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Ballad of Paladin Have Gun Will Travel
Richard Boone as Paladin 1917-1981
Actor. He is best remembered for his role of 'Paladin', in the television series, "Have Gun, Will Travel" (1957 to 1963). A cousin of singer and actor, Pat Boone, he was born in Los Angeles, California. He attended college, boxed, painted and worked in an oil field before entering the Navy during World War II. After the war, he used his GI Bill to study acting at the Actor's Studio in New York. He began on Broadway, in the play "Medea," and in 1950, he would sign a movie contract with Twentieth Century Fox. His first movie was "Halls of Montezuma" (1950), playing a marine. Tall, lean and craggy, he was an instant pick for war and western movies. He later got to play softer roles, playing Pontius Pilate in "The Robe" (1953) and the role of 'Dr. Styner' in the television series, "Medic" (1954). His greatest success came with the casting as 'Paladin' (no first name ever mentioned) in the television series, "Have Gun, Will Travel" (1957), in which he played a cultured gunman for hire. It became immediately popular and made him a star. During this time, he continued to act in movies, playing General Sam Houston in "The Alamo" (1960), and an Army Captain in "A Thunder of Drums" (1961). When "Have Gun, Will Travel" ended in 1963, he hosted a dramatic anthology television series entitled "The Richard Boone Show" (1963) but it was not successful and was cancelled.
Moving to Hawaii, he continued to make a few movies, including "Rio Conchos" (1964), but he considered his career in a slump. After living in Hawaii for seven years, he moved to St. Augustine, Florida, and came back to the screen, appearing in 1972 in the television series, "Heck Ramsey" (1972-1973), playing an old frontier sheriff to critical acclaim, but it did not develop a strong audience and lasted only two seasons. His last role was playing Commodore Matthew Perry, in "The Bushido Blade" (1981). Married three times, he died of throat cancer in 1981 in St. Augustine.
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