A longstanding misunderstanding among some fans is that Hec Ramsey
is actually the gunslinger Paladin, the lead character from star Richard Boone's earlier series Have Gun — Will Travel
, in his retirement. This probably got its start from an offhand comment Boone gave in an interview, to the effect that "Hec Ramsey is Paladin, only fatter." Boone, of course, was only pointing out the similarity between the two characters, and was not asserting the two were the same person.