Monday, May 28, 2012
15 Greatest TV Characters of the 1960s: Paladin
Portrayed by: Richard Boone
TV series: Have Gun--Will Travel (1957-63)
Occupation: A "knight without armor" according to the theme song; technically, a gunfighter for hire.
Lifestyle: When not working, he resides in high style in the Carlton Hotel in San Francisco. When on a job, it's often life on the dusty trail. Well-educated, a West Point graduate and former Army officer.
Family and Friends: Hey Boy, the hotel bellhop (replaced by Hey Girl for one season); Dr. Phyllis Thackeray (June Lockhart), who appears in two episodes and shares a mutual attraction with Paladin.
Trademarks: Business card advertising "Have gun--will travel;" chess knight emblem on his gun holster; dresses in all black when working; quotes famous literary works.
Classic quote: (On the knight used in chess) "It's an attack piece, the most versatile on the board. It can move eight different ways, over barriers, and always unexpected."
Classic episodes: "The Return of Dr. Thackeray" (Paladin flirts some more with June Lockhart's character); "The Ballad of Oscar Wilde" (Paladin comes to the aid of the visiting playwright); "The Great Mojave Chase" (a camel comes in handy).