Richard Boone found answers in Hawaii
Have Gun — Will Travel...to Honolulu!
For an actor at the beginning of their career, there are only two places to be. The two entertainment industry coastal poles are, of course, New York and Los Angeles. People pack their bags with nothing but the dream in their hearts and head to the big city to try to make it happen.
But actors towards the end of their careers seem to want to be anywhere else at all. For someone who's already been up the mountain of success, the desperate hustle and bustle of the big city just isn't necessary. You don't need to be out amongst the hopeful if you're already a known commodity.
One such recognizable star was Richard Boone. After Have Gun, Will Travel made him a millionaire, Boone didn't have to stick around in the world of agents and auditions. His performance as Paladin helped codify the archetype of the gentleman gunfighter, and he was rewarded handsomely for his efforts. But rather than seek the benefits of his fame in Los Angeles, Boone moved to Hawaii in 1964.
Seven years later, the actor reflected on his time on the islands.
"I got what I was seeking in Hawaii. Now it's time to move on."
At the time of his 1971 interview with the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Boone was on his way back to the States.
"I still love Hawaii and I'll always go back there," said Boone. "I went there first in 1943 and fell in love with the place. I've kept my house on the Kona coast on the Big Island and I'll return whenever I can."
Boone loved Hawaii so much that he even starred in a movie called Kona Coast in 1968. Boone played a character he described as close to himself and hoped to turn the movie into a series.