A knight without armor in a savage land — Saluting erudite tough guy Richard Boone

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Taken during the twilight of his career near his home in St. Augustine, Florida, a studio portrait of a distinguished Richard Boone circa 1978. The cowboy star was greatly upset when he took the head shot to Hollywood regarding prospective work and the young producers had no idea who he was. Image courtesy of David Rothel / The Claire Boone Collection
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Richard Boone marks his first appearance on the cover of TV Guide as Dr. Konrad Styner of “Medic” [week of October 15–21, 1955]. Boone received an Emmy nomination that same year. Image Credit: The Scott Rollins Film and TV Trivia Blog / CBS Interactive

The David Rothel — Richard Boone Interview

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It’s probably wise not to tangle with Paladin, a knight without armor in a savage land. An amazingly intense on-set candid of actor Richard Boone in character filming “Have Gun — Will Travel” in 1958. Photography by Richard C. Miller / Donaldson Collection
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Wearing the Native American-influenced buckskin jacket currently housed in son Peter Boone’s collection, Richard Boone shaved off his “Have Gun–Will Travel” moustache to convincingly portray General Sam Houston in “The Alamo“ circa September 1959. Image Credit: United Artists / Sunset Boulevard / Corbis via Getty Images
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Richard Boone, third wife Claire McAloon, and only child Peter Boone, born on August 22, 1953, pose for a family portrait while gardening at their Los Angeles home. Image courtesy of David Rothel / The Claire Boone Collection
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In character as “Paladin” and lovesick gold prospector “Buddy Webster” respectively, Richard Boone and Hal Needham appear together in “Dream Girl,” an episode from the fifth season of “Have Gun — Will Travel,’ broadcast on February 10, 1962. The stuntman — stand-in received a rare chance at major screen time in this episode. Image Credit: Hollywood Stuntmen Blogspot / Paramount Pictures
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The cover of “Richard Boone: A Knight Without Armor in a Savage Land,” written by David Rothel and published on February 1, 2000. The jovial western shot of Boone was most likely taken in 1966 or 1967 during the “Hombre” era. Image courtesy of David Rothel / Empire Publishing
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Actors Henry Silva, Richard Boone, Randolph Scott, and Maureen O’Sullivan appear in a lobby card for director Budd Boetticher’s renowned Western ”The Tall T,” released by Columbia on April 1, 1957. Image courtesy of David Rothel / Columbia Pictures
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With cigarette in hand, Richard Boone takes a break on the set of the popular Western series “Have Gun–Will Travel” circa 1961. The show was either No. 3 or No. 4 in the Nielsen ratings during its first four seasons. Image courtesy of David Rothel / Paramount Pictures
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In costume from head to toe in black as the mysterious, erudite gunfighter known only as Paladin, Richard Boone bends over a camera rig during filming of “Have Gun — Will Travel,” an iconic 30-minute Western that ran for six seasons on CBS until it ceased production in 1963. Image Credit: A Drifting Cowboy Blogspot
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Richard Boone is captured as “Hec Ramsey,” a former gunfighter with a penchant for forensics in the eponymous 1972–1974 modern-day Western broadcast on NBC. Image courtesy of David Rothel / NBC Photo Archive
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It’s probably best to steer clear of menacing gun totin’ kidnapper John Fain, effectively brought to life by Richard Boone in “Big Jake,” released on May 26, 1971. Image Credit: Paramount Pictures
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Richard Boone is vicious stagecoach robber Cicero Grimes in director Martin Ritt’s celebrated film “Hombre.” Co-starring Paul Newman, the Western became a box office hit when released on March 21, 1967. Image courtesy of David Rothel / 20th Century Fox
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“Tim Holt,” written by David Rothel and released in June 1994 via Empire Publishing. Image Credit: Amazon.com
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Richard Boone relishes playing Honolulu charter-boat captain Sam Moran in “Kona Coast,” released by Warner Bros. in Aug. 1967. Boone co-produced the little-known action flick in the hopes that it would jump-start a film industry in Hawaii. Image Credit: Dickflicks Tumblr / Warner Bros.
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David Rothel, author of “Richard Boone: A Knight Without Armor in a Savage Land,” during rehearsals on June 6, 2009, for a stage production of “The Music Man” that he was directing in Dahlonega, Georgia. Image courtesy of David Rothel
Click to watch Richard Boone dressed as Paladin, the heroic titular character of “Have Gun — Will Travel,” as the mystery guest on “What’s My Line,” broadcast on January 18, 1959. Video Credit: CBS Television

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