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Richard Allen Boone (June 18, 1917 – January 10, 1981) was an American actor who starred in over 50 films and was notable for his roles in Westerns and for starring in the TV series Have Gun – Will Travel. In 1950, Boone made his screen debut as a Marine officer in Milestone's Halls of Montezuma. During the filming of Halls of Montezuma he befriended Jack Webb, who was then producing and starring in Dragnet. The writer of Dragnet was preparing a series about a doctor for NBC. From 1954 to 1956, Boone became a familiar face in the lead role of that medical drama, Medic, receiving an Emmy nomination for Best Actor Starring in a Regular Series in 1955. It was Boone's second television series, Have Gun – Will Travel, which made him a national star with his role as Paladin, the intelligent and sophisticated, but tough gun-for-hire in the late 19th century American west. The show was first offered to Randolph Scott, who turned it down but gave the script to Boone while they were making the film Ten Wanted Men. The show ran from 1957 to 1963, with Boone receiving two more Emmy nominations, in 1959 and 1960.
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