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June 4, 2011 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
James Arness, the towering actor best known for portraying Marshal Matt Dillon, the strong and commanding symbol of frontier justice on the landmark TV western series "Gunsmoke," died Friday. He was 88. Arness died of natural causes at his home in Brentwood, said family spokeswoman Ginny Fazer. "Gunsmoke" debuted Sept. 10, 1955, on CBS and, with the start of "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" on ABC four days earlier, a new era in television horse operas was launched: the adult western.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2011 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
James Arness, the towering actor best known for portraying Marshal Matt Dillon, the strong and commanding symbol of frontier justice on the landmark TV western series "Gunsmoke," died Friday. He was 88. Arness died of natural causes at his home in Brentwood, said family spokeswoman Ginny Fazer. "Gunsmoke" debuted Sept. 10, 1955, on CBS and, with the start of "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" on ABC four days earlier, a new era in television horse operas was launched: the adult western.
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November 1, 2001 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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September 3, 1995 | STEPHEN COX, Stephen Cox is a free-lance writer and author of nine books on film and television
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 | By Dennis McLellan
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 McLellan, Times Staff Writer
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.
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October 24, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
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.
REAL ESTATE
January 10, 1993 | RUTH RYON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
CAROL BURNETT, whose TV special "The Carol Burnett Show: A Reunion" will be broadcast at 9 tonight on CBS, has put her Honolulu house on the market at $3.45 million and is renting in Santa Fe, where she plans to build a home. Burnett, whose production company has a contract with CBS to develop such projects as her special tonight, has been called "the queen of TV revue comedy" because of her series, which won 22 Emmys while airing from 1966 to 1977.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2001 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
September 3, 1995 | STEPHEN COX, Stephen Cox is a free-lance writer and author of nine books on film and television
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.
NEWS
August 22, 1989
A Los Angeles memorial service for Amanda Blake, star of television's long-running "Gunsmoke" series who died Wednesday night in Sacramento, has been planned for Saturday by Miss Blake's manager, Blanche Davis. Speakers tentatively will include Miss Blake's series co-stars, actors James Arness and Dennis Weaver, said Ruth Marsh, who is helping Davis with arrangements. The service, which is open to the public, is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.
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