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Richard Boone

Richard Boone

Richard Allen Boone (June 18, 1917 - January 10, 1981) was an American actor who starred in over fifty films.

Boone was born in Los Angeles, California. He worked in several odd jobs, including boxing and painting, before serving in World War II in the US Navy. He later studied acting in New York, and 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 show that Boone became a national star with his Paladin character in Have Gun, Will Travel. The show ran from 1957 to 1963, with Boone receiving two more Emmy nominations in 1959 and 1960.

After Have Gun, Will Travel, Boone had his own anthology Television 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.

He continued to star in many more movies. In 1965, he won the third place Laurel Award for Action Performance (Sean Connery won first place with Goldfinger and Burt Lancaster won second place with The Train).

In his final role, he played Commodore Matthew Perry in Bushido Blade. He died soon afterward of throat cancer in St. Augustine, Florida.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Richard Boone Facts

Birth NameRichard Allen Boone
BirthdayJune 18, 1917
BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA
Date of deathJanuary 10, 1981 (age 63)

Selected Filmography

Of Mice And Men
Against A Crooked Sky
The Life and Passion of Christ
The Greatest Story Ever Told
Have Gun Will Travel: The Complete Series
The Hobbit
Big Jake
Robe, The
The Randolph Scott Roundup
Rising Star
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