Actor Richard Boone

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on October 23, 2005

Can you give me the name and some information on the man who played Paladin and was in the movie Against a Crooked Sky?
—Sharon E., Missouri

Richard Boone played the character Paladin on Have Gun-Will Travel from 1957 to 1963 and was in the film Against a Crooked Sky in 1975. He was born in Los Angeles in 1917, served in the Navy during World War II and attended acting school at the prestigious Actor's Studio via the G.I. Bill. He debuted on Broadway in Medea and made the transition to television and film in the 1950s. Have Gun-Will Travel, in which he played a refined gun for hire, was his most popular role, but he also appeared memorably in several big-screen Westerns, including The Alamo and A Thunder of Drums. In the 1970s he moved to Florida, where he died of throat cancer in St. Augustine in 1981.