Richard Boone


Richard Boone Trivia


  • Trivia

    • His last theatrical film role was in The Bushido Blade (1979), a Japan--USA co-production.

    • Richard was the voice of the minister at the eulogy in Ocean's Eleven (1960), though he did not appear on-screen or receive credit for the role.

    • A Richard Boone "tribute" rifle was released in 2001 by the America Remembers Company.

    • Richard turned down the lead role in a television pilot for "The Man" -- later retitled as Hawaii Five-O.

    • Richard was appointed Cultural Ambassador for the State of Florida in 1980.

    • Richard hosted the CBS telecast of The Wizard Of Oz (1939) with his son, on December 11, 1960.

    • Richard was paid $50,000 a year for 20 years after selling out his share in Have Gun, Will Travel in 1961.

    • Richard refused a salary for his part as General Sam Houston in The Alamo (1960), and John Wayne gave him a Rolls-Royce as well as the buckskin coat he wore in the film as compensation.

    • Richard served on several vessels in World War II that were heavily attacked by the Japanese, including the U.S.S. Enterprise, which was hit by dive bombers, the U.S.S. Intrepid which endured torpedo attacks, and the U.S.S. Hancock, which was directly hit by a kamikaze pilot.

    • Richard gave acting lectures at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida in 1972-1973.

    • Richard was initially rejected for the role of Paladin in Have Gun, Will Travel and the role was offered to Randolph Scott, who declined due to other obligations. The role was then re-offered to Boone, but only after a 5-minute screen test was done to satisfy CBS executives.

    • Richard did two radio plays, "The Halls Of Montezuma," and "The Doctor," both in 1950.

    • Richard's made-for-tv movies included:

      In Broad Daylight and A Tattered Web, both in 1971, Goodnight, My Love and Deadly Harvest, both in 1972, The Great Niagra (1974), and The Last Dinosaur (1977).

    • Richard's hobbies included painting and writing short stories.

    • Richard's classmates at the Actor's Studion included Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Karl Malden, and Julie Harris.

    • His show, "The Richard Boone Show" won a Golden Globe award for 'Best Show' in 1964.

    • He has starred in three movies with John Wayne: "The Alamo", "Big Jake", and "The Shootist".

    • In 1950, Boone made his sceen debut as a Marine in "Halls of Montezuma".

    • Richard acted in and directed the final scenes of The Night of the Following Day (1968) after the movie's star Marlon Brando insisted, claiming director Hubert Cornfield was incompetent.

    • Robert turned down the role of Pike Bishop in The Wild Bunch (1969).

    • Richard was the first choice for the role of Lonnegan in The Sting (1973) but Robert Shaw was picked over him.

    • His first job on Broadway was as an understudy to John Gielgud, who played Jason in "Medea" in 1947. Other plays included "Macbeth" in 1948, "The Man" in 1950, and both "The Hasty Heart" and "The Rivalry" in 1959.

    • While living in St. Augustine, Florida during the 1970's, he wrote a newspaper column called "It Seems To Me."

    • Was an oilfield worker, boxer, and bartender before World War Two started.

    • He was the seventh generation nephew of Daniel Boone.

  • Quotes

    • (about directing Have Gun, Will Travel)
      Richard Boone: When I direct a show, I'm pretty arbitrary. If I have a fault, it's that I see an end and go for it with all my energy; and if I'm bugged with people who don't see it or won't go for it, it looks as though I'm riding all over them.

    • (about leaving role of Paladin)
      Richard Boone: Every time you go to the well, it's a little further down. It's sad, like seeing Sugar Ray Robinson after his best days are past. You wish he wouldn't fight any more, and you could just keep your memories.