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1 James Arness of 'Gunsmoke' fame dead at 88 on Sun Jun 05, 2011 9:21 pm

rosco 357


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i guess growing up my family hardly ever missed an episode,there are like 3 pages u can click to the next page, but i think this is enough to post, the first page, i wonder if peter his real life brother is still alive, no matter, the other pages may answer that, but i did not go farther, the url has the other pages, ,, take care


http://www.charter.net/news/read.php?rip_id=%3CD9NKJN3O1%40news.ap.org%3E&ps=1016

It takes a special kind of lawman to carry on for 20 years in the Wild West of TV.

Matt Dillon, the mythical marshal of Dodge City, stood tall all 6 feet, 6 inches of him on "Gunsmoke" from 1955 to 1975. He outlasted dozens of other Western heroes while making history on TV's longest-running dramatic series, a record that held until NBC's "Law & Order" tied the CBS Western's record in 2010.

Through all those gunslinging years, James Arness, who died Friday, kept Marshal Dillon righteous, peace-seeking and, most of all, believable.

Fickle viewers can kill a TV hero as surely as a bullet from an outlaw's six-gun. But Arness knew how to maintain order not only in circa-1870s Dodge City, but also among the TV audience, whose itchy fingers on their channel changers he knew how to calm.

In an era when TV actors typically chewed the scenery, Arness had a credible, commanding presence by hardly uttering a word. A typical scene found a dozen cowboys riding up to the town jail intent on busting out a prisoner pal.

Dillon faces them all down.

"The first move anybody makes," he says, with a slight shake of his head, "I cut you in two."

Arness' defiant but rueful delivery is so understated, he makes Clint Eastwood seem like a loudmouth.

No wonder "Gunsmoke" wore so well. And became the last word on a programming craze that some seasons found as many as 30 Westerns on the air. When "Gunsmoke" went off in 1975, it was the only Western left.

By the end of his career, Arness, who was 88 when he died at his home in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles, seemed almost indistinguishable from Matt Dillon in the audience's mind.

Befitting Marshal Dillon's dignity and composure, Arness wrote, and left behind, a simple, straight-from-the-heart farewell which, at his request, was posted posthumously Friday on his official website.

"I had a wonderful life and was blessed with ... (so) many loving people and great friends," he said, then went on to thank his multitude of fans.

In life, Arness was a quiet, intensely private man who preferred the outdoor life to Hollywood's party scene, rarely gave interviews, and refused to discuss his personal tragedies (his daughter and his former wife, Virginia, both died of drug overdoses).

runawayhorses


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I loved the show growing up, watched it whenever I could. My whole family watched it.

rosco 357


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that last picture of him on the vid, kinda reminds me of Billy Graham , but if side my side, im probably wrong, i remember peter looked like him somewhat,

runawayhorses


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There were great episodes. I remember one scene where Festes (sp) his deputy told one guy at gun point "If you don't take that gun belt off and throw it on the ground I'm gonna shoot ya like a mule gone lame" Something like that..lol

rosco 357


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i now remember festes, but my mind goes back to his first deputy, chester , the one that had the bad leg,
near the end, or a few years near the end, they started having a blacksmith that was part indian, a halfbreed, gosh i forgot his screename, but i think that actor may have been a young Burt Reynolds. or someone that looked like him, but may have had some makeup on to make him a tad darker, and always remember Miss Kitty, one thing as a child i remember them sometimes out hunting someone or out for some reason in the woods at night, i always got hungry with them cooking some rabbit or something over the fire, it looked so good, lol,,

rosco 357


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"Wagon Train" with ward bond , was another just as big favorite of my family,,

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