What was Paladin’s first name on Have Gun-Will Travel?
The show’s creators, Sam Rolfe and Herb Meadow, preferred to have their knight errant remain an enigma. The popular television and radio shows began and ended with him being called Paladin. A novelist named Frank Robinson later gave him a name, Clay Alexander, but that was after the show. Many Paladin fans disapproved.
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