain Star in the Dust
Star in the Dust
(1956) as Sam Hall Away All Boats
Away All Boats
(1956) as Lieut. Fraser The Tall T
The Tall T
(1957) as Frank Usher Lizzie (1957) as Dr. Neal Wright The Garment Jungle
The Garment Jungle
(1957) as Artie Ravidge I Bury the Living (1958) as Robert Kraft Ocean's 11 (1960) as Minister (voice, uncredited) The Alamo (1960) as General Sam Houston A Thunder of Drums
A Thunder of Drums
(1961) as Captain Stephen Maddocks Rio Conchos (1964) as James Lassiter The War Lord
The War Lord
(1965) as Bors Hombre (1967) as Grimes Kona Coast (1968) as Capt. Sam Moran The Night of the Following Day
The Night of the Following Day
(1968) as Leer The Arrangement (1969) as Sam Arness The Kremlin Letter
The Kremlin Letter
(1970) as Ward Madron
(1970) as Madron Big Jake
Big Jake
(1971) as John Fain The Singing Filipina (1971) as Himself Against a Crooked Sky
Against a Crooked Sky
(1975) as Russian Diamante Lobo
Diamante Lobo
(1976) as The Sheriff The Shootist
The Shootist
(1976) as Mike Sweeney The Last Dinosaur
The Last Dinosaur
(1977) as Maston Thrust Jr. The Big Sleep (1978) as Lash Canino Winter Kills (1979) as Keifitz The Bushido Blade
The Bushido Blade
(1981) as Commodore Matthew C. Perry
Matthew C. Perry
(final film role)


Actors Studio: 3 episodes (1949–1950) The Front Page: 10 episodes (CBS, 1949–1950) Suspense: episode "Photo Finish", as Mercer (1950) Medic: 59 episodes, as Dr. Konrad Styner (1954–1956) Climax!: 4 episodes, various roles (1955–1957) Matinee Theatre: episode "Wuthering Height", Heathcliff (1955) General Electric Theater: episode "Love Is Eternal", Abraham Lincoln (1955) Lux Video Theatre: episode "The Hunted", Saxon (1955) The Ford Television Theatre, Catch at Straws, local press man (1956) Lux Video Theatre: episode "A House of His Own", Vincent Giel (1956) Frontier: episode "The Salt War", Everett Brayer (1956) Studio One in Hollywood: episode "Dead of Noon", as John Wesley Hardin (1957) Have Gun – Will Travel: all 225 episodes, as Paladin, and Smoke, (1957–1963) Playhouse 90: 3 episodes, in various roles, (1958–1960) The United States Steel Hour: 2 episodes in various roles, (1959–1960) The Right Man (TV movie): as Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln
(1960) The Richard Boone
Richard Boone
Show: 25 episodes, in various roles, (1963–1964) Cimarron Strip: episode "The Roarer", as Sergeant Bill Disher (1967) The Mark Waters Story (1969) In Broad Daylight: as Tony Chappel (1971) Deadly Harvest : as Anton Solca (1972) Hec Ramsey: all 10 episodes, as Deputy Police Chief Hec Ramsey, (1972–1974) Goodnight, My Love: as Francis Hogan (1972) The Great Niagara (TV movie): as Aaron Grant (1974) The Last Dinosaur
The Last Dinosaur
(1977) The Hobbit: as the dragon Smaug (voice) (1977)


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John Wayne
Filmography. Jefferson NC: McFarland & Company. ISBN 978-0786432523.  ^ " Richard Boone
Richard Boone
Show, The". goldenglobes.com. Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Retrieved 5 May 2017.  ^ Newcomb, Horace (2004). Encyclopedia of Television. NY: Routledge. p. 290. ISBN 978-1579583941. Retrieved 5 May 2017.  ^ Rothel p. 58 ^ Quotes from and about Richard Boone ^ Bogstad, Janice M. and Philip E. Kaveny. Picturing Tolkien: Essays on Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings Film Trilogy. Jefferson NC: McFarland. p. 67. ISBN 978-0786446360. Retrieved 5 May 2017.  ^ Peter Boone profile, IMDB.com; accessed April 11, 2017. ^ Profile, msn.com; accessed April 11, 2017. ^ TV-dot-Com: Biography-Richard Boone


Rothel, David. Richard Boone: A Knight Without Armor in a Savage Land ; Empire Publishing; August 2001; ISBN 978-0944019368

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