Richard Boone Biography

Birthday: 1917-06-18
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
Wiki Biography: Richard Boone was a college student, boxer, painter and oil-field laborer before ending up in the U.S. Navy 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 the play "Medea". Other plays followed, as did occasional TV work. In 1950 20th Century-Fox signed him to a contract and he made his screen debut in Halls of Montezuma (1950), playing a Marine officer. Tall and craggy, Boone was continually cast in a number of war and western movies. He also tackled roles such as Pontius Pilate in The Robe (1953) and a police detective in Vicki (1953). In 1954 he was cast as Dr. Konrad Styner in the pioneering medical series "Medic" (1954), which was a critical but not a ratings success. This role lasted for two years, but in the meantime, he continued to appear in westerns and war movies. In 1957 he played Dr. Wright, who treats Elizabeth for her memory lapses, in Lizzie (1957). It was also in that year that Boone was cast in what is his best-known role, the cultured gunfighter Paladin in the highly regarded western series "Have Gun - Will Travel" (1957). Although a gun for hire, Paladin was usually a moral one, did the job and lived at the Hotel Carlton in San Francisco. Immensely popular, the show made Boone a star. The series lasted six years, and in addition to starring in it, Boone also directed some episodes. He still kept busy on the big screen during the series' run, appearing as Sam Houston in the John Wayne epic The Alamo (1960), and as a weary cavalry captain fighting Indians in A Thunder of Drums (1961). After "Have Gun - Will Travel" (1957) ended in 1963, Boone hosted a dramatic anthology series, "The Richard Boone Show" (1963), but it was not successful. Boone moved to Hawaii for the next seven years. During this time he made a few Westerns, including the muscular Rio Conchos (1964), but he was largely absent from the screen. In the 1970s he moved to Florida, and resumed his film and TV career with a vengeance. In 1972 he again appeared on television in the Jack Webb-produced series "Hec Ramsey" (1972) (years before he had played a police captain in Webb's first "Dragnet" film, Dragnet (1954)). Based on a real man, Hec was a tough, grizzled old frontier sheriff at the turn of the 20th century who, late in life, has studied the newest scientific theories of crime detection. His new boss, a much younger man, doesn't always approve of Hec, his nonconformist style or his new methods. The series lasted for two years. Boone continued working until the end of the decade but died from throat cancer in 1981.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Call Me Mister 1951 Musical
Medic 1954 Drama
Have Gun - Will Travel Paladin 1957 Drama
The Richard Boone Show 1963 Drama
Hec Ramsey Hec Ramsey, Deputy Sheriff 1972
Vicki Lt. Ed Cornell 1992 - 1994
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Halls of Montezuma 1951
The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel 1951 Action, Drama
Red Skies of Montana Dryer 1952
Beneath the 12-Mile Reef 1953 Adventure
Away All Boats 1956 Drama
The Tall T Frank Usher 1957
Garment Jungle 1957 Drama
I Bury the Living 1958
Rio Conchos 1964 Action, Drama, Romance
The War Lord Bors 1965
Hombre Cicero Grimes 1967 Action, Drama
The Night of the Following Day 1968 Crime, Drama
The Arrangement 1969 Drama
The Kremlin Letter 1970 Thriller
Big Jake 1971 Action
The Shootist 1976 Fantasy, 0
The Hobbit Smaug 1977 Animation, Action, Adventure
Winter Kills 1979 Comedy, Drama, Thriller