According to Joseph McBride's "Searching for John John" (St. Martin's Press, 2001 - ISBN 0312242328), director John Ford was urged to cast Boone and Anthony Quinn as the Little Wolf and Dull Knife characters in Cheyenne Autumn (1964), as both had Native American blood. Ricardo Montalban and Gilbert Roland, who were of Mexican descent, were cast instead.
An article about TV westerns which appeared in the March 30, 1959 edition of Time magazine listed Richard Boone's measurements as 44-34-38.
At the end of his life, he taught acting classes at Flagler College in St Augustine Florida.
Cousin of Pat Boone.
Cousin of Nick Todd.
Enjoyed weight lifting.
He directed the final scenes of The Night of the Following Day (1968) at the insistence of star Marlon Brando, as Brando could no longer tolerate what he considered the incompetence of director Hubert Cornfield. The film is generally considered the nadir of Brando's career, though it didn't hurt Boone, who was cast as the heavy.
In the last year of his life, Boone was appointed Florida's cultural ambassador.
On a December 14, 1957, episode of "Have Gun - Will Travel" (1957), Boone found himself stripped to the waist by Apaches and bound spreadagle-style between four stakes driven into the ground. So vivid was this scene that leading men in other TV westerns soon found themselves in similar circumstances, most notably Robert Horton in "Wagon Train" (1957) Ralph Taeger in "Hondo" (1967) and Peter Brown and William Smith in "Laredo" (1965).
Taught acting classes at the Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC, 1974-75. He was temporarily replacing Sanford Meisner who had become stricken with throat cancer.
Traces his ancestry directly back to legendary frontiersman Daniel Boone.
Uncle of Randy Boone