April 24, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

With his pencil mustache, dimpled chin, and all-black ensemble, Paladin (Richard Boone), the San Francisco-based antihero of Have Gun Will Travel, was more of a dandy than Gunsmoke‘s Matt Dillon. But when he drew his weapon, he was just as deadly. A top 5 hit, the 1957-63 CBS Western featured some big-gun guest stars, including Charles Bronson, Jack Lord, Suzanne Pleshette, and Buddy Ebsen.

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