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Clyde Randall Boone, known as Randy Boone (born January 17, 1942), is a former actor who co-starred in two of the three 90-minute westerns telecast during the 1960s on the national television networks, NBC's The Virginian and CBS's Cimarron Strip. He also guest starred three times on the third 90-minute western, Wagon Train, at the time on ABC. At twenty, Boone co-starred in his first acting role as Vern Hodges in the 1962–1963 NBC comedy/drama It's a Man's World, based on the activities of four young men living on a houseboat on the Ohio River.

A cousin of singer-actor Pat Boone (born 1934) and a nephew of actor Richard Boone (1917–1981), star of the former CBS series Have Gun, Will Travel western, the three claim ancestry to the American frontiersman Daniel Boone, a native of Readingmarker, Pennsylvaniamarker. Randy Boone, however, did not appear in Fess Parker's long-running Daniel Boone series on NBC. Randy Boone was born in Fayettevillemarker in Cumberland Countymarker in eastern North Carolinamarker. Daniel Boone had lived in the Yadkin River section of North Carolina prior to settling Kentuckymarker in the 1770s. In1960, Boone entered North Carolina State Universitymarker at Raleighmarker but dropped out to tour the country and play his guitar, spending a lot of time in his early adulthood in coffeehouses.

After his acting ended, Randy Boone returned to Fayetteville, from where he also engages in Country music and attends occasional music and film festivals. In July 2003, he was a guest at the Western Film Fair in Charlottemarker, North Carolina, along with his The Virginian co-stars James Drury (born 1934), Roberta Shore (born 1943), Clu Gulager (born 1928), and Gary Clarke (born 1936).

Boone's career, 1963–1968

Boone's costars in It's a Man's World were Glenn Corbett (1930–1993), Michael Burns (born 1947), and Ted Bessell (1935–1996). After It's a Man's World, Boone's career skyrocketed but only for five years. He guest starred as Pete Tanner in the episode "Last Seen Wearing Blue Jeans" on The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. Thereafter, came his three Wagon Train episodes, entitled "The Eli Bancroft Story" in which Boone appeared as Noah Bancroft, "The Robert Harrison Clarke Story", with Boone in the role of Private Jamie, and "The David Garner Story", with Boone as David Garner.

Soon Boonee was cast as Private Michael McCluskey in "The 7th Is Made Up of Phantoms" episode of Rod Serling's Twilight Zone, which aired on CBS on December 6, 1963. The character McCluskey, along with Ron Foster (born 1930) as Master Sergeant William Connors, and Warren Oates (1928-1982) as Corporal Richard Langsford are on modern Army maneuvers when they come upon the site where the embattled General George A. Custer of the Seventh Cavalry fought the Sioux Indians at the Battle of the Little Big Hornmarker in southeastern Montanamarker. On the ground, they find several tepees and a canteen labeled "Seventh Cavalry". As the modern soldiers step back in time and recall details of Custer's fight, McCluskey is shot in the back by a single arrow from an unknown assailant. McCluskey, Connors, and Langsford are among the names inscribed on the historical marker commemorating those lost at the Little Big Horn.

In 1963, Boone also joined The Virginian cast in its second season with the returning costars James Drury, Doug McClure (1935–1995), and Lee J. Cobb (1911–76). Boone appeared in fortt-six episodes over three seasons as the singing cowboy Randy Benton, a romantic interest for a time for Betsy Garth, played by Roberta Shore, the niece to Cobb's character, Judge Henry Garth. Among the last episode of The Virginian in which Boone appeared are "A Bald-Faced Boy", "The Wolves Up Front", "The Jackals Behind", "One Spring Like Long Ago", "Morgan Starr", and "The Inchworm's Got No Wings at All".

While on The Virginian, he guest starred on David Janssen's ABC series The Fugitive. He also starred in the film Country Boy as Link Byrd, Jr., a country singer. His Country Boy co-stars were Sheb Wooley, who portrayed himself, and Paul Brinegar, as Link's father, both of CBS's Rawhide western series. The 84-minute film was given the alternate title Here Comes That Nasvhillemarker Sound.

After The Virginian, Boone guest starred as Jim Hummel on ABC's Combat! in the episode "The Letter", as Colter Preston in the episode "Ballad of the Ponderosa" on NBC's Bonanza, and as Sean in two episodes of ABC's short-lived Hondo western series starring Ralph Taeger (born 1936).

Boone then appeared in all twenty-three episodes of Cimarron Strip in the role of 25-year-old photographer Francis Wilde, who is also a part-time deputy to Marshal Jim Crown, portrayed by series star Stuart Whitman (born 1928). In the episode, "The Blue Moon Trail", broadcast on February 15, 1968, Boone is kidnapped by an ex-convict and held hostage in an effort to force Marshal Crown to rescue a number of men being shipped to federal prison on a special train. Among other episodes in which Boone played a major role are "The Greeners","Without Honor", "Big Jessie", and "Sound of a Drum".

Later acting appearances

After Cimarron Strip, Boone made few appearances, including NBC's Emergency! in 1973 and ABC's Kolchak: The Night Stalker with Darren McGavin in 1974.

Boone appeared as Deputy Dickie Haycroft in the 1974 television movie Savages, with co-stars Andy Griffith, Sam Bottoms, Noah Beery, Jr., and James Best. The film is the story of a lawyer who by accident kills a prospector in the modern American West and then tries to murder his hunting guide to cover up the crime.

On March 10, 1975, Boone appeared as Hub Miller in one of the last episodes, "The Busters", of CBS's long-running western Gunsmoke. After an appearance as Spiff in the 1975 episode "Ambush" of ABC's Kung Fu starring David Carradine (born 1936), Boone was unseen until 1985, when he showed up as Dave in the episode "A Song for Jason: Part II" on Michael Landon's Highway to Heaven. His last role was as Farkas in the 1987 film The Wild Pair (also known as The Devil's Odds) about a narcotics officer and a Federal Bureau of Investigationmarker agent. The film cast included father-and-son Lloyd Bridges (1913–1998) and Beau Bridges (born 1941) as well as Gary Lockwood (born 1937), formerly the star of NBC's The Lieutenant.

Boone is the son of Clyde Wilson Boone (born 1917) and Rhumel E. Boone (born December 31, 1919) of Fayettevillemarker in Cumberland Countymarker. Boone lived in Van Nuysmarker in the San Fernando Valleymarker during his California years. He now too resides in Fayetteville.


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