My thoughts on this are simple, maybe DeCosta deserved some payment for his idea, but Richard Boone with CBS's media outlet made it a much fuller and enjoyable character. If it had been left to DeCosta, the idea would have never captured the imaginaion of so many. Should the originator of an idea own that idea to the exclusion of everyone elses use? Something to ponder.
Yes, I love this character and I credit Richard Boone for brining him to life. His portraial was perfect and it would be very difficult for another actor to create such a such a believeable and rich character.