I was very sad to hear this. Gunsmoke was my first serious western. I watched alot of episodes. always matched my draw against Matt's at the start of the show.
i did not knew of him. But from what i see i can know he was a very loved actor. And is sad to a fan things like these.
One of my favorite SF films from the 1950's is "Them" with Jim Arness and James Whitmore. My all time favorite Gunsmoke episodes were the early half hour black and white ones. I feel they came closest to the radio ones. In fact I have read that many of the early shows were recycled from radio scripts.
Sorry to hear it. Just watched a couple of weeks ago and old re-run of Gunsmoke. A good series.
He meant a lot to me as a boy watching TV westerns. Here's how much: One time we had a rec room and my old bed was set up in there. The bed could be adjusted so you could sit up and was very comfy. In order to snag this favored spot from which to see Gunsmoke I'd get there early. So early I'd have to suffer through The Lawrence Welk Show, which my parents insisted on seeing. That's dedication.I also heard that Arness, because of his height, was part of a group that went ahead of the main landing force on D-Day in order to clear away traps and mines in the water.
GUNSMOKE is the earliest Western I can remember watching. So it became the standard for them.James Arness WAS Marshal Dillon, the lawman who put justice above the law, and could beat the bad guys at their own game.I'll miss him.Loyd Jenkins
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