Richard Boone was confident in his acting and directing abilities

Could Richard Boone really have it all, or would he have to sacrifice one love for another?

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Although it's much more common today than it was a few decades ago, an actor successfully becoming a director is still much of a rarity. Of course, there are classic success stories like Ron Howard, who enjoyed success as an actor in projects like The Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days.

However, it could be argued that someone like Howard's transition into directing wasn't a matter of if, but simply a matter of when. In a Fresh Air interview, Howard explained that he held an interest in behind-the-scenes work at an early age, even while he was playing Opie on The Andy Griffith Show. "It didn't take me long to realize that the director was the person who sort of got to hang out and play with everybody," he said. "The job just always attracted me."

So while someone like Howard seems to have traded one craft for another, what's to be said about those actors who want to continue on in their career while simultaneously exploring directing opportunities, like Richard Boone? While Boone was famous for his role as Paladin in Have Gun — Will Travel, he was also responsible for directing multiple episodes of the series. Some observers seemed to think that Boone was stretching himself too thin and should stick to what he knew he was good at.

However, in an interview with The Times, Boone explained that he felt that he was well equipt as both an actor and director because he understood that one took priority over the other.

"I like directing, but I can't honestly say I'll ever say goodbye to acting," he said. "It's my life's work and I feel very fortunate to be doing what I love most."

In regards to those arguments that he wasn't a suitable director, Boone disagreed. "This criticism, and it's getting quite common, usually comes from producers," Boone said. "For the life of me, I can't understand why. Throughout Europe and even in New York, it's not uncommon for an actor to lend his talent to directing without sacrificing his true worth in his original field — and without criticism."

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justjeff 17 days ago
Jerry Paris (The Untouchables, The Dick Van Dyke Show) transitioned into directing. So did film actress Ida Lupino, who directed numerous episodes of Alfred hitchcock Presents. George Reeves directed three episodes of the Adventures of Superman... It's not as uncommon as one might think for an actor to either try their hand at directing or transition to it full time...
MrsPhilHarris justjeff 16 days ago
Ida Lupino also directed some films.
justjeff MrsPhilHarris 16 days ago
Yes she did, but that was just a quick reference by me...😁

By the way, I just finished another batch of fonts - slated for July release... and bringing me to 2,140 designs in my type library...
MrsPhilHarris justjeff 15 days ago
These are wonderful! Great 1930s - 1940s feel to them.
justjeff MrsPhilHarris 15 days ago
Thank you! I'm glad you like them... 😁
CaptainDunsel justjeff 15 days ago
Speaking of which, whatever became of that kid who used to play Opie Taylor on "The Andy Griffith Show"?
justjeff CaptainDunsel 15 days ago
He moved to Milwaukee, was adopted by a family there and started hanging around with a ducktailed greaser...
justjeff justjeff 15 days ago
PS: Some designs are from the early 1900s to the 1920s...
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