November 1, 2001 |
F rom 1955 until 1975, James Arness played the righteous, brave and gallant Matt Dillon, the marshal of Dodge City, on the landmark CBS western series "Gunsmoke." The 78-year-old actor recently completed "James Arness: An Autobiography" (McFarland & Co. Inc.). He collaborated on the book with James E. Wise Jr. and Burt Reynolds, a regular on "Gunsmoke" in the early '60s, who wrote the foreword.
September 3, 1995 |
No, I'm not in it. I wish I were, though, 'cause I think it's the best thing of its kind ... and I hope you'll agree with me. It's honest, it's adult, it's realistic. When I first heard about this show 'Gunsmoke,' I knew there was only one man to play in it. James Arness. He's a young fellow and may be new to some of ya, but I've worked with him and I predict he'll be a big star. So ya might as well get used to him like you've had to get used to me.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2010 |
Fess Parker, whose star-making portrayal of frontiersman Davy Crockett on television in the mid-1950s made him a hero to millions of young baby boomers and spurred a nationwide run on coonskin caps, died Thursday. He was 85. Parker, who played another pioneer American hero on television's "Daniel Boone" in the 1960s before becoming a successful Santa Barbara hotel developer and Santa Ynez Valley winery owner, died of complications from old age at his home near the winery, said family spokeswoman Sao Anash.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2006 |
Dennis Weaver, the lanky actor with the gentle drawl who came to fame in the 1950s playing Marshal Matt Dillon's limping deputy, Chester, on "Gunsmoke" and later starred as a contemporary western deputy marshal who battled crime in the Big Apple on "McCloud," has died. He was 81. Weaver, a longtime environmental activist and former president of the Screen Actors Guild, died of complications of cancer Friday at his home in Ridgway, Colo., his publicist, Julian Myers, said Monday.
October 24, 1989 |
Actor James Arness, 66, will be back in the saddle as Matt Dillon in "Gunsmoke II," a two-hour CBS movie sequel to TV's longest-running Western series. Filming is scheduled to begin in mid-November. In the story, Marshal Dillon grows restless and leaves the ranch where he retired. But while he's gone, renegade Apaches raid the ranch and carry off his daughter.